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June 29, 2015

It's the Spellbinders Summer Road Trip Partner Hop with Tutorials from Graphic 45!


Welcome to the Spellbinders Summer Road Trip Partner Hop! We are so excited you're here. We are going to jump right into the fun because Annette Green and Gloria Stengel have 2 excellent projects for this amazing hop. There's also a fabulous giveaway! Enjoy hopping along.


First, Annette shares a fabulous mini album and Mixed Media Box using Spellbinders dies!

"This Summer my husband and I will be traveling with friends to South Carolina and I thought it would be fun to create them a mini album and Mixed Media Box to store it in as a little “Thank You” gift for joining us. I used Home Sweet Home in particular because I also plan to collect recipes and make note of places we eat, as well as places we visit. The Spellbinders dies were fun to layer and play around with, and with my new Sapphire machine it sure made easy work of embellishing my project. Hope you enjoy!" ~Annette



Annette's YouTube Tutorial










Supply List

Graphic 45:
Home Sweet Home 8 x 8 papers
Home Sweet Home 6 x 6 Patterns & Solids
Home Sweet Home Cardstock Stickers
Ivory 5 x 5 Mixed Media Box
Kraft ATC Tag
Antique Brass Label Pull
Basics Set A
Mini Flower One
Sapphire Die-Cutting Machine
Core’dinations Signature Series Cardstock for Graphic 45
May Arts green wrinkle ribbon
May Arts jute twine
Misc. buttons and pearls
Burlap fabric

Now, let Gloria show you how to make a brilliant Raining Cats & Dogs mini album!

"Good morning, Graphic 45 Fans! I have the amazing honor to be one of the featured Graphic 45 Designers in the Spellbinders' Partner Blog Hop!

I was given the Spellbinders Sapphire Numbers and Letters One die templates set and the Fancy Corner set to work with, plus I am using the Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Collection for my project.


I decided to create a little mini album from two paper bags...and to make it a brag book about my cats! This album is approximately 3 1/2" x 7" and is adorable in a black, red, and teal color scheme!


Here is a another view, with the cover "untucked." I just adore how this turned out. It is perfect for adding a few photos and some journaling. This is the sort of project that you can customize by changing the theme and using alternate papers or color schemes. I love the Spellbinders Sapphire letters that I used to spell out my album title. (The capital "M" is approximately 1/2" tall.)


The gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, paired with black accents and the black die cut shapes make for a stunning project!


I bet you want to know how I made this little mini, right? Well, here goes!



You need two black treat bags, approximately 3 1/2" x 6 3/4" each. You can purchase these treat bags at your local chain craft store in the gift wrap section.

Lay Bag #1 so that the bottom fold is to the left. Place Bag #2 so that the bottom fold is on the right. Score Bag #2 at 1 1/2" and 2" from the bag opening. Score lightly, as you will GENTLY fold the bag to make the right-hand "spine."



Place some double-stick tape on the back of the opening of Bag #2. Slide Bag #2 into the opening of Bag #1, up to the first score line. Use a circle die or punch to create a cut out tab into Bag #1 as shown.) I actually went back with a Spellbinders Circle Die and cut a larger opening, as you can see below.)



Gently fold the bag on the score lines. The end of Bag #2 will tuck under the left flap to form a closure. 


I wanted to add a bit more to my bag book, so I created a flip page from some black cardstock. Cut black cardstock to 3 3/8" x 5". Score on the short edge at 1". Place double-stick tape on the small flap. Tuck the cardstock flap into the opening of Bag #1 to form a flip page.


Cover all surfaces with Raining Cats and Dogs papers. I used the 8x8 paper pad for my project. The open mini measures approximately 3 1/2" x 12 1/2". 



I decorated the "flap" of the cover with Spellbinders corner dies, flowers, and Raining Cats and Dots chipboard and a sticker. I topped the chipboard tag with a twine bow. 



I decorated the cover with more flowers and chipboard, plus a few items from the Raining Cats and Dogs Banners. I spelled out "My Cats" with the Spellbinders Numbers and Letters One die cuts. 


With the cover open, Bag #1 becomes the fist page, and it is also a pocket page. You can see that I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small Dies to cut out the opening on the bag to make it easier to slip in some tags. I used the Sapphire Fancy Corner Set to create corners for the journaling tag. 


I tucked a few Graphic 45 Black Artist Trading Tags into my bag pocket. I covered the tags with paper. I had a little fun by trimming out the word "cats" to cover the word "dogs" so that my second tag reads "raining cats and cats"! {giggle} You can tuck some photos into the bag pocket as well. 



The next page is the cardstock flap that I made. The chipboard accent holds some tags, or it could hold a photo. Place adhesive on the left side of the chipboard, then slide your tags and photos under the right edge of the tag.


I used foam squares to pop the cat chipboard tag off and act as a holder. 



I created another tag holder by popping the mini tag with foam squares. I tied another twine bow to decorate the tag. I used another of the fancy corner die cut shapes under the mini tag.



The last page is actually Bag #2. The bag bottom creates a flap, which I used as a journaling spot and photo holder. I "crowned" the chipboard piece with one of the Spellbinders fancy corners. 



