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Dare to Resist: Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal

Frilly and Funkie Dare to Resist Challenge: Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie blog.  Autumn is our lovely hostess this go round, and she has issued a dare: Dare to Resist!  With this challenge in mind, I’ve created a mini Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal for you today.  We’ll take a look at it in just a moment, but first, let’s see what Autumn has to say;

Challenge Theme: Dare to Resist
Happy Valentine’s Day dear readers!  For the next two weeks, as we break away from our Valentine creations, we’d love to see you incorporate a favorite resist technique in your vintage or shabby chic project.  There are so many options, perhaps you will try something new.  Whether it be gesso resist, Vaseline resist, alcohol resist, embossing resist, or watercolor resist, we dare you to resist!
Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal with an easy resist technique

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 1

I’m really not much of a mixed media girl.  Paper is my jam.  But this challenge reminded me that I can stamp, and I do like to get inky, and playing with techniques can be fun.  Messy fun, but fun all the same.  This started as a 4.75″ x 6.25″ gatefold card base .

So, this is the gatefold card that thought it should be a junk journal.  We (the card and I) had quite a protracted argument about what it was going to be.  But as you can see, the junk journal won the fight.  Does that ever happen to you?  You set out to make one thing, and you end up making something entirely different?

Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: I Dared to Resist!

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 2

Here are the basic steps of my resist technique.  It’s a basic emboss/resist with a Tim Holtz twist. I saw Tim demo this technique at CHA and instantly knew that I wanted to give it a try at home.

  • First, find a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock.  And yes, it must be Alcohol Ink CS, or the twist won’t work!
  • Next, place the Alcohol Ink CS on the Stamp Platform, securing it with the magnets.
  • Now, position the dragonfly image from TH Classics #1 where you want it to be on the cardstock panel.
  • Then close the lid of the Stamp Platform and make sure the placement is correct.
  • Now, ink the stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp away!  Repeat until the image looks as dark as you want it to  be.
  • Now sprinkle the image with Ranger Clear Superfine Embossing Powder.  After you’ve removed the excess, heat emboss.
  • Next, smoosh some pretty colors of Distress Oxide Ink onto your non-stick craft mat.  It must be DOX, or again, the twist won’t work.  I used Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Warm Honey, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, and Dusty Concord.
  • Now, mist the ink with a Distress Sprayer until beads of water form.
  • Tap (don’t drag or swish!) the stamped image in the inky puddles, drying between layers.
The Twist

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 3

Now here’s the best part of this technique, and it’s one I learned watching Tim.  Get out your Distress Micro Glaze and gently twist a mini ink blending tool over the medium.  Then use the blending tool to gently buff up the surface of the inky panel and watch the magic happen.  The milky, oxidized appearance of the inks will disappear and all the gorgeous layers of color beneath will pop through.  It’s like crafting magic!

Resist again!

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 4

The other resist techinque I used was on this quote band.  I love to fill in the letters of the quote, but sometimes have a hard time with the process.  I started wondering what would happen if I used the Distress Micro Glaze on the word band first.  So I just lightly sponged it over the surface.  Then I came back with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint and dabbed it over the top.  The metal resisted the paint, but…it sunk right into the letters, which was what I was hoping would happen.

Details, details, details

NDragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 5

Next I went to work making my flowers.  First I die cut Tammy Tutterow’s Pinked Posies, Frayed Posies and Pinwheel Posies from the Wallflower paper collection.  Then I used sponge daubers to add DOX to each petal layer.  Next, I spritz, shaped and stacked.  Finally, I punched holes in the center of each flower and added stamens.  To add a little vintage shimmer, I sprayed each flower lightly with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist.

I also experimented with making my own Prills (those itty bitty bead looking critters) with mustard seeds and alcohol ink.  It worked like a charm.

To finish the cover, I added some TH remnant rubs and a hinge clip.

Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal: A Peek Inside

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 6

Here’s where I really began to have fun.  I gathered up a whole pile of TH ephemera, my paper dolls, remnant rubs, stickers and had a ball.  I dug through my stash and found a whole pile of fabulous Wendy Vecchi sentiments that were perfect for the theme of my journal.  And, I just added DOX to brighten up everything.

Dragonfly Discover Junk Journal Wallflower by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Tim Holtz Photo 7

Once I embraced the idea of turning this card into a junk journal, everything just fell into place.  I added flap pages and folded pages and flip pages.  This is the very best kind of crafty adventure for me.  I think these pictures will tell the story all on their own.  Enjoy!

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The things I like best about this Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal are the worn/distressed pages and the small size.  It’s only about 1/4″ thick, so easy to toss into a suitcase and use on a trip.  Plus, I had a blast making it.  What do you like best about it?

Discover Dragonfly Junk Journal Video Tour

Because I find it easier to understand an interactive project when I can see it being used, I’ve prepared a short YouTube video tour for you.  I hope you enjoy!

Now it’ s YOUR turn to Dare to Resist!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “Dare to Resist” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 27th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 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!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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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White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step.  For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog.  This is the project I  made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  You can find the original post HERE.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you an oasis of calm and rest in the midst of this busy season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Products from The Funkie Junkie Boutique


You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for Frilly and Funkie Trick or Treat Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Are you ready for Halloween?   I created this super cute You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box for the Trick or Treat Challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  We’ll take a look at it in just a second, but first let’s see what our hostess, the sensational Suzz, has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Trick Or Treat 

I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a trick or treat.  If you are feeling funkie you might want to incorporate a trick in your design or if you are feeling frilly you can incorporate a treat.  The trick or treat can be anything from a hidden pocket, unexpected design element, a treat hidden in the card or an unusual technique used on your project.  Make sure to include in your blog post a description of your trick or treat!

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box and Treat

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2In our area, grown ups enjoy Halloween by playing  You’ve Been Booed.  Sometimes called “Ghosting” or “the Phantom”, the Halloween BOO is an Autumn take on “Secret Santa” or May baskets. Usually seen in neighborhoods–but sometimes in the workplace–BOO-ing is a friendly tradition for Halloween fun.

To start a Halloween BOO, one neighbor secretly leaves a small gift basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign at a neighbor’s doorstep.

The lucky BOO-ee is asked to post the sign near the door, alerting others that “We’ve Been BOO-ed!” That way, new BOO recruits won’t leave a duplicate BOO on the doorstep.

In turn, the neighbor is asked to BOO two other households, leading to a chain reaction–and Halloween fun.

I thought it would be fun to create a little “boo box” for my next door neighbor as she looooves Halloween.

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Prepping the Box

This cute little brie box was lurking in a dark corner of the Closet of Shame.  It seemed the perfect vessel for my Boo Box.   I created the shaker top with a little vintage image that I received in an order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  (Linda, the owner, always includes a cute little thank you package with every order. )

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Photo 1Here’s how to prepare the Boo Box.

  • First, ink all the edges of the brie box with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Next, trace the cover and base onto patterned paper from Prima’s Amber Moon Collection.
  • Then cover the lid, inside and out with the cut out papers.
  • Now, ine the inside base as well.
  • Then, run Scor-Tape around the outside edge of the box and cover with Prima Amber Moon Washi tape.  The Scor-Tape helps hold the washi tape in place.You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Building the Shaker Element

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3Building the shaker top took a little time and patience.  And oh, the glitter storm that filled my studio.  Heres how I did it:

  • First, die cut a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch Frame from medium weight chipboard.
  • Then cut it a two more Pocket Watch frames from Prima Amber Moon paper of your choice.
  • Next, cut a 4″ square of clear acetate cardstock.  You can always use clear packaging if you have some on hand.
  • Now, ink the edges of the chipboard with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  • Next, ink the edges of the designer paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Then use a craft knife to cut out the center portion of one pocket watch frame.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, glue the whole pocket watch frame to the chipboard base.
  • Next, cut thin strips of foam tape and adhere it all along the edges.  You do not want any gaps.
  • Now, glue the clear acrylic circle to the back side of the open pocket watch frame.  I used binder clips to hold it in place until dry.
  • Then, glue the vintage image to the base section of the pocket watch frame.
  • Next fill the center portion of the base with sequins, small beads, glitter…whatever you like.  Be sure NOT to overfill.  Less is more.
  • Peel the backing strips off the foam tape strips and press the dome cover in place.  Use binder clips if needed.
  • Next,run a bead of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive around the edge of the pocket watch frame, filling in any small gaps.
  • Dust the glue with Vintage Platinum Distress Glitter.
  • Repeat this step around the plastic dome area.
  • Finally, tie ribbon around the stem of the pocket watch and use hot glue to attach to the box cover.
You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: Finishing Touches

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4Die cut Tattered Florals and Tattered Leaves from Amber Moon patterned paper.  I dipped mine in a lovely puddle of Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Seedless Preserves, Frayed Burlap and WIld Honey Distress Oxide Inks before shaping and stacking.  Fill the centers with mustard seeds and spatter with Walnut Ink Stain.  Attach to the box top along with a little tag made from scraps.

You’ve Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box: A Peek Inside

You've Been Booed Halloween Shaker Box by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5Here’s  a look at the interior of the finished box.  Isn’t it fun?

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope you’ll find the time to play along in this fun Trick or Treat Challenge.  To do so, simply create your own vintage or shabby chic Halloween project following the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, November 7th.

The Frilly and Funkie Team will select their top 4 favorite projects from all the entries.  Our top pick will be invited to join us for a guest DT spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next 3 favorites will receive a favorites badge to post proudly on their blog or Facebook page.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into the draw for a $25 shopping spree at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Be sure to stop by the Frilly and Funkie blog where you’ll find more inspiration from the team along with all the challenge rules.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial

Tammy Tutterow Designs Five for Friday: Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial

 

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another edition of Five for Friday with the Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Crew.  I don’t know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but here in North Carolina it is hot and steamy.  There’s only one remedy I know of for this kind of heat: ice cream!  And so to help cool things off, here’s a Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Tutorial.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

Isn’t this yummy?  Best of all, it’s calorie free!  Here’s a little story about my life long love affair with ice cream.

The Best Birthday Ice Cream Ever

I grew up in a family that was rich in love, creativity, integrity and hard work…but not so rich in material goods.  Ice cream was a rare and wonderful treat in our home.  My mother, in particular, loved ice cream, especially if it was soft serve.

Vermont (where I grew up) is known for its rich dairy products.  When I was a kid, a local dairy produced their own line of frozen confections called Vermont REAL Ice Cream.  The REAL was all in caps on the logo, and there was a pretty brown cow contentedly grazing in a verdant green field on the square half gallon box.  It was the best ice cream in the world.

We, however, could not afford to buy it.  Our local radio station ran a weekly contest, where they gave away a half gallon of Vermont REAL Ice Cream.  It had to be your birthday, and you had to write in and tell them why you, of all people, deserved to win.

Mom Saves the Day!

Now, my mom was without a doubt the most creative woman I ever met.  She sewed, she baked, she canned and gardened and beautified our home on a shoestring.  She could also write.  Her poems were filled with gorgeous imagery and impeccable meter and rhyme.  Every year around our birthdays, she wrote a special poem about the birthday boy or girl and sent it in to the radio contest.  And she always won.  No contest!  And that, my friends, is how I was able to enjoy a double scoop of REAL Vermont Ice Cream each year on my birthday.  It’s also why I love ice cream so much.  It’s probably genetic…but this memory of my mom’s ingenuity and creativity makes it extra sweet.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Create a Stenciled Background

Here’s how I put this sweet card together. You’ll find links to the products at the end of this post.

