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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! 


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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 birthda

It has given me inspiration to complete the birthday card for my BFF as she is turning 60 years old soon.

All are so pretty, love them all

Happy birthday Diane !!! :D

Happy birthday, Dianne, and thanks for the lovely Graphic 45 papers!

This is quite possibly the only paper line I haven't purchased from G45 ever ... I LOVE it ... just promised myself I'd use up stash ... but .. but ... I'm weakening ... I must .. have it .. /sigh

graphic 45 did it again great projects great paper!

Gilded Lily has got to be one of the prettiest papers yet.

Love all your designs..working with rare oddities today


Wishing you a joyful birthday, Diane Schultz!

Birthday wishes Diane. You make me so happy that you started G45.

Happy birthday to a very talented designer and business woman. May you have many more creative and happy years ahead.

Happy Birthday, Diane, wishing you all the best!!!
Wonderful projects, wonderful papers!!!
Love, love, love!!! :D

Both of these ideas are amazing! So unique. Love the perfume bottle

Happy birthday, have a very sweet day! Thank you for the beautiful designs that are always such an inspiration!

They are all so pretty. Which one do I try and make first!!!

Love, love Graphic 45

Happy birth-week Diane! Keep up the good work! 🎂

Just started stamping and card making. Love all of your paper. Can't wait to get started using them.

Love home decor that has more to it than what you first see...... the perfume bottle/mini album is exquisite.

Happy birthday Diane! Your designs are awesome!

What a fab projects!

I love everything about these books. They would make a great gratitude book to give to someone. Can't you just see someone turning each page to see another reason why you love them so much.

A very Happy Birthday Diane! And many more! Great album projects!!

These minis are beautiful. Can't wait to make a new mini - I'm feeling so inspired!

The World's Fair album by Gloria is awesome! All the tags & pockets - I love it all.

Happy happy birthday, Diane. Thanks for the wonderful products that we have so much fun with.

May your day be special and your be blessed with love and laughter! Good wishes on your birthday!

Great Mini's- Happy Birthday!

Have a wonderful birthday Diane

Happy birthday Diane.

Today's projects are so creative. Gloria your paperbag mini is amazing - didn't look like a paperbag mini in the photo.

Belly's mini is dramatic and beautiful.

Happy Birthday Diane <3

Happy Birthday Diane 🎂🎉 You gave us a gift when you created Graphic 45!!!

Happy Birthday to Diane!
Love these two beautiful projects! The album is absolutely gorgeous, and I would love to make one!

What a way to start my week! First Happy Happy Birthday Diane I hope this is your best year ever! What fantastic projects just stunning!

Happy INSPIRATIONAL Birthday! I really love your World's Fair lunchbag mini! Very clever! The tutorial/instructiojs are excellent!

Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your talent with us

Happy Birthday Diane!
Wow! Amazing projects!!!! Cant wait to see more!!!

Happy Birthday Diane!! Wishing you a wonderful and blessed day!!

The Mini's are so beautifjul and ever so inspiring!!

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