Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio with Video Tour

Hello, G45’ers!  Quick!  What’s your favorite Halloween candy?  Mine is candy corn…and I think the Mad Hatter from Halloween in Wonderland loves it, too.  How do I know?  Well, just take a look at the expression on his face on the cover of this Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio.

Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio Halloween in Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This image just tickles me!  Doesn’t it look like the Mad Hatter is running for that box of candy corn on the cover?  Hehehe!

Do you see what the Mad Hatter is holding in his hand?  How cool is that?  He even has candy corn striped socks, for heaven’s sake!

Halloween In Wonderland Candy Corn Folio: Hatching the Plan

I had it in mind to create a Halloween folio with a shaker cover.  But then I was grocery shopping and found the candy corn display.  Instantly, I started thinking of a way to make a folio with a candy corn container on the cover.

I tried all sorts of things, but finally found the plastic packaging from some Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Hinge Clips fit the bill perfectly.  First, i  thoroughly washed and dried the packaging. Then I filled the inner cavity with candy corn, and covered it with the plastic cover.  Then I slid designer paper into the back of the packaging grooves.  Next, I added a fussy cut image from Graphic 45’s Halloween in Wonderland DCE.  The final step was clipping it to the front of my folio with a beribboned binder clip.   To secure it even more, I added removable glue dots to the package backing.  How fun is that?

Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio: The Details

This is a 7.75″ x 5.75″ folio with a heavy black cardstock base.

It has a 3.4″ spine and a ribbon tie closure.  Designing the base was quick and easy.  It took a better part of a day to build the dimensional cover and the interactive features found within.

Flips, Fold, Pockets and Tags!

You know I  love to add interactive elements to my creations.  The first one I added here was the fold out page/hidden tag pocket on the right.

First, I created the 5.75″ x 5.5″ fold out page.  It actually measures 6.25″ wide, but the 1/2″ flap is glued behind another page, so you don’t see it.  I added a fun shaped edge to the left hand side.  Then, I left one side of the photo mount unattached so I could slip this decorated square Staples Tag behind it.  As a bonus, the rounded edge of the tag makes a great page turner!


Adding a belly band to a photo mount allows you to slide the photo behind it along with any other cute elements.  More is more, right?

The flip side reveals another photo mount/belly band duo with more whimsical images from the collection.

A Double Waterfall Feature

The centerpiece of this Halloween in Wonderland Candy Corn Folio is the double waterfall feature.   Double the fun!  Each page has room for a journaling spot and a 3″ x 3″ photo.

These label elements from the collection make great pockets!  I matted stickers on black cardstock and tucked them in.  Of course, you still have room for photos.  And you can add a line of journaling on each label.

These images are glued so that photos can slip behind.  I matted the large sticker on black cardstock to make it pop off the background paper.  It’s another great journaling spot.

ATC Tags!

The box style pocket on the left holds several ATC tags.  These were quick and easy to make.  I started with a handful of black Graphic 45 Staples ATC Alpha Banners.  The printed background on these means you don’t have to spend time adding patterned paper.  Then, I just fussy cut these images from the cut apart page and glued them down.  Add a wisp of ribbon and BAM!  Almost instant tag.

My thought for these is that they’d be a great spot for photo booth style pictures.  Or, they’d be wonderful place cards at your Halloween Tea.  You could even use them for invitations!

Halloween In Wonderland Candy Corn Folio Video Tour on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the flow of this album, and to show you how all the interactive mechanisms work, I’ve prepared a short (under 10 minute) video tour for you.

