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Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Baby projects are always sweet to make and fun to share.  Today I have an Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial that is really easy to make.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Awww!  Look at what the stork brought!  This image is so perfectly vintage but sweet and fresh as a newborn babe.  I kept the design fairly simple so that the shaker top and image would really shine.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2The base of the card measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/4″ spine to allow for lots of goodies to be added on the inside.  I’ve mixed the gorgeous designer papers from the Beginnings collection with  Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue Cardstock and Authentique Micro Basics Brown check papers. It’s lovely that these basic patterns are a perfect color match for the Authentique designer papers.

Shake it Up Baby!

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Machine stitching, ribbon and a fun shaker panel filled with sequins, seed beads, mini buttons, Prills and micro beads add loads of texture, dimension and movement to the card design.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial: The Details

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Mat stickers on cardstock to create sweet little hanger tags. Buttons and Ivory Burlap String add just the right touch of sweetness. To cover the raw edges of my clear cardstock shaker cover, I applied 1/8″ Scor-Tape and light blue micro gingham ribbon.

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Baby Blue Chevron Ribbon, Ivory Burlap String and a rubber duckie novelty button dress up the bottom corner of the card.

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This wonderful sentiment is from the selvage edge of the 12×12 papers.  I never throw these away as they are fantastic additions to projects.  Cut a fishtail on one end, then mat on Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue papers, weave between your fingers and add a button.  Easiest sentiment panel ever!

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 7You can easily turn a card into a gift by adding pockets, tags and mini folios inside.  Tuck in a gift card and you’ve created a keepsake gift that does double duty as nursery decor and mini baby book.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 8Score Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue cardstock to make a mini folio.  I topped this with a matted sticker from the 12×12 Collection Kit and a chipboard button from my stash.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 9The folio measures a generous 5.25″ tall and has a simple tri fold design.

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Mat stickers onto cardstock to create these adorable mini file folders.  They are the perfect journal spot, aren’t they?

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Create a large pocket on the bottom half of the card, then decorate it with another of the Details stickers.  These come in the 12×12 Collection Kit, or you can purchase them separately.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12Fill the pocket with journal cards from the cut apart page.  You can write on the front, and add photos on the back.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Tutorial on Snapguide

This Snapguide Tutorial will guide you step by step and layer by layer so that you can create your own Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card.

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Shaker Card Folio by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Couple of Tips About Working with Shaker Cards

There are a couple of helpful tips that will prevent your shaker card adventure from becoming a disaster:

  1. Acetate cardstock has a lot of static.  I rub mine very lightly with a dryer sheet to prevent the sequins from clinging to it.
  2. Keep the tape liner in place until you have filled the shaker cavity with beads, sequins, etc. The tape is sticky, and small elements will cling to it.  This will make the seal insecure, and your beads and other goodies will leak out.
  3. Be mindful of the size of your shaker elements.  Anything too thick will get stuck between the paper and the acetate layer.
  4. Press the acetate firmly to seal it to the tape!
  5. Fill your shaker with a mix of sequins, Prills, Micro Beads, seed beads and tiny buttons or chipboard.  Having a mix of shaker elements really makes for a fun card.
Authentique Beginnings Bonus Card

I was having so much fun with this paper collection that I didn’t want to stop.  So I made this sweet Baby Boy Bib Overall card.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Bib Overall Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

The card base is an old Crafty Secrets Chipboard form that I’ve had in my stash forever.  I covered it with papers from the Beginnings 6×6″ Bundle, scraps of Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue paper and Brown Micro Check paper.  The overall suspenders are actually stickers from the Details Sticker Sheet.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Bib Overall Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2Fill the pockets with little tags made with scraps and tiny stickers.

Authentique Beginnings Baby Boy Bib Overall Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3

On the inside, I’ve used another sheet of the Spectrum Robin’s Egg Blue paper, stickers, and some fussy cut images.  The mini file folder is a great spot to add a gift card or personal note.

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

Supply List: Authentique Beginnings 12x12 Collection Kit, 6x6 Paper Bundle, Spectrum Robin's Egg Blue 1&2, Brown Check Micro Basics, Details Stickers.  Other Products: Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape, Baby Blue Cardstock, Light Blue Chevron Ribbon, Light Blue Micro Gingham, Ivory Burlap String, 1/8" Scor-Tape, Sequins, Seed Beads, Prills, Novelty Buttons, Micro Beads, Clear Cardstock, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial & Video Tour

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix

Hello, Friends!  I love Mondays!  You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create.  This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper.  This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.

