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Butterfly Medley Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial

Butterfly Medley Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations February Alumni Hop!  I’m here to share a Butterfly Medley Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial with you.  We have a lot of ground to cover, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!

 Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: First Look

Purple Vintage Roses Tri Fold Folio Tutorial Butterfly Medley by Kathy Clement Product by Heartfelt Creations Photo 1

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, so I thought I’d celebrate that with this rich purple folio.   I pulled papers from the beautiful Butterfly Medley Paper Collection and added a whole host of dies to create this 5″ x 7″ trifold folio.  You’ll find a complete supply list at the end of this post.

You Tube Video Tour of the Album

I think it’s easier to understand how this folio comes together if you can see all the various mechanisms at work.  So I’ve made a short YouTube Video Tour of the album for you to watch before we get started.  I hope you enjoy!

Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Building the Base

Here’s how to build this trifold folio base:

  1. First, cut 2 sheets of textured lavender cardstock to measure 11″ x 7″ high.
  2. Then, join the two strips of cardstock together on the 7″ edge using 1/2″ Scor-Tape.
  3. Now place the long side of this strip on your scoring tool.  Score at 5″ and again at 5.5″.
  4. Next, repeat this process all the way down the length of your paper, folding to fit your scoring platform as you go.  You should end up with THREE 5″ x 7″ sections with 1/2″ spines between.
  5. Now, on the far right hand panel, score an additional line 1.5″ from the edge.  This will form the flap and pocket.
  6. Finally, crease all scored lines with a bone folder.
 Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Decorating the base pages

We will line and design the interior of the folio before we create the cover.  This way, the cover will stay clean and fresh.  Dimensional elements will not get crushed during the creative process.

  1.  First, cut 3/8″ strips of patterned paper to line all the spine sections, inside and out.  I used border strips for this purpose.
  2. Next, cut panel of slightly darker lavender cardstock.  Cut each panel to measure 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″.
  3. For the next steps, DO NOT GLUE the papers until instructed to do so, or you will not be able to add the flip and flap elements.
  4. Now, cut two panels of Butterfly Medley paper to measure 4.75″ x 6.75″.  These will line the left and center folio panels.
  5. Then cut a 2.75″ x 6.75″ panel for the flap.  You may glue this in place now.
  6. Next cut a 2″ x 6.75″ panel to line the pocket and a 1 3/8″ panel to line the pocket flap. You may glue this in place now.
  7. To seal the pocket, add glue to the top and bottom edge only.
 Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Flap Elements

Now we will work on creating the flap element on the right hand side of the album.

  1. First trim two card front images.  The one on the top measures 4.25″ x 3″.  Mat this on a piece of 4.75″ x 3.25″ lavender cardstock.  Glue the image to the mat, leaving a wide margin on the right hand side.  Place this on your scoring tool, and score a line just to the right of the image. Fold to form a hinge.  Glue the hinge to to top of the flap.
  2. Then repeat this process with the next image.  This time trim the image to measure 4.75″ x 3.5″. Mat on a larger piece of lavender cardstock as before.  Score a hinge and glue to the flap.

This is what the flap page will look like.  I lined the back side of my flaps with patterned paper from the Butterfly Medley Collection.  Trim out the word “Bloom” from the paper collection, mat on cardstock and glue just the left hand edge in place to create a tuck spot.

Here’s the pocket on the back side of the flap.

Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Center Panel

Now we will work on the flip and pocket element in the center panel of the folio.

  • First, trim the card front to measure 4.75″ wide x 5.25″ tall.  Round the corners, if desired.
  • Then score a 1/2″ hinge along the top edge of the image.  Crease this and glue it to the center of the panel.
  •  Now glue the Butterfly Medley panel you cut earlier in place so that it covers the hinge as seen in this photo.
  • Next, create a pocket by scoring 1/2″ margins on bottom, right and left hand sides of a 5 7/8″ x 2.5″ panel of paper.  Fold the flaps to form a pocket.  Use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.  Glue in place.
  • Finally, fill the pocket with tags as seen here.  Die cut the ticket and glue in place.

 Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial:  The Waterfall Folio

Now we will create the waterfall folio on the left hand side.

