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Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio Tutorial

Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase: Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio Tutorial with Flower Shaping Techniques, How to Make a Pocket, and Step x Step Video

Hello Friends!  Phew!  That was a mouthful for a Saturday morning!  I’m being featured on the Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase today where I’m sharing this Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio Tutorial.

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Tag Folio by Kathy Clement

If looks like “your cup of tea” (see what I did there?) I hope you’ll pop on over and say hello at the Frilly and Funkie blog.  I’m sharing a great video tutorial, tips for how to use these fabulous G45 Tag Dies, flower shaping techniques, gift card pocket tutorial and so much more!  This is a great way to get your creative mojo flowing this weekend!

I’ll see you over at Frilly and Funkie!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Tutorial for Letter Perfect Challenge at Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Frilly and Funkie Letter Perfect Challenge!  I’ve created a really fun Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio to share with you today.  There’s even a little tutorial and a video tour thrown in for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll take a look at everything in just a second, but first, let’s see what Sara Emily, our lovely challenge hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Letter Perfect
According to Merriam Webster, ‘letter perfect’ is defined as “correct to the smallest detail”. We’re not asking you to be immaculate or flawless; we just want to see letters or words on your vintage or shabby chic project. They don’t have to be the focus, but be sure we can see them!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio on YouTube

It makes sense to start this post with the video tour of this Tag Folio before we look at the details.  So here you go…it’s  just a short, 11 minute video tour loaded with tips and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  Enjoy!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio:  The base-ics

Graphic 45 Imagine  Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

This is an 8″ x 10″ folio with a lightweight chipboard base.  Because I knew that I would be adding a tag box to the front, the folio itself had to have some heft to it so it wouldn’t tip over. I simply scored the sheet of chipboard in half, creased along the fold and voila!  Instant folio base!

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

You probably notice that this folio is not thick.  That’s because most of the components are found in this dimensional tag box on the cover.  (There’s fun inside, too….trust me!)  Today’s tutorial will show you how to construct the tag box using a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag as the base.   The tag box, filled with fun tags is a great project all on its own.  But it’s even more fun when added to the cover of a folio, dontcha think?

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Details and Flowers

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

My imagination ran away with me as I created this romantic Steampunk folio.  I just kept thinking of more things I could add.  Here you see the flowers I made using the G45 Large Tag and Flowers Dies.  These are soooo much fun to make.  Here are a few helpful flower making tips:

  • First,  die cut your flowers from patterned paper.  This gives each flower instant depth and dimension.  I used 8″ x 8″ patterns from the “B” side of the papers for this purpose.
  • Secondly, lightly mist your die cut petals with water before shaping.  I’m talking a very light misting…not Niagara Falls!  This does two things: first, it softens the paper making it easier to shape the petals.  Secondly, it releases the starch from the paper so that when your flowers dry, they will hold that shape.
  • Thirdly: Use a foam mat and ball stylus to shape the petals.  I roll my stylus from the tip of the petals toward the center of the flower to create a realistic shape.  Then I place the tip of my stylus in the center of each flower and “stir” it to cup the flowers.  You can cup them a little, or a lot…it’s up to you.
  • Fourth: if you want to add stamens, punch a hold in the center of each petal layer using and awl.  A standard craft pick does not make a big enough hole.
  • Finally: to add depth and dimension, sponge the petal edges with Distress Ink.  I used Vintage Photo on these flowers, but most any dye or chalk ink will work.  Then to add sparkle, spritz with mica spray or Glimmer Mist.
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: Ribbon and Tags

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pinks in this collection can be a little hard to color match.  But no worries! You can custom dye your own ribbon with Distress Ink and Seam Binding Ribbon.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut a nice long piece of white or ivory seam binding ribbon…at least a yard.  But more is better, so why not do 2 or 3?  You can use the extra on your next project!
  • Now add color.  I like to use Distress Ink Refills for really vibrant color.  Simply place a drop or two on your craft mat or non-porous surface and then spritz with water.  It’s best to add one layer of color at a time, drying in between so you don’t end up with mud.  For this ribbon, I used Tattered Rose, Fossilized Amber and Tumbled Glass.
  • Dry the ribbon gently with a heat tool, scrunching and crumpling it as you dry it.
  • To add some shadow and contrast, i tapped my Worn Lipstick Distress ink pad very lightly in a random kind of way over the top of my dried ribbon.  I love the way it turned out!
Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

The inside is fairly simple.  It was fun and easy to cover the Staples Ivory Tags thanks to the die.  Then I just scored a line on the bottom to make a flap and added them to the folio.

 

How to Turn a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag into a Tag Box

Here’s the promised tutorial.

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To create the top border, I backed a border strip with waste chipboard.  Then I adhered Venise Lace along the bottom edge.

Letter Perfect: Now it’s YOUR turn!

I hope you’re feeling inspired to play along in this Letter Perfect Challenge.   To do so,  Just create a shabby chic or vintage project  that features Letters or Words.   Then link up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EDT on Tuesday, June 26th.

