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DIY Baby Album Featuring Little Darlings

Posted by Graphic 45 04/02/2018 57 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!  

 Let's kick off the week with a fabulous Folio Mini Album Tutorial from Sandy Trefger.  Sandy Shares two versions of this album to showcase how versatile this folio can be.  The first featuring our Little Darlings - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and the second, Raining Cats & Dogs.  So pull out your scissors and let's have some fun!  


Weekly Blog Contest

  Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package includes an Off to the Races 8x8 Paper Pad, 6x6 Paper Pad, Chipboard, Ephemera, Staples ATC Book Box, and Shabby Chic Door Pulls, a $40 value.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, April 8th, 2018.


Little Darlings Baby Album

By Sandy Trefger


In December 2017, I designed a folio type Mini Album for Graphic 45 using the fabulous Raining Cats and Dogs collection--Cat Lovers Mini Album.  I had many ask if there was a tutorial for it. However, it was a project that did not require a tutorial so I didn’t create one but I had kept notes as I was designing it.  So, I decided to re-create it using the Little Darlings DCE for this months assignment. It’s awesome to see how a project looks in different collections and for different themes.  I hope you enjoy creating your own little album in whatever Graphic 45 collection you choose.


Graphic 45 Baby Album Tutorial




Graphic 45 Supplies:

Little Darlings - Deluxe Collector's Edition


Other Supplies:

  • Artisan Ivory Cardstock
  • Prima “Bedtime Story” Flowers
  • Seam Binding Ribbon, Ivory
  • Merchant 41 Lace, Ivory
  • Natural Button Twine
  • Decorative Edge Punch
  • Tag Punch
  • Decorative Corner Punch, Scallop



This little album would make a wonderful new baby brag book or grandparent’s gift.  The pages are mirrored on the left and right with the left featuring the blues for a boy and the right featuring the pinks for a girl but could be interchangeable.






Tip:  When adding stickers for decoration onto a photo mat, use corn starch of baby powder to remove the stickiness from the area that will stick over the mat and eventually a photo and just stick down the corner of the sticker so a photo can be slipped on to the mat easily.  Also, in this type of folio album, use stickers instead of chipboard elements on the inside of your album to keep it flat and easy to fold. Cut-aparts also make excellent decorative elements in folio albums.





Tip:  Use scraps of paper to create loose belly bands to go around extra photo mats and tags and slip the entire piece into a pocket in your album.




I hope I’ve inspired you to create a mini album with my tutorial whether it be a baby album or pet album or any album with the different and beautiful Graphic 45 collections.  Below is a photo of my original album that I created with this design. Happy Crafting! ~ Sandy Trefger



Cat Lovers Mini Album


What a great tutorial and tips!  Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your creative talents with us!  We hope you have enjoyed these albums and that they have inspired your next project.  Be sure to leave your tips and tricks below in the comments to be entered to win this week's prize package.  

Happy Papercrafting!

57 Comment(s)

Kathy Jo Wood:
04/02/2018, 10:44:38 AM,

Oh! I adore this folio! I will definitely try it. :)Off to the Races is a fantastic collection! Love the images and colors used throughout.

Vanessa LeClear:
04/02/2018, 10:53:57 AM

Sandy's albums are gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration.

Sharon Gullikson:
04/02/2018, 10:56:37 AM

I LOVE this baby album. This is giving me some ideas for an album for my new little, first, granddaughter. She's only 3 months old, so it would be perfect to start it now. You always show such amazing projects.

Michele Lewis:
04/02/2018, 11:34:19 AM

What a beautiful little folio album! I love it! I especially like the magnet on the side of your glue bottle!! Very clever!

Sandy Trefger:
04/02/2018, 03:36:50 PM

Ha, ha. Yes I often put one there to keep my stainless steel pin for my glue tip or I put the magnet on the corner of my mat. It helps a lot!

Leah Matthews:
04/02/2018, 11:56:17 AM

I absolutely love these folios. They are incredibly beautiful! I am definitely going to make one! Love love love it!!

