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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

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: Crafting with Sophie on My Birthday

Hello, Friends!  Last week was a whirlwind!  But I managed to squeeze in time to spend a day with my sweet Sophie Grace making this Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album.  Oh, what fun!  Sophie spent my birthday with me, helping me to design and and decorate this delightful little mini album.

Sophie is a veteran crafter.  She began playing in my studio shortly before she turned 3 years old.  Now that she’s 10, we can tackle meatier projects, like this mini album together.  Since I knew the focus of our time together would be filming us decorating the album, I took a little time the day before to prep the album base and pages.

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: The Basics

The base for this album is an older version of the Graphic 45 Tag and Pocket Album.  There are 48 pages in that album, and I could never manage to make one and have the covers close!  Plus, it took forever to make and used a ton of material.  So I began by “gutting” the album.

  • First, insert a kraft knife carefully between the interior spine and the binding mechanism.  With a little effort, you can lift the entire thing out in one piece!
  • Next, use scissors to cut the 6 sections into individual bundles.  Each bundle has 4 pages.  I chose to work with just 2 sections, and set the other 4 aside for later use.
  • Now, score an 8 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ piece of kraft cardstock at 1 1/2″ on both ends . Then score at 1″ intervals between those 2 marks.  Follow THIS tutorial to create a tab style binding for the album.
  • Next, adhere the binding in the center of the album spine and burnish well.
  • When you are ready to add your 2 page units to the album, simply slip the open edge over the tabs and use adhesive to seal in place.

TIP:  I find it easier to decorate the pages before adding them to the album.

To create the shabby chic finish, paint the album inside and out with ivory chalk paint.  Then come back and lightly sand the edges to reveal the kraft base beneath.

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: The Basics: Designing the pages

Each page in this cute album has an interactive element to it.  Here’s a little guide for making the pages.

  • Front Pocket: Cut a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of green cardstock.  Then score on the long side at 5 3/4″.   Adhere the designer paper behind the pocket, then adhere the sides of the pocket for a quick and easy pocket page.
  • Tip in pages: Cut the cardstock base to measure 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score at  3″ for left  hand tip  in, or at 5 1/2: for right hand tip in.

To make the hidden pocket insert page on the left:

  • First, cut  base cardstock to measure 6″ x 6″.
  • Next, score 1/2″ on the sides and the bottom.
  • Now trim out the bottom corner pieces.
  • Fold the flaps to the back side of the panel and adhere to the album base.  This creates a “channel” for the insert to slide into, and allows a little more room for the insert.

To make the insert:

  • Cut cardstock to measure 4 3/4″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 3 1/2″ on the long side.
  • Line the panels with designer paper.
  • Slide the longer side of the insert behind the page.
  • Decorate!

Pocket Pages are part of the album page unit.  Simply line the top and bottom with papers that play well together.  All set!

Sophie and I will show you how to make these cute little bookmarks in the video.

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: The Video

If you’re ready to get your craft on, you can watch Sophie and I make the album together in this video.

This was such a fun way to spend my birthday!  And I think Sophie enjoyed it, too.

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

Thanks for stopping by,

Cheerio,

kathy (and Sophie!)

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Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Scrap Your Stash Project Share

Hello, Friends!  This Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album is a real collection mash up!  It contains papers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals, Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees, and My Mind’s Eye Madison Avenue (an oldie..but a goodie!)

Let me ask you a question.  What do you do with the little bits and bobs you have left over from a favorite paper collection?  Do you stash them in a drawer to gather dust?  Toss them in the recycle bin?  Well, I like to periodically gather them all up and create what I call a “Scrap Your Stash” project.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Inspiration

Our son and his lovely wife are in the process of moving, so when Melody cleaned out her craft room, she set aside a few treasures she thought I might enjoy.  A lovely 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ binder was in the mix.  It was sturdy and I liked the size…but not the bright green cover or the ring binder.  So the first step in this process was removing the ring binder mechanism (not for the faint of heart, I might add) and altering the cover.  I wish I had thought to take process photos, but I do describe the process I followed in the video tour of the album below.