  • Begin by gluing your pre-cut panel of Butterfly Medley paper in place.
  • Now, cut 5 panels of 4″ x 5.5″ cardstock in alternating colors of light and dark lavender.
  • Next, round the corners.  Score a 1/2″ hinge on the top of each panel.
  • Then, cut 5 card fronts to fit each cardstock panel.  These should measure 3.75″ x approx. 5″ .  If they are a little shorter, it really doesn’t matter.
  • Now, for the top panel only: add a magnet toward the bottom edge of the cardstock panel.
  • Next, glue the card fronts to the cardstock panels, being sure to glue below the fold.

  • Now you will line the folded edge of the first panel up with the top edge of your Butterfly Medley paper, being sure to center it on both the right and left hand sides.
  • Next, glue the next folded edge so that it butts up against the previous one.  You can see from this photo what that should look like.
  • Then continue adding panels until they are all in place.

Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Magnetic Flap

Next, create the magnetic flap closure.

  • First, cut a 2″ x 5″ strip of lavender cardstock.
  • Then, score at 3″ and again at 3 1/8″. Crease the score lines.
  • Place this strip on the folio base as seen here.  Place a magnet on the TOP panel of the waterfall.  Don’t glue it.  It will cling to the magnet beneath the paper. Remove the liner paper from the magnet.
  • Next, fold the flap closure up to meet the magnet on the top panel.  The tape will adhere to the flap.
  • Now line the flap with paper, inside and out as seen here.
  • Then, glue the base of the flap to the base of the folio as seen in the photo.
  • Now, cover the flap with a matted image from the paper collection.
  • Finally, decorate the flap front as seen here.
Butterfly Medley Purple Vintage Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Decorating the Cover

Now that the inside of our folio is finished, we can go to work on the cover.

  • First, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of Butterfly Medley paper.  Distress the edges.
  • Next, ink the edges of the paper with Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.  Spritz with water.  Splatter with Dylusions White Linen Spray.
  • Now, mat on a slightly larger panel of dark lavender cardstock.  Glue to the cover base.
  • Next, wrap the front, spine and back of the folio with 1/2″ Scor-tape.  Wrap ribbon around the tape, leaving long tails on the end so you can tie a bow.
  • Now, Die cut the Eyelet Oval from white cardstock.  Glue in place.
  • Then cut a word border strip and glue through the center of the oval, as seen.
  • Fussy cut stamps and images from the collection.  Add foam tape to the back and glue in place, as seen in the photo.
Vintage Purple Roses Trifold Folio Tutorial: Creating the Roses

Now we’ll make the roses to decorate the folio.

  • First, stamp 3 sets of the Classic Rose images onto patterned paper from the collection.  I used Archival Ultra Violet Ink to do this.
  • Next, stamp 3 sets of foliage onto the same paper using Olive Archival Ink.
  • Now die cut all the roses and foliage.
  • Then, place the die cuts face down on a non-stick craft sheet and sponge the back side with a combination of Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.
  • Now turn everything face up and spritz with Tattered Angels Deep Plum mist.
  • While the petals are still wet, pinch them together and set aside to dry.
  • When dry, gently open the petals and shape with the flower shaping kit  To do this, I used the largest stylus end and ran it gently around in circles until the layers formed a cup.  .
  • Now glue the layers together, fill the centers with glue and I Cannot Tell a Lilac Prills.
  • Next, spritz lightly with Iridescent Gold Tattered Angels Mist.
  • When dry, add to the folio cover.
  • Now, stamp, die cut and color two butterflies from Botanical Wings.  Glue together as seen here and add pen nib to the body.
  • To finish, add more Prills, bows, button and stick pins.
On With the Hop

From here, you will hop on over to Martine’s lovely blog.  You can find a complete hop list below:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Martine ♥  Amarilys   ♥ Gloria  ♥ Vicki ♥ Archana  ♥ SarahDeneen

Be sure to visit and comment on each blog in the hop. One comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift Certificate.

The hop runs from 8 AM EST on Friday, February 23rd through Monday, February 26th at 11:59 PM.  Winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations Blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.  I’ll also contact the winner via e-mail and will post the winner’s name at the top of my blog at that time.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, 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 hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

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An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio

An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio for CHA/Creativation

Hello, G45’ers!  Did you have a favorite book when you were growing up?  One that you read over and over and never tired of?  For me, that book was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I’ve lost count of the many times I got lost in the lives of the brave, loving and wise saga of the March family.  (My favorite was Jo, of course!)  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, I decided to create a big, big card to reflect the large role this book played in my life.  This  8×8 Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio is truly an ode to Little Women.

Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Card Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

TIPS:  

  • Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop.  
  • Add designer paper to Staples Black ATC tags to add style and easy layers to your card design.
How to Create a Graphic 45  Easel Card Folio

Easel cards look complicated, but they are actually very easy to create.  There are several different ways to make them, and you can find lots of variations on Pinterest.  This is how I created this 8″ square easel card:

  • First, create the card base.  Because this card is so large, I worked with a 12″ x 18″ piece of black cardstock.  You can purchase this large cardstock at Envelopes.com.
  • Now, cut the cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 16″ long.
  • Next, score it in half on the long side and fold to make a standard top fold card base.
  • Then score the bottom panel in half again at 4″ .  Fold this flap in toward the fold.  This creates the easel mechanism for the card.
  • You will build your card front on a separate piece of 8″ square black cardstock.
  • The final step is gluing the bottom half of the card front to the flap.  Don’t glue above the fold or the easel mechanism won’t work.
Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: The Details

This Staples Antique Metal Door Plate and Knob is the perfect accent for the Little Women collection.  It fits beautifully with the vintage vibe of the pretty papers.

Die cut and mat an image from a 4×6 Ephemera card to create a stylish focal for your card front.

Tie a Shabby Chic Clock Key to a Staples ATC tag to create an interesting dimensional element on your card.

Turn an Antique Metal Door Pull upside down, then fill with flowers!  This is such a fun way to add dimension to a design.  Create a stopper for the easel card by backing a border strip with foam tape or waste chipboard.  This way, the card can stand upright for display.

An Ode to Little Women Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: A Peek at the Inside

The large format of this easel card provides you with the ability to add fun interactive elements to the interior.  I’ve created some mini folios and pockets using ephemera cards, ATC tags and images from the cut apart page.

The ephemera cards in this collection are especially beautiful!  Don’t be afraid to use the “B” sides!  I’ve cut this 4″ x 6″ ephemera card down, then turned it into a pocket to house these decorated tags and a mini folio.

And see these decorative panels?  They are more than just pretty pictures!

They open to reveal a spot for photos and hidden journaling.  This would be such a great way to commemorate a special event!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

5 year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

Hello, Friends!  Happy Tuesday!  Today’s the big day when I reveal the names  of the 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!  There are 4 winners in all.  Once again I’d love to send every single one of you a thank you gift.  And if postage fees were not so incredibly high, I’d put together more boxes and give away more goodies.  Please know how deeply I appreciate each and every one of you!  And now, without further ado, here are the winners!

International 5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Winners!

Three of my very dear International followers will receive a copy of my On the Boardwalk Zig-Zag Album tutorial.  I’ll also send along a link to a YouTube video tour so you can see the design in action. These are the lucky winners of that prize:

  • Susan Smit
  • Carol Edwards
  • Janine02

You should be able to use any collection with this tutorial.  Just change out the papers!  I’ll e-mail the PDF tutorial to you all today.  Thanks so much for being on the journey with me!

5 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Grand Prize Winner

Now, for the name of the big winner of all that crafty swag!  I put all the multiple entries from all the different social media platforms (including this blog) into the proverbial hat and drew out the following lucky winner:

  • Beverly Jordan

Congratulations, Beverly!  I’ll be touching base with you via e-mail to get your mailing address information.

Thanks to everyone who commented, visited and shared an encouraging word.  I look forward to this every year, as it gives me a chance to say thank you to each one of you for your friendship, encouragement and support.  Y’all are the best!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Well, Valentine’s Day is past, so you know what that means don’t you?  Yes!  It’s time for the wearin’ o the green!  I’m here today to help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day with a trio of totally adorable vintage style cards.  This Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial will have you itching to dig into your crafty stash and get your green on!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Working with this collection is an Irish girl’s dream come true.  Especially in the gloomy month of February!  All this green makes my heart want to sing!  Each of these 5″ x 5″ top fold cards uses the same basic “recipe.”  This means, you can make a stack of cards in a very short amount of time.  Just cut all your panels, die cut your embellishments and make your own assembly line!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I broke out some dies to make these festive rosettes and ribbon banners.  Make a whole stack of them before you start, then you can zip right through the creative process.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

You can give each card its own unique feel simply by altering the focal image and the placement of the embellishments a bit.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial: The Party’s on the Inside

Lest you should think that I overlooked the interior of these gloriously green cards, here’s a peek at the inside.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 5

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

I’ve filled the interior with lots of fun little interactive elements that make each card feel just like a party!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  In it, we will learn how to quickly and easily build a pocket card base.  We will decorate the interior of the card, and build the little wallet that tucks into the pocket.  Then we’ll decorate the card front together.  I think you’re going to be surprised at how quickly and easily these cards come together.

