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Kathy by Design Studio Tour and Storage Tips with Graphic 45

Welcome to my Happy Place: Kathy by Design Studio Tour

Hello, G45’ers!  Welcome to my happy place!  I’m so excited to share today’s post with you.  Today I’m  inviting you to a Kathy by Design Studio Tour with lots of storage tips and hints for organizing your crafty stash.  I’ll also share how I’ve created my crafty space on a limited budget by re purposing common items, upcycling trash into treasure, and shopping beyond the scrapbooking aisle.  We’ll take a video tour of my room and I’ll also share still photos with you.  So let’s get started!

Kathy by Design Studio Tour with Storage, Organization and Money Saving Tips Photo 1

This photo is of my inspiration wall.  I just gave it a little face lift especially for this post. Pretty things inspire me, so I surround myself with photos of the people I love, recent projects, favorite layouts and little items that make me smile.

Almost everything you see in this photo (with the exception of my computer, printer and die cutting machine) was salvaged from a thrift store, bought on clearance, picked up at a yard sale, or built by my dear husband.

I don’t sit at this desk unless I am blogging or editing photos.  But I love the large surface when I am creating a project.  I lay out my papers, embellishments, and dies here so that I have lots of room on my actual work space.  The desk is from the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.  It was in near perfect condition, and to my delight it was just tall enough that I could slip a couple of storage carts beneath it.  If you are looking for desks, cabinets, shelving or other furniture for your room, check out Habitat for Humanity.  You’ll get a great deal on a great piece and help out a wonderful cause at the same time.

Kathy by Design Studio Tour: The Latest Addition

Kathy by Design Studio Tour with Storage, Organization and Money Saving Tips Photo 2 I love to go junkin’!  We live in an area with lots of thrift stores, bargain barns, antique malls and charity shops.  I found this nifty message center in a dusty corner of a local bargain barn.  And it was a real ugly duckling!  But, it had great potential to become a beautiful swan. Because it was so ugly, it was also super cheap.  Naturally, it had to come home with me.  A little dusting, a little white chalk paint, a little update with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers and BAM!  Country chic message center!

TIP: White Chalk Paint is Your Friend!

Don’t walk away from a great office fixture, frame or furniture piece because it is ugly.  White chalk paint is the next best thing to a magic wand.  You don’t have to sand or prime the surface.  Just make sure it is dust free and then paint.

The wire baskets on either side of this piece were given to me by my sister.  They are supposed to hold wine corks and they had a sentiment about wine written on them.  To re-purpose these baskets for the studio was a quick and easy job.  Start by measuring out a piece of adhesive backed cork.  Once that is in place, cover with Graphic 45 Staples Typography and Numbers DIY papers.  Then, to add a finished look, add ribbon trim.  I used Scor-Tape to adhere the black ribbon that Graphic 45 adds to their Staples Alpha Tags.  Now I have a great resting spot for my Staples Policy Envelopes and Metal Hardware.

Kathy by Design Studio Tour: The Work Table

Kathy by Design Studio Tour with Storage, Organization and Money Saving Tips Photo 3This 4 foot square peninsula is the perfect stand up work space.  And guess what?  It started life as our kitchen table!  When we downsized our home, the table was too large for our tiny eat-in kitchen.  But I loved the butcher block table top so much that I could not bear to toss it.

The solution?  Add PVC pipes, a toilet flange (new, of course…on the plumbing aisle from Home Depot) and now you’ve got a fabulous work table.    First, my husband and anchored a 2×4 piece of lumber into the studs on the back wall.  Then they added the PVC legs and anchored the whole thing to the 2×4.  Super sturdy, it is custom built to be the perfect height for me to stand while working, which is my preference.

As a bonus, I had enough room  to place my Iris Carts (Filled with G45 papers) storage carts and a dresser below the table.  I store all of my ETSY shop merchandise in plastic bins under the table so not a square inch of space is wasted.  (Watch the video to see how I keep my paper, ribbons and dies neat and tidy!)

