Wedding Card Tutorial Featuring Spellbinders Rosy Summer Flower and Vineyard Bottle Tag Dies
For this Wedding Card Tutorial we’re going to take our paper crafting abilities up a notch; but it’s still an easy DIY. We’ll be pairing up two sets of dies from Spellbinders; plus we’ll be doing a bit of water coloring.
The supplies for this Wedding Day Card are as follows:
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!
Today I’m sharing this easy to make easel card using the Spellbinders Die of the Month for June 2018. As you can see, in June you’ll receive this large cupcake die-set that includes the liner, the frosted cake, the flower dies, and the candle die.
This cupcake easel card was super easy to make! So easy that I’ll provide you with the “recipe” right after I share the supply list!
First you begin by trimming a piece of card stock to 10×5. You’ll then place it on your scoring board horizontally and score it in half, at the five inch mark. Then score the first quadrant in half again at the 2 and a half inch mark. Fold along the score lines. This is your card base.
Second, you’ll trim another piece of plain card stock to 5×5 and attach this to the lower half of your card base. This is your easel.
Third, cut your decorative papers to 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 and you’ll adhere these with your scor-tape to the front and inside of your card.
Fourth, Die-cut your cake, candle and flower pieces from your Die Kit of the Month. Place two flower pieces using your pop dots midway on the inside of your card. These will hold your easel in place. You may decorate the edge of the inner card with some flat back pearls as I’ve done here.
Fifth, put your cupcake pieces together by gluing the liner part on the card, using the pop dots to add the frosted cake, and use the pop dots again for the flower garland and the candle. Attach a sentiment with pop dots, and a large flower embellishment at the bottom and you’re done!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick and easy Spellbinders card tutorial. Happy Crafting!
This Butterfly Card uses the Spellbinders Brilliant Butterfly die-set, and the lace flower frame from the Tallulah Frill die-set by Spellbinders.
As you can see there’s a lot going on in this beautiful butterfly card. I needed a change of pace and just couldn’t help myself!; I knew I wanted to create something where everything just popped out at once. It had to be fun, youthful, and full of life!
The Supply List
To make this card, just as I show it, you’re going to use the following:
#1 – Trim your pink card stock to 8×6. Place it horizontally on your scoring board and score right down the middle, at 4 inches. Fold your card and use your bone folder to flatten the crease. This is your card base.
#2 – Trim your designer paper to 5 7/8 by 3 7/8. Use your art glitter glue to adhere it to the top of your base. Center this as best as you can.
#3 – Because I knew that my card would wind up being top heavy or front heavy, and I want it to be able to stand upright, I trimmed another piece of paper from the same collection, using the measurements mentioned above, and glued it down to the inside of my card. I also added my stamp on another piece of paper and glued it on the back of the card for added support.
I thought this lined paper from the Amelia Rose collection would be PERFECT for the inside! What do you think?
#4 – So now that we have the first outer layer and the inside taken care of, we move on to die-cutting our pieces. You’ll die-cut the lace flower frame from the Tallulah Frill die-set in black card stock; and the butterfly and two sets of leaves from the Brilliant Butterfly die-set. You’ll cut these in the Amelia Rose papers.
#5 – If you look closely, you’ll find that I also cut and layered a strip of the lined paper to kind of separate the lighter part from the darker part of the designer paper (first layer). This is not necessary, but if you pay close attention to details like I do, you may want to add this element to your card.
Trim a piece of pink card stock to 2 7/8 by 4 7/8 and glue down your lace flower frame on it. Then you’ll glue this down (off-centered) to the top of your card.
… and the decorating
#6 – Trim a piece of designer paper to 3 7/8 by 2 5/8. Add your foam dots to the back of this; then apply it on top of your card (off-centered once again). Apply your flat-back pearls around it, creating a frame. You may use your art glitter glue to apply them.
#7 – Stamp a sentiment on pink card stock, square it out, and with your foam dots, apply it on top of the frame that you just created.
#8 – Lastly, you’ll embellish with flowers and the butterfly and leaves die-cuts.
In closing, creating cards such as these are not complicated. Just take it one step at a time; and if you make an error, it’s ok. That is how we learn.
