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December 18, 2012

Graphic 45 & Scrapbook Adhesives Blog Hop! Day 2


Hello G45ers,

We want to welcome you all to another incredible day of the Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives blog hop! Yesterday we saw some stunning creations that combined Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives products! We're keeping the party going all week long with more amazing crafts that are sure to inspire you! Today we've got some awe-inspiring crafts from our design team! Gloria Stengel has made a gorgeous mini album and tutorial that is out of this world! We also have a breathtaking tag creation from Arlene Cuevas and a fun video tutorial! Wow! This is going to be such a fun day! Our friends at Scrapbook Adhesives are also displaying some magnificent crafts that combine Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives products! Be sure to swing on by their blog today to behold more amazing inspiration! Scrapbook Adhesives is also giving away a beautiful prize pack this week to celebrate this fun blog hop! Be sure to leave a comment on their blog for your chance to win!

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What would a blog hop be without prizes? Here is the incredible Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives prize pack that we are giving away this week on our blog! It includes a Place in Time 12x12 paper pad, Place in Time coordinating chipboard die-cuts, Place in Time stickers, Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keys, Graphic 45 Chipboard Buttons, three packs of Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares and a Scrapbook Adhesives MyStik! Wow! We will be choosing one random winner from this week's blog comments and announcing them on our blog on Monday, December 24th! So be sure to leave us a blog comment for your chance to win!


There is also a chance to win some fabulous Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives prizes on our Facebook and Pinterest pages this week! Definitely check them out for your chance to win!

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First up we have this incredible mini album by Gloria Stengel! This is the perfect mini for Valentines Day! Check out Gloria's fun and informative instructions to create one of your very own! You can see how beautifully Graphic 45 papers and embellishments blend with amazing Scrapbook Adhesives products! Gloria also blended lots of different Graphic 45 paper collections to create a truly unique work of art! There is so much love in this sweet mini! Get ready for some serious inspiration! Take it away, Gloria!


Several years ago, I created a flip album for a workshop project that I was teaching. The original design came from a Close to My Heart demonstrator in approximately 2007. However, all good things come back into fashion, and I have always wanted to make another one of these minis with an updated flair. I have never had the time, until now! The Graphic 45 Place in Time collection inspired me to give it another go!

I used adhesives from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45 papers to create a Valentine's Day mini perfect for the sweetie my life!



Graphic 45 papers:

Place in Time: January, February, June Cut-Aparts, February Foundation Page 8x8, Calendar Foundation Page, Stickers, Chipboard

Birdsong: Harmony

Baby 2 Bride: Unchained Melody, Endless Love

Domestic Goddess: Yours Truly, Simple as Pie

The Magic of Oz: Tenderhearted Tin Man

A Ladies' Diary: Chipboard, Stickers

Scrapbook Adhesives b 3L: My Stik Permanent tape runner, 3D Foam Squares

Cardstock: Bazzill Butter Cream; American Crafts Pomegranate, Black

Ink: Ranger Distress Fired Brick

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Odds and Ends

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Brads: Creative Imaginations

Doily: Wilton

Flowers: Kaisercraft, The Paper Studio, Wild Orchid Crafts

Chipboard Clock: Teresa Collins

Chipboard wing: Maya Road

Glitter: Stampendous Kaleidoscope transparent glitter embossing powder

Sprays: Pro 31 Designs

Metal key: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

Punches: Martha Stewart heart border; Carl heart

Other: Scrabble tiles, bottle cap, mini lock, white glue

The finished mini measures 6 x 6 x 3/4 inches. The basic construction directions are below. Once you have constructed the album, you are free to decorate it in any style you wish.

Basic Instructions 

  1. Cut (1) 6 x 12 piece of cardstock. Score at 2 1/4, 3, 9, and 9 3/4 inches.
  2. Cut (4) 6 x 6 pieces of cardstock.
  3. Attach 2 pieces of 6 x 6 cardstock to the 2 1/4 inch left flap at the 2 1/4 inch fold, sandwiching the flap between the cardstock.  Repeat the process by attaching the other 2 pieces of 6 x 6 cardstock to the 2 1/4 inch right flap.
  4. You will end up with a base page that is 6 inches tall and 19 1/2 inches wide. Score again at 6 and 6 3/4 inches from each end. This is your Album Base. Set this aside.


  1. Cut (3) pieces of cardstock to 6 x 12 inches. Score each piece at 3 and 9 inches. Attach the three pieces of cardstock together by the 3 x 6 inch flaps to form a 6 x 24 inch section that has a center section with "doors."  
  2. Fold the two 3-inch center flaps towards the center.


  1. Fold the 3-inch right flap in and fold the 6-inch right panel towards the center.
  2. Fold the 3-inch left flap in and fold the 6-inch left panel towards the center. Now you have the Album Core. Once it is folded, it will measure 6 x 6 inches.
  3. Attach the Album Core to the inside 6x6 center panel of your Album Base, by attaching adhesive to the back of the Album Core and placing it onto the center of the Album Base.
  4. Fold the right panel to the center.
  5. Fold the left cover panel to the center. (It may be helpful to label your “naked” panels and flaps prior to decorating.)
  6. You may choose to ink all edges and folds.
  7. Now you are ready to decorate!


If you find that your album is getting too "lumpy" you may have to increase your spines. Mine are 3/4 inches, but there is room to adjust them if necessary.


Decorate the cover with images, flowers, and other embellishments. If you plan to make your cover very ornate, you may want to decorate it last so that it does not get crushed while you are decorating the inside of the album.



Use approximately 30 inches of ribbon, sandwiched between the back cover and the front cover flap to tie your album closed.


This album is fun with all its folds and flaps. There is a surprise at every flip!


