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October 10, 2012

Making Your Memories Bright With Marvelous Minis!


Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another happy day here on the Graphic 45 blog! We are so glad that you've stopped by to see what's new in the land of papercrafting! Today is all about mini albums! We love minis! They are incredibly fun to create and they are a fabulous way to save your cherished memories. You can give them as gifts or create them to commemorate a special time in your life. Minis can do it all! Today you'll see some gorgeous minis from Kristin Wilson and Susan Lui of our design team. Both of these minis have rather different styles but they're both strikingly beautiful! Let today's creations get your creative gears turning! Maybe you'll get inspired to create a sweet mini of your very own! So lets get to it!

First up is this adorable Little Darlings mini album by Kristin Wilson. This mini is quite special because it was created for Charee Filimoehala, the Director of Social Media and Customer Service here at Graphic 45. Charee is expecting a baby boy in December and we are all so excited to meet the newest member of the Graphic 45 family! This mini is just so exceptional right down to the last detail. You can see how Kristin used recycled packing from Graphic 45 Staples as well as the new Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys and other fabulous embellishments to adorn this precious mini. This is a great example of how minis can truly touch the hearts and minds of the people in our lives.



A few tips on the Little Darlings Mini Album:

Don't throw away your Graphic 45 packaging. They make for the best backgrounds on projects or even the entire book. As you can see I have used Graphic 45 packaging as the base for this mini album. What fun! Albums don't have to be filled with pictures on every page. Show off your creativity and decorate a few pages without photos. It allows you to have full spacial reign. White acrylic paint placed around the edges gives light pastels an even softer look.  -Kristin Wilson













Baby Mini Album Supply List:

Graphic 45: Little Darlings Collection Papers, Stickers, Chipboard, Metal label Holder, Metal Keys, Metal Brad, Trim, Stamps, Mini Envelope, Metal Butterflies, Metal Hinges
Stampin Up!: Stamps, Ink, Twine, Punch, Ribbon
Ranger: Liquid Pearls
Tim Holtz:  Safety Pin
Maya Road: Wood Buttons
May Arts: Ribbon, Bakers Twine
Melissa Frances: Crown, Ticket, Heart, Star, Pearls
Papertrey Ink: Banner Die, Buttons
Craft Store: Doily, Jingle Bell, Small Key, Flowers, Stick Pin, Acrylic Paint

Next we have another incredible mini to share with you! This is a terrific Happy Haunting mini album by Susan Lui. Halloween is definitely the time for taking fun photos! That also means its a great time for creating mini albums! This cheerful mini is filled with all the enchantment of this grand season. Get inspired with Susan's helpful tips and techniques. Let this Halloween be a holiday you'll always cherish with a fantastic mini!

"Do you like taking polaroid or instax photos, jotting your thoughts on little notes and just sticking them into a book? That's what I had in mind when I made this Halloween Mini Album. I gathered up my Graphic 45 Happy Haunting papers, some manila tags, cardstock papers and May Arts Ribbons. Then I simply bound them together using a quick and effective bookbinding technique. What I liked about this mini album is I could use up the smaller scraps of patterned paper I had left over from earlier projects and just bind them into the book. Then it was just a matter of finding my favourite embellishments and decorating the album with them. Happy Haunting chipboards and stickers were especially fun as they coordinated perfectly. Then for some spooky goodness, I added brown netting from May Arts Ribbons in between the pages for a cobweb feel. And then into my stash of leaves I went and found a lovely skeleton leaf to place on the cover, along with some black and white leaves and brown flowers which I'd recently bought from my holiday to Bangkok. I've made a video clip of the album so you can see all the pages inside. Have fun making up your own Halloween Mini Album." -Susan Lui


Susan Lui Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Mini Album 1

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Happy Hunting Mini Album 4

Susan Lui Graphic 45 Happy Hunting Mini Album 5


Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Patterned Papers - Happy Haunting, Trick or Treat, Pumpkin Time, Hallowe'en Greetings, Midnight Magic, WordPlay, Jeeper's Creepers, Bewitched, Fright Night.
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Chipboard 1 and 2
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Stickers
May Arts Ribbons - Brown Net, Yellow Baker's Twine, Orange Grosgrain with Ivory Stripes
American Crafts Black Cardstock
Flowers & Leaves - own stash

We hope you all had a wonderful time checking out today's lovely crafts! Thank you all so much for joining us! And remember, G45ers, if you are ever looking for a store in your area that sells Graphic 45 products you can always check out our store locator! It's the place to go to find great shops and web stores that carry Graphic 45!

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Huge thanks to Kristin Wilson and Susan Lui for their marvelous creations today. We have more gorgeous crafts to share with you on tomorrow's blog. It's going to be a fantastic time and we hope you'll come back and see us! We wish you all a delightful day!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Grpahic 45


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Beautiful minis. Love all the details, I am definitely going to start saving my packaging. TFS


Love minis. These are cool :)

Wonderfully inspiring projects!!!

Love these minis--lots of great ideas to incorporate in my own.

Very creative, the detail is amazing.

The minis are fantastic! Thanks for the great ideas.

I always come away from this blog with such inspiration! Beautiful projects!

outstanding ideas so much stuff crammed onto small areas but looks stunning together great ideas just great

Wowwwwwwwwwww!! Both of these are GORGEOUS!!!! I love using G45 tags for projects!!!

I love Lil Darlings paper pad. I also made a mini album for my baby out of the gorgeous papers
please see link http://sisterscraftcafe.blogspot.com/2012/08/my-lil-darlings-mini-album.html


I love these mini's!! I want to scrap instead of work today!

I LOVE this mini!! So SWEET!! I need one as I am due in three short months!! SO EXCITED!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

Ok, Lovely projects, once again another chance to BEG you all to keep the packaging tags in stock so you can order them to make these cute minis. I saved all mine to make a calendar and now I need more, PLEASE SELL THEM!!

Gorgeous projects today. I would have thought of using the packaging as the pages for a mini book. I will have to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

Amazing projects!!

I love the mini made of G45 packaging. Just goes to show what you can do with "trash" if you're inspired. I'm inspired! And Susan's handmade book is gorgeous! Hope everyone has a Happy Hump Day!

Babies and Halloween!! Re-purposing the packaging is such a clever idea!

These are SOOOOOO beautiful. I'm going to have to buy more G45 items to get tags!

these are so cute

First grandchild arriving at Xmas. I am going to scrap lift some details from the little darling mini. Thanks for sharing.

Great mini books!

What great minis today. Love the Happy Haunting mini. Great job and excellent tutorial.

Two wonderful projects. Both are great.

Adorable mini's!! Thanks for sharing :)

Love the mini album.

Wonderful mini's!

Beautiful projects! Your team is so talented!

I love minis.

just love mini albums

Very enjoyable visit today. Thank you.

The Little Darlings Album is so adorable. Simply lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful little albums, and I love recycling ideas. Going to need a travel trailer for storage if I don't stop saving everything..

Love these mini albums. So many ideas and so creative!

Wow Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiration.

Gorgeous albums from gorgeous papers !!!

I LOVE mini albums! Thanks for the inspiration.

Great projects. I've been keeping my G45 packaging for tags ever since someone used them for such. The idea for a mini book is awesome.

I love minis! Just gorgeous!


What incredible work on both projects! And with all week so far. I just love coming to get my daily dose of G45 projects.

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