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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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Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Team: Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Fall is a great season to practice the habit of gratitude.  Today I have a really sweet Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album made with Tammy Tutterow Dies that will help you get your gratitude on!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

The inspiration for this Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album came from Tammy’s Paper Bag Envelope Die.  I paired this up with her Posie Parts Die, Waterfall One, and Tab Set Two Dies.  The papers from Simple Stories are a guilty pleasure.  I spotted them online and knew I had to have them!

This “from scratch” album measures 5.75″ x 3.5″ with a 3″ spine.  I want to live in this pink gingham house, don’t you?  So sweet!  The chipboard house is wreathed with handmade felt posies.  These are such fun to make! I especially enjoy digging through my button jar to find the centers.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2

This 3″ spine makes for a chunky little album…which I personally love.  I’ve decorated with Champagne Silky Crush Ribbon, Crochet Lace, a handmade button charm, Posie Parts Leaves and a die cut label.  The chunky spine allows you to create dimensional pages inside, which is always fun!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album: A Gratitude Waterfall

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3

Waterfall features like the one on the inside cover of my book are a snap to make using Tammy’s Waterfall One Die. Each page is cut from designer paper.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4The cover is decorated with  Tammy’s Pointed Mini Envelope Die.  Just die cut the envelope from designer paper, then fold the flaps, glue in place and you have a darling designer envelope.  This one is paper clipped to the front cover of the waterfall album and flanked with another Posie Part felt flower.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5You can add 3″ square photos on each album page.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6Add pictures of the people, places and things you are the most thankful for on these pages.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album Pocket Pages
Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

Before I began putting this album together, I first die cut 4 sets of Paper Bag Envelopes from medium weight cream cardstock.

Assembling the paper bag envelopes is as easy as 1, 2, 3.  Just fold, and glue together with the adhesive of your choice.

Once the paper bag envelopes were put together, I used Tammy’s Stencil Girl Stencils  and Distress Ink to add color, pattern and interest to the plain cream envelopes.  This first pocket page pairs the Cross Stitch 2 Step Stencil with Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.  I do not consider myself to be adept with stencils, but this was really quick and easy to do.

Next, I die cut some tabs from designer paper to serve as pull-outs for the envelope inserts.  You can write down thankful thoughts, add photos, tuck little mementoes into the pockets…anything you feel thankful for!

Grateful for Tammy’s Stencils!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8Each side of the pocket is stenciled with a different pattern and decorated with a Posie Part Posie.  This is the Gingham Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9I love the fact that I can create “custom” patterns to match my designer papers and the theme of any project.  Here, I’ve used Fossilized Amber and Wild Honey with the Polka Heart Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10This page made with the Petite Posies stencil and Wild Honey/Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink is probably my favorite.  The colors match the little chipboard house perfecty!

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 11This is Polka Party with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany inks.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 12And here we have Mad for Plaid with the same ink combo.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 13Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint look fabulous with the Petite Greens Stencil.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 14And because I love gingham so much, it made the cut twice.

Grateful Paper Bag Mini Album: The Photo Mounts

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 15The inside back cover has a pocket full of photo mounts.  I used the Paper Bag Pocket insert die to make these in a jiffy.

Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album by Kathy Clement Product by Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 16Bound together with a decorative belly band, you can add eight 3.75″ x 2.75″ photos here.

This Grateful Paper Bag Envelope Mini Album is such a fun way to remember to be thankful.  You could make this into a weekly activity with your kids or grandkids, adding photos, quotes and journaling notes to each little pocket.  I always say that thankful people are the happiest people.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fun challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around the fabulous Suzz is our hostess and the theme is Winter Hues.  I pulled out all sorts of lovely blue and white goodies from so many different companies to create this little Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album.  This is the product mash up of all product mash ups! We’ll take a closer look in a second.  But first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge:

Winter time brings such a beautiful mix of colors. This challenge requires you use any or all of the following colors: blue, white, silver, gray in your vintage or shabby chic project.

I hope you will link up and play along with us.  The design team will chose their favorite project from all the entries and invite that artist to join us for a guest designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The top three choices will receive a badge to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who plays along and follows the guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  What fun!  You can link up and find all the details HERE.

I have loads of photos and tips to share with you, so let’s get this party started!

