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Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit Release

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit Release from The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to announce the release of my Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit with the Button Farm Club.  I think this is my favorite kit for 2019.  Warm and nostalgic, fun and festive, pretty and practical…this album kit has it all. Even jingle bells!

Holiday baking is part of what makes the season so special.  We all have special family recipes that we only pull out at Yuletide.  Many of these are family heritage recipes.  For years, I’ve had these recipes scattered in various file folders, cookbooks and boxes.  Every year it’s like a scavenger hunt gathering them all up for holiday baking with my kids and grandkids.  Now I can finally have them all at my fingertips in this gorgeous Christmas recipe album!

The base is a Frank Garcia Dossier Waterfall album measuring 6″ x 9″.  It does double duty as Christmas kitchen decor.

I’ve built in loads of pockets, interactive elements and places for recipes, photos and journaling.

This is the album fully opened.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  The center waterfall has room for 24 recipe cards.  The side pocket holds a bundle of printed holiday recipe cards bundled together with Christmas Plaid ribbon.

Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit:  YouTube Video

To help you get a feel for all the wonderful features of this album, I prepared a very short video tour.

Rejoice Christmas Recipe Mini Album Kit:  What Comes in the Kit

Basically, everything you need comes in the kit.  Just add your favorite adhesive and cutting/scoring tools.  Here’s what comes in this wonderful kit:

  • Prima Dossier Waterfall Album designed by Frank Garcia
  • (16) 12″ x 12″ sheets of Authentique Rejoice paper
  • (1) 12″ x 12″ Rejoice Cardstock Die Cut Elements Sheet
  • (5) 12″ x 12″ sheets of color matched Spectrum Cardstock
  •  Traditional Christmas Plaid Ribbon/2 yards
  •  burlap string/ 2 yards
  • 2 full packages of Little Birdie Christmas Flowers
  • 6 Red and Green Jingle Bells
  • 9 wooden Christmas embellishments
  • Full color, printed, step by step tutorial

This is the perfect holiday gift for yourself, or your favorite baker.  It’s a wonderful family activity for the holiday season, and is destined to become a treasured family keepsake.

The price of the kit is just $54.99.  I honestly do not think you could buy all the individual elements for less.  I have so much fun curating these kits with Laura at The Button Farm.  We search high and low for just the right ribbons and embellishments to make the kits extra special.

You can order your kit at The Button Farm Club.  It will ship out in time for you to get it made for your Christmas celebrations.

As always, I thank you for your kind support of these Button Farm Kit projects.  So  many of you have asked if I teach classes. This is how I do it.  I’m always honored to share these kits with you, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

To see past Button Farm Club Kit releases, click HERE.  There are a few past kits and kit tutorials still in stock at The Button Farm Club.  Many of these would make wonderful holiday gifts.  To see these kits, click HERE.

Wishing you a joyful and creative weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

Ephemoire Queen Bee Mini Album

Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album with Ephemoire Digital Designs

Hello, Friends!  Let’s add some sweetness to your weekend with a Farmhouse Style Queen Bee Mini Album made with digital designs from Ephemoire.  As a tea drinker, I love honey.  And as a honey love, I love bees!  And as a country girl, I love farmhouse style.  So why combine all these loves together in a scrumptious, made from scratch mini album?

I wish you could hold this 5 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 3″ album in your hands.  With its warm honey hues, rich textures and buzzing bees, it may just be my favorite mini album of all time.  Let’s look at the details, shall we?

Queen Bee Mini Album: The Shaker Box

It is a well known fact that I love a shaker element.  I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them into my work.  And in preparing the Tim Holtz Lace Frame for this shaker box, I stumbled upon a new technique.  Here are the steps to follow in case you feel like putting on your mixed media boots.

