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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

3×3 Challenge: Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

Hello, G45’ers!  Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook has become one of my all time favorite paper collections.  Today, I’ve used it to create this Nature Sketchbook  Correspondence Kit for the 3×3 challenge at Graphic 45.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1What’s the 3×3 Challenge?

Let me explain.  As a fun new twist for all you fabulous G45’ers, Graphic 45 calls out 3 Brand Ambassadors each month.  We are assigned the same 3 crafty items to work with and told to create something to inspire your creativity.  So I’m up on the G45 Blog today along with fellow Brand Ambassadors  Alexandra and Nico.

We were asked to create with our choice of 8×8 papers, Staples Stamped Metal Brads and a Standard Black Book Box.  A few “extra” supplies from our stash can be added to the basic 3 items, but the idea is to keep the supply list as short as possible. I found it to be surprisingly liberating to work with a more limited supply list, as it forced me to dig deep and be extra creative.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

Did you know that handwritten notes are making a big comeback?  Right smack dab in the middle of the age of technology, the handwritten note is a rising trend. Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find that both individuals and businesses are rediscovering the value of personalized, handwritten notes,  This is great news for those of us who have always loved pretty stationery!

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2With this trend in mind, I set out to create an elegant boxed correspondence kit for the G45 3×3 July Challenge.

TIP: Coat the exterior of the box with a sealant to protect the patterned papers from spills or smears of jelly toast.  I used Ranger Distress Collage Medium as it dries very quickly.  The paper may bubble when the medium is first applied, but it will lay flat again if you leave it to dry overnight.

 

The Ribbon Closure: Tips and Tricks

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After I covered the book box with Plant Kingdom and Verdant Woodlands paper, I needed to create a closure.  Ribbon adds wonderful texture and pattern, so I decided to go in that direction.  

  • First, measure to find the middle of the book box cover.  Place one line of 1/2 Scor Tape all the way around the front cover, spine and back cover at this middle point.  Repeat with another line above and below this first one.
  • Cut a 30″ long strip of 1.5″ Antique Gold Netting.  Fold the ribbon to find the center.
  • Remove the liner from the Scor-tape.
  • Place the center point of the ribbon on the center point of the spine. Then press the ribbon in place.  You’ll use the long tails to tie the bow.
  • Place another strip of 1/2 Scor-Tape above and below the netting. Then add two strips of 1/2″ Moss Green/Cream Plaid Ribbon.

TIP:  To keep cut ribbon ends from fraying, add a very small dot of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive to the cut ends.  Tap in with your fingers.  The glue dries clear and will not discolor the ribbon, but will keep the ends from fraying.

Now that your ribbon closure is finished, you can go ahead and add fussy cut elements to the cover.  This is the fun part!

TIP: Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop!

TIP: Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard between the layers to create depth and     dimension.

Decorating the Spine

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I dug into my stash of retired Staples Metals to find these lovely metal butterflies.  First, I ran them through an embossing folder to add texture and design.  Then I tapped them with Distress Paints in colors that complemented Nature Sketchbook.  The bottom layer is flat, the middle layer has shaped wings and the top layer is made with one of the small butterflies.  Layers are connected with a Staples Stamped Metal Brad, which fits perfectly through the opening in the center of the butterfly body.

Decorating the inside of The Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

 

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After covering the interior of the box with more beautiful 8″ x 8″ papers, I got to work on creating the correspondence kit.  Lined envelopes, note cards and a handy address book are housed within.

Store chic lined envelopes inside this improvised pocket page.   First, score an 8″ x 8″ piece of Nature Sketchbook to fit the cover liner.  Then, fold the extra piece of paper to form a sort of pocket. Next, secure black and white houndstooth ribbon to the back side of this mechanism. Finally, wrap the loose ends around the mechanism and tie a bow to create the closure.

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TIP: To create elegant lined envelopes, trim designer paper about ⅛” less than the width of the opening.  Then slide the cut paper into the envelope to make sure it fits well and adjust if necessary. Next, round the top corners with a ¼” corner rounder.  Finally, with the paper inserted in the envelope, mark the fold line, score, and glue in place.

