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June 12, 2012

Marvelously Magical Mini Albums + A Tutorial


Happy Tuesday, G45ers!

Welcome to our marvelously magical blog today! It's a beautiful Tuesday for some inspiration and we have it here for you. Today we are featuring two mini albums using the Tropical Travelogue and the Little Darlings collections. Our fantastic designers Betto Cesare and Susan Lui have created some crafting magic for us today. Susan even included a tutorial of how to make a mini from scratch. Get ready for some fun!

First off, we have a beautiful 5X5 Altered Art Box with a Tropical Travelogue mini inside from Betto Cesare! The texture is so rich, this mini album is sure to impress! Beautiful details with the rolled and distressed edges on the cover.




Betto Cesare is a masterful fussy cutter. Don't you Love seeing these details on the cover?


Betto maximized his altered art box by creating a beautiful scene on the far right panel. Great idea!


And now, the magical mini inside!





Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue papers
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Tags
Graphic 45 Metal Brads
Core'Dinations Cardstock - Dark Cashmere
Studio Ink - Classic Teal
Studio Canvas natural
Distress Ink colors : Vintage photo, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Black Soot.
Tim Holtz - Tissue tape
Sizzix - Filmstrip Frames
Tim Holtz - Film Strip Ribbon
Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy


What a fun way to remember an excellent travelling adventure! Did you get fun ideas?

Next, we have Susan Lui's stunning Little Darlings Mini Album she made from SCRATCH! Including a tutorial so you can make one too. Fun fun fun!

This is what Susan Lui has to say about her Little Darlings Mini Album: "I whipped up this mini album using Graphic 45’s new Little Darlings collection as a gift for the grandparents. The raw mini album is really quick and easy to make. And all you'll need to do after making the album is to decorate it with your favourite Graphic 45 papers and embellishments. Here is a photo of the completed album:

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album 1

So let's get started on how to create the raw mini album. Here's what you'll need: 


Graphic 45 Little Darlings patterned papers - 4-5 sheets of 12x12 inch papers
Vanilla cardstock paper - 1 sheet
2 chipboard pieces measuring 6x6 inches for the covers
Ribbon - 30 inches

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 1


1. Cut 2 sheets of 7x7 inch patterned papers for your cover. Adhere the 6x6 inch chipboards on to the back and centre of these patterned papers.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 4


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 5

2. Cut a diagonal off the corners of your patterned papers. Fold over the sides of the patterned paper on to the back of the chipboard and adhere securely. Repeat for the back cover.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 6


  Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 7

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 7a

3. Place the front and back covers side by side an inch apart. Lay the ribbon across the centre of the back of the covers and glue down.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 8

4. Now onto the spine of the mini album. You'll need two sheets of vanilla cardstock measuring 5 3/4 x 11 3/4 inch each. Score each cardstock at the 5 3/4" mark. Then score at intervals of 1" apart. Accordion fold the cardstock. Do this for both sheets of cardstock.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 1a

5. Join the two pieces of cardstock together as shown. Adhere securely.
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 1b


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 3
6. Adhere the cardstock to the front and back covers of your mini album.
Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 9

7. Cut 5 sheets of Little Darlings patterned paper measuring 5 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches. Fold each sheet into half and glue the ends together.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 10

8. Adhere each page on to the spine of your album and you're done! To securely close the album, just tie the ends of your ribbon together into a pretty bow. How simple was that?

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 11

Now all you need to do is decorate and embellish the mini album to your heart's desire. I decided on a lace cover for my spine and this is how it looked before I embellished the cover.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album Step 12

The inside pages - again I embellished the spine.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album 6


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album 7

More photos of my completed album which I decorated using images from the Little Darlings patterned paper, chipboard tags, fabric, seam binding, pearls and flowers. The images were given more dimension using 3D foam dots.

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album 4


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Album 5

So if you're thinking of making a pretty mini album for a mum-to-be or a brag book for the grandparents, why not give this a shot? Happy scrapping!" - Susan Lui

Wow! That WAS magical! Thanks to Betto Cesare and Susan Lui for their amazing mini albums today. Join us tomorrow for more inspiration! The fun never stops at Graphic 45.