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Create Designated Work Stations

Kathy by Design Studio Tour with Storage, Organization and Money Saving Tips Photo 5I find that work stations create a good flow in my studio.  You saw my stand up work station on one side of the table.  On the opposite side, I’ve created a cutting/die cutting station.  I leave my Spellbinder Platinum machine out all the time.  Why?  Because if it is out, I will use it.  If it is tucked away, I will not get it out.  Beside the die cutting machine I have my big old fashioned guillotine.  This is great for cutting heavy chipboard.  My dies are stored in the dresser below with all my cutting pads neatly tucked between.

Kathy by Design Studio Tour with Storage, Organization and Money Saving Tips Photo 6This is my mixed media area.  The cube storage and cloth bins went on super clearance at Target one year, and I scooped them up.

My wooden stamps are stored on this CD rack.  I found it at a yard sale for $2.  Best $2 I ever spent!

I also keep my Bow-it-All Tool and my jars of buttons here.  This way, everything is just a step away from my work table.

Buttons, Buttons, Who’s Got the Buttons?  I do!

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Buttons.  I have a thing for buttons.  And for cute glass jars.  Rather than toss jars into the recycle bin, I wash them out and use them for storage.  My hoard of buttons is all sorted by color.  Because I can see them, I use them.  And, to tell the truth…they just make me happy.  I love buttons so much that my kids have started scouting them at yard sales and estate sales.  You can never have too many buttons!

TIP:  Look beyond the scrapbooking aisle for fun, affordable and functional storage solutions

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I bought this lovely wood file cabinet at a yard sale for $10.  I use the top as a landing pad for my mixed media goodies.

See that little aqua colander?  How cute is that?  Wrap vintage style clothespins with baker’s twine and fill it up.

See that big black tiered gizmo?  That’s from Harbor Freight.  My BFF Ginny Nemchak sent that to me as a surprise gift after I told her about it.  For under $20 you get a super sturdy 4 tiered, divided metal turntable that will hold gobs of embossing powders, texture pastes, sprays, Prills, gadgets and goodies.  Why?  Because it is not pink and it does not come from the scrapbooking aisle.

Now, see the white container with all the paint in it?  That’s a Tupperware spice packet storage unit that no one wants anymore.  So you can buy these at yard sales for anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar.  I have 2 of them because they are so awesome.

Kathy by Design Studio Tour Video with MORE Tips and clever storage ideas

 

Thanks for joining me in my happy place today.  I hope you picked up some hints and storage solutions that you can use in your own crafty space!  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition

Staples Policy Envelopes

Staples Decorative Hardware

Ribbon from Staples Alpha Banner Tags

DIY Craft Papers: Typography and Numbers

White Chalk Paint

Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box

#UpcycleG45:  Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box

Hello, G45’ers!  Have you joined the fun #UpcycleG45 challenge yet this month?  Since I love to turn trash into treasure, I could not resist playing along.  I dug out some G45 packaging, a salvaged ribbon spool and gorgeous papers from Vintage Hollywood and went to work on this Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box.  I have loads and loads of photos and tips to share with you today, so go grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get started!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

My mom loved the old black and white movies.  I can remember spending many a Saturday afternoon snuggled up on the couch watching Tarzan and Jane, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn or Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall movies with her.  The Vintage Hollywood collection captures all the glitz and glam of that wonderful era of classic movie making, and I tried to create that same feel in this Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box: #UpcycleG45  Supply List

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2This was such a fun project to pull together.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it.

