Graphic 45 – Magic Christmas Mini Album walkthrough video

April 6, 2019

I know it is March but I found my Design Team Mini Album I did for my local store, Creative Escapes Los Gatos. I thought I had lost the video with all the computer issue I was expereincing at the end of last year. I hope you can still enjoy still watching it even though we are in spring!

The Graphic 45 Magic Christmas collection is so cute if you have not done your holiday photos. They are filled with these adorable little baby cherubs.

Here are a few product details about the album, I used a 8×8 pre-made chipboard album from Frank Garcia. I can’t recommend these enough, especially if you are just getting started with mini albums. It allows you to focus on page construction without having to worry about binding and covers.

Pocket is 5.25 by 7.25 with a photo mat of 5×7 it all slides under a belly band with gold mirror card accents.

You will also hear me mention Tonic Studios, of course. I used some of their newer papers like the gold mirror card and the gilding flakes. I love the effect of the gilding flakes but I found a separate work space was needed to work with them. By the time I was done my fingers were gold and I had a gilded nose to match. Quite the festive look!

Below is the video and supply list. Thanks for reading and watching, I hope you enjoy it. I alwasy enjoy your comments and questions. Thanks again for reading and watching.

Mini Album Supply List:

  • Graphic 45 Magic Christams Collection Paper Pad
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christmas Solids and Patterns Pad
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christams Chipboard
  • Graphic 45 Magic Christmas Pocket and Tags
  • Tonic Studios Mirror Card in Gold
  • Nuvo Rose Gold Pure Sheen Sequins
  • Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Gold
  • Nuvo Gold Glitter pen
  • Graphic 45 – Metal Tag Dies in all sizes
  • Basic Grey magnets Large and small
  • 8×8 Frank Garcia chipboard album

Mini Album Tags using Echo Park Bewitched

September 18, 2018

Good morning,

I am popping on here for a quick share of a couple tags I created for a design team project. I am working on a mini album and looking for different ways to incorporate the 4×4 cut a-parts from the Bewitched line from Echo Park. They didn’t do a full line with the usual accessories so I have only the 12×12 paper and sticker sheets ( not even a 6×6 pad) to decorate the graphic 45 mini album.

Time to get creative!

For my “Stay a Spell” tag I used one of the new Graphic 45 tag dies. These are great to cover their ready made tags but they are easy to piece and create from scratch as well. I put together some card stock and one of the 4×4 cut a-parts and ran them together through my Sizzix Big Shot.

To create the quick and simple glitter line I used 1/4 inch SCOR tape and Ivory Sands Pure Sheen from my Tonic Studios craft kit. The subtle shades of gold seem to work well with this collection! I finished up by using the Nuvo glitter gloss pen in clear to add a littler shimmer to the stars in the night sky.

For the Candy Tag, I used the same die and another 4×4 cut apart with card stock, pieced together in the die then ran it through. I then added the broom and candy stickers from the collection sticker sheet. Within minutes I had tags and another way to incorporate the cut a-parts into a mini album. I finished it with the Nuvo glitter gloss in clear on the dark purple candy and broom. It might be hard to see in these pictures.

I am hoping to be done with the album by the end of the week, so hopefully you will be back to see the completed video!

Thanks again for visiting,

Until next time…..

Maple Leaf Shaker Closure

August 30, 2018

Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a quick video of a Maple Leaf Shaker closure I made for a gate-closing mini album.  This is one time where taking longer to finish a project worked out in my favor. I like how the shaker adds a little-unexpected fun but still conveys the fall theme of this album.

The Maple Leaf Shaker was part of my most recent Tonic Studio’s craft kit.  You can read my “fangirl” post here My New Favorite Craft Kit – Tonic Studios 

All the product in the video came from the most recent craft kit except for the Mirror card and the Green sequins, those were in the previous month kit. The mirror card goes through the die cutter beautiful capturing every detail a die has to offer without damaging the finish. I did put it through the Sizzix a couple of times just because it is so thick, but it cuts clean. The mirror card is a new way for me to add a little shine to a project without having to break out the glitter.

