Category Archives: Mini Albums

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Mini Album with Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace DOM May 2020 by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit
Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District Mini Album

Hello, Friends!   I’m here to share the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit for National Scrapbooking Day! I’m totally smitten with this month’s club kit because it is gorgeous, versatile and so easy to use.  This die affords almost limitless possibilities!  I envisioned a shaker top mini album the minute I opened it up.  So I pulled out my Simple Stories Simple Vintage Garden District collection to make this flirty, springtime mini album.

This sweet little album measures 6″ x 6″ with a 1 1/2″ spine and a shaker frame made from the Fleur de Lis Grandeur Fold Over Die from the APG DOM Kit.  The intricate swirls and layers are just dreamy!

TIP: Mat the shaker frame on a square panel that has been die cut from the paper collection, matted on plain cardstock and backed with foam dimensionals.

TIP: Die cut flowers from the paper collection using the petal die that comes with the DOM Kit.  Mix these with packaged flowers to create a lush garden on the cover of your album.

TIP: Wrap the album cover with a ribbon closure.  Then add some dangle charms to the spine.

A Peek Inside

Create a simple stacked binding for your album by following these steps:

  • Cut (2) 18″ x 6″ panels of cream cardstock.
  • Score one panel at 6″ and 7 1/2″.  Fold.  Tuck the fold into the corner of your scoring tool and score again at 7″.  Trim off the extra panel.
  • Score the 2nd panel at 6″ and 7″, and 11 3/4″.  This will form the center pages and a flip page.
  • Now center the 1″ spine over the 1 1/2″ spine and adhere to make the album pages.
  • Have fun and decorate the pages.

The first page set features a little magnetic flap pocket and a flip page.

TIP:  Die cut 2 of the corner pieces.  Adhere together between layers of designer paper to form a decorative pull tab.

TIP: Cut (2) 5 1/2″ x 12″ panels of designer paper.  Join together with Scor-Tape.  Score this long panel every 4 1/2″ to form an accordion pull out mechanism. Attach the flap of this mechanism to a to the flap of an 8″ x 6″ panel of designer paper that has been scored at 6″.

Tea Party in a Box

Because you have a 1″ spine in the middle of the album, you can add a 3/4″ deep box pocket on the left hand page.  Fill it with what I call a tea party in a box.  “Gift wrap” a tea bag, chocolate, and cookies.  Then tuck in the box with a vintage silver spoon and a honey stick.  Once the treats are consumed, photos can be stored in the box pocket.

 

Cut paper panels wider than the album base, then score to make flip pages. Add a waterfall feature and decorate with a die cut panel. The waterfall is built on the front side of a tip in page on the left.

Create a little tag pocket and pull out page on the front side of the flap.  Interactive elements add so much to an album like this.

Here’s a peek behind the tip in page on the left.  Create a little string tie envelope to store photos or small mementos. There’s room for a nice sized photo on the 5 1/2″ x 6″ flap.

Video Project Share

This short video tour will let you see how all the project pages and mechanisms work together.  I hope you enjoy!

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace May 2020 Club Kit

You can find more ideas for using this month’s Club Kit HERE.  If you’re not a member of of the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Club, you can subscribe HERE.  To purchase past Club Kits, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas for using this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Club Kit.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album

Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album : Valentine’s Day Week on the Authentique Blog

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love Valentine’s Day?  I’m helping my Authentique Paper teammates celebrate this sweet holiday with this Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album.  It’s my inspiration piece for Valentine’s Day Week over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll want to be sure to check the blog out today, Wednesday and Friday as we will have special Valentine’s Day treats for you!

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album

Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album Reneabouquets Lacy Heart Shaker Frame by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

While cleaning out the Closet of Shame, I ran across this adorable 5″ x 4 1/4″ chipboard and canvas album from Maya Road.  I have no idea when or where I purchased it…or perhaps it was a gift.  But as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to pair it up with the Authentique Love Notes Collection.    First, I  wrapped the canvas cover with Pink Zebra Ribbon to serve as the closure. Next, I layered designer paper onto the canvas cover, leaving a 1/4″ margin all the way around the perimeter.  Then, I created a layered panel for my fussy cut focal image, added some velvet heart brads and a few teeny tiny embellishments.  Finally,  I heat embossed the Reneabouquets heart frame with Wow Vintage Pink Embossing Glitter and created the shaker element.

TIP:  When you can’t spread out, go up.  This small cover didn’t give me a lot of room for extra layers and images.  But I still created a sense of depth and dimension by adding chipboard and foam tape to the back of the elements.  Also, try fussy cutting the elements when you are creating a focal image for a small space.  The 3″ x 4″ image card looked awkward on this cover.  But once it was fussy cut, it fit perfectly.