Ready on the Set!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Before you start cutting paper for your Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box, you’ll want to do the following:

  • Paint the Kraft Mixed Media Box with Black Chalk paint.  If you have a Black Mixed Media box, you can skip this step.  My box was kraft, so I needed to paint.  I like to use chalk paint because it is less “wet” than acrylic or Distress paints.  Not only does it dry quicker, it is less likely to warp .
  • Paint the edges of the packaging tags and the mixed media box inserts as well as the ribbon spool.
Roll ’em!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4One of my favorite features on this Vintage Hollywood Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box is the fun paper movie reels.  To create this effect, cut 1.5” widths of the film strip ribbon on the reverse side of the signature page.  Mist the paper lightly with water and gently wrap around a pencil.  The paper will curl, and while damp, can be easily twisted and glued onto your project.  

Star Power!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

To create a dynamic background for this dimensional piece, I fussy cut these gorgeous vintage style stars from the 12×12 paper collection and edged them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink.  I love the way these stars emphasize the Patterns and Solids paper that I used to cover my box, as well as the stars in the chipboard frame.

Makeup!

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Every starlet needs a little scarlet lipstick, right?  To add that punch of color to the shabby chic Ornate Door Plate and Knob, I tapped them with Terra Cotta and Red Pepper Alcohol Inks.  Apply black chalk paint along the edges to really make them pop.  Just tap it on with your fingertip.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Gorgeous Petaloo Red Anemones and Black Botanica Blooms add just the right touch of drama to this vignette.

#UpcycleG45 with Staples Packaging Tags

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Here are the upcycled Staples packaging tags.  Talk about a makeover!  These tags are ready for the runway!

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You’ll find a little folio on the back side of each tag.

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Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

The tags rest in a little open box that I built from waste chipboard.  This is such a great way to add height and dimension to a project.

A Peek Inside

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Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 16

Dressed for Success

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You can store photos on both the front and back side of the inserts that come with the box. Dress them up with ATC Policy Envelopes, paper scraps and fussy cut elements.

Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 17

Layer images and fussy cuts over these ATC Policy Envelopes.  You can add more photos inside the envelope, or use them as a hidden journaling spot.

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Create a hinge from a 1″ wide piece of black cardstock and fold it in half.  Glue one half to the back of the policy envelope and the other half to the photo mount.  Now you can mount a full sized photo on each card.  How cool is that?

 

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Born to Be a Star Photo Display Box Vintage Hollywood by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 20

Dress up the back side with Patterns and Solids.  Glue just the edges so that you can slip photos behind.  You’ll have plenty of room to store more photos in the box, too.

That’s a Wrap!

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

Oh, and don’t forget to play along in the #UpcycleG45 challenge this month!  There’s a $100 prize package up for grabs!  You can find all the details for this great challenge HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging with Petaloo DIY Flowers

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 7Thankful Fall Wall Hanging with Petaloo DIY Flowers (an upcycling project)

Hello, Petaloo fans!  Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year.  The crisp clear air, the crunch of falling leaves underfoot, gorgeous fall asters, crystal clear blue skies and cooler temps are such a welcome relief after the long, hot summer.  I’m always inspired to decorate for fall, how about you?  Autumn decor and vintage style seem to go hand in hand, Especially when you toss in some upcycled product packaging and hand dyed flowers.  This Thankful Fall Wall Hanging portrays all the things I love about fall.

Thankful  Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 1Authentique’s Harvest collection is so completely gorgeous when combined with Petaloo DIY Flowers, burlap ribbon, a Canvas Corp Brands banner base, crocheted lace, a Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull, ribbon and twine.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 2These small burlap sunflowers were painted and sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist. (Jack-o-Lantern, Peach Delight, Olive Vine, Bronze). The natural ivory color gives you a good vintage base to being with.  Just add inks or mists and you can customize your flowers to match your papers.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 5

My G45 antique metal  door pull becomes an urn when filled with sweet little Petaloo Natural Canvas Rosettes.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 4Thankful  Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 7Graphic 45 product packaging has such a lovely shape that I can never bear to throw one away.  This one was sanded, spritzed, embossed and inked to create a lovely metallic looking layer for my images.  I also aged the drawer pull with Ranger Vintaj inks in Patina, Moss, and Jade.