Below are the photos of each page of the album.













Next up is this gorgeous mixed media collage by Nicole Eccles. This fabulously unique work of art features A Ladies Diary and some very clever layering to create a real sense of dimension. The colors in this piece are so striking and of course it captures that true vintage-inspired charm of Graphic 45! Here is what Nicole had to say about the inspiration behind this amazing project.

"For our hop with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L I have created a mixed media collage on canvas.  Using many layers of inks, paints and gesso I was able to create a sort of dream like, see thru background with a mosaic of colors.  A Ladies Diary was the inspiration for this piece, starting out with only the cut out ladies. Once they were cut out, I saw the wonderful depth and angle they were standing on and knew the perfect thing to give them more dimension.  My favorite to use EVER, 3D foam squares by Scrapbook Adhesives!  By layering multiple foam squares, I was able to create a multitude of different heights that really captured the feel I was going for." -Nicole Eccles

1 Nicole Eccles  December Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Scrapbook Adhesives  Blog Hop Collage

2 Nicole Eccles  December Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Scrapbook Adhesives  Blog Hop Collage

5 Nicole Eccles  December Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary Scrapbook Adhesives  Blog Hop Collage


Graphic 45 Papers-
Colorbox Decades Inks: Triumphant Red, Venetian Lace, Bon Voyage, Photogenic
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Repositionable and Permanent Adhesives, 3D Foam Squares
Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz collection- Street Lamp
Other: Acrylic Paint, Gesso, Matte Medium, Canvas
Next up is a beautiful tag and video tutorial that Arlene Cuevas created! This tag is also perfect for Valentine's Day! It has all the soft colors and loving sentiments of this adorable holiday! You can also see how well A Ladies Diary papers look when used with Scrapbook Adhesives products! It makes crafting so effortless! Follow Arlene's fun and simple instructions to create a tag of your very own! You can also learn how to customize the Scrapbook Adhesives "My Stik" dispenser using A Ladies' Diary! What fun!








-Upcycled Graphic 45 Staples packaging
-A Ladies' Diary paper collection
-Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - My Stik Permanent Strips Adhesive, 3D Foam Squares Black, Regular & 3D Foam Squares Black, Small
-Momenta metal book corner
-May Arts ribbon
-I Am Roses mulberry flowers and crochet flowers
-Vintage lace

We hope you all enjoyed today's fabulous crafts! Don't forget to stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives blog today to see the amazing inspiration they have in store for you! Be sure to leave them a blog comment while you're there for your chance to win their fun prize! We want to thank Gloria Stengel, Nicole Eccles and Arlene Cuevas for their stunning work today. The blog hop bliss continues tomorrow with more amazing inspiration from Graphic 45 and Scrapbook adhesives! We hope you'll come back and see us! Have a delightful day, G45ers!

With Love and Pretty Paper,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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These projects are all sensational... Gloria's album is a wonder, and thanks so much for the tutorial too! Fab prize, thanks so much for the chance to win...
Alison x

Your projects are beautiful!

great post today G45 thanks for teaming up with scrapbook adhesives.
ava g

What great projects today I'm blown away.

Beautiful projects!! Love Graphic 45!!

I love them all and may even try the mini album. Thank you!!

Beautiful!!! I love Norman Rockwell. This Graphic 45 paper is fantastic.

Just love them - the mini album is fabulous!

Who can not LOVE these? Beautiful as always!!

Wow! What terrific projects and tutorial! I am going to give that mini album a try--but it will be after Christmas.

I am without words! All the projects are outstandingly beautiful. I've always wanted to do a flip book. Thank you Thank you for the instructions.

Gorgeous! Definitely going to create the mini book! That tag is beautiful! Love these so much, thanks for sharing your talent!

Dr Sonia

Wow what amazing projects!! Just gorgeous!

I love the mini album! Thanks for the tutorial.

Oh my goodness! Thanks so much for the wonderful step by step on that absolutely magical album! You can bet that I will be making one of these. All the projects today are just stunning! I wish I had more time, but I have to go bake Christmas cookies!

Graphic 45 projects never cease to amaze me. LOVE the projects.

What a gorgeous mini album! I am in love with making these and I love the incorporation of the Scrabble tiles. I really need to start using the ones I have! It brought some great dimension to this beautiful mini. Thanks so much for sharing!

WOW! Love it all. The mini album is my favorite, love all the details.

What beautiful talent g45 has. I find them very inspiring....makes me want to get in my craft room an start creating.

Boy, you guys are just busy busy busy. Thank you for another day og amazing projects. Just beautiful!!

OMG!! The projects just keep getting better and better. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Beautiful projects! That album is amazing and the cover utterly gorgeous!

Great post - love the album and all the fold out pages!

creativity abounds...so inspiring.love the papers...just love G45

the projects are so beautiful

thanks for sharing such amazing projects! I love the mini album!

Beautiful mini album, I love it! The tag is gorgeous. Thanks!

Lovely! Such interesting pages on the album--it would be fun to explore the pages.

These are great! I'll be wanting to do all these projects instead of working!

Wow, these projects are truly beautiful, cant wait to try them, but must first move house, and unpack scraproom, Cant wait. Well done!!

I would spend hours looking at that mini album. How precious! What an amazing gift! Thank you for sharing it.!

Awesome inspiration today!!!!


Some great projects!

Such a beautiful album. I don't know who I would give it to, but I want to make it just because I loved looking at this.


Wow! That tag is fantastic. Love, love, love the mini flip album. I'm going to try to make one. Looks so complicated though.

Amazing, gorgeous,awesome projects and ideas!

Another day of amazing projects to dazzle & delight. I have to try the flipbook for my Mom, she'll love it.
Thanks to all the Designers for sharing.

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