Hello everyone! This month the Graphic 45 Facebook page challenge is to create an album using your Graphic 45 collections. I just couldn’t pass the challenge without making a project inspired by it. I decided to create a mini album using the Flutter collection.
This album is very simple in construction. I used a simple set of basic pages for it, but I couldn’t be happier with the result.
This paper collection is a fuzzy cutter dream come true.
To show how easy it is to create beautiful albums with the gorgeous Graphic 45 paper collections I wanted to make a tutorial for you all.
I make all my albums using chipboard ( you can use or reuse any type) Start by measuring and cutting the chipboard in the desired size.
Use basic cardstock to cover you chipboard, you can use any paper for this step. I usually use black, cream or white as they match all paper collections.
use scrapbook paper to cover your spine and use a bone folder or a ruler to score you edges.
Cover the inside of your album with your desired papers.
Attach your pages using your preferred method of binding. My go to method is the hidden hinge binding. There is lots of tutorials how to achieve this, but basically we can summed into scoring your paper at certain sizes and creating an accordion piece to attach your pages to.
Attach the accordion piece to you inside spine.
Create you inside pages. This can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. For this tutorial I created a very basic set that I repeated five times. This set consist of a base page and a coordinating page with a pocket.
use leftover scraps of paper to make your pockets.
Attach all of your pages to the accordion fold or any other binding method used. At this point your album is ready to decorate.
Now the fun begins! Use your coordinated papers to cover the basic cardstock. You can cover it completely or leave a little of the basic cardstock showing for contrast.
No matter how basic your pages are what makes them so special is the amazing papers from the Graphic 45 collections.
Hope this post inspires you to create your own album. Visit the Graphic 45 Facebook page to follow the challenge and get lots of inspiration.
See you soon with more projects!
Hello friends, we are currently in Movie award’s season with the Emmy’s happening this past week and the Oscars at the end of the month, this inspired me to create my latest completed project: a Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood photo album and an altered box to store it.
Vintage Hollywood is hands down one of my favorite collections ever from Graphic 45, with all of the amazing vintage movie graphics that speak to my movie lover’s heart.
For this project I knew I had to go all out and create a big album to make justice to the gorgeous papers. Also created a coordinating altered box to store my album.
Let’s start with the box, for this project I used an old box from my pantry and altered using papers from the collection, die cuts and metal embellishments.
The gorgeous papers from the collection made this box super easy to do.
The box has a flap with magnets to keep the album accessible but secure.
I wanted the box to resemble a vintage trunk, so I added a handle made out of cardstock, hold together with brads to achieve the look.
For the album I used chipboard and cream cardstock as a base to create my pages. The album measures 61/2″ x 81/2″ and its full of interactive pages with pockets and flaps.
I also altered a Graphic 45 policy envelope to have extra storage for photos.
For the cover I used the images from one of the 4×6 ephemera cards. I loved the photo of the couple embracing and just framed with a die to accentuate it.
The whole album is full of fuzzy cut images to create dimension to the pages.
I am absolutely in love with all the ephemera cards from this collection. They are outstanding!
I love my album and plan to use it for photos from an Oscar viewing dinner party that I am hosting at the end of the month. Stay tuned for photos from the party and the decorations I am planning to make using papers also from this collection. Please visit my YouTube channel to watch the video for this project.
Thank you so much for reading!
Graphic 45 Materials:
Vintage Hollywood 12×12 paper pad
Vintage Hollywood ephemera card
Graphic 45 square policy envelopes
Hello friends and Happy Holidays! We are now in the rush of the holiday season and looking for those last minute gifts to give to our family and friends. I wanted to share this super easy project: A recipe box to hold all of your family recipes made with the Twelve Days of Christmas collection from Graphic 45. I hope that it will give you inspiration to create your own to give out or even to keep one for yourself.
To create my little box I used chipboard as a base. I wanted the box to be of a specific size ( 5 1/2″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″) to be able to hold the Graphic 45 square tags. If you prefer you can easily make your own at any desired size.
I then decorated my box using papers and fuzzy cut images from the collection.
I also wanted to include 3D items to decorate my box. I made Poinsettias out of red cardstock paper and used die cut items like leaves to give my box more texture. I also used a set of mini Pinecones and Berries that I purchased at my local craft store.
The base of my box has a set of four Graphic 45 antique brass claw feet metal embellishments as I wanted to make sure that my box will stand in the kitchen counter.
For the actual recipe cards I used decorated Graphic 45 square tags. I love using tags they are so easy to decorate!
I labeled my tags with the numbers 1 thru 12. I wanted to include 12 recipes to make during Christmas.
I tied different ribbons on the top of the tags to make them more festive.
Here are some of the decorated tags.
In the back of the tag I inserted my typed recipes. Do not worry if you don’t have heirloom family recipes. I also used some of the ones that come in magazines or the ones you can get free at the supermarket. Those will look awesome too!
Giving out a handmade gift is so special. I truly believe that it is not what the gift cost but the attention and love that you put into it.
I hope that you have the most amazing holiday season! I will see you soon with more projects.
Hello everyone, and Happy Holidays! It’s the end of November and the holidays are fast approaching! It is finally time to start getting the presents ready to give out to our families and friends. In this post I wanted to share a quick and very inexpensive project that is a great gift to give out during this upcoming holiday season: altered frames using the Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland collection.
The idea came about when I saw these chipboard frames at my local Michael’s store. And to my surprise they were only $1.00! I picked up a few to alter into a mixed media project.
I painted my frames using regular craft paints. I picked black and gold colors as my base to make the images pop out more.
I used gesso, stencils and other mixed media mediums to add dimension my frames.
I used fuzzy cut images from the collection to decorate my frames. As you can see the Poinsettias are my absolute favorite image from this collection.
I adhered all my images using foam tape to add extra dimension.
I added other elements like wood pieces, gold stems and die cut leaves to add extra interest.
And here is the finished product!
I loved the result so much that created two different ones to give out as presents. I still can not decide yet which one is my favorite. For the first one I added a peace wood sign.
And for the second, I used a Merry Christmas wood shape.
In no time I had both my frames ready to give out as presents and they cost barely nothing! Thank you so much for reading and I will see you soon with more projects.
Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper collection
Chipboard Frames (Michaels)
Gesso and mediums (Prima)