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Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folder Folio Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie         “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ’em” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!  I’m the hostess this month, so I got to choose the theme.  Hooray!   I love to create all kinds of fancy fold cards and folios and the “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold “em” theme reflects that. Graphic 45’s brand spankin’ new Vintage Hollywood collection has been calling to me, so I created this Four Fold Folio tutorial to share with you today.  Before we start, let’s take a look at the details for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em
This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout.

The one and only Wendy Vecchi was gracious enough to share her new 2017 CHA releases with the team, so we have been featuring her products in our three latest challenges.  It’s been really fun to see how Wendy’s products work with each individual team member’s unique style and perspective.  If you have Wendy products in your stash, we’d love for you to use them as you play along, however it is not required.

Go grab a drink and a snack to sustain you.  Tutorials tend to be long posts with lots of photos.  I don’t want you to faint!

A One Sheet Wonder

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1 This folio is a “one sheet wonder” meaning that the entire folio base can be made using just one sheet of 12×12 cardstock.  I find it amazing that you can fit pockets, tags, and a waterfall feature into a folio made from one sheet of cardstock!  The best thing about this sort of album is that you can easily complete it in a day or less.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2Paper dolls were a favorite childhood toy for me, so I was thrilled to receive Wendy’s wonderful Paper Doll  in my design team package of goodies.   The set comes with a lovely cling stamp of this beautiful vintage lady and a matching stencil.  You can use just the stamp, of course, but it’s so much more fun to invite the stencil to the party!  Of course you can use texture paste through the stencil.  You can also use the stencil as a template to trace onto paper, as I did here.

First, I stamped the image onto ultra smooth white cardstock. Next, I traced the hat bands, the hair and the collar onto designer paper and trimmed it out.  Then I  paper pieced the fussy cut bits onto the stamped image.  To finish the face, I placed the stencil over the image and used a blender tool to add Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks to the face.  There is even a stencil for the lips, which made it very easy to add Candied Apple “lipstick” to this glamorous starlet!  Finally, I brushed the image with Distress Vintage Collage medium.

A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3This dimensional folio is tied shut with lovely Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  It adds just the right touch of “glam” , shimmer and shine.  You can get a glimpse of the staggered pages from this shot, but let’s go ahead and take a look inside the album.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section One: Tiny Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4This one sheet wonder contains 3 sections.  In the first section, the pages measure 3″ x 5″.  I created little pockets and tags for this section.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5 Inkssentials #5 Kraft Tags fit perfectly into these little pockets.  Each tag measures 2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″.  Dress the tags up with chipboard pieces, border strips and gorgeous vintage images.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6  The patterned papers in this collection have a great Art Deco feel.  Use Tammy Tutterow’s Tabs One Die to mark off each section in the folio.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 7If you like to fussy cut…you will love this collection!

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 8To make a custom charm like this one, simply add an image from the small postage stamps in the collection to the back of the frame.  Then tap the frame with Vintaj Patina paints and tie it onto the tag.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section Two: Waterfall Feature

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 9Waterfall features are a great way to add an interactive element to a project.  I used Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One here.  First, I cut four bracket edged dies from black cardstock.  Then I cut four more from patterned paper.  Glue the patterned paper over the black base so that a tiny black border peeks out.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 10Belly Bands hold tiny images from the 8×8 paper collection.  Slip 3″ square photos behind the belly bands and journal on the backs of the small images.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 3: A Spot for larger photos

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 11The next section measures 3.25″ x 6.5″ and can hold larger photos.  Glue just the bottom edge of your images to the album base so that photos can be slipped behind.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 4: Pockets and Inserts

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 12The final section of the folio features two pockets with inserts.  The back page measures a full 5″ x 7″ and can hold full sized photos.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo13Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 14Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 15Here’s a look at the album cover and back.  You can really get a sense of the staggered edges of the album here.

Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to build this one sheet wonder?  I thought you might, so I went ahead and prepared a YouTube tutorial with step by step instructions for building the album base and pockets.

Now It’s Your Turn

The Frilly and Funkie team always invites you to play along with us.  Dig into your crafty stash and create any vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design.  Then link up your project over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

At the end of the challenge the design team will select our top four picks. The first place winner will be our Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie

Welcome Spring with Frilly and Funkie: Happy Birthday Circular Twist Easel Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  This go round, Nancy is our hostess and the theme is Welcome Spring!  Let’s see what Nancy has to say about this great challenge!

