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Crafty Crush: Eileen Hull Notebook Die

Crafty Crush: Eileen Hull Notebook Die for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Have you had a chance to play with the new Eileen Hull Notebook Die?  I have a serious crafty crush on it.  I’ll tell you all about it in a moment, but first let me welcome you to the “I Love It Because…” challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  Our lovely hostess, the marvelous Jenny Marples, has this to say about the theme:

I love it because…
How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn’t it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile – don’t forget to tell us why you love it so much.
Stamperia Spring Botanic + Eileen Hull Notebook Die = Beautiful

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

If you are not familiar with the new Eileen Hull Notebook Die by Sizzix, let me be the first to introduce you.  This genius little die cuts a 3 1/2″ x 5″ notebook from mat board, fabric, leather, or chipboard with one pass through your die cutting machine.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

At the same time as it cuts the chosen material, it also creases an area that becomes the spine.  This is book binding at it’s easiest and most basic.  So if you’ve ever wanted to make your own little books, this is a great way to get started.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die: I Love it Because
  • Ease of Use
  • Size: It fits inside her cleverly designed Treasure Box
  • Versatility: You can design this album in any number of ways.  You can find more examples of how I’ve used this clever die HERE and HERE.
  • Quick to make: I can knock out one of these lovely little notebooks in a couple of hours.  Then I have the perfect little gift to present, and people are always thrilled to receive it.
Stamperia Spring Botanic Paper Pad: I Love it Because

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

How could you not love this gorgeous paper?  The colors are my favorites, and the images are just dreamy.  And look at that wee snail?  I love him!

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stamperia builds their collections so that the mixed media effects I love so much are incorporated into the design.  I can add stenciling and texture on top of that if I desire to do so.  Or, I can simply cut apart the bits and pieces, dress them up with a little ribbon and a charm and be all set.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

For this little album, I printed out a selection of my favorite Spring poems and quotes.  I wanted a little lap book that could be perused at leisure, or used for home decor.

 

 

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

I’ll be sharing a full video tutorial over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog this Saturday, May 11th.  We’ll make the “sister” album for this Spring album, so you’ll want to be sure to catch that!  It will be a “start to finish” project, and I think you’ll learn a lot of fun little tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

Eileen Hull Notebook Die Stamperia Spring Botanic Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

I Love it Because….Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join in on this fun challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic spring themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, May 21st.  You can find all the rules and information HERE.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

See you on Saturday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial

ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial using Graphic 45 Bloom                        and Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal Die

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m honored to be sharing a ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial with you.  You all know how much I love to use metal embellishments on my projects.  When the lovely and gracious LouAnn Hunt over at ButterBee Scraps invited me to do a guest designer spot focusing on altering and using metal embellishments on a project, how could I say no?  To showcase these lovely metal embellishments, I created an Eileen Hull HeARTfelt Journal made with Graphic 45 Bloom collection.  You’ll find a linked supply list for this project at the end of this post.

Altered Metal Embellishments Tips and Tricks

Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial Eileen Hull Journal Die Graphic 45 Bloom Video by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Sometimes I like to mix metals on a project.  But sometimes, I want the finishes to match.  What to do?   Altering a metal embellishment is easy, fun, and not too messy.  Here’s how I altered these embellishments:

  • First, place an old paper bag, magazine or other disposable surface on your work space.
  • Next, dry brush both sides of each embellishment with a light coat of gesso or paint.  For this project, I used an ivory chalk paint.  But I’ve also had great success with Antique Linen Distress Paint.
  • Now heat dry the paint, or let it air dry for about 15 minutes.
  • Then, tap the raised surfaces with a little Graphic 45 Old Moss Decades Ink.  This really brings out the subtle details in the metals.
  • Finally spray the embellishments with a little mica spray to add a hint of shimmer.  Heat Dry.
    • I used Perfect Pearls Green Patina Mist (retired).  You can actually make your own mica spray by mixing about 1/2 tsp of Perfect Pearls Powder with tap water.  Then place in a mister bottle and you are all set.
Graphic 45 Bloom Traveler’s Notebook with Eileen Hull HeArtFelt Journal Dies

Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The video tutorial below will guide you through all the necessary steps for making this journal.  So I’ll just share a few teaser photos with you here.

TIP: Apply a coat of Distress Collage Medium/Matte to the back of the papers used on the journal covers and signatures.  I find this works the best of all the adhesives I’ve tried for this particular process.  Then burnish well with a bone folder to push out any air pockets.

Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for ButterBee Scraps Photo 02 Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02 Eileen Hull Journal Graphic 45 Bloom ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03 Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01 ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04 Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Using Metal Embellishments Inside the Journal

This journal has 3 signatures (inserts…think chapters in a book.)  I usually die cut my own signatures with Eileen’s die, but while on a foraging trip at Tuesday Morning, I found a few Momenta Explore Journal Inserts on clearance for about $1.  I can’t die cut them that cheaply at home!  So I simply decorated the inserts with pretty papers, metal charms and ribbon.  The tutorial will go into the “how” in more detail.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Create a unified design by adding the same embellishments inside the journal.  The copper filigree leaves are flat, so they add design without a lot of bulk.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

The same holds true for the butterflies.

TIP: Use a metal adhesive like Glossy Accents, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, or E6000 to secure metal to paper.  You can always add a dab of hot glue to the paper.  This will hold embellishments in place until the slower drying adhesive has a chance to cure.

Graphic 45 Bloom Eileen Hull Journal Die Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Here’s another fun way to alter metal embellishments.  I tied this darling key through the loop on the bulldog clip.  Simple, but effective.

ButterBee Scraps Altered Metal Embellishments Tutorial Video

This video starts with a short flip through tour of the journal.  Then I’ve added a simple words/photo step out tutorial to guide you through the steps I used to create the altered embellishments, journal cover and inserts.  I hope you enjoy!

Special Discount Code at ButterBee Scraps

LouAnn, the owner at ButterBee Scraps, has graciously offered my followers a discount on all purchases from now until May 17th.  Just use the code KATHY10  when you check out to receive a 10% discount on your shopping cart total.  Thanks, ButterBee Scraps!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration today that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  To see other Eileen Hull Journals that I’ve created, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Friends YouTube Hop

Stamperia Friends YouTube Hop Music Folio with Journal Insert Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited about today’s post that I can hardly stand it!  This Stamperia Friends YouTube Hop was first announced on my YouTube Channel in October of 2018.  Packages took a long time to ship, the holidays happened and the date kept getting pushed back.  But the time is finally here, and the hop is now live.  If you love Stamperia Papers, and you love video tutorials, then you are going to love this amazing hop!  It’s an incredible honor to be part of a wonderful line up of mixed media artists who all share a love for Stamperia papers.

I decided to create a mixed media trifold folio using Stamperia’s gorgeous Music paper pad.  This is a 5  1/4″ x 7 1/4″ trifold folio with loads of pockets, flaps and interactive elements.

Similar in design to the Love Notes folio I made for Graphic 45 at CHA, this slightly smaller folio has a lovely secret tucked inside.

The center box style pocket holds this hand stitched 4″ x 5 1/2″ journal.

I’ve prepared a YouTube video tour and tutorial for this project so you can see all the details and learn how to create your own folio, should you desire to do so.

In the description box below the video, you will find links to all the other YouTube videos in the hop.  You will want to hop along, as we are giving away TEN Stamperia prize packages for those who hop, comment, subscribe to the channels in the hop and subscribe to the Stamperia channel on YouTube.

I’ll provide a link to the products I used below.  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Supplies: Old sheet music from my stash, waxed linen thread, novelty buttons, Little Birdie Flowers, Gathered Twigs Distress ink, Gathered Twigs Distress Paint

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School: Mini Album with Accolade, Companions and Frontier

Hello Friends!  What a fun day this is!  Today’s the day that Authentique Paper Goes Back to School!  The Authentique Design Team have prepared some amazing Back to School projects to share with you.  You can find them all HERE on the Authentique Blog.  For my project share, I’ve created a chunky monkey of a mini album made with the Accolade, Companions and Frontier Collection Kits.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This “from scratch” album measures a hefty 6 1/4″ x 7″ x 2 1/2″.  I created a 5 tab hidden binding system inside the covers to hold my pocket pages.  (You can find a tutorial for the Valentine’s Day album I made using this same system HERE. )

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 02I used fussy cut images from Accolade along with a Tim Holtz Vintage Globe Die Cut and cute buttons to create this collage style cover.  The album is a birthday gift for our dear daughter in law who homeschools our 3 grandgirls.  She can record all the wonderful projects, events and field trips inside the album pages.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The spine is reinforced with a canvas binding for strength and durability.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 04

I’ve accented the album with some cute school themed charms and Bold Red Check Ribbon.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School: A Peek Inside

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 05

There is so much to see inside this album, that I created a video tour for you.  But I thought you might like to see a few of the still shots first.  This is the inside cover.  I’ve used the floral paper and kitty cat border from Companions here.  Our son and his wife have 3 kitty loving daughters, so I thought it would be cute to make a pocket with these cute cats on it.  Accolade is such a neutral collection that you can pair it with almost anything and it still looks great.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 06

The inner pages are loaded with flaps, fold outs and pocket pages.  To stretch my designer paper, I used Authentique Spectrum Cardstock.  It’s a perfect color match.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 07

Look how great these papers from Frontier look alongside Accolade and Companions!  I had such fun mixing and matching collections!