I hope this little folio has inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on. If this is the case, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring

Hello, Friends!  Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday,  is on the horizon. It’s easy to spend a small fortune on home decor for that happy holiday.  But, you can make this Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio on a shoestring. Your home will look lovely, and you can use the extra cash to purchase more paper pretties!  See how I look after you?  Best of all, these projects are super easy to make in a day or less.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Count Your Blessings Altered Bottle: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #1

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 2

I have a thing for glass jars and bottles.  The Closet of Shame has a shelf dedicated to jars and bottles in interesting shapes and sizes. I use them to store supplies, of course. But they also make great home decor.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 3This lovely altered bottle began its life as a maple syrup container.  After removing the label, I washed and dried it thoroughly.  Originally clear glass, I altered it with alcohol inks.  If you’ve not done this before, here’s how:

  • Begin with a clean, dry glass surface.
  • Gently squeeze your chosen colors of alcohol ink into a felt blending tool.  It doesn’t take much.  Just a few drops of each color. I worked with Red Pepper, Pesto, Terra Cotta, Caramel, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, and Butterscotch Inks.  You can add all these colors in a cluster on one blending tool
  • Now, tap the applicator all over the surface of the bottle.
  • To get in small crevices, I dripped drops of color directly onto the glass.
  • Tap Copper Mixative Alcohol ink directly over the raised edges of the glass.  Use a clean blending foam for this.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Let the ink dry thoroughly. Alcohol ink dries quickly.  So even though I had so many layers of ink on my bottle, it was completely dry in about an hour.  I simply matted the sentiment from the 6″ x 6″ bundle and glued it to the bottle front.

TIPS:

  • To avoid stained hands, wear gloves!
  • Work over a non-stick craft sheet or several layers of newsprint.
  • For easy clean up, try using hand sanitizer and paper towels.
  • Use in a well ventilated area.
  • Do not re-use the blending felt.  It’s flammable.
  • Do not dry with a heat tool! Alcohol ink is flammable!

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Dress up the top of the bottle with ribbon, flowers, stickers and fussy cut images from the Bountiful Paper Collection.   The quote strip is from the Bountiful paper header.  I never throw these away.

Gather with Thankful Hearts Chunky Canvas: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #2

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 6

From time to time, Michael’s puts out bins of merchandise that have been ridiculously marked down.  I pulled this chunky little 4″ x 4″ linen canvas from one of these bins.  It cost me all of 70 cents!  Creating this project is a real time bargain, as it will take you under 30 minutes to complete.

  • Mat a 3.75″ square of Bountiful Seven paper on kraft, light blue and brown cardstock.
  • Run Scor-Tape along the back and attach to the center of the canvas.
  • Fussy cut the sentiment medallion from Bountiful Eight.
  • Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Back with waste chipboard or foam tabs.  Glue to the leaf panel.
  • Sponge a chipboard flourish with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Sponge again with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Heat emboss with Wow Ultra High Copper Embossing Powder. Glue to the left of the sentiment medallion.
  • Glue a couple of burlap leaves on top of the flourish.
  • Paint some metal charms (these have been in my stash forever!) and glue over the leaves.
  • Top with a burlap string bow and button.
  • Add acorn stickers (also from the bargain bin!) to the corners.  If you don’t have acorn stickers, you can easily use buttons, metal corners or nothing at all.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 7These rustic nail heads were already on the canvas.  But you could add thumbtacks for very little money.

Gather Shadow Box Frame: Bountiful Home Decor on a Shoestring Project #3

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 8While I was out walking last Saturday, I discovered that one of our neighbors was having a yard sale.  Yippee!  I snagged this 9″ x 11″ x 1.75″ shadow box frame for a dollar!  Happy day!  Now, it was a bit of an ugly duckling…dusty, dirty and chippy…but I was able to give it the swan treatment with a little paint, paper and fun elements from my stash.

  • Begin by washing and drying the shadowbox.  Of course, if yours is new, you can skip this step.
  • Next, paint all the wood surfaces with Folk Art Coffee Bean Paint.  Dry thoroughly.
  • Then, dry brush on some DecoArt Media Burnt Sienna Fluid Acrylic Paint.  I typically put a small puddle of paint on my craft sheet, pick up a small amount, brush it off on the craft sheet, then brush lightly over the paint.  I was going for a faux wood grain finish, not complete coverage.
  • Now, repeat this step using American Crafts Black Chalk Paint.  Again, use a light touch.  It takes a little practice, but if you make a mistake, just paint over it!  No stress!
  • Cut strips of Bountiful Five paper slightly smaller than the shadowbox frame face.  Ink the edges with Black Soot.  Miter the Corners.  Glue in place.
  • Finish by brushing all the wood with Tim Holtz Vintage Collage Medium.  This not only gives the paint a lovely aged appearance, it also protects it from moisture and dust.
The Inside Scoop

