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January 17, 2014

Easeful Ideas For Easle Albums!


Hello G45ers,

Happy Friday to you all! We've got just what you need to get inspired for the weekend! Today we're going to share some breathtaking ideas for creating stylish and sophisticated altered 8x8 Easel Albums! Get ready to fall in love with today's gorgeous crafts! We'll be showing you a delightful Sweet Sentiments altered 8x8 Easel Album by Maria Cole. Her elegant creation is just perfect for springtime, Valentine's Day and Easter! Then we've got an exquisite Couture altered 8x8 Easel Album by Nichola Battilana. You're going to love the authentic vintage look of Nichola's incredible creation! With so many great ideas, you're sure to get inspired for some weekend creativity!

Lets begin with this week's lucky Couture contest winner! We chose today's winner at random from comments left on our blog this week! And the winner is...

-Malett Orren: "What wonderfully brilliant ideas. .Omg I love love love this paper line I've got to have it I hope I win"

Congratulations, Malett! Please email us with your shipping information at info@g45papers.com to claim your prize! This is the stunning Couture prize that Malett won today! We have a new blog 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 your next chance to win some amazing Graphic 45 goodies!

Graphic 45 Couture prize giveaway winner announcement

And now lets get creative! The Graphic 45 Easel Albums are so much fun and versatile! They come in two wonderful sizes: 8x8 and 12x12. They have so many unique uses! You can create gorgeous mini albums, calendars, use them for displaying layouts and much more! Both of today's ideas feature the Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Albums as gorgeously decorated minis! Altering a Graphic 45 Easel Album in your favorite Graphic 45 collection is such a fun and satisfying project! It's the perfect craft for a quiet weekend afternoon! Get ready for some fabulous inspiration from our Design Team!


Here is Maria's incredible Sweet Sentiments 8x8 Easel Album. All the gorgeous pastel colors and heartwarming designs of Sweet Sentiments shines on every page of this magnificent album! Each page is loaded with lots of pretty paper layers, fussy cut elements and elegant embellishments. There is so much joy in Maria's elegant creation! Let it inspire you to create your own one-of-a-kind altered Easel Album! Here is what Maria had to say about it!

"Sweet Sentiments is the most beautiful Valentine’s and Easter paper I’ve ever seen! I love all the pretty pastel colors, vintage imagery, and luscious floral designs. If you love fussy cutting like I do, this is the paper for you! And what a better way to capture the charm of these two holidays than to make a precious mini album dedicated to the ones you love. I used an 8” x 8” easel album by Graphic 45 as my base, with plenty of Sweet Sentiments papers. Since my last easel album stood upright, I wanted to do something different with this album, so I removed the binding and placed it on its side. After designing each page of the album, I braided some May Arts ribbon and ran it through each little hole. It was definitely a labor of love but those kinds of projects are always the best ones!" -Maria




























Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 12” x 12” paper pad

Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments 8” x 8” paper pad

Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys

Graphic 45 Easel Album 8x8

Graphic 45 Washi Tape Set

Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Doily Hearts

Sizzix Branch w/Leaves die

May Arts pink and purple ribbon

Petaloo Mixed Blossoms – soft lavender

Prima purple and pink roses

Stickles – yellow, cherry ice, diamond

Next we're going to explore the saturated colors of our Couture collection with Nichola's dazzling altered 8x8 Easel Album! Couture has such a perfectly vintage-inspired look to it! It's great for capturing the jovial spirit of times gone by. Nichola added lots of beautiful antique photos to this Easel Album to turn it into the perfect mini album! Just imagine what an incredible, heartfelt gift this would make! Nichola also added some handmade paper flowers, pretty fussy cut elements and just a little paper distressing to help amplify the alluring vintage look of this mini. You can see some wonderful uses of the Couture coordinating cardstock Flowers, Banners and Tags & Pockets in this pretty mini. They work so well to add extra color, depth and style to your crafts! Get swept away in the charm and elegance of Nichola's Couture altered 8x8 Easel Album!


