Saturday, June 30, 2012

Graphic 45 Tutorial : A Mini (Mini) Notebook

Here's a tutorial I created for Graphic 45's Newsletter featuring simple Crafts for Kids. It's a tutorial on how to make a Super Duper Easy Peasy Mini Mini from a single sheet of patterned paper. :) It's so simple you could make it with your 5 year old. :)

Here's what the mini minis look like. They measure just 3x4 inches and can be used as little diaries or for sticking in little photos or stickers. They're also useful for when you're traveling. I brought one of these along on my recent holiday to Bangkok.

So here's what you'll need:

1 sheet of Graphic 45 patterned paper of your choice
Craft knife or scissors


1. Trim a 4x12 inch piece from your 12x12 inch Graphic 45 patterned paper. Set this aside for creating your notebook cover.

2. Take the 8x12 inch piece of patterned paper. Score the paper in half lengthwise. Next, score the paper breadthwise in 3 inch intervals. You now have 8 scored panels measuring 3x4 inches each.

3. Cut along the fold lengthwise as shown, cutting across only 3 panels.

4. Fold the patterned paper as shown.

5. Bring the uncut panel together as shown and fold the other pages to form the semblance of the notebook. Glue the 2nd and third panel together to form a page; glue the 4th and 5th panels to form a page; and glue the 6th and 7th pages together to form a page. You now have a front and back page of single page thickness and three inside pages of double page thickness.

6. Create a cover using the remaining 4x12 inch patterned paper. Trim off the excess paper and glue the cover to the front and back sheets of the notebook.

7. Decorate the cover and you're done! A quick mini notebook measuring just 3x4 inches, perfect for quick notes or even photos and autographs. I used the images from Graphic 45's School Days patterned paper from An ABC Primer collection to decorate my notebooks. The book plates are just the perfect size for the note book.

If you'd like a printable format for this tutorial, click here: Mini Mini Printable Tutorial. And here's the direct link to the Newsletter.

Let me know if you create a little notebook using this tutorial. I'd love to see it.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, June 25, 2012

Zva Creative June DT Blog Hop

ZvaCreative and our talented Design Team welcome you to our June blog hop!

The Blog Hop begins at Zva Creative's blog! Be sure to head on over to check it out! Leave a comment there for a chance to win an extra prize package just for visiting the blog and telling us that you stopped by! You will also find a complete list of all the participating blogs there (in case there is a glitch along the way). 

As you know, Zva offers many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals.  We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was will be sharing a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.  If you like what you see you can find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva HERE.

Here's my Zva creation for the blog hop.

I used Basic Grey's Picadilly collection, did lots of detailed cutting, border punching and layering. And of course Zva Creative's beautiful flowers, leaves and pearl flourish.

Some close-ups:

Zva's flowers and pearls in green, atop the many layers of patterned paper, handcut details and doily.

More layers...

The title...

Another view...

If you would like to play along with our design team, just follow along the blog path.  I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way!

Hidden on FIVE of the designer's blogs is a Zva Creative prize package! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, June 25th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 26th.

The 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 27th on Zva Creative's blog. We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to Zva's blog on Wednesday.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this Blog Hop post... you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. However, the more times you comment along the blog hop path, the more chances you will have to win.

We also thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize!  To increase your chances o fwinning:

* Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you"tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

* Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products.  If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry.

*Hop over to Zva's blog and leave a comment there to tell us that you made it there!

 The blog hop begins here at Zva Creative's blog. Your next stop is Christin Gronnslett. Enjoy!

Thank you for joining us!

P.S. Mark your calendar to join us again on July 30th for our next Zva blog hop!

Materials List
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Picadilly collection
Journaling tags - Basic Grey Picadilly collection
Flowers & Leaves - Zva Creative FL-04CA-129, FL-04CA-131, FL-04CA-111
Pearl flourish - Zva Creative CRB--5CA-110
Border punches - Martha Stewart
Chipboard alpha  - Pink Paislee

Graphic 45 - May Arts Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for your sweet comments on my Graphic 45 - May Arts Blog Hop layout, Le Cirque de Fluff.  I read each and every one of the posts and it felt good! :) Thank you for taking the time to comment and to follow my blog. It's really appreciated.