Below is the quick video!

On a side note, I am still getting over my shyness with being on video and the mechanics of it all.  At least I finally figured out how to not have the tripod in the shot!

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Chipboard Frame with Mini Book

July 9, 2018


It has been a while, so much going on with the family these days, but finally, summer is here! A lit bit slower pace and fewer commitments, hopefully, I can get more crafting done!

I am sharing a frame with a little mini book I made for my local scrapbook store. I was tasked to come up with a project using Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo”.  My little guy was the inspiration for this one as he likes to have pictures in his room when we do special days like the zoo and aquarium. I am still enamored with interactive projects, so I couldn’t just make a frame with one flip and a picture. What fun is that?

Paper Inspiration came from the plaid paper with the oranges, blues, and greens. I cut two pieces of chipboard one at 6×8 and one at 5.5x 7.5 (plaid paper). Orignal I was going to do the cut apart as a flip and be done…..but, it never works out that way for me. I guess I just don’t know when to stop!

Here is a photo of the front:


This front of the mini book is a 4×6 cut apart found in the collection. The corners sport some little beads from a jar of embellishments I bought years ago. I love when I can use up some old stash!

Opening up the book, I used two tabs from the sticker sheet to create a place to pull the page open. It is magnetically closed.fullsizeoutput_311

A photo a little smaller than 4×6 if you want a mat can go on the left. On the right is a belly band that opens to reveal a tag and another spot for a photo.

fullsizeoutput_313The printed paper hides a pocket for another tag that can hold two (front and back) 4×4 size photos. In the original design process, this would be it, but something happens when I start putting things together, and I can’t stop adding more… fullsizeoutput_308So when you close up the book and open it to the right, you will see these two pages. The frame on the right will hold a 2 x 3 picture. Again the white paper hides a pocket at the top for another square tag. The page on the left contains two ATC size tags and hidden cut-a-part from the collection which has a spot for a picture.  That was as far as I could go without it getting too bulky and falling over.

The back has a chipboard stand that I engineered with a collapsible piece inside for stability. fullsizeoutput_309 As much as I love paper crafting, there is a joy in figuring out the construction process and engineering a fix for these projects.

Below are some detail shots of the tags. I just recently bought the new Graphic 45 steel dies. I have the long one with the ATC tag and the square one. I was itching to use them so it may have influenced me a bit.

The gray ones are the ATC size, and the brown polka dots are the square die. I still have not used them on the actual graphic 45 tags but love the sizing for just a paper tag.

This project lends to any paper you like, I was assigned the Photoplay Collection by the store. If you are interested in doing this project you will need the following:

  • Chipboard
  • A pattern Paper collection you like and hopefully one with 4×6 “cut- a-parts”. Again this was made with Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
  • For the base color cardstock, I used a full 12×12 and a partial second.
  • Matching die cuts or sticker sheets to make life easier
  • tags either by die cut or by hand
  • ribbon: I used seam binding for the large tags and a zebra or print for the smaller ones.
  • Twine for the smaller pieces on the tag.
  • two pieces of cardstock or pattern paper for the back and hinge stand.

I have been considering doing videos so if you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until next time……






December Daily​

November 21, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have my first December Daily ever to share even though it is stuck in a time warp. I originally bought all these supplies two years ago to do some kind of December documenting. However, I had succumbed to the inequitable equation of time vs. all the projects I want to get done!   This year I was inspired by taking the Simple Stories class for this year’s December Daily album using the pretty ” Very Mery Collection” to then complete this one meant for 2015. Do I get bonus points for getting it done and posted on Black Friday? Well, at least a cookie!

I had taken quite a few pictures of the album, so I put them together in this little video to make it easier to see things. SOOOOOOO………Without further ado here is my Simple Stories “Santa Claus & Co.” December “Daily” album ready to be filled with Christmas past. (While you look at that I need to go hunt for my journaling from that year.)

Videos are still a work in progress. Hopefully, it was enjoyable.
I am always appreciative of the visit!
Until next time…….
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