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See?  I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book!  I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap.  Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die?  So I did!

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I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall.  That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!

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A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure.  Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design.  Don’t you love these patterns?  Yum!

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Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.

Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide

Travel Journal style minis are trending right now.  They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive!  In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly.  You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Beginnings Baby Book: Pockets and Tags

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Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details.  One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements.  And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!

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Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles!  I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace.  It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked!  It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.

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To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper.  Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge.  Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!

The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.

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Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page.  I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 9Side pockets can hold larger journal cards and photos.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 10Don’t you just love these images?  Be still my heart!

Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space.  Here’s how I made this one.

  1. First, cut eight 4.25″ x 4.75″  rectangles from Spectrum Bubblegum 1&2 papers.
  2. Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
  3. Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
  4. Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
  5. Add adhesive to the back side of the flap.  JUST the flap!
  6. Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
  7. Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it.  Press in place.
  8. Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
  9. Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band

This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band!  Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate.  Of course, photos will fit here , too.
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Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs

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To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding.  Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers.  Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet.  Easy peasy!  Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!

 

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Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page.  Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it.  These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.

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These little flip books are so easy to make!  Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners.  Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM!  Instant flip book!

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 16Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page.  Glue just the edge down and fold.  Isn’t it sweet?

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 17If you glue just the edge of an image to a fold out page, a photo can still be inserted behind it.

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 18This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.

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Another example of a flap and some flip pages.

Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour

Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it.  I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio

                               Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio for Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie                                     Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday

Hello, Friends!  What an exciting day it is here on the blog!  It’s time for another Friday Focus at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  And it’s also time for another Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team Friday.  Oh, happy day!  The Friday Focus at Frilly and Funkie is all about Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies, so it all works out well.  I have the sweetest Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

This Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio has so many moving parts that I thought it would be wise to create a YouTube Video Tour to explain them all.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

This is one of my “hybrid” card/mini album creations.  It measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ with a 1/2″ spine so I can tuck in all sorts of goodies on the inside.  I’ve used Graphic 45 Baby to Bride Deluxe Collector Edition papers and a huge pile of Tammy’s wonderful stamps and dies to make this project.

Welcome Wee One Stamp/Die Combo and Dear Ruby Background Stamp

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I don’t think of myself as a great stamper/colorer.  But Tammy’s designs are so easy to color that I find myself enjoying the process more and more all the time.  I used her Dear Ruby background stamp on the pink gingham panel of this card.  It adds the perfect touch of vintage texture to the background.

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And how sweet is this this sentiment?  First I stamped it directly onto my patterned paper.  Then, once the ink had dried, I colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.  The best part about this stamp set is that it comes with a matching die to cut the sentiment out.  No fussy cutting!  How great is that?  The finishing touch was adding Glossy Accents to the words, the wee hearts and the peas in those darling pea pods.

Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tabs as Banner Flags

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This pretty little banner was a cinch to make with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs die.  The die set contains 8 shortie tabs, and I love the various shapes.  Here’s how I put this banner together:

  1. Die cut the banner shapes from patterned paper.  Shortie tabs are all double ended with a score line in the middle, which I find to be very handy.
  2. Fold each Shortie Tab on the score line.
  3. Ink the edges with Tea Dye Distress ink.
  4. Cut a length of natural jute to match the width of your card.  Tie a knot on either end.
  5. Fold each Shortie Tab over the jute string.  I used a little bit of 1/8″ Scor-Tape on the inside of each tab to hold it in place.
  6. Glue the knotted ends of the jute to the card.
Welcome Wee One Folio:  Shabby Posies and Pom Pom Posies Dies

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I am so in love with Tammy’s flower dies!  For the Wee One Folio I selected the two smallest petal layers from Shabby Posies and die cut a pile them from my patterned paper. But I’ve also die cut them from felt, burlap, crinoline, fabric and inked up cardstock.  Here’s how I made the flowers:

  1. Die cut from patterned paper.
  2. Ink edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink.
  3. Shape with a ball stylus on a foam mat.
  4. Hot glue the layers together.  Because I wanted these Shabby Posies to be more tightly closed, I used a double foam mat and really pressed down into the center.  This draws the petals closer together.
  5. Spritz with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  6. Randomly “draw” on the petals with Art Glitter Dries Clear Adhesive.
  7. Sprinkle with Prills.
  8. Die cut the leaves from Pom Pom Posies onto patterned paper.
  9. Ink the edges.
  10. Shape and glue beneath the flowers.

