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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Graphic 45 French Country Album

 Hi, All!  I wanted to share this with you.  I was at the Creating Keepsakes convention back in March and at the Pine Cone Press booth they had this kit.  I. HAD. TO. HAVE. IT!  I love Graphic 45, and this kit was beautiful.  It made a pretty large book, with lots of space to add stuff.  I, of course, had to add more stuff and embellish it with more things.
 Heres the cover, I added bling by ZVA Creative, and the sunflower embellishment is by K and Company.
 The spine is 3" wide.
 The pages are 8" tall, 6" wide, and spaced 1/2" apart.
 I went to craft warehouse and grabbed some of the embellishments that come with this line of paper.  I did the kit exactly as they said, except I used black card stock instead of the cream they sent.  Then I embellished with more things.  The flower is by Bo Bunny, the leaves are 7 Gypsies.
 The little envelope opens and two tiny tags are in it.
 The page on the right is built with a cd envelope.  It makes for a lot of room for pictures and such.
 All of the little picture embellishments are adhered so that pictures can slip behind them.
 The cd envelope window.
 More Bo Bunny flower embellishment ideas on that pocket.

 I adhered this flap so that a tag (on the left, black with the face on it) could be tucked behind it.  I also did the right page a little different, creating a bother pocket.  The Bon Appetit card is a tag, everything else created the pocket.

 On this flap on the left side, I also adhered it different so that a tag could be placed behind it.  I used the file folder method that Kathy Orta showed in this video, the idea came from her friend Diane.  Go check it out, if you have an EK Success envelope maker, you need to see what else you can do with it.

 This sunflower is also from K and Company.
 I added some stuff to the back cover.  I created a pocket on the back cover using an envelope/tag and die cut from the paper line.
I also created extra pockets in the pages.  The album is constructed with black card stock pages.  After making these bases and putting them in the book, you cover them with the papers.  Before I covered them, I added large envelopes to the card stock pages.  I sealed them, cut off the end, adhered them to the card stock, then covered them, thus making a top pocket for these large tags. There are 5 base pages, so I made 5 pockets for large tags.

After I finished with this album my brain went haywire with ideas...I am currently working on another mini album of my creation, and will be bringing it to you all very soon.  That one will also have another set of tutorials that I will do on video to show you how to create one for yourselves!!  I'm super excited about it, so stay tuned!

Stay crafty, my friends!


  1. I love love love albums like this! I see these types of kits at Archivers and I want so badly to buy them. I think its fantastic that you can come up with them on your own. :)

  2. Your mini album is so beautiful! I love all the pockets and folder to make extra little places to tuck photos and special notes. Simply amazing! Thank you for sharing! :)

  3. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, just love this album, I've had this G45 collection for years, now I know what to do with it. Thankyou for the inspiration.