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July 05, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: More Bird Song Papers!


Hello G45ers,

It's another happy day of beautiful sneak peeks here at Graphic 45! We are thrilled that you are joining us today! We want to welcome you all to today's fun-filled blog! Today we are unveiling 6 stunning new paper designs from Bird Song! You are going to flip when you see these exquisite papers! We also have 4 more prize winners to announce from yesterday's Bird Song contest! Plus we've got a gorgeous Tropical Travelogue mini album and tutorial by Tara Orr to share with all of you! Yes, today is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! So lets start with our big winners from yesterday's Bird Song contest! Remember that we are giving away 4 Bird Song Prize packs every day this week! Just leave us a blog comment any time this week for your chance to win a beautiful Bird Song 8x8 paper pad and both chipboard die-cuts before they are even available in stores! And the winners are...

-Marilyn B. Hughes: "Love the chipboard tags and stickers! And as always, marvelous projects."

-Chris Dring: "This collections is stunning! Love everything about it!"

-Jackie Kraftchick: "Really super paper - and I love the die cut chipboard pieces too!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!  KraftyChick"

-Maureen: "I subscribe to your blog post, but i just popped over from Paper Crafter's Library after viewing Claire's beautiful projects featuring A Lady's Diary from your beautiful paper collections. I have only recently become introduced to all your wonderful lines and I cannot wait to get my hands on some of them and start creating, they are things of beauty!!"

Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! And now it's sneak peek time! Behold these stunning new paper designs from Bird Song! Just imagine the incredible crafts you could create with this harmonious new paper collection!

"Cherry Blossom"






"Jasmine Dream"






"Shanghai Girls"






Wow, wasn't that amazing?! There is even more inspiration on the way as we bring you this incredible Tropical Travelogue mini album and tutorial by Tara Orr. Summer is a great time of year to take some great photos from vacations, family events, holidays and parties. There is so much going on! Why not save your cherished photos in a gorgeous mini album like this one?! Here Tara Orr explains her inspiration behind this beautiful work of art. She also takes you page by page through her creative process with lots of wonderful tips. Have some fun creating a Tropical Travelogue mini album of your very own! Take it away, Tara!

Tropical Travelogue mini album

After every vacation, we are all left with wonderful holiday photos.  Sometimes we have so many that the thought of including them all into a scrapbook page or mini album can seem overwhelming.  After I returned from a wonderful Hawaiian vacation with my mother last year, I had so many memorable photos that I didn’t want to leave any out.  Solution: An envelope album!  I was able to display a few of my favourite photos on some of the pages and all of the other photos were easily tucked into several of the envelopes within the album itself.


Graphic 45 4x6 Kraft envelope album
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Paper Collection (8x8 paper pad)
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Tags
Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue Cardstock Stickers
Graphic 45 Envelope Tags
Graphic 45 Metal Tags
Graphic 45 Metal Buttons
Graphic 45 Metal Hinges
Fiskars Personal Paper Trimmer
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares

  Tropical Travelogue mini album


 Front Cover: This album cover was super fun to create as it had an element of overlap due to the envelope.  I first covered the front cover and overlapping top flap of the envelope with some ‘Island Jewel’ paper . I then cut out a rectangular shape from the ‘Hibiscus Heaven’ paper and layered on top of the main page while leaving the envelope flap just with the green paper. I then built up my front cover by layering several fussy cut flowers from the ‘Island Jewel’ paper around a paper doily which I placed in the centre of the page.  I also added a few tags around my page to complete the inside of the front cover.

 Now we need to finish the top flap of the envelope which will be covering much of the inside design you just created.  I used one of the frame tags from Graphic 45’s Chipboard Tag Sheet and centered it on the envelope flap. I then continued fussy cutting more flowers from the ‘Island Jewel’ paper to surround my frame. Lastly, I embellished with a few more fussy cut butterflies as well as another tag for added dimension

Tropical Travelogue mini album

 Pages 2 & 3: When creating mini albums, I always like to create my pages so that they coordinate with one another.  Using an entire paper collection makes this task much easier.  I often create my pages so that they flow into one another so that each facing page ‘matches’ the other.  These pages have been built up with several layers of patterned papers, tags, and fussy cut elements from the Tropical Travelogue Collection.  I often find that when using a neutral background colour, like the ones on these two pages, a subtle pop of colour really jumps right off the page.  You can also use 3D Foam Dots to achieve further dimension for your project.

Tropical Travelogue mini album

Tropical Travelogue mini album

 Pages 4 & 5: Several of my pages were created with wonderful imagery from the patterned papers which I was using.  Don’t feel like you need to display all your photos front and centre of your mini albums.  Sometimes having a page with wonderfully fussy cut elements, bold colours and beautiful embellishments is enough.  If you don’t have an envelope album, try tucking your photos behind your embellishments or leaving space behind your patterned papers.  You can even add your own pockets to your mini albums for those extra photos you don’t want to leave out.

