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Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial

Get a Clue: Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial

Hello again, G45’ers!  Do you know that Halloween is just 85 days away?  Time to start creating a spot to preserve all those great photos of  cute costumed kids.  (big and little! ) To help you along the way, I’ve prepared a super fun Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial for you today.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Master Detective is such a fabulous collection!  Great colors, wonderful patterns, and whimsical images make it the right choice for this playful, interactive 4″ square mini album

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2The front cover sets the stage with  lots of layers, a mini magnifying glass, buttons, bows, flowers and chipboard tags.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3This stylish belly band holds the album closed.  Simply slide it off, and the fun begins!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Just like a spooky old house, this little wallet is designed with hidden “rooms” and spooktacular interactive features.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I found an intriguing online tutorial for making tiny matchbox style folios and I liked the idea so much that I modified the design to create a much larger 4” x 4” Photo Wallet.  This version holds a series of ATC Tags tucked into pockets throughout the album.

Enter if You Dare

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

I scored each set of Master Detective Playing Cards to create a mini booklet on each tag front.

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9Stickers matted on black cardstock make a great pocket!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Despite its small size, this album can hold loads of 4″ x 4″ photos!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Doesn’t this design  make you think of the rooms in the old Clue Mystery Game?

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

And here is the line up of villainous villains and heroic heroes housed inside the album.  These would make great place cards for a murder mystery party!

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

Graphic 45 Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial Master Detective by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

But enough chit chat!  Let’s get down to business and get to work on this amazing Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial.

Get a Clue Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

SUPPLY LIST

Graphic 45 Master Detective

Other products

  • ⅝’ wide houndstooth plaid ribbon
  • Baker’s twine, black cord
  • Black cardstock
  • ⅛” Scor-Tape
  • Foam tape or waste chipboard for layering
  • Flower, button and die cuts from my stash
  • Scoring tool, hot glue gun, ruler, craft knife

I hope you found some fun tips and tricks in this Master Detective Photo Wallet Tutorial.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

3×3 Challenge: Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

Hello, G45’ers!  Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook has become one of my all time favorite paper collections.  Today, I’ve used it to create this Nature Sketchbook  Correspondence Kit for the 3×3 challenge at Graphic 45.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1What’s the 3×3 Challenge?

Let me explain.  As a fun new twist for all you fabulous G45’ers, Graphic 45 calls out 3 Brand Ambassadors each month.  We are assigned the same 3 crafty items to work with and told to create something to inspire your creativity.  So I’m up on the G45 Blog today along with fellow Brand Ambassadors  Alexandra and Nico.

We were asked to create with our choice of 8×8 papers, Staples Stamped Metal Brads and a Standard Black Book Box.  A few “extra” supplies from our stash can be added to the basic 3 items, but the idea is to keep the supply list as short as possible. I found it to be surprisingly liberating to work with a more limited supply list, as it forced me to dig deep and be extra creative.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

Did you know that handwritten notes are making a big comeback?  Right smack dab in the middle of the age of technology, the handwritten note is a rising trend. Do a quick Google search, and you’ll find that both individuals and businesses are rediscovering the value of personalized, handwritten notes,  This is great news for those of us who have always loved pretty stationery!

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2With this trend in mind, I set out to create an elegant boxed correspondence kit for the G45 3×3 July Challenge.

TIP: Coat the exterior of the box with a sealant to protect the patterned papers from spills or smears of jelly toast.  I used Ranger Distress Collage Medium as it dries very quickly.  The paper may bubble when the medium is first applied, but it will lay flat again if you leave it to dry overnight.

 

The Ribbon Closure: Tips and Tricks

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

After I covered the book box with Plant Kingdom and Verdant Woodlands paper, I needed to create a closure.  Ribbon adds wonderful texture and pattern, so I decided to go in that direction.  

  • First, measure to find the middle of the book box cover.  Place one line of 1/2 Scor Tape all the way around the front cover, spine and back cover at this middle point.  Repeat with another line above and below this first one.
  • Cut a 30″ long strip of 1.5″ Antique Gold Netting.  Fold the ribbon to find the center.
  • Remove the liner from the Scor-tape.
  • Place the center point of the ribbon on the center point of the spine. Then press the ribbon in place.  You’ll use the long tails to tie the bow.
  • Place another strip of 1/2 Scor-Tape above and below the netting. Then add two strips of 1/2″ Moss Green/Cream Plaid Ribbon.

