Monday, September 14, 2015

Graphic 45 - World's Fair Mini Album

The end of summer always makes me think of The Fair! All my life, until recent years, I spent time at the State Fair in the areas where I've lived. Since moving to Southern California, we've been to the San Diego fair only once. I miss the old-fashioned fairs of my childhood. However, I have such a passion for the World's Fairs of the past.

The Graphic 45 World's Fair Collection is the perfect collection to use for creating a mini album. This collection has many images and sentiments that make decorating a mini album fun and easy! Paper bag mini albums are always popular, and the addition of Graphic 45 Tag Staples makes this one the star of the fair!

This mini is approximately 5 3/8" x 5 1/8" with a 1/2" spine. A bit of cord keeps the book together for display purposes.

The style of the album is a "fan mini" meaning that it has a small binding, allowing the album to "fan out" when it is sitting on a desk or table.

Each of the paper bag pockets contains one Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag. 

Each of the tags is decorated with images cut from the paper. Some of the tags contain pockets and journaling spots. The backs of the tags are suitable for adding photos.

Each page of the mini is chock full of tags and journaling spots, and just amazing goodness! The video slideshow below has images of every page!

The tags pull out, and are themselves works of art! Each tag is perfect for use in the mini album, or they can be removed and used to embellish scrapbook pages, gift bags, or packages!

Some of the tags hold smaller tags and journaling spots!

The are lots of flip-out pages and pockets.

This little project is simple to create, but packs a lot of style!

To create the album base, select four paper lunch bags. Fold each bag in half to create a surface approximately 5 3/8" x 5 1/4". Trim two pieces of medium weight chipboard to 5" x 5 1/4" to act as the front and back covers. Create a spine from kraft cardstock 16" x 5 1/4", score at every inch and accordion fold. 

Stack the folded lunch bags together, one atop the other. Glue one piece of chipboard to the top of the first bag. Glue the second piece of chipboard to the back of the fourth bag.

Glue the lunch bags to the accordion fold spine, skipping every other "valley." Glue a piece of cardstock, cut to 5 1/4" x 4", to cover the spine.

Decorate the cover as shown. For more details, see the video slideshow below.

Use flowers and metal items to create interest on the cover.

The back cover is plain. Add a jump ring to the back cover, and then tie some cord to it.

Slip the cord around to the front of the album and loop over the tiny "handle" on the front cover.

For a look at the complete project, view the slideshow!

See the slideshow on YouTube HERE.

Graphic 45 Supplies:
World's Fair Paper Collection (12" x 12" pad)
Staples: Ornate Metal Keys, Ornate Metal Key Holes, Artist Trading Tags - Kraft, Regular Tags - Kraft

Other Supplies:
Standard lunch bags: food supply
Chipboard: WorldWin Papers medium weight
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers
Ink: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
Flowers and Leaves: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo, Prima
Mini clothespins: Canvas Corp
Clock: SkyBluePink
Wire pin, jump ring, clip: Tim Holtz Idea-ology
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cord: Canvas Corp
Die cuts: Memory Box Vintage Bicycle, My Favorite Things Eiffel Tower, Reel
Magnetic discs: Basic Grey
Tools: Prima paper distressing tool, corner rounder
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares, Scor-tape, Aleene's Tacky Glue, hot glue

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