Challenge Theme: Welcome, Spring!
Springtime! Its fresh, soft breezes and fragrant blossoms are just around the corner. Create any vintage or shabby chic project that welcomes the advent of this glorious season. Think budding trees, birds and nests, butterflies, and beautiful blooms!

As you know, the Frilly and Funkie Design Team is excited to be celebrating all things Wendy Vecchi this month. We will all be using her fabulous products, new and old, in our creations. You’ll be blown away at how versatile they are since we all have different creative styles. When you enter the challenge, you are not required to use Wendy’s products in your creation but it would be great if you did. Don’t have any yet? Check out her product range at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Now, let’s get the party started!

Happy Birthday Easel Card and a Wendy Vecchi Birthday Cake

Our youngest granddaughter turns TWO this month.  How did that happen so fast?  Her favorite color is purple, so I dug out the May pages from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time Collection where I found this darling little birthday girl image.  I was thrilled when I noticed that the magazine cover actually says “Two Years Old Today.”  How cool is that?

Just for fun, I turned the image into a mini card on top of a card.   It measures just 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4: and is held in place by that cute little green binder clip.  I can write a sweet note to Lydia on the inside, and maybe tuck some cash for her education fund in there, too.

Wendy Vecchi Circle Frames Stitching Template

Stitching is a wonderful way to add texture to a card.  Normally, I use my sewing machine to do this.  However, I’m not that great at sewing a perfect circle.  So hand stitching became the order of the day.  Normally, hand stitching on paper is an exercise in frustration.  But I had a secret weapon in my tool box to help me!

Wendy created this ingenious template that makes stitching on paper a joy!  I centered the template on my die cut scalloped circle, taped it in place, then laid the whole works on top of a thick foam mat.  Then, using my piercing tool, I worked my way around the perimeter of the stencil, creating a perfectly spaced border of holes.  All I had to do was  add the stitching!

I also used the template as a stencil and added two more rows of little dots by working Wendy’s Embossing Paste through the openings. Although much of  this is covered with my card design, you can see some of it near the balloon cluster in this shot.

Mat Minis Celebrations Set

These pretty purple balloons are part of the Mat Minis Celebrations set.  Instead of painting or using texture paste, I covered them with designer paper.  It’s great to be able to create embellishments that match a project so perfectly!

Every easel card needs a “stopper” to prop the card open.  For this card, Petaloo flowers and the birthday cake from the Celebrations set do the job perfectly. The purple flowers make me think of the crocus and grape hyacinth that bloom in the spring.

After sponging the cake layers with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, I spritzed them with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist and heat dried them.  Next, I used Wendy’s embossing paste through another stencil from my stash to add the icing to the cake.  The cake plate and candles were sponged with Shaded Lilac ink, then spritzed.  I used the Flourish stencil from Tim’s #10 mini set to add more decorative elements here.

I used purple Stickles between the cake “layers” and all around the edges so that it would pop off the background.  I’ve never been great at decorating cakes, but I rather like the way this one turned out.

To make the candles shimmer, I first painted the flames with Mustard Seed Distress paint, then topped them with Stardust Stickles.

I think Lydia will get a kick out of opening this card and finding the birthday cake inside.  She already loves to color and play with paper…so it looks as though I have another little crafter to enjoy!

Now It’s Your Turn!

You’re invited to join the fun at the Frilly and Funkie Welcome Spring Challenge.  To do so, just link up your own vintage or shabby chic project.  You’ll find all the details HERE.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional participants  will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for helping me welcome spring!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Today I’ve prepared a Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas using Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi stamps and goodies.  First, let’s see what Cec, our hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Out Of The Cold!
It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics.  Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.

I had to think a long time about this challenge but knew I wanted to incorporate Wendy’s flowers and the beautiful Nature Sketchbook papers. This inverted canvas started out as a card…and just kind of took me where it wanted to go.

From Card to Canvas

The inspiration for this entire piece was the bright tropical flowers in the center of the canvas.  I made these by stamping Wendy Vecchi’s Mix and Match Art Stamps onto watercolor paper about a dozen times.  Knowing that I wanted the flowers to be yellow, I stamped using Wendy Vecchi Dandelion Archival ink.  This way, I had no harsh stamp lines around the edges.