Follow a Recipe!

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Use the same “recipe” when making a set of note cards:

  • First, create four 4.25″ x 5.5″ kraft cardstock bases.
  • Next, cut four pieces of  ladybug paper to measure 4″ x 5.25″.
  • Cut four pieces of black cardstock to measure 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Now mat the ladybug print on the black cardstock.
  • Trim four strips of Wildflower Bouquet to measure 2.25″ x 5 1/8″  .
  • Now cut four mats from black cardstock, and mat Wildflower Bouquet
  • Next, cut four strips of Plant Kingdom to measure 1.5″tall x 4 1/8″ long.
  • Then cut four 4″ strips of Olive Burlap Woven Ribbon.
  • Now cut focals from Beautiful World.  Mat on Black cardstock.
  • Assemble card as follows
    • Card base
    • Black Mat
    • Ladybug (Diary of a Botanist)
    • Wildflower Bouquet
    • Plant Kingdom Belly Band
    • Olive Burlap Woven Ribbon
    • Staples Stamped Brad
    • Matted Card Focal

Using this assembly line method, you should have all 4 cards finished in about an hour.

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Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit: Address Book with Stamp and Address Label Storage

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First, I created a simple ring bound book cover with chipboard and “O” rings.

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I altered this envelope with designer papers and Tropical Travelogue Alpha Stamps.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13These address book pages have been in my stash forever.  I designed the book cover to fit them.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14This envelope is altered to hold address labels.   The small policy envelope on the inside back cover provides a little extra storage spot.  It also flips down.  This way, you can add a small photo to the inside cover.

I had a blast creating this Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit for this month’s 3×3 Challenge at Graphic 45.  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

Graphic 45 Staples Tags Are the Bees Knees Tag Card with Times Nouveau DCE

Hello, G45’ers!  If you love tags, you are going to love today’s post.  I’ve pulled out one my Times Nouveau DCE,  some Staples Tags, Distress Oxide Inks and lot of other paper playthings to make this fabulous The Bees Knees Tag Card.

I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags!  They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways.  The beautiful shaped edge and vintage metal grommet makes them the perfect layering element on a card or layout.  You can string alpha tags together to  make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting.  Tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level.  Tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark, and you’ve just turned a card into a gift. Set them on a small easel and use them for home decor.  I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.

These are thick, heavy tags ,made from high quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas.  Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.

From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!

I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different.  So I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base.  I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Distress Oxide Inks joined the party, making things even more lively.  I even found a way to work a hidden tag pocket into the design.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine

You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together.  For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x  2 ¼”  wide.  Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” .  Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios

Tags and pockets just go together.  I turned this fabulous image into a side pocket for these two little folios.  Photos, journaling or gift cards can be tucked inside.  I love the little banner/paper clip embellishment made with scraps.  When paper is this fabulous, you want to use every little bit!

Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest.  I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags.  With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.

If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag)  is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution.  Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image.  Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element. 

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a hidden tag pocket and treat!

Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride

You can use the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to make fantastic embellishments for your card.  I glued the tags back to back, then hitched them to a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.

The tags are reversible, and I love the motion they add to the design.

Other Tips and Tricks
  1. I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card.  This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed or soiled as you work on the inside.
  2. Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card.  The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers.  Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.
  3. I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.

Are you inspired to break out your pretty G45 papers, Staples Tags, scissors and glue?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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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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Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album with G45 Portrait of a Lady

Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady CHA Project

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m excited to be sharing another project that graced the Graphic 45 Booth at CHA/Creativation last month.  Portrait of a Lady is such an elegant collection filled with gorgeous colors and patterns.  But it’s also loaded with inspirational sentiments like the one that inspired me to make this Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album.  Go grab a drink and a snack as there are loads of photos, a video tour and some designer tips that I’d love to share with you today.

