This Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Mini Album is a chunky monkey! In fact if you decide to follow my lead on making one just like it, may I suggest you get two paper packs because you will be using them.
Graphic 45 Collector’s Edition packs do supply you with plenty of papers (16 sheets to be exact), plus a sticker sheet and chipboard pieces; but if you plan on a project of this magnitude, be sure to have a couple of paper packs, or perhaps other Graphic 45 sheets from other projects that will coordinate with Olde Curiosity Shoppe.
What inspired me to add flips and folds to the Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album is that you’ll find that it provides you with plenty of space between the signatures to do so. You’ll add more “real estate” for pictures and journaling spots when you do this.
Another great thing about the Graphic 45 Tag and Pocket Album is that it’s available in 3 colors. They’re available in Black (the one I used), in Craft color and Ivory. So whether your style falls into vintage, mystical, shabby chic, etc., Graphic 45 has a mini album to fit YOUR style.
Graphic 45 Card Tutorial using the Graphic 45 Clock and Flower Dies
This Graphic 45 Card Tutorial used the Clock and Flower Dies by Graphic 45.
For our first Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador project we were asked to create a Profile Project. We were asked to use our favorite paper medium and our go-to techniques; and make something that reflected our personality and creative style.
I decided to make this beautiful card and gift box set using the Mixed Media 5×5 box, the Staples Die Tag & Clock Square, Staples Die Tag & Flower Large, and the Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad.
Don’t throw away the remnants from your die-cutting. You never know where you may use them. The circle on the lower left flower cluster is a leftover scrap from the tag die-cut.
Also, use your smaller dies to create something different. I die-cut two gold pieces of the small crown die (from the Tag & Clock Square die-set), layered them in opposite direction to create the beautiful clock face centerpiece that you see right beneath the clock hands.
Don’t be afraid to trim off your die-cut pieces. For the cards, I decided to trim off the clock frame and use it as a discreet topper, instead of using the entire frame.
For that touch of elegance, always use touches of gold. Many folks compliment me on the elegance of my cards. When you scatter gold pieces here and there, it adds elegance and finesse to any paper crafting project.
It’s all in the Layers
I get asked quite often how to embellish a project and make it look like it belongs at the window of Tiffani’s.
When embellishing, think about what you’d wear on a night out on the town. You’ll be wearing a beautiful outfit, with pearls perhaps? A bit of gold too? And maybe throw on a delicate, elegant shawl in case it gets a bit chilly? These are the things I think about when embellishing a box, mini album, or any other project I may be doing.
To me, the trims are the elegant shawl. The flat-back pearls and the gold accents are the jewelry that accentuate that beautiful outfit, which in this case is the paper.
I’ve put together a quick and easy card-making process video, where you’ll see (step-by-step) how to piece your cards together using the dies from Graphic 45. Enjoy!
Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad
Mixed Media 5×5 Box
Staples Die Tag & Flower Large
Staples Die Tag & Clock Square
3D Pop Dots
Art Glitter Glue
Gold Foil Cardstock
Plain Card Stock in White or Off-white
Acetate (If you want to add that shaker element to the top of your box)
Base – Trim 4 ¾ x 9 ½ Score and Fold at 4 ¾
Card stock photo mats that are included in the Mixed Media 5×5 Box – paper on top is 4 ¼ x 4 ¼
Side strips – 4 7/8 x 1 7/8
Outer and Inside cover – 4 7/8 x 4 7/8
*For the outer cover, you’ll create a one inch frame all around and use acetate underneath for that shaker element.*
In search for a great Father’s Day gift idea? How about making a men’s valet box using the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection by Graphic 45?
This idea came to me as I was looking for a Father’s Day gift for my husband. Hubby works long hours every day and when he gets home, it’s keys, wallet, glasses, and hand-scribbled notes anywhere where he lays his hands on.
Granted, the man is worn out and he’s not looking to keep a clean, well decorated space that I’ve worked so hard at maintaining. So I thought… what if I could make something for him, where he could keep everything in one spot, look pretty enough for me, and stay functional enough for him…
So with that thought in mind, I retreated to my craft-room and began looking through my Graphic 45 arsenal; and here are the items that I used:
It was super easy to alter this Graphic 45 Staples Black Book Box. All the work is pretty much done for you. All you have to do is trim your papers and adhere!