The team will pick four favorite project entries for this challenge.  The top winner will be invited to join us in a Guest Designer spot on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The next three will receive badges to display proudly on their blogs.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be eligible to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge rules and details HERE.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

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

Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Tag Folio Product Links



Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Today I have a really fun to make Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial to share with you.  This is a great gift idea for your favorite pet loving friend or family member.  It’s made with G45 Raining Cats and Dogs DCE, and made fabulous with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

The base for this 5″ x 7″ card is a standard gate fold design. I love the way RRR 5/8″ Double Faced Jade Satin Ribbon blends with the teal tones of the designer paper.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

I’ve tucked loopy little Natural Burlap String Bows in with my bow clusters to add some contrast and texture. Of course, I tied all my bows with my fabulous Bow-it-All Tool.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

This time, just to change things up a bit, I attached my bow cluster to the top of a little hinge clip.  This is both pretty and practical, as the clip holds the gate shut.

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card: A Peek Inside the Gate

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

 

Gatefold cards give you lots of room to add pretty papers and images.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

The center panel of the card includes a fun flap element.  I’ve decorated the “wings” with a post card image that is cut in half to fit .

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Border strips layered over an image creates a feeling of depth and dimension.

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

When you lift the flap element, you find room to add photos of your favorite pets.  You can add journaling to the post cards on either side.  Stickers, chipboard and novelty buttons add a playful feel to the design.

Raining Cats and Dogs Photo Folio Card Tutorial on Snapguide

If you’d like to make one of these fun photo folio style cards, simply follow the step by step instructions in this Snapguide Tutorial.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs Card/Photo Folio by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I think this same basic design would be easy and fun to adapt for other occasions, too.  Weddings, new babies, graduation, retirement, birthday and any other type of celebration would work beautifully in this format.

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

 

 

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: My Brand Ambassador Goodbye Post

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a really quick and easy to make Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial to share with you.  The base is made with just one sheet of designer paper, making it a “one sheet wonder.” Although it measures a neat and tidy 4″ x 6″  it’s got lots of flaps, pockets, tags and goodies inside.  Oh, and there’s a shaker cover thrown in just for fun.  I

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Floral Shoppe by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

This post marks my final project as a Graphic 45 Brand Ambassador.  I’ve had so much fun these past two years, but the rules say I must go…and go I must!  Don’t worry…I’m staying on as a G45 Special Projects Designer for the remainder of this year.  And I will always love Graphic 45 and share loads of fun projects and tutorials here.  It’s just that I will no longer get to proudly wear the title “Brand Ambassador.”  There’s a whole new crew of talented artists who will have that privilege.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: Bloom Where You’re Planted

Some of you may not know that I auditioned three years in a row before I finally won the honor of becoming a Brand Ambassador.  I nearly fell out of my chair when I saw my name pop up on the list of those chosen to design for G45!  Being on this team has been a real time of growth for me, so I chose this “Bloom Where You Are Planted”  sentiment from the gorgeous Floral Shoppe Collection as the title for this project.

TIP: Add a frame to the top of a shaker element to conceal the adhesive beneath.  I die cut two layers of Sunlit Medley using a Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die. The frames were adhered together for strength, then added over the top of shaker element for a polished look.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial: A Peek Inside

As soon as you untie the ribbon closure on the front of this album, the fun begins.  Here’s a little pocket page made from a Square Policy Envelope filled with little tags, photo mounts and ephemera cards.

The beauty of Graphic 45 papers drew me to become a part of the G45 family.  The beauty of what I love has become what I do!  And being on this team has created new friendships all around the world.  These friends are the flowers in my garden.

TIP: Need a tag in a hurry?  Most Graphic 45 Sticker Sheets have a gift tag sized sticker.  Simply mat  on the cardstock of your choice, trim around the edges, add a chipboard charm and you’ve got a lovely little tag in no time!

The front page of the photo wallet folds down to reveal two 6” x 4” photo mounts above and below the body of the wallet.  I worked mostly with the “B” sides of each paper to keep the design from becoming too busy.

TIP: Add a small magnet to the back of this “Bloom and Grow” ticket from the Floral Shoppe Tags and Pockets.  Add another magnet beneath the designer paper on the facing page and you’ve got a nifty magnetic closure for this gatefold mechanism.

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorials; Flaps, Hinges & Policy Envelopes Join the Party

I love the versatility of G45 Staples Policy Envelopes.  Next to G45 tags, they are my favorite Staples!  Remember that nifty little pocket on the first page of the album?  I’ve used the other piece of it to create a flap page.

Fold it down, and you find this great string tie envelope where you can tuck in photos, ephemera cards and other “flat” type memorabilia.  I’ve created little “wings” on either side of the center panel to house these ATC Policy Envelopes and Pockets & Tags.

Tags and Pockets are the perfect size to fit the front of these ATC Policy Envelopes.  This is such a quick and easy way to decorate a page!

In today’s tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple hinge mechanism.  My friends, this will change your paper crafting world!  Hinges lead to flaps and flips and all kinds of fun interactive elements!

What’s inside those ATC Policy Envelopes?  A match set of itty bitty cards, that’s what!  These can hold tiny photos or notes.  And it’s a great way to use up the scraps on your work space!

