Sunday, November 15, 2015

Graphic 45 Precious Memories Baby Girl mini album.

 I made this little mini album for a very special little girl born September 19th of this year.  She was born with Harlequin Ichthyosis.  She is such a special little lady and I wanted to make her something that may be a keepsake when she is grown.  I chose the Graphic 45 collection called "Precious Memories".  I not only love the paper but thought it was perfect for this project.

 The album is held closed with a metal latch lock and has a handle on top for easy removal from the small base. All papers were inked in Chestnut Roan chalk from Colorbox.  I used flowers from Wild Orchid and misc pearls to decorate throughout.  I added stickles for a little bling!  The words "Precious and Baby" are outlined in liquid pearls to help them stand out more.

I chose to make a box album that would sit in a stand.  I had learned the drop down sides and the construction of pages from patterns created by Cristi/ Paper Hoarder Disorder. 
I order her "Boxed Mini Album" where she teaches how to make the pages and do the drop down sides.

When you lift it off the base and open the latch, you can see there are lots of pages ready for them to add photos and journaling and anything else they may want to put in this little album.

On the inside cover I used one of the cut outs from the collection.  I cut the flourishes with my cricut and topped them with stickles.  I added Wink of Stella ink to the writing on the little card to give it some sheen too.  

The flap opens to reveal a photo mat and a place to journal.

The next page holds a tag with a pocket which holds a smaller tag.  It also has a little fold out for another photo and more journaling.  Both fold outs are held shut with tiny magnets.

The next pages are made up of a foldout on each.  I cut the hearts out with a die set I have.  I fussy cut the words out of the paper. I punched out a few leaves, added a flower and some pearls and stickles to finish these pages.

 The fold out opens when you lift the flowered  flap.  They also are held closed with magnets.
 You can also lift the entire foldout up the other direction to expose photo mats.

This next set of pages contain a gate fold opening that is held closed with a metal  flourish and magnets.  The other page is just a folder held closed with magnets also.  I added pearls and stickles for a little bling on these pages too.

These pages are made with match book type folder.  Each has a pocket with one of the cutouts from the collection.  They also are held closed with magnets.

When you open the matchbook flap, I also added a lift up page for added photos or journaling.

The next two pages are mirror image waterfalls.  This will give lots more room for photos of precious Harper.  The closing flap is once again held shut with magnets.  

These pages are mirror pocket pages.  The pockets each contain a folder which opens for more space.  I just love this paper collection and think the little paper doll clothes are just too cute.  I used a MS punch for the border on the pockets and finished it off with pearls.

 The last page and back of the book are very simple. The page has a pocket that holds two of the cards from the collection.  The back is a large oval mat.  The heart is free standing so a photo will slide under.  I used the flaps to put her name so the book will be more personalized.  I covered the letters with stickles.

 Each page has a folder that contains a pocket on the front.  I left them plain on the inside for photos.

 The sides and back is decorated with cutouts from the collection.  This paper has been lots of fun to work with.  I love Graphic 45 papers anyway but must say that the sweet images in this collection are some of my favorites.

 I constructed the base out of black chip board.  It is used to contain the side flaps as well as to display the album.  The metal legs lift it off the surface and I think compliment the hinge lock and handle.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I do appreciate your visit.  May God bless you and keep you safe.  Please pray for little Harper as she has a lot of medical problems in her future.  I encourage you to take time to research HI if you do not know what it is.


  1. Hello Diana,
    what a wonderful album you've made - it's gorgeous :) ...
    Just a question please: I've searched the patterns - you talked about - at this etsy-shop, but I can't recognize, which album-type this is Can you help me with an few information to this point ?? Thank you very much in advance :)
    Wish you a wonderful day - kind regards - Sandra

    1. I actually made this pattern up using techniques I learned from her patterns. I purchased the pattern for the Boxed Mini Album. In that pattern she explains how to do the drop down sides and how to construct the spine binding. I just tweaked it a bit to make this album. I hope this helps. If you have more questions, please feel free to ask. You also, have a wonderful day. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. God bless.

  2. Hello,
    Do you have written directions or project sheet for this album? It's gorgeous and I'd love to make it for my new grand-niece! Thanks!

    1. I am sorry but I just used pattern for her mini boxed album. Then I just adapted things to create my own. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have on different things. I would love to see your album when finished too! Thank you for your kind comments. I am sorry I don't have any directions for you.

  3. Très belle réalisation. Cela me donne envie d'essayer de la faire. J'ai bien envie de m'en inspirer pour faire ma propre création. Pouvez-vous s'il vous plait me dire la dimension de l'album intérieur ce serait gentil à vous. Merci de nous l'avoir montré. Salut.

    1. I am sorry but I have been ill and not on my blog for some time. I just saw your comment. Thank you so very much for your kind words. I used the patterns from Paper Hoarder Disorder on Etsy and revamped it to my desires. I cannot give you exact measurements because I have given the album away so cannot measure it. Again, thank you for your sweet comments.

  4. Sure wish you had a tutorial for this beautiful album. I love your interpretation much better then what is on etsy. Do you think you will ever make or write up instructions on this album. Thank you ...Sistascraper

    1. I have never done a tutorial of any kind and not too sure I would even know where to start. I do thank you for your kind words and would love to see yours if you do one! Just get the basic pattern from Etsy and then go from there! I would be happy to answer questions along the way if I can. I have not been on my blog for some time but am hoping to get back to creating again! Have a blessed day.