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September 14, 2015

A Monday Full of Graphic 45 Albums!


It's another beautiful Monday and we have mini albums, tutorials, and awesome ideas in spades today!  Gloria Stengel shares an awesome paper bag mini album. Belly Lau then shares how to make a perfume bottle mini album. Two absolutely incredible ideas from 2 amazing artists!

Before we begin, we have a very special birthday to celebrate today! The one and only Diane Schultz, our amazing leader, fabulous mother, and incredible designers of the amazing Graphic 45 papers. Thank you for your beautiful spirit and your amazing talent that you share with us every day.  Join us in wishing Diane a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


First, follow along as Gloria gives a tour of her brilliant World's Fair paper bag mini album!

The World's Fair Collection is the perfect collection to use for creating a mini album. This collection has many images and sentiments that make decorating a mini album fun and easy! Paper bag mini albums are always popular, and the addition of Graphic 45 Tag Staples makes this one the star of the fair!


Project Instructions:



This mini is approximately 5 3/8" x 5 1/8" with a 1/2" spine. A bit of cord keeps the book together for display purposes.


The style of the album is a "fan mini" meaning that it has a small binding, allowing the album to "fan out" when it is sitting on a desk or table.



Each of the paper bag pockets contains one Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag.



Each of the tags is decorated with images cut from the paper. Some of the tags contain pockets and journaling spots. The backs of the tags are suitable for adding photos.



To create the album base, select four paper lunch bags. Fold each bag in half to create a surface approximately 5 3/8" x 5 1/4". Trim two pieces of medium weight chipboard to 5" x 5 1/4" to act as the front and back covers. Create a spine from kraft cardstock 16" x 5 1/4", score at every inch and accordion fold.



Stack the folded lunch bags together, one atop the other. Glue one piece of chipboard to the top of the first bag. Glue the second piece of chipboard to the back of the fourth bag.


Glue the lunch bags to the accordion fold spine, skipping every other "valley." Glue a piece of cardstock, cut to 5 1/4" x 4", to cover the spine.


Decorate the cover as shown. For more details, see the video slideshow below.



Use flowers and metal items to create interest on the cover.


The back cover is plain. Add a jump ring to the back cover, and then tie some cord to it.



Slip the cord around to the front of the album and loop over the tiny "handle" on the front cover.


See the slideshow HERE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfzLrVABCyA&feature=youtu.be) to view the full mini.




Supply List


World's Fair Paper Collection (12" x 12" pad)

 Staples: Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Artist Trading Tags - Kraft, Regular Tags - Kraft

 Other Supplies:

 Standard lunch bags: food supply

 Chipboard: WorldWin Papers medium weight

 Cardstock: WorldWin Papers

 Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo

 Flowers and Leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo, Prima

 Mini clothespins: Canvas Corp

 Clock: SkyBluePink

 Wire pin, jump ring, clip: Tim Holtz Idea-ology

 Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon

 Cord: Canvas Corp

 Die cuts: Memory Box Vintage Bicycle, My Favorite Things Eiffel Tower, Reel

 Magnetic discs: Basic Grey

 Tools: Prima paper distressing tool, corner rounder

Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Scor-tape, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue


Now, Belly wows with Mon Amour with a handmade perfume bottle mini album. We love this fun idea and her great video below!


"I love to display perfume bottles rather than use them, how about turn it to a decorative mini album set. I made the bottle shape as the cover, you won’t see the mini album which is hidden inside. You may try to be inspired and change it to a gift box for friends, they will love it." ~Belly


Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau


Belly's Video Tour



Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau


Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau

Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau

Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau


Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau

Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau

Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau

Perfume Bottle Mini Album - Graphic 45 - Mon Amour - Belly Lau


Supply List


Mon Amour 12x12 Pad  - 4501213

Mon Amour Tags & Pockets - 4501214

Mon Amour Decorative Chipboard - 4501215

Mon Amour Ephemera Cards - 4501218



Kraft Cardstock for connecting stripes

Toilet Tissue Roll

Paper Doilies

Decorative edge punch

Pearl color cardstock

Black cardstock

Assorted Ribbons

Assorted Beads


White Feather

Assorted colors paper flowers

Rose resins

Assorted buttons

Lace Trim

Self-adhesive pearl embellishment


How about a Gilded Lily giveaway this week? Just enter below to win this great set of goodies! We'll announce the winner here on the blog on Friday. How fun! 


a Rafflecopter giveaway


It's another great week of awesome ideas here on the Graphic 45 blog! We're so glad you joined us today. Enjoy your Monday, G45ers!


Happy Papercrafting,


The G45 Family


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


Happy Birthday Diane. Love this collection and the colors.

Happy Birthday Diane! There are some of the most amazing minis on here. I am just flabbergasted.

Happy Birthday, Diane! May you have many more. Love those beautiful albums, love those beautiful papers!

Simply awesome albums!

Happy Birthday!!!!! Love the accordion book - great fun. Thanks for a chance to win Gilded Lily too - a scrumptious collection.

Happy happy happy birthday!!!
Amazing projects! Beautiful!

Beautiful projects. I love making books. Any I have seen are all very unique and when you add the Gilded Lily collection they are so beautiful.

Diane, sending a big birthday wish for a beautiful day filled with awesome memories!!!

Gorgeous minis, fantastic tutorials, thanks so much for sharing!!!

beautiful projects as always. Love mini albums especially made with G45 papers.

FAbulous albums and Happy Birthday to Diane.

Happy Birthday and warm wishes from a cold and windy Holland! (Best crafting weather!)
I love your minis!!
Lia xx

Happy Birthday Diane....love what you do so please continue to do it!!

Happy Birthday Diane....Love the Mini Albums!!!

Hapy Birthday to you and Thank you for Graphic 45 papers!!!!!

Gorgeous projects!


Wow, Belly's perfume bottle album holder is amazing. Such talented designers!

What amazing projects. Wow!


Happy Belated Birthday Diane!
Wonderful projects. Such talented people.
Thanks for another great giveaway.

Happy Birthday, Diane!! Have a great week.

Happy Birthday Diane!

Such beautiful books and cards made with the lovely paper you've created. Thanks for such wonderful inspirations.

I've made 2 lunch bag books for my granddaughter and she loved them both. Neither was as stunning as this one but I am so inspired I think I'll be making a third one very soon. Just gorgeous!

Felicidades a Belly Lau por su bello diseño... y a Diane por su cumpleaños... Saludos,

hauoli la hanau, Diane, and be blessed with many more

Happy birthday Diane

Happy Birthday, I adore all G45 products and just adore making memories with them x thank you for bring them to us x

Fantastic! Thanks for a gorgeous giveaway! Fingers crossed!

Love all the projects. Very inspirational. Only if I had the time to do them all

Happiest of Birthdays, Diane! Here's to many more! Salud!

I love it!!! I adore this collection!! Very very wonderful!!!

Happy Birthday Diane!! Have a great day!!

Feliz cumpleanios querida Diane! muchos dias de estos :) :)
un fuerte abrazo!

I'd sing and play the song, "Happy Brthday" to you if I could!!! Feliz Cumpleanos, too!! I hope it's so groovy for you and your family!!

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