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October 04, 2013

Tag Mini Albums For Happy Memories


Hello G45ers,


Hooray, it's Friday! Are you ready for some amazing inspiration for your weekend crafting? We've got two gorgeous ideas for tag mini albums to share with you. Tag minis are absolutely gorgeous and so fun to create! Today we're going to share a fabulous Steampunk Spells tag mini by Denise Johnson. Then we're going to share a joyful tag mini album tutorial by Susan Lui! She's got some great ideas for binding your tag minis with pretty ribbons. Today's blog has everything you need to get inspired for the weekend! Lets celebrate Friday in style!


It's also time to announce our two winners from this week's blog and newsletter contests! Thank you so much to everyone who left us comments this week, telling us about your favorite local scrapbook store! We loved reading your feedback! Our winners were chosen at random from comments left on our blog and Facebook. And the winners are...


-Patricia Bristow

-Cheryl Craft


Congratulations! Will our winners please email us with your shipping address at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize. This is the beautiful Typography prize that Patricia and Cheryl won today. We have a new contest every week here on the Graphic 45 blog so there's always a chance to win something wonderful. Stay tuned to Monday's blog for more chances to win!

Graphic 45 Typography prize contest


And now it's time for some inspirational tag mini albums! We begin with this wonderfully festive Steampunk Spells tag mini by Denise. This is a beautiful idea for Halloween or Autumn! We love how Denise layered the pretty papers from Steampunk Spells. She also had fun adding lots of pretty Chipboard Die-Cuts, cardstock embellishments and Stickers! This amazing collection offers so many possibilities for beautiful tag minis and more! You can let your imagination run wild with ideas. Here is what Denise had to say about this marvelous mini.


"Folded then sewn, this accordion mini features pockets for tags, mementos and lots of tricks or treats.

A pocket for each family member? Gift Cards for Fall Birthday Giving? Party Table Decor? This piece is wonderfully versatile!" -Denise






















Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells 8 x 8 Papercrafting Paper Pad

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Chipboard

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Banners and Tags

Graphic 45- Steampunk Spells Cardstock Stickers

Graphic 45- Steampunk spells Cardstock Alphabet Stickers

Graphic 45- Staples Metal Keys, Escutcheons & Brads

Petaloo Flowers

May Arts Ribbon

Sanding Block

Distress Ink and Tool


Next up is this lavish and lovely tag mini by Susan. She created this sweet mini with manila tags and our beautiful Bohemian Bazaar collection. This amazing mini is perfect for housing your precious photos, sentiments and keepsakes. It would also make a fantastic handmade gift. Want to create this for yourself or someone you love? Follow along with Susan's fabulous tutorial and have a great time recreating this joyful work of art! Take it away, Susan!

Here’s a quick mini album you can create using some manila tags, Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar patterned papers, chipboards, tags and ribbon. I’ll be showing you how to bind the mini album using Japanese stab stitching, which is a simple yet pretty binding.

Bohemian-Bazaar-Mini-Album-Graphic-45-Susan-Lui-tutorial, gift



Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Mystical Masterpiece

Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Chipboards

Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar Stickers

Manila Tags – 2 for the cover, 6 for the inside pages


Sewing Needle




1. Select two manila tags as your front and back covers and attach patterned papers to both sides of each. Create a hole template for your mini album spine.  To do this, cut a one inch strip and punch three holes down the centre.


2. Score one inch from the left on the front cover and all the pages of the mini album.


3. Using your template, punch holes through both covers and all the inside pages.


4. Thread your ribbon through a sewing needle. To begin, take your needle down hole 2, leaving a 3” tail. Then bring your needle up through hole 1.


5.  Take your needle around the spine of hole 1, then thread back up hole 1 again.


6. Wind your ribbon round the top of the mini album then back up through hole 1 again. Next, bring your needle down hole 2 and up through hole 3. Now repeat at hole 3 what you did at hole 1. That is, wind the ribbon round the spine of the hole 3, up through hole 3, down the bottom of the mini album, then up through hole 3 again.


7. Bring your ribbon up to hole 2, tie a knot and a pretty bow and you’re done binding your tag mini album. Now decorate to your heart’s delight.


The beautiful end result!


Wow, that was fun! We are so excited to try this fabulous technique for creating tag minis! Big thanks to Denise and Susan for their incredible work today. We hope you all enjoyed today's fantastic tag mini album inspiration. We encourage you all to have some fun this weekend, creating a tag mini album with your favorite Graphic 45 collection. We have another wonderful week planned for the Graphic 45 blog. There will be more gorgeous crafts, tutorials and fun for you to enjoy. We hope you'll come back and see us. Thank you all so much for stopping by our blog today. We wish you all a very happy day and a terrific weekend!

Your Pals in Paper,

Team Graphic 45


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So gorgeous!!!

I'm working with Steampunk Spells right now and the inspiration on the blog is wonderful!

These are wonderful! I love the explaination of how to "bind" the album using the "stab method". For me, a fairly new person to this style of creations is a lifesaver! Thank you!

Great projects!! Completed 2 Steampunk Spells Mini's and want to do another one. Love Graphic 45 and all their inspiration given on this blog. Thank you.

I love tags...and I love mini albums...so when you put them together I'm pretty much over the moon! Both of these are so beautiful. I really appreciate Susan's binding tutorial. Wonderful!

I love these mini albums!!!

wow, tags and minis my two favorites and my two of the best paper collections, doesn't get any better than that!

Great projects! I love the Steampunk Spells tag mini!!

The tag albums are so awesome! Especially the binding tutorial. Thanks! I want to try it, now.

Love the mini albums! Susan's binding tutorial will come in handy, thank you. Sweet and simple, I like it.

Both are lovely ideas. I did get lost with binding but that's my brain not the great directions. Keep forgetting I have a tag set as in protective packaging in a box. First time I was able to afford them so very precious! Will wait until I can replace it, lol....
Congrats to winners! :))

Lovely ideas!

Fab albums! Great weekend makes!

Fabulous inspirations .. as always .. have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Beautiful projects!

I love this tag book!!

These are fabulous! I have to try them this weekend.

Great projects today. Love Graphic 45!

I will make the tag album! Cute and very doable for a busy person. Thanks for the ideas.

Steampunk Spells seems to inspire the Design Team to new heights! What a fabulous mini to celebrate Halloween! Love the mini album binding, but BB is not a favorite of mine.

Love those minies! Judy D.

Loving the use of tags on both albums. The binding on the bohemian bazaar album is really neat. Thanks so much for the stepped out tutorial. Have a great weekend all.

Great projects, great details. Thanks for sharing.

Love both projects and all the details provided. It really helps us when we try our hand at making them. Thanks.

great inspiration! i will try this japanse binding for sure! thanks for the tutorial!

These are so cool! Thank you for the tutorial - just brilliant! xx

My little heart 'missed a beat' when I read out the Winners names, sadly the 'Patricia' wasn't me, boo hoo, but hearty congratulations to the Winners.
Loving these project today, as always, the designers bring us awesome projects.

I love your paper- I love mini albums- therefore, I REALLY love these!!!

Cool...Thanks for sharing!

Y'all continue to Wow me. I love this mini tag book. Thank you so much! :)

Awesome idea!! Love it!

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