Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Take a Road Trip with Authetique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Aaaah, Summertime!  The perfect time to hit the road, go adventuring, and make lasting memories!  Who wants to take a road trip with me today as we explore a brand new collection from Authentique Paper?  This Pastime Passport Style Mini Album is the perfect travel companion, loaded with fun interactive features, retro style images and ready for adventure.  Take a peek:

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is the cutest, chunkiest little mini album!  Authentique’s Pastime Collection  is filled to the brim with  retro images like Polaroid cameras, cute little campers, vintage billboards, tickets receipts and more. The Pastime 6×6 Paper Bundle is just the right size for this petite 3.5″ x 5″ x 2″ mini album. I also used fussy cut images, patterns, Detail Stickers and Petite Diction Stickers from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 2Eileen Hull’s Passport Book Die by Sizzix is a perfect playmate for this paper collection.  After die cutting covers, spine and inner pages, I went to work on decorating the album.  The album contains 3 separate signatures (inserts) bound with elastic.  Each signature holds 12 pages that you cut out with the die.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a peek a the album spine.  You can see the elastic binding strips threaded through the holes.  I added some vintage travel charms and beads just for fun.  Don’t you love this paper?

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album Video Tour on YouTube

This album is bursting with interactive elements like pockets, tags, flip pages, waterfall features, fold out pages and more.  I find the easiest way to share a project like this is with a YouTube video tour.  I share a lot in this video about the process for making the album as well as tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

 

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: A few detail shots

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Pockets add so much to a mini album design.  This side pocket is decorated with one of the fun Details Stickers from the 12×12 Collection Kit.  I matted it on kraft cardstock to make it pop against that cute patterned paper in the background.  Photo mounts held together with a decorative belly band fill the side pocket.  You can place 8 photos here.  Isn’t that amazing?The cover page of the first signature is simply decorated with another gorgeous Detail Sticker.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I kept the embellishments in this album very simple.  Because it is small, I didn’t want the pages to be too busy.  Petite Diction stickers give you the opportunity to create your own captions, which is lots of fun.  Mat stickers on kraft cardstock, then glue just the bottom edge so that you can tuck your photo behind as I did on this flip page.

Turn fussy cut images into mini journaling spots or photo albums.  To do this, I simply fold paper in half and then add my image.  This journal spot also serves as a turn tab for the fold out page.

Make Your Own Embellishments!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Throughout the album, I’ve used stickers to make my own embellishments. This tiny Polaroid sticker looks so cute hanging from the paperclip that holds this journal page in place.  I simply matted the sticker on folded cardstock, trimmed out the tails, then looped it over the paper clip.  It looks chic and trendy even though it’s cheap and easy!  LOL

Use Your Stash!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 7

Do you keep ephemera items like small paper bags and such?  An album like this is the perfect place to use these items from your stash!  I found a tiny paper bag that was the perfect size for this album,  covered it with paper, then added a tag.  Again, a quick and affordable embellishment that looks great on the page.

Creative Uses for Scraps in Your Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 8

We all have scraps, right?  And they end up in a bin and never get used, which is such a waste. When you have  gorgeous papers like these, you want to utilize every scrap.  Therefore,  I have been training myself to look for creative ways to use them in my projects.  This decorative belly band is made with a piece of paper I’d trimmed off.  Backed with kraft cardstock (also a scrap) it creates a stylish way to tuck in a tag.  And let’s talk about the tag for a moment: its also decorated with a scrap of paper.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Punch a decorative edge on a scrap and use it as a border as I did here.  It takes just a few seconds to do, but adds a designer look to a page.  I also used a fussy cut scrap as a layering piece behind this cute hang tag made with a sticker from the collection.  Scraps are our friends, people!  Invite them to the party!

