Graphic 45 Mini Album and a Chance to Win

15 May

Graphic 45 Tag Mini Album

By Susan Lui

Here’s a mini album I created from scratch using Graphic 45’s Staples Tags, Metal Butterfly, Metal Ornate Key and French Country collection. The tags form the pages of the mini album as well as the cover. If you’d like to create this mini album at home, just read on

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 What you’ll need:

Graphic 45 Staples Large Tag Album

Graphic 45 Staples Small Tag Album

Graphic 45 Staples Metal Butterflies

Graphic 45 Staples Ornate Metal Keys

Graphic 45 French Country collection – Abundance and Provence.

Graphic 45 French Country Chipboard 1 & 2

Black cardstock

Flowers, leaves, ribbons, string of pearls and a doily.

 

Instructions:

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 12” x 3 7/8”. Score the cardstock at the following intervals: 1”, ½”, ¾”, ¾”, ½”, ¾”, ¾”, ½”, ¾”, ¾”, ½”… and so on until you reach the end of the cardstock. The last scores should be ¾”, ¾”, 1”.

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 2. Accordion fold the cardstock as shown.

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 3. Glue together the ¾” panels. Now put this aside and we’ll come back to it later.

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 4. Next we’ll be working on the cover and spine. Cut 2 pieces of chipboards measuring 3 7/8” x 6” for the front and back covers. Adhere French Country Abundance patterned paper to all 4 sides of the chipboards.

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 5. Take a large tag and score it at 4 ¾” and 7 ½”.  Fold along the score lines. This will make up the decorative spine for your tag album.

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6. Cover the outside of the large tag with Provence patterned paper.

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 7.  To reinforce the spine, cut a piece of chipboard measuring 2 ¾” x 3 7/8”. Now punch 6 holes into the spine as shown.

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8.  Adhere this chipboard to the inside spine of the large tag. Punch 6 holes matching those on the chipboard on to the spine of the large tag. Reinforce the holes with eyelets.

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 9.   Thread a black silk ribbon through the holes and tie a bow.

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10.  Let’s work on the covers now. Attach the accordion fold cardstock to the chipboard covers by gluing the 1” end panels of the black cardstock to the covers. The black accordion cardstock will eventually hold the inside tag pages.

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 11. Now attach the covers from Step 10 to the tag spine from Step 9. To do this, glue the black accordion spine firmly to the chipboard spine from the tag.

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12. Now attach the small Staples Tag Album pages to the accordion, and you have your inside pages. Your tag album is almost done. All you need to do now is to embellish your cover.

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 13.  Let’s start on the front cover. Attach a doily to the cover, followed by a chipboard frame from French Country Chipboard.

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14. Attach a Graphic 45 ornate metal key to a metal butterfly using a black silk ribbon. 

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 15. Attach the key and butterfly to the chipboard circle as shown and attach that to the front cover using foam squares.

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16. Thread a string of pearls through a chipboard tag and swirl a flourish across the cover. Add some flowers to the cover and the spine and you’re done.

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Here’s the completed mini tag album: 

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Enter for your chance to win this French Country prize package valued over $100! 

To enter, just leave a comment on both the Graphic 45 Facebook Page(http://www.facebook.com/Graphic45) and comment on this post below.

Winner will be announced on the G45 Facebook page and on the Create Blog on Wednesday, May 22nd. Good luck!

 

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120 comments
ChristineCuthbert
ChristineCuthbert

Beautiful mini. I am going to use this tutorial...thanks and tanks for the giveaway.

Kathy Murray
Kathy Murray

Such a gorgeous mini book! What a cool technique.

TaniaM
TaniaM

I loved the tutorial! Thanks a lot!

Daisy Vilela
Daisy Vilela

Thanks for such detailed instructions and the chance to win. Its a great mini album.

Carmen
Carmen

Thank you for the chance to win this French Country prize package

Julie A. Shearer
Julie A. Shearer

Great mini . Love the G45 paper. Thank you both for a chance .

Sherry Tipton
Sherry Tipton

Love this little mini, thanks for the tutorial.

