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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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All wonderful and thanks for the instructions.

I love the mini using Place in time. Can't wait to try making it myself. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

To think we're all mad dashing around getting Christmas wrapped up and G45 and your design team is busy at work on Valentine's Day!! You are all amazing.

Fantastic creations. I love this Valentines Day minialbum. It's perrfect!

gorgeous gorgeous love everything

So pretty! I love this. Wish I had time to make mini albums for Christmas. My goal is to start my first one after the holidays. This one is cool!

Oh, my gosh, that mini is so cute! I love all those little flaps. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

I am going to have one lovely time creating! Thanks for the inspiration!


Love these works and Graphic 45 too!

So many wonderful projects 2day w/lots of inspiration! There are definitely a few things to add on to my 'to do' list in 2013! TFS :)

These are absolutely stunning..so much creativity and talent...love it all...well done!

Wow, these projects are all so beautiful. I love the Valentine album, I'm a scrapbooker and got ideas for layouts from the album pages, I really loved the Mixed Media collage, I thought of ideas for scrapping my San Franciso pictures and I always love tags. Tags are so cute. Thanks for the ideas and the opportunity to win. I absolutely love /graphic 45.

I cannot believe what amazing projects I've just drooled over! I came to the blog today to look for inspiration that will encourage me to cut into my beautiful new Ladies diary papers and I'm spoilt for choice. The mini album looks fantastic, I am a sucker for mini books and I can already feel and smell those pages! Thank you everyone for sharing such great inspiration.

Un mini álbum precioso!!


WOW, all I can say is WOW!

Gorgeous!!! G45 designers are so very talented! Thank you so much for sharing.


Another day of gorgeous projects... Thanks for all the inspiration...

The album is beautiful. It would have been a good gift for me to make for my mother. She loved vintage. The gift tag is also beautiful. I think I'm going with fancy tags on my presents this year rather than worrying about wrapping. (if I can find bags). Enjoyed the mixed media project. I like to fussy cut.

just awsome, I love all your products, would love to see something with a Rosie the Riveter theme also

omg...all of the projects are so gorjuss. I love the paper line. thank you for the inspiration...hugs

Beautiful projects can't wait to try them after Christmas when there is time :)

Wow, truly amazing projects! I love the valentine album, gorgeous! Oh, what am I saying, I love everything you guys do!

All of these are fantastic but I'm going to have to try my hand at making Gloria's mini album! It's gorgeous! I love making minis but have never made one quite like this one. Thanks for the inspiration and also for the chance to win some G45 goodness!

Festive and bright. Beautiful projects for the season...

Wonderful projects! Can't wait to try the mini album. Thanks for the inspiration!

love the projects today as always pinned several of the projects thanks DT

I don't even know where to start: everything in this post is so inspiring and so eye-catching! Looove :)

I wish I could find something new to say but all I can find is Wow! How amazingly beautiful and cool!

Wonderful projects! Thanks to all of the designers who shared. :)

Three wows from me! So much hard work :)TFS

These works of art are so inspiring! Thank you all for the directions so that we too can try to make them! Your kindness is appreciated!

Ooooh, I love each one of these creations! The mini is wonderful, and I LOVE the canvas collage, and the tag is so delicately beautiful. Judy D.

Three lovely projects, thank you!

More fantastic projects! Thanks for the inspiration.

What a great album. I think making mini albums is my favorite. I like how you can use such soft colors for one and the next one is much more bold. Keep up the great work.

The minibook is awesome, and I adore the beautiful tag. All of the designers amaze me with their beautiful creations.

These projects are truly AMAZING!!! Would love to try the flip album one day and the tag perhaps too! TFS your fabulous creativity!!!

Wow - all three projects today are just beautiful. I can't wait to get started working on these. I love mini books and I am glad they are coming back in style again!!

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