TIP:  To keep cut ribbon ends from fraying, add a very small dot of Art Institute Dries Clear adhesive to the cut ends.  Tap in with your fingers.  The glue dries clear and will not discolor the ribbon, but will keep the ends from fraying.

Now that your ribbon closure is finished, you can go ahead and add fussy cut elements to the cover.  This is the fun part!

TIP: Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop!

TIP: Add foam dimensionals or waste chipboard between the layers to create depth and     dimension.

Decorating the Spine

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

I dug into my stash of retired Staples Metals to find these lovely metal butterflies.  First, I ran them through an embossing folder to add texture and design.  Then I tapped them with Distress Paints in colors that complemented Nature Sketchbook.  The bottom layer is flat, the middle layer has shaped wings and the top layer is made with one of the small butterflies.  Layers are connected with a Staples Stamped Metal Brad, which fits perfectly through the opening in the center of the butterfly body.

Decorating the inside of The Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit

 

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

After covering the interior of the box with more beautiful 8″ x 8″ papers, I got to work on creating the correspondence kit.  Lined envelopes, note cards and a handy address book are housed within.

Store chic lined envelopes inside this improvised pocket page.   First, score an 8″ x 8″ piece of Nature Sketchbook to fit the cover liner.  Then, fold the extra piece of paper to form a sort of pocket. Next, secure black and white houndstooth ribbon to the back side of this mechanism. Finally, wrap the loose ends around the mechanism and tie a bow to create the closure.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

TIP: To create elegant lined envelopes, trim designer paper about ⅛” less than the width of the opening.  Then slide the cut paper into the envelope to make sure it fits well and adjust if necessary. Next, round the top corners with a ¼” corner rounder.  Finally, with the paper inserted in the envelope, mark the fold line, score, and glue in place.

Follow a Recipe!

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Use the same “recipe” when making a set of note cards:

  • First, create four 4.25″ x 5.5″ kraft cardstock bases.
  • Next, cut four pieces of  ladybug paper to measure 4″ x 5.25″.
  • Cut four pieces of black cardstock to measure 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  • Now mat the ladybug print on the black cardstock.
  • Trim four strips of Wildflower Bouquet to measure 2.25″ x 5 1/8″  .
  • Now cut four mats from black cardstock, and mat Wildflower Bouquet
  • Next, cut four strips of Plant Kingdom to measure 1.5″tall x 4 1/8″ long.
  • Then cut four 4″ strips of Olive Burlap Woven Ribbon.
  • Now cut focals from Beautiful World.  Mat on Black cardstock.
  • Assemble card as follows
    • Card base
    • Black Mat
    • Ladybug (Diary of a Botanist)
    • Wildflower Bouquet
    • Plant Kingdom Belly Band
    • Olive Burlap Woven Ribbon
    • Staples Stamped Brad
    • Matted Card Focal

Using this assembly line method, you should have all 4 cards finished in about an hour.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit: Address Book with Stamp and Address Label Storage

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

First, I created a simple ring bound book cover with chipboard and “O” rings.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

I altered this envelope with designer papers and Tropical Travelogue Alpha Stamps.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13These address book pages have been in my stash forever.  I designed the book cover to fit them.

Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14This envelope is altered to hold address labels.   The small policy envelope on the inside back cover provides a little extra storage spot.  It also flips down.  This way, you can add a small photo to the inside cover.

I had a blast creating this Nature Sketchbook Correspondence Kit for this month’s 3×3 Challenge at Graphic 45.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with pockets

Frilly & Funkie Challenge: Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card with Pockets

Hello, Friends! It’s time for another fun challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our hostess this go round is the one and only Sara Emily.  She’s chosen the theme “Read Any Good Books Lately.”  With that theme in  mind, I’ve created this Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker card, It’s loaded up  with pockets and other sweet surprises inside.  Before we take a look at the card, here are Sara Emily’s guidelines for this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Read Any Good Books Lately?
Reading a good book on the beach or on the porch is a simple summer pleasure. For this challenge, please create a vintage or shabby chic project that depicts a favorite book or use book pages on your project,. Alter a book or even make a journal or journal page! Just be sure it’s in the vintage or shabby chic style that we are looking for!

