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Mini Album with Holder

Posted by Graphic 45 02/12/2021 4 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,


Hello, G45ers! 

  Happy Friday crafty friends!  Today on the Graphic 45 blog we have an elegant Bird Song Mini Album housed in a decorative Sleeve.  This project has been inspired by a card design from our Volume 03 - G45 Card Club kit from 2020 as a part of our #ClubG45LeveledUp series.  We love how Carla La Vera has taken the card template and created this genius album holder.  Go grab your papers and adhesive and join us for this step by step tutorial.


Bird Song Mini Album Holder

By Carla La Vera


“Hi Scrapper !! This is my second Club Graphic 45 Leveled Up project and I really enjoyed working on this one.

When I saw the beautiful cards that Ginger created with this amazing collection, I thought “I have to do something with these cards and finally I did the album holder with the last card design and the cover of my accordion album with the first card.



The card that inspired the Album Holder.

G45 Card Club Vol 03 - 2020 

Card by Ginger Ropp





Take a Piece of black cardstock (10 ⅛” x 6”) and score the lines a, b, c and d, then, trim a line leaving 1” from the top edge and between the score lines a and c.  Trim also another line leaving 1” from the bottom edge.



Add the edges trimmed to the 3 ⅝” section as shown in the pictures above.

Finally, add the first and the last score section as you can see in the pictures above.


This is the holder of the accordion album.


Trim the Pieces shown.

Piece 1- Harmony 12x12 - 3 ⅜” x 5 ¾”; Piece 2 - Black Graphic 45 Chipboard - 3 ½” x 5 ⅞”;

Piece 3- Harmony 12x12 - 3 ⅜” x 3 ¾”; Piece 4 - Black Graphic 45 Chipboard - 3 ½” x 3 ⅞”;

Piece 5- Tranquility 12x12 - ¾” x 3 ⅞””; Piece 6 - Black Graphic 45 Chipboard - ⅞” x 4”;

Piece 7- Tranquility 12x12 - ¾” x 5 ⅞”; Piece 8 - Black Graphic 45 Chipboard - ⅞” x 5 ⅞”.


Add the Piece 3 to the Piece 4, then, add the stamps (tranquility paper) to a piece of black chipboard, trim around leaving a thin border, then, add them to the Piece 3 and finally add a antique brass ornate metal by the middle.


Add the Piece 5 to the Piece 6, then, attach the metal door knob .



Add the Piece 1 to the Piece 2, tnen add it to the back section of the mini album holder.

Add the Piece 7 to the Piece 8, then, add it to the large border, then, add the piece with the door knob to the smaller lateral border.



Trim the Pieces:

Piece 9- Longevity 12x12 - ⅞” x 5 ⅞”; Piece 10 - Tranquility 12x12- 3 ½” x 1 ¼”;

Piece 11- Tranquility 12x12 -3 ½” x 1 ¼”.

Add these pieces  as shown.



I did an Accordion Album with 8 sections, each section with 3 ⅜” x 6 ⅛”.  Add your favorite papers, but leave the first and last page free.


Trim two Pieces of black chipboard (3 ⅝” x 6 ⅜”), wrap them with an orange paper, then, decorate them as shown.  Add these two chipboard pieces to the last and first page of the accordion album.


Over here some ideas how to decorate your mini album.




Insert the Accordion Album into the Holder.  After you add your photos it will fit perfectly.” ~Carla


Graphic 45 Supply List:

Bird Song - Deluxe Collector's Edition (retired)

Black Chipboard Sheets

Antique Brass Metal Door Plates & Knobs



Happy Papercrafting! 


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4 Comment(s)

Christine Gamsby:
02/12/2021, 06:54:35 PM

I loved this design both for storage box ( I never made one ) and the ease of successfully creating and decorating a new album ! I always keep checking for new papers and fall easily in love with new paper collections !Would like to see more children with today's fashions going places w grandparents. Birthday for 2 -5 years olds , gardening in spring then summer then autumn. Yes we are stuck in masks distancing but past years we have the photos of kids watering pot or garden they planted w grandparents giving life advise that can be a related to living kids eating cherry tomatoes, blueberries .Gathering wildflowers , sleep overs, preparing supper baking standing on stool to listen to grandmother and laughing and giggling !

Annette Green:
02/13/2021, 06:53:51 AM,

What a wonderful take on the card design, and fantastic tutorial!

Martha whitaker:
02/15/2021, 02:10:44 PM, G45

I love the bright colors and themes behind them

Glenda Buster:
02/19/2021, 11:14:50 PM

Gorgeous Album Holder and Accordion Album. Bird Song is one of my favorite Graphic 45 collections. Your tutorial was awesome!

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