  • Begin by inking the inside and outside edge of the large oval shaker frame with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
  • Next, use a mini blending tool to apply Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink randomly over the face of the frame.  Follow this up with a generous application of Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now, spritz the surface of the frame with the Distress Mister and let the Oxide Ink work its magic.  Dry thoroughly with a heat tool.
  • Then, apply a nice coat of Versamark Embossing Ink over the entire surface of the frame.  Place the frame on a large sheet of clean paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Press the embossing powder lightly with your fingertips, then let the excess slide off onto the paper and put it back in the jar.  Heat emboss.  Repeat.
  • Now the real fun begins.  Apply Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink directly to the surface of the frame.  That’s right, just swipe the pad over the frame.  Spritz with water to activate and heat dry, using a clean paper towel to dab up any really big puddles of ink.
  • The most amazing thing will happen as you heat emboss.  The Vintage Beeswax will sort of open up and swallow the ink, then seal over as it cools.  So the ink goes from the surface to a lower layer.  It’s really, really cool, and you’ve got to try it if you love to play around with embossing powders!
  • Repeat the above step, but use Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Inks this time.  Yummy!
Queen Bee Mini Album: The Spine and Back Cover

The rustic feel of this album cover makes me so happy.  First you have the natural canvas layer…which is really cool all on its own.  But then I added burlap, a vintage lace handkerchief, and a linen panel…and giant wood buttons????  Stop already!  These photos are good…but they don’t begin to capture the true beauty of this album.

Queen Bee Mini Album: A Peek Inside

The inside of the album is black, white, cream and gold with pops of red.  I dug through my stash of specialty papers to find the faux embossed leather paper that you see here.  All the patterned papers are digital print outs from Ephemoire.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

The album has pretty to look at pages, photo mount pockets, and little folios tucked in.  It’s a very fun album to flip through.

I dug through my textile bin to find special vintage treasures that just seemed to be in waiting for this album.  Washi tape is used throughout to create borders.

This is my favorite page in the album.  A vintage handkerchief, folded and bundled together with gold crochet thread and topped with a sweet little bee. Stitch the vintage button through the folded hankie to hold all the layers in place.  I also love the little vintage ticket, which is an ephemera print out, topped with a vintage safety pin.

I topped laser cut lace paper with a lovely printed border and more ephemera bits from kit.  The cute little plaid guest checks in the slash pocket are actually folios.  And I tucked in a honey dipper, just for fun.

Queen Bee Mini Album Tour on Youtube

This mini is so loaded with goodness that I had to create a project tour to share it all with you.  You’ll get to see all the pages, and I’ll share little tips that you might find useful in your own crafty adventures.

I hope I’ve inspired you to get your craft on this weekend.  If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a joyful and creative weekend!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Album Tutorial

Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Halloween is such a frightfully fun holiday!  It deserves a frightfully fun mini album, dontcha think?  This Authentique Twilight Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial is the perfect spot to preserve all the photos of your favorite ghouls and goblins.  Check it out!

Talk about tall, dark and handsome!  This 5″ x 9 1/2″ tall and skinny album fits that description perfectly!  Learn how to build the album base with chipboard and black cardstock.  Then see how I layered up the elements on the front cover.  Next, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily add a double waterfall feature that will hold 34 photos!  Finally, you will learn how to add a shockingly stylish magnetic belly band to keep everything tucked into place.

I had a devilishly delightful time altering all the chipboard elements on the album cover, and I share that information with you in the project tour.

The album is spooky cute, not creepy, which is what I love about Authentique’s Halloween collections.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: Icy Fingers Up & Down the Spine

Learn how to create this overlapping spine and ribbon closure in the tutorial.  And I share some of my special tips and tricks for adding strength and durability during the album construction.

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I just love the way the double waterfall looks inside this album.  It’s sleek and chic and so easy to put together.  You are going to love it!

Double Waterfall Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you are ready to get your Halloween craft on, just click play!

