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Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag with Distress Oxide Inks and Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  There is something about sunflowers that makes me happy every time I see them.  Today I’ve combined a bunch of mixed media techniques with a summery sunflower image.  It’s all tied together with gorgeous ribbons from the July Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Mix.  The end product is this Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media tag.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1I just love this Delphinium Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon .  It really pops against all the golden hues found in the tag background.  A loopy Natural Burlap String bow adds great texture and additional fullness to the bow cluster.  The top of the tag is finished with a loop of this same Hyacinth ribbon.  I stamped this ribbon with a script stamp from my stash.  Then I just tied a square knot bow with Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

Mixed Media Background with Distress Oxide Inks

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

  1. Begin with a jumbo manila tag.  (4.25″ x 8.5″)
  2. Next, smoosh Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks onto a non-stick craft sheet.
  3. Then spritz the ink blotches with a mister bottle until little beads form.
  4. Now, drag the tag through the inky puddle.
  5. Then dry the tag with a heat gun.  You can use a paper towel to blot up any spots that are overly wet or inky.
  6. When the tag is somewhat dry, tap up more ink from the craft sheet, drying between each layer.
  7. Now that you are happy with the ink, add texture by running the tag through an embossing folder.  I used a Spellbinders Emboss-abilities folder called Enchanted.  First, I inked the “flat” side of the folder (the side with no raised edges) with Dusty Concord ink.  Then I embossed the tag.
  8. Next, I spritzed the tag lightly with water to activate the Distress Oxide Inks that was pressed into the design by the folder.
  9. Then, I heat dried the tag and spritzed it lightly with Tarnished Brass Distress Mica Spray.
  10. Finally, I sponged lightly over the top of the tag with Dusty Concord Distress Ink
Let Today Last Forever

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

I created a little sentiment cluster with this pretty sunflower image and some tags.

Summer Sunflowers Mixed Media Tag Cheerful by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Paint chipboard elements with Distress Paints, add Prills a painted filagree butterfly and you’re ready to display your tag.

Thanks so much for joining me here today.  I hope this Summer Sunflower Mixed Media Tag has inspired you to get out your paper pretties and have a play.  You’ll find a supply list below this post.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Really Reasonable Ribbon

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

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

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

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

From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!

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

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine

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

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios

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

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

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

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

Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride

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

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Graphic 45 Products:

 

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Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio

This is my 2nd post of the day.  To find my project for Frilly & Funkie, please scroll down.
Goin’ Junkin” with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio

Hello, G45’ers! Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector Edition captures all the fun and adventure of a dusty old vintage shop.  I worked these gorgeous papers and eclectic images up into an interactive folio album loaded with flaps, envelopes, fold outs, folios, tags, pockets and FUN!

I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than going junkin’. That’s what I call time spent venturing into thrift stores, flea markets and vintage shops in search of vintage treasures and “junk” that is just waiting to be given a new life in my crafting studio.  You never know what kind of goodies you might find: old lace, tattered ledgers, dusty bottles, tarnished spoons, ugly home decor with good bones, estate jewelry.  These items have a tendency to jump into my shopping basket when I’m not looking.  (That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it!)  

 

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Make it Easy on Yourself: Using Staples Tags in a Folio Format

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Make it easy on yourself! Use Kraft Staples Tags as a base as you layer your papers.  The beautiful shaped edge and metal grommet add great design features.  I used two on my cover. One is right side up and one is upside down.

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Video Tour On YouTube

I’ve used Staples tags throughout this funky little folio.  Inside you will find flaps, pockets, hidden pockets, mini folios and all sorts of fun surprises.  It’s just like shopping in your favorite junkin’ spot.

This is such an interactive album, that I decided to create a video tour rather than a pile of photos.  It’s so much easier to explain the various features in a video. I hope you enjoy this short YouTube video tour.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Designer Tips

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

  • To create the ATC Policy Envelope fold out feature, I cut a 1” wide x 8.25” long spine from my designer paper and scored it in half. The left hand side was glued under the facing page.  Then I just glued my ATC Policy Envelopes on top of the other half.  I used my craft knife to cut a slit between the envelopes so they can be turned individually.
  • Turning a Staples Tag into a folio is as easy as 1,2,3!  For a standard tag, cut cardstock to measure 7” wide by 4.75” tall.  Score on the long side at 3.5”.  Fold, shape the corners (if desired) and glue onto the tag base.  Now you have a fun, interactive tag folio!
  • Mat images from Parlor Wall onto folded pieces of kraft or black cardstock to create little folios within your album.  This is a great way to use up leftover pieces of cardstock, and the interactive folios are loads of fun to open.
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Supply List

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12×12 Deluxe Collector’s Edition (2 sheets each)

  • Olde Curiosity Shoppe
  • Optical Oddities
  • Counting Down
  • Parlor Wall
  • Race for Time
  • Butterfly Specifics
  • Bazaar of Wonders
  • Exquisite Motif

I hope I’ve shared some inspiration, tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  Linda is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “The Sound of Music.”  I’ve created a very fun Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag to share with you, but before we get into that, let’s see what Linda has to say about this challenge.