  1.  First, create a 5.25″ x 7.25″ top fold card base from pale pink cardstock.
  2. Next, cut a slightly smaller piece of polka dot paper (linked below).  Distress the edges and glue to the card front.
  3. Now, cut a 4.75″ x 6.75″ panel of smooth white cardstock. Apply Worn Lipstick Distress Ink through the Vertical lines of Tammy’s Gingham Stencil.
  4. Now, turn the panel long wise and apply Picked Raspberry Distress Ink through the horizontal lines of this same stencil.
  5. Next, spritz with a little water from your Distress Sprayer.  Heat Dry.
  6. Then, sponge the white areas very lightly with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  7. Finally, stitch around the edges. Glue onto the card base.
Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Layer it Up!

Did you guess that I was trying to create the look of Neapolitan Ice Cream on this card?  That’s because it was my favorite as a kid.  Now I’m a Butter Pecan gal.

Now, let’s get on to the rest of the layers!

  1. Cut a 4″ x 6.25″ rectangle of soft pink burlap.
  2. Fringe the edges.
  3. Die cut the largest layer from Spellbinder’s Timeless Rectangle from floral print.
  4. Stitch the die cut to the burlap along the inside edge.
  5. Attach to the gingham layer.
  6. Cut a 2″ wide strip of yellow patterned paper.  Punch a decorative edge.  Layer over the center of the die cut layer.

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Sentiment and Cone

 

  1. Stamp the sentiment in Jet Black Archival ink onto Smooth White Cardstock.
  2. Heat Emboss with clear embossing powder.
  3. Fussy cut the sentiment.
  4. Color in with the medium of your choice.  I used colored pencils because I am not great with markers.
  5. Scatter small dots of Art institute Dries Clear Adhesive randomly around the sentiment panel.  Sprinkle with TuTu Pink Prills.
  6. While the Prills are drying, create the cone.
  7. Stamp and die cut the cone image 3 times.  You will use small foam dots between each layer to create lots of dimension.
Coloring the Image
  1. On the first image, color the waffle cone by sponging it with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Spritz with water. Ink the edges with Vintage Photo DI.
  2. For the 2nd layer, color the ice cream and cherry.  Trim away just the scoops with the matching die. Then attach to the cone with small foam dots.
  3.  Finally color the cherry on the 3rd stamped image.  Die cut with the matching die and attach with foam dots.
  4. Add glue to the sprinkles on the ice cream scoops.  Then sprinkle with Berry Nice Prills.
  5. To finish the sentiment, coat the letters with Glossy Accents.  Then spatter with diluted pink paint.
  6. Mount the sentiment on waste cardboard and glue to the card.
Double Scoop Ice Cream Card: Sweet Surprises inside

I really had fun designing the interior of this card.  First, I stamped, inked and colored this fun sentiment for the top of the card.  Then I turned the sentiment into a little gift card pocket.  I had a plain white string tie envelope in my stash.  It was easy to dress up with one of Tammy’s Tab Set Two dies.  This is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card to your favorite ice cream parlor.  And you can write a personal note on the envelope.

The bottom pocket  is decorated with a die cut doily and stamped Little Sentiment.  The pocket holds a pretty little tag that can double as a bookmark.

Making the Shortie Tag

First I die cut the Shortie Tag from Kraft Cardstock.  Then I die cut a second tag from Authentique Spectrum paper.  This quatrefoil print looks like a waffle cone to me!  I added a strip of micro brown check paper, and another die cut doily.  Then I die cut the Deco Edge Envelope from designer paper.
Don’t you just love these Tiny Sentiments?  They really come in handy!  And what goes better with a tiny sentiment than a tiny spoon full of ice cream?  I know, I know…I get crazy sometimes!

The finishing touch was to add a couple of Posie Part flowers and leaves to the tag.