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 09

This double page looks like a flap page, but it’s actually holding two very fun photo inserts.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School Accolade Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 10

These 4″ x 6 1/2″ photo inserts slip neatly behind the page.  To do this, just place adhesive on only 3 sides of your paper.

Authentique Paper Goes Back to School: The YouTube Video Tour

There are too many pages in this album for me to share all the photos here.  So I created this 10 minute video tour.  I’ll show you how all the mechanisms work and share tips and tricks that I used while creating the album.

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.

I’m sitting in the corner with the dunce cap on my head!  The date for the Authentique group share post was changed to FRIDAY, but I missed the memo!  So pop on by the Authentique blog tomorrow, Friday August 31, to join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping  by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Timeworn Challenge: Faded Photos Passport Album

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge

Hello, Friends!  There’s something about old family photos!  I don’t care how old and faded they are, they speak to my heart, take me back in time, and capture my imagination.  I’ve created this Faded Photos Passport Album for the Timeworn Challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  Our hostess this go round is the amazing Autumn.  Before we take a look at the album, let’s see what she has to say about this fabulous challenge.

Timeworn

As the last leaves fall from autumn trees, we are reminded of the beauty of yesterday.  The leaves crinkled underfoot, the clock ticking onward, a fleeting memory…  For this challenge, we would love to see your timeworn vintage or shabby chic creations celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.

Faded Photos Passport Album

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I’ve always had a deep love for old family photos.  When I was sick in bed as a little girl (which was often) Mom would let us thumb through her old scrapbooks to help us pass the time.  Just a few days ago, I received a surprise package in the mail from my sister in law.  She was cleaning out old boxes and ran across a small pile of old photos of my mom, dad, aunt, uncle and grandmother.  What a treasure.  I knew immediately that I wanted to clean these photos up and use them for this project.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 2The album base is cut from medium weight chipboard using Eileen Hull’s Passport Album Die.   I love the petite size of this 3.5″ x 5″ album.  It’s just so cute!

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 3

The album is covered with 12″ x 12″ Tim Holtz Memoranda papers.  Distress Oxide Inks on a manila tag formed the base for my title image.  The embellishments are wrapped around my favorite Ornate frame to form a sort of wreath effect.

What’s Inside the Faded Photos Passport Album

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 4When you create an album with old family photos, half the pleasure is derived from remembering faces and events.  Because all of these photos were taken long before I was born, I found it especially moving to see all the hopes and dreams, love and promise captured in the expressions.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 5Of course, this album has pockets!  You’ll find a slash pocket on both the front and the back cover.  This is my mom and dad, framed with a Cabinet Card.  I die cut an extra page from kraft paper, folded it in half and wrote their love story on it.  Then I clipped it to the back of the cabinet card.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 6

This photo of my mom is taken in 1941  on York Beach, Maine.  She always did love to climb on rocks.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 7

To form inner pockets, I simply glued two pages together.  Then I inked up some kraft tags with Distress Oxide Inks, added my journaling and some stamping. Banner flags cut from crinoline make such lovely little embellishments.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 8Time and dampness combined with much handling really damaged these photos.  Photo editing software cleaned them up a good bit, but they are still a little rough.  I also scanned in my mother’s own handwritten journal entries, then printed them off.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 9I love how carefree she looks in these photos!

Faded Photos Passport Mini Album: The Summer of 1942

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 10

The US entered WWII in 1942, and that summer saw thousands of young men (and women!) enlist in the military.  This photo is of my dad and his little brother.  Dad joined the army, but thankfully, served in the US due to the fact that he was profoundly color blind.  His little brother joined the Navy, and served in the Philippines.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 11

Like thousands of others, good-byes had to be said.  So the family took a trip to Massachusetts to do just that.  My mom is on the left, my Grammy Ma in the center and Aunt Ellen is on the right in this photo.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 12Here’s Mom with my Aunt Bid, who served as a nurse during the war.  She was such a great aunt, and as this picture shows…always ready to have fun.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 13This is my dad, the day before he left for the Army.  Those hills in the background are from his tiny, rural hometown.

Faded Photos Passport Album for Frilly and Funkie Timeworn Challenge by Kathy Clement Photo 15

I see the faces of my family, and I remember.  Their faces live on in the faces of their children, our children and grandchildren, too.  This was so much more than a design team project for me.  Creating this Faded Photos Passport album brought dear ones who are no longer with me back to life.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little piece of my family history.  It was my pleasure to create and share it with you.

Timeworn Challenge: Now it’s YOUR turn!

We’d love to see your take on this Timeworn theme.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project  celebrating the beauty of the aged, dated or weathered.  Link it up over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM on Tuesday, November 21st.

The Frilly Funkie team will will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie. Our next three favorites will receive 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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