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Laundry Day Card with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Laundry Day Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Hello, Ribbon lovers!  In my world, nothing smells so sweet as freshly washed sheets that have hung on the line.  The beautiful spring weather and  memories of my mom prompted me to make this Laundry Day card with Really Reasonable Ribbon and Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection.  It brings back so many happy childhood memories!

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1If you never had the joy of hanging freshly washed laundry on the line on a gorgeous spring day, then you have missed out on one of life’s greatest pleasures.  With the blue sky over your head and a playful breeze blowing while cheeky little birds sing their hearts out it’s truly a feast for the soul!  I tried to capture the joy of the experience in this 5″ x 7″ top fold laundry day card.

It’s All About the Layers on this Laundry Day Card

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This card is all about the layers!  I layered up several prints and patterns, as is my usual course of action.  But I also layered up the focal image.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

To do this, first create a layer with the entire image.  Next, fussy cut a second image, ink the edges and back it with small foam tabs.  Then carefully line the fussy cut image up with the original and press in place.  I love the way this causes the image to pop off the page.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4You can create layers with ribbon, too!  For this card, I created a double layer bow with the Electric Blue Taffeta ribbon from the May Ribbon Club Assortment.  I topped it with a bright and cheery Yellow Plaid double loop bow.  Then I added some pretty red and blue blooms to go with the fussy cut hollyhocks from the paper collection.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5This miniature wooden washboard is layered on top of a journal tag from the paper collection.  I draped it with a snippet of Red Plaid Ribbon and a fussy cut border image.  The Red Plaid Ribbon also serves as a border at the top of the card.

Pockets and Tags and Sweet Treats Inside this Laundry Day Card

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6I love to create cards that can double as gifts, so I generally add pockets and tags and treats to the inside.  The miniature green clothespin holds a tiny folio shut.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7To create this, I simply cut the strip of images from the border page in Home Sweet Home.  Then I scored between each image.  Next I accordion folded the strip so that the tomato image is on top.  It would be fun to write either a personal note or a recipe on the ephemera card.

Laundry Day Card Home Sweet Home by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8The lower pocket contains a tea bag and an individually wrapped chocolate.  There’s plenty of room to tuck in a gift card, too.

Sadly, we are not allowed to hang clothes out on the line in my new neighborhood.  But I still have the sweet memories from hanging clothes on the line with my mom.  Do you use a clothesline?  I’d love to hear your Laundry Day story in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Hello, Friends!  Summer is the time when we all travel.  Sometimes we travel around the world, and sometimes we just take a little trip around the block.  This summer, the grand girls paid a visit to a local “you pick” blueberry farm.  It was a beautiful day, the blueberries were ripe for and luscious and fun was in the air. We picked them one day, baked them into a delicious dessert on another and ate every juicy morsel on a third.  It was blueberry delight from beginning to end.  I thought I’d share the fun with you in this Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial.

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 14Just look at those faces?  Is that sheer bliss or what?  I decided to create my album in a sunny, summery blue and yellow color palette using papers from Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection.

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 15The square tag album from G45 is a chunky wonder!  I love the sturdy spine and classy label holder.  Blueberries, flowers and a little twine bow fill this one up nicely!

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 20Have you used the G45 washi tape yet?  I found several fun ways to use it in this album.  I wrapped  my photos with it to create custom photo corners.  Borders are quick and easy when you use washi tape!  And, it’s a cinch to keep alpha letters in a straight line when you use washi tape as a guide!

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 17Home Sweet Home is the perfect collection to capture the fun of a day like this!  Speaking of fun, how fun is it to mount cute photos onto the square tags that fit perfectly into the pockets?

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 18Look at all those pages!  Each ribbon represents a tag that’s tucked into the side pockets of the album.

Come Blueberry Picking with Me

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 28Don’t you want to go pick blueberries with these cutie patooties?  Well, you can, sort of, with this video tour of my Blueberry Delight Mini Album.

Blueberry Delight Recipe

The girls and I got together to bake our blueberries up into a tasty dessert on Saturday morning.  I thought you might like to make it for your family as well, so here’s the recipe:

Crust:

1 stick butter

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

Melt butter and stir in the crumbled vanilla wafers.  Press the crumbs into a 9” square pan.  Set aside.

Filling:

Whipped cream:

2 cups of heavy cream, whipped

3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream cheese:

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup sugar

1 8 oz cream cheese, softened

Directions:

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until it is thick and holds a peak.  Carefully fold half the whipping cream into the prepared cream cheese mixture and spread over the prepared crust.  Refrigerate the remaining whipped cream in an airtight container.  (You can also use an 8 oz. Cool Whip, but we prefer real whipped cream.)

Berries:

¾ cup sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

4 cups blueberries

juice of 1 lemon

Combine ingredients and cook until thickened. Cool completely. Top the cream filling with the cooled blueberries and refrigerate.

Blueberry Delight Snapguide Tutorial

I put together a little step by step tutorial on Snapguide so that you can see how I layered the cover together.

Check out How to Create With Graphic 45 Staples Square Tag Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you a summer filled with sweet memories of time spent with the people you love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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