3×3 Craft Challenge: Mixed Media Album, Washi, 12×12 Papers

Hello, G45ers!

Crafters you are in store for an amazing blog post.  Inside we have a brand new 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.  Our 3×3 Challenge starts with 3 Brand Ambassador, 3 Graphic 45 products, to see what 3 projects they come up with.  Katelyn Grosart, Kathy Clement, Nico Scrap are the incredible designers and were assigned to use a G45 Mixed Media Albums, Washi Tape, and 12×12 G45 Papers. It is so much fun to see how each designer took this challenge and ran with it creating unique and inspiring albums.  So grab a cup of coffee and brace yourself for tips and trick that you can use on your next scrapbook album.   



But wait, we have our weekly blog winner to announce!  The winner of this week's stunning prize package is…Sharon Gullikson! This is what Sharon had to say on Instagram: “This is one of my favorite collections, but then I'm an animal LOVER!!!!.”  Please email to claim your prize, and thank you to everyone who left comments and feedback on this week’s blog posts!  


This weeks prize package was an Olde Curiosity Shoppe – Tag & Pocket Album kit, including Olde Curiosity Shoppe – Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Black Butterfly Square Tag & Pockets Album, Ornate Metal Keys, and a project sheet, a $52 value.


Master Detective Mini Album

By Katelyn Grosart


“Using only a 12×12 Patterned Paper Pad from Master Detective and the Washi Tape Set and Mixed Medium Album from the Staples Collection, I was able to create this masculine Master Detective Mini Album. Creating this mini album was an absolute blast and it will be perfect to give as a gift this Christmas. I hope that you'll enjoy some of the up close photos of the Master Detective Mini Album as well as a few tips and tricks.





Tip: There are lots of cardstock pages and vellum pages in the mixed media album, so use them for some of your photo mats.



Tip: Use the Washi Tape to decorate the top and bottom of some of your vellum pages.











Graphic 45 Supplies:

Master Detective 12x12 Pad

Staples - Washi Tape Set

Staples - Mixed Media Album-Black

Other Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Black Soot Distress Ink & Blending Tool with Foam
  • Edge Distressor, Paper Trimmer and Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Crop a Dile
  • Sookwang Tape
  • 3D Foam Squares


Winter Wonderland Album

By Kathy Clement


“There’s something magical about snow at Christmas!  The Winter Wonderland collection takes me back to the New England Christmases of my childhood with glistening snow on tree branches, winter birds and dazzling natural beauty.  I love this collection with its Farmhouse Christmas vibe and rich vintage colors and patterns.


It was so much fun to use the 12×12 Winter Wonderland paper collection, an Ivory Mixed Media Album and Graphic 45 Washi Tape in the December Craft Basket Challenge.





With Christmas right on our doorstep, I decided to make a December Daily album.  To keep things simple, I divided the month up into 4 weekly sections with lots of room for photos, recipes, and journaling in each.  



I created an accordion style pocket inside the front cover and filled it with decorated Staples Standard Black tags.  Use these to dress up cookie plates, gifts or even as photo mounts.  The Winter Wonderland paper really pops off the black background!


Tip: Create quick and easy border accents with Graphic 45 Staples Washi Tape.  Not only does the tape look great, it helps to reinforce the hole punches in the album.  Add the tape to one side of the page, then re-punch the holes.  Then flip over and repeat.  This way you don’t lose track of where the holes are.



Each week starts with a decorative vellum signature page that is also a pocket.




Tip:  Stitch or glue  two vellum pages together leaving the right hand side open to form side pocket pages.  Then trim the kraft cardstock pages to measure 5” x 7” so they will fit inside the pockets.  These are a great spot for larger photos or even recipes that you use during the holidays.



The tabbed pocket pages hold photo mounts created with 4” x 6” images from Winter Wonderland.  I’ve added fun little flip elements, waterfall feature, decorated tags and other fun goodies in these wonderful pockets.  


Tip: For these pocket pages, cut your designer paper to measure 6” x 6” for the top portion.  The pocket paper will measure 6” x 3”.  If you cut all the papers for these pages at the same time, the album will go together much faster.



Tip: Staples Square Black Tags make wonderful photo mounts.  Decorate simply with a small border strip and tuck into pockets.  



I’ve included decorated ivory pages to hold really large photos.



There’s a large pocket on the back inside cover with a special surprise!  Red Alphabet Banner Tags are backed with gold paper and decorated with cute chipboard embellishments, ribbons and flowers.  The tags spell out the word NOEL and can be hung from ribbon or string to create a banner.  



I hope you’ll join me for this YouTube video tour of the album.  I’ll share tips and tricks that you can use to make your own Winter Wonderland December Daily.” ~Kathy


Winter Wonderland YouTube Video Tour


If you’d like to learn how to make these festive chipboard tag and sticker embellishments, just watch this short video and we’ll make them together


Video Tutorial for making chipboard and sticker embellishments


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Staples - Mixed Media Album-Ivory

Winter Wonderland 12x12 Pad

Staples - Washi Tape Set


Other Supplies


Dolce Vita Album

By Nico Scrap


“I am proud to be Italian. I love italy and the idea that other country have about Italy, a place where everybody live their “Dolce vita”, with high fashion dresses, all that baroque architecture and fancy living. I love how american pronounce italian words, i love how they live their holidays in our cities like Rome or Venice and i love the idea they have about our passionate love. And listening to old italian songs and thinking about Dolce and Gabbana dresses i’ve made this album to keep all the photos i’ve mad all over Italy.” ~Nico



Graphic 45 Supplies:

Staples - Mixed Media Album-Black

French Country - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Staples - Metal Door Plates & Knobs


Other Supplies:

  • Glue gun
  • Double side tape
  • Foam tape
  • Metal embellishments Scrapunlimited
  • Black string

That is a wrap!  Three incredible albums by even more incredible designers.  We are so honored to have the privilege of sharing Kathy, Nico, and Katelyn's talents with you all each month.  We hope that you are leaving this blog post filled with new ideas and anxious to start creating your next project.  Thank you for joining us this week and sharing all your comments and tips! We will be back here on Monday, and on FacebookInstagram and now YouTube all weekend long!  


Happy Papercrafting!

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