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Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook with Eileen Hull Journal Die

Hello, Friends!  August was birthday month in the Clement household, and I stayed very busy in the studio creating cards and gifts for my loved ones.  This Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook made with Eileen Hull’s Journal Die was my gift to our dear daughter Liz.  Her job requires her to travel and she loves the beach, so I thought this would be a practical gift for her.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: The Earth is Flat

Well, maybe not the earth….but the cover of this journal  is very flat compared to what usually

comes out of my studio. Because I designed this for Liz to tuck into her carry on bag, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  But that does not mean boring, or one layer.  I found lots of ways to add texture and visual interest to the composition of this “flat” journal.

I’ve made loads of these travelers notebooks (see some HERE and HERE) now, and each time I create one, it seems I learn something new.  This time, I used torn and layered papers to create a collage cover.  Since I was working with only a partial pad of Stamperia Sea Land (see other Sea Land projects HERE) I had to really stretch  my papers.  Here are some helpful tips in case you every have to do the same:

  • Group your paper scraps by color families.  This will make for a more uniform appearance when it comes time to layer.
  • Fussy cut large elements (compass and postcard) and layer in to cover gaps.
  • Use small elements (like the sentiments) as embellishments layers
  • Torn edges look amazing when inked and layered in.
  • Ink edges.  I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on all my torn and fussy cut layers.  It’s  amazing how this simple technique creates a feeling of depth on a project!
Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: Mixed Media Touches

Use a stencil and Crackle Texture Paste to add some ocean “bubbles” and “seaweed) to your cover.  This is a Stamperia Music Stencil but it worked great for this beachy project!

I have an ancient Cuttlebug strip die that I used to cut out the seahorse, sand dollar and starfish from grunge paper…also ancient!  Run these through an embossing folder to create a little texture, then heat emboss with Seth Apter Baked Textures for amazing results.  (Products linked below).  While these elements are not technically flat, they are very thin.  Since they are securely adhered to the surface of the journal, they should hold up just fine during travel.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook:  The Spine

You can get a really good look at the the torn paper layers on the back of the journal in this shot.  And you can also see the canvas spine that I created.  The canvas really makes the finished journal feel authentically beachy!  Here’s how I did it

  • First, cut a 3″ x 24″ piece of natural canvas.
  • Next, stitch along the edges with a contrasting, but complementary thread.  I used my sewing machine, but you could hand stitch if you desired to do so.
  • Now, wrap the strip around the journal spine to figure out the placement.  I opted to have the solid piece inside the spine, and the overlapped piece on the outside of the spine.
  • When you are happy with the placement, mark the inside edge of the canvas with a pencil, so you can remember where the top and bottom should lie.  Then adhere Scor-Tape or Red Line tape from edge to edge all along the back side of the canvas piece.
  • Line up your pencil marks with the top and bottom of the spine.
  • Remove the liner and burnish the inside of the spine to secure it to the cover.
  • Sew buttons onto the canvas spine.  Then place Scor-Tape to the back side and adhere to the album spine, burnishing well.

Wrap the spine with strands of waxed linen thread.  Dress it up with a few charms to finish.

Stamperia Sea Land Travelers Notebook: A Peek Inside

I had picked up some Momenta Journal inserts on clearance at Tuesday Morning a while back, so I used those for the signatures in this journal.  Again, I finished the covers with torn papers.  The center of each signature slips under a strand of the waxed linen thread.

Each signature is held shut with some vintage bulldog clips from ButterBee Scraps.

I added little phrases to the signatures using some Tim stickers.

For the closure, I punched a hole in the back cover and inserted a knotted elastic band.  The band hooks over the button on the front of the journal.

This was a quick project to put together and a great way to use up bits and pieces of a well loved paper collection.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m guest designing for the fine folks at Gecko Galz.  This Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card has me dreaming of the walking barefoot along the shore.  It’s the perfect card for Gecko Galz August Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge.