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 9

  • Brush a pile of acorns with Prima Copper Crackle Texture paste.  Again, just dry brush this on.  Set them aside to dry. These will fill the base of the shadow box.
  • Cover the mat with the acorn print from the Bountiful 12×12 Collection Kit.  Cut the center out with a craft knife.  Sand the edges lightly and ink with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
  • Cover the open area with the paisley print from the reverse side of the acorn print.  To make it fit over the opening, mat it on cardstock.  Glue in place.
  • Add ribbon and copper brads.  These are both old…they’ve been in my stash forever.  But you can substitute from your own stash.
  • Die cut little banners from scraps and string across the top.

Authentique Home Decor Trio on a Shoestring by Kathy Clement Photo 10

  • Mat the “Grateful” sentiment on the same cardstock colors.  Back with waste cardboard or foam tabs and press in place.
  • Die cut Tim’s Tattered Leaves from Bountiful Scraps.  Distress. Glue in the corner.
  • Punch the “Gather” medallion from the 6″ x 6″ bundle.  Mat on brown cardstock that you’ve punched with a scallop punch.  Glue over the leaves.
  • Fill the base with the acorns.  I glued the bottom layer in place to help keep the acorns from shifting.  Just be sure to glue where it won’t show.

Authentique Bountiful Home Decor Trio: Closing thoughts

On a side note…do you know how hard it is to photograph through a glass frame?  If any of you have tips for doing this, it will be greatly appreciated!

Bountiful is a beautiful collection for fall.  You can create a lovely grouping with these three items.  I’m sure if you look around your home, you can find items that will help you create your own Bountiful Home Decor on a shoestring.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

RRR Anything Goes Challenge: Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It’s always fun to update one’s home decor in the fall, so I’ve created a rustic Home Family Blessing Altered Frame and greeting card for you today.  Once again, I’ve used Simple Stories “Vintage Blessings” to complement my gorgeous Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

This 8″ x 10″ frame was in a box at a local yard sale, waiting just for me!  It was chipped and worn, but had good bones.  For 50 cents, I decided it could come home with me and get a little makeover.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2I’m so glad I snapped this beauty up, as it was loads of fun to alter with distress paints, Petaloo flowers, and Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I painted the dark brown chippy frame with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  When it was almost dry, I wiped it back with a slightly damp paper towel.  This process was repeated with Peeled Paint, and Antique Bronze Distress Paint.   Next, I added more paint, then spritzed it with water and let it run.  Finally, I thinned out the paints on my craft sheet and spattered paint all over.

TIP:  Cover the glass portion of the frame with sticky notes to keep it clean.  This saved me so much time and trouble!

Home Family Blessing Altered Frame Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5The final step was adding these gorgeous Petaloo Magnolia blossoms and a triple loop bow.  Adding the bow was the perfect finishing touch!

Home Is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1While I had my desk all messed up, I decided to go ahead and create a card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2This 5″ x 7″ top fold card has a 1/4″ spine.  I used more of my little hand made felt embellies and more of this gorgeous Rust/Ivory Plaid Ribbon to adorn the card.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

The inside of the card has a side pocket with a little tag  and honey stick tucked inside.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4If you are like me, you’re always looking for a way to use up scraps.  These little tags do a great job!  And, you can add your ribbon scraps to the top.  For this topper, simply slip your ribbon through the hole punch.  Then tie a square knot with another ribbon scrap to hold it in place.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5This larger pocket contains a darling little tea bag wallet to go with the honey stickHome is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6Once again, I used scraps to create the belly band and the little ribbon on the tag.

Home is Where the Heart Is Greeting Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7

Here’s a peeky inside.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

You can play along in this fun “anything goes with ribbon or trim” challenge, too!  Simply create the project of your choice, making sure to add ribbon or trim to the design.  Link it up over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog before midnight on Wednesday, October 18th.  You can find all the details HERE.