One quick note: for some reason, I got it into my crazy head that the name of this collection was Emerald.  It is not.  It is SHAMROCK.  So whenever you hear me say “Emerald” wag your finger at me and say, “Shamrock, Kathy!  Shamrock!”  I apologize for the glitch!

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I’ve used at the end of this post.  Now get out your notebook and pencil, because class is in session!  Enjoy!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase

Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase: How to Make a Shabby Chic Card with Prima Lavender

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  Just wanted to let you know that  I’m up on the  Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today.  You can learn how to make a Shabby Chic, Layered card using Prima’s Lavender collection.  Here’s a sneak peek:

How to Create A Shabby Chic Layered Card Tutorial Lavender by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Prima Photo 4

I hope to see you over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!

Have a great weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily

A Country Christmas: G45 Winter Wonderland December Daily and Embellishment Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  If you’re like me, you haven’t had the chance to document your holiday memories yet.  This Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily is such a great way to store all those precious photos and cherished memories.  I’m happy to finally be able to share it with you.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

To make memory keeping simple, I broke the album down into 4 weekly sections.   This seems less daunting to me than a daily entry.  It’s such a great place to record my play dates with the Littles, special family times and even favorite recipes, I can just pop a photo into the appropriate week, jot down a quick note and be done.

Graphic 45 Craft Basket Challenge: Mixed Media Album, 12×12 Pad and Washi Tape

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2As an additional motivation for this project, it’s my turn to play along in the G45 Craft Basket Challenge.  This month, we were asked to create a project with a Staples Mixed Media Album (I chose Ivory) a 12×12 paper collection (I chose Winter Wonderland) and Staples Washi Tape.  I have some fun features built into the pages.  You’ll learn all about them in the YouTube Video tour below.

You will also find a lot of really cute embellishments made with Winter Wonderland Chipboard and Stickers.  There’s a YouTube video tutorial for those, and I think you’ll have lots of fun making them.

Winter Wonderland December Daily: The Cover

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Fussy cut flowers, simple paper layers, and a die cut ornament adorn the cover of this 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″ album.  Each layer is matted with gold and black to keep the designs from becoming muddled.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

I could not resist adding this little bottle brush tree to the cover decor.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, use Glossy Accents to secure the Staples Antique Metal Door Pull to the bottom right hand corner of the cover art.  Note that it is upside down.
  • Now, tap a bottle brush tree with Distress Grit Paste and roll in clear Glitter.
  • Next, remove the round wood base from the tree and hot glue to the center of the Door Pull.
  • Then use hot glue to add Spanish Moss and Red Berries to the arrangement.
  • Finally, tap the berries, and door pull with Grit Paste to resemble fallen snow.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

To make the ornament:

  • Die cut a Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament Die (retired) from medium weight chipboard.
  • Now cut again using the green stripe paper in 12×12 Patterns and Solids. Glue together.
  • Create a washi tape belly band.
  • Then top with the chipboard element.
  • Now tie gold string around the top and add small chipboard tag, jingle bells, berries and ribbon.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Tie ribbon around the spine and decorate with large jingle bells and a mini tree ornament.  The back cover is decorated with 12×12 Patterns and Solids and a washi tape border.

Winter Wonderland December Daily: A Peek Inside

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

You’ll find a slash pocket filled with Staples Black Standard Tags and a cheery holiday banner inside the album

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Use the tags to decorate cookie plates, Christmas gifts or as fun photo mounts.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

This waterfall feature is a great place for all your candid holiday photos.  Sew two vellum sheets together on 3 sides to create a large pocket.  Then cut the heavy kraft cardstock pages to fit inside.  These pages can be used for large (5″ x 7″) photos or even recipes.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10The tabbed pocket pages are so quick and easy to decorate.  I’ve filled them with 4″ x 6″ images from the cut apart page.  I’ve also added decorated Staples Black Square Tags because they make fabulous photo mounts.  Create a hinge to attach an ATC sized Policy Envelope and tuck another square tag behind it.  This way, you can use the entire page for photos or recipes.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Photo wallets are so much fun to add to pockets, and they make a great place to tuck in a gift card or tickets to a special show.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

This Square Black Tag is tucked behind the open side of a 4″ x 6″ photo mount.  Interactive elements always make an album more fun!

