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Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Scrap Your Stash Project Share

Hello, Friends!  This Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album is a real collection mash up!  It contains papers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals, Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees, and My Mind’s Eye Madison Avenue (an oldie..but a goodie!)

Let me ask you a question.  What do you do with the little bits and bobs you have left over from a favorite paper collection?  Do you stash them in a drawer to gather dust?  Toss them in the recycle bin?  Well, I like to periodically gather them all up and create what I call a “Scrap Your Stash” project.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Inspiration

Our son and his lovely wife are in the process of moving, so when Melody cleaned out her craft room, she set aside a few treasures she thought I might enjoy.  A lovely 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ binder was in the mix.  It was sturdy and I liked the size…but not the bright green cover or the ring binder.  So the first step in this process was removing the ring binder mechanism (not for the faint of heart, I might add) and altering the cover.  I wish I had thought to take process photos, but I do describe the process I followed in the video tour of the album below.

Since I am completely obsessed with shakers at the moment, I also altered this Tim Holtz Vignette Frame and turned it into a shaker box.  Then I combed through the odds and ends of my Little Birdie Flowers and created the pretty floral feature on the cover.

The spine is wrapped with ribbon and adorned with lots of pretty metal charms.  If you look at the back cover, you can see how I collaged a bunch of papers together.  These are all coated with Distress Vintage Collage Medium.  It did a great job of unifying all the different colors and patterns.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Peek Inside

Since I got rid of the ring binder mechanism, I had to do a little repair work on the inside cover.  There were some holes and a few little tears.  Nothing that a layer of heavy kraft paper would not cover up.  In place of the ring binder, I created simple double waterfall.  This is probably the easiest way in the world to create a mini album, as there is no binding system required.  You can see how to do this HERE.

The pages are secured with a ribbon closure.  Each page measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″; a nice size for photos.  And, there are 8 pages in each waterfall, giving you room for 32 photos in all.

Of course, I had to add flaps and fun belly bands and all sorts of interactive fun to the pages.  You’ll see all of that in the video tour.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: Pockets and Inserts

Behind the waterfall cascade, I added a pair of double pockets.

The shallow side holds little 3″ x 3″ journaling folios.  Aren’t they sweet?

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Video Tour

I’ll share lots of tips and tricks in this project share video.  I’m sure you will find ideas that you can use to help you Scrap your Stash and make a lovely mini album.

 

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

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Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Memories often inspire my creative activities.  This Morning Meadow Mixed Media Folio came into being as I was remembering the beautiful summer mornings of my childhood.  Growing up in Vermont, summer mornings were almost always filled with light, sunshine and a cool breeze.  The lush green grass sparkled with dew so thick that to walk through it left your footprint behind.  Birds sang their joyous morning songs while butterflies flitted sweetly from flower to flower.  There was a glorious serenity so perfect and complete that I can still feel the joy of it today.  All of these memories floated through my mind as I strolled through the pages of my Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals papers, thinking of what I might like to make with it next.  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio: Building the Base

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • Start by creating a 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine with Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Next, stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper over a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of Tickled PInk Cardstock that is layered with a 5″ x 7″ panel of Gumdrop Green Cardstock.

That’s really all there is to the card base.  All the rest of this card is mixed media elements that I’ve layered on to create this morning meadow vignette.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio: Mixed Media Elements

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

I selected two different chipboard sets from Laserowe Love. (Sadly, these did not have names, only product numbers, so I cannot link to them here. You can find Laserowe Love Chipboard in the US at The Frantic Stamper. ) To alter the chipboard, do the following:

  • First, tap the corner frame with Versamark Ink.  Then cover with Distress Tattered Rose Embossing Powder.
  • After heat embossing, let the chipboard cool.  Place small half back pearls in the centers of the flowers.  Adhere in the upper right hand corner of the card.
  • Next, sponge the meadow flowers chipboard with Versmark ink.  Then heat emboss with Distress Shabby Shutters Embossing Powder.
  • Once the  embossing powder has cooled slightly. place adhesive on one end.  Very gently bend the chipboard to create a bow in the center.  Then adhere the other side.  Hold in place for a second or two.
  • Now, tuck Spanish Moss along the bottom edge and under the bowed area to resemble meadow grass.  I like to use hot glue to hold this in place.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