Inquiring minds want to know?  What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?   I hope I shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Wishing you double scoops all summer long!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Double Scoop Ice Cream Card Supply List

Tammy Tutterow Supplies:

Other Products:

 

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Take a Road Trip with Authetique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Aaaah, Summertime!  The perfect time to hit the road, go adventuring, and make lasting memories!  Who wants to take a road trip with me today as we explore a brand new collection from Authentique Paper?  This Pastime Passport Style Mini Album is the perfect travel companion, loaded with fun interactive features, retro style images and ready for adventure.  Take a peek:

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This is the cutest, chunkiest little mini album!  Authentique’s Pastime Collection  is filled to the brim with  retro images like Polaroid cameras, cute little campers, vintage billboards, tickets receipts and more. The Pastime 6×6 Paper Bundle is just the right size for this petite 3.5″ x 5″ x 2″ mini album. I also used fussy cut images, patterns, Detail Stickers and Petite Diction Stickers from the 12″ x 12″ Collection Kit.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 2Eileen Hull’s Passport Book Die by Sizzix is a perfect playmate for this paper collection.  After die cutting covers, spine and inner pages, I went to work on decorating the album.  The album contains 3 separate signatures (inserts) bound with elastic.  Each signature holds 12 pages that you cut out with the die.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 3Here’s a peek a the album spine.  You can see the elastic binding strips threaded through the holes.  I added some vintage travel charms and beads just for fun.  Don’t you love this paper?

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album Video Tour on YouTube

This album is bursting with interactive elements like pockets, tags, flip pages, waterfall features, fold out pages and more.  I find the easiest way to share a project like this is with a YouTube video tour.  I share a lot in this video about the process for making the album as well as tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

 

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: A few detail shots

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Pockets add so much to a mini album design.  This side pocket is decorated with one of the fun Details Stickers from the 12×12 Collection Kit.  I matted it on kraft cardstock to make it pop against that cute patterned paper in the background.  Photo mounts held together with a decorative belly band fill the side pocket.  You can place 8 photos here.  Isn’t that amazing?The cover page of the first signature is simply decorated with another gorgeous Detail Sticker.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I kept the embellishments in this album very simple.  Because it is small, I didn’t want the pages to be too busy.  Petite Diction stickers give you the opportunity to create your own captions, which is lots of fun.  Mat stickers on kraft cardstock, then glue just the bottom edge so that you can tuck your photo behind as I did on this flip page.

Turn fussy cut images into mini journaling spots or photo albums.  To do this, I simply fold paper in half and then add my image.  This journal spot also serves as a turn tab for the fold out page.

Make Your Own Embellishments!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Throughout the album, I’ve used stickers to make my own embellishments. This tiny Polaroid sticker looks so cute hanging from the paperclip that holds this journal page in place.  I simply matted the sticker on folded cardstock, trimmed out the tails, then looped it over the paper clip.  It looks chic and trendy even though it’s cheap and easy!  LOL

Use Your Stash!

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 7

Do you keep ephemera items like small paper bags and such?  An album like this is the perfect place to use these items from your stash!  I found a tiny paper bag that was the perfect size for this album,  covered it with paper, then added a tag.  Again, a quick and affordable embellishment that looks great on the page.

Creative Uses for Scraps in Your Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 8

We all have scraps, right?  And they end up in a bin and never get used, which is such a waste. When you have  gorgeous papers like these, you want to utilize every scrap.  Therefore,  I have been training myself to look for creative ways to use them in my projects.  This decorative belly band is made with a piece of paper I’d trimmed off.  Backed with kraft cardstock (also a scrap) it creates a stylish way to tuck in a tag.  And let’s talk about the tag for a moment: its also decorated with a scrap of paper.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Punch a decorative edge on a scrap and use it as a border as I did here.  It takes just a few seconds to do, but adds a designer look to a page.  I also used a fussy cut scrap as a layering piece behind this cute hang tag made with a sticker from the collection.  Scraps are our friends, people!  Invite them to the party!

