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Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folder Folio Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie         “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ’em” Challenge

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another fabulous challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog!  I’m the hostess this month, so I got to choose the theme.  Hooray!   I love to create all kinds of fancy fold cards and folios and the “You’ve Got to Know When to Fold “em” theme reflects that. Graphic 45’s brand spankin’ new Vintage Hollywood collection has been calling to me, so I created this Four Fold Folio tutorial to share with you today.  Before we start, let’s take a look at the details for this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: You’ve Got to Know When to Fold ‘Em
This challenge is all about using folded paper in a way that goes beyond just folding it in half. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design. You can make a fancy fold card, or add folded embellishments to a card or layout.

The one and only Wendy Vecchi was gracious enough to share her new 2017 CHA releases with the team, so we have been featuring her products in our three latest challenges.  It’s been really fun to see how Wendy’s products work with each individual team member’s unique style and perspective.  If you have Wendy products in your stash, we’d love for you to use them as you play along, however it is not required.

Go grab a drink and a snack to sustain you.  Tutorials tend to be long posts with lots of photos.  I don’t want you to faint!

A One Sheet Wonder

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1 This folio is a “one sheet wonder” meaning that the entire folio base can be made using just one sheet of 12×12 cardstock.  I find it amazing that you can fit pockets, tags, and a waterfall feature into a folio made from one sheet of cardstock!  The best thing about this sort of album is that you can easily complete it in a day or less.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2Paper dolls were a favorite childhood toy for me, so I was thrilled to receive Wendy’s wonderful Paper Doll  in my design team package of goodies.   The set comes with a lovely cling stamp of this beautiful vintage lady and a matching stencil.  You can use just the stamp, of course, but it’s so much more fun to invite the stencil to the party!  Of course you can use texture paste through the stencil.  You can also use the stencil as a template to trace onto paper, as I did here.

First, I stamped the image onto ultra smooth white cardstock. Next, I traced the hat bands, the hair and the collar onto designer paper and trimmed it out.  Then I  paper pieced the fussy cut bits onto the stamped image.  To finish the face, I placed the stencil over the image and used a blender tool to add Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and Antique Linen Distress Inks to the face.  There is even a stencil for the lips, which made it very easy to add Candied Apple “lipstick” to this glamorous starlet!  Finally, I brushed the image with Distress Vintage Collage medium.

A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3This dimensional folio is tied shut with lovely Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon.  It adds just the right touch of “glam” , shimmer and shine.  You can get a glimpse of the staggered pages from this shot, but let’s go ahead and take a look inside the album.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section One: Tiny Tags and Pockets

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4This one sheet wonder contains 3 sections.  In the first section, the pages measure 3″ x 5″.  I created little pockets and tags for this section.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5 Inkssentials #5 Kraft Tags fit perfectly into these little pockets.  Each tag measures 2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″.  Dress the tags up with chipboard pieces, border strips and gorgeous vintage images.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6  The patterned papers in this collection have a great Art Deco feel.  Use Tammy Tutterow’s Tabs One Die to mark off each section in the folio.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 7If you like to fussy cut…you will love this collection!

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 8To make a custom charm like this one, simply add an image from the small postage stamps in the collection to the back of the frame.  Then tap the frame with Vintaj Patina paints and tie it onto the tag.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section Two: Waterfall Feature

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 9Waterfall features are a great way to add an interactive element to a project.  I used Tammy Tutterow’s Waterfall One here.  First, I cut four bracket edged dies from black cardstock.  Then I cut four more from patterned paper.  Glue the patterned paper over the black base so that a tiny black border peeks out.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 10Belly Bands hold tiny images from the 8×8 paper collection.  Slip 3″ square photos behind the belly bands and journal on the backs of the small images.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 3: A Spot for larger photos

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 11The next section measures 3.25″ x 6.5″ and can hold larger photos.  Glue just the bottom edge of your images to the album base so that photos can be slipped behind.

Four Fold Folio Tutorial Section 4: Pockets and Inserts

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 12The final section of the folio features two pockets with inserts.  The back page measures a full 5″ x 7″ and can hold full sized photos.

Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo13Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 14Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 15Here’s a look at the album cover and back.  You can really get a sense of the staggered edges of the album here.

Vintage Hollywood Four Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to build this one sheet wonder?  I thought you might, so I went ahead and prepared a YouTube tutorial with step by step instructions for building the album base and pockets.

