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G45 Steampunk Debutante Mixed Media Tag Album Tutorial

Steampunk Debutante Mixed Media Tag Album Tutorial for Graphic 45

Hello, G45’ers!  Three of my favorite words in the English language are Imagine, Inspire and Create.  When Graphic 45 released their awesome Staples Square Tags with those very words laser cut into them, I was hooked. I decided to treat these tags to a day at the mixed media craft spa.  I painted, embossed and spattered, fussy cut, glued and altered to my heart’s content.  Today I get to share my G45 Steampunk Debutante Mixed Media tag album tutorial with you.  Let’s get inky!

Steampunk Debutante Deluxe Collector’s Edition has to be one of my top 10 all time favorites from G45.  It is loaded with imagination, whimsy, and beauty as well as my favorite colors.

Paint, stencils, crackle paste, chipboard and embossing powders added all kinds of texture and steampunk vibe to this project.  The tags function as the pages, and although there are only 3 tags, I added loads of fold outs, pockets and surprises to make for a really chunky, interactive album.

Cover a “from scratch” album like this one with DIY papers and you never have to paper piece!  This album is covered with DIY Curiosity Collage.   The neutral background allows me to add lots of steampunky greens, blues and copper tones.

You can find a complete supply list for the album at the end of this post.

Imagine, Create, Inspire!

For a fun change of pace, use Staples laser cut tags for your album pages.

They are so sturdy, they’ll hold up to layers and layers of mixed media techniques.

You can even turn the tags into little folios and fold outs!

Add a pocket to a tag for even more fun!

Then fill it with tags that can serve as photo mounts.

There are so many amazing ways to use these tags!

You are only limited by your own imagination.

Tuck ATC tags behind chipboard elements for an extra touch of whimsy.

Combine antique crochet lace with burlap string for a great steampunk vibe.

Alter metal embellishments with paint, ink, or embossing powders.

Use chipboard elements and stickers to dress up fold out pages.Just have fun!

Steampunk Debutante Mixed Media Tag Album Video Tour

Because I know it’s hard to get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still shots, I prepared a YouTube video tour for your viewing pleasure. You’ll see the album in its entirety as we tour the album together.  I also share lots of design tips and tricks along the way.

Steampunk Debutante Mixed Media Tag Album Tutorial on Snapguide

Check out How to Use Mixed Media Techniques to Alter Chipboard by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

The Steampunk Debutante Deluxe Collector’s Edition filled me with inspiration.  Creating this album and tutorial to share with you was loads of fun. I hope you’ were inspired to get out your mixed media supplies and gorgeous G45 goodies, too.  Imagine, Create,  and inspire others with your beautiful art!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

G45 Steampunk Debutante Mixed Media Tag Album Tutorial Supply List

Wherever possible, I’ve provided links, however some items have been in my stash for a while, and I could not find them online.  You can probably find substitutes that will work well.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folder Folio Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie         “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ’em” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!  I’m the hostess this month, so I got to choose the theme.  Hooray!   I love to create all kinds of fancy fold cards and folios and the “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold “em” theme reflects that. Graphic 45’s brand spankin’ new Vintage Hollywood collection has been calling to me, so I created this Four Fold Folio tutorial to share with you today.  Before we start, let’s take a look at the details for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em
This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout.

The one and only Wendy Vecchi was gracious enough to share her new 2017 CHA releases with the team, so we have been featuring her products in our three latest challenges.  It’s been really fun to see how Wendy’s products work with each individual team member’s unique style and perspective.  If you have Wendy products in your stash, we’d love for you to use them as you play along, however it is not required.

Go grab a drink and a snack to sustain you.  Tutorials tend to be long posts with lots of photos.  I don’t want you to faint!

A One Sheet Wonder

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1 This folio is a “one sheet wonder” meaning that the entire folio base can be made using just one sheet of 12×12 cardstock.  I find it amazing that you can fit pockets, tags, and a waterfall feature into a folio made from one sheet of cardstock!  The best thing about this sort of album is that you can easily complete it in a day or less.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2Paper dolls were a favorite childhood toy for me, so I was thrilled to receive Wendy’s wonderful Paper Doll  in my design team package of goodies.   The set comes with a lovely cling stamp of this beautiful vintage lady and a matching stencil.  You can use just the stamp, of course, but it’s so much more fun to invite the stencil to the party!  Of course you can use texture paste through the stencil.  You can also use the stencil as a template to trace onto paper, as I did here.