Make the Most of Your Page With Waterfall Features

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 10

I confess a love for waterfall features. They are interactive and fun.  Not only that, you can store a ton of photos on a waterfall page.  This tiny 3.25″ x 4.25″ page can hold SIX 3.4 photos!  Here’s how to make your own waterfall element on a page:

  • First, measure the page to determine the width and length of each waterfall element.  You want the width of each waterfall page to be slightly smaller than the width of the album page.
  • Next, cut rectangles of paper.  Remember to add 1/2″ more to the length of each rectangle so you can score a flap.  Each of these rectangles measures 3″ x 4″.
  • Then, score a 1/2″ flap on the short side of each rectangle.  This is the  mechanism that will attach to the base page. Fold the flap to the back side of each rectangle.
  • Now, ink the edges and shape with corner punches if desired.
  • Place adhesive of your choice on the back side of each flap.  Beginning with the first flap, line the scored edge up with the top of your base page.  Make sure it is straight.  Press to adhere.
  • Next, lift the flap of the first waterfall. Align the scored edge of the next flap up with the bottom edge of the first flap and adhere, being sure to keep everything straight.
  • Continue until you’ve added all the flaps.
Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album: The Grand Finale

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 11

The final page of this album is so much fun.  I created a micro journaling spot with one of the tiny stickers from the Details sheet.  Then I created a tuck spot with a fussy cut image from the 6×6 bundle.  The inside cover has a pocket with a handy little notepad that I created from designer paper and chipboard.

Authentique Pastime Passport Style Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 12

I love this quote: “Life is a grand adventure: go live it!”  What a perfect way to end this post!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  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.

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial & Video Tour

Authentique Beginnings Baby Book with Eileen Hull Travel Journal Die by Sizzix

Hello, Friends!  I love Mondays!  You wake up to a brand new week with brand new opportunities to learn and create.  This Monday, I’m especially excited because I’m sharing a project made with a brand new release from Authentique Paper.  This Beginnings Baby Book is so very sweet, I can’t wait to share it with you.

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See?  I told you it was sweet! When I first saw these darling papers, I nearly swooned. They are just perfect for use in a baby book!  I often think about a project for days (or even weeks) before I dig in and create, but this idea came to me in a snap.  Why not pair up these pretty pretty papers with my Eileen Hull Travel Journal die?  So I did!

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I framed this precious focal image with some Petaloo Flowers, luscious Buttercup Satin Ribbon, and some fussy cut elements from the 12×12 Collection kit. The baby book measures a generous 4.25″ wide x 8.75″ tall.  That means there’s lots and lots of room for goodies inside!

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A vintage style brad and elastic loop form the closure.  Crochet lace adds a lovely vintage feel to the design.  Don’t you love these patterns?  Yum!

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Beads. flowers and novelty buttons add fun details to the spine.

Beginnings Baby Book Tutorial on Snapguide

Travel Journal style minis are trending right now.  They are really fun to make…one could almost say addictive!  In case you’ve never put one of these together before, I prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial to walk you through the cover assembly.  You’ll also learn how to put the signature pages together.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Authentique Beginnings Baby Book by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Beginnings Baby Book: Pockets and Tags

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Now that you’ve seen how the baby book is assembled, it’s time to look at some details.  One of the things that makes these travel journals so addictive is the opportunity you have for adding all kinds of interactive elements.  And you know how I feel about interactive elements in a project!

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Pockets and tags go together like babies and cuddles!  I created this large 4″ x 6″ tag with Authentique Spectrum paper in Bubblegum Pink and Antique Lace.  It was my first opportunity to play with the Spectrum line, and I have to say, I’m hooked!  It’s super sturdy, has a very slight sheen and makes really crisp folds.

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To make this tag, first I rounded the bottom corners of a rectangular piece of paper.  Then I used a corner chomper to shape the top edge.  Add some ribbon, a posy and pretty designer papers, and you have a tag in no time flat!

The pocket is decorated with a Details Sticker and some little banner flags cut from scraps.

