Today we are not only treated to welcome Graphic 45 with today’s steal the Botanicabella and Staples Bundle but we are honored to have Charity Becker show us just how amazing this new addition to the ScrapbookSteals family is. And when I say amazing, I do mean amazing. Charity’s project is, simply put, to die for.

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Once upon a time there was a girl who loved scrapbooking. Her favorite retailer, ScrapbookSteals, had the best deals and the most fabulous customer service. The only thing that could make this company better was product from Graphic 45. Then one day, this girl heard her dream was coming true. Graphic 45, Botanicabella was coming to Scrapbook Steals! Her fairy godmother wanted her to put something together to illustrate the magic and wonder of this amazing paper. The girl felt like she had just been given an invitation to the royal ball! She quickly answered yes and began scheming just what she could make to show off this spectacular product. This is what she came up with…

Don’t worry if you can’t see the details of this wall hanging. Just stop by my blog and your wish will be granted.

If these projects aren’t enough to convince you that buying this product is a fairytale in the making, just keep scrolling. I’ve included the instructions for how to make your very own Hexagon Album!!!

Self-Latching Hexagon Album

This album packs on the wow without stealing your hard earned time. Although this project looks complicated, don’t let it fool you. You can have it put together in short order.

  • Tools: paper trimmer, scissors, paper piercer (or large needle), ruler, ink or chalk for edge distressing.
  • For the album you will need the following supplies from the Graphic 45 Botanicabella Paper Pack: 4 sheets of 12×12 paper. From the Graphic 45 Staples accessories: 40 inches of canvas ribbon.
  • From your own stash you will need 32 small brads. You will also need hexagon templates from this blog post: Hexagon Happiness.

Step 1: Using the above mentioned templates cut 3 large hexagons, 2 medium hexagons, 2 small hexagons, and 2 x-small hexagons. Ink the edges of each hexagon.

Step 2: Divide the hexagons into two piles of x-small to large. Set the third hexagon by itself. Work with one pile of hexagons at a time. For the purpose of this project the top and bottom of the hexagon will be flat and the left and right sides will come to a point.

Step 3: Cut 8 pieces of 2 inch ribbon and 8 pieces of 3 inch ribbon. Melt the edges to stop fraying.

Step 4: Attach the x-small hexagon to the small hexagon using 2 inch ribbons and brads. Set the brads so that the first set of ribbon is closest to the left point of the hexagon. Use the same process to attach the small hexagon to the medium hexagon, again set the brads so that the first set of ribbons is closest to the point.

Step 5: Attach the medium hexagon to the large hexagon using 3 inch ribbons and brads. Set the brads so that the third set of ribbon is further from the point then the second set of ribbon.

Step 6: Follow steps 4 and 5 for the other pile of hexagons. Attach both large hexagons to the third large hexagon with 3 inch ribbons. Set the brads so that the fourth set of ribbons is further from the point then the third set of ribbons.

Step 7: To close the album arrange the hexagons from the left side in consecutive order, on top of the central hexagon.

Step 8: Repeat the process for the right side.

For the self-latching mechanism you will need the following supplies from the Graphic 45 Staples pack for each side of the album:

2 large buttons, 1 small button, 1 large flower, 1 medium flower, and 2 small flowers. For the leaves I traced the edge of a cat eye shaped Color Box chalk on to green paper. After cutting it out I inked the edges and cut it in half. I also used  6 small circle embellishments from the diecut page and 6 tiny circles punched with my hole punch.

Step 1: Begin with the hexagons on the left side of the album. Place one large button on either side of the far right point of the large hexagon, about 2.5 inches from the point. Place adhesive only at the edge of the large hexagon so that a pocket is created for the medium hexagon.

Step 2: Place one large flower at the tip of the point on the large hexagon, applying adhesive only to the edge. Adhere two leaves to the underside of the flower rather than to the hexagon itself. Top the flower with a small button. Add a small embellishment (the example is from the diecut page) to the center of the button.

Step 3: Adhere two small flowers on either side of the far right point of the small hexagon, about 1 inch from the point. Place the adhesive under the LEFT edge of the flowers so that a pocket is created for the large buttons. Place one medium flower at the tip of the point on the small hexagon, applying adhesive only to the LEFT edge of the flower.

Step 4: Adhere three leaves to the underside of the flowers rather than to the hexagon itself. Top the flowers with a tiny embellishment (the example is a circle from a hole punch)

Step 5: Adhere a 1/2 inch circle embellishment (the example is from the diecut page) 1.5 inches from the far left point. Apply adhesive only to the edge of the embellishment furthest from the point so that a pocket is created for the x-small hexagon.

Step 6: Slip the medium hexagon under the large buttons. Slip the edge of the small hexagon under the large buttons. Slide the x-small hexagon between the small circle embellishments.

This album goes together so quickly that it makes a fabulous hostess gift. Whip up several of these beauties and keep them on hand for last minute gifts. If you use a classic paper pack like Graphic 45’s Botanicabella you’ll never have to worry about matching someones style or color preferences.

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And as if this amazing album was not enough WOW, check out these other projects that Charity made.

Charity, guess what girl — you are kind of like a fairy tale dream come true yourself! Your talents are stunning and you are sooooo truly gifted. Thanks for absolutely wowing us with this project! I can’t wait to try one out for myself.

I hope you have a lovely day everyone!