If you need more ribbony inspiration, pop on over to the RRR Blog where you’ll find beautiful projects from the other members of the RRR design team.

Can’t wait to see what YOU make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Really Reasonable Ribbon Vintage Blessings Card Duo

Hello, Ribbon Lovers! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it always inspires feelings of gratitude in my heart.  Maybe it’s thankfulness for the cooler weather after a long hot summer.  Perhaps it’s the bright blue sky and gorgeous fall colors.  Or it could be the promise of Thanksgiving on the horizon.  Whatever it is, it sure does make my heart happy.  Today I’ve used Really Reasonable Ribbon to add the finishing touches to a Simple Stories Vintage Blessings Card Duo.  I hope these cards will stir up that same thankful feeling in your heart.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

Felt flowers are my latest obsession, and I love the fall color they add to this 5″ x 7″ vertical easel card.  (I’ll share product links below the post.)

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3I searched all through my ribbon cart for something that would pull all these vibrant colors together.   This rustic Plaid Ribbon in Rust and Ivory tones was equal to the task.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4I love the way this triple loop bow draws the eye to the sentiment on my cute little house.  Topping the ribbon with a Natural Burlap String Bow and an acorn adds to the card’s rustic feel.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 5

Like all easel cards, this one folds down for mailing.

Vintage Blessings Easel Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Inside, I’ve added a small treat pocket and a sentiment.

A Little Bit of Ribbon Goes a Long Way

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 1

 

I love to find creative ways to use my ribbon scraps.  This little piece of Ivory/Rust ribbon left over from tying the triple loop bow was too small to use.  Or was it?

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 2

As it turns out, it was just the right size to finish off the safety pin embellishment on this 5″ x 7″ card.  I simply snipped the ends, slipped it through the circle on the end of the safety pin, then tied it in place with Natural Burlap String.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 3

It’s a small detail that makes a big impact, drawing the eye to an embellishment that might otherwise be overlooked.  I love that about ribbon!

Here’s a look at the other details on this happy little card.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 4 Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 6

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 7Creating the inside of this card was really fun.  I tucked a recipe card, tea bag wallet and honey stick into the shallow pocket.

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 8

Live Laugh Love All Occasion Card Vintage Blessings by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Photo 9Of course, there’s room to tuck a gift card inside, too.

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

Wishing you a heart of gratitude…

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Really Reasonable Ribbon

Simple Stories Vintage Blessings

  • 6″ x 8″  Paper Pad
  • Chipboard Stickers
  • Bits and Pieces
  • Sticker Sheets

Tammy Tutterow Dies by Spellbinders

Tim Holtz Fall Foliage Thinlits Dies by Sizzix (fall leaves)

 

Vintage Santa Easel Card for RRR Hop

Vintage Santa Easel Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I’m sharing a Vintage Santa Easel Card for the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop.  You should be coming here filled with inspiration from Karen’s lovely blog.  This hop is all about the beautiful Christmas Ribbons in the October Ribbon Club assortment.  They are soooo festive!

I just love this mix of classic and retro styled ribbons!  They are the perfect accompaniment for Authentique’s Vintage Christmas papers to make this Vintage Santa Easel card.

Vintage Santa Easel Card Vintage Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 1

The green ribbons from the Christmas Ribbon assortment really compliment the papers in this 6″ square easel card.

Vintage Santa Easel Card Vintage Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 2

White crochet lace from the assortment adds that vintage feel to the plaid paper panel.

Vintage Santa Easel Card Vintage Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 3This bow cluster is my favorite element on the card.  The Forest Green ribbons are a new color in the shop, and I love them! Here’s how I made it.