Bettina Kreuer:
04/02/2018, 11:57:18 AM

This album is wonderful. Love it.

Gerry Wolfe:
04/02/2018, 11:58:12 AM

Beautiful. I have some Little Darling paper, I’m going to have to try & make it. It’s great to show how you can use the same design with different paper.

Jean marmo:
04/02/2018, 12:12:28 PM

Simply perfect.

Annie B:
04/02/2018, 12:12:28 PM

I just love that Little Darling Paper. So cute. The horse racing paper is right up my alley because I am a big fan of going to the racetrack in the summer.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Love this sweet project with sweet colors.

Jill McAuley:
04/02/2018, 12:27:39 PM

I will use your page layout as inspiration towards an album for my Great niece making her entrance within a few short weeks!

Peggy Joyce:
04/02/2018, 12:28:49 PM,

So happy to see this tutorial as I've two relatives who have become new first time moms in the last month....can't wait to get started on this.

04/02/2018, 12:44:01 PM

Oh oh my...just the cutest!! Thanks for sharing!

04/02/2018, 12:51:55 PM

Sandy, you did an awesome job creating these items! Thanks for the video and tips.

Cheryl Wells:
04/02/2018, 12:56:40 PM

Sandy - your baby album is simply adorable - this paper is so sweet and soft. And winning would be so sweet too, April 8 is my father's birthday, and would have been 100!!

Kate Buhovtsova:
04/02/2018, 01:01:44 PM

It’s so beautiful and amazing!

Anne McIntosh:
04/02/2018, 01:04:19 PM

Thank you Sandy for giving us this beautiful mini album. I can see it as a wonderful baby shower gift! Have always loved this paper and this just makes me love it more! Thanks again!

Glenda Buster:
04/02/2018, 01:08:05 PM

Loving these Folio Mini Album and Sandy’s tips! It is so great thiat any Graphic 45 Paper Collection can be used!!

04/02/2018, 01:46:04 PM

Gorgeous album - so pretty.Thanks for all the hints and tips too - must have a go at this!

04/02/2018, 02:03:34 PM

awesome album and wonderful tutorial, I love all G45 papers, thanks for the competition good luck everyone !

Carole Lohr:
04/02/2018, 02:22:47 PM

The albums are so precious, and Little Darlings paper is the sort of paper I would like to have on hand for baby cards.

Jan Kennedy:
04/02/2018, 02:29:34 PM

Precious papers and precious projects!

Sherry Lovelass:
04/02/2018, 02:35:43 PM

Love the album. I have done a couple of baby albums with this collection. My next mini album will be with Off To The Races. I actually live near a historic race track and am looking forward to working with the collection.

Donna Russell:
04/02/2018, 03:04:30 PM

Love the albums and the off to the races is beautiful collection. Thanks

Michelle Nettleton:
04/02/2018, 03:05:05 PM

I wish I had seen this a few days ago, in the process of making a soon to be new mom a mini with Mother Goose. This will be my next creation!

Peggy Salyer:
04/02/2018, 03:07:28 PM

My mom is quite elderly but I think she would love a family photo book showing her children were young... this paper collection would really touch her heart.

Sue D:
04/02/2018, 03:27:03 PM

Darling baby album and adorable cat album.

Carol Sanderson:
04/02/2018, 03:42:51 PM

Have been wanting to make photo albums for my two grown Children...this will be perfect. Maybe then I will do the grand babies...

04/02/2018, 03:46:08 PM

Tugging at the heartstrings with these projects. Thank you for the tips & for providing the tutorial!

María Villlasenor:
04/02/2018, 03:48:04 PM

I think that would make an awesome new baby gift. Thanks for a great tutorial!

04/02/2018, 03:49:23 PM

Love this folio. Great, clear instructions. Really beautiful.