Happy Papercrafting!

The Graphic 45 Team






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I can't wait to make one of my own...maybe even make a bunch for Christmas gifts!

Love both projects! I'm going to a Little Darlings mini-album! I'm so excited!

Simply gorgeous albums! The fussy cutting on the first one is amazing and the tutorial for the second one means that even I should be able to make one! Thank you.


I have a real soft spot in my heart for mini books and albums. These are both amazing. I really appreciate the ingenuity of Susan's design, and her generosity in sharing it with us. It is gorgeous!

Wow!! Such beautiful images and colors! I love seeing how others can create things in a way that I would havenever thought to do!! Truly beautiful creations!!

Both of these are beautiful. I am always amazed by the talent people have. Thank you for sharing.

A beautiful mini and a great tutorial - thanks! Best wishes Karen x

Quelle talent vous avez tous les deux !!!!
I adore mini albums and today this projects are gorgeous Thanks for sharring :) Kiss from France

I absolutely love mini albums--and these are beautiful. Love the tutorial, too! Thanks for great ideas!

Don't know which one I like better. Thank you for the tutorial!

What great mini albums. So had to pin the tutorial :)

All great ideias! Love it!

I love the way the book is bound!

Stunning minis, i can see future projects for me! lol now, to get some Graphic 45 paper pads...........................
love angie xx

Fab way to save those special moments. Both are excellent.

OMG! What fabulous projects today!! I can't wait to try my hand at one of those sweet mini albums!!!

Both are amazing! Would love to make both right now. Love how easy and beautiful they make their paper crafts look! Great Work and great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Love the minis and really glad you shared a tutorial!

What fantastic albums & I really appreciate the great tutotial.

Simple ideas + great papers = wonderful gift!

just gorgeous will put that on the to do list for sure

I love that binding technique! I must make one of these for my lil one!

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my tutorial. They're really appreciated. :)

Great albums and a fantastic tutorial. You guys really make it look easy. Can't wait to get started on one.

I cannot believe how many amazing projects you have on your blog everyday! Thanks so much for sharing.

Love both of these projects and really like it when you add tutorials!

I love the beautiful ideas for the mini with the Tropical Travelogue papers! I am currently working on a Hawaiian album and saw a couple great ideas! Thanks!

Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. . . . I am LOVING the Little Darlings mini album. I love that whole package to begin with, but this album, OH MY!! The tutorial is so complete I think even I could make one, and I am excited to try. It is so lovely and would be a beautiful album to gift, or to use for special thoughts and photos.

Thank you for featuring such talented designers and providing such inspiration to us all.

Gorgeous projects! Love the papers! Thank you for the mini tutorial, I always wanted to make a mini album, and I thought they were difficult to make, but the clear tutorial made think I can do it. Thanks again!
Loly Borda

Love both projects the mini album is just great, thanks for sharing them.

Oh wow! These mini albums are fabulous!!! I love the contrast between the two projects done with such different collections! Would love some Graphic 45 of my own to play with!

What a great tutorial on the mini, can't wait to make my own, fantastic! Love Graphic45 papers!

thanks for this tutorial. I really like the way you did the pages with the folded paper. Will have to try this out. Beautiful work on both projects today

Fabulous mini albums! Will definitely give these a try! Thanks to the great inspiration from the DTs!

Both of these projects are a WOW!

Thanks for the tutorials, especially the mini-album. I plan on trying that technique in making an album for my grandson for a trip we'll be making in July.

Wow! These designers never cease to amaze me!

Wow! What inspiring albums by Betto and Susan!! Just stunning pieces of art!

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous albums!! Betto's tropical album gave me tons of ideas for my honeymoon album! And Susan's baby album - thanks so much for the tutorial - easiest baby album I think I have seen recently and I am in need of an easy album :) However, went to my favorite LSS yesterday and they did not have Little Darlings!!! Will have to check out my other LSS to find it! LOVE both albums!

Thank you Susan for the mini album tutorial. I have been wanting to make one for ages, but have been too scared!

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