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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


Alway beautiful projects to share. Thanks

Happy Birthday Diane! =)

Love these albums!

Happy Birthday Diane!!

Happy Birthday Diane. I just love your designs! And gorgeous projects today as well.

Happy Birthday Diane! Have a fantastic day!

Happy Birthday Diane, you certainly have touched my life in such a wonderful way. There are no limits on amazing!

Happiest of Birthdays Diane !
Oh my word ... Gloria paper bag album is amazing so many fun details ( I love paper bag albums) !
Belle's Bottle album is so pretty !!
Such fabulous inspiration !

Gorgeous Projects! I just love the new collections!

Sweetly romantic! Lovely paper pack, as always!

Happy Birthday, Diane!!!

Love Graphic 45 collections! Gilded Lily is beautiful!!

Happy Birthday! What a great prize!

Great albums! Wishing Diane a very happy birthday filled with love, family and friends!

Happy Birthdaaaaaaaaay!!!! Hope you had a great crafting day!!! <3 I love Graphics 45!!

I love every project that you share with us, beautiful work

A very happy birthday Diane!!! Love g45 papers n embellies!! Thanks for the chance to win

Happy Birthday Diane! Hope you have a F A N T A B U L O U S day!!!!
Awesome projects!!

Happy Birthday Diane Schultz!!!
Hope you have a wonderful birthday week!!

Great giveaway thanks for sharing!

Happy Birthday,
Diane! Have a wonderful day

Beautiful and Happy Birthday
Diane Schultz!

Very happy birthday!, muy linda semana. Muchas felicidades! Kisses!!!!

Love the projects on today's blog! Mini albums always draw my attention. Love that rose image paper...I'm heading out to buy several sheets for fussy cutting of the flowers. Birthday wishes! And thanks for this lovely product offering...bon chance!

Happy Birthday! I think this line is SO gorgeous! Would love to work with any of it. Good luck to all of us! :D

Love gilded Lily. Love the colors, just like the usual G45 papers.

Happy Birthday Diane!

love this paper as I do all of it....so pretty and loove all of the projects

Happy Birthday! Thanks for so much inspiration!

They are beautiful like always thank you much for sharing!

Absolutely beautiful, my goodness

Love the paper bag album.

Happy Birthday Diane. And I love both projects, they're beautiful.

Happy birthday! And wishes of tonnes of inspiration for the future works!

Happy Birthday Diane....don't look a day over 29!

Happy birthday Diane! Love the albums great ideas xx

Beautiful minis by the design team. I just LOVE World's Fair.
And a happy happy birthday to Diane!! Woot woot!

Wishing you the best and happiest birthday.

I LOVE all things World's Fair, and this project does not disappoint! Both of these projects are absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for the chance to win the "Gilded Lily"collection, another one of my all time favorites... oh wait, pretty much all of your collections are my all time favorites!!!

Love these Graphic45 papers etc with nice bright colors. They are awesome.

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