First, I stamped the image onto ultra smooth white cardstock. Next, I traced the hat bands, the hair and the collar onto designer paper and trimmed it out.  Then I  paper pieced the fussy cut bits onto the stamped image.  To finish the face, I placed the stencil over the image and used a blender tool to add Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks to the face.  There is even a stencil for the lips, which made it very easy to add Candied Apple “lipstick” to this glamorous starlet!  Finally, I brushed the image with Distress Vintage Collage medium.

A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3This dimensional folio is tied shut with lovely Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  It adds just the right touch of “glam” , shimmer and shine.  You can get a glimpse of the staggered pages from this shot, but let’s go ahead and take a look inside the album.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section One: Tiny Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4This one sheet wonder contains 3 sections.  In the first section, the pages measure 3″ x 5″.  I created little pockets and tags for this section.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5 Inkssentials #5 Kraft Tags fit perfectly into these little pockets.  Each tag measures 2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″.  Dress the tags up with chipboard pieces, border strips and gorgeous vintage images.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6  The patterned papers in this collection have a great Art Deco feel.  Use Tammy Tutterow’s Tabs One Die to mark off each section in the folio.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 7If you like to fussy cut…you will love this collection!

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 8To make a custom charm like this one, simply add an image from the small postage stamps in the collection to the back of the frame.  Then tap the frame with Vintaj Patina paints and tie it onto the tag.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section Two: Waterfall Feature

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 9Waterfall features are a great way to add an interactive element to a project.  I used Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One here.  First, I cut four bracket edged dies from black cardstock.  Then I cut four more from patterned paper.  Glue the patterned paper over the black base so that a tiny black border peeks out.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 10Belly Bands hold tiny images from the 8×8 paper collection.  Slip 3″ square photos behind the belly bands and journal on the backs of the small images.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 3: A Spot for larger photos

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 11The next section measures 3.25″ x 6.5″ and can hold larger photos.  Glue just the bottom edge of your images to the album base so that photos can be slipped behind.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 4: Pockets and Inserts

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 12The final section of the folio features two pockets with inserts.  The back page measures a full 5″ x 7″ and can hold full sized photos.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo13Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 14Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 15Here’s a look at the album cover and back.  You can really get a sense of the staggered edges of the album here.

Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to build this one sheet wonder?  I thought you might, so I went ahead and prepared a YouTube tutorial with step by step instructions for building the album base and pockets.

Now It’s Your Turn

The Frilly and Funkie team always invites you to play along with us.  Dig into your crafty stash and create any vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design.  Then link up your project over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

At the end of the challenge the design team will select our top four picks. The first place winner will be our Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



How Ya Bean? Coffee Talk Card Tutorial

The winner of this blog hop was chosen from my blog.  Carla Hundley, Congrats on your win.  Please contact Heartfelt Creations to claim your prize!

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop:  How Ya Bean?  Coffee Talk Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the December 2016 Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!  I hope you are all enjoying the Christmas holidays with your families and friends!  If you have any last minute cards or gifts to make, this How Ya Bean?  Coffee Talk Card tutorial might come in handy!

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementI just love the Coffee Talk Collection!  It’s playful and whimsical and lots of fun to play with.  Here’s how I created this 5×7 top fold card.

How ya Bean?  Coffee Talk Card Tutorial

NOTE: I ink all my cut edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink

  1.  Create a 5×7 top fold card base from light blue cardstock.
  2.  Cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of the brown text paper from Coffee Talk paper collection.
  3.  Mat a 3.5″ x 5.75″ panel of coffee bean paper to light blue cardstock.  Mat a second time on navy cardstock
  4. Repeat this process using the decorative panel from the paper collection.
  5. Glue onto card base as seen in photo.
  6. Cut a 5″ x 2″ strip of designer paper from dark blue pattern and mat onto light blue cardstock.
  7. Create a belly band by die cutting 2 looped borders (HC Border Essentials Die) from Navy Cardstock.   Glue onto the back side of the prepared belly band.  Glue in place in the center of the card.
  8. Die cut the sentiment circle from the pre-made card fronts.  Glue onto a Spellbinder’s Lacy Circle Die.
  9. Use foam dimensionals to add the circle sentiment to the card, as seen above.
  10. Stamp Sun-Kissed Fleur onto light beige patterned designer paper.  Heat emboss with clear powder and die cut with Sun-Kissed Fleur Die.
  11. Sponge Weathered  Wood Distress Ink onto petals.
  12. Shape with Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit using large ball stylus.
  13. Glue layers together.  Add gumdrops to center of each flower.
  14. Spray with Mountain Mist Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.
  15. Glue in place as seen in photo.
  16. Tie a double loop bow with Blue Mixed Confetti Dots Grosgrain Ribbon.  Place a dot of hot glue under the flower petals and use the tip of your scissors to push the knot in place.
  17. Add Ivory Burlap String Bow.
  18. Tie a triple loop bow with Blue Topaz Taffeta Ribbon.  Glue in place.  Add button.
  19. Fussy Cut coffee cup from paper collection.  Attach with foam dot.  Add one small flower.

