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The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus: Graphic 45 on SALE!

Hello, Friends!  Happy Friday!  This is a special Friday, because not only is it St. Patrick’s Day, but I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  That’s right!  It’s The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45!

What does that mean?  It means that in addition to the regular 20% discount that the Funkie Junkie Boutique offers, there is an additional 15% off on all things Graphic 45 from now through midnight on March 30th.  Now you’re excited, right?

I’ve whipped up some really fun projects showcasing the 4 newest Graphic 45 collections.  Here’s a sneaky peek to whet your appetite!

Hello Beautiful! Portrait of  a Lady Tent Fold Card with Pockets

Hello Beautiful Card made with Portrait of a Lady by Kathy Clement made for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Glitz and Glam! Vintage Hollywood Cutaway Card with Shaped Edge

Vintage Hollywood Cutaway Card by Kathy Clement made for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Feeling Run Down? Olde Curiosity Shoppe Get Well Card with Inserts

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Get Well Card with Inserts by Kathy Clement made for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Savor Life! Midnight Masquerade Tag Folio with Video

This whimsical little beauty uses the same base design as the Vintage Hollywood folio tutorial I shared with you on Wednesday.  I simply glued the edges together to form pockets.  Fill the pockets with all kinds of little tags and you have created a recipe for fun!

You “ll love how easy it is to turn the Four Fold Folio into this interactive Tag Folio.  Watch this YouTube Video to learn how.

Would you like to know more about the construction of these cards?   I hope so!  Meet me over at The Frilly and Funkie Blog where I’ll share all the juicy details with you.

And don’t forget to shop the sale at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  You’d better get there before I do!

See you soon!

Cheerio

kathy

 

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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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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Brooch & Gift Box

This is my 2nd post for today.  If you are looking for the RRR Hop, Please scroll down.  Thanks!

Accessorize with Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Brooch & Gift Box

Hello, G 45’ers!  I bet you never thought I’d be sharing a post about making jewelry with you.  But today I have a Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Brooch and Gift Box that represents a personal triumph. Read on if you are curious…or just skip ahead and look at the pretty photos.  The choice is yours!

One of the things I truly love about being on a design team is the challenge of trying new things. You may not be aware of this, but we are given monthly assignments that guide our creativity.  Sometimes, the assignment fits like a glove.  And then there are the times when the assignment forces you to pull your Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame.

An Opportunity for Growth

The above statement is code for “holy cow…I have no idea what to do/how to do this, lay awake at night and wonder how I’m gonna pull this one off.”  By the luck of the draw, I was assigned the task of creating jewelry using Graphic 45 metal staples.

Oh.

Really?

You see, i barely wear jewelry.  I’ve always been a mom and a housewife, so I keep it pretty simple with just my wedding band and my mom’s engagement ring most of the time.  And I have NEVER made jewelry.  Until now.  This Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Brooch & Gift Box is the outcome of a  “growth opportunity.”  (You can laugh at that…because I am!)

Ta da!  My very first piece of handmade jewelry.  That is, unless you count the macaroni necklace I made for my mom in first grade.  I don’t.  Hang with me for a while, and I’ll share the details of this with you, leaving out the weeping and gnashing of teeth, of course.

How I Made a Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Brooch with Faux Porcelain Flowers and Butterflies

It all started with  the flower.  This is one of the die cut flowers that  is part of the Nature Sketchbook collection.  I used the 3 smallest flower layers to make this flower with what I like to call a “faux porcelain” technique.

Begin by misting your punched out flowers lightly with water.  This will help to break down the starches that make the paper nice and stiff and allow you to shape them with a stylus and mat.

Working with UTEE and a Melting Pot

First, a word of caution.  Melted UTEE is hot.  By that I mean it will burn you and blister your skin and hurt like mad, make you cry and maybe even utter a forbidden word.  So USE CAUTION with this technique.  Keep melted UTEE away from children and pets!  Now, on with our regularly scheduled programming!

While you are shaping your flowers, heat up some UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder) in a Ranger Melting Pot.  (You could use an old pot from the thrift store and any heat source, but for safety, I recommend a Melting Pot. The one from Ranger is hard to find and kind of pricey, but here’s one from Darice that is reasonable and looks like it would do the job.)

You want your UTEE to be deep enough that you can dip your shaped flower layers in it…maybe 1/2″ deep.

Once the flowers have been shaped and dried completely you are ready to give them the “faux porcelain” treatment.

Get Out Your Tweezers

Lay out your non stick craft sheet on your work surface.  You will need this or some other non-stick surface to cool your dipped flowers.  A piece of glass from an old picture frame will work in a pinch.

USE TWEEZERS!  Refer to the word of caution above.