Now It’s Your Turn

The Frilly and Funkie team always invites you to play along with us.  Dig into your crafty stash and create any vintage or shabby chic project that uses folded paper in a way that elevates the design.  Then link up your project over at the Frilly and Funkie blog.

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

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique



Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Celebrate Spring with Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

Hello, G’45’ers!  When I was a little girl, I spent many happy hours reading books.  I was often sick and confined to bed, but books transported me to many magical and enchanting places.  One of my favorite childhood books was Frances Hodgson Burnette’s Secret Garden.  I loved reading how Mary and Dickon discovered and restored that secret walled garden. While they were busy digging in the dirt and growing flowers, a true friendship blossomed as well.  It’s still a favorite today, and thinking about spring always brings fond memories of this lovely tale.  Naturally, I had to break out my Graphic 45 Secret Garden Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers and create a little tribute to spring.

Don’t you just love this sentiment? “Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.”  You could build your life around wisdom like that!  The base of this album is a Graphic 45 Staples 5×7 Kraft Book Box.  I created a shaker top and then decorated with pretty trims and Petaloo Canvas Briar Roses.

Shake Things Up with a Clear Acetate Cardstock Cover

Shake up your design by adding a shaker element to the box cover.  After you create your cover design (but before you glue it to the top of the box) go all the way around the edges with foam tape.  Fill the center with sequins, buttons, glitter, or small chipboard pieces like the ones I used here.  Peel off the liner from the top of the foam tape, place the trimmed acetate on top and press the edges to seal.  I added this pretty rose trim around the edges to finish everything off.

It’s very hard to photograph anything that is covered in clear acetate, but I gave it my best effort!  Those are real lavender buds inside the acetate along with sequins and small chips from the collection .

Altering Metal Staples

I wanted the album to have a real shabby chic feel, so I painted all my Graphic 45 Metal Staples with a coat of “Whisper” Chalk paint from Americana Decor.  When the first layer dried, I tapped the raised edges with Tattered Rose Distress Paint to create custom shabby chic metal accents. Then you can fill the piece with pretty flowers as I did here.

Or tuck a word inside the label holder as I did here. The spine is decorated with fussy cut images from the collection, Petaloo Sage Vintage Velvet Hydrangea and some vintage buttons from my stash.

The box is held shut with a 1.5″ Ivory Crushed Satin Ribbon and bow.   Would you like to see what’s inside?

I thought you might!  Just as Mary’s Secret Garden was hidden behind an old wall, this sweet little tag album is hidden inside the box.  It’s loaded with fold out pages, tiny folios, pull tabs and all kinds of wonderment.

Inside the front cover of the album, I created a pocket that I filled with sweet springtime greeting card.

Oh, how I love this collection!

Secret Garden Tag Album on YouTube

Rather than fill the blog up with dozens of photos, I prepared a very short 3 minute video that you can watch.

Snapguide Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Tutorial

As you saw in the video, the tag album is loaded with lots of fun fold outs and inserts.  I thought you might enjoy learning how I made the tag album, so I prepared a SnapGuide tutorial for you.

Check out How to Graphic 45 Secret Garden Tag Album Insert by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

How to Make the Secret Garden Card

If you’d like to make the sweet card that is tucked in the front pocket of the album, I also prepared a SnapGuide Tutorial showing you how to build those layers and create the card.
Check out How to Quick & Easy Secret Garden Card W/Graphic 45 by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Secret Garden Tag Album Supply List

I hope I’ve brought a little springtime into your life today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album with G45 Portrait of a Lady

Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album: Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady CHA Project

Hello, G45’ers!  I’m excited to be sharing another project that graced the Graphic 45 Booth at CHA/Creativation last month.  Portrait of a Lady is such an elegant collection filled with gorgeous colors and patterns.  But it’s also loaded with inspirational sentiments like the one that inspired me to make this Decide to Be Yourself Easel Album.  Go grab a drink and a snack as there are loads of photos, a video tour and some designer tips that I’d love to share with you today.

The easel album measures 8″ square and comes with 12 kraft pages in a spiral binding.  I used the signature image on the cover along with a row of pretty little banner flags, some fussy cut perfume bottles, Petaloo flowers, ribbon, twine and vintage buttons.  To age the papers, I spattered them with diluted white acrylic paint.