Tropical Travelogue mini album

Tropical Travelogue mini album

 Pages 6 & 7: Scrappers often find the transition from layouts to cards or layouts to mini albums quite difficult at first – I know I did.  What helped me create these more quickly and more seamlessly is to imagine that I was creating a whole collection of mini scrapbook pages.  The way you would compose your layout works the same way you would compose the page in a mini album – simply on a smaller scale.  For each page, try changing up your designs as well so that the album flows nicely from one page to the next without looking the exact same.  As you can see on these two pages, the first is more of a horizontal design with the paper strips cut lengthwise.  The facing page is more of a vertical design with both pages showcasing coordinating patterns and colours as well as several layered elements such as fussy cut tags, birds, stickers as well as the introduction of metal hardware.  It is important to showcase several types of mediums within your album so that the final result does not look ‘flat’.  Even though papers can be popped up with 3D Foam Squares, etc. the end result will look a little more two dimensional that a project with the addition of twine, flowers, metal, etc.

Tropical Travelogue mini album

Pages 8 & 9: I decided to make the most of my tag frame and cut out a photo to fit directly inside.  When you include photos directly on your pages, try using similar colours found in your pattern papers or use black and white/sepia toned photos so that they do not compete with your page.  Because the area in which you are working is smaller, tiny details go a long way.  The simple addition of a bow here, a tag here or a layered element there will create wonderfully diverse effects to your pages.


  • Because the finished project can be quite bulky, you can close with twine or ribbon wrapped around the entire album. You can include as many photos as you would like with this album – displaying your favourites on each page and inserting any extras in the handy envelope pages.
  • To secure your hemp twine when making a ‘bow’, apply a small amount of Glossy accents to the center of your knot so that it does not come undone.

We hope you all had a wonderful time today! Thank you all so much for joining us for today's sneak peek blog. Big thanks to Tara Orr for her amazing work! We hope you will all come back and see us tomorrow for more delights from Bird Song, new contest winner announcements and fun crafts! We wish you all a fabulous day!

Happy Papercrafting!

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Such a gorgeous collection!

Your DT are such fabulous artist and they give us such wonderful inspiration on a daily basis. I love todays projects...
Love ~ Lady Anne xx

Bird Song is some of the most exciting papers I have ever seen. I love the colors and flavor. This will go beautifully with my Mother's family photos of Japan.

Lovely, "sigh"

Ditto....Ditto....Ditto....! Cannot wait to see the wonderful things your design team will create with all this beauty!! Thanks for the opportunity to get some of this amazing collection!!

The Bird Song Paper Collection is absolutely beautiful and elegant! Now to choose how to use it!

This is one of the most gorgeous paper collections I've seen. Beautiful colors and designs.

Gets better and better! I would stand in line to get this one! Wonderful designs!

Wow! This line is amazing!! I'm an American currently living in Japan and I can't wait to get my hands on this paper. My photos are going to look amazing...yay!

beautiful paper, can't wait to use it, love the colors.


Graphic 45 has its very own style and personality. The Travelogue album shows off the colos and versatility you can have with this line.

....and the hits just keep on comin' ...

another FABULOUSLY AWESOME bunch of inspiration.

MANY thanks!!!

thanks for the tutorial and tips. I fall more in love with travelogue with each project. I love most of the bird song ones but some are a bit too oriental for me.

Those are beautiful papers and the projects are amazing!

great travel album tara, nice showcasing of G45 papers

Everything new is even better than the last design, I didn't think that could be possible! You have amazing products...I could just sit and admire them as they are. Thanks for the chance to win this.

I love this new Bird Song paper collection. I just made a trip to Washington, DC to the Cherry Blossom Celebration. This paper is going to be perfect for my pictures. This was my daughter and granddaughter's first trip to DC. Love all the projects from your DT, they are all so amazing.

Beautiful papers, beautiful projects. g45 just is beautiful all the time.

I take the collection is BOTH Japanese and Chinese, right? Historically, both countries don't get along, except in a Graphic 45 paper pad. :-D

I'm sooooo in love with these papers!!!! I'm going to totally enjoy working with these!!! I'm motivated to start!!! That was a super wonderful mini by Tara!!! Thanks for a fantastic post!!!

What a beautiful album! Congrats to the winners. I can see myself making an album like this for my granddaughter if she goes to Hong Kong next summer.

My favorites are Harmony and Enlightenment in this selection. I am already imagining what a cheery creation I could make with Enlightenment! It reminds me of a summer party on the lawn...

The beauty never seems to end with this paper pack. Can't wait until it comes out!

THis mini album is stunning! Love the use of all the different papers in one book!

Wonderful papers. The Shanghai Girls are amazing...Can't wait.

Once again BEAUTIFUL!

I absolutely love those Stack-able Japanese Bento lunch box!!

The new collection is fabulous. And I LOVE Tara's projects, I went through it twice (lol) becuase I didn't want to miss any detail, it's just amazing.

Uau! What an amazing colection! I am in ove with it, can´t wait to have it!

love all these! so irresistable!

So many lovely projects! And the metal embellishments...wow...especially the keys and keyholes!

All the projects are just fabulous. Keep up the good work!

I just love the asian inspired theme of Bird song collection..Thanks so much for the chance to win

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