Shabby Chic Winter Hues Mini Album

Let me start by saying how much fun I had creating this little album.  I cut medium weight chipboard to measure 3 5/8″ by 5.5″ and cut a spine to measure 1.5″ x 3 5/8″.  Sticky back canvas covers the spine and wraps around  to span the front and back covers.

I love making little albums like this “from scratch.”  To keep with Suzz’ directive to use shades of blue, white, silver and grey, I dipped into my Graphic 45 Place in Time and Botanical Tea papers and Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures and Paris Flea Market.  I’ve used Tammy Tutterow Spellbinder dies throughout the album, and I think you’ll be excited to see how they have been employed.

A Happy Accident

The pretty blue pinstripe paper is from Pion Designs Shoreline Treasures.  I wanted to keep the cover pretty clean and simple to sort of echo the way the world looks after a fresh snowfall.

Tammy’s innovative snowflake stamp is designed in such a way that it automatically creates a shadow layer every time you stamp it.  My thought was to Stamp it in French Blue Archival Ink.  Then I traced around it very quickly using Art Institute dries clear glue.  The plan was to then sprinkle the glue with superfine glitter.  Which I thought I grabbed from my bin.  But…guess what?

I grabbed superfine white embossing powder instead.

(Insert panic attack here.)

Once I calmed down, I decided I might as well just roll with the punches.  What’s done is done.  So I went ahead and heat embossed the glue/embossing powder mixture.

Happy accident!

It created this really cool raised edge effect on the snowflake. I think you can pick it up just a little in this close up shot.  But in real life, it looks slightly shiny and as this cool bumpy texture.  I would totally do this again on purpose.

Before gluing the snowflake in place, I put down a layer of Ivory Silky Crush Ribbon and gorgeous Venise lace trim.  These were attached with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and 1/8″ red line tape.  Then I fussy cut images from the January page of Place in time and layered those over the snowflake.

Wool felt Pom Pom Posies make the perfect floral  cluster.  I added in lots of vintage buttons from my button stash.  The tab in the top right corner is cut with Tammy’s die as well.

Paper Bag Pocket Pages

Say THAT 3 times really fast!  Tammy has this darling paper bag pocket die that makes great mini album pages.  See what you think.

The pockets were cut from white cardstock and then embellished with designer papers.  There’s a slash pocket on the left.

I filled it up with a little vintage button card and a post card from Place in Time.  Petaloo Vintage Velvet Hydrangea Blossoms add a fun touch of texture and sparkle.

Versatility in a die is a wonderful thing.  This sentiment is written on Tammy’s Mini Tag Book Die.  I trimmed off the bottom edge so that it would fit the scale of this mini album then decorated it with crochet lace and vintage buttons.

The paper bag die comes with a sweet little insert and I cut a bunch of these to go inside the pockets as photo mounts.  Each is decorated with another of Tammy’s Tab Dies and a vintage button.

This little paper spool is from the Paris Flea Market collection.  I wrapped it with Venise lace and a vintage button.  Isn’t it just too shabbylicious for words?

And here we are at the end.  Since I had one more little die cut bag, I went ahead and glued it to the inside cover.

I love the soft, nostalgic feel of this shabby chic winter hues mini album, don’t you?  Combining so many different textures adds interest to the simple design.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas you can use here.  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial with Graphic 45 City Scapes Collection

Hello my friends! Are you smack dab in the middle of Christmas preparations?  Can I interest you in a non-Christmas project?  Hmmmmm?   I just finished creating a super cute birthday card/gift for my dear daughter.  I had the presence of mind to snap photos of the process, so I’m able to share this Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial with you today.  Graphic 45’s scrumptious Cityscapes collection and Tammy Tutterow’s fabulous Mini Tag Book Die make great traveling companions, don’t you think?

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementI wish you could see how tiny this darling Mini Tag Book is.  It measures just 4″ wide x 2.25″ tall.  The inner pages are even smaller.  It is cute, cute, cute! It packs a real visual punch though.  Take a look:

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I strung travel themed charms onto a Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Mini Caribiner Clip.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementThis album goes together in a jiffy!  I used tags and cut apart images from the Cityscapes collection to fill the small pages.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementI hand wrote travel quotes that I thought my daughter would enjoy.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementTravel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementGlue just the bottom edge of a border piece, and you’ve got a nifty pocket!

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementCut border strips apart to add a great sentiment page.

