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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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Graphic 45 2017 Planner

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Hello, Friends!  Can it really be December already?  This month is filled to the brim with shopping, baking, parties, family, food and fun.  It’s wonderful to finish out the year with so much celebration, isn’t it?  Being the planner that I am, I’m also getting ready for a fabulous year in 2017 by creating a Graphic 45 2017 planner.  I don’t know about you, but I rely heavily on lists and calendars to keep me organized.  My motto is, “If it isn’t written down, it isn’t going to happen.”

2017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3Friends, meet my brain on paper.  This planner has a place for everything: appointments, design team deadlines, shopping lists, to do lists, photos and more all neatly organized into a Graphic 45 Kraft Mixed Media Album.  I’ve used some of my favorite collections (new and old) to add color and inspirational sayings to keep me organized and motivated throughout the year.

To help you get a feel for the “flow” of this album, I put together a YouTube video tour.

Did you like the little custom paper clip embellishments?  These are super quick and easy to make, so I thought you all might enjoy a short video tutorial so you can make some yourself.

How to Make Custom Paperclip Embellishments YouTube Video

I think I am going to make a whole bunch of these to have on hand to add to cards, layouts and tags.  They are so fun!

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A Picture is Worth  A Thousand Words

2017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-62017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-52017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-72017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-82017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-92017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-102017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-112017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-12If you’d like to print out these cute chalkboard style calendars and to-do lists, you can find them at Botanical Paperworks.  They are a free download (yippee!).  Ilove how stylish and practical they are.  I printed mine at 70% of the full size so they would fit into the mixed media album.  Instead of cutting off the excess on the to do list, I scored and folded it so that I can use the flap as a tear off shopping list or menu planner for the week.  You can download the to-do list  HERE.  The monthly 2017 calendars are HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

  • Typography 12×12 papers, chips, tags &pockets and stickers
  • A Place in Time 12×12 Deluxe Collector’s Edition
  • Calendar Pages: A Place in Time 12×12
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 Calendar pages
  • Off to the Races 12×12 Prints and Patterns
  • Time to Flourish: 12×12 papers, calendar pages
  • 8×8 Time to Flourish papers, calendar pages, ephemera cards, chips, tags & pockets, banners
  • Graphic 45 Staples Mixed Media Album
  • Metal Door Plate (the original, large style) Graphic 45 Staples
  • Graphic 45 Staples Antique Brass Door Knocker
  • 2 Staples Kraft Tags
  • Staples Butterfly (retired)
  • Petaloo Flowers

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Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner

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Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner with Graphic 45

Hello, Friends!  This is the time of year when we all start thinking about organizing our lives and getting ready for the New Year.  I was in the middle of sorting out my Graphic 45 paper collections when I had a “lightbulb moment” and the idea for this Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner was conceived.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1My thought was this: Wouldn’t it be great to use up all these scraps and make a whole year’s worth of cards?  And then what if I bound them into an album with a pocket page to hold dates and addresses? And that little voice in my head said, “Yes, Yes!  Do it!”  So I did.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-2Like so many ideas, this turned out to be bigger than I realized.  BUT….I just kept plugging away at it and after a solid week of work, I had this lovely album, places to keep addresses and 24…COUNT ‘EM!….handmade cards.  As an added bonus, I cleared out tons of scraps and made room for more paper.  That’s a win/win for sure!

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-8I affectionately call this my “big Mama” because it is huge.  The covers measure 8.5″ square and the binding is 5.5″ wide.  There are 12 double pocket pages inside, one for each month of the year.

Dates, Addresses and Cards at my fingertips

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-9This Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 planner is a real mash up of Graphic 45 goodies.  I created the cover with Architecture & Alphabet DIY papers.  The large size of these papers makes them ideal for this sort of project.  Time to Celebrate decorates the front and inside covers.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-10Each month of the year is represented with a pocket for dates and addresses and a second pocket that contains 2 greeting cards themed to that month.

birthdays-holidays-and-special-days-card-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-11I am not going to lie to you: this took a lot of time to make.  BUT, I have an album that can be used over and over again.  I just have to make new cards to fill the card pocket.  And, it will be very nice to have my addresses and special dates right at my fingertips in these handy pockets.  The cut apart pages from Time to Flourish and A Place in Time make the job much easier.

birthdays-holdiays-and-special-days-2017-card-planner-place-in-time-time-to-flourish-time-to-celebrate-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1These are the January cards.  I have hoarded bits and pieces of both Place in Time and Time to Flourish ever since they were released.  It felt wonderful to put them to good use on these simple, easy to mail cards.

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Birthdays, Holidays & Special Days 2017 Planner YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the flow and design of this album, I prepared a YouTube video tour.

I hope I’ve inspired you today to get into your gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, use up your scraps and make something beautiful with them.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Products Used
  • Architecture & Alphabets DIY Paper G45
  • Time to Flourish
    • 12×12 and 8×8 paper pads
    • chipboard
    • banners
    • pockets and tags
    • stickers
    • calendar papers both 12×12 and 8×8
    • ephemera cards
  • A Place in Time (original release)
    • 12×12 papers
    • 12×12 calendar pages
    • chipboard
  • Time to Celebrate
    • 8×8 pad
    • 12×12 cut apart pages
  • Children’s Hour
    • 12×12 calendar pages
  • Staples Door Plates (2) Door Knob and Ornate key
  • Graphic 45 Washi Tape
  • Scor-Pal or other Scoring tool
  • Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive to create the binding
  • Medium weight chipboard
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive or the adhesive of your choice
  • plain cardstock in assorted colors from my scrap drawer
  • assorted ribbons, buttons and brads

 

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Children’s Hour Altered Notebook and Card

  Frilly & Funkie Friday Focus on Graphic 45

Children’s Hour Altered Notebook and Card

Children's Hour Altered Notebook and Card, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Friday Focus, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Hello, Friends!

