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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


Wow! The mini albums and media box are just beautiful and great projects. Amazing! I just love everything Graphics 45. Great job with these great products.

I think Graphic 45 is the best group of talented people I have ever seen. Their papers are so beautiful and unique. Keep the new papers coming.

LOVE these products and the designers have done a fabulous job showcasing the new dies from Spellbinders! A great combination!

Wow...I lam so happy to see Gloria's beautiful work on the blog again! I miss her! The kitty album is just great...and I love that it was made with paper bags! Annette's mixed media album is also gorgeous with wonderful details! Thanks for this fun blog hop!

Loved the projects so much. Thanks for sharing.

Stunning projects!!!!!

Beautiful items

What great idea's. Love the box and the bag album. Got some great tips

Graphic 45 always has such fun projects and beautiful results. Love the papers. These 2 tutorials are just awesome.

Your papers are always gorgeous. These projects are a wonderful use of your papers.

Already thinking of other G45 papers that would do justice to these projects

This was so awesome. So many details that make everything just pop.

Just love the graphic 45 paper, have just been introduced to them and they are gorgeous. Have bought 'French Provincial' for a future album and am currently working on a 'By the Sea' one. Will be introducing great granddaughter to her first book of graphic 45 for her first album in August.

Love your projects and thank you for sharing!

adorable box and I love those papers too.

Needed some colorful and cute ideas for the cat lovers in my life. Thanks!

Great projects, thanks for sharing

Awesome was the first word that came to mind when I viewed your projects. They are works of art and truly inspiring. TFS

Nice work Gloria & Annette! Love all the fun and amazing details that you both shared!!

awesome projects

Graphic 45 is one of my favorite papers for creating more than cards. Love your kits. Love both of these books. Would love to make the "cat" book into a "dog" book. Thanks for the tutorial. Would love to win G45 stuff.

Texas Annie

Wow beautiful projects.

Amazing projects and such beautiful detail!

These projects are wonderful and a great use of your beautiful paper. I am terribly fond of cats too.

Beautiful work.

Annette & Gloria never cease to amaze me with their gorgeous projects!

This is awesome, love the paper and then the cat one, my friend loves cats, I must find me this, and get creating. Awesome, sponsorship for the partner blog hope. Well done, thanks for sharing.

Very cool projects! Love the bag mini! This I will have to try!

not sure if broken link, but on my phone, it went right to the submit page, I submitted my contact infor, but then went to my computer and opened the link, which was the whole link to the projects. So I submitted my contact information, not sure if it is a duplicate or it submitted on the previous link

I LOVE Graphic 45's creative designers and am always blown away by their projects. Thanks for today's great ideas on Spellbinders Summer Road Trip!

Might take me a year, but gonna give it a try!


I always love the floral papers in all of your collections. The papers used in these projects are wonderful. Today is my birthday and this is a fantastic way to spend my time. Id love to win this or any collection you giveaway. I must say of all the companies on facebook you do the best giveaways. and the best projects I always pin everything you do.

Thanks for sharing these amazing projects today.

Love the albums and the matching paper from Graphic 45.

The papers are wonderful. Thanks for sharing

Love these albums!! Beautiful work. Makes me want to get a cat, lol. You put a lot of love into your work.

Oh, my....love the media box project!

WOW! These are fabulous, full of creativity and detail....

Both projects are totally awesome. I love them.

Love the new papers

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