Shabby Chic Tags using Vintage Ladies from HonneyBunnies Treasures. I created these cute shabby chic tags for my second and last guest design team project for Crafter’s Castle. In the month of May, Crafter’s Castle is sponsored by HonneyBunnies Treasures.
Mini Album Tutorial with Project Life Cards and Planner Discs
This Mini Album Tutorial uses Project Life cards for the pages, Spellbinders dies for the embellishments, stickers and items from my crafting stash, and is bound with small size planner discs.
I’ve been wanting to make a mini album such as this since for ever! What I like about this mini album is that you can also double it up as a flip book. And although the flip book fad has come and gone, it is always nice to surprise someone with happy mail like this!
Begin by cutting a piece of white card stock to 9 1/2 by 5 3/4. You then place your cut piece of card stock, horizontally, on your scoring board. Score right down the middle ( 4 1/4) and fold. This is your card base.
Second, take your grey piece of cardstock and trim it to 5 1/2 by 4 1/2. You’ll use your art glitter glue or scor-tape to apply this directly at the center of your card base.
Third, cut your pink piece of cardstock to 5 1/4 by 4 1/4. Add a piece of white trim 2/3 of the way down, using your scor-tape.
With your Spellbinders Platinum 6, you’ll die-cut two pieces of the floral frame. One piece in grey and the other piece in gold. You’ll also cut out the sentiment “Love” in grey; and two tag pieces (in grey and white).
Layering your Die-cut Pieces
I love to have the gold cardstock peek-a-boo when layering my die-cut pieces. I think it gives my cards an elegant effect, and it’s very easy to do. First you apply art glitter glue (with a fine tip) to the back of your card stock, then slightly off-center you apply your piece on top of the gold die-cut and you’re done!
Once you have prepared your die-cut pieces, you apply the floral frame on the center of your pink card stock. You then apply your tag die-cut on the area where the tag goes (on the frame) with some pop dots. Use your art glitter glue to add the sentiment “Love” on your tag.
Apply several pieces of pop dots to the back of your pink card stock and place this piece on the center of your card.
Lastly, you apply your embellishments on the upper left corner of your tag, using your glue gun. And that is it!
I hope that you found this tutorial easy enough to follow, and let me know what you think in the comments section below. Thank you for stopping by. Until next time!
You’ll begin with a 9 by 6 3/4 piece of card stock. Lay it down horizontally on your scoring board and score at 4 1/2, then fold. This is your card base.
Next you will trim a piece of Gold card stock to 4 by 6 1/2, and with your scor-tape you tape this down on the inside of your card. Then cut a piece of card stock to 3 1/2 by 6 1/4 and (with your double sided tape) adhere it to the top of the gold piece.
We do this on the inside of our card to prepare it for the weight that will go on the front of our card. This way when you stand the card on a desk, it doesn’t fall over.
You then cut your designer paper down to 6 9/16 by 4 5/16. Use your double-sided tape to adhere it to the top of your card base.
Next you’ll die-cut a piece of designer paper using the insert from your Anabelle’s Trousseau die-set. You’ll wind up with two die-cut pieces. Glue the outer edge (the one with the holes) on the gold frame, and set the other piece aside.
Once you have these two pieces of paper glued together, you may use satin ribbon to thread through the opening on the sides. Adhere this satin ribbon with your Scor-tape.
The next step is to adhere this frame on top of your card. You may use mounting squares or fun foam for this. This will be your first dimensional layer.
Now you’re ready to embellish this layer with your trims and flat-back pearls.
The Second Layers
Your next layer will include the second die-cut piece (the one you put aside) from the Anabelle’s Trousseau die-set, and the gold die-cut piece from your Braided Grace Square die-set. In my video I explained that I used my scissors to trim around this die-cut piece.
You use your double-sided tape to stick these two pieces together; and with your fun foam or your mounting squares, you apply it on top of your dimensional layer. You now have layer two.
Finishing Your Card
To top your card off, you may apply a rosette from your trim collection, make your own flower, or attach a pre-made one that you purchased from the hobby store. In my case I added a flower from my stash and a piece of bling to top it off. Both where adhered with the hot glue gun.