Checking out the details

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementSun-Kissed Fleur look amazing with these fabulous ribbons!

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementI chose to add a pocket inside my card.  Because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love a pocket card filled up with fun goodies?

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementThe top half has been decorated with a cut out border, a card front, and a cute little sentiment tag.

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementThe pocket inserts are cut from the paper collection and then mounted on kraft cardstock.

Coffee Talk Card Tutorial by Kathy ClementFor extra fun, I wrote out the recipe for my favorite Sour Cream Coffee Cake.   And what goes with coffee and coffee cake?  Dark chocolate, of course!

December Alumni Hop Details…please read…new information below

The next blog on this hop is Emelia.

In case you get lost along the way, here’s a complete list of all the blogs in this hop:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ EmeliaGloriaVicki SarahAlissaArchana

Be sure to visit all the blogs on the hop, and leave a sweet comment behind.  A random comment on a mystery blog will be chosen to receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.

In order to better serve you, Heartfelt Creations has decided to move the Alumni Hop date to the last FRIDAY of each month.  The hop will run from 8AM EST Friday until 11:59PM EST Monday. 

The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations BLOG and Heartfelt Creations Facebook Page in the regular Heartfelt Creations Wednesday Blog post.

If you are the chosen winner, you will have 72 hours to claim your prize by sending an e-mail to info@heartfeltcreations.usAdd Winner of the December Alumni Hop to the subject line.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Graphic 45 2017 Planner

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Hello, Friends!  Can it really be December already?  This month is filled to the brim with shopping, baking, parties, family, food and fun.  It’s wonderful to finish out the year with so much celebration, isn’t it?  Being the planner that I am, I’m also getting ready for a fabulous year in 2017 by creating a Graphic 45 2017 planner.  I don’t know about you, but I rely heavily on lists and calendars to keep me organized.  My motto is, “If it isn’t written down, it isn’t going to happen.”

2017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-3Friends, meet my brain on paper.  This planner has a place for everything: appointments, design team deadlines, shopping lists, to do lists, photos and more all neatly organized into a Graphic 45 Kraft Mixed Media Album.  I’ve used some of my favorite collections (new and old) to add color and inspirational sayings to keep me organized and motivated throughout the year.

To help you get a feel for the “flow” of this album, I put together a YouTube video tour.

Did you like the little custom paper clip embellishments?  These are super quick and easy to make, so I thought you all might enjoy a short video tutorial so you can make some yourself.

How to Make Custom Paperclip Embellishments YouTube Video

I think I am going to make a whole bunch of these to have on hand to add to cards, layouts and tags.  They are so fun!

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A Picture is Worth  A Thousand Words

2017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-62017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-52017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-72017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-82017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-92017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-102017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-112017-planner-place-in-time-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-12If you’d like to print out these cute chalkboard style calendars and to-do lists, you can find them at Botanical Paperworks.  They are a free download (yippee!).  Ilove how stylish and practical they are.  I printed mine at 70% of the full size so they would fit into the mixed media album.  Instead of cutting off the excess on the to do list, I scored and folded it so that I can use the flap as a tear off shopping list or menu planner for the week.  You can download the to-do list  HERE.  The monthly 2017 calendars are HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

  • Typography 12×12 papers, chips, tags &pockets and stickers
  • A Place in Time 12×12 Deluxe Collector’s Edition
  • Calendar Pages: A Place in Time 12×12
  • Children’s Hour 12×12 Calendar pages
  • Off to the Races 12×12 Prints and Patterns
  • Time to Flourish: 12×12 papers, calendar pages
  • 8×8 Time to Flourish papers, calendar pages, ephemera cards, chips, tags & pockets, banners
  • Graphic 45 Staples Mixed Media Album
  • Metal Door Plate (the original, large style) Graphic 45 Staples
  • Graphic 45 Staples Antique Brass Door Knocker
  • 2 Staples Kraft Tags
  • Staples Butterfly (retired)
  • Petaloo Flowers

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Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop

The winner of this hop is Barbara Macrowen .  Please contact Einat Kessler to claim your $100 Visa Gift Card prize.  Congrats!

 Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop

last-minute-gift-ideas-blog-hopHello Friends! Are you ready for the holidays?  Do you need some last minute gift ideas?  Well, I’m here to invite you to join the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop.  My Graphic 45 teammate Einat Kessler has rounded up  a great group of talented designers.  We were each asked to create a quick and easy project and tutorial to share with you.  There are so many great ideas coming your way!

Along with all this crafty inspiration, you could also win a great prize!  Visit all the blogs participating in the hop, At the end of this post I’ll tell you how  you can be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card. No matter where you live, you are eligible to win the prize! Woo-hoo!  If you’re not a follower of my blog, I’d love for you to sign up, but it’s not required to win. Let’s get hopping!

Quick and Classy Pop Up Gift Card Holders Video Tutorial with Graphic 45 A Christmas Carol

last-minute-gift-ideas-blog-hop-a-christmas-carol-pop-up-gift-card-holder-a-christmas-carol-by-kathy-clement-product-by-graphic-45-photo-1I don’t know about you, but no matter how much planning I do, I always end up with the need for a last minute gift.  And a last minute gift generally means a gift card.  These little pop up gift card holders can be made in about 15-20 minutes using basic supplies that you already have on hand.  In fact, I used scraps from Graphic 45’s A Christmas Carol paper collection.  I made two versions, one more masculine and one more feminine, but both are made the exact same way.

Here’s a peek at the finished Pop-Up Gift Card Holders.

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YouTube Video Tutorial for Quick and Classy Pop Up Gift Card Holder

I’ve prepared a YouTube Video tutorial so you can learn how to make these yourself.  As a little Christmas gift, I did not edit out all my little “bloopers” so you’ll get to enjoy some gaffes and goofs in this video.  It’s good for you to know that there are no mistakes in crafting…just learning opportunities.  (That’s my line, and I’m sticking to it!)

Now, on with the show!

Hop Along in the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop and WIN

Here’s a list of the blogs in this hop:

OlaPatti ♥ Kathy (you are HERE) ♥ AlexandraSandyGloria PamEinatKeren

Terry Katelyn Einat KesslerSusanStephEileen Hull RitaMahe

Comment to win!

You have plenty of chances to enter the drawing for the $100 Visa gift card .  Hop now until midnight Saturday, December 24th.  You can enter on just ONE blog, but your chances will be better if you enter on each participating blog. Everyone is eligible win whether you are a US or International follower.

The winner of the $100 Visa gift card will be announced on einatkessler.com on Sunday, Dec 25th. 

In order to win, leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite, “can’t live without it” craft supply or tool.

Here’s the prize drawing widget:
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Thanks for hopping by! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio

Petaloo & Authentique: Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio & Tag

Hello, Friends!  Are you counting down the days ’til the Christmas holidays?  I’m getting very excited because in just a couple more days, I will take off my crafting apron, put on my baking apron, crank up the oven and get busy in the kitchen making holiday treats.  Oh, boy!  You see, I love to bake almost as much as I love to play with paper!  With that in mind, I created this darling Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio & Tag using beautiful Petaloo flowers and festive Authentique Retro Christmas papers.

Let’s Get Cookin’!

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement

This looks like a standard 7″ x 5″ card, doesn’t it?  It is so much more than a card!  This folio has a 1/2″ spine so that the interior can hold  a pocket full of dressed up recipe cards and a fun accordion style folio.  I shared a  YouTube tutorial for the folio base a while back.  This is the same basic design with a 1/2 ” spine.  You can find that tutorial HERE.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement

Add a wintry feel to Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Poinsettias and Pine/Berry Branches by tapping them with Tim Holtz Grit paste.  Then add texture by tucking in a couple of luscious Vintage Velvet Holly leaves.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementTo make this fabulous bow cluster, I started with  a 1.5″ wide red gingham double loop bow.  Then I topped it with some pretty red satin snowflake ribbon, a die cut snowflake and a vintage style white button.  I had all these little cookie buttons in my stash of Christmas embellishments.  Aren’t they too cute?