For the back panel I trimmed a piece to 2 5/16 by 6 5/8
For the side panels I trimmed paper at 4 3/8 by 2 1/8.
For the front panel I trimmed at 6 1/4 by 2 1/8. I also trimmed a border sticker (provided in the collection) and added it to the center. I also added a Graphic 45 Ornate Metal Keyhole. I think it adds a nice touch!
For the top I trimmed another sheet to 6 3/4 by 4 3/4, inked around the edges and applied it as the first layer. I then mounted the Olde Curiosity Shoppe card on black card stock, and then mounted that on blue paper that measured 3 1/2 by 5 1/2.
I used the Graphic 45 gears die on gold card-stock, and trimmed around the gears to separate them and apply them around the edges of the framed card.
I kept this element dimensional by gluing straight on the card and applying some 3D dots underneath the gears. I then added some bee chipboard elements (from the collection) to hide the 3D dots.
Since my husband enjoys riding his motorcycle, I decided to add some skulls (from my stash) on the corners.
You can choose to apply papers inside your box. I think they line the inside nicely, and it’ll be easier for him to see his things.
As you can see, it’s a fairly simple project to make, and it makes for a great gift!
This Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Mini Album was created by yours truly. This interactive mini album is a Guest Design Team project for Crafter’s Castle. This month, Crafter’s Castle is sponsored by Honeybunnies Treasures. At Honeybunnies Treasures you’ll find a wide assortment of supplies for your paper crafting projects.
This interactive mini album was inspired by loaded envelopes. Loaded envelopes is a snail mail idea originated by my friend Ana Torres. Loaded envelopes are quite easy to make, and I decided to base my pocket pages on this idea.
It’s been awhile since I’ve made an interactive mini album. I’ve been wanting to make one for some time now; and when I received the Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe collection, I knew I had to make a mini album from it!
This mini album was super easy to make. There was a bit of planning that went behind each page, but once you know what you want, it’s very easy to execute.
Although this interactive mini album looks elaborate, I kept it very simple. Every other page is an interactive page, leaving the “plain” pages as photo mats, tuck spots and pockets.
There are a total of 6 pages in this Graphic 45 Mini Album, yet there is plenty of room for pictures!
And with the use of metal dies and paper punches, you can embellish the borders and create some beautiful tags.
The following is a Floral Shoppe paper pad flip through video I made that shows you the entire contents of the 8×8 Floral Shoppe paper pad:
In this video you’ll see the Mini Album that I created with the Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe 8×8 paper pad:
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Hello Graphic 45! I’m so happy to enter my projects in the Graphic 45 2018 Brand Ambassador Audition. I have two projects I want to share with you today. One is a Cafe Parisian Envelope Mini Album; and the other is a Gilded Lily Tag Mini Album.
Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Envelope Mini Album
For this Envelope Mini Album I used the 4×6 Cafe Parisian journaling cards by Graphic 45. If you didn’t know you could make a mini album entirely from journaling cards, now you know that you can! It was super fun and easy to create this envelope mini. I tend to take my time while crafting and this mini album project took me about a day to complete.
You’ll need six black envelopes (for 4×6 cards), a pack of Graphic 45 journaling cards (4×6), your favorite paper cutting dies or paper punches, a corner punch, flat back pearls and flowers for embellishing.
You’ll also need the basic supplies like a paper trimmer (or scissors and ruler if you don’t own a paper trimmer), a score-board, some chipboard, black card stock, good quality glue or double sided tape, and if you have some fussy cutting scissors (the straight pointy ones) you’ll be able to fussy cut some pieces from the collection for embellishments.
Making the Pages
You’ll start by sealing each of the envelopes. Then you’ll hold the envelopes vertically and trim about an eight of an inch off each side. One side will be for you to insert it into the binding and the other side will be left open as a pocket.
Once you have done this to all of the six envelopes, you then proceed to glue your favorite Graphic 45 journaling card to the front of each envelope.