This paper is just beautiful! I love the red and teal flowers, and the black accents. There is a lot of paper in this collection that can be used for projects not about pets! I love how versatile Graphic 45 papers are! 



The back of the album is covered with more of the Raining Cats and Dogs paper.


Make sure to trim a small strip of paper to cover the spine, as shown above.


I hope you enjoyed this little project. Thanks for looking!" ~Gloria


Graphic 45 Products:

Artist Trading Tags - Black

Raining Cats and Dogs 8x8 Pad

Raining Cats and Dogs 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad

Raining Cats and Dogs Tags and Pockets

Raining Cats and Dogs Decorative Chipboard

Raining Cats and Dogs Journaling Chipboard

Raining Cats and Dogs Stickers

Raining Cats and Dogs Alphabet Stickers

Raining Cats and Dogs Banners

Spellbinders Products:

Sapphire Dies: Numbers and Letters One, Fancy Corner Set

Nestabilites Dies: Standard Circles Small

Grand Calibur 

Other Products:

Paper treat bags: craft store

Flowers: Petaloo, Wild Orchid Crafts

Leaves: Prima

Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon red and black jute string

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon 1/4" black grosgrain

Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Scotch 3M ATG tape, Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue, hot glue



Enter the giveaway below to enter to win this great $90 prize pack of Graphic 45 Deluxe Collector's Editions Once Upon a Springtime  and An ABC Primer.


Deluxe Collector's Editions $90 prize pack - 1



Keep the fun going by hopping along with Day One of this great blog hop!


Visit the Want2Scrap Blog


Visit the Avery Elle Blog


Make sure to read the Spellbinders giveaway rules.

Thanks for joining us today, G45ers and enjoy hopping along!

Your Pals in Paper,

The G45 Family

 Want to try these projects out? Visit your LSS or order online today! Graphic 45 Store Locator Link Here


I loved these projects, especially the mixed media box and the mini album.

Your projects are always so unique and beautiful! Thanks for sharing.....totally awesome travel album/storage box, too!

What great projects.

Shout out from SC!! Love the box & the cat album (have 2 cats myself). I plan on making both of these cute items soon!!
Jackie from SC

Love these tutorials. Gave me much inspiration!

Darn cute projects and soooooo adorable with your wonderful tutorials, so fun! Love it!!!!

These albums are just wonderful. I've never seen one made with a paper bag before. That is totally cool. Thank you for sharing these great ideas.

Awesome box and album, plus those cards are so cute! Thank you for the tips and instructions~

Love Love, Love your paper and products, I am working on an album now with your paper only. thank you for a chance to win.

Wow! Simply Beautiful! I have yet to Make and album but after seeing yourself, I want to so badly now! Love the use of the bag. Thank you for sharing your talent with us! :-)

Thankyou for the wonderful video and tutorials for the box and raining cats album which since I have 2 cats this is Fab!

Amazing artwork! Thanks for the tutorial!

Wow as always another lovely project!

I make and love books and boxes!
These are right up my alley! A must for my wish list!

Awesome and beautiful projects! Wonderful inspiration!

I love mini albums. I am going to make the My Cats album this weekend. Thanks for the tutorials.

Wonderful projects!!!
Paper Hugs,

I love Graphic 45 paper & products and these projects are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them with all of us.

I just love these mini albums. You ladies are very talented.

I really, really love this two projects. Excellent photo's will make it easy to follow.

They are pretty. Like the old fashion look with them

Let me just say"WOW"!!! Someone has been VERY busy. I LOVE every project shared today. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

I love love the kitty book!! Super sweet!

Only Graphic 45 can pull it all out, the gals have done wonderful projects and I think I want to try them!

I love mini albums and these two are so cute!

These are beautiful! I have never seen anything like these projects. Thank you so much.

Lovely projects! Thanks for the tutorials and for being part of this fabulous road trip!
Have a wonderful day!

Thank you thank you thank you for the chance to win such an amazing prize package. I so love these paper lines! Happy Monday!

Beautiful product to work with and fabulous ideas!

Fantastic projects. Thank you for the tutorial. Graphic45 always has amazing projects.

WOW! Fantastic! These will make great Christmas Gifts!!

Oh, so gorgeous on both of the projects. I just want to sit down and make them both. Oh, love the letters from Spellbinders. Thanks for sharing.

I love all the projects. Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

I always expect great things from Graphics 45 and, once again, you've exceeded expectations.

Awesome projects! I'm always amazes at the creativity! Paper bags--wow!

I love mini albums and both of these have me drooling and itching to recreate! I have gift ideas in mind and I love the inspiration. Thank you!

Gorgeous projects as usual. I am never disappointed when I visit. Unfortunately, I feel rather redundant because every time I visit I only have wonderful praise for the great designers and papers. Well done.

graphic 45 papers make all types of projects looks fabulous...just love them all!

Clever gal, using the paper bag for the album and Graphic 45 colors an images make it come alive with love an color. thanks for the tutorials.

Love the projects. Thanks for sharing

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