In closing, I hope that you found this tutorial helpful and inspiring; and stop by again soon!
This Photo Frame Card Idea uses the Spellbinders Floral Photo Frame by Sharyn Sowell. This is the second card making tutorial in my blog tutorial series; and I’m delighted to show you this beautiful card design using this Photo Frame die-set.
This card idea is super easy to make and you’ll be cranking these out in no time! Photo Frame Cards are perfect for wedding announcements, birth announcements, graduation and quinceanera invitations. So check the supply list below and let’s get started!
For these easy and elegant Photo Frame Cards you will need the following:
First you start by trimming your card stock to 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. You then place your card stock horizontally on your scoring board and run your bone folder down the 4 1/4 inch mark. Then you fold your card along the score mark and you have your card base.
Next you will use designer paper or card stock of your choice and run it through your Spellbinders Platinum 6, with the frame die. Run another piece of card stock (I like to use Gold for my toppers), with your strip die, on your die-cutting machine.
With your art glitter glue, you then adhere your strip to the back of your frame. Attach a picture using the photo corners on to your frame. Your photo frame will take a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 size picture.
Then, using scor-tape, you’ll cut a rectangular piece of fun foam and adhere it to the back of your frame, . Attach your mounted frame to the card base using your scor-tape. Embellish with a flower and a rhinestone, and you’re done!
See! I told you it was easy! I hope that you find this quick card tutorial inspiring and easy to follow along. Thank you for visiting. Leave me a comment down below. Hey, if you’re a fellow blogger, leave me your link. I’d love to come for a visit and see what you’re up to!
The following Shadow Box Card Tutorial uses the Spellbinders Tiny Shadow Box die-set by Sharyn Sowell. When I made this shadow box using these dies, I fell in love with the design. It was super easy to use and it didn’t require a lot of time to complete. You simply cut your pieces, glue them in place and your done!
Once I had completed this cute box, I thought that perhaps I could use it on a card. The design is so pretty that I just had to try!
Shadow Box Card Supply List
White card stock
Designer paper – Oooh La La 12×12 pad by Craft Smith
Since the card stock that I use measures 8 1/2 by 11, I lay it down horizontally on my paper trimmer and trim it right down the middle. When you do this, you end up with two pieces that measure 8 1/2 by 5 1/2. These will make two cards.
Take one piece of card stock, lay it horizontally on your score board and score right down the middle. This is at the 4 1/4 inch mark. Fold your card stock and use your bone folder to press on the scoring line for a smooth finish.
Next you’ll trim your designer paper to 4 by 5 1/4 and use your scor-tape to adhere it to your card base. Once you’ve done this you can apply your trims, flat-back pearls and top flourishes with your hot-glue-gun.
Now you can work on your shadow box using your Spellbinders Tiny Shadow Box die-set. On a side note: The die-cutting machines that I use are from Spellbinders; and I highly recommend that you get an excellent quality die-cutting machine. I use the Spellbinders Platinum 6 for my die-cutting and couldn’t be happier with my machine!
When you run your shadow box die through the Platinum 6, not only will it cut out your shape, but it will score along the score-marks as well. This makes for an easy folding of your shadow box.
Once you have folded along the lines, I recommend that you use your Art Glitter Glue with the fine tip to keep your folds in place. You then embellish the inside of your shadow box with an array of miniature paper flowers. Use your hot glue gun or your art glitter glue here.
In addition, you can use the flower dies that are provided in your shadow box die-set, to make the flowers that go on the edge. A die for the cute banner is provided as well.
Once you are done embellishing your shadow box, apply your shadow box at the center of your card. Use your hot-glue-gun on this part.
I hope that you found this tutorial easy to follow. Leave me a comment and let me know if you want to see more projects and tutorials like this. Thank you for visiting.
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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Step 1: We begin with a plain piece of white card stock. I like to use the 8 1/2 by 11 sheets as I get two cards from them. What you do is you cut them right down the middle (horizontal) at the 5 1/2 in. mark. Then you take your cut piece of card stock and fold it right down the middle (that would be the 4 1/4 mark). This is your card base.
Step 2: Next your going to take a scrap piece of white card stock and lay the outer layer of your die and with scissors trim around it.
