Thursday, March 21, 2013

Graphic 45 "French Country" Waterfall Mini Album

Hi everyone, I want to share with you a mini album I made yesterday! I LOVE the fun effect of a waterfall card (a kind of card when you pull a tab, a panel flips to reveal a panel underneath). So, it's even better and more beautiful when you make a bigger version and turn it into a mini album or a flip book!

For this flip book, I used gorgeous "French Country" papers from Graphic 45. I love the deep, rich and vibrant colors of this collection! It was fun to create different scenes with fussy cut images. Here is how my flip album looks like...

The front and back covers are made from thin kraft cardboard. I always use dimensional embellishments so I created a half inch spine for this mini album. I covered the spine with black floral washi tape. I've come to like to use washi tape as binding tape because of its thin and stretchy texture; it doesn't tear or crack like paper. I dyed my seam binding with black glimmer mist; then threaded it through the paper and made a little bow at the bottom. The zipper pull is from Prima Marketing.

I layered different fussy cut images on the background. I used diamond stencil from my friend, SaCrafters and Black Soot Distress Ink to create that wonderful diamond pattern. I also fussy cut the sunflowers, added diamond stickles for some sparks; then, popped it up with dimensional adhesives.

I used chipboard pieces from the collection. On this one, I coated it with Distress Crackle Paint (Clear Rock Candy), let it dry and crack, and scraped some off with my finger to get this flaky look. I, then, distressed it with black soot distress ink.

I used a metal ring, chains and a hook to make a quick closer for the album!

Inside, I built waterfall panels on the right. On the left, I created countryside scene from fussy cut images. I added glossy accents on the rooster and postage stamps for added dimension.

I die cut some flowers out using Tattered Floral die and used McGill's stylus to create 3 dimensional flowers.

The waterfall part is really fun! I made each panel different sizes and designs. The first panel is the biggest! I die cut the edge with "Distressed Doily" on the edge die; coated the lacy area with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint so it wouldn't rip.

I, then, created a front pocket with a fussy cut out tag. I glued these cute die cuts from the collection to the sticks so they look like signposts. I also cut out a journaling tag and tucked it in the pocket.

Added another dimensional flower on the pocket.

The second panel is very simple. I just popped the tag on dimensional.

For this one, I used envelope die cut to make an envelope with a tag inside. I created the floral design on the envelope with SaCrafters stencil and Fire Brick Distress Ink. I LOVE this deep red! I also drew faux stitches and dots with liquid pearl.

I made a pocket for this one too! The tag is from the collection. I fussy cut the word "Le Jardin" and added glossy accents for extra dimension.

The last panel, I just cut out this strip of pictures, and made an accordion fold so every image can be seen. I framed each image with diamond stickles for added glitters!

For the tab where you pull to flip a panel, I used card stock and layered this pretty stripe patterned paper on top. It can be a roomy journaling spot for this mini album! I also used a chipboard button and seam binding to create a pull for the tab.

I want to add the name of this paper collection to the back cover so I fussy cut "French Country","No.45", the rooster and the button. I carefully adhered these cutouts to the background paper with PVA glue. waterfall mini album is done!

I hope you like this project! Let me know what you think & Thank you so much for visiting my blog.


  1. Ammazing work as always.Ann..hugs

    1. Thank you so much my dear Annie ^___^ xoxo

  2. Wow its beautifull I love graphic 45


  3. WoW.....wwwwwwwww
    You are wonder girl.

  4. You are a brand-new discovery for me, and I love your work! I am very impressed with your lovely style. You have clever ideas, and you show off the G45 papers so beautifully.

    Off-topic: I noticed you are in Thailand, which caught my attention, because my son is there in Chiang Mai serving a 2-year church mission. He returns to the U.S. in early November. He loves the beautiful country and the friendly, gentle people he serves.

    Good luck with the design team! Your work is remarkable! I'm a fan now.