Thankful Fall Wall Hanging, Harvest, by Kathy Clement for Petaloo, Product by Authentique and Petaloo, Photo 6Have you started decorating for fall yet?  Mother Nature always dresses up in her autumn finery, and I like to bring some of that beauty into my home.  I hope this Thankful Fall Wall Hanging inspired you to welcome this gracious season to your home.

Thanks for stopping by!  Keep calm, and craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links

DIY-Burlap Butterflies & Blossoms x 5 Ivory ITEM: 1650-018

DIY-Burlap Small Sunflowers x 4 Ivory ITEM: 1650-008

Mini Garden Rosettes x 10 CANVAS natural SKU: 1213-000

Fall leaves pack x 36 SKU: 1161-300

Authentique Harvest Collection

Graphic 45 Antique Metal Door Pull

Debra Natural Crochet Lace

Copper Glitz Ribbon

Wired Faux Burlap ribbon (discontinued)

Brown Burlap String

Tattered Angels Mist: Jack-O-Lantern, Peach Delight, Olive Vine, Bronze

CCB Banner Kit

Stick pins from Maya Road, in my stash

Back to School with Petaloo! Desk Organizer Set

Back to School with Petaloo: World’s Fair Desk Organizer Set

Hello, Friends!  Is it really August already?  Seems like we just got our flip flops out of the closet and now it’s time to buy new backpacks!  Sometimes it’s hard to get the kids revved up and ready to head back to class. It’s nice to ease them back into classroom mode with a little creative endeavor.  This Back to School Desk Set is a project that is kid friendly and earth friendly because it uses upcycled tin cans.  You can let the kids get in on the creating, and who knows…they might even get excited about going back to school!

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 2

 

The cheerful bold colors of Graphic 45’s World’s Fair collection is filled with inspirational sentiments that work perfectly for a back to school theme.  I repurposed two black bean cans and a small tea tin by covering them with patterned papers from the collection.

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 3

 

I added ribbon or sticker borders along with loads of cheery Petaloo blossoms.  Isn’t it fun?

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 4

 

I used Matte Multi Medium to decoupage this ephemera card to the front of my pencil tin.  The sentiment reads “Creativity is Intelligence Having Fun.”  It’s just the inspiration needed to get started on a report or term paper.

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 5

 

Each side of the image is framed by gorgeous Petaloo blooms.  The Black Burlap Blossoms, Yellow Dahlias, and Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms are a match made in heaven for the World’s Fair papers.

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 7

 

Tiny black buttons make everything POP!

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 8

 

This tiny tea tin holds paperclips.  It’ had a black base to begin with, so I just wrapped it with designer papers, and topped it with a blue bow and a Black Mixed Textured Blossom.  Quick and easy!

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 9

 

I’ve loaded this cute tin up with all my shaped scissors, but you could put pens or markers or assorted desk tools in here as well.  This sentiment reads, “Logic will get you from A to Z, but Imagination will get you everywhere.”

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 10

 

Here’s a neat way to alter your Petaloo Dahlias.  I gently heated the bottom two layers on each flower, then separated them from the top.  Then I mixed and matched top and bottom layers to create these pretty custom blooms.  The edges were lightly inked with Vintage Photo Distress to give them an antique look.

 

Back to School Desk Set for Petaloo International by Kathy Clement, Graphic 45 World's Fair, Photo 11

 

This burlap butterfly is part of the Burlap Blossoms pack.  It offers a great contrast to the soft yellow flowers.  These little ribbon pennants are topped with the smallest burlap blossoms in the pack.  So cute!

