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August 27, 2013

Two Ways To Create Memorable Minis!


Hello G45ers,

Today we're celebrating the fun and fabulous art of mini albums! There are so many ways to create the perfect mini. You can make them to commemorate any special event in your life, or the lives of friends and family. Graphic 45 papers and Staples offer so many gorgeous colors and designs so that you can create the perfect mini for your personal style. Today we are going to explore two very different but incredibly gorgeous ideas for marvelous minis! You'll see a bright and cheerful Mother Goose mini by Alberto Juarez. His mini album is great for kids, back to school, new babies and so much more! Then we will share Rhea Freitag's enchanting Steampunk Spells mini book. This fun and whimsical creation would be perfect for Halloween or to commemorate a very special occasion! You're going to love it. You're guaranteed to get inspired with today's fabulous mini albums!

Lets begin by giving a quick shout out to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is a gorgeous Secret Garden altered watering can that was recently uploaded to our Facebook page by Nanny Rodriguez. This sweet project definitely captures all the elegance and charm of springtime! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!

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Graphic 45 Facebook Secret Garden altered watering can

And now it's time for some pretty mini albums! Here we have Alberto's gorgeous Mother Goose mini in a fabulous tin case. Just imagine how perfect this would be as a gift! It's great for new babies, back to school, or to commemorate precious moments from childhood. The colorful Mother Goose collection comes to life with dazzling paper layers, fussy cut elements, and pretty ribbon. You can see how wonderfully the Mother Goose papers blend together in this amazing mini. You can have so much fun mixing and matching all the fabulous designs, patterns and colors to create your own perfect mini! Let Alberto's darling craft inspire you!







Mother goose

Ring Around the Rosies

Nursery Rhymes

Spot On


A pocketful of posies

Twinkle little star

May Art ribbon

Petaloo Flower

Paula Pascual Dies for Sizzix

Metal tin


Next we have a very different but also incredibly beautiful idea for a mini album. This is Rhea's breathtaking Steampunk Spells mini book. This amazing creation captures all the wonder and imagination of Steampunk Spells. By blending together all the stunning papers and adding lots of gorgeous Metal Staples, Stickers and cardstock embellishments, Rhea created a one-of-a-kind work of art. Just imagine how great this mini would be for Halloween! Here Rhea explains her inspiration behind this magnificent mini. Check out her fun video for more tips and techniques!

"When I found this Tim Holtz Pocket Die at a local craft outlet store, I gained my inspiration for this piece.  I just knew I was going to make an envelope book with the new Steampunk Spells line.  I also started to conjure up a unique way to bind and embellish my book, thanks to the properties of the trusty envelope. The idea to use pins to hold my binding came from finding one of my very first crafts, a safety pin bracelet made in the 80’s.  I added the pins to my envelope before gluing it together.  While I was embellishing further, I took advantage of the pocket to use brads to attach various bits of metal and charms.  The sealed envelope hides the back of the brads on the inside. To bind my book I simply got crazy weaving with wire.  As I twisted and turned my free form binding together I also added more charms, findings and junk.  It actually came out quite sturdy. In order to see inside a bit more and get a few more secrets I have also uploaded a You Tube video, enjoy!" -Rhea















Steampunk Spells 12 x 12

Steampunk Spells 8x8

Steampunk Spells 6x6 Pattern and Solids

Staples: Keyholes

Staples: Key Charm

Steampunk Spells Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Steampunk Spells Cardstock Banners

Steampunk Spells Cardstock Tags and Pockets

Scor Tape

Distress Ink: Black Soot

Gilders paste, copper and patina

E6000 adhesive

7 Gypsies Pins

Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs

Tim Holtz Pocket Envelope Die

Copper Wire

Junk, hardware and charms from my stash

We hope you all had a lot of fun exploring today's pretty mini albums. There are so many fabulous ways to create the perfect mini album with our new collections. What kind of mini would you create? We want to thank you all so much for joining us today. Big thanks to Alberto and Rhea for their gorgeous work. We hope you will all stop by and see us tomorrow for more extraordinary ideas from our design team! We wish you all a very happy day!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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Thank you for all the inspiration.

ALWAYS LOVE what G45 has to share! Just marvelous!! WOW!!

Wow! Awesome minis today! And the watering can is adorable!

Very nice. I love minis. So much fun to make. These are adorable.

Love the Steam puck Spells mini. What a great idea.

Mini's are my favorite! Thanks for th ideas.

Great ideas! I would love to win this collection. I want to make something like I have seen here.

Awesome Steampunk mini!! I need to get out my envelope die and get to work!

Love the Mother Goose mini. Very cute. Could make your own bedtime stories for your children/grandchildren.

It's amazing to see all that can be done with these wonderful paper collections. Thank you for bringing us so much inspiration every day.

Love todays inspirations :) Thank you for my morning joy :)

Love these inspiring projects. Always do when I visit G45 blog!!

Oh the possibilities! What a super fab giveaway. Would love to win.

Lovely inspiration! TFS

I am in love with Mother Goose, the colors, and patterns!!! It really is a gorgeous collections and I love the mini albums shown. That bow is just so perfect. Thank you so much for sharing these great minis.

This blog just makes my day!

Beautiful projects.

love the Steampunk papers and what a great project...I have that die, thanks for the fantastic idea!

Outta the park G 45!!!! Awesome :)

Minis are so fun to make AND receive - thanks for sharing this one!

Love the mini albums!

Can't wait to see new projects featuring the Typography line! Looks like it will be my most favoritest!!! Thanks for the awesome chance to win!!

Steampunk! loving it. Halloween is coming soon--I'm busy making mini-books.

Great minis! Each page is a work of art!

Great minis today - the tin box one is fab, great way to store it. And I LOVE the steampunk mini - wow!! Judy D.

I am so in love with the steampunk spells items and this mini book is just excellent. Im off to watch the video,
H xxx

Love todays minis!!! I love mini albums and today's blogs has some great inspiration.

Love the Steampunk Spells mini! I can't wait to make one like it. Thanks for all the great ideas!

Gorgeous mini albums, wonderful keepsakes.

Love them both!

My God, are these mini amazing, I love them!

WOW! Fabulous ideas. Thanks.

Wow, the Steam Punk mini rocks! thanks for the inspirational ideas.

The project are very inspiring!!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

love the mini albums

A great project! Love the embellies.

These really are tiny albums...entertaining to look at, but no room for photos or journaling. I can really appreciate all the work that went into both projects! Definitely inspirational on ways to use G45 papers. Thank you for this chance to win a product package!

Wow that envelopemini book is gorgeous!
Pretty details and papers!
Hugs Maia

Beautiful mini albums! The Steampunk Spells is my favorite. Just lovely and very creative. Thank you for sharing these wonderful creations and inspiration.

Love it all!!

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