Make the Most of Your Page With Waterfall Features

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I confess a love for waterfall features. They are interactive and fun.  Not only that, you can store a ton of photos on a waterfall page.  This tiny 3.25″ x 4.25″ page can hold SIX 3.4 photos!  Here’s how to make your own waterfall element on a page:

  • First, measure the page to determine the width and length of each waterfall element.  You want the width of each waterfall page to be slightly smaller than the width of the album page.
  • Next, cut rectangles of paper.  Remember to add 1/2″ more to the length of each rectangle so you can score a flap.  Each of these rectangles measures 3″ x 4″.
  • Then, score a 1/2″ flap on the short side of each rectangle.  This is the  mechanism that will attach to the base page. Fold the flap to the back side of each rectangle.
  • Now, ink the edges and shape with corner punches if desired.
  • Place adhesive of your choice on the back side of each flap.  Beginning with the first flap, line the scored edge up with the top of your base page.  Make sure it is straight.  Press to adhere.
  • Next, lift the flap of the first waterfall. Align the scored edge of the next flap up with the bottom edge of the first flap and adhere, being sure to keep everything straight.
  • Continue until you’ve added all the flaps.
Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: The Grand Finale

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 11

The final page of this album is so much fun.  I created a micro journaling spot with one of the tiny stickers from the Details sheet.  Then I created a tuck spot with a fussy cut image from the 6×6 bundle.  The inside cover has a pocket with a handy little notepad that I created from designer paper and chipboard.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 12

I love this quote: “Life is a grand adventure: go live it!”  What a perfect way to end this post!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the RRR Blog.  I’ve created this lovely Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook for this fun “anything goes with ribbon, lace or trim” challenge.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

I have had more fun with the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Mix!  For this project I used Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon to create a frame on this altered notebook.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 2This notebook is another of my garage sale finds.  It was very drab, but it had good bones, so I brought it home with me.  You’d never guess now how dreary it was in its former life.

I added a pretty ribbon marker and double layer bow with Hyacinth Checkerboard Satin ribbon.  Silver Metallic String really pops with these pretty purple ribbons, so I added some of that in as well.

Lilac Whisper Shabby Chic Altered Notebook by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Kaisercraft Photo 3

I dug through my ephemera file to find this darling vintage image of a little girl leading the birds in a sweet chorus of song.  It was just the right size to fit inside the window on the front cover.

This is such a quick and easy upcycle project!  You can adapt it for use with any sized notebook.  I’m going to tuck this one into my “last minute gift” drawer, where I’m sure it will come in handy.

Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re cordially invited to play along with us in this fun challenge.  First, visit the RRR Blog where you’ll find loads of inspiration waiting for you from the rest of the team.  Then, create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to use ribbon, lace or trim on your project.

Post your project on your blog or an online gallery (using code RRR168) and link it up over on the RRR BLOG before midnight, Wednesday, July 19th.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark Card

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark Card

Hello, Friends!  I love ladybugs, do you?  There’s something magical about their little polka dot bodies and delicate wings.  So when I got my hands on Tammy Tutterow’s darling “Wishing You” stamp, I could hardly wait to use it.  Today I got to have a playdate with this darling design, and I’m excited to share this Love, Luck & Ladybugs Bookmark card .

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Love Luck & Ladybugs: Stamping the Design

This is a standard 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  I tried to go clean and simple with this design…something that is very hard for me.  How’d I do?  Here’s how i went about pulling this card together:

  1. Stamp the image on smooth white cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink.
  2. Heat Emboss with clear powder.
  3. Stamp the image a 2nd time on green polka dot paper. Cut out.
  4. Stamp the image again on black floral print, cut out.
  5. Stamp the image once more on black gingham.  Cut out.
  6. Paper piece the image together, gluing each body section in place.
  7. Stitch onto black cardstock.  Mat on red cardstock.
  8. Color the lettering.
  9. Create a mask by stamping the image onto a post it note.  Cut out, place over stamped image.
  10.  Ink the white areas with Antique Linen and Bundled Sage Distress Inks. Spritz and flick with water.
  11.  Spatter with diluted Black Chalk Paint.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: Adding the Details

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

  • Tie a bow with Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon
  • Cut Pom Pom Posies from Grey Felt
  • Place each layer on foam mat and run around the edges with an 8mm ball stylus to ruffle the edges.
  • Glue layers together
  • Add button to center with hot glue.
  • Die cut leaves from green felt.  Glue onto ribbon.
  • Add Flower
  • Die Cut Frayed Tabs from designer paper to create banner flags.
  • Top with buttons.
  • Glue in place.
Love Luck & Ladybugs: The inside Job

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

  • Die Cut Paper Bag Envelope from Designer Paper and assemble according to directions
  • Add square knot ribbon and sticker.
  • Glue onto upper portion of card.

