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Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland December Daily

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Wonderland December Daily: The Cover

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

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

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

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To make the ornament:

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

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

Winter Wonderland December Daily: A Peek Inside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter Wonderland December Daily YouTube Video Tour

Winter Wonderland December Daily: Making the Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments

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

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

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

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

Winter Wonderland December Daily Chipboard and Sticker Embellishments Tutorial on YouTube

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio with Video Tour

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

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

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

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

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: The Basics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Filling the Pocket

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: A Peek Inside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Finishing touches

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

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

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Video Tour

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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RRR Hop: Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio

Really Reasonable Ribbon February Blog Hop:  Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for the Really Reasonable Ribbon  February Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.  Today, I’ve created a “Magical” Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio using the gorgeous Purple & Green Ribbons from the February Ribbon Club.  They are a perfect match for the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Collection!

 

Magical Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I created a 5.25″ x 7.25″ hardcover folio with a .75″ spine.  The front of the album cover is a Prima Resin frame turned into a shaker element.  I don’t know what it is about this collection, but it just calls out for a shaker element!

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2You can see how perfectly the February Ribbon Club Assortment matches these pretty papers!  I created a double double loop bow cluster with Hyacinth Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge and Bud Green Crosshatch Satin Ribbon.  This is topped with some pretty purple and white flowers.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

The ribbon closure is 1.5″ Emerald Green Gingham. I secured it to the cover using strips of 1/2″ Scor-Tape.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Magical Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6This is a very simple folio.  The waterfall feature is on the right and a pocket is on the left.  But don’t be fooled!  There’s lots of room to store photos!

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I’ve incorporated belly bands to hold ephemera cards from the collection.

You can score and fold a large horizontal ephemera card to form a flap feature.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

This large pocket will easily hold 4″ x 6″ photos.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Add ephemera cards for journaling.

This would be such a fun way to record a child’s birthday party or tea party, don’t you think?

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Waterfall Folio on Youtube

I thought you might want to see the details of how all these mechanisms work, so I’ve prepared a very short Youtube video tour to share with you today.  Enjoy!

On with the Hop!

From here,  you will hop on over to visit Cherry’s sweet blog.  Be sure to visit each blog in the hop and then hop right over to the RRR BLOG.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own free Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not already signed up for the Monthly Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  Each month, you will receive a lovely collection of perfectly coordinated ribbons that you can use to take your projects to the next level.  It’s a little bit like getting a birthday present every month of the year!  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  How about a little trip to the beach?  We can walk barefoot in the sand, search for shells and play in the waves all day!  Sound good?  While I might not be able to take you to a real beach, this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio is almost as good as playing in the sun, surf and sand!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

It’s impossible to feel gloomy in the presence of such vibrant colors and happy images.  This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base.  I’ve transformed it into a folio by adding a 1/2″ spine and some fun surprises inside.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2If you are intimidated at the thought of making a mini album, you might want to think about creating a card folio instead.  You can easily complete one in half a day, and for a fraction of the cost.  Limited storage?  Folios are perfect for that, too, as they take up so much less room.  Need a unique gift?  Folios are the perfect card/gift combo.  So, yeah…I’m pretty much addicted to making them!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Rosettes make me think of beach umbrellas, so I had to make a few for this card using my Tim Holtz rosette dies.  Then I used Tim’s Sand and Sea Bigz Die to cut images from patterned paper as well.  The great thing about making your own paper embellishments is that they will always be a perfect color match!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4To add extra dimension, die cut some chipboard or cardboard to back your seahorse die.  This not only strengthens the die cut, but it really makes the image pop off the page.

Take a Peek Inside this Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

The inside of a card folio is more fun than visiting the boardwalk at the beach!

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This flap page was scored and folded to create a fun little pocket.  Fill the pocket with journal tags and an ephemera card.  You can also add extra photos here.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Flip the flap over, and what do you find?  This fun waterfall gives you loads of room for photos.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Use another ephemera card underneath to write down your favorite vacation memories, names, dates and places.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Add a mini folio to the pocket and you’ve got room for more photos and journaling.  The cover for this mini folio is the back side of one of the beautiful ephemera cards from the Sun Kissed collection.   The large ephemera card on the top half of the card is the perfect  spot to tell your story.

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Life is a Beach Card Folio Sun Kissed by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

Decorate the inside with another image from the collection, and then fill the pocket with small ephemera cards and photos.   You could even make this folio as a family craft activity while on vacation.  There’s always a rainy day at the beach, and this would be such a fun way to take advantage of being together.