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 15

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

You’ll find all the details and lots of tips and tricks in this YouTube Video Tour.

Winter Wonderland December Daily YouTube Video Tour

Winter Wonderland December Daily: Making the Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

As you saw in the video, the final pocket in this Winter Wonderland December Daily holds a festive banner made with  Staples Red Alpha Tags.  This goes together in about 15 minutes. Here’s how:

  • First, mat each tag on gold metallic paper and trim around the edges.
  • Next, re-punch the hole at the top of each tag.
  • Then thread black and white ribbon through the top.
  • Now tie a square knot with another piece of the same ribbon.
  • Next, hot glue a flower to the center knot.
  • Then, make the chipboard and sticker embellishments following the simple steps in this YouTube Video tutorial.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 18I’ve used these embellishments throughout the album to dress up tags and decorate pages.  They are super simple to make, and can be adapted for use with any paper collection.

Winter Wonderland December Daily Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments Tutorial on YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own holiday crafting.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thanks so much for hanging with me for this long post!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio with Video Tour

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a sweet Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio to share with you.  It traveled all the way to CHA in Phoenix last month.   I was thrilled to see it ion display in the G45 booth and to share it with the world in a Graphic 45 Facebook live.  Now I finally get to share this fun, interactive folio design with you on my blog.  Hooray!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Tri Fold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I grew up reading Little Women…probably once a year all the way through high school.  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, my heart went pitty pat!  Since designing and creating folios has become my new passion, I worked up a special design to celebrate the release.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: The Basics

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

To make the base of this album, create two 7″ x 5″ side fold cards with a 1/2″ spine.   Then overlap the card bases, leaving the top of the center panel open.  This forms a lovely pocket that I filled with Black Alpha Banner Tags.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This image of Jo with her Professor stole my heart.  I just love the quote “Love is a great beautifier.”  How true!  Because this image really spoke to me, I decided to turn it into a pocket on the folio cover.  Here’s how to do that:

  • First, trim the image to fit the folio cover.
  • Then mat on black cardstock.
  • Next add thin strips chipboard (or foam tape) to the top, bottom and left side of the black mat.
  • Finally, position the pocket as seen in this photo and glue in place, leaving the right hand side open.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I’ve never created a folio with a pocket on the cover before, but I have to say, I love the way it looks!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Filling the Pocket

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

You can create a lovely little bundle of paper pretties to tuck inside the pocket.  The back side of these ephemera cards are so pretty!  I cropped the corners and matted this 3″ x 4″ card on blac cardstock to create a unique photo mount/journaling spot.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7This Black ATC Policy Envelope was very quick to dress up.  First, I trimmed a 3″ x 4″ ephemera card to fit.  Then I simply fussy cut around the two flower clusters to add a little dimension.  Next, I wrapped it around the policy envelope and glued in place.  Finally, I punched a hole and added the pretty Staples Ornate Key.  So simple, but so splendid!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

This 4″ x 6″ image was treated in the same fashion as the ephemera card.  Cut it down to fit the pocket, crop corners and mat on black cardstock. I added an ornate label (retired) to dress it up.  The whole little bundle is held together with a hinge clip that I dressed up with a bit of black satin ribbon.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Here I’ve used a Black Policy Envelope as a page.  Here’s how to add this to your folio:

  • First, cut a 1″ wide strip of Orchard House paper the same width as the envelope base.
  • Next, score it in half to form a hinge or flap.
  • Now, glue one side of the flap to the envelope base and the other half to the folio base.  You’ve just turned the envelope into a page!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

To form this pocket, simply score a page and fold back.  Then you can fill it with decorated Staples ATC tags.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo11

The folio is mostly flat, so that it will close properly, but flat is not boring!  You can incorporate lots of interactive elements to keep things interesting!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Finishing touches

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Cover two Black Alpha Banner Tags with paper and fussy cut images.  I like to use the tags that have unusual letters like Q or W for this.  These tags fit nicely into the pocket formed by joining the two bases together.

I even added a waterfall feature to the folio.  The paper panels are die cut with a Spellbinder’s die, then matted on black cardstock.  I love the way the black elements in the folio make the patterned papers pop!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Video Tour

To help you get a feel for how all the various mechanisms work, I’ve created a short YouTube video tour.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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