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4

  • Die cut the insert from Paper Bag Envelope using designer paper
  • Stamp with Flower Swag 5.  Color
  • Stamp with Tiny Sentiments
  • Add Frayed Tabs Banner and button

Love, Luck and Ladybugs Bookmark Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5

  • Create bookmark by cutting two long strips of designer paper, one slightly longer than the other.
  • Cut fishtail banners on the ends.
  • Mat on Red and Black cardstock.
  • Join the two strips with a piece of  1/4″ Scor-Tape applied to the very top edge of the larger strip.
  • Die cut a 2″ doily from white cardstock.
  • Add faux stitching with a fine line sharpie pen.
  • Stamp the ladybug body onto the doily
  • Stamp again onto scraps of designer paper and paper piece onto doily as decoration.

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I hope you were inspired by this sweet little ladybug!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Frilly and Funkie Christmas in July Challenge: Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The one and only Cec is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “Christmas in July.”  With that in mind, I broke out a bunch of my Tim Holtz goodies to create this Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card. Let’s see what Cec has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Christmas in July

You might be experiencing summer heat but let’s think cool by getting a head start on Christmas preparations.  Your vintage or shabby chic creation could be a card, something to present a gift in or a decor item for the house or tree.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card a la Tim Holtz “Dapper”

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This was a fun card to make!  You wouldn’t normally think of using Tim Holtz “Dapper”  paper collection for Christmas, would you?  But I found patterns in it that hit exactly the right rustic note for this card creation.

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card reminds me of taking a wintry walk in the woods.  After distressing, matting and layering my designer papers I got busy with my die cutting machine.  It was so much fun to die cut all these various elements from Dapper papers and then make them look like Christmas paper.

First, the sentiment from Doodle Greetings #1 was stamped in Jet Black Archival ink onto the grid paper from the collection. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Next, I lightly sponged some Pine Needles Distress Ink to add just a touch of color.  This step actually helped the sentiment to pop off the page.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: Tattered Florals

It is just me, or is it hilarious to think of making Christmas flowers from paper with a cigar band pattern?  But that’s exactly what I did here.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, cut 6 squares of Dapper cigar band paper into 3.5″ squares.
  2. Next, stack the squares on the frayed flower in the Tattered Florals Die.
  3. Then, run the stack through your machine all at the same time.  All six layers will die cut beautifully as this is a steel rule die.
  4. Now, flip half the flower layers over to the print on the reverse side of the paper.
  5. Next, spritz the petals with Candied Apple Distress Stain Spray.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, Sponge the flower centers with a little Fired Brick Distress Ink.
  7. Now, shape and stack the petals.  I shaped each layer a little differently for more fullness.
  8. Finally, fill the flower centers with hot glue, then pour in Gilt Trip Prills.  Let it set a minute, then tap off the excess Prills into a funnel tray.
Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The bow cluster

This Vintage Christmas plaid ribbon was exactly right for the bow cluster.  I tucked in some gold eyelash ribbon, a little greenery and a Tim Holtz snowflake charm to complete the cluster.  I filled out the floral arrangement with some of the die cut greenery.

Rustic Woodland Christmas Greeting Card: The Frame

Tim’s Ornate Frame is one of my all time favorite dies.  I cut it twice here: once from Dapper paper and once on heavy weight chipboard.  The chipboard pieces are painted with Prima Gold Crackle Texture Paste, then sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I cut the chipboard frame in half, then glued the Dapper frame to it so that it was slightly offset, letting the gold peep through.  The frame is surrounded with bits of greenery that I hit with a little Mica Spray.

The lovely deer was also die cut twice from Dapper paper, then layered together with small foam dots.

The Inside Story

Once again, I turned this card into a gift by adding a simple gift card pocket.

