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…..

Valentine’s Day Pillow Boxes

February 11, 2017

Good Morning,


Today I am revealing my prototypes for Valentines Day gifts for my son’s classroom. If you have been following along you know I, have been sharing a few different possibilities in the past couple of weeks. I finally came across something that has some substance but easy to mass produce and put together….the pillow boxes.

These can easily be made on the Silhouette with minimal gluing needed. When still flat the box measures 6.65 h x 6.417 w (Silhouette Cameo measurements). Once assembled the box measures 5 1/2  x 2 3/4.  This file also comes with a large “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to go on top. (See black and white box)  I used some leftover Bella Blvd. thinking the black and white would show the lettering well but this is why we experiment. This is an example of the full cut file. Then I tried a couple of different things as well.

This file also comes with a large “Happy Valentine’s Day” tag to go on top. (See black and white box)  I used some leftover Bella Blvd. thinking the black and white would show the lettering well but this is why we experiment. This is an example of the full cut file. Then I tried a couple of different things as well.


I love polka dots especially red and white, so for this one, I used an echo park dots and stripe 8×8 pad.  The Happy Valentine’s Day is the cutout portion of the word from the Black and White box.  To add a little something extra I tried adding my latest obsession, Tonic Studio’s Nuvo Crystal Drops in “white” to make an underline flourish. While I like the raised shiny look, my hand dexterity is not as skilled as my mind envisioned.  I need to practice…but not on 50 some boxes.pillow-box-dots-1

The third box I did with some leftover Graphic 45 “Mon Amour” paper and tags. I have to say it is my favorite and will most likely be given to Hubby.  I think the decorative base with the stronger colors looks good with this type of box and I like how the well the 3 x4 tag worked look on here.



In the end, I am leaning toward the idea of using Kraft with red baker’s twine and a tag. This way I won’t be as upset to see kids throwing away the boxes if its Kraft versus my Graphic 45 paper.  I will do an update post once I decided on the paper and make them all.

Thanks for following along on Valentine’s Day Project Journey.

I always love to hear from everyone and their ideas.

Until next time…



Scrapbook page with Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Collection

April 2, 2016

Good Morning,

It has been a while since I have finished a layout. This particular one is about a trait our beloved “part-toddler-part-Australian Shepherd” has that drives us nuts. If left near any kind of clothing, bedding or towels she will work relentlessly to remove every last vestige of the tag. She even removed the tag from our mattress.  No tag is safe in our house nor do any of us have any idea what a tag has ever done to her. However, I understand from one of the Breeders this “tag removal power” is strong in her family. Her father had it, Her half- brother has it and she has it!

It is particularly frustrating when trying to determine the size of our little one’s clothing. It is a guessing game that usually only reveals itself by him trying on the clothes….not a favorite pastime of our two-year old.

Of course, this impact on our daily lives along with her special powers to ferret out a tag from deep in the laundry basket needed to be documented.  If you look closely in the picture you will see the tag to our bedding just under her fur and near her paw. She was caught in the act!

For this layout I used Graphic 45’s Raining Cats & Dogs. Pet collections lately have not been working well for me so it was with some hesitation that I used it. Turned out the turquoise in the collection, which gave me the most concern, worked well with her black fur.  I used 11 separate pieces of paper on this one including some detail cutting for the girl with the umbrella. The different 6×6 papers were used for the picture mat and the journaling space.  Along with my favorite paw print punch to highlight the picture.colorburst egg3Given it is Graphic 45 paper, I feel more embellishment should on it but it was struggle with the larger picture (6×6) and the layers. I now have plenty of embellishment to figure out another project.

One thing about the creative process, it does not always come at the best times. At the last minute I decided that a base paper of black card stock would add the extra pop I needed for my picture. This meant trimming down the plaid paper which can be difficult with the weight of an almost finished layout, cutting such a fine line of 1/8th can be really hard for my trimmer.   Instead I pulled out my scoring board, scored on the remaining three sides then carefully folded them under. This resulted in cleaner lines with enough dimension there is not a need to ink the edges.    To adhere it to the black card stock I used 1/8th score tape on the edge of the folded edges (leave me a comment if that doesn’t make sense) and tape runner in the middle.

Tip: if you are making a last minute base paper changes that require a narrow cut (i.e. 1/8th of an inch) try using the score board and folding it under. This will give you even clean lines with slight dimension.

I always appreciate the visits and comments, thank you for taking the time to stop by my little space on the web.

Until next time……





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