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 1

After thinking about the theme for a while, I decided to create this bee themed card with Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook collection.  The images in the collection are based on pages from vintage nature study books.  To further reinforce the challenge theme, I used pages from a 1935 Handbook of Nature that I picked up at a yard sale.  The book pages are used in the banner flags, the center of the Tim Holtz Cameo Charm and on the Tim Holtz Scroll pieces.

Creating the shaker element for Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 2

First, create the 5″ x 7″ card base. I added a 1/4″ spine to the card base to accomodate the inner pockets.

Next, cut and mat your chosen papers.  I love the bold contrast between the black and yellow Nature Sketchbook papers.

Then stitch around the card layers to add a little extra texture.

Now cut a piece of clear cardstock that is the same size as the layer of bee paper.

Fussy cut the bee book image from the 12×12 Nature Sketchbook paper.  Glue a piece of waste cardboard to the back side.  Then glue the image to the bee paper.

Next add foam tape to the edges of the bee panel.  I used a product called Kool-Tak Clear Foam that I found on Amazon. Don’t remove the top liner piece until after you have filled the cavity.

Next, fill the cavity will seed beads, sequins, round chipboard pieces from the collection, gold glitter…whatever you like. Keep in mind that you need to be able to top the cavity with clear acetate cardstock, so don’t over fill!

Once you’ve filled the cavity, remove the liner tape.

Now, cut a piece of clear cardstock the same size as the bee paper.  Carefully press the clear card  in place over the Kool-Tak Clear foam.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 3

I used 1/4″ Scor-tape to attach gingham ribbon over the shaker element.  This helped to hide the foam edge and added a sort of frame to my focal image.

A Peek Inside

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 5I added a small ephemera card to the front of a Tim Holtz glassine bag.  This makes a great gift card  or tea bag holder.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 6

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 7The pocket on the bottom holds a large postcard and a small folio, both made with Nature Sketchbook Ephemera cards.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 9

This accordion style folio is held shut with a Tim Holtz hinge clip.

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 10

And the interior is decorated with more vintage Nature Handbook pages.  you can fit 10 photos inside this little folio.

Now It’s Your Turn

You’re cordially invited to play along in this fun challenge.  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that reflects the challenge theme.  Upload it to the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight EDT on Tuesday, August 1st.  You can find all the challenge rules HERE.

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

Be sure to visit the F&F blog today as there’s loads of inspiration from the team to get you started on your way.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Nature Sketchbook Honeybee Shaker Card Supplies from Funkie Junkie Boutique



Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with Penny’s Paper Doll Family Collection

Hello G45’ers!  You know how life takes some interesting twists and turns sometimes?  I was supposed to post this project last Friday…but I was in an airplane when G45 notified me to share. Then my vacation got extended when bad weather grounded all the planes in the Northeast.  I got home very late last night, and am finally getting a chance to share this really cute Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card with you.  Better late than never, right?

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Sweet Childhood Memories

I had such fun making this Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel card.  Paper dolls were one of my favorite childhood toys, and I spent hours and hours cutting them out.  Perhaps that is where my love for fussy cutting paper was born, who knows?

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2Does anyone else remember cutting out the Betsy McCall paper dolls from McCall’s magazine? My sister and I anxiously awaited each new issue so we could add new outfits to our collection. These darling paper doll costumes took me right back to the excitement of those times.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card: Tips and Tricks

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This is a 6″ x 6″ square easel card.  Here are a few tips and tricks that I used to make it.

  • The focal images on this card are a little smaller than what I typically use.  Matting focal images really helps them to stand out on the page.  Since these images are all the same size, you can make the job easier by measuring and cutting the mats all at the same time.  Measure each layer just slightly larger than the next, then assemble.  
  •   A die cut doily makes the perfect centerpiece for this sweet card. To make the fussy cut kitty cat stand out, I die cut a circle from designer paper for the doily center.  Once again, I used foam tabs to elevate the image.
  • Crocheted lace adds vintage charm and texture to the card design.  I used ⅛” Scor-Tape to layer the crocheted lace over Antique Gold Silky Crushed Ribbon.
  • Use border stamps to create the “stopper” for your easel card.  First I cut the row of stamps out with shaped scissors.  Then I backed them with cardboard packaging to lift them up off the card base.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Family Easel Card Penny's Paper Doll Family by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

Since I made this card for display at a summer trade show, I kept the interior fairly simple.  But this gives you a peek at more of the lovely patterns and sweet images from the collection.