The great news is that Sun Kissed is now available for purchase!  Oh the paper pretties you can make with this glorious collection!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Card Folio Supply List

 

Other Supplies:

  • Sizzix Cutting Dies

    • Rosettes and Mini Rosettes

    • Sand and Sea Bigz Die

 

 

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 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!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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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Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card with Natural Burlap String Bow

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Natural Burlap String is one of my crafting staples!  I love it and use it so much that I purchase it by the spool.  It’s a great way to add texture to a card design.  It looks fabulous when threaded through a button.  Wrap it around a card to create a border.  Tie a little loopy string bow and add it to a bow cluster.  The possibilities are endless!  I used Natural Burlap String to make the fluffy string bow on this Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card, and I just love the way it turned out.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Burlap string comes in a rainbow of colors, but I love the rustic feel of this big, loopy Natural Burlap String Bow. It really sets off the soft pinks and blues in the paper collection.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

A Zutter Bow-it-All Tool makes quick work of tying this bow style.

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

The inside of the card has a lovely pop up gift card holder!

Botanical Tea Pop Up Birthday Card Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4If you’ve never made a pop up card before, this is quite possibly the easiest style to start with.  I have a video tutorial HERE where you can watch and learn how to make it.  The papers I use are different, but the steps are the same.

The best thing about Natural Burlap String, apart from it’s amazing versatility, is that it is also incredibly affordable.  You can’t beat that!

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

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Frilly and Funkie “The Year of…” Challenge: A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Hello, Friends!  Have you chosen an inspirational word or phrase for 2018 yet?  My word is “kindness.” The latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie is called, “The Year of…” and it’s all about creating a project that represents your word of the year.  I created A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio for the project.  But before I share that with you, let’s take a look at what Suzz, our lovely hostess this go round, has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: 2018 – The Year of
Welcome to a brand new year!  I am not very good at New Year Resolutions but I do like to think about what I want to focus on in the New Year.  To help me do this, I pick a word that is my word for the year and try to use that word to keep me focused on what is important. The challenge to you is to  pick a word that will be your inspiration for 2018.  Create a vintage or shabby chic project that includes your word of 2018.  The word can be part of a sentiment, phrase or stand alone on your project as long as it is featured somewhere in your art.

Botanical Tea Folio Botanical Tea by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio

Suzz comes up with challenge themes that really make me think!  There are so many good inspirational words to choose from.  After mulling this over for several days, I decided that 2018 would be the year of KINDNESS for me.  There are many obvious reasons why our world could benefit from a little more kindness in 2018, and I’m sure you are thinking about them right now.

But I chose the word kindness for personal reasons.  My dear husband Dale and I are coming up on 42 years of wedded bliss next month.  That’s 4 decades plus a tip!  We meet a lot of young couples (and not so young couples) who are floored when we tell them how long we’ve been married.  The first question they always ask is, “How have you managed to stay married for so long?”  Dale and I have talked a lot about this in the past several months, and we both agreed that making the decision to do and say kind things for and about one another is probably one of the top reasons why we are still happily married today.

Daily Acts of Kindness

Kindness does not have to be a big sacrificial act.  Although sometimes, it is a personal sacrifice to be kind.  But I find its true power lies in the little daily acts of kindness that we do for one another.  For instance, Dale fixes me a cup of my favorite tea each morning.  It’s a simple act of kindness, but it smooths the pathway of our walk together.  So now you can see why I chose to make this tea themed  Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio.  There was method to my madness!

This little silver spoon was a find on one of my many junkin’ expeditions.  Make it shabby chic by painting it with a light coat of Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then fill the bowl with glitter glass shards.  The Eiffel Tower Cabochon is the perfect finishing touch!

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio:  The details

The folio base measures 5″ x 7″ with a 1/2″ spine at the top fold.  It’s layered up with Graphic 45’s Botanical Tea papers.  The stacked teacups are die cut with Tim’s Tea Time Bigz Die.  I’ve tucked a little tag inside the top cup, just for fun.

The real “meat” of this project can be found on the inside.  In addition to a tea wallet and honey stick in the large bottom pocket, I’ve prepared a 5″ x 5.5″ gatefold folio.

The folio is held shut with a ribbon closure.

Open it, and you’ll find lots of lovely little pockets, tags, fold outs and flip pages.

These G45 Ivory ATC tags are more than just pretty faces.  I’ve added a quote about kindness to the back of each tag.

And the fold out pages have quotes in them too.  I wrote the quotes in my own hand for two reasons.  One, I like to write.  The other reason is that I cherish handwritten notes from friends and family.  My handwriting may not be perfect, but it’s an expression of who I am.  The older I get, the more I value a hand written message.

Because this folio is hard to photograph, I decided to do a short video walk through.

A Cup of Kindness Botanical Tea Folio Video on YouTube

If you’re a fan of Botanical Tea (I sure am!) you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order the Deluxe Collector’s Edition at an unbeatable price right now at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

What word will you choose to represent 2018?  You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  Simply create a vintage or shabby chic project that represents your word for 2018.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, January 30th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. We’ll invite the creator of our favorite project  to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three favorites will receive Top 3 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!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Botanical Tea Folio in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheerio,

kathy

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NOTE: The Botanical Tea Collection from Graphic 45 will be available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.



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