And now, as promised, some blog candy from me for commenting and following my blog. I did a random draw..

And here's the winner....

Congrats Ann Marie! Here's what you won! An 8x8 paper pad of one of my favourite Graphic 45 collections - Olde Curiosity Shoppe.

Please email me at sueluv2scrap @ with your full name and address. And do comment on this post to let me know you've read this. Congrats once again!

Remember to check out the Graphic 45 and May Arts blogs to see if you've won the blog hop prizes from the manufacturers. AND... Graphic 45's doing three weeks of sneaks of their new Summer CHA releases and giving away prizes everyday during the sneaks. Great reason to check out the blog if you ask me. :)

AND...... Check back on my blog later today 25th June 9pm Singapore time, 9am EST for the Zva Creative June DT Blog Hop. More wonderful prizes to be won! See you then!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Graphic 45 Sneak Peek - Nutcracker Sweet

Here's a sneak peek of one of Graphic 45's new collections coming up at Summer CHA.

It's called Nutcracker Sweet and I love the images of the nutcracker and ballerinas in it. The Nutcracker is one of my favourite Christmas ballets and I can imagine some beautiful Christmas layouts using this collection. And some ballet photos too. :)

Graphic 45 will be gearing up for three weeks of sneak peeks starting tomorrow, Monday, and wait for it.... They're giving away 4 prizes per day every day. That's a total of 60 WIN IT BEFORE YOU CAN BUY IT prize packs! Wow!

So be sure to check out the Graphic 45 blog starting tomorrow. :)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Graphic 45 and May Arts Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to the Graphic 45 and May Arts Blog Hop!

Graphic 45 and May Arts have teamed up together to show you some beautiful creations using both their products. Best of all, there are prizes to be won. Graphic 45 is giving away two prize packs of Little Darlings 12x12 paper pad, Little Darlings Cling StampsChipboard Button Staples and two spools of gorgeous May Arts ribbons (pictured below). May Arts is having a fantastic prize package too. For details, check out their blog: May Arts. Just hop along to the blogs of both Design Teams, leave your comments and you could be the winner.

PLUS, I'll be doing a giveaway too. I'm giving away an 8x8 pad of one of my favourite new Graphic 45 collections - Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Just become a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post. If you're already a follower, let me know in the post. :) The winner of my giveaway will be selected randomly and posted on this blog on Monday 25th June. Fun!

Now on to my project. It's a layout using Graphic 45's Le Cirque collection titled Le Cirque de Fluff. :)

I created a fun layout of my puppy using Graphic 45's Le Cirque collection. My puppy's a little fluff-ball as you can see. Hence the title Le Cirque de Fluff. The layout comprises many layers, beginning with the background concentric circles, followed by the photograph matted on a corrugated cardboard and finally the embellishments of flowers, clowns and ribbons.

I cut out images of the clowns from the patterned paper and layered them with Prima flowers and vines which were intertwined through the curled May Arts ribbon.

Two twirled May Arts ribbons hug the top left corner of the photograph.

The tightrope artiste walks a yellow and white tightrope of May Arts twine.  

The fun title cluster...

Thanks for dropping by and be sure to leave your comments on this post and follow my blog for a chance to win. And do check out the blogs of my fellow hoppers. Details found here: Graphic 45 Blog

List of Supplies:
Patterned Paper - Graphic 45 Le Cirque patterned papers (Le Cirque, Wizards of Wonders, Under the Big Top, Dazzle and Delight, Greatest Show on Earth, Bohemian Floral)
Tag - Le Cirque Tags
Ribbon & Twine - May Arts
Flowers - Prima Marketing
Border Punch - Martha Stewart

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Graphic 45 - May Arts Blog Hop Week

Graphic 45 and May Arts are having a blog hop this week. There'll be lots of creative inspiration as well as prizes to be won. Be sure to join in the hop and check out the gorgeous creations from both teams!