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementThe inside of the folio contains a pocket on the bottom and an accordion style folio on top.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementI just love the “Cheers” banner made from the sticker sheet in the collection.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementRecipe cards are dressed up in their holiday best and tucked into the pocket.  The belly band is only glued on the sides, so that the recipe cards can slide out.  Then I glued another recipe card onto the back.  You can never have too many cookies for Santa!

No Peeking!  Accordion Style Folio

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementThe folio on top is held shut with a ribbon tie.  I created a gatefold cover using this adorable “no peeking” journal tag from the paper collection.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementCookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementThe center panel is 6″ wide x 4″ tall, so it can hold a nice sized family photo.  There are 3 panels on each side, each double-sided.  So you can fit over a dozen photos in this clever little folio.

Cookies for Santa Retro Recipe Folio by Kathy ClementDon’t you just love these cute retro patterns?

A Retro Santa Tag made from Scraps????

It’s much better to make a cute little Retro Santa Tag than it is to toss my work table scraps into “The Land That Kathy Forgot”!  This tag will add a real festive feel to a plate of home made cookies!

I dusted these Regal Gold Poinsettias with my Grit Paste “faux snow”.  And can you see these teeny tiny vintage ice skates?  I iced them up as well.  To finish off the tag, I added a trio of Green Glittered Star Picks and topped the tag with  Green Glitz Ribbon.This shade of green is so perfectly retro!

Baking Christmas cookies is one of my all time favorite holiday traditions.  I started as a young bride, then shared the tradition with our children.  Now, I’m blessed to be able to make sweet new memories with our precious grandgirls.  The holidays are all about making memories!  I hope you get to make some soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

#Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial: Simple Affordable & Under an Hour

 

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Hello, G45’ers!  How do you feel about challenges?  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Well, our friends at Graphic 45 challenged me to create as many holiday tags as I could. And make a tutorial for these tags. Oh, and one more thing….these tags had to be simple (minimal materials), affordable (minimal expense) and completed in under one hour.  Not one hour per tag…one hour total for ALL the tags.  How’s that for a challenge?  So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this #Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial to share with you here today.

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Every year at Christmas time, I bake.  And I bake.  And then I bake some more.  The house smells like Mrs. Claus’ kitchen as gingersnaps, snickerdoodles, shortbread cookies  and other assorted goodies fill the countertops and spill over onto the kitchen and dining room tables.  All these treats get  packaged into tins for our grown children.  I also love to make cookie plates to share with friends and neighbors. Topping these with a pretty handmade tag that can be re-purposed as a tree ornament really makes the gift special.

It’s a busy happy time of year for all of us, and I suspect that I am not the only one who finds herself long on lists and short on time.  So to help you get ready for the holidays, I thought I would share a “recipe” for a holiday tag series that is easy, affordable and can be done in under an hour.  That sound too good to be true?  Not when you have brilliant components from Graphic 45’s Saint Nicholas paper collection, some Staples Alphabet Banner tags and a video tutorial to guide you!

Saint Nicholas #Simply G45 Holiday Tags Tutorial: YouTube Video

Some Tips and Tricks

I actually had a great time making these tags.  They came together quickly once I figured out the “recipe” .  I actually timed myself with a stop watch to make sure that each tag took under 10 minutes to make.  Here are some simple tips and tricks that will help you as you make your tags.

  1. Creating an assembly line for your project saves time!  Pre-cut all your paper layers, images, ribbons, fussy cut images and fibers.  Lay them out on your work table in the order in which they will be used.  Then just “go down the line” to create your tag.
  2. Fussy cutting is easier if you cut around the image before doing detail cutting.  I call this “whacking out” the image from the paper.
  3. To create a nice clean edge when you are fussy cutting, hold your scissors stationary and move the paper.  I demonstrate this technique in the YouTube video tutorial.
  4. Use the printed letters on the Staples Alphabet tags to help you line up your matting layer.  The straight line is built into the tag pattern. Just follow it, and your matting layer will always be straight!

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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