  •  First, tie a double loop bow from 5/8″ Forest Green Satin Swirls Ribbon on your Bow-it-All Tool.
  • Next, tie a second double loop bow from the 3/8″ Forest Green Satin with a Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon.  Both my bows are 3″ wide.
  • Now, glue the Forest Green Satin Swirls bow in place with hot glue.
  • Then, add the 3/8″ metallic trim bow on top.
  • Next, add some finishing touches to the Petaloo Pine Cone and Berry Branch.  Curl the stick end of the branch around a piercing tool.  Tap the pine cones with Distress Grit Paste.  Then sprinkle with extra fine glitter.
  • Finally, glue the pine cone cluster on top of the ribbons.
Vintage Santa Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Vintage Santa Easel Card Vintage Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 4

The “stopper” on an easel card becomes part of the interior design.  I created mine by matting a collection sticker onto kraft cardstock.  Then I cut banners from all the other ribbons in the collection and glued them to the back of the sentiment panel.

Vintage Santa Easel Card Vintage Christmas by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Authentique Photo 5Doesn’t it look festive?

On with the Hop!

The next stop on this inspiring hop is Cherry’s blog.  She always uses the ribbons in such a fun way.

After you’ve visited each blog, hop on over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  Then your name will be entered into the random draw to win your very own Christmas Ribbon Assortment!

You can find more ribbony inspiration and all the details about the hop HERE.

And, if you haven’t signed up for the Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time!  It’s a great way to add gorgeous ribbon to your stash at very reasonable prices.   The ribbons come to you in the mail and it’s just like getting a Christmas present every month of the year. You can sign up HERE.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Hello, G45’ers!  As a card maker, I have sometimes shied away from creating scrapbooking layouts.  Of course, I CAN do it…but the 12×12 format can feel intimidating for me.  Well, today’s post is all about eliminating the intimidation!  I’ve created this Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45‘s Typography Collection.  Even though it is retired, it is still my all time tip top favorite from G45.   If you don’t have it in your paper stash, never fear.  This layout is so simple to make that you can easily use it with any of your favorite collections.  Let’s get this paper party started, shall we?

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

This photo of our daughter Liz was taken on one of our mother/daughter jaunts to the mountains last fall.  Ever since Liz was a young girl, my pet name for her has been Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian.  (We are not Italian…I’m Irish…but nicknames don’t always have to  make sense, do they?)  I’m the only one who calls her by this name.  When I decided to scrap this photo, I remembered the Ciao Bella journal card from Typography.  That’s the inspiration for this layout.

Creating Contrast in a Simple Layout

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

There are many ways to create contrast in a layout.  Color is an obvious path to take, and I’ve certainly done that here.  But have you ever considered varying the size of your patterns as a way to create contrast?  It really works!

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Throughout this layout, I’ve alternated 12×12 papers with 8×8 papers.  The scale of the images and the text creates instant contrast.  For instance, my background paper is 12×12, while the paper that the photo rests on is an 8×8 sheet of text paper.   The borders are from the 8×8 pad, but the bold black sentiment is from the 12×12 pad.  Instant contrast.  This creates visual interest even in a simple layout like this one.

Ciao Bella Layout: Expect the Unexpected

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Add fun to a simple layout by creating a hidden journal tag.  This 4×6 journal card has been cut down to fit the Black Staples Tag.  Then I elevated the photo with strips of cardboard to create a nifty little pocket to hold it. You’ll see how that mechanism works in the 60 second video tutorial at the end of this post.

Ciao Bella Layout: Create Simple layers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

It honestly took me longer to photograph (and edit) than it did to make this layout.  The key is to a speedy layout is to create simple layers.  Orienting the papers on the diagonal created a sense of drama.  The bold, black sentiment panel on the right draws the eye to the focal image.  The layered borders help to form a frame.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This Staples Metal Door Plate & Knob is dabbed with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint to add another simple layer to the composition.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I also layered the typewriter key “e” over the chipboard button.  Placing this in the corner unified the paper layers as well as added dimension.