I hope you’ll find time to make this fun mini album!  If so, let me hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party: Gather Gratitude Journal

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show

Eileen Hull

Susie Bentz

Pam Bray

Julia Aston

Annette Green

Kathy Clement ( You are HERE)

Cheryl Waters

Ginger Ropp

Mitsyana Wright

Debbie Bankston

Anita Houston

Maggi Harding

Anne Redfern

Jenny Marples

Betsy Skagan

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Tonya Trantham

Madeline Arendt

Lisa Hoel

Karen Bearse

Sue Eldred

Nicole Wright

Elizabeth Robinson

This might just be the most versatile member of the Eileen Hull Book family.  It is a great addition to her Traveler’s Notebook, Passport Journal, Wrap Journal, and Notebook Dies.

Eileen put this blog hop together to show just how many different ways this die can be put to use.  You’ll find videos, tutorials and loads of ideas in this blog hop!

Gather Gratitude Journal with Authentique Gracious Collection

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Our extended family used to gather at my Grammy Ma’s home every year.  All my aunts, uncles,cousins, and great-grandparents were there.  Everyone brought dishes to add to the feast that my grandmother lovingly prepared.  The table groaned under the weight of all those fixin’s!  Sometimes, there were 3 dozen of us in attendance.  I cannot even begin to describe the warmth and love present.  But it made a deep impression on my young soul.  Every fall, I create a gratitude journal as a tribute to those happy memories.  This year, I chose to work with Authentique Paper’s Gracious Collection, which takes me right back to my grandmother’s home.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Mixed Media Touches

Here’s how I prepared the covers for the gratitude journal

  • First, die cut 2 covers from mat board. Line up the holes in the spine so that it is at its widest point.  Adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive, or Red Liner Tape.
  • Next, cut the cover so that it is 1″ wider on all sides than the opened journal.
  • Now, place the paper face down on your work surface, and then place the journal face down on top of it. Wrap the cover with the designer paper.  I used Stamperia Mixed Media Glue to adhere the covers to the designer paper.  This adhesive seems to help the paper “flex” and also adheres well.
  • Miter the corners, fold and adhere the overlap inside the journal cover.
  • Next, gently bend the covers, going slowly so that the paper will not tear.
  • Now, cut papers for the inside of the journal.  I like to leave a 1/4″ border on all 4 sides.  Once again, adhere with the Stamperia Mixed Media Glue.
  • Stitch layers of designer paper onto burlap and arrange on the cover.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Spine

This journal has a stitched fabric spine.  I pleated the fabric while adding a decorative stitch .  I love how rustic this looks.  After stitching, cover the back side completely with Scor-Tape or Red Line tape, then center and adhere to the spine.  Now you can add the binding elastic.  I do this very simply by wrapping the entire spine with double strands of elastic. Secure the strands with square knots.  Tie the strands together at the top of the spine, then add charms and a bow. Then I added the ribbon closure.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Focal Point

The focal point of this gratitude journal is the cutlery image inside a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame.  Here’s how that came together:

  • Select the 2nd smallest vignette frame.  Paint with black chalk paint.  Let it dry.
  • Now, paint the frame with Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the paste is still wet, sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  Heat set.
  • Next, trim the image from Gracious and adhere behind the frame.  Then adhere the frame to the journal cover.
  • Die cut a leafy wreath from designer paper and adhere to the frame.
  • Decorate the cover with G45 Roses, acorns and other fall themed elements.
Gather Gratitude Journal: A Peek Inside

Create pockets for the front and back covers using Eileen’s Gift Card Pocket and Tag Die.

Cut (10) 7 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ signature covers from designer paper.  Fold in half, crease with a bone folder and fill with the paper of your choice.  Cut the inner papers 7 1/4″ x 6″ so that they will fit neatly.  (Note: I did not have the die…so I could not use it to cut my inner pages and signatures.  I only had the die cut cover, latch and pen loop.)

Here’s a look at the signatures:

I like this style of journal, because you can just slip the signatures under the elastic binding strips.  Then, when you need to refill, you can just add more papers.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Project Share Video

I created a quick flip through with tips and tricks on Youtube

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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s August already?  That means it’s time to get ready to go back to school!  I’m loving the happy prints, retro images and primary colors of this Authentique Scholastic collection, how about you?  It takes me right back to my happy childhood school days.