I always like to leave a black edge around my paper. If you want to obtain this effect, you may have to trim the edge, just a bit, off your journaling cards. This all depends on the envelopes that you use. Although I mentioned to get the standard size for 4×6 cards, keep in mind that not all envelopes are created equal. If you wind up trimming the edged off of your cards, this is where you may want to use your corner punch to round off those edges. If you don’t have a corner punch, don’t worry about it. Your work will look splendid nevertheless!
Because I wanted a more uniform look on the back side of the envelopes, I opted to use the same style sheet of my Graphic 45 paper pack. The design that you see to the left is called Confectionery.
As you can see, the papers in this Graphic 45 collection are very beautiful. The vibrancy of the colors and the designs do all the work for you! That is a major plus that you get when you design a project with Graphic 45. As you see in these pictures, I decided to add simple corner die-cuts to each of the front of the six pages.
Making the Photo Mats
To make the photo mats for the pockets is another easy process. Basically what you do is cut 6 pieces of cardstock to about 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 (once again, because not all envelopes are created equal). You may have to fudge a bit with those measurements. When cutting your photo mats, ensure that you get an easy slide on – slide off. ***Keep in mind that when you add the journaling cards and your photos to your photo mats, they’ll make your mats a bit thicker than when you first started.***
For my photo mats I decided to use the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board. It’s not a necessary tool, as you can easily use the Sticker Tabs by Graphic 45 on black card stock, fussy-cut them, then glue them to your photo mats.
How to Bind the Pages of your Mini Album
If this is your first time binding the pages to a mini album, don’t be intimidated. It looks more difficult than it actually is. To make the binding look pretty in between the pages, I like to use card stock from the same designer paper collection. This is just personal preference. You may use plain black card stock if you wish.
Basically what you do is cut a 12 x 6 piece of cardstock (or your Graphic 45 paper) and you’re going to do the following: Place it on your score-board and score half inch, half inch, a quarter inch, half inch, half inch, a quarter inch…. you’ll do this until you get to the end. Now some more experienced paper-crafters may say this is a waste of paper, but there’s a reason I do this. When it comes to making the binding, I rather have too much than too little.
It’s About Peaks and Valleys
So I score away, till the very end, following the measurement pattern mentioned above. I do my folds following the score marks. You will do this in peaks and valleys. The peaks are where you attach your pages to, and the valleys are the spaces in between your pages.
When you have your 6 peaks and valleys, you then trim off the excess card stock. So now that you have your peaks and valleys, this is where your good-quality double sided tape comes in to play.
There a several methods one can use to make a mini album cover. Everyone has their own preference; and it’s good to experiment every now and then to see what method works best for you. What I’m about to share with you is my method of building a mini album cover. This is what works for me, and I find it rather easy.
Once I’ve covered up my pieces of chipboard, I proceed to bind all three pieces together. I use black card stock on both the inside and the outside of the mini album. You have to ensure that you leave about an eight of an inch of space between each chipboard piece. You do this so that your mini album will open and close. Click here to get a better idea of what I mean.
Last but not Least
You’re now ready to peel off the paper from the double sided tape of your page binding and add it to your mini album!
All you’re left with is to add your Graphic 45 papers to the front and back covers and the inside cover pages, embellish the front cover and that’s it! You’ve created your very own beautiful work of paper art!
How to Make an Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Beginners
I’ve taken the liberty of recording a three-part video tutorial of my Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Envelope Mini Album. Following are the links to my video series:
My second project for the Graphic 45 2018 Brand Ambassador Audition is this beautiful Gilded Lily Tag Mini Album.
For this Shabby Chic Tag Mini Album I used the Gilded Lily collection by Graphic 45, and the ivory Staples Square Party Tags also by Graphic 45.
The Gilded Lily collection is such a beautiful paper collection that lends itself very well to the Shabby Chic genre. And who doesn’t love shabby chic?
This Shabby Chic Tag Mini Album is extremely easy to create when you use the Staples Square tags by Graphic 45.
All you do is measure cut and glue your favorite Graphic 45 papers on the tags, embellish, and you’re done!
I decided to add a pocket to my back cover using trims from my stash. Then I made that cute 3×3 note card to go right inside the pocket.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my projects for the Graphic 45 2018 Ambassador Audition. It was a lot of fun creating with such beautiful collections. Wish me luck!
