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Repurpose Coasters into a Scrapbook Mini Album

Posted by Graphic 45 09/07/2017 31 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Home Decor,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

  Einat Kessler is here to help us coast through the week with her clever Communique Coaster Mini Album. This album is a classic G45 project with a twist. By using coasters, Einat has come up with a unique design, and with the addition of lots of custom interactive bits, this album is a ton of fun to make and use. Check out the accompanying YouTube video for more details. 




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Communique Coaster Mini Album in a Box

By Einat Kessler


“One of my all time favorite G45 collections is Communique. I just love the images, the vintage feel, and the colors. So you know I just had to create a mini album with it right?

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I decided to use coasters as the base for the pages for two reasons: first, it fit inside the box and second I wanted to challenge myself to go small. I also used small black tags for some of the interactive mechanisms.


The binding of the mini album was simple. I used squares of cardstock to sandwich two coasters together. Then I covered the rest of the coaster and added all the interactive fun.



#1: When you create an interactive mechanism, for example a flap, always think about how you can combine it with another mechanism, for example by adding a pocket on the front of the flap. Then expand it even further by creating an interactive insert. This is how all complicated interactive mechanisms are built!


#2: When embellishing the top of a box add a 3D effect with foam tape or little triangles to glue the embellishments on. Cut a strip of cardstock, fold it into a triangle and close with glue. Attach the bottom of the triangle to the lid and the embellishment to the side of the triangle.


Here’s a flip through the mini album


Coaster Mini in a Box Video


Thanks for stopping by.” ~ Einat


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Looking for more Communique ideas?  Check out these stunning masculine cards by Katelyn Grosart. See full post here


Thanks for joining us and Brand Ambassador Einat Kessler for this crafty album and box project featuring Communique. We are so glad to have some of our very favorite collections available again as Deluxe Collector's Editions. We would love to hear about your most desired out of print collections in the comments below and remember it is the last day to enter to win this week's blog prize. See you back here tomorrow with more G45 inspiration and an announcement about the lucky winner. 


Happy Papercrafting!  

31 Comment(s)

Rosann Barnes:
09/07/2017, 10:56:51 AM

What a clever coaster album !

Glenda Buster:
09/07/2017, 11:18:48 AM

Lovely idea and beautiful the way it all came together. I also really like the masculin cards ♥️!

Becca Yahrling:
09/07/2017, 11:40:29 AM

What a fabulous and fun mini album. And what a conversation piece, too. Also love Katelyn's wonderful manly cards. For one, I am really happy to see French Country back. It's my all-time favorite.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Wow, what a brilliant idea!

Michele Lewis:
09/07/2017, 12:12:22 PM

What a simply fantastic idea! I love the little album and also the box with the fussy cur details. This paper collection by Graphic 45 suits it perfectly.

Beth Williams:
09/07/2017, 12:13:50 PM

Fantastic idea. Great tutorial-will be easy to transition to some of the collections in my G45 stash!

09/07/2017, 12:20:48 PM,

Great tips and great project! I have a stack of coasters and this would be a fun way to use them.

Vanessa LeClear:
09/07/2017, 12:45:14 PM

Fabulous project! Thanks for including the helpful tips!

Arianna Barbara:
09/07/2017, 12:48:40 PM

Wow! One of the most flawless project that I've never seen!!!

Martie Rollin:
09/07/2017, 12:57:14 PM


Mathilde S:
09/07/2017, 12:59:31 PM

Love the coaster album in the box.What a smart ,artistic idea.Communique is a definite must have collection with saturated colours and so many details.Love any projects with this collection.

Sue LD:
09/07/2017, 01:10:46 PM

Great idea to use coasters.

09/07/2017, 01:35:36 PM

Perfect! I actually bought some coasters a while ago, not knowing what I would use them for, but knowing the inspiration would come some day - well, today is the day! Thanks so much!

09/07/2017, 01:51:07 PM

What a brilliant project, really different! Thanks for the inspiration.

Carla Haase:
09/07/2017, 02:04:18 PM

What a wonderful idea for using coasters. And such a cute box - claw feet and all. Could use any of the G45 collections for this project. Have to try a couple. But this masculine look is great. Don't see that often enough.

Kelly Stanoyevic:
09/07/2017, 02:58:20 PM

What a cute and interesting idea I love it. Tfs I would love to win some g45...its my favorite.

Debbie Odle:
09/07/2017, 03:29:16 PM,

I love this idea. Great use of coasters. Love all G45 Collection's! Happy Crafting!

09/07/2017, 05:02:50 PM,

Wow! What a fantastic project

Natalie Godfrey:
09/07/2017, 08:06:50 PM

WOW! Love the little mini album.

Michelle Chmelar:
09/08/2017, 12:11:38 AM

I love the Communique paper. Einat did an amazing job showing it at it's best with this project.

Dianna Dean:
09/08/2017, 12:40:06 AM

Such a fun project!

Maryann Laursen:
09/08/2017, 01:12:54 AM,

I absolutely LOVE this little coasteralbum and the very very beautiful box to go with it too. Both are really clever made and I love all the small interactive pages. Really clever made and sooo beautiful. Well done Einat. And also Katelyn´s male cards are really amazing too.

Jan Ladd:
09/08/2017, 01:37:09 AM

Love these papers!! Hope to win them to make my new calendar!! Thanks!!

Marlena Hojda-Łuczka:
09/08/2017, 03:52:34 AM

brilliant box, I love this kind of humor in the works, they become so unique and still remain practical and very decorative :)

Dorothy McCarthy:
09/08/2017, 06:43:30 AM,

What excellent ideas!! Thank you!

D Villegas:
09/08/2017, 09:37:19 AM

Simply beautiful projects. I love all the papers and the artwork really is front and center.

Sue MacFall:
09/08/2017, 09:38:46 AM

How clever to recycle old coasters like this - love the album and thank you for reminding us about the cards too. Communique is a really versatile colllection.

09/08/2017, 11:27:52 AM

This will be my weekend project. Amazingly creative.

09/08/2017, 01:41:01 PM

I love this style and collection. However, I'm new to paper crafting. I've done cards for a long time but I don't know what "coasters" are. Can anyone help me with this? Are they the cut aparts or ephemera cards??

Laura calloes:
09/10/2017, 03:18:52 PM

I am always amazed to see eve designers project, as they are always amazing!

Brenda Foster:
11/13/2018, 04:33:22 PM, n/a

Love this idea. I am new to this type of crafting and wondered if there was a tutorial video on how to bind the mini album. I am not sure what you meant by using squares of cardstock to sandwich two coasters together. I would love to learn this technique. Thanks for any help you could give me on this project. Brenda Foster

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