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Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45 Typography

Hello, G45’ers!  As a card maker, I have sometimes shied away from creating scrapbooking layouts.  Of course, I CAN do it…but the 12×12 format can feel intimidating for me.  Well, today’s post is all about eliminating the intimidation!  I’ve created this Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial with Graphic 45‘s Typography Collection.  Even though it is retired, it is still my all time tip top favorite from G45.   If you don’t have it in your paper stash, never fear.  This layout is so simple to make that you can easily use it with any of your favorite collections.  Let’s get this paper party started, shall we?

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

 

This photo of our daughter Liz was taken on one of our mother/daughter jaunts to the mountains last fall.  Ever since Liz was a young girl, my pet name for her has been Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian.  (We are not Italian…I’m Irish…but nicknames don’t always have to  make sense, do they?)  I’m the only one who calls her by this name.  When I decided to scrap this photo, I remembered the Ciao Bella journal card from Typography.  That’s the inspiration for this layout.

Creating Contrast in a Simple Layout

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

There are many ways to create contrast in a layout.  Color is an obvious path to take, and I’ve certainly done that here.  But have you ever considered varying the size of your patterns as a way to create contrast?  It really works!

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Throughout this layout, I’ve alternated 12×12 papers with 8×8 papers.  The scale of the images and the text creates instant contrast.  For instance, my background paper is 12×12, while the paper that the photo rests on is an 8×8 sheet of text paper.   The borders are from the 8×8 pad, but the bold black sentiment is from the 12×12 pad.  Instant contrast.  This creates visual interest even in a simple layout like this one.

Ciao Bella Layout: Expect the Unexpected

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Add fun to a simple layout by creating a hidden journal tag.  This 4×6 journal card has been cut down to fit the Black Staples Tag.  Then I elevated the photo with strips of cardboard to create a nifty little pocket to hold it. You’ll see how that mechanism works in the 60 second video tutorial at the end of this post.

Ciao Bella Layout: Create Simple layers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

It honestly took me longer to photograph (and edit) than it did to make this layout.  The key is to a speedy layout is to create simple layers.  Orienting the papers on the diagonal created a sense of drama.  The bold, black sentiment panel on the right draws the eye to the focal image.  The layered borders help to form a frame.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

This Staples Metal Door Plate & Knob is dabbed with Rusty Hinge Distress Paint to add another simple layer to the composition.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

I also layered the typewriter key “e” over the chipboard button.  Placing this in the corner unified the paper layers as well as added dimension.

Ciao Bella Layout: Frame and Feathers

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8This sentiment describes the way our lovely daughter lives her life.  To give it more of a presence on the page, I “framed it up” inside the chipboard frame element from the Typography collection.  Then I hot glued it over the peacock feathers to hold them in place.  The black satin bow helps to draw the eye to the sentiment, and it also balances out the sentiment panel on the right.

Ciao Bella Layout Tutorial Typography by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Ciao Bella Layout 60 second video tutorial

Graphic 45 challenged me to make a 60 second video tutorial of this Ciao Bella Layout.  Let me tell you…60 seconds goes by really fast!  Still, I  managed to put together a simple process video that will show you the steps I took to build this layout.  I hope you enjoy.  Don’t blink, or you’ll miss it!  LOL

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out your favorite photos and document beautiful memories today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ciao Bella Layout Supply List

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Monday Make It: Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Halloween will be here before you can say “Boo!”  To help you get ready for all the spooky fun, I’ve created this Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial.

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Tutorial Bewitched by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

The Bewitched Collection is absolutely loaded with fabulous patterns and images.  It’s definitely a “treat” to work with!  I’ve made a few of these waterfall folios over the year, all based off a design that i picked up from the fabulous Ginger Ropp of My Sister’s Scrapper.   I’ve adapted her basic design to suit my own needs, but I like to give credit where credit is due.

I was truly “bewitched” by this awesome woodgrain paper from the 12×12 paper pad and used it to create the cover for my 5″ x 8.5″ waterfall folio with a 1″ spine.  Brush the album cover with matte medium to help protect and strengthen it.  Little ghouls and goblins have sticky fingers!

You’ll find all the product links to make this fun album at the end of this post.  Since I created a video tour and tutorial for you, I don’t want to wear you out with lots of words.  But I will share a few still photos because I know some of you really like to study them.

Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio: The Slash Pocket

Pockets are such a great addition to any project.  This double pocket inside the cover holds a little wallet style folio.  There’s also loads of room to add large 4″ x 6″ photos inside.

Tuck a tag and a fun mini shaker element inside the wallet folio.

The stickers in this collection are frightfully fabulous. Use them to make tags and other spook-tacular interactive features.

Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio Album: The Fold Out Feature

I’m a sucker for a great fold out feature, so I added one to this folio. Jazz it up with pockets, belly bands, flap features and photo mounts.  You can learn how in the video tutorial below.

Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio: Open Sesame

Look at all the fun tucked inside this compact little album!

The waterfall feature is at the heart of this great design.  You’ll see all the special treats I’ve tucked inside when you watch the video. But here’s a sneaky peek to whet your appetite!

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Tutorial on YouTube

This video starts with a short tour of the album and all its interactive features.  Next we’ll tackle each step of building the album together.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  I hope this Bewitched Halloween Waterfall Folio tutorial has you ready to break out your paper pretties and get crafting.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

Authentique Paper

Other Products:  Tim Holtz Broomstick, mini pumpkins, Amber Moon Flowers, Amber Moon Leaves, skeleton charm, spider charm, witch hat charm, haunted house charm, owl charm, jack-0-lantern charm, black satin ribbon, black netting, Halloween Striped Ribbon, orange and black satin check ribbon, Scor-Tape (1/2″ and 1/4″), brads and novelty button from my stash, scoring tool

Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Video Tutorial

#SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Video Tutorial

Hello, G45’ers!  Are you ready to get your craft on?  I’m hoping that this #SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Video Tutorial will have you chomping at the bit to pull out your paper pretties and have a crafting good time!

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

#SimplyG45 projects are designed to be created with minimal materials, at minimal expense and in under one hour.  This sweet Autumn Time Folio ticks off all those boxes!  Made with 4 sheets of gorgeous autumn inspired paper from A Place in Time and ABC Primer and  a handful of Graphic 45 Staples Square Black tags,  the only other real supplies you need are a few sheets of kraft cardstock, a bit of ribbon and crafting supplies that you probably already have in your stash.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Best of all, you can use this clever design to create a folio in any style or theme.  Just change up the papers, and you’re off on another paper adventure.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Today you’re going to learn how to make a super simple binding.  You’ll also learn how to make 2 styles of pockets.  And, just for fun, you’ll learn how to make a fun hidden fold out page.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

This tag and pocket folio design is super quick to make.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5But it’s not at all short on sweet surprises!

A Preview of the Details in the Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

In the tutorial that follows these photos, you’ll see how I create simple paper borders and  easy paper layers.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7You’ll discover how to make patterned papers do the heavy lifting for you.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8You’ll discover how to make hidden journaling spots.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Simple design is not boring.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10These stylish tags come together in the wink of an eye!

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

I think this would be such a great place to preserve all the sweet first day of school photos, or field trip photos or apple picking photos.

@SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 minute folio video tutorial A Place in Time ABC Primer by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

So now that you’ve seen what we’re making today,  it’s time to get down to business.  Follow the steps in this 35 minute video, and you’ll have your own Autumn Time Folio sitting on your work table in no time!

#SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Video Tutorial on YouTube

#SimplyG45 Autumn Time 45 Minute Folio Tutorial Supply List

I hope I shared some tips 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.  And, if you make this little folio, I’d love to know all about it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio Tutorial

Halloween Card Folio Tutorial with Authentique Bewitched Collection Kit

Hello, Friends!  Can you hear that sound?  Know what it is?  It’s the sound of little Halloween ghosts, ghouls and goblins creeping on you!  There’s no time like the present to start getting ready for this spook-tacular holiday.  This Halloween Card Folio Tutorial made with Authentique’s Bewitched Collection Kit is super fun way to get the party started!

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Card folios are a lovely cross between a card and a mini album.  Quick to make, fun to give and loaded with goodies, they’ve become my “go to” card style.

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 2Layer up loads of gorgeous patterned papers from Authentique’s Bewitched collection on the cover of your 5″ x 7″ card folio. Then add in  a bewitching black doily, lots of lovely Halloween Ribbon and pretty purple WOC flowers to make it truly fiendishly fabulous.