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to know how to put this fun, interactive photo wallet together?  Well, it’s your lucky day!  I’ve created a video tutorial that will show you how!  You can use any collection you like.  I’m willing to bet that you will make more than one of these before it’s all said and done. Enjoy!

Just so that you know I’m human, I left some gaffes and goofs in this tutorial.  I’ve left some of them in here so that you can avoid the pitfalls that tripped me up.  Like I say to my friends, there are no mistakes in crafting…just learning opportunities!

A Fond Farewell

Working with this collection is pure joy…and working with Graphic 45 is absolute bliss. I’m very, very thankful that I’ll be continuing on as  Special Projects Designer alongside the amazing Annette Green and the charming Maria Cole this year.  

No worries!  I’ll continue to create with my gorgeous G45 papers and share those creations with you here.  Once a G45’er, always a G45’er!  Right?

Beautiful papers combined with beautiful people has made being a Brand Ambassador the best experience of my life.  And now you have a fresh new crew of amazing artists to carry the torch of creativity forward. Life is good!

Thanks from the tips of my crafty little fingers for making this journey so fun and memorable!  Group hug!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Floral Shoppe Photo Wallet Tutorial Supply List

Graphic 45 Products

Floral Shoppe:

Other Products: Tim Holtz Ornate Frame Die, 5/8″ Moss Green Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape, Clear Acetate Cardstock or clear packaging, Scoring Tool, Stylus, Scor-Tape, Sequins, Flowers, Cardstock

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Tips and Tricks for 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing a Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album with Tips and Tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I created this as a G45 Brand Ambassador Project for a fun 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.  The challenge was never shared due to time constraints, So today my teammates Katelyn Grosart and Marina Blaukitchen , and I are sharing our projects as a sort of mini blog hop.  I hope you will pop by their blogs to see where their creativity led them in this challenge.  Both are fabulous artists, and I know you will be inspired by their work.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album

What would you make if you could only work with an 8” x 8” Graphic 45 paper pack, matching Tags and Pockets, the Tag & Pocket Album of your choice and minimal other supplies?  That’s the challenge that 3 G45 Brand Ambassadors faced in this month’s 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge.

Fairie Dust Mini Album Fairie Dust by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

For this fun exercise, I chose to work with my 8×8 Fairie Dust Collection, Tags and Pockets.  The Black Butterfly Square Tag & Pocket Album is a natural choice to go with this collection, so I grabbed that from the Closet of Shame and got down to business!

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TIP:  Brush the edges of the album with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss the edges with  Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Powder.  Touches of gold are added throughout the album pages, because…fairies!

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TIP:  Frame this dancing fairy image  from the 8″ x 8″ pad with the doily frame from the  Square Pocket and Tag Dies.  To tie in with the gold theme, use metallic gold paper.

TIP: Fussy cut around the fairy wings, then gently slip them up and over the edges of the Square Tag and Clock Dies frame.  Add thin foam dimensionals behind the wings to add lift and dimension to your focal image.

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TIP: Did you know you can insert an image inside the antique label on the Tag & Pocket Album?  Simply measure the width and height of the opening, then insert the image through the top edge.  Leftover scraps of borders can be used to embellish the top and bottom of the spine.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album: Stretch your designer papers!

The Butterfly Square Tag & Pocket album contains 18 total cardstock pages: 12 cardstock pages and 6 double sided peek-a-boo pocket pages. Each album also includes 6 sturdy cardstock tags.  People…that is a lot of real estate to cover with one 8” x 8” pad of G45 paper! So I had to get creative.

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TIP: Stretch your paper by inking the edges with Decades Dye Ink Pads!  The inks blend beautifully and react to water, creating a wonderful mixed media background for your pages.  I used Precious Pink and French Lilac inks to complement the papers in the Fairie Dust Collection.

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TIP:   Mix things up! Cover some pages almost completely, while covering others with very little paper.  Both look beautiful!

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TIP: You can stretch your Fairie Dust Tags and Pockets sheet, too! Cut shaped pockets along the fold line.  Then adhere the side tabs as usual. Tuck the “B” side of the pocket inside to serve as a tag or journaling spot.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album: More Tips and Tricks

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TIP: Create pockets for cut apart images by adhering just 3 edges of patterned paper to the album base.  

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TIP: Finish your tags in a flash with the G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies.  Die cut paper to cover the front and back of the tag, then add a simple die cut frame to finish it off beautifully.

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The clock face die is gorgeous all on its own as an embellishment.  I’ve added it to the top of this pocket filled with photo mounts.

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you see all the ways I used the 3×3 Craft Basket Challenge ingredients in this sweet little Fairie Dust Mini Album I’ve prepared a YouTube Video Tour with Tips and Tricks.  I hope you enjoy!

Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Mini Album Supply List

Other Products: Flowers, 7/8″ Hyacinth Satin Ribbon with Grosgrain Edge, Blending Tool, Scoring Tool, Versamark Embossing Ink, Stampendous Antique Gold Embossing Enamel

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks, and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures today.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  I’ll be back on Thursday with my G45 Brand Ambassador Farewell post.  I hope to see you then!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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