DIY Beach Mini Album


Hello, G45ers!

  It is a beautiful day to learn how to create your own album from scratch.  We are pleased to introduce new Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador and paper crafting genius, Jenn DuBell.  For Jenn’s #G45Selfie project she has created an scrapbook mini album that has it all, interactive pocket pages, tags, and a waterfall feature.  Be sure to check out her video tour and tutorial and take some notes.  We hope that you love this Ocean Blue Mini Album as much as we do!


Jenn DuBell – USA

2021-2022 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador


“I have been a lover of art and crafting for as long as I can remember. My passion for paper crafting started when my children came along and it has grown since. Now I have 5 beautiful grandbabies and love creating layouts and altered projects using their pics! My favorite projects to create are mini albums and folios and I love to find new ways to add pockets, flaps and other fun interactive parts to them. I am a huge fan of fussy cutting and creating dimension. Also a lover and collector of antiques and vintage items, I often draw inspiration from those for my work. I am very excited to be a part of this team and look forward to inspiring you with my creations!


Ocean Blue Album

By Jenn DuBell


Hello everyone, I am so happy to share with you my very first project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador! For this I have created an album using one of my favorite collections, Ocean Blue! I love the natural look of this paper and the color palette is just amazing. To accent the natural look I have used burlap, rope, shells, and sand as embellishments throughout.

This album is handmade entirely and measures 5 ½” X 8” and is filled with pockets, journaling cards, photo mounts, and a waterfall.


Video Tour & Tutorial:

Ocean Blue Album Tour & Tutorial by Jenn DuBell | Graphic 45




Such a fun project to create..Here is how I did this one:


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Ocean Blue 12 x 12 Collection Pack

Ocean Blue 8 x 8 Pad

Ocean Blue Ephemera & Journaling Cards

Rose Bouquet Collection Classic Ivory & Natural Linen

Regular Tags Kraft

Square Tags Kraft

Other supplies:

Burlap ribbon ½”

Jute Braided Rope Trim ½”

Chipboard Starfish

Kraft Cardstock

Navy Cardstock


Small glass vial with cork


Tiny sea glass pebbles

Metal chain and charms


Score tape

Score board


Cutting tools


First the cover was made using chipboard and navy cardstock.


The cover and back chipboard pieces measure 5 ½” X 8” and the spine piece is 1 ¾” X 8”.


Using a technique called the lay flat method, the navy cardstock was adhered to the pieces and connected to create the base. Each piece is wrapped individually and then adhered together to create the book.




A good tip I follow is to pre-cut all of my papers and keep a written list of the dimensions and paper cut to refer back to. I do this for each section of an album such as this one.

Next are instructions on how I created each portion of this album and put it all together.

Another good tip is to build your album from the inside first and decorate your cover last to keep from messing it up. This also keeps your cover and back flat and easy to burnish the inside pages.



First adhere the kraft mattes to the inside front and back covers of the album.Be sure to leave ⅛” from the score lines to ensure pages will open and close with ease. Ink the edges of the decorated papers (optional) and adhere to the mattes.



Next, the middle portion is a technique I learned called “quick pages”. This method allows you to place pages without creating an accordion folded spine piece.



The decorated papers  were all cut and again the edges were inked and adhered to the kraft pages. To place the two together, adhere the ½” scored space in the middle of the 1” scored space. This will make 4 two sided pages which creates 8 total. Once all of the papers are adhered, close the booklet and add score tape to the back of the exposed kraft 1” space and place it in the middle of the spine. Burnish down the middle leaving ¼” space on either side.

Some of these pages will be left as photo mounts and others will be decorated with pockets and added cards made from leftover papers and scraps.



Next is the inside cover pockets. This is an envelope style pocket with an angled pocket on top of it. This is a great place for tags! That is how I used them in my album.



The envelope pocket pieces were notched using an envelope punch board.Next the edges of the decorated papers were inked and then the pieces adhered being sure to stay ⅛” from the scored portions.




For this page I added a G45 Square Kraft tag and Regular Kraft tag decorated with leftover papers. Along the bottom I embellished the angled pocket with a strip of braided jute trim and a chipboard starfish. To add sentiment a small journaling card was adhered to the angled pocket edge.

Next the waterfall portion.



Once cut the 5”x5” pages were all inked on the edges and adhered to the scored kraft pages again making sure to adhere them ⅛” below the score line. The waterfall was then assembled to the back of my cover placing each page one at a time. This is done by gluing the ½” scored portion after burnishing and placing them one at a time from top to bottom.




To complete the album, I move on to the front, spine, and back covers.



The edges of the decorated papers were inked and adhered to the mattes and then to the front, back and spine of the album.



The ribbon closure was wrapped around the album and adhered before decorating.

For the back I added a strip of the postage cutaways and a chipboard starfish. For the spine, a Handmade charm dangle, burlap bow, and wooden button.





For my cover I wrapped a piece of 4”x 6 ⅛” chipboard in the same navy cardstock used for my cover. This creates an elevated base for the seahorse scene journaling card which was wrapped onto a second piece of chipboard that measures 3 ½” x 5 ½”. The edges were inked and then adhered to the  navy blue covered chipboard piece. To finish I added flowers, shells, chipboard starfish, and a glass vial filled with sand and sea glass pebbles. Under my waterfall pages I adhered ink edged strips of leftover striped papers ⅜” x 4 ⅞” to the ¼” spaces in between as well as tuck spot with braided jute trim and some ephemera cards and cutaway pieces.





I hope you have enjoyed my first project for Graphic 45 as much as I did! Have an amazing crafty day!”













Happy Papercrafting!


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5 Responses

  1. Hello again, I wanted to ask you if the tag that you show you have put on the spine of the album from which chains hang, you have cut it with a die or with the cameo or if it was already pre-cut. Thank you.

    1. Hello Vesuller, this tag is from the sticker sheet. The Ocean Blue 12×12 Collection Pack includes the stickers and is currently 25% off while supplies last. It looks like Jenn has backed this sticker with cardstock and cut around it. Thank you for taking a look and if we can help with anything else please email us at Happy Papercrafting!

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