Since I am completely obsessed with shakers at the moment, I also altered this Tim Holtz Vignette Frame and turned it into a shaker box.  Then I combed through the odds and ends of my Little Birdie Flowers and created the pretty floral feature on the cover.

The spine is wrapped with ribbon and adorned with lots of pretty metal charms.  If you look at the back cover, you can see how I collaged a bunch of papers together.  These are all coated with Distress Vintage Collage Medium.  It did a great job of unifying all the different colors and patterns.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Peek Inside

Since I got rid of the ring binder mechanism, I had to do a little repair work on the inside cover.  There were some holes and a few little tears.  Nothing that a layer of heavy kraft paper would not cover up.  In place of the ring binder, I created simple double waterfall.  This is probably the easiest way in the world to create a mini album, as there is no binding system required.  You can see how to do this HERE.

The pages are secured with a ribbon closure.  Each page measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″; a nice size for photos.  And, there are 8 pages in each waterfall, giving you room for 32 photos in all.

Of course, I had to add flaps and fun belly bands and all sorts of interactive fun to the pages.  You’ll see all of that in the video tour.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: Pockets and Inserts

Behind the waterfall cascade, I added a pair of double pockets.

The shallow side holds little 3″ x 3″ journaling folios.  Aren’t they sweet?

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Video Tour

I’ll share lots of tips and tricks in this project share video.  I’m sure you will find ideas that you can use to help you Scrap your Stash and make a lovely mini album.

 

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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NOTE: Since lots of these items have been in my stash a LONG time, I may not be able to provide links.  I’ll do so wherever I can, but thanks for understanding when I cannot.

Paper:

 

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial for the Authentique 4th of July Group Post

Hello, Friends!  If you live in the US, let me wish you a very Happy 4th of July!  To help everyone celebrate this patriotic holiday, the Authentique Paper Design team is hosting a group post loaded with red, white and blue project inspiration.  My contribution is this quick and easy to make Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial.  It’s the same style and size as the Authentique Confection Waterfall Mini I shared with you all in June.  So if you’ve been wanting to whip one of these cute albums up, today is your lucky day!

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The album measures 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  I’ve wrapped it with Authentique Spectrum Old Glory cardstock and decorated it with the Liberty 12×12 collection.  Since I share all the details in the video below, I’ll just share photos for you to enjoy here.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: The Spine

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

To create this festive spine, follow these steps:

  • Punch a hole in the center of the spine, about 1/2″ from the top edge.
  • Fold an 18″ length of 3/8″ wide ribbon in half.  Pull the fold through the hole, then pull the ribbon tails through that loop.  Adjust, then tie a bow.
  • Attach a vintage safety pin under the center of the bow.
  • String charms on jump rings, then slide onto the safety pin.  Close.
  • Place a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub onto the face of the white plaque before attaching to the pin.
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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Double waterfalls are secured with 3/8″ ribbon.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Each waterfall measures 43/4″ square.  Cut Spectrum Tricycle Red and Old Glory Cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Score a 1/2″ flap on each panel. The liner sheets are 4 1/2″ square.  This way, you can add a 4″ x 4″ photo and still have a pretty paper border.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Create flaps with the 3″ x 4″ images from the collection.

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Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

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The bottom layer of each waterfall is a double pocket with little ATC tag inserts.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Cover Graphic 45 ATC Laser Cut Banner Tags with designer paper quickly by die cutting the liners with the G45 ATC Die.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial and Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of what’s inside the album and learn how to create it, please enjoy this YouTube video.

 

Our Family 4th of July

Independence Day is one of our family’s favorite holidays.  We all gather together for a cookout, a swim, potato salad, watermelon, games and lots of laughs.  When dusk falls, we go to a nearby park to enjoy a fireworks display.  We’ve followed this tradition for decades, and we all agree, it’s one we want to continue to observe.

We are so very thankful for those who served, suffered and sacrificed so that we can celebrate and live in freedom.  God Bless You, and God Bless the USA!