The inside of this card folio features a flip pocket page with a tag insert.  I’ll be doing a tutorial for this type of folio soon, so stand by.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Cover G45 Ivory ATC Tags with paper from the collection, then add some small elements and stickers to decorate.  Top the tags with ribbon, burlap string bows, Little Birdie Flowers and some little bee charms.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

The back side of the flip page is a sentiment that I designed on the computer, then printed out.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

This sweet little silver plated tea spoon, tea bag wallet and honey stick are tucked behind the belly band.

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Morning Meadow Mixed Media Card Folio Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

To make the belly band, cut a strip of designer paper wider than the base panel.  Score the edges and adhere behind the panel.  Then adhere the panel to the card base.  I’ve added stickers and more of that delicate chipboard to decorate the page.

To see other projects made with Simple Vintage Botanicals, click HERE.

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.

Wishing you serene and beautiful morning meadows….

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Tutorial

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album to share with you.  It’s the start of a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, and our lovely hostess Sara Emily has chosen a wonderful theme for us.  Can you guess what it is?  OK, I’ll help you out!  Here’s what Sara Emily has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Home, Sweet Home
Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there’s no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic project.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: Home is Where the Tea Kettle Is

You just never know when or how or where inspiration will strike.  For this challenge, I was breaking down a box of Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea.  It comes in a nice big box with LOTS of tea bags for this tea drinking girl.  As I was about to toss it in the recycle bin, I realized it already had a really nice area that would be a great spine on a mini album.  And that’s how it ended up as the album base for this project.

The finished album measures 5″ x 4 7/8″  with a 2 1/2″ spine. I paired up Stamperia Patchwork papers with the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder and a supporting cast of mixed media goodies for this production number.  Let’s take a look at that process.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step One/Preparing the Base

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the original tea box.  Thank heavens I found a photo on the internet.

  • Begin by carefully opening the box.  Cut off the left and right hand side end panels.  Then fold the box flat, and cut off one side along the scored lines.
  • Flatten the box and trim to measure 5″ x 4 7/8″.  Be careful not to cut off the one box side, as that will become the spine on your mini album
  • Now, lightly sand the entire surface of the box, front and back.  This will help it to accept accept a coat of paint later.
  • Use a damp sponge, baby wipe or paper towel to wipe any dust from the box surface.
  • Next, place the box in the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder.  You won’t be able to fit the whole thing in there, and will have to run it through your machine following the sandwich recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Keep shifting the position of the box until the entire surface has been embossed.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step 2/Mixed Media Mayhem

Now that the box is embossed, it’s time to pull on your Mixed Media Boots and get messy!+

 

  • First, paint the album base, front and back, with grey chalk paint.  If you don’t have grey chalk paint, just use Pumice Stone Distress Paint.  A light layer is fine.  Heat dry.
  • Next, dry brush the embossed areas of the base with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  This layer will act somewhat as a resist to the Distress Oxide Ink layer that comes next.
  • When the paint is dry, apply Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks with a blending tool.  You don’t have to cover the entire surface as we will be coming back in with more colors.
  • Once you’ve laid down the amount of color that looks good to you, spritz with water and let the ink move around a bit.  Then heat dry.
  • Repeat this with Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Follow this process for both sides of the album cover.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Rosy Gold Accents

The top photos shows what my album cover looked like after I had finished applying the inks, spritzing and heating. While beautiful, it was brighter than the finish I wanted for my album.  I also wanted to add some metallic accents.  So I tapped on some Rose Gold Mixatives using a felt pad and blending tool.  That’s the bottom photo.  Pretty, but still brighter than the finish I was going for.