Step 3: With your distress inks on hand, you’ll use your blending tool to dab and smudge several different colors onto that scrap piece that you just cut. Once you’re satisfied with the colors, with the die on top of the color piece, you’ll run it through your Spellbinders Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine.
Step 4: Now take some black card stock (ok to use scraps) and run your inside dies through your die cutting machine. Note that I also ran two additional flowers using the Petal’d Poetry Etched dies by Stephanie Low.
Step 5: You are now ready to adhere your large die cut pieces together (Good Vibes Only) using a fine-tip point glue. For my purposes I use Artist Glitter Glue. I love how it leaves no air bubbles in my projects. Set it aside for a minute to dry.
Step 6: Use glue to glue down the two smaller flowers at the corners of your card. Then with pop dots you will adhere the larger piece right down the center.
And that is all my friends! I told you this was going to be easy! I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and gather some inspiration from my projects. Please leave me a comment down below. I love to hear from you!
Hello and welcome to my stop of the Spellbinders April 2018 Blog Hop! I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of this spectacular event! In this blog hop I’m featuring some of the dies from the NEW Spellbinders Blooming Garden collection by Spellbinders licensed designer, Marisa Job.
Shapeabilities Swirl Lattice Panel Etched Die
The beautiful swirly panel design lends itself to several paper crafting projects. You can use it to add elegance to your mini albums, handmade cards, etc.
Since Mother’s Day is next month, I decided to make this quick and easy Mother’s Day card using this very die.
They not only supply you with the necessary dies to make your hexagon shaped box, but they also supply you with the flower and leave dies for embellishing.
Hop Line-up and Other Information
This blog hop is sponsored by Spellbinders. To celebrate this release Spellbinders is giving away a $50 Gift Card to one lucky winner. In addition, I’m also holding a giveaway for a $25 Spellbinders GC to one lucky winner.
My giveaway is open until Sunday April 22nd. I’ll announce the winner on my BLOG on April 24th. The winner has until April 29th to claim his/her prize. When I announce the winner, the winner must contact me through the same email address that he/she used to comment on this blog at: email@example.com I will provide this same information when I post my Winner Announcement.
The winner is responsible for shipping costs, duties and taxes.
Thank you very much for stopping by. Enjoy the Spellbinders April 2018 Blog Hop!
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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.
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This Altered Egg Carton is for my participation in the Latinos Gotta Represent YouTube Hop! A group of us Latinos got together to share our roots and crafting ideas with the world!
The beauty behind paper crafting is that it has no boundaries! Whether you’re from Australia, The Netherlands, Ecuador or the U.S.A., we find inspiration and support in one another; and that is what this YouTube Hop is all about!
Today’s project is a Shabby Chic Loaded Pocket. I was inspired by the many loaded envelopes, pockets and hoops that I’ve been seeing around in the snail mail genre. These loaded pockets are super easy to make. You start with a piece of 12×12 double sided designer cardstock, fold in half, and cut one side down to your desired measurement for the pocket. You can then enclose by adding your Artist Glitter Glue or Scor-Tape, or you can make a couple of expandable gussets and then enclose.
This Shabby Chic Loaded Pocket was more of a snail mail exercise for me. I’m really bad about sending out store bought goodies in their original packages, instead of prettying them up! So I took a lesson from my friend Christine, ShabbyPinkHouse on YouTube, and decided to make my packaging look extra special!
As you can see, it really doesn’t take very much to make a package look pretty. Just trim your paper down to size, fold, use a corner punch to round up the corners, hot glue an embellishment at the center and you’re done!
You can even use a stamped sentiment on scraps and turn them into beautiful tags.
Lately I’ve been on an Altered Heidi Swapp MemoryDex Card kick. You’ll see more about it on a later post. I decided to alter this one with coordinating papers, added my info on the back and it’s done!
No snail mail package is complete until you’ve included a wand! I decided on two wands for this Shabby Chic Loaded Envelope. For this beauty I used the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Lace Craft Dies HCD1-747.
And to decorate the front of my Shabby Chic Loaded Pocket, I simply used odds and ends from my crafting left-overs.