Are you swooning yet?  Oh, how I love these papers!

Highlight small elegant images by framing them.  Bring out the design in an ornate frame by tapping raised areas with Tattered Rose Distress Paint. Dig into your stash of vintage lace, trims and vintage style buttons because this collection fairly cries out for such additions!

Here is a side view so you can see the easel that allows the album to stand upright for display.

A Peek Inside

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.  That’s the quote that inspired this project.  Such wisdom!  The thought process behind the design was to create an inspirational decor piece that could be changed out as time passes.  And you knew there had to be a pocket somewhere, didn’t you?

Here are a few of my favorite interior pages.

Portrait of a Lady Easel Album Video Tour On YouTube

If I sound a little “off” or tired in this video it’s due to a horrible virus that hit me during the Christmas holiday.  I was still recovering when this video was made.

Thanks so much for letting me share this album with you today.  I hope you are inspired to go and create something beautiful!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

  • Portrait of a Lady 12×12 papers
    • Portrait of a Lady
    • Diana
    • Josephine
    • Catherine
    • Sophia
    • Grace
    • Isabella
    • Elizabeth
    • Blanche
    • Victoria
    • Maria
  • Graphic 45 Staples 8×8 Easel Album
  • Graphic 45 Staples Regular Black Policy Envelopes
  • Graphic 45 Staples ATC Black Policy Envelopes
  • Staples Kraft Alphabet Banner Tags
  • Cardstock (several sheets each for photo mats) pink, green, kraft, white
  • Petaloo Flowers
    • White Botanica Blooms x4
    • White Hydrangea Blossoms x24
    • DIY Ivory Burlap Picks

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When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial

Frilly and Funkie Saturday Step x Step: When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Isn’t Saturday just the most wonderful day of the week?  You can wear your jammies all day long if you feel like it!  I know a lot of us are dealing with the winter blues right now, so I’ve worked up a really fun When Pigs Fly Mini Album Tutorial to brighten up your weekend.  It’s made with Graphic 45’s Olde Curiosity Shoppe Deluxe Collector’s Edition and a whole bunch of dies from my stash.   And, since it is Saturday, I have a YouTube Video Tour AND a Snapguide Tutorial to share with you.  How fun is that?

When Pigs Fly!

You know those little Russian dolls that stack inside one another?  Well, this mini album is a lot like them, because it is a constructed like a mini album within a mini album.  It’s interactive, whimsical and has a fun steampunk/vintage vibe.

The inside pages are made with Tammy Tutterow’s incredibly versatile Paper Bag Envelope Die.  This adds an interactive element , and that always makes me happy!

The flowers are made with Tammy’s Pom Pom Posie Die and printed paper from the Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection.  I took a walk on the wild side and added stamens to the center this time.

This little piggy went to market…via air mail!  I love this piggy so much that I went searching through my considerable button stash in search of this wooden piggy button.  Be still my heart!  And see that cute banner floating beneath Mr. Pig?  It’s made with Tammy’s Shortie Tabs Dies.  Yes, people…I had a Tammy love fest going on in my studio this week!

This chunky little piggy album measures just about 3.5″ x 5.5″ and has a 2″ spine.  I could go on and on…but why don’t you just watch this YouTube video tour so you can see all the details.

When Pigs Fly YouTube video tour

When Pigs Fly Snapguide Tutorial

I put together a Snapguide tutorial that covers the basics of building the album base, creating a tab binding system, making the pocket pages and the cute little Mini Tag Books that are used throughout.  I don’t go into decorating the pages…maybe a hint here or there.  But once you know how to build the album base, etc. you can make this album in any theme you choose.  It’s the old “give a man a fish/teach a man to fish” theory in practice.

 

Check out How to G45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe When Pigs Fly Mini Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you found some ideas here that you can use in your own creative process.  I spent hours (days, actually) pulling all of this together for you in hopes that it would get your creative juices flowing.  I have product links below.  Just click on the picture and it will take you right to the store.  How’s that for enabling?

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for sharing your Saturday with me!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Petaloo Goes Back to School: G45 ABC Primer Trio

Petaloo Goes Back to School: A Trio of Graphic 45 ABC Primer Projects

Hello, Friends!  Here we are at the tail end of August!  I think we all deserve a pat on the back for making it through this long, hot month.  My Facebook feed is filled with photos of cutie patootie kids headed back to school, and that inspired me to create this trio of G45 ABC Primer goodies for the Petaloo Goes Back to School event that’s been going on all month on the Petaloo blog.