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Welcome Wee One Folio: Paper Bag Pocket

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Because I scored a 1/2″ spine into this 5.5″ x 7.5″ top fold card base, I can fill the inside up with lots of paper pretties!

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I love to add pockets to my cards.  To change things up a bit, I used Tammy’s Paper Bag Pocket Die to create a spot to tuck this Mini Tag Book.  I love the boutique look of this pocket cut from the same designer paper.

Welcome Wee One Folio:  The Mini Tag Book

If you follow my blog, then I know you are familiar with this darling little tag book because I use it all the time.  It’s one of my favorite “Tammy Toys.”

Welcome Wee One Folio: Shortie Tags Die

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11Tags are another item that I love to include in my designs. I die cut this cute tag directly from the patterned paper, then dressed it up with some fancy borders and ribbon.  Tammy’s Shortie Tags die comes with 6 pretty shaped edges that you can layer onto the bottom of the tag.

Welcome Wee One Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 12I had a strip of matting cardstock left on my desk, so I turned it into this simple tri-fold folio/gift card holder.  It’s held shut with a darling little belly band.  So cute!

Friday Focus: Tammy Tutterow Stamps and Dies at 15% Savings

Now, here’s the really good news.  For the next two weeks, The Funkie Junkie Boutique is offering an additional 15% off all Tammy Tutterow Designs Stamps and Dies.  Combined with the regular 20% discount TFJB offers on all items in the shop, this amounts to a 35% discount! If you’ve had any of Tammy’s paper pretties on your wish list, now is the time to snap them up.  You can find the Friday Focus shopping page HERE.

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

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Peek-A Boo Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

Hello, Friends!  Sometimes when an idea comes into your head, you have to drop everything and create.  I woke up with the design for this Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album in my head, then spent a few delightful hours in my studio bringing it to life.  What fun!

Snips, Snails & Puppy Dog Tails Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album

All together now….”awwwwwww!”   This is one of those projects I wish you could hold in your hands because it is so stinkin’ tiny and cute, cute, cute!  I used Tammy Tutterow’s amazing Shortie Tag Album Die with Kaisercraft Peek-a-Boo boy papers to put this together.  (You’ll find product links and a supply list below the post.)

Making this shortie tag album is loads of fun.  I simply die cut 3 tags from white cardstock.  The Shortie Tag Album Die comes with 6 decorative edge dies, so I ran each tag through my Spellbinder Platinum machine a second time to add the fancy edge. Each tag is about 3″ wide by about 4.5″ tall. The finished album is the perfect size for a brag book.

I used Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks to color the edges of my tags, then spritzed with water.  Next I lightly sponged each edge with Vintage Photo Ink to create a border effect.  While I was at it, I cut the designer papers to measure 2 7/8″ x 3 1/2″ and inked all those edges as well.  The shortie tag album  comes with a handy little reinforcement tab die that I added to each die cut tag.

That cutie pie little boy image is mounted to a wool felt flower that I die cut with Tammy’s Floweret Posies Die.  I sponged the edges lightly with Tumbled Glass ink to add a sweet textural element to the cover.

A Light Bulb Moment!

One of the things I love about working with Tammy’s dies is their versatility.  As I was laying out all the components for this little brag book, a light bulb went off in my brain.  I realized I could use the book pages from Tammy’s Mini Tag Book die to create itty bitty folios throughout the tag album.  Eureka!  I love when that happens.  See that little white clothespin?  It’s holding the folio on the cover shut.

A Peek Inside

How fun is this?  An interactive front cover that opens to hold itty bitty (2.75″ square) photos of baby.  It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but if you look at that blue flower shaped button on the right, you’ll see that it is stitched to a little felt tab that I die cut with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs dies.  I love the soft texture this adds to a baby project.

The tags are joined together with a ribbon wrapped O ring and the album flips open top to bottom.  I was careful to glue just the bottom edge of the ephemera so that photos could be inserted behind.  The bottom page holds another mini folio.  I just love how tiny everything is!