Next, each flower layer was painted with Prima water colors. Then I  stamped each image a second time to reinforce the detail lines.  After fussy cutting, the layers were shaped, stacked and inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then the centers were filled with FloraSoft.  Finally, I painted the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to add shimmer. The wet Crackle paint was sprinkled lightly with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.

Now it was time to add some stenciling, some clear texture paste, some die cutting, paper layering….and the base began to grow…and grow.  Pretty soon I realized this card was destined to be a canvas.

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

I used lots of warm colors in my palette with little pops of blue and green.

Butterflies were fussy cut from the 12×12 pad and scattered around the canvas. Star anise is a great natural addition to a canvas like this.  I painted each one with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.

Chipboard elements, metal keys, and wooden flourishes add lots of texture.

These metal pieces are tapped with Vintaj patina, then stacked along the side.

I stamped the sentiment from Wendy in Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was sponged with more ink, then cut apart and glued in place.  The die cut swallow was treated with Distress Crazing medium and tapped with paint.

The back side of an 8×10 canvas was wrapped with tissue wrap and sprayed with various sprays.  It has a lovely patina in real life.  I like the depth that the inverted canvas provides. As a finishing touch, I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly onto the canvas.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can play along in this wonderful challenge by linking your own Out of the Cold vintage or shabby chic project to the challenge page over at Frilly and Funkie.  You have until midnightEST on Tuesday, February 28th to join the party.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The other 3 talented designers will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket

A Very Victorian Valentine for Frilly and Funkie Be My Valentine Challenge

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the month of February!  I’m kicking the month off with a Very Victorian Valentine that I created for the latest challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Since it’s love month, our challenge theme is “Be My Valentine.’  Here’s what our lovely host, Zoe, has to say about this delightful challenge.

Love is in the air, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, this challenge is to make a card for your sweet Valentine in a vintage or shabby chic.
A Very Victorian Valentine Pocket with a tag  and sweet surprise

This pocket card is a different size from my usual creations.  It measures 8.5″ long and 4.25″ high.  Instead of opening like a typical card, it has a pocket secured to the back. I’ve filled the pocket with a little tag and a sweet little Valentine treat.

The papers and images I used are from the February papers in Graphic 45’s Place in Time Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  An Ivory Staples tag plays the role of sentiment, and there is room on the back to write a properly mushy note.

A Little Valentine History

Did you know that the exchange of Valentines reached its heyday during the Victorian era?  In fact, Valentines were more popular and more widely exchanged than Christmas cards!  Victorian valentines were incredibly ornate and so dimensional that they often had to be presented in a gift box. It was not uncommon to include a small gift or piece of jewelry as part of the design.

I took all of that history and tradition into consideration while designing and creating this Very Victorian Valentine.

A Look at the Details

Victorian Valentines were adorned with dried flowers, feathers, embossed papers and all sorts of glittering goodness.  To mirror that, I created these very frilly fabric flowers using crinoline,  assorted fabric layers, and vintage pearl buttons from my grandmother’s button box.  I cut the flower layers using Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Frayed Posie Die.  The crinoline was white, of course, so each layer had to be custom dyed with Festive Berries, Fired Brick and Victorian Velvet Distress Stains.  While I was all inky, I went ahead and dyed some seam binding ribbon for the bow.

I tucked special details everywhere.  To mirror the jewelry that was often attached, I created a faux cameo using this antique bronze charm.  It was filled with a trimmed image from Place in Time, Glossy Accents and some seed beads.

A Touch of Mixed Media Mayhem

I painted the edges of my Very Victorian Valentine with Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint because I wanted everything to look antique.  The dried crackle popped when treated with a skim coat of Victorian Velvet Distress Stain. (You can actually see that better in the above photo.)

Tarnished Brass Distress Paint spatters create the illusion of having used really old, foxed paper.  The edges of the rusty hearts are softened by a brush with Tarnished Brass or Tattered Rose Distress Paint.

Can you see the tiny die cut envelope peeking out from behind the flower cluster and the Victorian girl?  I die cut that with Tammy’s Mini Envelope die then filled it with fussy cut images.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Putting this Very Victorian Valentine Pocket together was great fun.  And here’s the really exciting news: you are invited to play along!

Just create your own vintage or shabby chic Valentine and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on February 14th.  (How perfect is the timing on this challenge?)

The design team will visit your blogs and choose their 4 favorite projects.  The creator of the top project will be given a chance to serve as Guest Designer on the F&F blog.  The other 3 will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

So break our  your pretty papers and embellies and join the fun!