Bewitched Halloween Card Folio: A peek Inside

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 3Create a waterfall album inside a card?  No problem!  The 1/4″ spine lets you do that with ease.

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 4Each page in this fun flip style album measures 3.25″ x 4.25″ .  You will learn how to make in in the YouTube video tutorial below.

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 5

I am so over the moon for this gorgeous black check paper.  And, dancing skeletons?  Yes, please!

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 6

The Details Sticker Sheet comes in the 12×12 Collection kit.  It’s so easy to make little tags and inserts with these beauties.  Just mat on black cardstock, and tuck into a pocket.  How could it be any easier than that?

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 7

I love the way this Bewitched collection hits just the right note for fun Halloween crafting.  It’s not gory and gruesome…nor is it too cutesy wootsey.  It’s fun and sophisticated and vintage fresh.

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 8

Would you like to learn how to make this dimensional box style pocket?  I’ve got you covered!

Authentique Bewitched Halloween Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 9

And these cute tags take just seconds to make.  Are you ready to get your craft on now?

Halloween Card Folio Tutorial

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, 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

Supply List

Authentique: Bewitched Collection Kit (includes Details Stickers)

Other Products:

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Get out your magnifying glass, your houndstooth coat, your deer stalker hat and pipe.  The game is afoot!  Join me as I share this Sherlock Holmes inspired Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 1

I’ve always loved Sherlock Holmes.  Whether reading the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or watching Basil Rathbone, Jonny Lee Miller or Benedict Cumberbatch portray him on screen, you know you are in for a rollicking good time when Sherlock Holmes is on the case!

This tall and skinny 4.25″ x 8.5″ side fold card is all dressed up with Graphic 45’s Master Detective papers.  And what, pray tell, is the perfect ribbon choice for a Sherlock Holmes Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card?  It’s Elementary, my dear reader: Black and White Houndstooth Ribbon, of course!

Tips and Tricks

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 2Here’s the inside scoop on how I made this whimsical card:

  • First, cut 4 1/8″ x 8 1/4″ panel of green plaid paper to cover your 4.25″ x 8.5″ kraft card base.
  • Next, cut 2 pieces of 1.5″ x 3.75″ black text paper from the 12×12 Patterns and Solids Pad. Mat on slightly larger black cardstock and glue in opposite corners.
  • Now, trim  a chipboard filmstrip frame to fit the card. Paint with brown paint.  Let it dry.
  • Then, swipe Jet Black Distress Oxide Ink on a craft mat.  Spritz with water until beadlets form.  Tap the film strip frame into the inky puddles to create a sort of corroded look.
  • Now, line the back side of the frame with 1/4″ Scor-tape.
  • Cut a piece of clear acetate to fit the back side of the film strip.
  • Then remove the liner on the Scor-Tape and press the acetate down.
  • Add Kool-Tak Clear Foam Tape over the acetate. Leave the top liner in place until later.
  • Fill the cavities with sequins and beads.
  • Now, cut a strip of black cardstock the same size as the film strip.
  • Then add images to the black paper, lining them up with the openings on the film strip.
  • Remove the liner tape and press the cardstock in place.
Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial : Finishing Touches

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 3

  • First, fussy cut the image from the 8×8 paper pad signature page.  Ink the edges.
  • Now, add small foam dots to the back side, cutting them to fit where necessary.
  • Press in place as seen in the photo.
  • Glue down the chipboard tag.
  • Then create the bow cluster with houndstooth ribbon, black burlap string and a black button.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 4

  • Glue a brass monocle (I had this in my stash….go figure!) over the top filmstrip opening. Add ribbon/burlap string to finish.
  • Glue 3 tiny jet buttons along the side.
  • Finally, mat the sentiment sticker to black cardstock.  Trim and glue in place.

It’s suitably sinister, isn’t it?

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 5

  • Line the card interior with paper.
  • Then, score a 4″ x 6″ image from the cut apart page to fit the left hand side.
  • Now, mat a sticker and small border piece on primitive white cardstock.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 6

Well, hello there!

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial: The Gift Card/Treat Wallet

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 7

Create a gift card/treat wallet with black cardstock and a small ephemera card from the collection.