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy ClementI also used Tammy’s Window Mini Pocket Die to create a fun money wallet on the last page.  Here’s the Snapguide Tutorial so you can follow along, and make one yourself!

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial

Check out How to G45 City Scapes Mini Tag Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I’m afraid I’ve found a new addiction in this fun and fabulous die.  Think of all the fun themes you could use!

Travel Themed Mini Tag Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement

I now return you to your regularly scheduled Christmas programming.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show Me the Pink Challenge

Wander Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon “Show Me the Pink” Challenge

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time our theme is “Show Me the Pink,” so I created this Wander Mini Album in soft shades of pink and cream.  It’s even got a pink birdie on the cover!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 01In the process of purging “stuff” from my closets this month, I ran across a whole stack of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white card bases.  I mean a STACK, people!  As I was flipping through them, a little lightbulb went off in my brain: “Wouldn’t these be perfect as a base for a mini album?”  And just like that, the idea for this Wander mini album was born.  The corrugated cardboard covers were cut from another pile of “stuff” I found while cleaning, and they add strength and stability to the project.  I really need to work up a tutorial for this one, as I think some of you would like to give it a go.  Let me know, and if enough people say “pretty please” I’ll put something together.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 03I found these pretty Bo Bunny Garden journal papers while cleaning out the Closet of Shame and the color palette is perfect for this challenge.  I wanted my pretty pink bird to sit inside a sort of wreath, so I created one using an empty spool of 1/8″ redline tape.  The plastic base was wrapped with Grey Canvas Color Band ribbon and White LeavesBaby Pink Seam Binding was a perfect color match for the designer paper.  To give it more of a shabby chic feel, I spritzed it with water and crumpled it after tying it with my Zutter Bow-it-All.  The bow was topped with a soft pink Cottage Rose and some creamy white Gypsophila Blossoms.   These same Gypsophila Blossoms were clustered around the wreath with Pink Sweetheart Blossoms.  

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 02You all know how much I love my little birdies, so this album makes me happy, happy!  I tucked in a beautiful bronze leaf that I painted with Picket Fence Distress Paint.  Then a snippet of Molly White Crocheted Lace was secured below the title to add even more texture.

Would you like to peek at the inside?

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 04This little book got fat in a hurry, so I ‘m glad I thought to add the natural mesh ribbon as a closure.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 05I added pocket pages, fold out pages and fold down pages to the book, making it very interactive and fun to stroll through.  I also dug into my scraps of crocheted lace trim, using it to add texture and pattern to the inside pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 06It was fun to add these little cards to the pockets.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 07And you know how much I love to slip tags in between pages.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 08This trio of tags is topped with a combination of Natural Burlap String and Pearl Pink Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  Short ribbon scraps like this make great tag toppers!

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 09This page folds out to reveal two more decorated pages.  The center page has a double fold down pocket filled with more pretty cards.  The gypsophila and sweetheart blossoms are just the right size to tuck inside an album like this one.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 11Here’s a peeky at the fold down pocket page.

Wander Mini Album for RRR Show me the Pink Challenge 12The final page has another pocket and more pretties to look at.

You could easily add photos to the backs of the tags and cards, or write little notes, encouraging quotes or memories on the backs, too.  I designed this Wander Mini Album as more of a “look book” than a true photo album.  I love the way it feels in my  hands, too.

Be sure to visit the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog because the design team is showing you all their fabby pink projects today.  And, you get to play along!  Just create your own pink project using ribbon or trim and link it up on the RRR Challenge Blog.  You can find all the information HERE.

I’m so glad you stopped by today, and I hope you enjoyed this little Wander Mini Album.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Crafty Secrets September Linky Challenge and Blog Hop: Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s the first Monday in September and that means it is time for the Crafty Secrets Linky Challenge and Blog Hop.  We have a frightfully fun theme this month: Too Cute to Spook!  You can visit the Crafty Secrets BLOG to see sneak peeks from our Spook-tacular Design Team with links to all their fabulous Halloween projects and tutorials.  If you should choose to play along with us this month, we even have FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOADS for you to use in your projects.  And what’s a Blog Hop without prizes?  One lucky participant is going to win a $25 shopping spree to the Crafty Secrets online store! Sound like fun?  Well, it is!  So let’s get this Blog Hop on the road!

