Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks for 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album with Tips and Tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I created this as a G45 Brand Ambassador Project for a fun 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.  The challenge was never shared due to time constraints, So today my teammates Katelyn Grosart and Marina Blaukitchen , and I are sharing our projects as a sort of mini blog hop.  I hope you will pop by their blogs to see where their creativity led them in this challenge.  Both are fabulous artists, and I know you will be inspired by their work.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album

What would you make if you could only work with an 8” x 8” Graphic 45 paper pack, matching Tags and Pockets, the Tag & Pocket Album of your choice and minimal other supplies?  That’s the challenge that 3 G45 Brand Ambassadors faced in this month’s 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.

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For this fun exercise, I chose to work with my 8×8 Fairie Dust Collection, Tags and Pockets.  The Black Butterfly Square Tag & Pocket Album is a natural choice to go with this collection, so I grabbed that from the Closet of Shame and got down to business!

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TIP:  Brush the edges of the album with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss the edges with  Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Powder.  Touches of gold are added throughout the album pages, because…fairies!

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TIP:  Frame this dancing fairy image  from the 8″ x 8″ pad with the doily frame from the  Square Pocket and Tag Dies.  To tie in with the gold theme, use metallic gold paper.

TIP: Fussy cut around the fairy wings, then gently slip them up and over the edges of the Square Tag and Clock Dies frame.  Add thin foam dimensionals behind the wings to add lift and dimension to your focal image.

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TIP: Did you know you can insert an image inside the antique label on the Tag & Pocket Album?  Simply measure the width and height of the opening, then insert the image through the top edge.  Leftover scraps of borders can be used to embellish the top and bottom of the spine.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album: Stretch your designer papers!

The Butterfly Square Tag & Pocket album contains 18 total cardstock pages: 12 cardstock pages and 6 double sided peek-a-boo pocket pages. Each album also includes 6 sturdy cardstock tags.  People…that is a lot of real estate to cover with one 8” x 8” pad of G45 paper! So I had to get creative.

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TIP: Stretch your paper by inking the edges with Decades Dye Ink Pads!  The inks blend beautifully and react to water, creating a wonderful mixed media background for your pages.  I used Precious Pink and French Lilac inks to complement the papers in the Fairie Dust Collection.

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TIP:   Mix things up! Cover some pages almost completely, while covering others with very little paper.  Both look beautiful!

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TIP: You can stretch your Fairie Dust Tags and Pockets sheet, too! Cut shaped pockets along the fold line.  Then adhere the side tabs as usual. Tuck the “B” side of the pocket inside to serve as a tag or journaling spot.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album: More Tips and Tricks

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TIP: Create pockets for cut apart images by adhering just 3 edges of patterned paper to the album base.  

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TIP: Finish your tags in a flash with the G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies.  Die cut paper to cover the front and back of the tag, then add a simple die cut frame to finish it off beautifully.

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The clock face die is gorgeous all on its own as an embellishment.  I’ve added it to the top of this pocket filled with photo mounts.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you see all the ways I used the 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge ingredients in this sweet little Fairie Dust Mini Album I’ve prepared a YouTube Video Tour with Tips and Tricks.  I hope you enjoy!

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Supply List

Other Products: Flowers, 7/8″ Hyacinth Satin Ribbon with Grosgrain Edge, Blending Tool, Scoring Tool, Versamark Embossing Ink, Stampendous Antique Gold Embossing Enamel

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  I’ll be back on Thursday with my G45 Brand Ambassador Farewell post.  I hope to see you then!

Thanks for stopping by!



18 thoughts on “Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks

  1. Linda M. Koch

    This is my very first time with you and I am very impressed! You are a wonderful and tender teacher!
    I am interested in the clock and clock lace edging. How do I get it? Thank you

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Wow, Linda, thank you so very much! I’m so glad that you found so much to like in this video and post. The Clock and Doily die are made by Graphic 45. You should be able to find a direct link to it in the supply list at the bottom of this post. It’s called Graphic 45 Staples Square Tag and Clock Dies. It’s one of my favorite crafting tools! Let me know if you have any trouble finding it and I’ll be happy to help you out. Thanks for making my day!

  2. Brian Poteraj

    You do amazing work. I like all of the different components that make up this album. So many great ideas for me to learn by.

  3. Sharon Gullikson

    I LOVE this collection, and how you put your project together. The flowers look amazing with the pretty papers. I am going to have to buy that collection of papers because every time I see it I swoon….

  4. Helen

    Kathy, this project album is awesome. I’ve never tried one of these but the way you’ve created this themed album gives me several ideas for using my Graphic 45 packs. My first thought is to create an album with my St. Nicholas stash to make a Christmas gift that can be put to good use to gather the holiday memories…and that will be just the beginning! Thanks for inspiring me with your creation and video.

  5. Patricia

    I am going to try duplicate your beautiful album with your great directions. Thanks.

  6. soozyb2013

    You don’t make anything that doesn’t scream LOVELY, WONDERFUL, EMBELLISHED with love, you have done fantastic. LOVE fairies!!! This album is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!

  7. Candy

    Kathy, this mini album is absolutely stunning! I adore every flip up and pull out. Your sense of design and how to best utilize G45’s gorgeous images on their cardstock is just amazing!! Simply fabulous!!

  8. Suzy Q

    Thanks Kathy for yet another album idea! It is adorable!!! Colors! Gorgeous! I still haven’t picked up any fairy papers yet, ….yet! Lol! Your tips and ideas …awesome! Especially luv inking and spraying the pages! Haven’t done that yet ….but gonna try it for sure now! And cutting tags in half to look like you have twice as many! Clever! I’ve said it before … G45 is gonna miss all your super ideas! Thanks …hugs …Suzy Q

  9. jenscull

    This is just stunning, and as i have said before, I really appreciate the step by step instructions & photos. But a farewell post? Say it isn’t so?! How could you be leaving? I know how much you love G45 products and you create such beautiful projects with them. I know they will miss your creativity.

  10. Gena Krannig

    OMG! How exquisite! And I have that paper pad. Yay! There’s that beautiful clock and frame again. I love it and will probably have to break down and buy it. LOL Your color combos and designs are out of this world. I’m always looking forward to my emails to see if you have posted something new. Thanks for sharing another awesome project, Kathy!

  11. Sherry

    Of course this is so special- love the paper and Love the creativity! Inking pages -beautiful. As usual some great ideas- loved the embossing around the album edges.

  12. Tristan Robin Blakemant

    If you hadn’t said so, I would never have guessed this was a pre-made commercial album! It’s so beautiful. Wonderful tips (I love the worn gold embossing on the cover!) and ideas. I have several of these albums – and TONS of this paper collection. I just may have to give some of your ideas and tips a try-out!
    Thanks, as always, for sharing!

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