 

So break out some tins from the recycle bin, let the kids choose some colorful, fun papers along with their favorite Petaloo blossoms. Give them a budget to purchase supplies  and spend some time creating a little back to school project.  Throw in some cookies and milk, and you’re the hero of the day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Product Links

Teastained Yellow Dahlias x 10
SKU: 1467-109

Antique Gold Mixed Blossoms x 8
SKU: 1836-052

Black Mixed Textured Blossoms x 4
SKU: 1256-209

Black Burlap Blossoms x 10
SKU: 1201-209

Graphic 45 World’s Fair Collection

Really Reasonable Ribbon Canvas Color Band Ribbon

 

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Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor: CREATE!  An Upcycled Project

Hello, G45ers!  I love thrift shops…and flea markets…and yard sales, too!  Nothing gives me more of a thrill than finding someone’s castaway, buying it for a song and turning it into treasure.  That’s what I did when I made this Graphic 45 DIY home decor for my new studio.  It’s being featured on the Graphic 45 BLOG today, and I hope you’ll pop by and take a peek at it.

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor, DIY Quotes and Newsprint, City Scapes by Kathy Clement Product By Graphic 45.Photo 1

This is easily the largest project I’ve ever tackled.  It measures 3 feet long by 12″ high.  The wrought iron finials make it even longer!  I’ve hung this in my studio above my work desk, and I just love it!

Here’s a look at the piece before I went to work on it:

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor Step Out Photo, DIY Quotes and Newsprint, Cityscapes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1You probably cant see it in these photos, but lots of the paper had chipped off, and everything was really faded.  But….it was on sale for half price, and I fell in love with the metal finials, so I had to bring it home with me.

Here it is hanging in my studio:

Graphic 45 DIY Home Decor, DIY Quotes and Newsprint, Cityscapes, Process Photo, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8I hope you’ll find a minute to pop over to Graphic 45 where you’ll find process photos, designer tips and more close up views.

If you don’t have time to visit the G45 Blog, here’s a YouTube Video for you to enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Place in Time Mini Album

 

Place in Time Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon Autumn Challenge

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Hello, Friends!

It’s time for another great challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  This time, we have been challenged to create a project with an autumn theme.  I combined ribbon from the Autumn Days Ribbon Club with beautiful papers and images from Graphic 45 to make this Place in Time Mini Album.  It’s a great way to store all your sweet summer memories so they don’t slip away.  This is a photo heavy post, so you might want to go grab a cuppa and a snack.  I don’t want you to pass out before you finish the post!

Kathy by Design Place in Time Mini Album for Really Reasonable Ribbon

This little album has a faux leather cover that was created by sanding and embossing an old cereal box with an Anna Griffin embossing folder.  The dry embossed cover was pounced with Espresso, Ginger and Caramel Alcohol Inks.  Next,  the entire surface was treated with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  It looks and feels like leather.  So cool!

If you’d rather not read all the content below, I made a short (under 2 minutes) video so that you can see the inside.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 02For the binding, I simply scored and accordion folded to create hinges on the inside where I could attach my inner pages.  The front of this album is bedecked with images from the August Place in time papers because they are the perfect match for the August Autumn Days Ribbon Club Assortment.  I also used yellow, olive and navy burlap string throughout the book.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 04The inside pages have a kraft cardstock base, topped with papers from Graphic 45 Place in Time and French Country collections.  I left lots of room for photos, journaling tags and mementos.  I love the way the Autumn Days Ribbon Collection bridges summer to fall.  The colors are perfect!

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 05The pages measure 4.25″ x 6.5″, so there’s lots of room for large photos to be tucked inside.  The waterfall page is tied together with a piece of Daffodil Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon, which is one of the selections in the August Ribbon Club.  The little border at the bottom uses the Sunflowers on Kiwi Grosgrain Ribbon.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 06Each page folds down with room for a photo on the designer paper and journaling beneath.  I love putting interactive pages like this into an album!

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 07Here’s a pocket page, with plenty of room to slip in a handful of photos.  Again, I used the sunflower ribbon as a border piece and tied a snippet of Daffodil satin through the chipboard button.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 08Lots of room for photos here, and some fun journaling tags, too.  Large photos can be tucked into the pocket. The sunflower ribbon unifies the design and adds so much texture and visual interest to the album, don’t you think?