Petaloo Goes Back to School YouTube Video

Because  a picture’s worth a thousand words, I’ve prepared this short YouTube Video tour of the project.  But don’t worry; I have still photos below.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #1: Upcycled Message Board

Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1While out junkin’ with my honey one Saturday, I found a plug ugly, electric blue message board.  Because it was toward the end of the day, and because no one had purchased this ugly duckling, I was able to snag it for a very good price.  My husband is so used to my eccentricities at this point that he didn’t even ask me what I was going to do with the monstrosity.  After painting it with black chalkboard paint, I dressed it up in ABC Primer papers, pretty ribbons and some gorgeous Petaloo goodies.  Now this is a message board that anyone would be proud to display!

Back to School Cork Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Although this message board had a cork layer on top, it was very thin, and the little tacks didn’t stay in place very well.  I solved this problem by adding a second layer of cork.  Then I painted the wood squares black and decorated them with fussy cut elements and chipboard from the ABC Primer Collection.  Black gingham ribbon and a chipboard clock took this message board from frumpy to fabulous.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 2Dress your message board in its back to school best by adding Petaloo Blackberry Picks, Vintage Velvet Hydrangeas and butterflies to the corners.  Here’s a fun tip: curl the end of the berry stems around a craft pick for a custom look.

 Petaloo Goes Back to School Message Board, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 3Anchor the design with a floral cluster that’s pretty as a school picture!  I’ve topped a red plaid bow with this bodacious Chantilly Mixed Bloom and more sweet blackberry picks.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #2: ABC Primer Mini Album

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 1Capture all the memories of a great school year in this handy little mini album. Chantilly Mixed Blooms are just the right shade of red, and look great when paired with black gingham ribbon.  I’ve used a Black Staples Alphabet Banner Tag as the background for my collage pieces. It’s such a time saver, and goes beautifully with the theme.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 2Create custom embellishments by gluing wooden buttons onto paper clips.  To do this, first punch out a 1/2″ circle.  Add a dot of hot glue to the center and place behind the paper clip.  Place hot glue on the back of an apple shaped button. Glue to the prepared 1/2″ circle.  Quick and easy, and oh, so cute!

Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 3Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 5Petaloo Goes Back to School Mini Album, ABC Primer, By Kathy Clement, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45 Photo 4Lots of great little tags, a waterfall folio, and plenty of places for photos are tucked inside this darling album.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Project #3: ABC Primer Easel Card

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 2The final member of this Back to School trio is a cute ABC Primer easel card.  Chantilly Velvet Hydrangeas and Mixed Blossoms really make the design pop!

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 1I love easel cards because they fold down for mailing, but pop up for display.

Petaloo Goes Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 3I’ve created a darling mini envelope inside the card.

Back to School Easel Card by Kathy Clement, ABC Primer, Product by Petaloo and Graphic 45, Photo 4Well, I think I am ready to go back to school with Petaloo.  How about you?  If you have any questions or comments about any of these projects, please share in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Back to School With Petaloo Supply List and Links (where possible)

 

 

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Sunflowers Mini Album with G45 Time to Flourish

Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation: Sunflowers Mini Album with G45 Time to Flourish

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Nancy is our hostess this time, and the theme is Floral InfatuationCreate any kind of vintage or shabby chic project where flowers are the focal point. With that in mind, I designed and created a Sunflowers Mini Album using Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish August papers. You’re invited to enjoy a tutorial and a video tour today.  Let’s get started!

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5I adore sunflowers. This time of year, they are in full glory.  Every time I see a field of these radiant blooms, my spirits are lifted and I am reminded to keep my face turned toward the sunshine and not the shadows.  So I guess it was a natural for me to choose to make a sunflower mini album for this challenge.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1 Just look at this color palette: teal, yellow, gold, green…color me inspired!  The album was created with a kraft cardstock base and decorated with the August papers from Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish Collection.