Dip the shaped flower into the UTEE and submerge it completely for a second.  You have to work quickly so that the paper does not burn.  Catch the edge of a petal with your tweezers.  Lift out of the melted UTEE and let the excess drip off into the melt pot.  Place right side up on a mat to cool.  Repeat with all the layers.

I also shaped my butterflies and dipped them.  And, even my chipboard tag base took a UTEE bath.

Working with UTEE is fun as long as you are cautious and stay focused on your task.  I recommend a fairly clear work surface for obvious reasons.
When you’ve finished dipping, unplug the melt pot and move it to a safe place.  It will stay hot for some time.  Again, be mindful of children and pets!

Let’s Look at the Details

Here you can kind of see the glossy finish the faux porcelain process lends to the chipboard flower and fussy cut butterfly.  I love this look!

My shabby chic door plate was altered with paint and alcohol inks then glued onto the chipboard base with Glossy Accents.  Hold it in place with binder clips until the glue dries.  Then it’s just a matter of hot gluing your flower layers together and adding all the elements to the base.  The flower center is the mini door knob that matches the door plate.  Feathers add a fun touch of texture, color and design.  Your final step should be adding the pin bale to the back side of the chipboard base.  I actually used my heat gun and while holding the chipboard with a pair of tweezers, I re-melted the UTEE. You have to work quickly here, but you can press the pin bale into the melt using the points of your scissors.  Or, you could be more cautious and use Glossy Accents.  I was feeling lucky.

Making the Gift Box

Next, I wanted a gift box to house my brooch, so I altered a Kraftboard Matchbook Box from Graphic 45 using papers from Nature Sketchbook.

I had a couple extra petals left over from my UTEE adventure.  One is filled with a sweet little bird nest that I found in my stash. The other is filled with seed beads and tops my bow cluster. Then I turned a Staples Metal Key into a butterfly body.  This part of the project came together very quickly.

Pinning the finished brooch on a piece of felt helps to keep it from getting knocked around inside the gift box.

I know this was a long post,but I knew you would have lots of questions about the process.  If I forgot to address something, just ask in the comment section below and I’ll be happy to answer.

This ended up being a very fun project, and I learned a lot. My final word to you is to embrace growth opportunities because maybe there’s fun waiting out there in the scary unknown.

Thanks for hanging with me!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket

Really Reasonable Ribbon Hop, Hop, Hop: Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the March RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here full of inspiration from Karen’s lovely blog.  If you get off track, you can find the complete hop list HERE.  With Easter right around the corner, I’ve created a super sweet Easter treat basket using ribbons from the March Spring Rainbow of Color Ribbon Assortment.

These lovely ribbons look like a bed of beautiful spring tulips, don’t they?

Sweet Vintage Style Easter Cards in a Basket

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1The inspiration for this Sweet Easter Treat Basket was the bright, bold colors of the Tangerine Honeycomb Satin ribbon, Daffodil Checkerboard Satin Ribbon, and Apple Green Mini Hearts Grosgrain Ribbon from the assortment.  They make me think of carrots, which makes me think of bunnies which make me think of the Easter Bunny.  Yes, I have a strange and frightening mind.  LOL

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2It’s easy to turn a Graphic 45 Staples Long tag into a basket.  Simply score twice, fold and add sides.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3The basket is filled with cute vintage style cards and mini chocolates.  The great thing about a treat caddy like this is that you can fill it with other goodies once you’ve sent out all the cards!

What’s in the Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket?

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4I created a trio of vintage style Easter cards using Graphic 45’s Le Cirque collection (retired) and darling vintage Easter images from Polly’s Paper Studio Etsy Shop.  It may seem odd to use circus themed papers for Easter, but the colors of this collection really worked with the vintage style images and rainbow colored ribbons.  This 3/8″ Capri Blue Diamond Satin ribbon pops against the yellows on this cute little card.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5I covered mini clothespins with paper from the collection for extra fun.

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6These vintage style buttons look great with the Daffodil Checkerboard Satin ribbon!

Super Sweet Easter Treat Basket by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7Each card is finished on the inside with a little Easter greeting, a decorated mini envelope and a tasty chocolate treat.

On with the Hop

Now hop on over to Cherry’s lovely blog to see what she’s cooked up with these bright pretty ribbons.

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  Then hop on over to the RRR Blog to let Bonnie know you’ve completed the hop.  Answer her question of the month to be entered into a drawing for your very own Spring Rainbow of Color Ribbon Assortment.

If you’re not already a member of the Ribbon Club, now is a great time to join.  You can find all the details (and a special offer!) HERE.

Thanks for hopping!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card

Beautiful Butterflies and Bows: Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card

Hello Ribbon Lovers!  Don’t you just love spring?  After the grey days and cold of winter, there is nothing more beautiful than the burst of color that spring provides.  I dug into the March Ribbon Club Collection from Really Reasonable Ribbon this week and decided to have a play!  The Rainbow Assortment is full of bright beautiful ribbons that make you think of spring flowers.  My eye was drawn to the gorgeous hue of the Tropic Taffeta ribbon and I went in search of just the right papers to pair up with it.  And that’s how this Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker Card came into being.

