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Paris Album

We are so excited to be announcing the May Arts / Graphic 45 Blog Week!  Our entire Design Team are such big fans of Graphic 45, that we were just thrilled to have the opprtunity to work with this fabulous company. 

We have got a ton of inspiration for you & of course chances to win some amazing goodies!  So be sure to keep coming back every day! 

Paris Album


Welcome to May Arts/Graphic 45 Blog Week!   I’ve had so much fun combining beautiful May Arts Ribbon with the vintage elegance of Graphic 45 paper and embellishments.

 We have friends who love to travel.  They  recently took a romantic trip to Paris and England taking in all the sights, sounds and food!    I wanted to send them something to keep a few of their favorite photos and mementos close at hand but not something too “girly” so they could each choose special mementos to keep those romantic memories alive.

Graphic 45 Transatlantique Paper Collection  plus a few products from their elegant Staples line and of course some elegant May Arts Ribbon brought this project together easily.




Here’s your supply list:

  • Accessories: Glue Arts Mini Adhesive Squares/Ribbon Adhesive, Tombo Mono-Multi,  Stampin Up Hodge Podge Hardware, Stampin Up So Saffron/ Black CS, Crystal Effects, Tim Holtz Visual Artistry Acrylic Stamps, Paperabilities Vellum Die Cuts, tiny brads – JoAnn Fabrics, Versafine Black Ink, Velcro Dots,  Metal Keys , Jewelry finds- stash


Basic Instructions:

1.  Remove wire by gently unwinding it from the Graphic 45 Kraft Envelope Album. 

2.  Trace envelopes onto paper choices.  Cut paper to fit, adhere to envelopes with Mono-Multi.

3.  Distress and sponge edges in black ink. 

4.  Embellish as desired and replace the wire.



Use a full Velcro dot for a secure closure on the large flap.   Key adhered with Crystal Effects.

Wrapping the top envelope with May Arts Burlap String add a touch of nautical fun. 



Half a Velcro Dot will hold the small flap.



Ooh, la,la!  Metal Jewelry finds and May Arts Satin String ad a touch of elegance to the Graphic 45 tag/letter punch outs from the Transalanticque Collection.



The little envelope tag is the perfect place for a secret love note!  SU Hodge Podge Hardware keeps this flap secure.


Lush May Arts silk ribbon softens the vellum die cut (adhered to So Saffron/Black cs).  I love this Tim Holtz sentiment.  I stamped the arrow, covered it with CE and attached it with a brad.  A vintage skate key completes the collage.



A simple nautical knot using May Arts SP10 Burlap adds a masculine touch.   Brads highlight the vellum die cut.



A touch of feminine elegance was added thanks to rich May Arts Velvet ribbon with room for a romantic photo.  Something for her and….



something for him.  The opposite page is tied with May Arts Satin String in a simple squar knot.  A HodgePodge clip keeps the flap closed.   Sentiment – Tim Holtz



Viva la France!  Another tag from the Graphic 45 Transatlanticque Collection mounted on black cs.



May Arts Velvet Ric Rac ribbon (love the lush texture this adds!), a tag from the G45 collection and another Hodge Podge accent on the flap.



Thanks to May Arts Ribbon and Graphic 45 you can create an elegant one of a kind gift that’s sure to be a treasured keepsake!


Blog Post By: Charlene Driggs


Be sure to leave your comments for a chance to win some May Arts & Graphic 45 Goodies


Now hop on over to Graphic 45 & see what theyv'e got cookin' today!

  1. Peggy Lee

    I love May Arts ribbon and it compliments Graphic 45 papers beautifully!!! love this album.

  2. Noreen

    I love the way you did the album! The paper and ribbon, and all the little details and embellishments are perfect!

  3. Debby

    I love the ribbon. It works great with the G45!

  4. Gretchen Krisher

    What a neat album! Love Graphic 45 paper…

  5. pam allen

    love the album and love the ribbon I must find the black satin ribbon! thanks for sharing!

  6. jen shears

    This is absolutely going to be a TREASURED gift!!! Wonderful combination of May Arts & Graphic 45!!!

  7. Becky D

    This little album is just stunning! I love everything about it – the paper, the trims – everything 🙂

  8. Patti King

    What a fabulous idea – thanks for sharing.

  9. erin

    Wow, talk about detail!

  10. DeniseB

    Beautiful job on the album!