Wishing you all my fellow Americans a safe, happy and healthy 4th of July!  For all the rest of you who live outside the US…thanks for your friendship!  I appreciate you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial Supply List

 

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

 

Authentique Confection Sweet Treats Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Have you seen the darling new Authentique Confection Collection?  Oh  my goodness!  Is it ever cute!  Today I’m sharing a TRIO of Authentique Confection Creations with you as well as a shaker box tutorial.  Lots of photos and info ahead, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get started!

Authentique Confection Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover

How sweet is this little 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ double waterfall mini album?  I’ve used an Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Die (Brillante Rondelle) for the shaker box, then surround it with hot pink buttons that look like candies, Little Birdie Vivid Palette Posies, novelty buttons and pink gingham ribbon.  This would be such a cute way to document a birthday party, wouldn’t it?

The spine is wrapped with satin ribbon.  I’ve hot glued a couple more buttons to the tails, just for fun.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover:  A Peek Inside

Inside, you will find mirror image waterfalls, each measuring 4 1/2″ square.  Confetti style grosgrain ribbon serves as a closure.

TIP: Use scraps of Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock  to create little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4 folios. Top these with images from the collection.

Line the inside with 3″ x 4″ panels of designer paper.

The waterfall will hold sixteen 4″ x 4″ photos.

TIP: Score a 1/2″ flap on the side of a cut apart image.  Adhere behind the designer paper liner to add a fun interactive element to your album.

Double Waterfall Mini Album with Shaker Box Cover: How to Make the Waterfalls

There is no binding system for this album, which makes it very quick and easy to assemble.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (10) 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ panels of Authentique Spectrum Tickled Pink Cardstock.
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the left hand side of each panel.
  • Fold and burnish along the scored line.
  • Now, center and adhere the first flap on the far left hand side of the album base.
  • Then, flip the page open.  Line the folded edge of the next panel up with the bottom edge of the first.  Repeat this until you have added 5 panels to each side.  Keep  everything straight and centered!

The 5th flap (the one on the bottom) will be a little too long.  No worries!  Simple fold the edge back 1 1/2″ .  Now you have a fun double pocket feature on each side of the album!  Line the base page with designer paper.  Then adhere just the sides of that 1 1/2″ flap to the album base to form a pocket on the top.  Then adhere just the top and bottom edge of the waterfall panel to the album base to form a little tag pocket.

Tuck 3″ x 4″ photo mounts and decorated tags into this double pocket feature.

Authentique Confection Project #2:  Gift Card Wallet

The next project is an adorable gift card wallet.  This measures 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine.  You can make this with one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock:

  • First, place the long side of one sheet of Hot Fudge Cardstock against the rail of your scoring tool.
  • Make the first score line at 4 1/2″.
  • Score again at 5″.  This forms the 1/2″ spine.
  • Now score a final time at 9 1/2″.
  • The 1 1/2″ flap becomes the pocket.

Mat the donut image on a scrap of Tickled Pink Cardstock.  Adhere just 3 sides to form a little tag pocket.

Create a couple of cute folios to tuck into the larger pocket.

Use scraps of designer paper to create an inner pocket to hold gift cards, or small sweet treats.

Authentique Confection Project #3: Loaded Envelope with Shaker Frame

Loaded envelopes are so much fun to create!  Adding a shaker frame really makes it feel like a party is about to happen.  For this project, I combined both Authentique Party and Authentique Confection with the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die.  Since I share this in the tutorial video below, I won’t go into a lot of detail here.  But i will share the photos.

I had loads of fun creating little goodies to tuck inside this envelope!

This G45 Large Ivory Tag is covered on both sides.  The magnetic folio on the reverse side is a great place to write a little note.

These mixed media tags are made with G45 Square Ivory Laser Cut Tags (retired) and Distress Oxide Inks in  Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio.  Each tag is covered on the back side as well.

Here’s the Eileen Hull Mailable Frame Die again…this time serving as an envelope with a window opening.

And it wouldn’t be a Kathy by Design creation without a little tea, honey stick and vintage silver plate spoon, would it?  I’ve also covered individually wrapped Biscoff Cookies with designer paper.

Authentique Confection Sweet Treat Project Share and Video Tutorial

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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