Eileen Evans
Eileen Evans

I love the mini folder I would love to win thank you for the chance

Charlene M.
Charlene M.

Beautiful Mini. Great tutorial. Would love to win some fabulous G45 goodies!

Sue D
Sue D

So pretty--thanks for the instructions.

Lynn
Lynn

Very cool mini album. Please enter me to win the French Country. So very pretty!

Joyce Johns
Joyce Johns

Love the mini album. The instructions were easy to understand. Thanks.

kazoulis
kazoulis

Very interesting construction!

Janis
Janis

Love mini-albums and this is one of the prettiest I've seen!!!

Mary Mac
Mary Mac

Beautiful book. I found myself making minialbums/books more than scrapbook layouts.

Debbie L.
Debbie L.

What a beautiful album and the directions are very easy to understand. Can't wait to make one myself!

Barbara Luna
Barbara Luna

What a beautiful book! So excited for a chance to win!

sigal p.
sigal p.

. Love it. Thanks for the tutorial I pined it on My pintrest and I'll try to do it.

jengd
jengd

Fabulous mini! Love how much it can expand! Thanks for the chance.

Elizabeth Ortiz
Elizabeth Ortiz

This is absolutely fabulous!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

have a wonderful day!

NinaN
NinaN

Gorgeous album! Thank you for sharing the instructions!

lisa argyle
lisa argyle

Oh for Cool!! Thanks for sharing the binding technique. I absolutely LOVE French Country!

Monica
Monica

I love making albums and even more so when G45 is involved!! Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance to win :)

Helea
Helea

Beautiful album

Leanne S
Leanne S

Thanks for sharing this fab tutorial.

Monette Runquist
Monette Runquist

Absolutely beautiful...AND instructions even I can follow! Thanks

F Bond
F Bond

Sooo very pretty!!! Great tutorial!

Susan Wilder
Susan Wilder

I just Love, Love, Love Graphic 45 products! I've been dying to get this Collection & would be SO Happy to WIN!! Thank you BOTH!

Cat Darling
Cat Darling

Absolutely GORGEOUS!What a clver way to make an album!

TracyM #6773
TracyM #6773

Already "like" G45 on FB - just come back from visiting and thanking them too :)

TracyM #6773
TracyM #6773

WOW - what a FABULOUS album and SUPER tutorial - I am TOTALLY INSPIRED!!!

Thank you for sharing this with us and for the chance to win :)

Jessica kephart
Jessica kephart

Left a comment for graphic 45! Love this tutorial!! Thanks for the chance to win French country!

Karen
Karen

Absolutely Beautiful Album! i love the directions you have given for this album and I can't wait to make it. you have given such detailed instructions and beautiful pictures that it looks as though I should be able to make it with no problem. Thank you so much for sharing and the opportunity to win this album.

Wee Yi Xin
Wee Yi Xin

Great tutorial! Can't wait to start making this!

Kirby
Kirby

Love the gorgeous album, and thanks for the deets in the tutorial.

Julie K
Julie K

What a cool way to a mini book, that for sharing, just love G45. Can't wait to make it.

Lois
Lois

I love this little book, thanks so much for the great tutorial

Faith
Faith

Fantastic paper line! Beautiful album! Thank you for this well thought out, clear tutorial, I will definitely give this a go!

Debbie
Debbie

Oh, I have one more question that I forgot to ask. I don't have a black mat like yours. What are the measurement positions for the holes, please?

Debbie
Debbie

This is beautiful! But I have a question about the tag pages. Is there only one attached to one side each of the black tabs? And there is 1/2" between each page, right? Is that for raised embellishments for each page?

Brenda Lubrant
Brenda Lubrant

Wow, your album has blown me away!! This Graphic 45 collection is really a winner.

Janet Nelson
Janet Nelson

This is a great mini album. I learned this spine technique at a class and it looks very professional. It's fun and satisfying to make a mini album from "scratch."

virginia ogg
virginia ogg

beautiful album made with beautiful materials. thanks for a chance to win.

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