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Inspiration

I grew up in an era when each little town had it’s own 2 room schoolhouse within walking distance of home.  Ours sat at the top of a steep hill, surrounded by ancient maple trees and a large grassy meadow that was perfect for outdoor play.  We had a small playground with old fashioned swings, a merry go round, teeter totters and a large sidewalk where we played hopscotch.

The vintage yellow schoolhouse was a two story box shape, with enormous windows, maple hardwood floors, old fashioned iron coat hooks and green slate chalkboards that covered two walls of each room. Grades 1-3 were in one room and grades 4-6 in the other.  A big old fashioned clock hung on the front wall with large framed photos of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on either side.  The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” was conspicuously displayed for all to see and take to heart.

We started each day with The Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.  And no…I’m not 100 years old!  This was 1962…not that long ago…but oh, how things have changed!

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Base

The base for this project is a 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″  G 45 Black Mixed Media Album.  I decided to pretty much “gut” the album interior and make it into an interactive memory book.

TIP:  Layer elements with varying height chipboard to add interest to the cover display.

TIP: Matting stickers and images on Black Jack and Lemon Drop Spectrum Cardstock makes the layers pop.

TIP: Not all embellishments come from the scrapbooking store!  A trio of pencils tied with ribbon look fantastic on the album spine.  First, glue the pencil sides together.  Then, wrap with black micro gingham.  Tie a bow.  Then mat the apple image on a double layer of Black Jack and Lemon Drop cardstock.  Punch a hole in one corner, string on a metal key and you’ve got a mighty cute embellishment!

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: Adding the Waterfall Feature

TIP: There’s loads of room inside the front cover for a waterfall/pocket combo.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (6) 6 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles from Black Jack and Lemon Drop. (3 each)
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the top edge of each rectangle.
  • Then, shape the bottom corner with a corner punch, if desired.
  • Now, fold the 1/2″ flaps back and burnish.
  • Next, center and adhere the first flap along the top edge of the inside cover.
  • Then, line up the folded edge of the next flap beneath the first flap.  Continue this process for all 6 waterfall pages.
  • Now, make a pocket and adhere along the bottom edge of the page.  I used an oval die to cut a pretty shape in the top of mine.
  • To keep the waterfall closed, adhere a length of Light Blue Navy Satin Ribbon along the base of the final waterfall page, then tie a bow on the front.
Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: Interactive Pages

As you’ll see in the video tour below, I created a number of interactive pages inside the album.

Belly bands and accordion folio inserts are a fun way to display photos.

Pockets with large pull out photo mounts are easy to  make.

  • Make quick and easy pockets by cutting patterned papers 3″ longer than the height of your page.
  • Score, fold and adhere the sides for an almost instant pocket.
  • Then cut squares of Black Jack paper to fit the pockets.
  • Line with patterned paper on both sides.
  • Mat tab type stickers on cardstock scraps to make decorative pull tabs.

This album is loaded with fun…but everything is very easy to do, as you will see in the video tour.

TIP: Change up the size of your pages to add variety and interest to your album.

TIP: Create flap folios above pockets to add room for more photos.  Mine are 6 1/2″ x 9″, scored in half so that each panel will hold a 4″ x 6″ photo with room for the pretty paper to peek around the edges.

TIP:  Create a tip in page by cutting your paper 3″ wider than the base page.  Then score, fold and adhere the back side to the album bse.

TIP: Hidden pockets with inserts are a snap to make.  Cut designer paper 1/2″ wider than the base on the sides and bottom edge.  Score 1/2″ flaps, fold and adhere just the flaps to the base page.  This makes it easy to slide a folio insert behind the page.  Use a circle or oval die to cut a decorative opening, if desired.

TIP: Save the off cut from die cutting the pocket edge and turn it into a decorative tab on a folio.

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you get a better idea for the flow and function of this album, I’ve created a short video tour.  You’ll find lots of tips and helpful hints for making your own Back to School mini album.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Scholastic Supply List
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