“When this challenge goes live, I will be in Key West for the annual Songwriters’ Festival. I thought it would be fun to create something vintage or shabby chic that tells what music means to you and/or to depict a favorite song.”

Our House is a Very, Very, Very Fine House

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 1

I’ve created this shabby chic vignette on a Tim Holtz Medium Sized Etcetera tag.  Don’t be fooled by the word “medium” .  This tag measures a whopping 6.5″ wide x 12″ tall.  It’s made of what Tim calls “thickboard” which the package says is made to be “collaged, altered, and embellished.”  In other words,it can handle anything you throw at it or on it!

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 2

I dug deep into all my TH supplies for this shabby chic crafting adventure, and you can find the links to all those items in the Thumblinky below.

The Story Behind Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag

(This is a personal story, and if you’d rather not read it, just skip below and look at the pretty pictures.  I won’t mind one bit! )

I’ve always loved the music of Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the song “Our House” was definitely a favorite.  But in 2013 an event took place that moved it right to the top of my list.

A few of you know that my darling husband Dale had emergency quadruple bypass surgery in November 2013.  The main artery to his heart was 99% blocked, and every nurse, physician and medical professional during our stay in the hospital told me that he was a walking miracle.  Not only did he NOT die (Thank you Dear Lord) but he suffered no heart damage and came through the surgery like a champ.

He did, however, develop some complications after surgery that led to a 10 day hospital stay. These were some of the most stressful, scary,  difficult days of our 40+ year marriage.  When we were finally released to come home, it was a glad and joyous day.

A few days after getting home, we were sitting in my old studio.  The sun was shining through the double windows, and I was playing the radio while I worked and Dale rested.  Our House by Crosby, Stills & Nash began to play, and we both spontaneously got out of our chairs and began to slow dance with the golden sunbeams shining on us.  In no time, we were both weeping tears of gratitude and love because we were so aware of how close we had come to losing one another.   So, this song has deep meaning for the two of us.   When Linda issued this challenge, it took me about 10 seconds to create a project that would include the lyrics of this song.

If you’re not familiar with it or if you’d just like to hear it again, have a listen on me!

On with the Show: The Details

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 3

First, I covered the tag with Tim’s “Dapper” paper collection, then sanded and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  To create a ledge for my Paper Dolls and Tiny House to rest on, I stained and cut a wooden ruler.  Dapper Brads are inserted into the ruler’s round holes.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 4

After covering the larger Tiny House with designer paper, i brushed on Picket Fence Distress Paint to give it a weathered look.  Next I created gingerbread trim by cutting cream cardstock with Tim’s Lace Thinlits Die.  The house was so light in color that it seemed to “float” off the tag, so I added some black accents with various Idea-Ology Rub Ons.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 5

I stained a wooden picket fence with Vintage Photo, then brushed it with Picket Fence and Weathered Wood Distress Paint.  This was glued onto the base of the house. To reflect the “two cats in the yard” line from the song, I added this cute novelty button.  Next, because the song mentions putting flowers in a vase, I added these Petaloo blossoms to the vignette. My round “window” is actually a wooden button topped with another novelty button.

A Beautiful, Abundant Life

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 6

Meet Mr. & Mrs. Happy.  This darling couple is one of Tim’s Paper Dolls.  I colored in their clothing with alcohol ink markers.  The next step was running a Glassine Paper Bag through a texture fade to create some texture. Then I sponged the raised edges with Vintage Photo.

To give Mr. & Mrs. Happy a lift, I popped them up on foam tabs and added them to the distressed pinstripe paper panel.  Next, I added a ticket, a rusty house, novelty buttons and more rub ons.  I especially love the one I added below the ruler that reads “a beautiful, abundant life.”

A Song in my Pocket

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 7The glassine envelope opens to reveal a little art tag that reinforces the challenge theme.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 8

I printed out the lyrics and added them to the back of the tag.

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 9

The other ruler piece sits at the top of the tag along with some inked up Scrabble tiles, and other bits and bobs from Tim.

Now It’s Your Turn

Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Sound of Music Challenge Photo 10Now that I’ve shared my Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag with you, I’d like to invite you to share your own “Sound of Music” project with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply link your project up on the F&F blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, May 9th.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three 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.  You can find all the details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make.

I hope this Our House Tim Holtz Etcetera Tag project contains some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I had a fun, relaxing play date in my studio this past Sunday afternoon. It was just me, my Distress Inks, a manila tag and some Really Reasonable Ribbon seam binding.  I’ve been experimenting with these scrumptious inks whenever I’ve had a few extra minutes.  I think I’m finally getting the hang of working with them, as this sweet vintage tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon came together with very little fuss.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is a standard sized Ranger Manila Tag.  I created the background using Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide Inks.   I used the classic “smoosh, spritz and swipe or tap” method for the inks, working with one color at a time and drying each layer thoroughly.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 2

The thing I’ve noticed about Distress Oxide Inks is that the more water you use, the better they look.  And, it’s super easy to layer colors together because each layer holds its own.  No more mud puddle brown backgrounds!