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 10Photo booth style photos are really popular right now, and these little tags are the perfect place to display them.  Using the front and back of the tags, you have room for 8 small photos.  Or, you can use a white gel pen to jot down journaling notes.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 11The final page is a fold out page with room for large photos.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 12Inside the fold out page, I have created a pocket with journaling tags and room for more photo storage.  So even though this mini is small in size, it has room for loads of sweet summer memories.

RRR Autumn Challenge Placein Time Mini 13Here’s another view of the faux leather surface and the accordion fold binding.  The bold gold flower is from Petaloo.  This color palette with the Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment reminds me of the golden light that is peculiar to fall.  I love the fall season, and think these papers, colors and ribbon do a great job of capturing the nostalgia I feel when autumn rolls around.

Now, it’s your turn!  Create an autumn themed project using ribbon or trim and link it up to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog.  Visit the BLOG for more inspiring projects from the rest of the team and details on how to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheerio,

kathy

This Place in Time Mini Album is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Upcycled Tag Mini Book

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Upcycled Tag Mini Book for 613 Avenue Create

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge at 613 Avenue Create! Challenge #95 is “Anything Goes” and the optional twist is “Bags, Tags, Boxes and More.”  Now, I love a good tag, and because of this, I can’t seem to bring myself to throw away the tags that come as part of the packaging for embellishments.  So many of them are made from a nice weight of chipboard and have a really pretty shape, too.  I had squirreled away a few of these in the Closet of Shame, and knew that I wanted to use them to make an upcycled tag mini book for this challenge. Here’s what I came up with:

613 Ave Create tag book 01These 3 Bo Bunny tags were slightly different in size, but they all had the same shape and a pretty scalloped bottom edge.  I sanded them lightly, painted the edges with Antique Linen Distress Paint and then used pretty vintage images from Crafty Secrets to decorate.  I stayed with a simple blue, white and silver color palette to unify the pages, and used papers from an old K and Company paper stack that I found in my stash.

613 Ave Create tag book 02This sweet little angel was treated with UTEE before she received  her sparkly wings.  I tucked in some velvet leaves and berries that  I tapped with white pigment ink to give them a frosty feel.  The icicles were die cut from vellum.  All the edges of the tag were embossed with Zing Silver Glitter Embossing powder.

613 Ave Create tag book 03My upcycled tag mini book opens from the bottom because the holes were already punched into the packaging I used.  Here, I’ve included the words to one of my favorite Christmas Carols typed out in a fancy font.  The shimmery ribbon is Stiched Sheer/Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  it ties the dreamiest bows!

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613 Ave Create tag book 06I’ve added rub-ons, metal brads that I’ve embossed with Bridal embossing tinsel, sequins and little bitty snowflakes. The silver metallic ribbon is from RRR as well.

613 Ave Create tag book 07I salvaged this dove from a Christmas tag…I knew it would come in handy some day!

613 Ave Create tag book 08613 Ave Create tag book 09The back cover is sort of upside down, but I love the way it looks resting on all those delicious ribbons!  The best thing about this upcycled mini book is that it doesn’t take very long to make.  Once you’ve picked your papers and images, it goes together really fast.  And it will make a sweet hostess gift during the holidays, don’t you think?

613 Ave Create tag book 10So the next time you purchase a package of brads or embellies, you might just want to tuck the packaging material away in your Closet of Shame so that you can make your own upcycled mini book!

There are prizes for this challenge:

Bugaboo Stamps

  is offering a prize of 7 digital stamps!

Beansie Doodle

is also offering a prize. You can get this info from the 613 Avenue Create blog.

I’m also entering this project into the following challenges:

Sweet Stampin’ Christmas (use Snowflakes)

Word Art Wednesday (Anything Goes)

Divas by Design (Christmas with flowers)

Nutcrafters Challenge #79  (winter weather)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions or comments on this project, I’d love to hear from you!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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