To remedy this, dry brush the entire cover a medium coat of Ivory Chalk Paint.  Let it sit for about a minute, then spritz with water and lightly wipe the surface with a paper towel.  I repeated this process until I reached the level I was happy with.  Then I coated the entire cover, inside and out with Clear Gesso to seal everything.  I’m very happy with the final result!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Cover and Spine Details

Now tear some images from the Stamperia Patchwork pad and layer them up on the cover.  Not too many, though!  You want that glorious mixed media background to be seen.

TIP: Lay the edge of a ruler along the area of paper that you wish to tear.  Then pull up along the ruler edge.  This leaves a nice distressed edge, but gives you better control over where the paper will tear.  I use a metal ruler, and place it upside down on my paper for better control.

Layer on some flowers and metal embellishments to add texture and dimension.

This brass door plate and door knocker are both Graphic 45.  I had them in my stash from my time on the team.  They have been aged with Cracked PIstachio Distress Paint and Seth Apter Mediterranean Baked Velvet Embossing Powders.  More about that in the video below.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  The Closure

The closure for the album is made with the left over side from the tea box.  Alter it just as you did the cover.  Measure it, and score flaps on the ends.  Adhere one flap inside the cover.  Punch two holes in the other flap, and add grommets.  Line this up with the cover, and repeat the process.  You will loop jute cord through these holes and tie a bow to close the album.  Simple, but effective.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Staggered Pages and Simple Binding How To

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

  • First, cut (3) 11″ x 4 3/4″ panels of 85 pound kraft cardstock.
  • Page 1
    • Score on the long side at 3 3/4″ , 6 1/8″, 9 7/8″
    • Fold the small flap on the right hand side to the back side of the panel
  • Page 2
    • Score at 4 1/4″ 6″, 10 1/8″
    • Fold the flap to the CENTER of the panel
  • Page 3
    • Score at 1 1/2″ , 5 5/8″ and 6 3/8″
    • Fold the Flap to the back side of the panel
  • Now you have 3 pages with center spines of varying widths.
    • The first page has the widest spine at 2 1/4″
    • The second page has a 1 5/8″ spine.
    • The third page has a 3/4″ spine.
    • Stack the spines together so that they are evenly spaced on both right and left hand sides.  Adhere.

This is the simplest way to create a book binding that I know of.  Now you can decorate your pages however you desire.  This is always the fun part

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  A Peek Inside

NOTE: if you are short on time, just scroll on down and watch the video walk through.  But if you want tips and details on how I put these pages together, read on.  

The inside cover is a simple book plate.  Again, I did not wish to cover up the mixed media background.

The first page is an accordion pull out page.  Cut your paper 12″ x 4 5/8″.  Score every 3 5/8″.  Adhere the small flap under the base page.  Add the altered butterfly as a pull out tab.

Computer journal quotes and lines of poetry about home, then tear out and add to the album as you like.

The next set of pages is a collage page and a fun fold down flap.  To make this, cut out the tall house from the paper collection. Score and fold.

The next set of pages is a pocket with tag insert and a flap page.  Create a tuck spot on the flap page by adhering just the bottom edge of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to the page.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: The Pop Up Page

This pop up page is my favorite.  Fussy cut along the tree/house line of a 12″ wide page.  Adhere about 1″ of the page on the right hand side of the album base.  Now, fold your paper so that the back side ends up on top.  Place adhesive here.  Close the book.  Instant pop up!

TIP: Practice this before you add the final adhesive.  You can hold things in place with a paper clip.  Adjust where necessary.  Once you have it as you like it, add glue.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: More Pages

This flap and flip up page is easy to make.  The flap on the left is the one you scored onto the base.  Create a turn tab with a circular element cut from the paper pad.  For the flip up page, tear your paper with 1/2″ extra on the top.  Score this and adhere behind the base page.  Then tear paper from the collection to make the little house icon.

The final page is another flap page.  This time, adhere the image to the scored flap on the base page.  Then cut or tear paper that is the width of the page plus the back side of the flap.  Score, fold and adhere as you did with the pop up.  Fussy cut elements from the paper collection to decorate the page, and the inside back cover.