In case you’re interested in recreating these projects, I’ve created a small Amazon grid with products from Graphic 45.
***Disclosure – these Amazon links are affiliate links where I make a small commission if you click on them and make a purchase. The price of the following products are the same regardless whether you use my links or not. It is my hope that you use my product links, as they help pay for the upkeep of this blog. Thank you. ***
Halloween Treat Bags are fun and an easy DIY. Hiya! and welcome to Decor8yourlife. Today I’m sharing with you several Halloween treat bag ideas and a Halloween pumpkin treat box tutorial I made with dies from Spellbinders!
The Halloween YouTube Hop
First let me mention that I partook in the So Bootiful Halloween YouTube Hop that was hosted by my friend Shonda, who is Slimcards1 on YouTube. For this Halloween hop I made a number of treat bags and boxes in several different styles.
I used papers from several different Halloween paper pad collections I bought on clearance. Tip: If you wait till after Halloween, you can usually get the paper pads, stickers, etc. up to 90% off!
So if you’re in need for some Halloween fun treat bags ideas, you’re in the right place! Enjoy the Hop video!
Halloween Pumpkin Treat Box Tutorial
After my Halloween hop video aired, I received messages regarding my pumpkin treat box. Luckily for me, I had recorded a video of my process and have turned it into a tutorial! Now I must give credit where credit is due. This Halloween Pumpkin Treat Box is not my original idea. I was inspired by Anne from Anne’s Paper Creations. Anne had created one several years ago and I knew I wanted to make one of my very own!
I found that through the use of my Spellbinders bow dies, it made the treat box easier to create; but best of all, because the Tiered Multiloop Box die comes in three different sizes, I’m able to create three different size pumpkins!
Pumpkin Treat Box Supply List
The following are the items that I used from Spellbinders to create this elegant Pumpkin Halloween Treat Box. Feel free to click on the items, you’ll be directed to them on the Spellbinders website.
This Halloween Smash Book Junk Journal is my Spellblogger project share for this week. Although the temps are still high in the Houston area, I can’t wait to start decorating for the fall and Halloween!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I just can’t get enough of it! I don’t know where I get this obsession; but making this Halloween Smash Book Junk Journal from scratch, sure satisfies my Spook-ta-cular crafting palatte!
Is it a Smash Book or is it a Junk Journal?
I’ve watched plenty of videos and looked at a ton of pictures to barely be able to tell the difference between one or the other now! Smash Books and Junk Journals seem to have a lot in common. One of the biggest is that they don’t look like mini albums. You can fill them to the rim with all your favorite pictures and items that they can get pretty chunky. And that’s what I love about the Smash Book / Junk Journal.
Items from Spellbinders that I Used in This Halloween Smash Book Junk Journal
It was a lot of fun making this Smash Book Journal from scratch, and here is a list of the items I used. You may click on the items to be taken to them directly:
This Paper Purse Gift Bag is my last design team project for KS4U.net and it’s also a GIVEAWAY! One lucky subscriber will get this large paper purse with a flip book mini album and a set of 4 greeting cards. All you have to do to enter is comment down below. One comment will suffice. And please make sure you tell me what you go by on YouTube so that I know who I’m chatting with!
This Paper Purse Gift Bag was created using Graphic 45 Artisan Style. I used a Martha Stewart paper punch to punch around the edges of the black card stock. I decorated the upper part with black trim from KS4U. The metals and the flowers are also from KS4U.
The flip book mini album base is by Teresa Collins. I used papers from Graphic 45 Artisan Style as well. I also made a charm and attached it to the mini album. The owl that you see on the charm comes from KS4U. I adorned the spine of this beautiful flip book mini with a wide trim from the shop. I also decorated the cover with blue and black flowers, a black butterfly and blue swirly bling.
I left the greeting cards plain and simple because, in my opinion, the paper speaks for itself. These blank greeting cards were also made using the Artisan Style paper collection.
I hope the lucky winner enjoys this elegant keep-sake just as much as I enjoyed creating it! Thank you so very much for leaving such great comments! I will announce the winner Saturday! Good Luck!
***Giveaway is now Closed***Congratulations Winner!***