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March 30, 2017

A Thursday Full of Amazing Albums!

  Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo9

We always love to see what amazing album ideas our designers come up with next! Well, today, we have two gorgeous album ideas from Elena Olinevich and Maggi Harding. Elena shows you a complete and gorgeous Secret Garden album. Then, Maggi shares how to make a gorgeous album cover from start to finish using our new Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album! Let's take a look at these gorgeous albums:

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo9

"I like creating albums, and not mini albums, but something more of a large size.

However it may happen that you’ve run all of your papers and I would like to share some of my tips how to extend the papers and how to create albums.

 First try to combine papers for one page and even for one spread. You can decide to use the full sheet for one page, but actually you can use some scraps or leftovers that you’ve gut after cutting a few pages . It’s better if they have the same height, meanwhile you can mix them on a width.

You don’t need to have many of the embellishments if you have such beautiful papers as G45. I highly recommend you to start cutting some images or flowers from them. You don’t need to be addicted to fussy cutting, but actually you can save on adding the fabric or paper flowers.

 What I would suggest to make you cut out embellishments not to be plane and to have a dimension - is to use the foam pads or small cardboard pieces to pop up on the background. In that case you will get the layered pieces and they will stand out .

 G45 papers are mostly busy, and you can challenge yourself how to mix them so that they could match perfectly.

So - pay attention to the Patterns and Solids Packs. Also you can add some color cardstock pieces, with no busy background.

 I like adding die cuts to my projects. Of course , if you don’t have the die cutting machine, you still can create the wonderful things with your scissors or ready die cuts from the same collection. However such kind of dies as frames, scalloped borders are perfect for vintage papers.

If there are cards or tags in the collection, you can cut out the frame and use the inserted part for the other page or even at the same page just putting it aside from the cut frame.

 You can even use the pieces with the name of the papers, they all have amazing names.

I hope that my tips were interesting to read and you will fall into the papercrafting as I have done for the past several years." ~Elena

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo8b

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo1a

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo1b

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo4

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo5

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo6

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo7

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo7e

Album  Secret Garden  by Elena Olinevich  product by Graphic45  photo7d

 Supply List

DCE Secret Garden
Spellbinders Dies
Prima Marketing String
Metal Rings
Fabric for the cover

Now, create a stunning album cover with this great  tutorial from Maggi!

Mini cover  Times Nouveau  tutorial by Maggi Harding  Graphic 45 (5)

"I'll be at a retreat later this year and I've asked all the participants to swap a page for my mini with me.  Won't that be just so fun and I think I'll have the best mini ever with all that talent in one book from so many people!  I used  the Times Nouveau DCE for my cover and I think the image of the classy ladies is perfect.  I have a "thing" for all the G45 buttons so I've used that as part of my cover too.

I've recorded a video for you of how I made my cover and I'm sharing some inking tips.  I'll also show you how to make your cover more durable, line up your letters, and the easy way to glue embellishments so they stay where you want them." ~Maggi

See Maggi's Video Tips

Mini cover  Times Nouveau  tutorial by Maggi Harding  Graphic 45 (5)

Mini cover  Times Nouveau  tutorial by Maggi Harding  Graphic 45 (5)

Mini cover  Times Nouveau  tutorial by Maggi Harding  Graphic 45 (5)

Mini cover  Times Nouveau  tutorial by Maggi Harding  Graphic 45 (5)

Supply List

Graphic 45 Times Nouveau DCE Collection
Nature Sketchbook Mother Earth 12 x 12
Staples Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album - Ivory
Graphic 45 Button (from a past CHA)
Other Supplies:
Petaloo Botanica Blooms soft yellow
Petaloo Botanica Petites soft yellow
The Crafters Workshop Gel Medium
Faber Castell Big Brush Pens
Black Archival Ink

This week we are giving away a huge $85 prize pack to close out National Craft Month! This great pack has Place in Time, the beloved and retired Home Sweet Home, and some super awesome Staples including our Ivory Mixed Media Album. What a great pack! Who wants to win? Just comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page to take part! Make sure to enter today!

Win this Graphic 45 Prize Pack! Worth $85!

Thanks for joining us for awesome albums today! See you tomorrow for a big Graphic 45 announcement!

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 


Love both these collections. They both have always been my favorite ones. All your collections are so gorgeous and colorful.

Gorgeous projects as always, ladies!

Wow! Two gorgeous creations. One soft and delicate and the other bold and bright! TFS!

Beautiful projects, love all the details.
Thanks for sharing and the great tips.

Wow, thanks Maggie for enlightening me on completing covers on mini albums, the video was great and informative. Prizes???? Would love ❤️ some Graphic 45 anything ❣thanks for the opportunity.

Thanks again for all the inspiration. xxx

Beautiful albums....I am doing a 8x8 album with the POL and really like hw it is coming out thanks for more ideals

In love with the Secret Garden album. My favorite. Beautiful. The Times Nouveau is for someone special who likes bold colors.

Love the albums!

Love the inspiration today ladies! Gorgeous projects!

I love mini albums and these are so creative. Great giveaway this week, so generous! Thanks G45!

Beautiful projects.You constantly inspire me.I'd be ecstatic to win this week!

What brilliant albums - I just love them both. Thank you for the inspiration.

Yes these albums are awesome!!!

I love Elena's because I love flowers, all flowers. And it's so pretty!
And love Maggi's with it's vintage vibe.

Beautiful albums! Thanks for the inspiration! And thanks for the chance to win such an awesome prize!

Another beautiful line! All of the ideas just amaze and inspire me to try!

Great Tips Maggie! Thanks for sharing!

I find inspiration o here every day :) Your prize this week is awesome. I love the Home Sweet Home papers, but i don;t have any of them. Thanks for a chance.

Beautiful albums. LOVE the colors of the Secret Garden album!

Wonderful projects! The secret Garden album is so pretty and I am drawn to the vibrant colors in Maggie's album!

These are both wonderful albums, and the tips they've given us are worth their weight in gold! I especially appreciate Maggi's tip about putting the title letters on another piece of paper to keep them straight - this is something I always struggle with! Thank you, G45, and your terrific designers!

Such sweet ideas for both albums! Love your idea, Maggi, of adding your Graphic 45 CHA button to the front of the album. I have mine hanging in my craft room...but I think it would be much happier on a Graphic 45 album cover. :) I must do that. Thanks!

I have so enjoyed National Craft Month with Graphic 45...so many wonderful projects to inspire me! Love the papers in this prize package!

These albums are
so pretty and love
the papers used.
Carla from Utah

So beautiful! You really get my creative juices flowing!

Great inspiration, and gorgeous albums today with helpful tips and instructions! The prize pack looks amazing - thanks for a chance to win! Judy D.

Both albums are stunning!! And both collections are two of my faves, thanks for bringing them back in DCE's!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations!!!!

Hi from across the pond. Such beautiful albums from two amazing crafters. Thank you as ever for sharing all the wonderful inspiration.

Very different but both beautiful!

I like the collection as much as the beautiful projects!


Beautiful projects! I have to give it a try myself!

Lovely albums!

Elena your album is beautiful and I love all of the great tips you gave us! Graphic 45 paper collections are so fabulous! Maggi ❤ the album cover and your tutorial!

Always such wonderful creations are shown....thank you for all the inspiring projects and the chance to win a great prize.

Beautiful papers and albums. Thanks for sharing your tips. Love them.

You have the best design team! Their ideas inspire me every day.

Elena's album is so delicate and feminine looking, and Maggi's is so colorful! I love all the details they worked into their albums.

Beautiful projects again! I feel so privileged to be one of the ladies whose layout will be in Maggie's mini!

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