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 3

After the inks, I put down an old Tim Holtz Flourish mask and spritzed the tag with Dylusions White Linen spray.  Then I used Texture Paste to add the wildflowers.  When the paste was dry, I smooshed more Wilted Violet ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it.  Using my index finger, I picked up the ink and tapped it over the flowers.  I love the way it turned out.

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 4

To dress up the background, I added some Idea-Ology rub-ons.  I like the way the black pops against the colorful background.  The Tim Holtz Paper Dolls were painted with Fossilized Amber and Wilted Violet Distress Oxides, backed with chipboard and glued to the tag.  Next I painted a chipboard frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company with PIcket Fence Distress Paint and added that to the mix.

Altered Seam Binding Ribbon and Distress Oxide Ink

Vintage Art Tag with Distress Oxide Ink Altered Seam Binding Ribbon by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I was curious to see how Distress Oxides would work with seam binding ribbon.  Regular Distress Inks have always been my “go to” when I need to custom color seam binding to  match a project.  But just look at how this altered seam binding ribbon reacted to Distress Oxide Inks.  Ooh-la-la!  I love the rich depth of color.  I used one color at a time, starting with Fossilized Amber.  Smoosh it on your craft sheet, spritz with water until it beads up, then soak up the inky goodness with ribbon and heat dry.  I created a smaller inky puddle with the Wilted Violet and just dipped the ribbon in here and there.  So, curiosity satisfied!  Distress Oxide Inks work beautifully to alter seam binding ribbon.

I hope I shared a thing or two that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If you’ve had a chance to play with Distress Oxides, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Tammy Tutterow Designs: Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share today’s project with you, as I think you are going to love it!  I tried some new techniques while making these Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets, and I got to have my first play date with Tammy’s Scoop Pocket Steel rule die.  What fun!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1These darling little Easter Tag Pockets make me so happy I want to get up and dance!  Here’s what you’ll need to make these l’il cuties

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets Supply List
Making Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 2I used the same basic “recipe” for each happy little Easter tag pocket.  Here’s how that process went:

  1. Die cut the scoop pocket from designer paper.  Crease on the fold lines.  Glue together.
  2. Cut shortie tags from designer paper.  Use the inserts to cut a decorative edge and glue onto the base of the tag.  You will have to trim out the sides to do this, but it’s easy enough.  Normally, you would cut the edge onto the bottom of the tag, but I wanted the tags to be a little bit longer so they would stick out of the pocket just a little bit.
  3. Stamp sentiments onto watercolor paper.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Color in with markers.
  4. Trim the sentiment.
  5. Stitch onto the tag
  6. Add ribbons and embellies.
  7. Decorate the pocket front

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 3Die cutting the pocket from double sided paper gives it very boutique feel.  The little tag has a photo mount on the back side so you can add pictures of your sweeties all dressed up in their Easter best.  Or you can write a sweet note here.  There’s also plenty of room to tuck in a little treat or gift card.  Aren’t they FUN?

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 4To add the spatters to the tags, scribble your Distress Markers onto a craft sheet or stamping block.  Make an inky puddle by adding a tiny bit of water.  Then use a paintbrush to flick the ink onto the card.  This adds such a fun, festive feel to each tag. The look makes me think of those malted milk Easter Egg candies.  YUM!

Stamping on Felt: A New Technique for me

Happy Little EasterTag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 5So, I fell totally in love with Tammy’s Posie Parts Cling Stamp and Die combo when I made my Suck it Up Buttercup project.  Then, I fell in love with felt flowers when I made my Altered Starbucks Bottle Vases.  I wanted to combine the Posie Parts stamps/dies with felt.  So I put on my thinking cap and decided to try it using Ranger Archival Inks on 100% wool felt.  As you can see, the flowers are cute, cute, cute!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 6I stamped 3 of each Posie Part flower and a bunch of leaves.  The first time I die cut them, the ink kind of bled onto my cutting plates.  Soooo, the second time, I very gently heat set the ink with my heat tool.  No problemo!  The wool felt handled the gentle heat very well, and there was no inky mess on my cutting plates.

Next, I hot glued the flower layers together, staggering the petals.  I pressed a ball end stylus into the center to create dimension.  Finally, I added little button centers.

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 7

A Nifty Clean Up Trick

If you do get ink on your cutting plates, you can break it down and wipe it off using hand sanitizing gel.  I use this stuff to clean my craft sheet, cutting mat, hands…anything that gets inky, really, and it works great!  And, it’s CHEAP!

Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 8 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 9 Happy Little Easter Tag Pockets by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 10

Working with Tammy’s lovely products always makes me happy, happy, happy!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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