This folio opens book style.  The border piece is glued just on the ends so that photos can be tucked behind.

The final page contains two more mini folios.  I might add that pictures can also be mounted onto the tags themselves.  There are lots of options in the design, which I totally love.

This would be such a sweet baby shower gift or new baby gift.  And wouldn’t every proud Nana want to show off her darling grandson in an album like this?

Sweet Baby Boy Companion Card

Because I already had everything out on my desk, and because I was having such fun playing, I went ahead and made a companion card for the Baby Boy Shortie Tag Album.  I have to confess. that white wool felt flower just makes my heart happy.  It’s made with the same Floweret Posies Die that I mounted the album focal image on.  Each pass through the die cutting machine gives you 3 graduated flower layers.  I stitched them together here and then added a baby blue button.  To me, this soft layered flower makes the whole design pop.

Inside the card, I added a photo mount behind a pretty belly band.

The pocket on the bottom holds a little photo folder and a lovely ephemera card.

Oh, I do so love sweet little baby boy projects!  I hope I shared some useful ideas for  these fabulous dies that you can use in your own creative time.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Lullaby Baby Pocket Card: G45 Precious Memories

Lullaby Baby Pocket Card with Organza Ribbon and G45 Precious Memories

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I was looking at photos of the grand girls the other day, which always makes me feel all gooey inside.  Suddenly I had the urge to break out my G45 Precious Memories papers and create a baby card .  It’s always a good idea to listen to your muse…and that’s how this darling Lullaby Baby Pocket card came into the world.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1Because I wanted to keep everything about this card soft and sweet, I decided to go with a white organza bow topped with ivory burlap string. To me, it looks like fairy wings.

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The fairies are guarding this precious angel while she peacefully sleeps.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-4Debra Natural Crochet Lace adds lovely soft texture and a wonderful vintage vibe.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3It also did a great job of dressing up my little diaper pin embellishment.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-6A stamped border and sentiment and a teeny tiny gift card are tucked inside.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8The large pocket contains a Staples Regular Ivory tag.

lullaby-baby-pocket-card-precious-memories-once-upon-a-springtime-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9Instead of pulling the ivory burlap string all the way through, I looped it around for a different look, then topped it with more Petaloo flowers.

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card

Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy  Elephant Card with Graphic 45 Safari Adventure

Hello, G45’ers!  Don’t you just love it when inspiration hits?  That’s exactly what happened the other day as I was cleaning up my work table.  I’d been playing with Graphic 45’s amazing Safari Adventure Collection and my eye suddenly fell on the darling image of the Mama Elephant and her baby.  Like a flash, I could see this sweet Baby Elephant Card come together in my mind. Time to switch gears from clean up  mode to creativity mode.  The result?  A super adorable Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card! Check it out!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Go ahead…you can give a little “squeeeee” if you want to!  LOL A baby card is about the last item I expected to make with these papers, but I honestly think this might be my favorite baby boy card ever!  And to think that I made it almost entirely with the scraps that were on my work surface!   Sa-weeet!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card: Working With UTEE

  1. Use a Spellbinder Small Circle Die to cut out the sweet mama elephant and her baby.  When doing this, I always create a template by taping a scrap piece of paper to my die, and cutting a scrap piece of paper.  Remove the die cut circle, but leave the  “frame” attached to the die.  Now you can place the open circle over your image to get the placement just right.  Tape the die in place and cut out the image.
  2. Next cut the correlating large circle die to create a mat from the 12×12 Prints and patterns.
  3. To give the image this lovely, glassy appearance, you will heat emboss with UTEE. (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). The steps for this follow
  4. Ink up the image with Versamark or other clear embossing ink.  Be generous!
  5. Cover the image with UTEE and let the excess slide off into a tray or a piece of clean paper.  You can put the excess back into the jar and use it again.
  6. Hold the image with a pair of tweezers so you don’t burn your fingers.
  7. Heat emboss from the UNDERSIDE of the image.  This is really, really important!  If you try to heat emboss from the top, the large crystals of the UTEE will fly all over you, all over your work surface, and probably end up on the surface of the moon.  It’s a really big mess.
  8. Once the UTEE starts to melt, you can heat emboss from the topside to completely melt the crystals.
  9. If it’s not as glossy as you’d like, let it cool a bit, and repeat all the above steps. UTEE is HOT …so don’t touch!  Let it cool.  For reals.
  10. Mat the image, attach to the doily and voila!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4I took this angle shot so you can kind of see the UTEE shimmering on the surface of the image.  It’s hard to see on camera, but trust me, in person it is amazing!

