Enjoy the Little Things Gift Card Holder

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder with G45 Cafe Parisian and RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I am a fan of little things.  Itty bitty babies, teeny tiny desserts, ladybugs, delicate blossoms, miniature books…all things small delight me.  So when it came time to create a very special birthday card and gift card holder for one of our dear daughters-in-law, I went small and made this Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I’ve had this 3″ x 4.25″ matchbox stashed away for quite some time, just waiting for inspiration to strike.  First, I covered it with some Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian Patterns and Solids paper.  Then I created this easel style topper for the box.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

The focal image is an ephemera card from the collection which just so happens to be the perfect fit for the matchbox.  To dress it up even more, I added a pretty Salmon Pink Seam Binding Bow and some gorgeous Petaloo blossoms in coral and white.  (If you’ve had a hard time color matching ribbon to this collection, this ribbon is spot on!)

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The easel top opens to reveal a little gift pocket that is just the right size for a gift card.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Since the box slides open, I had to fill it with something cute.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6So I created this itty bitty birthday card, then tied it shut with more pretty ribbon.

Enjoy the Little Things in Life Gift Card Holder Cafe Parisian by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The inside has a belly band that is just the right size for an individually wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate.  Then I fussy cut a small image to create a tuck spot for my hand written note.

This Enjoy the Little Things in Life gift card holder was such fun to make that I am going to look for more matchboxes.

I hope I shared some ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card

Heartfelt Creations May Alumni Blog Hop: Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations May Alumni Blog Hop! I’m kicking the festivities off with this Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion card made with the gorgeous Blazing Poppies Collection.

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1aThis 5″ x 7″ top fold card is bursting with color, dimension and texture.  Here’s the supply list:

Pocket Full of Poppies Tips and Tricks

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 2Add great dimension to your card by following these tips:

  • Cut a panel of designer paper slightly smaller than your card base.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Spritz with water.  Glue to card base.
  • Remove the center of a 5″ x 7″ premade card panel with the Cut, Mat, Create Die
  • Use foam tape or waste cardboard around the edges of the card opening.
  • Center and glue onto prepared card base.
  • Stamp several sets of poppies in Versamark ink onto cardstock.
  • Heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Ink Centers with Black Soot Distress Stain.
  • Brush edges with Dried Marigold Distress Paint.
  • Shape with Deluxe Tool Kit.
  • Stack and glue with hot glue gun.
  • Spray with Oriental Poppy Tattered Angel Mist.
  • While wet, sprinkle with Scattered Straw Distress Embossing Powder
  • Sprinkle lightly with glitter.
  • Heat Set
  • Fill poppy centers with glue and prills.  Set aside to dry.
Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 3

Popping Poppies

To provide greenery for the poppies, stamp and die cut Delightful Daisies onto green designer paper from Blazing Poppies collection.  Shape and ink with Distress Ink.

Arrange poppies and greenery in opposite corners of the card.

Fussy cut the denim pocket from one of the journal cards.  Pop up on foam tape and add to card.

Die cut ticket with Luggage and Tags Die.  Pop up on foam tape and add to card.

Spatter card with Oriental Poppies Glimmer mist and diluted black paint.

Add black gingham ribbon and gold metallic string.

A Peek Inside Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card

Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 4Pocket Full of Poppies All Occasion Card Blazing Poppies by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 5Add pockets, journal cards, tags, borders and stamps to the card interior.   Now wasn’t that fun?

On With the Hop

The hop runs from 8 AM Friday,  May 26th and closes Monday 29th May at 11.59pm EDT.  Visit all the blogs on the hop, and be sure to leave a comment so that your name will be entered into the drawing for a $25 shopping spree at Heartfelt Creations.

The winner of the hop will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page Wednesday, May 31st.  If you are the lucky winner,  email Heartfelt Creations at info@heartfeltcreations.us with “Winner of the May Alumni Hop”

From my blog, hop on over and see what paper pretties my friend GLORIA has prepared for you today.

Here’s the order for this month’s hop:

Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ Gloria ♥ Archana Vicki Martine Amarilys ♥ Emelia ♥ Sarah ♥ Deneen

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder High Tea by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Product by Kaisercraft Photo 1

The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available.  You can always substitute.

G45 French Country Something Old Challenge

Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge: G45 French Country Spoonful of Gratitude Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Jenny Marples.  I broke out my Graphic 45 French Country paper collection along with an oldie but a goodie from my stash for this Something Old Challenge.

