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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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These minis are fabulous! I adore the baby mini! I should do one for my little grandson. LOVE IT!

Yes! Lovely mini albums! Thank you for sharing such great creative inspiration with us!

Congratulation to Charee, Both minis are adorable thanks for all the inspiration

Minis rule! These are both wonderful!

Your mini albums are darling. Love them. I love all the lines of Graphic 45.
Thanks for all the inspiration.

Such beautiful mini albums and such clever ideas! Love them!

Mini albums are my favorite and these two are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

Little Darling is darling !
Love the Halloween mini with the Happy Haunting too !

the baby mini is just too sweet

Love those minis. Especially that one for the baby.

Loved the minis! Great idea to use the packaging. Must try!

Love mini albums. These are more than adorable!!

Expecting a new baby is so exciting! Best wishes to Charee, the mini book will be a treasure forever!

Love the minis. The baby book is adorable and i love that you used the the packaging in the mini. So smart. The Hallowee mini is spookily adorable. Fantastic creations by both designers.

Love these! Very creative and happy!

Absolutely gorgeous.

Love this precious tag mini...soft and sweet! The Halloween mini is full of spooky fun and so inspiring! Time to go create with Graphic 45!

Just gorgeous albums from gorgeous papers ! WOW!

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!

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 wish I'd discovered this site before I started my business. I would have avoided a lot of mistakes.

Both minis are fabulous!! Love the creativity both DT members exhibit!

Mini albums are such fun to make and these two a really fab.

I love to make minis and these are beauties.

So very cute, love the mini album look. The little darling mini is striking and thanks to you both for the great inspirations!!

very cute baby tag mini. They make it looks so simple

Two very different but equally beautiful minis. many thanks for the inspiration xx

I have a huge request......I wish you would sell your packaging tags!!!!!! Please, please, please!!!!!!!!

I love the mini-books. I have made several but now must make another with that adorable baby paper!

The Little Darling mini book is so pericious!

What wonderful little mini albums! Love the use of the Graphic 45 packaging for the baby mini...definitely going to make one of those! And thank you so much for adding in the YouTube for the Halloween mini! LOVE it!!!

Super projects...wonderful paper!!!! Everything is on my wish list!!!!
Paper Hugs,

Georgeous album! Am very curious about the bookbinding technique used? I never quite know how to put the pages together...

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