Graphic45_Couture_NBattilana_Easel Album, mini album






















































Couture 6x6 Patterns & Solids Pad


Couture 8x8 Pad


Couture Banners


Couture Flowers


Couture Tags & Pockets


Couture Stickers


Couture Alphabet Stickers


Couture Chipboard 1


Couture Chipboard 2


8x8 Easel Album


Ornate Metal Keys


Ornate Metal Key Holes


Patterned Washi Tape


May Arts Ribbon


Petaloo Botanica Blooms - Cranberry/Amber/Orange


Petaloo Vintage Trinkets Accessories


Petaloo Embellishment Brads - Shades of White


Spellbinders - Circle Hat Pin


Cream Adhesive Pearls


White Plastic Pearls (Strand)




Vintage Photographs




Rubber Cement


Tacky Glue



We hope you all got some great ideas for altered Easel Albums on today's blog! They are the perfect projects to really let your imagination run wild with inspiration! We sure enjoyed sharing these magnificent creations with you today! Big thanks to Maria and Nichola for their superb work. We've got more fun and great ideas planned for you on our blog. We hope you'll come back and see us very soon. Thank you so much for joining us today, G45ers! We wish you a fabulous Friday and a restful weekend!


Your Pals in Paper,


Team Graphic 45


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What beautiful pages. Love them.

Gorgeous work!!!

I love the Couture Easel Album! The photos are so perfectly displayed and appropriate for the papers. Exceptional.

Love these beautiful albums! Can't pick a favorite they are all stunning. Michelle t


So many beautiful ideas! Wishing you a happy day!


Barbara Diane

Awwww, so so pretty! Love all the flowers!

I love these projects, you papers are so pretty, you always give us so much inspiration!!

Wow - These are both pretty, but I am loving the Sweet Sentiments book. Those colors have me ready for spring!

These books are beautiful...I've got to make one!!! Love these new paper lines!!! Hugs, Linda

OMG!!! These albums are fabulous! So much work, so many details! I am so inspired.... Hugs xx

Beautiful albums!

Beautiful creations with so much inspiration. It is always such a pleasure to stop by and see what the DT has been up to.

Wonderful!!! I can't wait to dig out pictures of my mom and aunt and scrap them. They were quite the fashion plates.

Gorgeous album by Nichola I love the papers and the vintage photos-what a great keepsake.

The incorporation of photos into these projects is wonderful. Really inspiring.

Such gorgeous easel albums!! I love that I get so much inspiration from reading your blog daily!! TFS!

Both albums are stunning, but I especially love the second one with the old photos and wonderful vintage feeling.

there are a stunning projects!

There's a shopping trip in my future to pick up the easel albums.

Gorgeous just simply gorgeous! The Fussy cutting must have taken forever!

Oh my gosh what gorgeous projects!!

Both projects are stunning! I especially love the use of the black and white photos with the Couture papers. The Easel Albums are great!

What a gorgeous project. Love it thanks for sharing

Beautiful albums!

Uauuu...beautiful albums!

Thanks for the inspiration, I have an easel album I have yet to decorate!

Every page in both these albums becomes a work of art worthy for display. All the details require investigation and admiration. Thanks for sharing these 2 beautiful projects!

Wow, both these collections are just wonderful. Projects are great. Love, love the papers.

Beautiful albums. I especially love the sweet sentiments album.

These are breathtaking. Thanks for always giving us all inspiration!

These minis are FABULOUS!

Loved both albums, and both were inspiring. I got to thinking about any vintage photos I have of my Grandmothers and sad to say, I don't have many but will make a few layouts with what I have as soon as I can get my hand on the new collections.

Both beautiful, shouldn't have favourites but love how Nichola's shown off the Couture collection with wonderful vintage photos too. Congrats to lucky winner. See u next week :))

This looks amazing. I love it. Thanks for sharing,

I love minis, and these are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us. G45 is wonderful!

I've had the Couture collection for several weeks now and just couldn't bring myself to touch it with scissors. It's so beautiful I just wanted to spend time soaking it all in...as I do with all the collections! After seeing the beauty that comes out of the paper it's time...to order another full collection to hold back so I can start cutting this one. I'm going to do a book for my dearest friend to give to her grand daughter next year when she goes off to college. There will be words of wisdom...lots of journaling places... some Granny best recipes and family photos. At the back there will be photos of her Granny so she.. the grand daughter can write her memories of her Granny when Granny is no long with her. I think the Couture collection is the only collection that will capture her Granny.

Love the couture papers. Great projects too.

Congrat's Marlett! I am totally jealous. :D Enjoy playing with the Couture Collection.
Maria and Nichola what beautiful and elegant creations love them both!!
Thanks for the inspiration always look forward to such amazing creations from Graphic 45.

I just love the Couture collection

great inspiration

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