Graphic 45 Paper Doll Easel Card Supply List and Product Links

Thanks so much for joining me today!  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio for RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the July RRR Blog Hop!  You should be coming here fully inspired from having visited Karen’s lovely blog. This month we’re showcasing the fabulous ribbons from the Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment.  These ribbons are the perfect playmate for Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade Collection and they look amazing in this Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

This 4.25″ x 6 folio is made from a 6″ x 12″ strip of heavy white cardstock.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

First I covered the folio with designer papers.  Then I needed to create a closure mechanism. Ribbon almost always provides the solution here!  It adds extra color, texture, and pattern to any project.  I applied 3 strips of 1/2″ Scor-tape around the front, spine and back of the folio. Then I created a belly band.   I placed a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Chevron Striped Grosgrain Ribbon on top, and a layer of Mixed Purple Bold Diagonal Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon on the bottom.   Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon fills the center and extends out from the edges to form a bow closure.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Next I layered fussy cut images from Midnight Masquerade up with a garden full of pretty purple posies.

 

 

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I added a fold out flap on the right hand side of the album,

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

The border strip on the center panel holds this pretty tag folio to hold photos.  I’ve topped it with more of the Delphinium Diamond Satin Ribbon and a snippet of Mixed Purple Triangle Print Grosgrain Ribbon.

Midnight Masquerade Tri Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for RRR Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

The side pocket holds a smaller tri fold photo wallet.

On With the Hop!

Now it’s time for you to hop on over and see what paper pretties Cherry has in store for you. Then when you’ve visited and left comments on all the blogs in the hop, stop by the RRR BLOG and answer Bonnie’s question of the month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Perfectly Purple Ribbon Club Assortment of your very own!

If you’re not already a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club, now is the perfect time to sign up!  You can find all the details and sign up HERE.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Graphic 45 Staples Tags Are the Bees Knees Tag Card with Times Nouveau DCE

Hello, G45’ers!  If you love tags, you are going to love today’s post.  I’ve pulled out one my Times Nouveau DCE,  some Staples Tags, Distress Oxide Inks and lot of other paper playthings to make this fabulous The Bees Knees Tag Card.

I’m a huge fan of G45 Staples Tags!  They come in many styles and sizes, which means you can use them in a near endless variety of ways.  The beautiful shaped edge and vintage metal grommet makes them the perfect layering element on a card or layout.  You can string alpha tags together to  make a pretty banner that spells out a special greeting.  Tie a decorated tag onto gift packaging to take it to the next level.  Tuck a decorated tag into a card to be used as a bookmark, and you’ve just turned a card into a gift. Set them on a small easel and use them for home decor.  I’ve even used Staples Tags as pages in my mini albums.

These are thick, heavy tags ,made from high quality paper, which means you can layer them up with mixed media materials and use them as a mini canvas.  Add Distress Inks or paints to these tags to add that trendy watercolor element to your creation. There seems to be no end to the number of creative ways that you can put these workhorses to use during your crafty adventure time.

From Tag to Card: Let the Adventure Begin!

I’ve made a lot of tags along the way, but this time around, I wanted to try something totally different.  So I challenged myself to make a card using Staples Tags as the base.  I spent a delightful morning in my studio with a stack of Staples Ivory tags in various sizes and the ever fresh Times Nouveau Deluxe Collector’s Edition.  Distress Oxide Inks joined the party, making things even more lively.  I even found a way to work a hidden tag pocket into the design.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Creating the spine

You can turn a tag into a uniquely shaped card by creating a hinged spine to join two tags of the same size together.  For these long tags, I cut my hinge to measure 7” tall x  2 ¼”  wide.  Score this strip of paper on the short side at 1” and again at 1 ¼” .  Before you add the designer papers to the insides of your tags, glue the 1” strip on each side of the scored lines between the two tags, leaving a ¼” spine.