I matted this lovely vintage image onto forest green cardstock, then scored and folded it.

Add a tea bag to the pocket, and maybe a gift card and you have a lovely Christmas gift!

After stamping and embossing another image from Doodle Greetings #1, I sponged and colored the image.  This was matted onto a long panel of ivory text paper. I left lots of room to write a newsy Christmas note here.

Now it’s YOUR turn

You’re invited to play along with the Frilly and Funkie teams in this fun Christmas in July challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Christmas in July project and then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You have until midnight on Tuesday, August 1st to join the party.  You can find the specific details HERE.

The Frilly and Funkie gals will be stopping by to admire your lovely creations.  At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them.  Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image.  It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix.  The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1I just love this Delphinium Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon .  It really pops against all the golden hues found in the tag background.  A loopy Natural Burlap String bow adds great texture and additional fullness to the bow cluster.  The top of the tag is finished with a loop of this same Hyacinth ribbon.  I stamped this ribbon with a script stamp from my stash.  Then I just tied a square knot bow with Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Mixed Media Background with Distress Oxide Inks

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  1. Begin with a jumbo manila tag.  (4.25″ x 8.5″)
  2. Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
  3. Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
  4. Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
  5. Then dry the tag with a heat gun.  You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
  6. When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
  7. Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder.  I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted.  First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink.  Then I embossed the tag.
  8. Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
  9. Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
  10. Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.  You’ll find a supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio for RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the July RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here fully inspired from having visited Karen’s lovely blog. This month we’re showcasing the fabulous ribbons from the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment.  These ribbons are the perfect playmate for Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade Collection and they look amazing in this Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First I covered the folio with designer papers.  Then I needed to create a closure mechanism. Ribbon almost always provides the solution here!  It adds extra color, texture, and pattern to any project.  I applied 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-tape around the front, spine and back of the folio. Then I created a belly band.   I placed a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top, and a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon on the bottom.   Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon fills the center and extends out from the edges to form a bow closure.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Next I layered fussy cut images from Midnight Masquerade up with a garden full of pretty purple posies.

 

 

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I added a fold out flap on the right hand side of the album,

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The border strip on the center panel holds this pretty tag folio to hold photos.  I’ve topped it with more of the Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon and a snippet of Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

The side pocket holds a smaller tri fold photo wallet.

On With the Hop!

Now it’s time for you to hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOG and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment of your very own!

If you’re not already a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time to sign up!  You can find all the details and sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Graphic 45 Staples Tags Are the Bees Knees Tag Card with Times Nouveau DCE

Hello, G45’ers!  If you love tags, you are going to love today’s post.  I’ve pulled out one my Times Nouveau DCE,  some Staples Tags, Distress Oxide Inks and lot of other paper playthings to make this fabulous The Bees Knees Tag Card.

I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags!  They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways.  The beautiful shaped edge and vintage metal grommet makes them the perfect layering element on a card or layout.  You can string alpha tags together to  make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting.  Tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level.  Tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark, and you’ve just turned a card into a gift. Set them on a small easel and use them for home decor.  I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.

These are thick, heavy tags ,made from high quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas.  Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.

From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!

I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different.  So I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base.  I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Distress Oxide Inks joined the party, making things even more lively.  I even found a way to work a hidden tag pocket into the design.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine

You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together.  For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x  2 ¼”  wide.  Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” .  Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios

Tags and pockets just go together.  I turned this fabulous image into a side pocket for these two little folios.  Photos, journaling or gift cards can be tucked inside.  I love the little banner/paper clip embellishment made with scraps.  When paper is this fabulous, you want to use every little bit!

Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest.  I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags.  With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.

If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag)  is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution.  Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image.  Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element. 

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a hidden tag pocket and treat!

Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride

You can use the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to make fantastic embellishments for your card.  I glued the tags back to back, then hitched them to a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.

The tags are reversible, and I love the motion they add to the design.

Other Tips and Tricks
  1. I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card.  This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed or soiled as you work on the inside.
  2. Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card.  The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers.  Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.
  3. I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.

Are you inspired to break out your pretty G45 papers, Staples Tags, scissors and glue?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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