  11. LorraineN

    What an absolutely gorgeous album! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Iwona Jung

    Paris is great place for artists, great for inspirations. I see, that you love Paris, too. Your album is beautiful!!!

  13. Larissa Heskett

    SO CUTE!! I love those little pocket albums and the way that you designed it using May Arts ribbons well it is just BEAUTIFUL!! =)
    I can’t wait to see what you have for us next!! =) Have a FABULOUS DAY!! =)

  14. Doris Widder

    Fabulous album! Love it! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration! 😀

  15. Lindy

    Live this album!!!! So creative and stunning! T4S

  16. Heather

    I LOVE this album…I plan to do much European travel in the latter part of the year, if I start making books now I can have one for each country I visit!

  17. Carol Ann Ater

    What beautiful combinations of paper and ribbons plus embellishments. each compliments the other. What a lovely gift of love to my world traveler daughter-in-law.

  18. Debbie Gaetz

    Love this combination of May Arts & Graphics 45. Can’t wait to try it out. I love paper and ribbon projects!

  19. Do {at} Piggy Bank Parties

    I feel as if I’m traveling back in time…sitting at a small cafe….looking up at the Eiffel Tower…Viva la France! Viva la CHARLENE!

  20. Lexi

    such a classic/classy looking album Charlene!!

  21. Kate Vickers

    WOW! What a beautiful project. Love the ribbons and paper.

  22. Monika/buzsy

    What a fabulous album. Love the papers and the neat ribbons and twines. :o)

  23. Vicki Wizniuk

    Beautiful! I’m sure your friends will love it!

  24. Michelle

    Oh Charlene this is just gorgeous, so much detail.

    Thanks for the the great photos.

    Michelle 🙂

  25. Sara

    Just georgous! Your friends are going to LOVE their gift!

  26. Susan (rainy)

    What a fabulous photo album, Charlene. Your friends will cherish their photos even more once inside this treasured gift.

  27. kathy s

    what a fantastic book -love your ideas-that velvet ribbon looks so decadent would love to own some but will settle for the ones your offering- thanks for the chance

  28. Shartl

    This album is gorgeous!! LOVE that big black ribbon bow!!! I reallyi like vintage looks so this caught my eye right away!

  29. Babe O'Mara

    Absolutely stunning album. Great paper. Love all the details.

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  30. Rebecca Ednie

    This album is gorgeous! I love the pocket flap style. I’m so excited to see more this week!

  31. Rae Higgins

    Stunning! Love it!!

  32. Sue from Oregon

    Wow, the whole project just gels together perfectly! Lovely dp/ribbon and embellies!

  33. Anita Marie

    oh that looks absolutely fantsatic…

  34. Donna

    See this is why I love Graphic 45! You can make beautiful projects with it all the time. It’s like a no fail!

  35. Kelly massman

    This is such a great album-perfect paper choices for Paris!

  36. Elaine Allen

    This is a gorgeous album. I love all the details, stunning!

    Elaine Allen

  37. ~amy~

    simply stunning!

  38. Janet Sisk

    Love this album. So creative. 😀

  39. Ronda A.

    The Graphic 45 album is incredible…love all things Paris!!

  40. Anne Thompson

    Love this Paris album! Great directions! what a great combination–Graphic 45 plus May Arts! Anne, yourmainestamper

  41. Dawnll

    Now who doesn’t love graphic 45? What a fun album.

  42. samantha Sibbet

    such wonderful details, so glad you shared this album with us.

  43. Dani C.

    This just rocks!! Love it!!

  44. Trudi Wilbur

    Love that album and the Graphic 45 paper!

  45. Agnieszka

    Wow, this album is stunning! I lov that!!! Colours are great!

  46. Pam Loris

    Just a fabulous album! I want one, and I haven’t gone to Paris!! Love the colors, and trims, and Graphic 45 paper is awesome!!! What an exciting week it’s gonna be!!

  47. Elizabeth P

    Oh, I am in love !! I have been collecting Tim Holtz goodies because of the vintage look, and I love the old newspaper and clocks…gotta get me some !

  48. Karen K

    That is a great looking album. Love the combo of May Arts and Graphic Arts.

  49. Susan L

    I love this, guess what I’ll be up to tomorrow!

  50. viji

    It is gorgeous!!!! Love the combo Graphic 45 and may arts! it rocks!

  51. Jasmine Ford

    What a fantastic project. I really like the combination of the masculine and feminine touches. Love Graphic 45 and May Arts!


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