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Graphic 45 Mini Album and a Chance to Win

post date iconMay 15th, 2013 author iconJenni Gasparrini
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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




 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.



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: 


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( 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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Graphic 45 Mini Album and a Chance to Win

Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

From the newsletter: Carefree Summer Days album

post date iconSeptember 3rd, 2010 author iconTammy Chenault
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Hi all! Today we’re featuring Nancy Holley’s Carefree Summer Days mini album in our newsletter. Isn’t it sunny and fun? Here are some bonus shots of the inside, as well as instructions detailing how she made it. For more fab summer albums (quick, make one before fall hits!), pick up a copy of the August-September issue of Simply Handmade and turn to page 70. Print, digital.

Thanks for the inspiration, Nancy.  :)


Album is 6” across Album: Crayola; Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers; Transparencies, binder ring: Office supply; Ribbon: American Crafts, Stampin’ Up!; Letter stickers: American Crafts; Pen: Sharpie; Paint: Craft supply; Tab punch: Stampin’ Up!; Digital kit: House of Three (Summer Book Template kit),

1. Download a summer-themed digital kit and print onto transparencies and white cardstock.

2. Cover each page of a chipboard album using brightly-colored patterned papers.

3. Dry brush a circle of orange paint around the sun cover, then add a circle of flourish paper and a transparency printed with a sentiment.

4. Embellish each page of the album using letter stickers, punched labels, ribbon, printed shapes, and pen doodling.

5. Glue 4 x 6” photos back to back, add printed embellishments on the photos, and tuck the photo pages throughout the chipboard album.

6. Punch a hole through the left side of each page, connect with a binder ring, and tie ribbon around the ring.

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From the newsletter: Carefree Summer Days album

Tammy Chenault

In middle school, I just thought I was being nerdy when I looked for typos on Spirit Week signage – little did I know I was training for a future career in editing. Now a mother of two young children, my days are full of crafting, writing, and activities that amuse the pre-K crowd. I can't get enough vintage typography and poster design, and never met a fabric store I didn't like.

Giveaway Friday – Punky Sprouts

post date iconJuly 9th, 2010 author iconNorthridge Publishing
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Punky Sprouts is a great new company that made their debut at the last Craft and Hobby Association trade show in January. In just the few months since the show, their popularity has exploded. Punky Sprouts specializes in gorgeous mixed media albums. They are the perfect canvas to show off your creativity!

Lead designer Suzy West is showing off their newest editions (appropriately named the Suzy West collection). Join us on our Facebook page all next week for sneak peeks, projects, and giveaways. The Punky Sprouts crew will be dropping by and it is sure to be a ton of fun!

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a Punky Sprouts album of your very own, and be sure to join us on our Facebook page for more chances to win.

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Drop a line to to claim your prize!

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