Holly H.:
04/02/2018, 03:50:42 PM

The mini album is so precious. Even though I don't have any grandbabies yet from my grown girls, I will make mini albums to "inspire" them to have pictures to fill the albums. Thank you Sandy and G45 for the wonderful ideas.

04/02/2018, 03:58:41 PM

I just love the Little Darlings Albums. I have made lots of cards and a few albums but not this one. Here we go again.Ellen from Arizona

Judy Bowlby:
04/02/2018, 05:57:47 PM

Adorable little album! I love the Little Darlings line of papers, reminds me so much of the looks of photos when I was young. Really dating myself here. lol Thanks for sharing your great products and projects with us.

Maria Valderez:
04/02/2018, 05:59:51 PM

This album is wonderful. Love it.

Katherine LeBlanc:
04/02/2018, 06:42:59 PM

Such a beautiful album! Hoping to have a grandchild someday so I can make it and pass it on!!

Carla Hundley:
04/02/2018, 07:20:53 PM

Such a cute baby album, love the papers. Carla from Utah

04/02/2018, 08:29:21 PM,

So sweet!

04/02/2018, 09:34:46 PM

Such a great baby album! Love it!

Kathleen E Capachione:
04/02/2018, 09:38:39 PM

Sweet album, I also made one for a baby gift. Beautiful collection!

Judy Phillips:
04/03/2018, 01:09:46 AM

I love Little Darlings! Thank you!

Kim Persinger:
04/03/2018, 02:43:50 AM

I love the projects that you share and the wonderful papers that you carry. Thank you very much for the chance to win.

Dorothy McCarthy:
04/03/2018, 05:32:06 AM,

So stunning!!!

Charlene Ottinger:
04/03/2018, 07:32:04 AM

You stimulate our brains with your creativity! Can't wait to get my hands on the Little Darlings Deluxe edition. Thanks for sharing.

04/03/2018, 08:01:51 AM

Love this folio, thanks for the tutorial, it is also nice to see it with two collections

Donna Leutloff:
04/03/2018, 09:28:01 PM

Just finished a card with Little of my favorite baby lines!

Fran Diggle:
04/03/2018, 09:59:00 PM

What a lovely idea for a gift to remember a special occasion, thank you for sharing.

04/04/2018, 01:28:44 AM

I love the tutorial but wanted to mention that Friday is the 6th not the 8th as mentioned in the contest.

Sandra Featherston:
04/04/2018, 06:56:17 AM

oooos ans ahhhs to this beautiful album.

Sherri Mitchell:
04/04/2018, 08:55:52 AM,

I've been a long time fan of Sandy's! This is so precious, I just love it!

Ava Gavloski:
04/04/2018, 09:35:03 AM

sweet presentation of the the collections. Thanks for sharing the inspiration Sandy.

Peggy Joyce:
04/04/2018, 09:57:35 PM,

Sandy - this album works up very very well thanks to your helpful and through video. I'm going to make another one with the Cats & Dogs paper pack I liked the design so went together in no time, but I did make a small adjustment on the size of the two end folios...if the length is decreased by 1/4" it fits so much better when folded....the first model I made the inner booklets created an arch because they were just a smidge too wide, so on the second model I reduced the size and voila! It fit perfectly. Love this design. Thanks so much for doing the tutorial. It's a winner.

Leilani Flores:
04/05/2018, 07:32:16 AM

Thank you for sharing I love this folio and the paper I can’t wait to get started.

04/05/2018, 01:57:56 PM

Love Sandy's creations! This folio is absolutely adorable :)

04/09/2018, 01:51:07 PM

Ohhh..that is a beautiful little baby album. Would love to do this for a new Mom or Grandma. Would also be awesome using another paper from the Graphic 45 line of exquisite papers.

Linda Wilson:
04/09/2018, 02:08:47 PM

I've got 2 baby shower gifts to make and you're just made it a lot easier. Love your book, Thanks for making!!! Linda Wilson

Petite Vigogne:

Lovely graphics, Sharing them on Pinterest :)

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