A Peek Inside Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Pockets on the inside make this card super fun!  Leopard print paper?  Yes, please!

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6 jpgThese are some old Fiskars sentiment stamps that I found in my stash.   Graphic 45 Staples ATC cards are just the right size to use as a sentiment tag.  Make a pocket with an image from the 8×8 collection.  Just cut a thumb hole with a circle punch and glue down the bottom and sides.  Instant pocket, and the perfect size for a gift card, too.

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo7Here’s the bottom pocket.  The large ephemera card is a great place to add a personal note, or a photo of new mom and baby.

Welcome to our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card, Safari Adventure, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo8Elephants are such beautiful creatures, and I love the many different ways they are depicted in this collection. Have you noticed  that elephants and other safari themes are trending in nursery decor?   This whimsical Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant card would make a great addition to a baby boy’s  room.

I’ll add a supply list with product links (where possible) below.  I’d love to hear what you think about using this image on a baby card.  Won’t you please share your thoughts with me in the comment section?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Supply List for Welcome to Our Jungle Baby Boy Elephant Card

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure 12×12 Paper:

  • Safari Adventure
  • Amazing Africa
  • Jungle Expedition

Safari Adventure 8×8 Papers

  • Creatures Great and Small
  • Amazing Africa
  • Great Migration

Safari Adventure Chipboard 1 & 2

Safari Adventure Banners

Safari Adventure 12×12 Prints and Patterns

Staples Ivory ATC tag

Other Products

Ranger UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)

Heat Gun

Spellbinder circle die, or other circle die

Two sheets of 8.5×11 Soft Sky Cardstock

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Laser Cut Doilies

Petaloo Canvas Rosettes

Petaloo Textured Elements Ivory Mixed textured Mini Blossoms

Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Micro Gingham, Ivory Burlap String, Parrot Green Leaves

Fiskars Precious Baby Quotes Clear Acrylic Stamps

Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink

Brad, Stick Pins, Novelty Buttons

 

 

 

 

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Graphic 45 Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial with Step Out Photos for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I’m fulfilling a promise in today’s post.  A few weeks ago, I share this Wander Mini Album here on the blog, and many of you asked me to do a step out tutorial for the mini album base.  Well, today I’m sharing this sweet little Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial with step out photos and some tips I learned along the way while designing the album base.  Although I used a different paper collection, the steps for building the base are the same, and you can use them to create loads of these tiny but mighty albums in any theme you choose.  You can add more pages, or fewer pages; it’s really up to you.  To refresh your memory, here’s a photo of the Wander mini album cover.  You can find this post HERE on my blog.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 01For this Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial, I chose to work with the cheerful and bright papers in the Graphic 45 Mother Goose Collection, pairing them up with gorgeous ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Here’s a look at the finished album cover:

Mother Goose Mini Album TutorialThe finished album measures 4.25″ x 5.75″ .  The covers are made with corrugated cardboard (waste packaging!) and the interior pages are made with 4″ x 5.5″ white card bases that I found in my stash.  You can build this album with any size card base, of course.  Just cut your covers so that they are 1/4″ larger than your base pages.

Mother Goose Mini Album TutorialHere’s a view of both covers.  Now, before we get started, I’m warning you: this is a looong and photo heavy post.  So go grab yourself a cuppa and a snack so that you have some sustenance to keep you going!