The Bees Knees Tag Card: Pockets, Tags and Folios

Tags and pockets just go together.  I turned this fabulous image into a side pocket for these two little folios.  Photos, journaling or gift cards can be tucked inside.  I love the little banner/paper clip embellishment made with scraps.  When paper is this fabulous, you want to use every little bit!

Try using Mixed Media supplies on your tags to add an extra level of interest.  I used Distress Oxide inks to dress up the text area on both “Cheers” and “Celebrate” tags.  With ink or paints, you can add that trendy watercolor element to your creation and color match your papers every time.

If an image (like the Bee’s Knees Postcard on this tag)  is too wide for your tag base, here is a simple solution.  Measure the width of your surface, then score and fold the image.  Add a decorative image to the flap, and you’ve just turned a dilemma into an interactive element. 

It’s the perfect spot to tuck in a hidden tag pocket and treat!

Chipboard Tags Come Along for the Ride

You can use the chipboard elements that come with the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to make fantastic embellishments for your card.  I glued the tags back to back, then hitched them to a Tim Holtz Swivel Clasp.

The tags are reversible, and I love the motion they add to the design.

Other Tips and Tricks
  1. I always decorate the insides of my cards first, and I followed that same process with this unique tag card.  This keeps the front cover of the card from being crushed or soiled as you work on the inside.
  2. Use Staples Metal packaging for the back piece of your tag card.  The heavy chipboard base will allow your tag card to stand up without buckling under the weight of all the card layers.  Sand the surface lightly so that papers will adhere and then go to town creating your next masterpiece.
  3. I like to back laser cut tags with black cardstock to make the stylish font pop off the page.

Are you inspired to break out your pretty G45 papers, Staples Tags, scissors and glue?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

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Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio

This is my 2nd post of the day.  To find my project for Frilly & Funkie, please scroll down.
Goin’ Junkin” with Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio

Hello, G45’ers! Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector Edition captures all the fun and adventure of a dusty old vintage shop.  I worked these gorgeous papers and eclectic images up into an interactive folio album loaded with flaps, envelopes, fold outs, folios, tags, pockets and FUN!

I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than going junkin’. That’s what I call time spent venturing into thrift stores, flea markets and vintage shops in search of vintage treasures and “junk” that is just waiting to be given a new life in my crafting studio.  You never know what kind of goodies you might find: old lace, tattered ledgers, dusty bottles, tarnished spoons, ugly home decor with good bones, estate jewelry.  These items have a tendency to jump into my shopping basket when I’m not looking.  (That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it!)  

 

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Make it Easy on Yourself: Using Staples Tags in a Folio Format

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

Make it easy on yourself! Use Kraft Staples Tags as a base as you layer your papers.  The beautiful shaped edge and metal grommet add great design features.  I used two on my cover. One is right side up and one is upside down.

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Video Tour On YouTube

I’ve used Staples tags throughout this funky little folio.  Inside you will find flaps, pockets, hidden pockets, mini folios and all sorts of fun surprises.  It’s just like shopping in your favorite junkin’ spot.

This is such an interactive album, that I decided to create a video tour rather than a pile of photos.  It’s so much easier to explain the various features in a video. I hope you enjoy this short YouTube video tour.

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Designer Tips

Goin Junkin Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

  • To create the ATC Policy Envelope fold out feature, I cut a 1” wide x 8.25” long spine from my designer paper and scored it in half. The left hand side was glued under the facing page.  Then I just glued my ATC Policy Envelopes on top of the other half.  I used my craft knife to cut a slit between the envelopes so they can be turned individually.
  • Turning a Staples Tag into a folio is as easy as 1,2,3!  For a standard tag, cut cardstock to measure 7” wide by 4.75” tall.  Score on the long side at 3.5”.  Fold, shape the corners (if desired) and glue onto the tag base.  Now you have a fun, interactive tag folio!
  • Mat images from Parlor Wall onto folded pieces of kraft or black cardstock to create little folios within your album.  This is a great way to use up leftover pieces of cardstock, and the interactive folios are loads of fun to open.
Olde Curiosity Shoppe Folio Supply List

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12×12 Deluxe Collector’s Edition (2 sheets each)

  • Olde Curiosity Shoppe
  • Optical Oddities
  • Counting Down
  • Parlor Wall
  • Race for Time
  • Butterfly Specifics
  • Bazaar of Wonders
  • Exquisite Motif

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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