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 1Oh, how I love taffeta ribbon!  It ties the most beautiful poufy bows!  This triple loop bow, courtesy of my Zutter-Bow-it-All Tool, is topped with an Ivory Burlap String bow and a sweet white filigree butterfly charm.    What better way to announce to the world that Spring has Sprung than with an Easter shaker card?

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 2This 6″ x 7″ Spring has Sprung  Easter shaker card has a fun cutaway front design.  I decided to use a postcard from Graphic 45’s Sweet Sentiment collection as the base for the shaker.  The Tropic Taffeta ribbon makes the beautiful blues in the butterfly wings come alive!  Add a blush to Petaloo DIY Dogwoods by sponging them with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

A Peek Inside

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 3I really had fun dressing the inside of this card up in it’s Easter Best!

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 4The decorative belly band on the left hand side of the card interior is so easy to make.  Add the chipboard “buckle” from the collection to a strip of decorative paper.  Then glue the ends to either side of the card. Top with  a chipboard button and a fussy cut butterfly.

Next, I cut an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of primitive cream cardstock into 4 equal rectangles, cropped the corners and then slid them behind the belly band.  What a fun place to keep photos of your family’s Easter celebration!

Glue the cute image of the Easter boy and girl  onto the belly band, not the paper.  This way photos can slide in and out easily.

And on your right….

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 5This pretty Easter egg image became a pocket!

Spring Has Sprung Easter Shaker card by Kathy Clement Photo 6I cut journaling images from the paper collection to fit the pocket.  This is a great place to add an Easter greeting…or to add journaling to accompany the photos.  Oh…and there’s also a little chocolate treat tucked in.  Because the Easter Bunny loves grown ups, too!

If you haven’t tried working with taffeta ribbon yet, I highly recommend it.  Bonnie carries it in several colors and I want them alllllllll!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders with Graphic 45 Calendar Collections

Hello, G45’ers!  St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here!  I thought it would be fun to create some little goodies for my favorite leprechauns to make the holiday even more fun.  Graphic 45 has 3 gorgeous calendar collections: A Place in Time, Children’s Hour and Time to Flourish.  And I have 3 gorgeous grand girls!  What a happy coincidence!  I pulled out all 3 collections, some G45 Staples long Ivory Tags and went to work designing these St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holders.

Aren’t they cute?  And they are a quick and easy project to make, which is even better!

A Place in Time Leprechaun Tag: How to turn a Tag into a Treat Holder

Each tag in this trio follows the same basic “recipe.”

  1. Place a long Staples Tag (I used Ivory) on your scoring tool so that the long side is against the rail and the bracketed edge is on your right.
  2. Starting at the left hand side, score the tag at 3.5″ and again at 4″.
  3. Gently fold the tag slowly so that you don’t crack the heavy cardstock.  You might need to very lightly moisten the area along the crease with a baby wipe or damp paper towel.
  4. Burnish with a bone folder to set the crease.
  5. Decorate with paper.
  6. Add a pocket to the inside.
  7. Thread ribbon through the grommet, and suspend a little shamrock charm, if desired.
  8. To make quick work of  covering the spine, use wide Graphic 45 washi tape.

It’s really that simple!

For this St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder, I filled an antique bronze charm with designer paper then covered it with a cabochon.  Green gingham ribbon wrapped around a paper spool and sealed with a button makes a sweet accent.

Decorate the inside with more pretty papers.  I die cut this pocket from designer paper, but you could also score an ATC tag in the same way that you scored the larger tag.

If you don’t want to put chocolate in the pocket, you can always add a tea bag, a gift card, movie tickets or some other small treat.

St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder with  Time to Flourish

This Time to Flourish Tag has a great botanical feel.

I love the little shamrock key that I hung from the grommet.

Here’s a peeky at the inside, all dressed in pretty shades of green and purple.

I had a pretty tag left from my Tags and Pockets to tuck in along with the chocolate treat.

Children’s Hour St. Patrick’s Day Tag Treat Holder

I still love this sweet image from the Children’s Hour March page. Because it was a little too large for my tag,  I fussy cut it to fit.  Next  I tucked stamps and flowers around it.  For a finishing touch, I hung a sweet chippie from the collection and a wee shamrock charm in the grommet.

Here’s the inside view.

Trim down an ephemera card and use it as a spot to write your greeting.

This design is adaptable to any occasion or theme.  Just change the papers and you’re good to go!

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, Staples tags and chips.  If so, my job is done here!

May the road rise up to meet you!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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