Halloween Photo Flip Album Tutorial

Kathy by Design for Crafty Secrets This is a photo heavy post with a step out tutorial, so you might want to grab a cuppa and a snack before we begin.

This Halloween Photo Flip Album is a design I adapted from my buddy Gloria Stengel’s blog.  Here’s a peeky at the inside:

CS September 2015 Linky 06The album measures 5″ wide, x 8.5″ tall, with a 1″ spine.  It has a side pocket for holding tags or photos and 8  double-sided 4×4 photo mounts.  It’s a great place to store your Halloween party photos and can be adapted for any occasion.

All the papers I used are from the Crafty Secrets Digital Jumbo Vintage Halloween Kit.  This kit is loaded to the gills with amazing papers, ephemera, templates, frames and printable images.  I  use some of the papers in this kit all year long, and I highly recommend it.  I also added in a few little images from the Halloween Vintage Scraps, which are now available in digital format. I also used a few bits and pieces from our Vintage Halloween Images and Journal Notes Booklet.

In addition to the above items, you will also need:

  • Two sheets of medium weight chipboard cut to measure 4.75″ x 8.25″
  • One strip of medium weight chipboard cut to measure 3/4″ x 8.25″
  • Three sheets of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive OR 1/4″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive
  • Foam adhesive
  • Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)
  • Versamark Embossing Ink Pad
  • Black soot Stickles
  • Black Satin Ribbon and orange ribbon scraps
  • Petaloo Flower
  • Felt leaves
  • Spellbinder’s Large Standard Circle Die
  • Spellbinder’s Magnificent Circles Die
  • Cajun Craze Cardstock from Stampin’ Up or other dark orange cardstock (two sheets/8.5″ x 11″)
  • Black Soot Distress Ink
  • 1/2″ wide Scor-tape
  • Heat tool
  • 1/2″ corner rounder tool

To begin, you will need to print off the following items from the Jumbo Vintage Halloween Kit.  Print papers at 8.5″ x 11″ unless otherwise noted.

  • Book Covers (print TWO at 5″ x 7″)
  • Black and White Check paper
  • Halloween Talk (Print 8.5x 11 inches in a LANDSCAPE orientation)
  • Halloween Diamonds
  • Orange/Black Diamond  (Print TWO)
  • Black Check
  • Black Damask
  • Black and Orange Stars
  • Green Stripe
  • Halloween Diamonds
  • Orange Script
  • Washi Tape
  • Masquerade (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Night Scene (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Orange Music (print ONE at 4″ x 4″)
  • Scor-Pal or other scoring tool
Creating the Halloween Photo Flip Album Base
  • Trim one sheet of black cardstock to measure 12″ wide by 10″ tall.
  • From the long side, score from left to right at 0.5″, 5.5″, 6.5″, 11.5″ .
  • Turn 90 degrees (the 10″ side) and score the top at .75″ and on the bottom at 9.25″
  • Crease all the folds, then trim the corners as seen in the photo below.
  • Tutorial CS Sept Linky 02Glue the pre-cut chipboard pieces onto the back side of your paper, as seen here, being sure to leave a little break on either side of the spine so that your album will open and close with ease.
  • Add glue or Scor-tape along the edges as seen here.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 03Fold the top and bottom edges of the black cardstock over the top and bottom edges of the chipboard.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 04Fold the sides in to create a mitered corner.  This is the inside of your book.

  • Tutorial CS Sept Linky 05Trim the Halloween Talk paper to measure 10.5″ x 8″
  • Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Center and glue on the inside of your book cover, making sure to crease on either side of the spine.
  • Cut two panels of Orange and Black Diamonds paper to measure 4.5″ x 8″.  Mat onto slightly larger Cajun Craze cardstock, trim and stitch around the edges if desired. One piece is your front cover, and one is your back.  But do not adhere yet!
  • Cut one strip of Orange and Black Diamonds Paper to measure 7/8″ x 8″.  Mat onto slightly larger Cajun Craze cardstock. This is your spine.
  • Add brads to top and bottom of the spine.  Glue onto the spine of your album cover.
  • Cut 24″ of 1″ wide black satin ribbon.
  • Laying your album face up on your work surface, add 1/2″ wide Scor-Tape from side to side at the midway point of your album.  Center the black satin ribbon on this adhesive strip and burnish to secure.  (See photo below)
  • Glue the front and back covers into place.

