How to Make an Album with Metal Dies

Hello, G45ers!

We are honored to re-introduce you to Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador, Crackerjack Paper Crafter, Kristine Woods!  For Kristine’s #G45Expression project she has created a dynamite DIY Tag & Pocket Album using our Let it Bee paper collection and our Metal Dies.  Follow along to the video tutorial to learn how to maximize your metal dies using them to create interactive pages and elements.  Don’t forget to thank Kristine in the comments below for sharing her creative journey and for all the useful crafting tips and tricks!


Kristine Woods – USA


As long as I can remember, I have always loved art and creating. I made my first “scrapbook” from bridal magazines and construction paper when I was about 12-years-old. Since that time, my love for creating has evolved. In high school, I took oil painting classes and learned the Bob Ross wet-on-wet technique. In college, I learned how to quilt and had a lot of guidance from my aunt and my mom. I also dabbled in traditional scrapbooking at that time and it wasn’t until 2016 that I discovered mini albums and the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers! Needless to say, it was love at first sight! Since then, I have broadened my crafting to include scrapbook layouts, mini albums, cards, mixed media and home decor projects. I joined the FotoBella design team in 2020 and started my YouTube channel. There, I offer tutorials and share my crafting projects. In 2021, I was honored to be selected for the Graphic 45 brand ambassador team. I am constantly inspired by other crafters and love to teach other crafters new techniques and ideas. In the midst of the pandemic, I opened my small business, K. Nichole Designs, Limited, where I make laser-cut, handmade wooden embellishments for crafting and sell digital tutorials of my mini albums. While most of my free time is dedicated to crafting of some sort, I also enjoy reading, traveling, and photography.

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How to Use G45 Metal Dies to Make a Mini Album

By Kristine Woods


Hi everyone. I am so honored and excited to be returning for a second year with the Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador team. I am constantly inspired by the gorgeous paper collections by Graphic 45 and cannot wait to see what new releases are coming soon! Of course, I also love the older collections, and actually own all but two Graphic 45 collections! Needless to say, I have a Graphic 45 paper addiction.



During my first year as a Graphic 45 brand ambassador, I have dabbled in many different paper crafting techniques. From traditional scrapbook layouts to mini albums to cards to home decor, I’ve tried it all! That’s one thing I love about crafting – there’s so much you can do! Mini albums are my absolute favorite project to make, especially baby albums. However, I am always trying to challenge myself to go outside my comfort zone and my art has grown tremendously as a result!


Over the past year, I’ve been focusing on another side of my art as I finally launched my own small business, K. Nichole Designs, Limited. I have been learning how to design digital files and in my Etsy shop, I sell laser-cut wooden embellishments for crafting. Two of my designs (the wooden cover and the wooden bees) are featured in my Let it Bee mini album.


For my project, I created a video tutorial showing you how to make your own tag base and decorate them using your Graphic 45 metal dies. Then, I will show you how to use the same dies to create the pages in the mini album.


-Video Tutorial-

Metal Dies Album featuring Let it Bee by Kristine Woods



Graphic 45 Supply List

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Patterns & Solids

Graphic 45 Let it Bee 8x8x Paper

Graphic Let it Bee 45 Stickers

Graphic 45 Policy Envelope & Label Die Set

Graphic 45 File Folder & Sentiments Die Set

Graphic 45 Pocket & Tag Die Set

Other Craft Supplies

Kraft cardstock

Wooden cover (can substitute chipboard)

6 magnets


4 Eyelets

~24” of thin twine

Basic craft supplies: Scoring tool, paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, glue






If you’re anything like me, you love to find new ways to use your metal dies. So, grab some cardstock and your favorite G45 collection and make your own mini album today!

Happy crafting! ~Kristine





Looking for more great ways to use our Metal Dies?  Check out these tutorials by Annette Green.


Create 2 Cards and a Mini Album with G45 Folder & Sentiment Die


Z-Fold and Pocket Cards done with G45’s Policy Envelope & Decorative Die Set


Happy Papercrafting!


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