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Baby Boy Blue Card Folio

Stamperia Baby Boy Blue Card Folio with Little Birdie Flowers

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I hope everyone is enjoying a wonderful Christmas holiday.  Santa brought me some new Stamperia paper collections, and some new Little Birdie Flowers. I decided to put them together to  create an adorable Stamperia Baby Boy Blue Card Folio.

Stamperia Baby Boy Card Folio Little Birdie Crafts by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Don’t these papers and flowers go together perfectly?  This is a standard 5″ x 7″ card folio with a 1/2″ spine.

Baby Boy Blue Card Folio: Shake it up, baby!

This shaker card element is made a little differently from my usual procedure.  Instead of building a shaker box with foam tape, I did the following:

  • First, die cut the image from the designer paper using a Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval and Basics Large Die.
  • Next, use the same die to cut some clear acrylic cardstock.
  • Now, stitch these two pieces together, leaving about a 2″ gap at the top of the oval.
  • Remove the oval from your sewing machine and add Lilac Lane Shades of Chambray Shaker Mix through the opening.  (Remove the larger buttons and beads from the mix first.)  I used my funnel tray to make the job easier. Don’t overfill!
  • Now replace the shaker element on your sewing machine, line up the needle with the previously stitched holes and finish stitching the shaker element closed.
  • Place 2 layers of waste chipboard on the back of the shaker element and adhere to the card base. I added hot glue carefully around the edges and pressed them down to seal to the paper.  This created the “domed” appearance you see in the photo.
Baby Boy Blue Card Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of the card houses a nifty 4 1/4″ square accordion album.  I have tutorials for this style of folio on my YouTube channel.

A simple ribbon tie closure keeps everything secure.

Cute, right?

I’ve lined the interior with the same two patterns to keep everything consistent.

And of course, I worked in some little tuck spots and pockets.

Baby Boy Blue Card Folio:  Pocket and Gift Card Wallet

The large pocket on the bottom is decorated with a stamped sentiment, a fussy cut image and a strip of scrap paper.  I used the same oval dies to cut the shaped pocket.

This little gift card wallet is snap to make.  It’s actually one of the 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ ephemera cards scored in half.  I simply added a fussy cut circle and a decorative button to finish it off.

Inside, I added a stamped sentiment and a little pocket for the gift card.

Exciting News!

Before I sign off, I wanted to tell you some exciting news!  I know many of you have been frustrated by how difficult it has been to obtain Little Birdie Flowers.  Well, Little Birdie Flowers are now available in 140 A.C. Moore Craft Stores in the US!  Isn’t that great?  You can use THIS MAP to find the A. C. Moore closest to you.

Little Birdie was kind enough to send me a sample package of the flowers that will be available at A.C. Moore.  So I put together a quick video tour for you.

I’m hoping that with time, A. C. Moore will decide to carry Little Birdie Flowers in their online stores as well.  Maybe if we all let them know how much we want to be able to purchase them online, they will!

So that’s it for me today.  I hope I shared some tips, techniques and ideas to inspire your creativity.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Baby projects are always so much fun to make!  This Vintage Style Baby Girl Tutorial is  easy to create and adorable! It uses one of my all time favorite color combos: pink and tan.

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All together now…awwwwwwwwwww!  Now that we’ve got that out of our system, we can take a look at the details.  I designed this 6 1/2″ x 6″ trifold folio with a gatefold cover.  Vintage lace, soft peachy pink flowers, vintage style papers, distressed edges and a distressed die cut frame give it a real antique feel.

The frame is die cut from medium weight chipboard and designer paper using Tim’s Ornate Frame Bigz Die.  I’ve tapped it with paint to age it, then mounted one of his Lost Relatives photos behind it.  Sweet baby girl ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon ties the whole design together.

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Of course, I had to add flowers.  These are from Little Birdie’s new Peach Blend line of blossoms.  The large ones are Serena Peach Blend,  Tiny white Moonlight Beaded Blooms look so sweet tucked in between the larger blossoms.  The sweet flower cluster on the frame is Daniela Peach Blend.  I’m not sure when these will be available to the public, but I hope it is soon because I want more!

Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial: A Quick Peek Inside

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The inside of this sweet folio has room for a large 4″ x 4″ photo with journaling space on the left.  On the  right hand side you will find a pocket/gift card combo.  The center is a neat accordion fold mechanism.  The video walk through and tutorial below will reveal all the elements.  Then you’ll be able to create this base, the flaps, pockets and mechanisms by following the step by step photo tutorial.  It’s such a fun, easy design that I think you will want to adapt it for lots of different uses.

Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I hope the tips, techniques and ideas in this video tutorial got your creative juices flowing.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And remember, there’s a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Hello, G45’ers!  They say that everybody loves a baby, and I do believe this is true.  Making a special gift for a new babe is one of my favorite crafty adventures.  It’s always a delight to layer up those soft pastel baby papers and images, isn’t it?  I made this Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio with the Deluxe Collector Edition.  The DCE’s come with all the 12×12 papers plus the wonderful chipboard and stamp elements.  That makes it easy to create a memorable gift for baby!

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Little Boy Blue Card Folio: How to Create a Shabby Chic Vibe

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Shabby Chic cards are such fun to create.  This 5″ x 7″ Little Boy Blue Card Folio is loaded with shabby chic touches.  Here are some of the tricks I used to amp up the shabby chic volume on this card.

  • First, create distressed edges by lightly running the blade of your scissors or a distressing tool along the paper edges.  You don’t have to brutalize the paper; a light touch will do.
  • Next, I love to add machine or hand stitching to the layers.

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  • Next, try to add fussy cut elements, like these floral clusters.  Tuck them in between layers.
  • Use shabby chic metal embellishments.  These Graphic 45 Staples Keys and Ornate Key Hole have been tapped with ivory acrylic paint to add to their shabby chic appeal.

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  • Add lots of layers!
  • Include texture in your composition.  Ribbon, flowers, string…all these things lend themselves to shabby chic design.

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  • Use floral clusters to draw the eye to an image that might otherwise be overlooked.  The flowers that surround the chipboard frame keep it from disappearing.
  • Add a little paint spatter!  Thin acrylic paint with water.  Then pick it up with a paint brush.  Hold the very end of the brush handle with one hand and tap the opposite end of the brush with your finger.  You can practice this technique on scrap paper until you feel confident enough to try it in real life!
Little Boy Blue Card Folio: A Peek Inside

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This hybrid creation is part card, part mini album and part gift.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio Little Darlings by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07I managed to tuck in a sweet little waterfall cascade to keep photos of baby’s first precious days.

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And I also tucked in a little gift card wallet to round things out.

Graphic 45 Little Darlings Little Boy Blue Card Folio on YouTube

I created a short YouTube video project share so you can see how all these various parts come together to form the whole.

 

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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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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