The easel album measures 8″ square and comes with 12 kraft pages in a spiral binding.  I used the signature image on the cover along with a row of pretty little banner flags, some fussy cut perfume bottles, Petaloo flowers, ribbon, twine and vintage buttons.  To age the papers, I spattered them with diluted white acrylic paint.

Are you swooning yet?  Oh, how I love these papers!

Highlight small elegant images by framing them.  Bring out the design in an ornate frame by tapping raised areas with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Dig into your stash of vintage lace, trims and vintage style buttons because this collection fairly cries out for such additions!

Here is a side view so you can see the easel that allows the album to stand upright for display.

A Peek Inside

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.  That’s the quote that inspired this project.  Such wisdom!  The thought process behind the design was to create an inspirational decor piece that could be changed out as time passes.  And you knew there had to be a pocket somewhere, didn’t you?

Here are a few of my favorite interior pages.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Album Video Tour On YouTube

If I sound a little “off” or tired in this video it’s due to a horrible virus that hit me during the Christmas holiday.  I was still recovering when this video was made.

Thanks so much for letting me share this album with you today.  I hope you are inspired to go and create something beautiful!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

  • Portrait of a Lady 12×12 papers
    • Portrait of a Lady
    • Diana
    • Josephine
    • Catherine
    • Sophia
    • Grace
    • Isabella
    • Elizabeth
    • Blanche
    • Victoria
    • Maria
  • Graphic 45 Staples 8×8 Easel Album
  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
  • Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
  • Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
  • Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
  • Petaloo Flowers
    • White Botanica Blooms x4
    • White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
    • DIY Ivory Burlap Picks

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Thankful Fall Wall Hanging with Petaloo DIY Flowers

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 7Thankful Fall Wall Hanging with Petaloo DIY Flowers (an upcycling project)

Hello, Petaloo fans!  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  The crisp clear air, the crunch of falling leaves underfoot, gorgeous fall asters, crystal clear blue skies and cooler temps are such a welcome relief after the long, hot summer.  I’m always inspired to decorate for fall, how about you?  Autumn decor and vintage style seem to go hand in hand, Especially when you toss in some upcycled product packaging and hand dyed flowers.  This Thankful Fall Wall Hanging portrays all the things I love about fall.

Thankful  Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 1Authentique’s Harvest collection is so completely gorgeous when combined with Petaloo DIY Flowers, burlap ribbon, a Canvas Corp Brands banner base, crocheted lace, a Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull, ribbon and twine.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 2These small burlap sunflowers were painted and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. (Jack-o-Lantern, Peach Delight, Olive Vine, Bronze). The natural ivory color gives you a good vintage base to being with.  Just add inks or mists and you can customize your flowers to match your papers.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 5

My G45 antique metal  door pull becomes an urn when filled with sweet little Petaloo Natural Canvas Rosettes.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 4Thankful  Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 7Graphic 45 product packaging has such a lovely shape that I can never bear to throw one away.  This one was sanded, spritzed, embossed and inked to create a lovely metallic looking layer for my images.  I also aged the drawer pull with Ranger Vintaj inks in Patina, Moss, and Jade.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 6Have you started decorating for fall yet?  Mother Nature always dresses up in her autumn finery, and I like to bring some of that beauty into my home.  I hope this Thankful Fall Wall Hanging inspired you to welcome this gracious season to your home.

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep calm, and craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

DIY-Burlap Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Ivory ITEM: 1650-018

DIY-Burlap Small Sunflowers x 4 Ivory ITEM: 1650-008

Mini Garden Rosettes x 10 CANVAS natural SKU: 1213-000

Fall leaves pack x 36 SKU: 1161-300

Authentique Harvest Collection

Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull

Debra Natural Crochet Lace

Copper Glitz Ribbon

Wired Faux Burlap ribbon (discontinued)

Brown Burlap String

Tattered Angels Mist: Jack-O-Lantern, Peach Delight, Olive Vine, Bronze

CCB Banner Kit

Stick pins from Maya Road, in my stash

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