  • First, cut a 4 1/8″ x 8″ strip of black cardstock.
  • Then Score at 3 1/8″ and again at 6 1/4″.  Burnish and fold to create a sort of wallet.
  • Now, mat the small ephemera card on the wallet front.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 8

  • Next, line the interior of the wallet with designer papers.
  • Then use a circle punch to create a thumb hole.
  • Add a small strip of green plaid paper to the pocket front and glue shut.

Sinister Secrets Master Detective Shaker Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo  9

Trim another ephemera card to fit inside the pocket.  And throw in some dark chocolate for good measure! No sinister secrets here….just good fun and sweet treats!

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

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor  Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  The month of August is slipping away, and fall is quietly coming to town. Autumn is my favorite season.  I always want to “feather my nest” and make everything feel all cozy inside. Lucky for me, I have a glorious new paper collection from Authentique to play with! Let’s get out our Authentique paper pretties, scissors and glue.  It’s time to get our craft with this Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial for you.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Oh, but I do love fall the most!  Altering this 12″ x 12″ printer’s tray is such a great way to get your home ready for fall. Each compartment is like a room in a mini art gallery.  Add pumpkins and fall flowers, acorns and buttons, banners and burlap… and surround them all with  gorgeous Authentique Bountiful papers.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 2

How do you add texture to your home decor?  It’s easy when you combine textiles, fibers, wood, and found items.  Mixing and matching textures is a great way to add a rustic, homey vibe to your art work.


Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 3

 

Tap pumpkins with bronze pigment ink to give them a copper glow.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 4

 

Give your home decor some festive flair with a mini banner.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 5

Mmmmm…..sweater weather!  Somebody grab me a mug of hot cider!

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 6

I took this printer’s tray to the next level by removing one of the inserts and adding a fall themed folio.  Held in place with velcro dots, the folio can easily be removed.  It’s the perfect place to preserve all your favorite fall photos, recipes and memorabilia.

 Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial Video Tour

Because a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared a video tour of this project for you. You’ll find lots of tips, tricks and design ideas that you can use in your own paper crafting adventures.

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial for the folio insert

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 7

Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 8

Now that you have taken the tour, I thought you might enjoy learning how to  make this folio that fits inside the printer’s tray.  Just follow the simple step by step directions in this YouTube Tutorial, and you’ll be on your way to creating your very own Authentique Bountiful Folio in no time.

Because I know some of you really want still shots to study, I’ll load some of those in here as well.

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Each season has its own special beauty, so I’m always excited to see them come and go.  I’m glad you could stop by today to help me roll out the red carpet for Autumn with this Authentique Bountiful Fall Home Decor Tutorial.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List:
Authentique Bountiful 12x12 Papers, Details Sticker Sheet, 6" x 6" Bundle, 12" x 12" Printer's Tray, Kraft Cardstock, Sage Satin Ribbon,Burlap String,  1/2" , 1/4" Scor-Tape,  Bits and Bobs from my stash

Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise

Tammy Tutterow Designs Creative Crew: Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise

Hello, Friends!  Day by day, summer is slipping away.  I heard the first migrating geese calling as I was walking the other evening, and the days are definitely getting shorter.  Both are sure signs of fall.  Another sure sign is all the back to school sales!  Everywhere I look I find notebooks, pencils, erasers and glue being advertised.  This inspired me to create this bright and cheery Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise.

 

Let’s face it: the first day of school can be a tough one.  Tears and fears and new surroundings call for a little lunchbox surprise.  Imagine how fun it would be to open your lunchbox to find this cheery card and uplifting sentiment!

Shine Like the Star that You Are

This is such a fun card to make, and I think that (maybe) I’m getting the hang of making these clean(er) and simple (er) cards!  LOL  Here’s how I put this one together:

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from primitive white cardstock.  Be sure to add a 1/4″ spine to accommodate the surprises on the inside.
  • Using Authentique Paper’s Sunshine collection, cut, mat and assemble the following card panels:
    • Sunshine Print: 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ (NOTE: I stitched my paper panels to the primitive white cardstock, but that is not required. I do like the look of the contrasting stitching, though.)
    • Stripe: 3″ x 6.75″
    • Green Quatrefoil Print: 3″ x 5.5″

Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise by Kathy Clement for Tammy Tutterow Designs Photo 1