Supply List for Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial
Building the Base of your Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial aFrom your stack of cards, select two bases.  On the first card, cut the right hand side to measure 2.75″.  For the second, trim the left hand side to measure 2.75″

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial bLine up the cards as seen in this photo with the cut sides facing one another.  Add a bead of glue to the top, bottom and inside edge of the cut sides.  Leave the outer edge unglued, as this will form a pocket for photo mounts.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 03Glue the two pages together, forming a pocket.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 04Use a punch to create a thumb hole for your pocket as shown in this photo.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 05Select another card base, glue the edges as shown in this photo. Glue the pages together.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 06Open the newly create page.  Select another card base and lay it inside the page, fold down as shown in this photo.  Make a pencil mark about 1/4″  in from the left hand side.  Trim the folded card on this line.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 07With the card fold on the bottom, measure down 1.75″ from the top and trim away only the TOP layer of the card at this mark.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 08This will form a pocket page when glued into the album base.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 09Use your circle punch to create thumb holes on both the top and bottom layer.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 10Don’t glue this page in yet; just hold it in place with a clip, otherwise it will be a pain to line panel in the back.  Now you will  have a full page on the left and a double pocket page on the right, as seen in this photo.  Use this same procedure for creating additional pocket pages.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 11Select another card base, and add glue to only the top, right and bottom edges, leaving an opening along the cut edge.  Seal the edges together. Use your circle punch to create a thumb hole on the right hand page.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 12Select another card base, and open it.  Join the cut edge to the preceding page using flip flop fasteners.  I sealed the top and bottom first, then spaced them out evenly, using 5 on each page.

Mother Goose Mini album tutorialRepeat this process with another card to create a fold out page. You will want to trim about 1/4″ off the panel that is on the far right, so that the pages will fold in neatly.  I used an accordion fold here.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 15Select another card base and score the right hand side at 1.75″.  Crease.  Do not glue this page together until AFTER you have lined it.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 16Punch a thumb hole. This will form a side pocket on the finished book.  Glue the left hand page to back of the preceding  fold out page. Glue another card base behind , leaving an opening for a pocket.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 17The next page is a double pocket page, and you will need 3 card bases to complete it.  Create the pockets as you did before.  ONCE YOU HAVE LINED THE BACK PANEL, you will glue the taller pocket on the bottom and sides, but leave the shorter pocket unglued so that it can flip down.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial 18The final page is a fold down page and will use 2 card bases.  Cut a folded card base to measure 37/8 inches wide.  Open the card so that the fold is in the middle and secure to the bottom of the right hand page, using flip-flop fasteners as shown in this photo.  This will be a fold down page in the finished album.  Fold the page up, and glue the left hand page to the back of the preceding page, leaving an opening for a photo mount page.

Fold your album up so that it looks like a little book.  Mark the front cover as the front cover. You will NOT decorate this page; it will be glued to the corrugate cover.  Mark the back page as the back page.  This page will not be decorated, but will be glued to the back of the corrugate cover.

This completes the base for the album.  Now on to the cover.

Create a Cover: Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial Cover

Cut two pieces of corrugated cardboard (waste packaging) to measure 4.25″ x 5.75″.  Paint the edges, front and back, with Picket Fence Distress Paint and sponge with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.

I created the cover by cutting a 4.25″ x 5.75″ piece of yellow canvas ticking.  I topped this with a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of paper from the Mother Goose Collection and stitched them together on my sewing machine.  You could also use Scor-Tape, but I love the finished look of machine stitching.  The flip side of the cover is lined with more paper from the 8×8 pad.  Even though you are gluing your mini album base to the inside cover, you will want your edges to be finished with paper.   Go ahead and line the back cover as well.

I glued down a small white doily to the cover, then attached my ribbon closure with Scor-Tape.  Then you can layer on your design.  But you have to get that ribbon down first, or you will not be able to close the book.

A Really Important Detail in this Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial

I find it is easiest to decorate all the inside pages before attaching the base to the covers.  So do this.  Once you’ve lined your base pages, you can glue in your pockets and add tags and such.

Mother Goose Mini Album Tutorial Cover B

To create my finished binding, I used the blue stars paper and cut a strip that was about 4″ wide x 5.5″ tall.  I glued this to the mini album base front cover, wrapping around to the back cover. You don’t have to do this step, but it does create a nice, finished look.

Once the interior is done, center the front and back covers with the mini album base and glue them down.  I use binder clips to help hold everything in place.

Photos of the Completed Mother Goose Mini Album

Now, I’m just going to show you the photos of the completed album, as this post is soooo long.

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I hope you’ll follow this tutorial and make something totally fabby with it.  If you do, I sure would love for you to share it with me on my Kathy by Design Facebook page!  I love seeing what you make!

Thanks for hanging in there with me for this long tutorial!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

 

 

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