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Here’s another sweet little pocket filled with journal cards from the cut apart page.  I also turned a Detail Sticker into a file folder by matting it on designer paper and folding.

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Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 10Don’t you just love these images?  Be still my heart!

Beginnings Baby Book: The Waterfall Feature

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 11Waterfall features are such a great way to include a lot of photos in a small space.  Here’s how I made this one.

  1. First, cut eight 4.25″ x 4.75″  rectangles from Spectrum Bubblegum 1&2 papers.
  2. Next, punch a scalloped edge along the bottom of each rectangle.
  3. Then, score each rectangle at 1/2″ on the long side.
  4. Now, burnish the score line to form a flap.
  5. Add adhesive to the back side of the flap.  JUST the flap!
  6. Next, line the flap up with the top of your paper and press in place.
  7. Line the top edge of the next rectangle up with the bottom edge of the flap above it.  Press in place.
  8. Repeat until you’ve used all the rectangles.
  9. Finally, add an image from the Details Sticker Sheet or the 6×6 bundle cut apart page to the top rectangle.
Beginnings Baby Book: The Belly Band

This image from the cut apart page is perfect for use as a belly band!  Because it is 12″ long, it will span the page nicely. My thought here was that it would be the perfect tuck spot for a copy of baby’s birth certificate, birth announcement or baptism certificate.  Of course, photos will fit here , too.
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Beginnings Baby Book: Flips, Flaps and Fold Outs

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To create these two cutie pie flaps, just score a 7″ long piece of paper in half, add a punched border and tuck beneath the elastic binding.  Decorate one of the labels that you cut while making the journal covers.  Add a little sticker from the Details Sticker sheet.  Easy peasy!  Using a variety of paper sizes and shapes makes the book much more fun!

 

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Here’s a peek at another decorated signature page.  Each signature has 4 sheets of acid free text paper in it.  These blank pages can be used for more photos, journaling or as a place for baby’s first visitors to add a special word of greeting.

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These little flip books are so easy to make!  Cut 6×6 papers in half, score in half, then add decorative corners.  Glue onto the page, add a sticker, and BAM!  Instant flip book!

Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 16Here’s another fun way to add a flap: Score a journal card to fit the size of the inner page.  Glue just the edge down and fold.  Isn’t it sweet?

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Beginnings Baby Book Beginnings by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Paper Photo 18This fold out page opens up to a little side pocket and tuck spot.

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Another example of a flap and some flip pages.

Beginnings Baby Book YouTube Video Tour

Because this Beginnings Baby Book is so interactive, I decided to make a YouTube video tour of it.  I also share a lot of tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.

I know it’s true that everybody loves a baby…and I sure am in love with Authentique Beginnings! Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to break out your scissors, glue and pretty papers and get your craft on.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder

Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea

Hello, Friends!  What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea?  Not much in my world!  If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.

How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base

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The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders.  This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing!  And creating the base is a snap.  Here’s how I did it:

  1. First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock.  The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
  2. Then  cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using  designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
  3. Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine.  (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
  4. Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
  5. You’re ready to decorate.  Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!

By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen.  I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag.  Here’s how I built the little front pocket.

  1. First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
  2. Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
  3. Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
  4. Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
  5. Next, crease the folds.
  6. Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
  7. Then, score to shape a pocket.  Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
  8. Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base.  This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
  9. Finally, adhere to the card front.
Pinwheel Posies

Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.

  1. First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
  2. Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  3. Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
  4. Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
  5. Next glue the layers together.
  6. Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
  7. Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
  8. Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  9. Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
  10. Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
  11. Finally shape and add to the cluster.
A Peek Inside the Hug In a Cup Mini Tag Book

I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die.  First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall.  You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag?  I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash.  The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles.  Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers.    Here’s a peek inside:

Isn’t it just too darling for words?

I wanted you to see this pretty curved edge and tab closure on the base of the Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder.

The inside is very simple.  Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?

It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together.  But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book.  That way, you could finish this up in under an hour.  These would make the most darling hostess gifts.  And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?

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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