Ciao Bella Layout: Frame and Feathers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8This sentiment describes the way our lovely daughter lives her life.  To give it more of a presence on the page, I “framed it up” inside the chipboard frame element from the Typography collection.  Then I hot glued it over the peacock feathers to hold them in place.  The black satin bow helps to draw the eye to the sentiment, and it also balances out the sentiment panel on the right.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Ciao Bella Layout 60 second video tutorial

Graphic 45 challenged me to make a 60 second video tutorial of this Ciao Bella Layout.  Let me tell you…60 seconds goes by really fast!  Still, I  managed to put together a simple process video that will show you the steps I took to build this layout.  I hope you enjoy.  Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it!  LOL

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your favorite photos and document beautiful memories today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ciao Bella Layout Supply List

Graphic 45 Fun With Penny’s Paper Doll Family

Fun with Penny’s Paper Doll Family from Graphic 45

Hello, G45er’s!   When I was a little girl, I loved to play with paper dolls.  I spent hours stuck in bed due to childhood illnesses.  Playing with paper dolls helped to fill many a long day.   So when Graphic 45 released their gorgeous Penny’s Paper Doll Family collection this summer, it was love at first sight for me.

While creating with this beautiful vintage collection, I found I had not lost my childhood love for paper dolls.  There’s just something magical about fussy cutting these handsome paper dolls and their matching outfits and accouterments!  So today I have 2 fun cards made with Penny’s Paper Doll Family to share with you.

Flowers from the Same Garden: Penny’s Paper Doll Family card with Pockets
Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Card makers will just fall in love with this amazing collection because it is loaded with gorgeous patterns, beautiful images and sentiment panels that are perfect for family cards.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card was so much fun to make.  The patterns remind me of the wallpaper in my childhood bedroom.

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I love the sentiment panels in Graphic 45’s Penny’s Paper Doll Family.  Not only do they look like vintage embroidery panels, they also make for very quick and easy card design!  Add a border strip, die cut doilies, a large banner layer, vintage buttons and flowers and you have a charming vintage style greeting card in no time!

Flowers from the Same Garden Pocket Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Tips

  1. To add depth and dimension to this simple card design, I double matted each card layer.  This keeps the layers from getting muddled.  It also gives the focal image on the card the appearance of having been framed.
  2. Cut doilies in half to get more mileage out of them.  I tucked half a doily above and below the focal image.
  3. Create a custom doily by adding designer paper to the solid center.  To do this, I lay my doily on top of the paper, traced around the inner edge of the doily, then cut the circle out with scissors.  
Supply List for Flowers from the Same Garden Card

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Beyond Borders
  • Sweet Sister
  • Garden Path

Other Supplies:

  • Kraft and Brick Red Cardstock
  • Petaloo Briar Roses
  • Burlap String, Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Vintage Buttons from my Stash
  • Die cut doilies
Happy Family Bendi Card

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Penny’s Paper Doll Family is the perfect collection to use in a fun Bendi Card design.  This card design can double as table decor at a birthday party, baby shower, tea party or housewarming.  You can learn how to make a Bendi card HERE.  The collection I used is different, but the steps and measurements are the same.

Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5 Happy Family Bendi Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

TIPS

  1. When it comes to fussy cutting, there are several little tips that can make the job easier:
    1. First, make sure you have a really sharp pair of small scissors.  I like to use Tim Holtz’s Tonic mini snips.
    2. Don’t try to cut a small image from a huge piece of paper.  Instead , remove the image by cutting well around it.  Then do your fussy cutting.  Having less bulk around the image makes it much easier to get a clean cut.
    3. When cutting an image that has small parts, like the stems of flowers or hands and feet, I cut the small parts last.  This way, I’m less likely to accidentally snip them off.
    4. Don’t make chopping motions with your scissors.  Hold the blades steady and glide them against the paper.  You can practice this skill on magazine images.
  2. To create extra dimension in this Bendi card, I backed the paper doll family with cardboard from packing boxes.  I find that Priority Mail boxes are about the right thickness.  The cardboard also strengthens the images and helps prevent tearing.
Happy Family Bendi Card Supply List

Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

  • Penny’s Paper Doll Family
  • Sweet Sister
  • Mothers and Daughters
  • Color Your World
  • Garden Path
  • Beyond Borders

Other Supplies:

  • Brick Red Cardstock
  • Scoring Tool, Ruler, Craft Knife
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Burlap String
  • Fussy Cutting Scissors, Hot Glue Gun

I hope this post has brought back some of your happy childhood memories and inspired you to break out your Graphic 45 paper pretties and get your craft on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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