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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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I just love Couture. I've been scrapping with it like crazy for the last few days. My first layout sold already and in less than 24 hours on Etsy. That just shows you how wonderful these papers are.

What beautiful albums - all the fussy cutting and beautiful flowers. Lovely.

I have to say that my favorite of all these projects is the maria cole as I love lavender and purple and those pages were awesome

Such wonderful easel mini albums! The brilliant colors dazzle the eyes. I'm impressed with all the fussy cutting...it sure does add wonderful dimension to each page.

Since I have been following your site and the breathtaking products you show, I have done more clipping, snipping and gluing than I have done in ages. Thank you for getting the creative blood flowing again. I LOVE IT! :)

First a big CONGRATS to Malett, I admit, I´m sooo envious ha ha ha, but I hope, you´ll have sooo much fun with all the goodies hun.
Next I´m just totally in love with these gorgeous albums here, the girls have made. Both pof them are simply amazing. Such awesome and stunning work on both of them, and who wouldn´t love to recieve such a gift? I sure would.
Have a wonderful crafty week-end everyone.

I love the new easel, it looks fab, been thinking of starting to scrap booking and this would be fabulous x

Oh My Gosh! These are just gorgeous! Maria, I love yours, but it's so pretty I could never cover any of the pages with pix! lol And Nichola...well I just love the vintage appeal of black and white pix. I have scrapped many of my mom and her sisters old pix into posterity. Your lovely album makes me want to get out some more and do something like this with them. Thank you both for the inspiration. Jess

I love the Easel albums, great ideas, I love to make these and give for gifts. Thanks for the great inspiration.

Absolutely incredible!

I love the easel album, I have one and some vintage photos, ideas are coming. Thank so much for the inspiration and getting my creative juices flowing.

So gorgeous! What stunning projects!

Wonderful creations! Can't wait to get a couple of easel albums to give them both a go.

So insired and I happen to have a 12x12 easel base already. I also have lots of Graphic 45. Love it!

What beautiful projects for such exquisite paper!

Love the couture paper

Love all your tutorials . . . can't wait to create one of those cute note holders . . . love, love, love it!!! Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful projects!!!


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