I’m linking this Very Victorian Valentine up in the following challenges:

Rock the Red Challenge at Emerald Creek Dares (red crinoline flowers, red paper)

Thanks so much for joining me here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial

Frilly and Funkie Saturday Step x Step: When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Isn’t Saturday just the most wonderful day of the week?  You can wear your jammies all day long if you feel like it!  I know a lot of us are dealing with the winter blues right now, so I’ve worked up a really fun When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial to brighten up your weekend.  It’s made with Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition and a whole bunch of dies from my stash.   And, since it is Saturday, I have a YouTube Video Tour AND a Snapguide Tutorial to share with you.  How fun is that?

When Pigs Fly!

You know those little Russian dolls that stack inside one another?  Well, this mini album is a lot like them, because it is a constructed like a mini album within a mini album.  It’s interactive, whimsical and has a fun steampunk/vintage vibe.

The inside pages are made with Tammy Tutterow’s incredibly versatile Paper Bag Envelope Die.  This adds an interactive element , and that always makes me happy!

The flowers are made with Tammy’s Pom Pom Posie Die and printed paper from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  I took a walk on the wild side and added stamens to the center this time.

This little piggy went to market…via air mail!  I love this piggy so much that I went searching through my considerable button stash in search of this wooden piggy button.  Be still my heart!  And see that cute banner floating beneath Mr. Pig?  It’s made with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs Dies.  Yes, people…I had a Tammy love fest going on in my studio this week!

This chunky little piggy album measures just about 3.5″ x 5.5″ and has a 2″ spine.  I could go on and on…but why don’t you just watch this YouTube video tour so you can see all the details.

When Pigs Fly YouTube video tour

When Pigs Fly Snapguide Tutorial

I put together a Snapguide tutorial that covers the basics of building the album base, creating a tab binding system, making the pocket pages and the cute little Mini Tag Books that are used throughout.  I don’t go into decorating the pages…maybe a hint here or there.  But once you know how to build the album base, etc. you can make this album in any theme you choose.  It’s the old “give a man a fish/teach a man to fish” theory in practice.

 

Check out How to G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe When Pigs Fly Mini Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you found some ideas here that you can use in your own creative process.  I spent hours (days, actually) pulling all of this together for you in hopes that it would get your creative juices flowing.  I have product links below.  Just click on the picture and it will take you right to the store.  How’s that for enabling?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for sharing your Saturday with me!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fun challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around the fabulous Suzz is our hostess and the theme is Winter Hues.  I pulled out all sorts of lovely blue and white goodies from so many different companies to create this little Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album.  This is the product mash up of all product mash ups! We’ll take a closer look in a second.  But first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge:

Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.

I hope you will link up and play along with us.  The design team will chose their favorite project from all the entries and invite that artist to join us for a guest designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The top three choices will receive a badge to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!  You can link up and find all the details HERE.

I have loads of photos and tips to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Let me start by saying how much fun I had creating this little album.  I cut medium weight chipboard to measure 3 5/8″ by 5.5″ and cut a spine to measure 1.5″ x 3 5/8″.  Sticky back canvas covers the spine and wraps around  to span the front and back covers.

I love making little albums like this “from scratch.”  To keep with Suzz’ directive to use shades of blue, white, silver and grey, I dipped into my Graphic 45 Place in Time and Botanical Tea papers and Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures and Paris Flea Market.  I’ve used Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies throughout the album, and I think you’ll be excited to see how they have been employed.

A Happy Accident

The pretty blue pinstripe paper is from Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures.  I wanted to keep the cover pretty clean and simple to sort of echo the way the world looks after a fresh snowfall.

Tammy’s innovative snowflake stamp is designed in such a way that it automatically creates a shadow layer every time you stamp it.  My thought was to Stamp it in French Blue Archival Ink.  Then I traced around it very quickly using Art Institute dries clear glue.  The plan was to then sprinkle the glue with superfine glitter.  Which I thought I grabbed from my bin.  But…guess what?

I grabbed superfine white embossing powder instead.

(Insert panic attack here.)

Once I calmed down, I decided I might as well just roll with the punches.  What’s done is done.  So I went ahead and heat embossed the glue/embossing powder mixture.

Happy accident!

It created this really cool raised edge effect on the snowflake. I think you can pick it up just a little in this close up shot.  But in real life, it looks slightly shiny and as this cool bumpy texture.  I would totally do this again on purpose.