I’m excited to be sharing the Friday Focus on Graphic 45 over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today.  I’m sharing the details on this  Children’s Hour Altered Notebook and card, along with a Snapguide tutorial.  I hope you’ll pop on over and say hello to me there.

The big news is that ALL Graphic 45 products are ON SALE at the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  For the next two weeks you’ll get an additional 15% off Graphic 45 goodies on top of Linda’s regular discount prices!  This sale is too good to miss, and I had to let all my crafty friends in on the news!

Happy Shopping!  See you over at the Frilly and Funkie blog!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cute Little Tag Pocket for Anything But A Card

Cute Little Tag Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon Anything But a Card Challenge

RRRChallengeBadgeHello, Friends!  It’s the first Friday in August, and you know what that means?  Yup!  There’s a brand spanking new challenge at RRR: Anything BUT a Card.  How fun!  I tossed this idea around in my head for a while, and decided I would make a cute little tag pocket from a Graphic 45 Staples Tag, then put a standard tag inside the pocket.

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1 G45;s Large Tag Album is just the right size for this project.  Simply score the tag  3″ from the bottom edge and crease with a bone folder.  Line the inner portion and add a tiny bead of glue along the sides of the tag.  Fold in place and Voila! Instant pocket!

RRR Colors of Autumn & G45 August Children’s Hour Collection: A Perfect Match!

Colors of Autumn Ribbon CollectionThe Colors of Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment for this month is a great color match for the August papers in Graphic 45’s Children’s Hour collection.

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2I trimmed down a Standard tag so it would fit inside the cute little tag pocket.  I fussy cut a ton of images from the 8×8 pad to use as decoration.  I love the way the Turftan brown polka dot ribbon matches the brown polka dot paper, don’t you?  I also used some natural burlap string, and then tied the Kiwi Green Square in a Square Satin ribbon through the top.  It all matches perfectly!

Children's Hour Tag Pocket with Tag by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3An ephemera card was trimmed down to fit the back of the tag.  I inked the edges and tnen rounded them off with a corner chomper.  A couple stickers from the collection finished this project off nicely.

This cute little tag pocket is just the right size to hold a gift card.  It’s quick and easy to make for any occasion, but this one is going to be used for a family birthday.  Shhhh…it’s a secret!

I can’t wait to see what you make for this Anything BUT a card challenge!  Be sure to link up on the RRR Challenge Blog so I can come by and leave you some love.

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Sea Dreams Tag

Graphic 45 Children’s Hour: Sea Dreams Tag with Pocket

Hello G45’er!  I’m up on the G45 blog today with this super cute, quick and easy  Sea Dreams Tag.

Sea Dreams Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1I have to say, I love this Sea Dreams tag for the memories it brings to mind.  That little girl holding the sea shell to her ear makes me think of our oldest daughter when she was a girl.  We have spent many a happy hour combing the beach together, finding treasures along the way.  Now I get to have the same kind of fun by the sea with our three granddaughters.  What joy!

Sea Dreams Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This Sea Dreams tag started with a Graphic 45 Staples Regular Ivory tag.  I traced around the tag onto the 8×8 July montage paper.  Then I punched a 1/2″ hole for the grommet and glued it down.  The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.   Lots of inky spattering and sponging ensued!  Then I added some crisp white detail with a laser cut doily from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3The post card from the 12×12 collective page was trimmed out, inked and spritzed.  Then I fussy cut the little girl image from an ephemera card and secured her to the tag with foam spacers.  I fussy cut flowers from the 12×12 montage and clustered them around her and added a button and some custom dyed seam binding ribbon.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4I backed the postcard with some waste corrugate, then used foam dimensionals around the edges so that I could slip a little tag behind.  Why?  I don’t know…because it is fun, and I love hidden pockets and interactive elements on a project, I guess!  You can just see the shaped edge of the tag peeking out from behind the post card tag.

It’s All About the Details!

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5Here’s another look at the fun details.  All these shells were found on our beautiful North Carolina coast. To give my tag a real beachy feel, I sprinkled real beach sand on top of Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, then tapped off the excess.  I also tapped my metal fish charm with both Picket Fence and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.  It’s all about the details!

Fussy Cutting Tip

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6And here’s a handy tip for all you fussy cutters out there.  Tiny images like the little girl and the flowers can be very hard to ink.  But I hate raw edges, so ink I must!  My secret is to flip the image upside down on my craft mat, and then very gently, while it is laying flat, I sponge all around the perimeter.  Because I hold both the image and my sponge flat, the raw edges get covered up, but the image is not spoiled.  Try it next time you need to ink up something tiny.

By the Sea Tag, Children's Hour, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8 jpgHere’s a look at the tag behind the scenes of this Sea Dreams tag.  You could easily mount a small photo, or write a note on the back.  I have this tag on my desk right now, and it makes me smile every time I look at it!

I hope I shared some ideas here that you’ll be able to incorporate in your own crafting adventures.  A simple tag like this beauty is a great way to capture a memory, isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by.  Now, go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Products Used:

(Note:  With the exception of the Laser Cut doily, I purchased most of  these supplies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.)

  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Ivory Tag Album
  • Children’s Hour 8×8 Collective Paper
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 Collective Paper
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 July Montage
  • Children’s Hour Chipboard
  • Children’s Hour Pockets and Tags
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cut Doily
  • Tim Holtz Adventure Words Die
  • Distress Stain Spray: Candied Apple, Mermaid Lagoon
  • Picket Fence Distress Paint
  • Rayon Seam Binding
  • Foam Dimensionals
  • Found items from the beach, hot glue gun
  • Metal Fish Charm

 

 

 

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