Phew!  If you hung with me through all of that, you deserve a cookie!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Video Tour with Tips

Now it’s YOUR Turn

What does home sweet home mean to you?  You are cordially invited to create your own vintage or shabby chic home themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, July 2nd.

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!

A Fond Farewell

I need to let you all know that this will be my last Frilly and Funkie Challenge.  Being on this team for the past 3 1/2 years has been pure joy.  I love my beautiful and talented teammates, adore Linda, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and have grown in my art during my time here.  But my work schedule has become a bit unwieldy as opportunities with The Button Farm Club have opened up for me. ( While I don’t sleep a lot, I do need to get at least a few hours a night.)  So the difficult decision to step down from this amazing team had to be made.  My deepest love and gratitude to Linda, Jenny, Cec, Maggi, Suzz and Sara Emily for inspiring me with your beautiful artwork.  You are the BEST!

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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  • Flowers (retired Petaloo, Little Birdie )
  • Jute cord
  • Resin Butterflies
  • G45 Metal Staples

 

 

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today, where I’m sharing this Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial.  You’ll want to pop on by to see the tips and details I’m sharing there. . This is a technique laden tutorial demonstrating how to:

  • Alter metal embellishments with paint and embossing powders.
  • Prepare a mixed media background using scraps of paper and Distress Mediums.
  • Use Distress Paint and Embossing Powders to create a cool textured border.
  • Create a double sided waterfall with vellum hinges.

I had such fun creating the front of this Mixed Media Etcetera Tag, that I decided to flip it over and create a waterfall feature on the back side.  So now this home decor item can also be used for photos.  how fun is that?

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial Video

This 30 minute tutorial is part still photo/text and part live action.  This kept it from being too long, but still provides you with lots of techniques and ideas that you can use.  So go grab a cuppa and a snack, then settle in and enjoy!

To see more detail photos of this project, Click HERE.  To see more ALICE projects, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

 

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Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Are you up for another Stamperia Alice project?  This mixed media Etcetera Tag is loaded with techniques, trinkets and trims for the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  I’ll be sharing a tutorial for this project over on the Frilly and Funkie blog this Saturday, June 8th.  Before we look at photos, let’s see what Jenny, our gracious and talented challenge hostess, has cooked up for the theme:

Challenge Theme: Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims
Linda sells a huge array of beautiful embellishments, trinkets and trims in her store, from metal filigree pieces and charms to buttons, laces and ribbons. They can be the important focal point on a project or the final finishing touches that complete it. However you wish to use them lets see those embellishments, trinkets and trims in action on your vintage or shabby chic entries.
Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag: Embellishments Trinkets and Trims

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you already know how much I love embellishments.  I first found The Funkie Junkie Boutique because of the wide array of beautiful and affordable metalsembellishments, flowers, ribbons, laces, and buttons that Linda carries in her shop.  If you haven’t checked them out, you really need to!  The photo above shows just a sampling of embellishments that I felt worked well with this Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag.

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

I love to take these items and alter them with paints, embossing powders, alcohol inks…anything to take them to the next level.

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

Since I’ll be sharing a tutorial for this Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag for the Saturday Showcase over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, I’m not going to share a lot of details here.  This is more of a sneaky peek to whet your appetite for the full reveal.

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag: Girly Grunge meets Shabby Chic

Stamperia Alice Mixed Media Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Creating this tag was so much fun!  It’s like Girly Grunge and Shabby Chic got together threw a mixed media party.  The tutorial on Saturday is filled with easy techniques that I think you will enjoy.  I know I enjoyed the process thoroughly!  And there is a surprise element to this tag that I will reveal then as well.  I can’t wait to share all the details with you on Saturday!

Until then, you can check out other Alice projects HERE.

Embellishments, Trinkets and Trims: 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 project using Embellishments, Trinkets & Trims.    Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, June 18th.  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!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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