The Sentiment Panel
  • Cut an additional  4 7/8″ x 3.75″ panel of the sunshine print paper.
  • Stamp the Shine Cling Stamp sentiment directly onto this panel, using Jet Black Archival Ink.
  • Heat emboss the stamped sentiment with clear embossing powder.
  • Stitch the stamped sentiment and the rays of sunshine on the sewing machine
  • Color the image.  I am not a colorist!  This is an area I am working hard to improve, but it sure does take a lot of time and practice.  I used Zig Writer markers to color, as I seem to have the best success with them at present.  I am personally in awe of all you Copic gals!
  • Fill the open letters and the large sun rays with Glossy Accents.
  • Now, sprinkle Go ManGo Prills over the rays.
  • Lightly dust the open letters with superfine Gold Glitter.  I used Lion’s Mane Glitter from Art Institute.  I also added a little litter to the sun.
  • Set this aside to dry overnight.  Do not even think about rushing the time frame.  One tiny touch on Glossy Accents before it is fully set will ruin all your hard work.

Finishing Touches for this Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise
  • The next morning…because, remember…you let the sentiment panel sit overnight, right… stitch a large yellow button into the center of the sun.
  • Add a small star button above the letter “i” in Shine.
  • To give the sentiment more dimension, adhere with foam tabs or a panel of waste cardboard from a Priority Mail package.
  • Cut a half moon side tab using Tammy Tutterow Tab Set Two Die by Spellbinders.. Stitch on a button and glue in place.
  • Create felt flowers with Tammy’s  Floweret Posies Contour Steel Rule Die by Spellbinders. I cut two sets, one from yellow and one from blue.
  • Cut the scalloped blue felt layer in half. Glue half above and half below the sentiment as seen here.  This is a great substitute for a doily, only with more texture.
  • Add  school themed novelty buttons and star stick pins.
  • Finally, tie a double loop bow from Turquoise Glitz Ribbon.  Top with a smaller bow tied from Diamonds and Dots Copen Blue Satin.
Shine Back to School Lunchbox Surprise: The inside scoop!

The fun continues on the inside of this back to school lunchbox surprise!

Chocolate makes everything better…even the first day of school!  After layering the last little bit of sunshiney paper with a sunflower seed packet, I added this mini chocolate treat with repositionable glue dots.

And don’t you love the sentiment strip?  It’s like getting a hug on paper! Authentique always adds a fabulous sentiment to the header of each paper in a collection.  I never throw these away.

Here’s a pocket full of sunshine!  I’ll talk more about the bookmark in a second, but let’s look at the tag first.

I used my absolute favorite Shortie Tag Die to create this happy tag.  This would be so cute as a locker ornament, don’t you think?   I used some stamping and masking techniques to get just the “Shine” portion of the sentiment stamp and the sunshine rays on the tag base.  Then I stamped the sunshine on sunshine paper, coloring it in with a yellow marker. And this is where the yellow flowers were planted.

Using the Mini Tag Book Die to Make a Shine Bookmark

One of the things I love the most about working with Tammy’s stamps and dies is their versatility.  You can tell that Tammy has been creating for years, and knows first hand what crafters like, want and need.

I’ve used this Mini Tag Book Die more than a dozen times in lots of different ways.  This time, I turned the cover into a fun bookmark.

This is such a quick and easy process, that I know you’re going to want to make a bunch of them.  Here’s how:

  • Fold patterned paper in half
  • Lay the Mini Tag Book Die so that the straight edge is at the fold line.
  • Position the die so that the folded paper is just below the cut line.
  • Run through your die cutting machine.  The cover will not be cut into two pieces.  You should have ONE piece that you can fold in half.
  • Stamp with Tiny Sentiment and color.
  • Cut the reinforcement tab from contrasting paper.
  • Add a large paper clip to the center of the Mini Tag Book Cover
  • Die Cut green felt leaves from Pom Pom Posies and hot glue in place.
  • Hot glue Floweret Posie Layers together.
  • Add a button center to the flower.
  • Glue over the paper clip.

The paperclip provides just enough tension to hold the bookmark in place, but has enough “give” to allow you to slip it over a book page to mark your place.  If you used an assembly line approach, you could make dozens of these in no time flat!  And aren’t they cute?

So that’s all for me today.  I know this was a long post, but I wanted to be sure you got all the details so that you’d have all the info you need to make this Shine Back to School Lunchbox Treat for someone you love,

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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