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An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio

An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio for CHA/Creativation

Hello, G45’ers!  Did you have a favorite book when you were growing up?  One that you read over and over and never tired of?  For me, that book was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I’ve lost count of the many times I got lost in the lives of the brave, loving and wise saga of the March family.  (My favorite was Jo, of course!)  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, I decided to create a big, big card to reflect the large role this book played in my life.  This  8×8 Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio is truly an ode to Little Women.

Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Card Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

TIPS:  

  • Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop.  
  • Add designer paper to Staples Black ATC tags to add style and easy layers to your card design.
How to Create a Graphic 45  Easel Card Folio

Easel cards look complicated, but they are actually very easy to create.  There are several different ways to make them, and you can find lots of variations on Pinterest.  This is how I created this 8″ square easel card:

  • First, create the card base.  Because this card is so large, I worked with a 12″ x 18″ piece of black cardstock.  You can purchase this large cardstock at Envelopes.com.
  • Now, cut the cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 16″ long.
  • Next, score it in half on the long side and fold to make a standard top fold card base.
  • Then score the bottom panel in half again at 4″ .  Fold this flap in toward the fold.  This creates the easel mechanism for the card.
  • You will build your card front on a separate piece of 8″ square black cardstock.
  • The final step is gluing the bottom half of the card front to the flap.  Don’t glue above the fold or the easel mechanism won’t work.
Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: The Details

This Staples Antique Metal Door Plate and Knob is the perfect accent for the Little Women collection.  It fits beautifully with the vintage vibe of the pretty papers.

Die cut and mat an image from a 4×6 Ephemera card to create a stylish focal for your card front.

Tie a Shabby Chic Clock Key to a Staples ATC tag to create an interesting dimensional element on your card.

Turn an Antique Metal Door Pull upside down, then fill with flowers!  This is such a fun way to add dimension to a design.  Create a stopper for the easel card by backing a border strip with foam tape or waste chipboard.  This way, the card can stand upright for display.

An Ode to Little Women Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: A Peek at the Inside

The large format of this easel card provides you with the ability to add fun interactive elements to the interior.  I’ve created some mini folios and pockets using ephemera cards, ATC tags and images from the cut apart page.

The ephemera cards in this collection are especially beautiful!  Don’t be afraid to use the “B” sides!  I’ve cut this 4″ x 6″ ephemera card down, then turned it into a pocket to house these decorated tags and a mini folio.

And see these decorative panels?  They are more than just pretty pictures!

They open to reveal a spot for photos and hidden journaling.  This would be such a great way to commemorate a special event!

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

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Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio with Video Tour

Hello, G45’ers!  Today I have a sweet Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio to share with you.  It traveled all the way to CHA in Phoenix last month.   I was thrilled to see it ion display in the G45 booth and to share it with the world in a Graphic 45 Facebook live.  Now I finally get to share this fun, interactive folio design with you on my blog.  Hooray!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Tri Fold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

I grew up reading Little Women…probably once a year all the way through high school.  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, my heart went pitty pat!  Since designing and creating folios has become my new passion, I worked up a special design to celebrate the release.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: The Basics

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

To make the base of this album, create two 7″ x 5″ side fold cards with a 1/2″ spine.   Then overlap the card bases, leaving the top of the center panel open.  This forms a lovely pocket that I filled with Black Alpha Banner Tags.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

This image of Jo with her Professor stole my heart.  I just love the quote “Love is a great beautifier.”  How true!  Because this image really spoke to me, I decided to turn it into a pocket on the folio cover.  Here’s how to do that:

  • First, trim the image to fit the folio cover.
  • Then mat on black cardstock.
  • Next add thin strips chipboard (or foam tape) to the top, bottom and left side of the black mat.
  • Finally, position the pocket as seen in this photo and glue in place, leaving the right hand side open.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I’ve never created a folio with a pocket on the cover before, but I have to say, I love the way it looks!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Filling the Pocket

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

You can create a lovely little bundle of paper pretties to tuck inside the pocket.  The back side of these ephemera cards are so pretty!  I cropped the corners and matted this 3″ x 4″ card on blac cardstock to create a unique photo mount/journaling spot.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7This Black ATC Policy Envelope was very quick to dress up.  First, I trimmed a 3″ x 4″ ephemera card to fit.  Then I simply fussy cut around the two flower clusters to add a little dimension.  Next, I wrapped it around the policy envelope and glued in place.  Finally, I punched a hole and added the pretty Staples Ornate Key.  So simple, but so splendid!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8

This 4″ x 6″ image was treated in the same fashion as the ephemera card.  Cut it down to fit the pocket, crop corners and mat on black cardstock. I added an ornate label (retired) to dress it up.  The whole little bundle is held together with a hinge clip that I dressed up with a bit of black satin ribbon.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 9

Here I’ve used a Black Policy Envelope as a page.  Here’s how to add this to your folio:

  • First, cut a 1″ wide strip of Orchard House paper the same width as the envelope base.
  • Next, score it in half to form a hinge or flap.
  • Now, glue one side of the flap to the envelope base and the other half to the folio base.  You’ve just turned the envelope into a page!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

To form this pocket, simply score a page and fold back.  Then you can fill it with decorated Staples ATC tags.

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo11

The folio is mostly flat, so that it will close properly, but flat is not boring!  You can incorporate lots of interactive elements to keep things interesting!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio: Finishing touches

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10Cover two Black Alpha Banner Tags with paper and fussy cut images.  I like to use the tags that have unusual letters like Q or W for this.  These tags fit nicely into the pocket formed by joining the two bases together.

I even added a waterfall feature to the folio.  The paper panels are die cut with a Spellbinder’s die, then matted on black cardstock.  I love the way the black elements in the folio make the patterned papers pop!

Graphic 45 Something Splendid Trifold Folio Video Tour

To help you get a feel for how all the various mechanisms work, I’ve created a short YouTube video tour.

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

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