Something Old Challenge Guidelines from Our Hostess Jenny
I’m sure, like me, there will be lots of you who love all things vintage and enjoy nothing more than discovering old and unwanted treasure at thrift shops and junk markets. The challenge this time is to use something old either as the basis of your project or as an addition to your vintage or shabby chic creation.

An Old Spoon and a Favorite Old Paper Collection

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My  “Something Old” is this vintage silver spoon.  And, this is the last of my stash from my beloved Graphic 45 French Country Collection.  But…have you heard the news?  French Country is being re-released in a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  You can pre-order it now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2To create this rustic, aged look on your papers, use a distressing tool along the edges.  Then create little puddles of Distress Oxide ink on your non-stick craft mat and tap the paper into them.  I actually spritzed some of these papers with my Distress Sprayer, then crumpled them up to age them.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Texture also helps to create a rustic, vintage feel on a card.  So I added burlap, burlap string bows, and custom colored Petaloo Burlap Flowers.

The Star of the Show

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

The star of the show is this old silver spoon.  Like many of you, I love to go junkin’.  A while back, my dear husband (who is very good about indulging my obsessions) and I popped into a flea market that was going out of business.  And that is where I found this gorgeous old silver sugar spoon.  It is stamped on the back, which leads me to believe it is real silver.  I thought about polishing it up before using it on this card, but I decided I really liked the tarnished look.  It goes so well with these gorgeous vintage papers from Graphic 45.  To prepare it for this card, I simply used ribbon to tie on this tag, then added a little burlap string bow and a sunflower.

A Hidden Tag Pocket

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5While I was fussy cutting the post card image from the signature page of the collection, I had the thought to create a hidden tag pocket on the front of the card.  This is such a simple thing to do, but adds so much fun to a card.  Simply stitch the post card to a piece of burlap leaving the top edge open.  Instant pocket!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6This G45 Staples ATC Laser Cut Ivory tag afforded me an opportunity to get in a little Distress Oxide playtime.  The base color is Fossilized Amber which I accented with Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick to pick up on the colors in the designer paper.  Then I stamped the tag with my new Carabelle Carte Postale Stamp to add another layer of fun.  For a little bling, I tied this Live, Laugh, Love brass charm onto a French Country Chipboard Tag.  After gluing the chipboard to the tag, I backed it with a scrap of black designer paper to really make the laser cut sentiment pop.

A Peek Inside

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I added more pockets to the inside of this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Paper scraps make great pockets!

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10And pockets are a great place to tuck in a tag!  After die cutting this tag from Kraft Cardstock, I covered it with designer paper.  Use sharp tiny scissors like Tim’s Mini Snips to fussy cut the sunflowers from the signature page.  Then adhere them to the tag base with Distress Collage Medium.  Every single little area is firmly adhered, but there is no glue residue.  And I love the way these Gilded Accents Rub Ons compliment the designer paper.   You can custom color this Petaloo Anemone with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist and Distress Bronze Mica Spray.

Spoonful of Gratitude Card French Country by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Something Old Challenge Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11The lower pocket holds an herbal teabag, a honey stick, a little chocolate treat and a recipe card that I aged with Tea Dye and Old Paper Distress inks.

Wouldn’t this card make a great hostess gift?

Now It’s Your Turn!

You can play along in this Something Old challenge by linking up your vintage or shabby chic project over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The challenge remains open until  11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 6th to link up.  All the guidelines and details are available on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

So what are you waiting for?  I know you have lots of great old “stuff” just waiting to be made into something beautiful.  And I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Wedding Paper Pretties: Authentique Always Collection

Gifts for the Bride and Groom with Authentique Always Collection

Hello, Friends!  I’m thrilled to be sharing another of my guest designer posts for Authentique Papers.  This time, I’m featuring a pair of wedding themed projects made with the Authentique Always Collection.  Both projects provide a unique way to present a gift card for the Bride and Groom and are both easy to make.  Let’s get started!

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Card Box with Authentique Always Collection

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9The Always collection is done in gorgeous shades of brown and cream.  Honestly, it is so rich and elegant that it makes me think of deep dark espresso with whipped cream on top.  This little easel style gift box measures about 3.75″ x 4.25″ and it’s just the right size for the journal cards from the 12×12 paper collection.