Before gluing the snowflake in place, I put down a layer of Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon and gorgeous Venise lace trim.  These were attached with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and 1/8″ red line tape.  Then I fussy cut images from the January page of Place in time and layered those over the snowflake.

Wool felt Pom Pom Posies make the perfect floral  cluster.  I added in lots of vintage buttons from my button stash.  The tab in the top right corner is cut with Tammy’s die as well.

Paper Bag Pocket Pages

Say THAT 3 times really fast!  Tammy has this darling paper bag pocket die that makes great mini album pages.  See what you think.

The pockets were cut from white cardstock and then embellished with designer papers.  There’s a slash pocket on the left.

I filled it up with a little vintage button card and a post card from Place in Time.  Petaloo Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Blossoms add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Versatility in a die is a wonderful thing.  This sentiment is written on Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die.  I trimmed off the bottom edge so that it would fit the scale of this mini album then decorated it with crochet lace and vintage buttons.

The paper bag die comes with a sweet little insert and I cut a bunch of these to go inside the pockets as photo mounts.  Each is decorated with another of Tammy’s Tab Dies and a vintage button.

This little paper spool is from the Paris Flea Market collection.  I wrapped it with Venise lace and a vintage button.  Isn’t it just too shabbylicious for words?

And here we are at the end.  Since I had one more little die cut bag, I went ahead and glued it to the inside cover.

I love the soft, nostalgic feel of this shabby chic winter hues mini album, don’t you?  Combining so many different textures adds interest to the simple design.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use here.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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New Year’s Inspiration with Frilly and Funkie

New Year’s Inspiration Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love the start of a new year?  It’s like writing on a fresh page in a new journal…all filled with promise and full of wonderful expectations.  For our first  Frilly and Funkie challenge of 2017, the theme is New Year’s Inspiration.  Here’s what Linda, the owner of the Funkie Junkie Boutique has to say about this challenge:

New Years Inspiration
At the start of each New Year so many of us make plans and set goals for the futures. So for this challenge we want you to create a vintage or shabby chic project depicting what you are inspired to do/achieve in 2017.

The team will choose their top 4 picks with the winner being invited to join us for  Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. Three additional participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into a random drawing for a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Nature Sketchbook Easel Card

I gave this challenge theme a lot of thought, and I had about a hundred different ideas in about as many different directions.  But I finally settled upon this rather simple Nature Sketchbook Easel Card because the sentiment really spoke to me.

2016 was a real roller coaster of a year loaded with all kinds of highs and lows.  We endured the stress of having our house on the market, selling our house…and having the contract fall through 3 times before we finally found a buyer who took it to the finish line.  Then there was the stress of sorting through all our “stuff” and downsizing so that we could fit into our cozy new home.  I had to get my new studio arranged in such a way that I could find a good work flow.  I also had to remember where I’d put everything.  (Labels save the day!)

In May, I learned that I had won a spot on the Graphic 45 Design Team, and that was a wonderful celebration as well as a new learning curve. And, on top of it all, Dale had ongoing health issues.  There were lots of sweet happy times mixed in with not so fun challenging times.  I found myself to be busier than I’ve been in years.  I got tired.  Exhausted, really. And my creativity began to wane.  It all just felt like WORK.  So. Much. Work.

Happiness is a Butterfly

I think that’s why this sentiment spoke to me.  The whole idea of sitting down quietly…developing a quiet spirit in the midst of all kinds of hubbub…and then creating from that place…that is my goal for 2017.  Making time to sit quietly and just BE.

Anyone who creates knows that you must feed your spirit in order to maintain a flow of creativity and inspiration.  I want to remember to take the time to do that in the coming year.  I’m hopeful that if I keep this card on my desk, it will remind me to sit quietly and reflect on all that I am thankful for in this beautiful mess we call life.

These fragile butterflies will remind me that in order to soar, I have to spend some time resting my mind and my spirit as I focus on the beauty of the life that surrounds me. And I have to remember to rest (and exercise!) my body in order to stay healthy and strong.

That about sums it up.  But I’d love to hear from you.  What are YOU inspired to do/achieve in 2017?  If you’d like, you can share it with me in the comment section below.  I’m hoping you’ll be inspired to join in on this fun challenge, and link up on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  You’ll find all the necessary details HERE.

Thanks so much for letting me share my thoughts with you here today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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