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album: The Spine Treatment

You wouldn’t think that this wide, bold ribbon would work with this itty bitty album, but it does!  I love the way it looks wrapped around the spine.  Tie a simple square knot at the top.  Then attach bangles with a looped safety pin.  Top with a cluster of flowers, and you are good to go!

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album:  A Peek Inside

Because I have prepared a video tour for you, I won’t share a lot of details about the album here.  You can just look at the pictures and then go watch the video for tips and tricks.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special!  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Wishing you all a sweet day filled with love…and maybe some chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album

Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Let’s share a cuppa and take a look at this sweet Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project together.  This lovely collection has captured my imagination.  The ideas keep flowing, the papers seem to be magically multiplying, and I just keep on making.  Are you tired of this collection yet?  I find the colors so soothing and the patterns so lovely that I think I could keep right on working with it until every last scrap has been used up.  This boxed mini album doubles as a home decor piece, which is always nice.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Home Again Boxed Mini Album:  The Box

Have you ever covered a Graphic 45 Book Box?  It’s such an easy way to make a home decor piece.  This is the old style ivory book box, measuring 7″ x 5″.  Layer up some chipboard, ephemera pieces, and patterned paper.  Then accent with flowers, ribbons and metal embellishments.

TIP:  Chalk paint is a great finish for metal embellishments.  This Prima Door Plate was originally brass, as was the key.  The thing I love about chalk paint is that you don’t have to prime the base, the paint goes on smoothly, and dries to a lovely matte finish.

Finish the inside of the box with papers from the 12×12 collection.  Then add feet.  These Tim Holtz Idea–Ology box feet were the perfect finishing touch.  I didn’t even have to paint them.

TIP: If you add feet to your box, you must first adhere the spine of the book box  cover to the back side of the box cavity.  Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive for this step.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album:  The Album

I built this little album from scratch.  The shaker cover took some figuring out.

  • First, die cut the round frame from the small navy dot print.
  • Next, die cut a clear cardstock (acetate) circle using my Spellbinder’s Small Standard Circle Die.
  • Now adhere the clear cardstock circle to the back of the frame die.
  • Because the sides of the frame are very thin, even 1/8″ foam strips will show around the edges.  And we don’t like that.  The solution?
  • Die cut 2 leafy wreaths.  Place small pieces of foam strips on  the larger leaves and sandwich them together so that the edges are slightly staggered. You will be able to see small bits of the foam, but once you add the flowers and embellishments, they will be hidden.

Here’s a look at the cover details.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album: A Peek Inside

There are 6 pages in the album.  Each page has a side pocket with photo mount insert.

Fussy cut the flower cart from the 6×6 pad.  Adhere just the bottom edges to create a little tag pocket.

Magnetic flap pages give you a good spot for photos or hidden journaling.

Both the front and back covers have pocket spots.

Home Again Boxed Mini Album Video Tour

You can see all the pages, details and tips for making this project in this short video tour.

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.

To see more Home Again Projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit Release

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit Release from The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to announce the release of my Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit with the Button Farm Club.  I think this is my favorite kit for 2019.  Warm and nostalgic, fun and festive, pretty and practical…this album kit has it all. Even jingle bells!

Holiday baking is part of what makes the season so special.  We all have special family recipes that we only pull out at Yuletide.  Many of these are family heritage recipes.  For years, I’ve had these recipes scattered in various file folders, cookbooks and boxes.  Every year it’s like a scavenger hunt gathering them all up for holiday baking with my kids and grandkids.  Now I can finally have them all at my fingertips in this gorgeous Christmas recipe album!

The base is a Frank Garcia Dossier Waterfall album measuring 6″ x 9″.  It does double duty as Christmas kitchen decor.

I’ve built in loads of pockets, interactive elements and places for recipes, photos and journaling.

This is the album fully opened.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  The center waterfall has room for 24 recipe cards.  The side pocket holds a bundle of printed holiday recipe cards bundled together with Christmas Plaid ribbon.

Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit:  YouTube Video

To help you get a feel for all the wonderful features of this album, I prepared a very short video tour.

Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit:  What Comes in the Kit

Basically, everything you need comes in the kit.  Just add your favorite adhesive and cutting/scoring tools.  Here’s what comes in this wonderful kit:

  • Prima Dossier Waterfall Album designed by Frank Garcia
  • (16) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Rejoice paper
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ Rejoice Cardstock Die Cut Elements Sheet
  • (5) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  •  Traditional Christmas Plaid Ribbon/2 yards
  •  burlap string/ 2 yards
  • 2 full packages of Little Birdie Christmas Flowers
  • 6 Red and Green Jingle Bells
  • 9 wooden Christmas embellishments
  • Full color, printed, step by step tutorial

This is the perfect holiday gift for yourself, or your favorite baker.  It’s a wonderful family activity for the holiday season, and is destined to become a treasured family keepsake.

The price of the kit is just $54.99.  I honestly do not think you could buy all the individual elements for less.  I have so much fun curating these kits with Laura at The Button Farm.  We search high and low for just the right ribbons and embellishments to make the kits extra special.

You can order your kit at The Button Farm Club.  It will ship out in time for you to get it made for your Christmas celebrations.

As always, I thank you for your kind support of these Button Farm Kit projects.  So  many of you have asked if I teach classes. This is how I do it.  I’m always honored to share these kits with you, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

To see past Button Farm Club Kit releases, click HERE.  There are a few past kits and kit tutorials still in stock at The Button Farm Club.  Many of these would make wonderful holiday gifts.  To see these kits, click HERE.

Wishing you a joyful and creative weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ephemoire Queen Bee Mini Album

Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album with Ephemoire Digital Designs

Hello, Friends!  Let’s add some sweetness to your weekend with a Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album made with digital designs from Ephemoire.  As a tea drinker, I love honey.  And as a honey love, I love bees!  And as a country girl, I love farmhouse style.  So why combine all these loves together in a scrumptious, made from scratch mini album?

I wish you could hold this 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 3″ album in your hands.  With its warm honey hues, rich textures and buzzing bees, it may just be my favorite mini album of all time.  Let’s look at the details, shall we?

Queen Bee Mini Album: The Shaker Box

It is a well known fact that I love a shaker element.  I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my work.  And in preparing the Tim Holtz Lace Frame for this shaker box, I stumbled upon a new technique.  Here are the steps to follow in case you feel like putting on your mixed media boots.

  • Begin by inking the inside and outside edge of the large oval shaker frame with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, use a mini blending tool to apply Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink randomly over the face of the frame.  Follow this up with a generous application of Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the surface of the frame with the Distress Mister and let the Oxide Ink work its magic.  Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.
  • Then, apply a nice coat of Versamark Embossing Ink over the entire surface of the frame.  Place the frame on a large sheet of clean paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Press the embossing powder lightly with your fingertips, then let the excess slide off onto the paper and put it back in the jar.  Heat emboss.  Repeat.
  • Now the real fun begins.  Apply Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink directly to the surface of the frame.  That’s right, just swipe the pad over the frame.  Spritz with water to activate and heat dry, using a clean paper towel to dab up any really big puddles of ink.
  • The most amazing thing will happen as you heat emboss.  The Vintage Beeswax will sort of open up and swallow the ink, then seal over as it cools.  So the ink goes from the surface to a lower layer.  It’s really, really cool, and you’ve got to try it if you love to play around with embossing powders!
  • Repeat the above step, but use Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks this time.  Yummy!
Queen Bee Mini Album: The Spine and Back Cover

The rustic feel of this album cover makes me so happy.  First you have the natural canvas layer…which is really cool all on its own.  But then I added burlap, a vintage lace handkerchief, and a linen panel…and giant wood buttons????  Stop already!  These photos are good…but they don’t begin to capture the true beauty of this album.

Queen Bee Mini Album: A Peek Inside

The inside of the album is black, white, cream and gold with pops of red.  I dug through my stash of specialty papers to find the faux embossed leather paper that you see here.  All the patterned papers are digital print outs from Ephemoire.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

The album has pretty to look at pages, photo mount pockets, and little folios tucked in.  It’s a very fun album to flip through.

I dug through my textile bin to find special vintage treasures that just seemed to be in waiting for this album.  Washi tape is used throughout to create borders.

This is my favorite page in the album.  A vintage handkerchief, folded and bundled together with gold crochet thread and topped with a sweet little bee. Stitch the vintage button through the folded hankie to hold all the layers in place.  I also love the little vintage ticket, which is an ephemera print out, topped with a vintage safety pin.

I topped laser cut lace paper with a lovely printed border and more ephemera bits from kit.  The cute little plaid guest checks in the slash pocket are actually folios.  And I tucked in a honey dipper, just for fun.

Queen Bee Mini Album Tour on Youtube

This mini is so loaded with goodness that I had to create a project tour to share it all with you.  You’ll get to see all the pages, and I’ll share little tips that you might find useful in your own crafty adventures.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your craft on this weekend.  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a joyful and creative weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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