Golden Splendor

Time to Flourish was released with matching chipboard flowers,. It was fairly easy to alter these into bodacious sunflowers. Each blossom was carefully shaped, spritzed and inked.Teal and copper Czech bead were glued into the centers to mimic sunflower seeds.  When everything looked “just right” I piled them onto the front of the sunflower mini album in a cluster of golden splendor.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 3

Cover Story

Adding ivory burlap to the cover created an extra layer of texture.  And I love the vintage metal findings from Graphic 45.  To age them, I tapped them with Ranger Vintaj Patina and Moss.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 10

Sunflowers here, there and everywhere!

Here is the first opening of the album.  The side pocket contains a folder for photos.,  Pretty cut out images have been tucked into the belly band on the right hand side.   A 4″ x 6″ photo can be mounted on the base, and more can be tucked under the belly band. Prima gold crackle accents were added with one of Tim’s mini stencils.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7

This square tag pulls out from the center pocket.

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 8Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 9

Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 11Sunflowers Mini Album, Time to Flourish, by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Floral Infatuation Challenge, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 12You can see that I filled the pockets of this sunflower mini album with all sorts of good things!

YouTube Video Tour of Sunflowers Mini Album

Because I find it hard to get a feel for the “flow” of a mini album through still photos, here’s a short YouTube video tour.  It runs about 4 minutes.

How to Build the Base for the Sunflower Mini Album

You know how they say a picture is worth a thousand words?  Well, I found that to be true when trying to write a step out tutorial for this album base.  I finally gave in and built a second base while shooting a video.

That pretty much covers everything for me.  Now it’s YOUR turn!  Create your very own Floral Infatuation project and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight EDT on Tuesday, September 6th.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial with Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home

Hello, Friends!  Summer is the time when we all travel.  Sometimes we travel around the world, and sometimes we just take a little trip around the block.  This summer, the grand girls paid a visit to a local “you pick” blueberry farm.  It was a beautiful day, the blueberries were ripe for and luscious and fun was in the air. We picked them one day, baked them into a delicious dessert on another and ate every juicy morsel on a third.  It was blueberry delight from beginning to end.  I thought I’d share the fun with you in this Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial.

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 14Just look at those faces?  Is that sheer bliss or what?  I decided to create my album in a sunny, summery blue and yellow color palette using papers from Graphic 45’s Home Sweet Home collection.

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 15The square tag album from G45 is a chunky wonder!  I love the sturdy spine and classy label holder.  Blueberries, flowers and a little twine bow fill this one up nicely!

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 20Have you used the G45 washi tape yet?  I found several fun ways to use it in this album.  I wrapped  my photos with it to create custom photo corners.  Borders are quick and easy when you use washi tape!  And, it’s a cinch to keep alpha letters in a straight line when you use washi tape as a guide!

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 17Home Sweet Home is the perfect collection to capture the fun of a day like this!  Speaking of fun, how fun is it to mount cute photos onto the square tags that fit perfectly into the pockets?

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo9 18Look at all those pages!  Each ribbon represents a tag that’s tucked into the side pockets of the album.

Come Blueberry Picking with Me

Blueberry Delight Mini Album Tutorial, Home Sweet Home, Staples Square Tag Album, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 28Don’t you want to go pick blueberries with these cutie patooties?  Well, you can, sort of, with this video tour of my Blueberry Delight Mini Album.

Blueberry Delight Recipe

The girls and I got together to bake our blueberries up into a tasty dessert on Saturday morning.  I thought you might like to make it for your family as well, so here’s the recipe:

Crust:

1 stick butter

2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs

Melt butter and stir in the crumbled vanilla wafers.  Press the crumbs into a 9” square pan.  Set aside.

Filling:

Whipped cream:

2 cups of heavy cream, whipped

3 Tbsp. powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Cream cheese:

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup sugar

1 8 oz cream cheese, softened

Directions:

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until it is thick and holds a peak.  Carefully fold half the whipping cream into the prepared cream cheese mixture and spread over the prepared crust.  Refrigerate the remaining whipped cream in an airtight container.  (You can also use an 8 oz. Cool Whip, but we prefer real whipped cream.)

Berries:

¾ cup sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

4 cups blueberries

juice of 1 lemon

Combine ingredients and cook until thickened. Cool completely. Top the cream filling with the cooled blueberries and refrigerate.

Blueberry Delight Snapguide Tutorial

I put together a little step by step tutorial on Snapguide so that you can see how I layered the cover together.

Check out How to Create With Graphic 45 Staples Square Tag Album by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you a summer filled with sweet memories of time spent with the people you love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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