Tutorial CS Sept Linky 06This is what your album should look like at this point.  Now, to embellish the cover.

Creating the Halloween Photo Flip Album Cover Embellishment
  • Ink the edges of one of the 5″ x 7″ book covers with Black Soot Distress Ink and mat on to slightly larger black cardstock.
  • Fussy cut the medallion from the other book cover.  Use a Spellbinder’s Circle die to cut the pumpkin center from the middle of the medallion.
  • Tap the fussy cut medallion and the die cut circle with Versamark ink.  Sprinkle with UTEE and heat emboss.  Repeat to create an epoxy finish on both items.
  • Use the Spellbinder’s Magnificent Circles Die to create a medallion backing for the die cut circle. Glue together, and add a brad to the center if you desire. I coated the black medallion with Black Soot Stickles.
  • Place the epoxy medallion over the matted book cover using foam adhesive to secure.
  • Place a double layer of foam adhesive on the back of the circle piece and glue in place.
  • Create a black satin bow and use a glue gun to secure to the right hand side of the book cover.  Add a flower on top.

CS September 2015 Linky 03The cover design will look like this.

CS September 2015 Linky 04And here is what the cover looks like from the back.  Spook-tacular!

Creating the inside of the album

To create the side pocket:

  • Cut a 5″ x 6″ rectangle from black cardstock
  • Measure 1.5″ from the left hand top edge and make a mark.
  • From the right hand bottom edge, measure up 2.5″ and make a mark.
  • Use a ruler to draw a diagonal line between these two marks and trim off the resulting corner piece.
  • Cut a 4.25″ x 5.25″ rectangle from the Halloween Diamonds Paper.  Trim the corner as you did above.  Mat onto the black cardstock.
  • Score 1/2 inch along the left side and the bottom.
  • Crease and miter the corners.
  • Glue the flap on the left and the flap on the bottom into the left hand page of your album.
  • Decorate the pocket as desired and fill with tags that are cut from the Halloween Vintage Scraps.

pocket page

CS September 2015 Linky 07Creating the Flip Album Pages

Create a base for your flip album as follows:

  • Cut a 4″ x 7 3/4″ panel of black cardstock and cover with a slightly smaller piece of the Halloween Diamonds paper.  Center this and glue down on the left hand side of the page. This is where you will mount your flip pages.

Cut:

  • 8 squares of black cardstock to measure 4″ wide by 4.5″ tall
  • Score the top of each square 1/2″ from the top to form a 4″ square
  • Round the two bottom corners of each square with a 1/2″ corner rounder tool
  • Cut 16 squares from designer paper to measure 3 7/8″ .
  • Round the bottom corners
  • Ink the edges with Black Soot.
  • Glue onto the fronts and backs of the black rectangles, being sure that the patterns are right side up.
Assembling the flip pages:
  • CS September 2015 Linky 08Stack all the pages in order on your desk so that the 1/2″ fold line is folded behind each square.
  • Pick up your first page, and starting at the very top, apply glue to the scored and folded tab.
  • Line it up straight, and glue down so that it forms a “hinge” .  See the photo above.
  • Take the next page, and lining the “hinge” up at the bottom edge of the previous hinge, glue into place. Do not overlap the edge of the previous hinge, or your pages won’t flip open properly.
  • Continue until all 8 squares are glued down as shown.

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To create a journaling pocket, cut a postcard from the Halloween Vintage scraps and glue down the side and bottom edges, leaving the top edge open.  Insert a journaling tag from the Halloween Image booklet into the pocket.

CS September 2015 Linky 11Add little tags or word phrases to decorate your photo mount pages.

CS September 2015 Linky 12You can also decorate with small printed images from the Vintage Scraps.

CS September 2015 Linky 13I cut strips of washi tape paper  to cover the black hinges in my album, but that is not required.

CS September 2015 Linky 14Mix and match your patterns to keep things interesting.

CS September 2015 Linky 15The final page shows the Halloween Diamond paper from the  4″ x 8″ panel.  Neat and tidy!

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Well, if you are still with me, give yourself a pat on the back!  That was a long tutorial, I know…but I think you will have loads of fun building this little flip album.

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Darlene Pavlick
Diane Hover
Ginny Nemchak
Melody Clement
Michele Kovack
Sheila Rumney
Teresa Horner

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Cheerio,

kathy

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