I’ve combined some old Pion Design papers up with a gorgeous digital image from By the Shore and the beach clock from Time Flies.  The end result is a dreamy beach scene.  Little Birdie flowers, blue micro gingham ribbon and lots of pretty shells that I gathered along our North Carolina shores frame the card.  I feel like I could just walk right into the image on this card front.

TIP:  Thin white acrylic paint with a little water, then spatter lightly all over the card front.  It adds such a lovely shabby finish to a card,  To me, the spatters look like bubbles in the water.

Beachy Blues Digital Collage Card: A Peek Inside

Of course, there are pockets inside the card.  You have to have a place to tuck in all those beachy treasures!

I’ve stitched a little shell bookmark and topped it with some natural fibers, charms and ribbon.

This darling magnet features another image from the By the Shore Digital collage sheet.  Stitching natural fibers around the edges give it just the right beachy finish.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Gecko Galz Guest Designer: Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card

Hello, Friends!   I’m back with another Gecko Galz Guest Designer post.  This Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card is made to go along with their Shabby Chic Seaside Challenge for the month of August.

When our kids were little, we would save up all year for a week at the beach.  This was better than Christmas or birthdays or anything else I can remember.  Watching our kids dig in the sand, frolic in the waves, search for beach treasures filled my heart with joy.  The beach is the perfect spot for a family vacation!  This lovely image from Cuties by the Shore Digital Collage Sheet brought all those wonderful memories back to me.

I’ve paired the digital image up with Laserowe Love’s Nautical Holiday Papers and Chipboard.

TIP:  Cheesecloth adds great texture when sandwiched between paper layers.  Create the “tide pool” with the anchor frame.

  • First, heat emboss the anchor frame with Versamark Embossing Ink and Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, adhere the back side of the frame to slightly crumpled and stretched piece of cheesecloth.
  • Now, fill the frame with little shells, sand and chipboard fish.
Beach Buddies Mixed Media Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve been cleaning out The Closet of Shame, and found this pretty lighthouse paper.  The color tones were a perfect match for the Gecko Galz image and the Laserowe Love papers, so I used it inside the card.    Create a little pocket for a sentiment card on top.  Decorate with a fussy cut anchor from the paper collection.

This 3″ x 5″ gift card wallet is a real product mashup.

  • First, cut an 8 1/2″ x 5″ panel of navy cardstock for your base.
  • Line the cover with lighthouse paper and then a smaller panel of the distressed dots pattern.
  • Now, die cut a clock image from Gecko Galz “Time Flies” Digital Collage sheet.
  • Next, emboss the Ship’s Wheel Chipboard with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Baked Enamel.
  • Then heat emboss the anchor with both aged gold and Chunky Rust.
  • Layer the elements together on the front of the gift card.
  • Finally, add brads to the corners.  (These are ancient…I think maybe from Canvas corp???)

Room for a little note, and a gift card inside.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial with ButterBee Scraps

Hello, Friends!  Are you dreaming of the sea?  If so, his Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial will be a dream come true.  I’m collaborating once again with ButterBee Scraps to bring you this “girly grunge” mixed media folio tutorial.

The folio base is built with 3 sheets of 18 pt. 11×17 grocery bag paper and measures 6″ x 7″ with a really fabulous fold out design.  You will learn how to build the base and add all the mechanisms in the tutorial as well as learn how I created the cool corroded metal effects on my ButterBee Scraps charms.

While it’s not a complete “from A to Z” tutorial, you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge and new techniques to add to your crafty toolbox.  I know I learned some new stuff myself while designing and creating this fabulous folio.

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The fun starts right away with this interactive pocket/tag/flap combo inside the first fold.  These are Graphic 45 ATC Laser Cut Alpha Tags.  You may still have some of these in your stash.  Backed with papers from the Sea Land collection, spattered with acrylic paint, embossed with Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Texture, topped with braided jute and a lovely ButterBee Scraps charm, they are definitely sea worthy!

There are so many flips, flaps and interactive elements in this folio that pictures simply cannot tell the whole story.  But you’ll get to see how everything works together in the project share and tutorial video below.

