Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport Mini Album Tutorial

At last! I have more photos to share of the Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport mini album (which I have been teasing you about for two weeks)! I have two little videos for you as well. 

I don't normally create sports themed items. My sons don't play sports, and my husband gave up playing sports years ago. However, for some unexplained reason, I fell in love with the G45 sports themed collection, Good Ol' Sport! 

For this sporty mini, I used almost a full 12 x 12 pad of the GOS papers, plus I added in some of the G45 retired collections that seemed to "match." 

I did not use many embellishments for this album. It is 95% paper! I did create this "winner's ribbon" from some ribbon, lace, and a bottle cap! 

My album got super "fat" and I could not redo the right cover flap, so I designed a clip to keep it closed. This is simply a small binder clip to which I glued some ribbon and a metal button! I also created some banners from the paper, and stamped a title onto the right-most banner.

This mini is 5 x 7 x 2 inches. It is a fun size, and jam packed with pocket and flaps!

One of my favorite parts of the entire project is this little "magazine" holder that I made for the front. I used a die cut template to make a "gift card pocket," which I covered with designer paper. I then cut images from the G45 paper to look like little magazine covers! I tied the whole lot with twine.

Here is a peeky at what the album looks like opened up. You can see it is chock full of goodness! (To see every page, visit the video links below.)

I have not had this much fun with a project in a very long time! I just loved every little bit of this mini. I am in love with pockets and flaps and journaling cards. I purchase Project Life cards all the time...not because I use that style of scrapbooking, but simply for the cards! They are perfect for tucking into my mini books!

Each page is simply cardstock, layered together. It is all very easy to do. It does take some measuring and figuring, but I don't have those measurements for you yet...

Here is a look at the back of the book.

I have two videos for you. The first one is just a ramble through each page. You can see every pocket and flap.

The second video is a little tutorial on how to create the actual base of the album. I hope you can figure it out. It is not as informative as I'd like, but I think it gets the job done. If you still have issues, there are better videos out there that explain this type of binding.

I am working on a step-by-step tutorial for this mini, but I am swamped the next few weeks, so there is no telling when (or if) I will get to it. I hope this post is enough to get you started on making a book of your own!

Thanks for stopping by!

WorldWin Papers:
Heavy Weight Chipboard
Smooth Black, Natural
ColorMates Heritage Black

Graphic 45 papers:
Good Ol' Sport - one 12 x 12 pad
Typography - Journey, Create
Times Nouveau - Wallflower, Hip to the Jive, Glad Rags
A Proper Gentleman - Cultured Reserve, Sporting Aristocrat, Dressed to the Nines, The Sophisticate, Man About Town, On the Boulevard, Borders and Tags
An ABC Primer - Calico Kids
Halloween in Wonderland - You're Late
Steampunk Debutante - Eclectic Emporium

Ribbon, Lace, Twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Embellishments: button, binder clip, ribbon slide, bottle cap, brads, photo turn 
Circle punches: Stampin' Up
Die cut templates: My Favorite Things (gift card pocket), Tim Holtz (bracket edger), Spellbinders (Labels Thirty-One)
Stamps: Hampton Art/Echo Park All About a Boy, various ticket stamps (Autumn Leaves, Unity)
Tags and ephemera
Journaling cards: Project Life
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Aleene's Tacky Glue; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; Scor-tape


  1. A fantastic album, thanks for the tutorial too. It will be most helpful now I just need to find the time to fit it in, lol.

  2. Oh wow that is just too cool, great embellishing!!

  3. Simply stunning!!!!!

  4. This is really a neat album. The tutorial is great too. Hope you get time to give more instructions. In the mean time I'm going to try doing it just from the video.

  5. OMG What a fantastic album. How inspiring and I want to make one now. LOL I would love to have more directions. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

  6. You are such a good teacher I always wanted to learn how to make albums like this thanks so much.

  7. Oh my Gloria l am so impressed with your work!

  8. An absolut amazing creation here Gloria. I love this album, and thanks sooo much for the video to show how you constructed the spine, it´s awesome.

  9. Wowzers! No wonder you had so much fun. This is one fantastic mini, my friend! I must find some time to make one. Bravo! <3

  10. Fantastic job on the album. I'm drawn to the Good 'Ol Sport too. I wish it would've been around when my boys played sports. I look forward to a tutorial. You are very creative. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  11. Talk about hitting it out of the park! Your videos are amazing, and I could have only guessed at the brilliance of your book's innards. (Graphic 45 must still be crying about your cutting back on your submissions to them, but this ought to hold them for a very long time.)

    The way you shared this is fantastic. It's always a disappointment when I visit a tantalizing site, and all the effort is in words....in a language I don't know. You've made your incredible creation completely accessible to anyone who wants to see more. (I've already Pinned this, and I don't do a lot of Pinning - just the best things to share. Your video will travel wide and far as more and more folks pass it along.)

    A big thank you for all that you do!

  12. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. Gorgeous album! I would love to have the full instructions. I will need them! :-)

  14. It is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing how as well! Have a lovely weekend Karen x

  15. love this album what a wonderful job!
    I would love the full instructions as well!
    Gosh its amazing how much time it would take to finish that one
    Maybe we could do a page a week....lol only kidding! its really special Gloria!

  16. I love this albums interactivity. Reminds me of Laura Denison's One & Done, and her 2013 Swap Album, along with lots of interactive pockets, flaps and additions. I would love for you to finish the tutorial on this one! I'd buy it in a red hot minute!

  17. I certainly understand how much work goes into a tutorial for a project of this size. I have seen the video for the basics and appreciate this one. I still hope you can find the time and energy to do an entire project video. Thanks again for the mini tutorial. Love this album!

  18. I love this mini album....it is very nicely done! I would like to make one like it but I as well need full instructions. I hope you can find the time for it.

  19. Oh I hope you do a tutorial. I love this album but am the type of person that needs exact directions :0(
    Thank you


  21. Outstanding! You have creative brilliance!

  22. ngreat tut. Thank you.

  23. Love this. Beautiful job. Has inspired me, to think about creating again.