Here's the schedule:

Monday, June 18th:
Alberto Ju├írez  

Gloria Stengel
Nicole Eccles 


Tuesday, June 19th:
Arlene Cuevas 

Jim, The Gentleman Crafter 
Betto Cesare 

Wednesday, June 20th:
Clare Charvill 

Kristin Wilson 
Sharon Ngoo 

Thursday, June 21st:
Denise Hahn 

Laura Denison 
Susan Lui 

Friday, June 22nd:
Maiko Miwa
Tara Orr 


Monday, June 18, 2012


I was in Hong Kong recently for a short holiday and decided to scrap a layout of my new Lomo camera.

I went for a clean layout with a fair bit of white space using Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue collection. I cut out images mainly from the Exotic Destination and Island Jewel papers which provided me with plenty of travel images.

The beautiful orange and green flowers are from Zva Creative, as is the brown crystal flourish.

The journaling tags were perfect for short notes on the trip.

Thanks for dropping by!

List of Supplies:
Patterned Papers - Graphic 45 Tropical Travelogue (Exotic Destination, Jungle Fever, Botanica, Island Jewel, Paradise Postage)
Flowers and leaves - Zva Creative FL-04CA-130, FL-04CA-111, FL-04CA-112, green bulk flowers
Crystal flourish - Zva Creative CR-02CA-120
Twine - The Twinery
Film strip - Tm Holtz
Chipboard Alpha - Basic Grey

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day!

Here's a Fathers Day card I created using Basic Grey's What's Up collection and Zva Creative's blue crystal flourish.

Patterned paper - Basic Grey What's Up collection
Chipboard - Basic Grey What's Up collection
Crystals - Zva Creative CRW-05CA-162
Twine - The Twinery

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Little Darlings Mini Album Tutorial

This mini album and its tutorial was featured on the Graphic 45 blog yesterday and I've received many lovely compliments on it. Thank you all so much. I've reproduced the tutorial here with more photographs. If you need any clarifications, please drop me a note in the comments section. Once again, thank you!

I whipped up this mini album using Graphic 45’s new Little Darlings collection as a gift for the grandparents. The raw mini album is really quick and easy to make. And all you'll need to do after making the album is to decorate it with your favourite Graphic 45 papers and embellishments. Here are some photos of the completed album:

So let's get started on how to create the raw mini album. Here's what you'll need:

Graphic 45 Little Darlings patterned papers - 4-5 sheets of 12x12 inch papers
Graphic 45 Little Darlings chipboard tags
Vanilla cardstock paper - 1 sheet
2 chipboard pieces measuring 6x6 inches for the covers
Ribbon - 30 inches


1. Cut 2 sheets of 7x7 inch patterned papers for your cover. Adhere the 6x6 inch chipboards on to the back and centre of these patterned papers.

2. Cut a diagonal off the corners of your patterned papers. Fold over the sides of the patterned paper on to the back of the chipboard and adhere securely. Repeat for the back cover.

3. Place the front and back covers side by side an inch apart. Lay the ribbon across the centre of the back of the covers and glue down.

4. Now onto the spine of the mini album. You'll need two sheets of vanilla cardstock measuring 5 3/4 x 11 3/4 inch each. Score each cardstock at the 5 3/4" mark. Then score at intervals of 1" apart. Accordion fold the cardstock. Do this for both sheets of cardstock.

5. Join the two pieces of cardstock together as shown. Adhere securely.

6. Adhere the cardstock to the front and back covers of your mini album.

7. Cut 5 sheets of Little Darlings patterned paper measuring 5 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches. Fold each sheet into half and glue the ends together.

8. Adhere each page on to the spine of your album and you're done! To securely close the album, just tie the ends of your ribbon together into a pretty bow. How simple was that?

Now all you need to do is decorate and embellish the mini album to your heart's desire. I decided on a lace cover for my spine and this is how it looked before I embellished the cover.

The inside pages - again I embellished the spine.

More photos of my completed album which I decorated using images from the Little Darlings patterned paper, chipboard tags, fabric, seam binding, pearls and flowers. The images were given more dimension using 3D foam dots.

So if you're thinking of making a pretty mini album for a mum-to-be or a brag book for the grandparents, why not give this a shot? Happy scrapping!