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2Making this pretty gift box is so easy!  I just covered the box base with designer paper from the Always 6×6 pad, then made a sweet little easel card that matched the size of the box top.  Then, I glued the card base to the top of the box.  I think this would look fabulous as table decor at a wedding, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3Use an image from the 6×6 pad with a Tim Holtz Vintage Cameo Frame and you’ve got a lovely cover for a mini folio!  Paint the frame with Tattered Rose Distress paint to give it a shabby chic finish.

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Accordion fold a strip of cardstock, then decorate with images from the 6×6 collection.  Leave one panel open for a small photo booth style shot of the new Mister and Missus!

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Decorate the inside of the card with paper and add a festive wedding banner made with stickers from the collection.

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6Inside the box, I’ve created a mini sized folio that measures 2.75″ x 3.75″.  Decorate the front with images from the 6×6 pad and create a belly band closure with ribbon and Petaloo Flowers.

Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7Mister and Missus Easel Style Gift Box Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8Add a small gift card pocket to the inside and fill it with little tags for extra fun.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio with Authentique Always Collection

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1My dear friend Liz Gaze shared a great tutorial for this lovely envelope card.  I made a few changes to the design to make this fun folio that I’ve filled with a gift wallet and other goodies.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2The 8.5″ x 4.25″ envelope is made with one sheet of 12×12 paper.  Just fold the paper following the simple directions in Liz’ tutorial and in about 2 minutes, you have made the base for this project.  Brush your paper with Worn Lipstick Distress ink to add color to the basic brown and cream color palette.  The fact that these papers are so neutral means that no matter what your wedding colors are, you can match them by adding the appropriate color ribbon, flowers or even ink.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3After distressing the edges of some 12×12 paper, I stitched them together on my sewing machine to create a wallet.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4Inside the wallet, I created a pair of gift card holders.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5Here’s how to make the gift card holders:

  1. First, cut a 7.25″ x 4.25″ rectangle of brown cardstock.
  2. Next, score on the long side at 3.25″ and again at 6.5″.
  3. Now, use a 3/4″ circle punch to add a thumb hole to the 3.4″ strip.
  4. Next, line with designer paper.
  5. Then glue only the sides of the punched paper and fold to seal.
  6. Tuck in a small journal card from the 6×6 collection.
  7. Finally, add a small pink photo mount and decorate.  (Glue just the bottom edge of the decoration so photos can be slipped behind.
The Flip Side

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6The really fun thing about this envelope folio card is that when you fold the paper, you also create a pocket on the flip side.  Fill this up with even more wedding goodies.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7These 4×6 journal cards from the 12×12 cut apart page make wonderful inserts.  I added a little wooden icon and a mini paper clip to hold them together.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7This flip folio is held shut with a sweet ribbon belly band.

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8Doesn’t this couple look romantic?

Bride and Groom Envelope Folio Always by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 9The folio is made with 3 pages that will hold wallet sized photos.

YouTube Video Tour with Authentique Always Collection Wedding Goodies

I know it’s hard to really get a feel for how everything works together when all you see are still photos. So I put together a short, 10 minute, video tour with more info and tips for making these two projects.  I hope you enjoy!

I’ve provided product links below for your convenience.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas and tips that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial

Bon Appetit!  Graphic 45 French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial
 Frilly & Funkie Saturday Step x Step

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you could join me here today. Have you l heard the exciting news that Graphic 45 is releasing the gorgeous French Country as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition?  I’m so excited that I dug into my stash and created this French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial for the Saturday Step x Step over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.

A Recipe for Success

I’m afraid that I have a brand new crafting addiction.  Eileen Hull’s HeARTfelt Journal die from Sizzix is just so much fun to play with.  Pairing it with these vibrant papers is truly a recipe for success!

There are so many different ways that you can use this journal.  Here are a few that I came up with during the creative process.

  • Great gift for the new bride!  Include some of your tried and true recipes and put in a basket with spices for a gorgeous shower gift.
  • How about the child who is moving out on his/her own?  Add in all the favorite recipes from home.
  • Your own personal guide to fine dining!  So many people take photos of their food plates.  It would be fun to compile them here along with notes about the meal.
  • A heritage recipe book.  Do you have scraps of recipes tucked here, there and everywhere?  Why not create a special place of honor to preserve them?

That’s just a short list of ways that I think you could use this handy album.  Do you have more?  I’d love to hear about them!

Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Creating an Interactive Album

Interactive elements make me happy.  It’s just so much fun to pull a tag out of a pocket, flip a page to find a little surprise, or fold paper in a unique way.

I’ve woven all kinds of fun surprises into this chunky little album.

There are tuck spots and pockets, and folios galore.

I’ve found all kinds of creative ways to use up little scraps of pretty paper. The easiest way to share all these ideas with you is via a YouTube video tour.

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on YouTube

French Country HeARTfelt Recipe Journal Tutorial on Snapguide

If videos are not your “thing” I’ve also prepared a Snapguide tutorial.  You’ll learn the basics of assembling the journal, but in this tutorial I focus on designing the covers.

 

Check out How to Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal G45 French Country by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas that you can put to good use in your own crafty adventures!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout

Graphic 45 Double Layout Challenge: Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m a bit excited about today’s post, as I’m sharing something I’ve never done before.  As you probably know, May is National Scrapbooking Month.  To help celebrate the occasion, Graphic 45 issued the #G45Layout Challenge with a $100 prize pack up for grabs.  You can read all about it HERE.  A double dare was issued to each member of the G45 Design Team: create a DOUBLE layout.  So that’s how this Nature Sketchbook Natural Beauty Double Layout came into being.

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Walk in the Woods

My dear daughter Liz occasionally kidnaps me and carries me away for a few days of R&R.  One of our favorite destinations is at the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.  While the house is magnificent, what we really love is the gardens and the wonderful walking trails.  We escaped here last October and enjoyed a full day of rambling along the gorgeous paths that meander all through the grounds.  We were blessed with near perfect fall weather, and had loads of fun taking photos along the way.

Double the Natural Beauty: A Few Tips and Tricks

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

The surroundings and the company were both Natural Beauties!  Can you believe I snapped this photo with my I-Phone?  Technology certainly has come a long way!

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo  3

Nature Sketchbook was the perfect collection to capture these memories.  For my background paper, I chose to use a monochromatic print from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids. I knew I was going to add a lot of flowers and other embellishments, so I wanted to keep the background simple.

First, I prepared the background by adding a honeycomb design with stencils and gold texture paste.  As the paste dried, it caused my paper to warp, so I knew I was going to have to mat the pages onto a solid surface.  I painted a 1/2 black border around two pieces of heavyweight chipboard with Black Soot Distress paint.  Then I used a Nature Sketchbook stamp to add white stamped text all the way around the border to add some interest and another layer of dimension. Now my pages lay flat, and as a bonus, they can stand up all on their own!

Clusters of Flowers for Natural Beauty Double Layout

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4We could not have asked for a more perfect day.  I managed to snap this photo of the fall foliage and the bright October blue sky captured in the still waters of the Bass Pond at Biltmore. To draw attention to the photo, I created a cluster of Nature Sketchbook Flowers, altered chipboard pieces, fussy cut butterflies and Petaloo Flowers.

I ran out of the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers, but no worries!  I simply used the empty flower sheet as a template and traced the outline of the flowers onto 12×12 Patterns and Solids Paper. Then I cut them out and shaped them.  Perfect match!

To give chipboard elements extra depth and texture I like to paint them with Distress Paints.  While paint is still wet, I sprinkle with embossing powders and heat set.  Once the embossing powder cooled on the ferns in this layout, I went back and stamped over the tops with Jet Black Archival Ink and a Nature Sketchbook script stamp.  I have a Snapguide Tutorial from an older project that outlines this process for you. 

Meet Me in the Middle of this Natural Beauty Double Layout

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

One of the biggest challenges in designing this Natural Beauty Double Page Layout was creating a good flow between the two pages.  Create a “bridge” by using a large image that spans both pages.  First,  I fussy cut the large image from the signature page of Nature Sketchbook.  Then I flipped the pages face down and pushed them together side by side so there was barely a gap.  Next I hinged the pages together with strips of washi tape.  Then I flipped the pages face up, and used a ruler and craft knife to carefully cut the two pages apart.  It worked like a charm!

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Natural Beauty Double Layout Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I have this Natural Beauty Double Layout on display in my dining room, and every time I see it, I remember this glorious adventure and smile.  What a beautiful world we live in!

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.  And I hope you’ll share take part in this fun #G45Layout Challenge and share your projects with us on the Graphic 45 Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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