Stamperia Sea Land Mixed Media Folio Tutorial on YouTube

This is a really “meaty” tutorial with lots of moving parts.  Pick up a pencil and a notepad, and a snack and a refreshing beverage might be a good idea, too.  There’s a lot to learn, and a lot of fun techniques to add to your crafty toolbox.  Ready to get your craft on?  Just press play.

For your convenience, you’ll find a linked supply list below the signature area of this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks week!  What fun!  The beach is my happy place, so I was thrilled when I was asked to create a mini album with By the Sea.  This collection has always been a favorite for me, and I’m thrilled to see it coming back as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I decided to try something new with this Graphic 45 Staples Kraft Mixed Media Album.  To shake up my album cover design, I placed the 4″ x 6″ lighthouse image inside a shaker pouch.  I just love the way the sequins and beads mimic the look of sunshine sparkling on water.  This is probably the easiest way I’ve found to create a shaker element.

  • Select your image.   I chose to  mat mine on some blue gingham check to help it fill the frame.
  • Cut a piece of clear acrylic cardstock the same size as your matted image.
  • Use a sewing machine to stitch almost all the way around the perimeter of the image.  Leave about a 2″ opening in one corner.
  • Fill the opening with a sequin mix.  (use a funnel tray for mess-free filling) These buttons, beads and sequins are a mix called Shades of Chambray from Lilac Lane.
  • Place the shaker pouch back on the sewing machine, line up the needle and finish stitching.
  • Back the shaker pouch with a couple of layers of chipboard for stability and to elevate in the design.
Graphic 45 Sneak Peeks: By the Sea Mini Album Details

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

These Graphic 45 Staples Blue Roses are a perfect color match for this collection.  After layering them down the side of the album, I tucked in some altered metal beach charms.

TIP:  Paint metal charms with ivory chalk paint, then tap with Graphic 45 Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink Pad.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Fussy cut shells and real shells come together perfectly with real beach sand.  I’ve also painted a Graphic 45 Staples Shabby Chic Door Plate and Knob to match the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Dress up the spine with Glory Blue Seam Binding Ribbon, a cluster of beach charms and a Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Clock Key.  The lighthouse image was too big to fit the spine, so I carefully cut it in half, pieced it together so that the frame matched up, then adhered it to the base of the spine.

 By the Sea Mini Album: The Inside Scoop

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

TIP: Make a quick and easy pocket for the inside cover.  I simply cut my designer paper 3″ longer than the height of the page.  Then score, fold and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.  Add border strips to the pocket flap for extra fun.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

TIP:  The vellum pages in the album are so beautiful…but delicate!  To prevent them from tearing, stitch the vellum to a piece of heavy kraft cardstock.  Fill the space between the pages with more of the sequin mix for a fun surprise.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

TIP: Make quick pockets by adhering just the top, bottom and one side of patterned paper to the album page.  Now you can tuck in photo mounts.  Decorate with fussy cut images from the signature page.

By the Sea Mini Album: Tuck Spots, Inserts and Flaps

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

I removed several pages from the album before I began this project.  Then I cut and scored them to create pocket inserts throughout the album.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Border strips make great tuck spots!  And you can easily create a space for pull out elements.  Just adhere sides and bottom of your patterned paper, leaving the top edge open.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

TIP: Create a watery background on the vellum pages.  Apply Bon Voyage Blue Decades Ink directly to the vellum.  Spritz lightly with water to activate the ink and make it move.  Heat dry.  Then stitch the pages together as before.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 13

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 14

TIP: Create tuck spots by adhering just the outer edge of a journal card to the album page.  Photos can tuck behind, and you have a lovely spot for journaling.

Graphic 45 By the Sea Mini Album by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 15

TIP:  To create a quick and easy side pocket, cut patterned paper 2″ wider than the page.  Score, fold and adhere.

 By the Sea Mini Album Tour on Youtube

Here’s a little video tour with tips and ideas:

 

I’m so excited that this album will be on display in the G45 Booth at Creativation this week.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can adapt for your own mini album making adventures.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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