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Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card

Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  With Christmas right around the corner, you’re going to love the new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’ve made this Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for the “In the Kitchen” challenge, which is hosted by Suzz.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s find out what Suzz has to say:

Challenge Theme: In The Kitchen
This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table.  Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project.  You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen.  You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.
Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Inspiration

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 01

Baking cookies is a Christmas tradition I’ve loved for decades!  My mom used to bake enormous batches of her Traditional Scotch Shortbread every holiday season.  I can still see her sitting in a chair, my grandmother’s old soup pot clenched firmly between her knees as she worked the butter and sugar together with an old wooden spoon.  These simple and delicious cookies are part of our Christmas tradition every year, but I use my KitchenAid Mixer to cream the butter and sugar.   The whole house smells like Christmas when these buttery cookies are baking!  And it makes me feel connected to my mom, which is a wonderful thing indeed!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Design

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 02

I decided to go big for this challenge, so this easel card base measures a whopping 7″ square.  The large size and easel card design are great for display in the kitchen during the holidays.  It also gave me loads of “real estate” to play around with.  The front cover is actually a pocket that’s been stuffed with loads of kitchen themed goodies.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: How to make a miniature cookbook

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 03

Stamperia Vintage Christmas is a wonderful collage page filled with delightful cut apart images.  This recipe book page was fun to turn into a miniature book.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut out the 3 1/2″ ” x 2 1/2″ recipe book page, then ink and distress the edges.
  • Next, spritz it very lightly with water and crumple it up into a ball.
  • Cut 3 more 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ book pages from scraps or copy paper.  Give them the same treatment.
  • Now, carefully open the crumpled book pages and smudge them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  You can always find the tried and true recipes in any cookbook by looking for the smudged and soiled pages!
  • Fold each page in half down the center just like a real book.  Then use a bone folder or the side of a ruler to curl the pages to give them a used, dogeared appearance.
  • Run a thin bead of glue along the fold of each page and stack the pages together.
  • Next, adhere just the “spine” of the book “cover” to the card base.
  • Then,  when the glue has set, sort of push the outer edges of the pages toward the spine while adhering the corners of the book “cover” to the card base.  I added a small dab of adhesive here and there to keep the pages from flying open.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 04

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Wooden Spoon

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 05

Dressing this wooden spoon up for the holidays was a blast!  It was a yard sale find that cost me a whole quarter!  For some reason, the spoon has a normal sized bowl, but is only 6″ long.  I can’t imagine what it would have been used for, but now it decorates my card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First cover the spoon with a layer of Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.  I still have the dabber top stains, but you could use the spray stain as well.
  • Now, dry the stain with a heat tool.
  • Next, open the top of a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and pour a dime sized puddle in the bowl of the spoon.  Then use a paint brush (or your fingers, which is what I did) to spread the embossing ink all over the front and sides of the spoon.
  • Then place the spoon in a funnel tray or on a clean sheet of paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess, and put it back in the container.  Then heat emboss.  This transformation is so much fun to watch!
  • When the spoon is fully embossed and cooled, randomly paint the edges, handle and bowl with more embossing ink.  Don’t go for full coverage!  Just light coverage and random strokes.
  • Then cover the spoon with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture, tip off the excess and heat emboss.  The end result is so lovely!

I decorated my spoon with ribbon, die cut Tim Holtz Holiday Greens, Little Birdie Crafts Elsie Florals, Rusty Jingle Bells, Gold Twine and Sherry Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  When I had everything arranged to my taste, I tapped greenery and bells with Distress Grit Paste to resemble snow.  So fun!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: Pocket Inserts

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 06

I used images from the Vintage Christmas Scrapbooking cards to create a couple of 4″ x 6″ recipe folios to tuck in the front pocket.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 07

The recipes for Mom’s Shortbread and our favorite Gingersnaps are written inside.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 08

In this photo, you can see that the “stopper” for the easel is also a pocket.  Isn’t that fun?

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 09I created a little tea bag wallet to tuck inside, along with a pretty ephemera card.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 10

There’s room on the back of the ephemera card to add another recipe.  And you just have to have a cup of tea with a Christmas cookie!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 11

Here’s a peek at what the card looks like when it is not standing up for display.  That’s something I love about an easel card.  You can fold them down for storage or mailing, then stand them upright for display.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this sweet “In the Kitchen” challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic kitchen themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday December 18th.

The winner  of this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest Designer 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. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I shared some tips, techniques 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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Santa Claus is Watching Shaker Card

Santa Claus is Watching Shaker Card with Kaisercraft Frosted

Hello, Friends!  You know that saying, “Make new friends, but keep the old?”  Well, I’ve been making friends with some of the older collections in my stash.  This Santa Claus is Watching Shaker Card is made with Kaisercraft’s Frosted Collection.  (See more Frosted HERE.) I was thrilled to find that I still had quite a lot of these lovely blue and white papers, so I went to work creating some sweet Christmas goodies that I’ll be sharing with you all this month.  Since I love shaker cards and vintage Santa images, this shaker card might be my favorite.

Santa Claus is Watching Shaker card Kaisercraft Frosted by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This card may look complicated, but it’s actually a super simple design.  The secret to its success is the shaker element and the gorgeous florals from Little Birdie Crafts.

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  • Begin by creating a 5″ x 7″ side fold card from ivory cardstock.
  • Then cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of Silver Sparkle Cardstock from My Favorite Things.
  • Next cut a 4 5/8″  x 6 5/8″ panel of the Vintage Santa pattern from Frosted.  Stitch this to the Silver Sparkle Cardstock.

That’s it…one layer of designer paper stitched to a layer of glitter cardstock.  I love this Silver Sparkle paper because the glitter is sealed into the paper, so nothing flakes off.  It’s wonderful stuff.

Santa Claus is Watching Shaker Card: The Shaker Element

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Use a blending tool to cover a  3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink.  You will have to really grind that ink into the crevices.  Then spray the frame with Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Spray.

TIP:  Place the frame in an old box before spraying for easy clean-up.

Heat dry the frame.  Then use a palette knife to add Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste along the edges to resemble snow.  While the texture paste is still wet, sprinkle it with Distress Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.  Then set the window aside to dry for a while.

Next, cut (2) 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels of clear acrylic cardstock.   When the frame is completely dry, adhere one piece on the back of the frame.  Then add 2 layers of foam tape along the edges of the frame, making sure the tape does not show through the window, or on the sides. Fill this space with sequins, beads or whatever you like.  then seal it with the second piece of clear acrylic cardstock.

You will then glue this whole assembly over Santa’s face.  Let it set up completely before you continue.

TIP:  to hide the white sides of the foam tape beneath the frame, I wrapped the perimeter with 1/4″ black gingham ribbon.  Tie a bitty bow on top.

Santa Claus is Watching Shaker Card: The Flowers and Ribbon

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I arranged an assortment of Little Birdie Flowers along the side of the frame.  These are painted with Ranger Grit-Paste and sprinkled with Rajni Chawla’s Frosted Glitter.  The flowers I used are: Sangria English Roses, Paulina Candy Mix, and Audria Passion 9 Pc.  The ribbon is tied with RRR Black Plaid.

I picked up this chipboard sentiment at a crafty stash sale.  It was already painted red, but to give it a bit more holiday sparkle, I brushed on some Xmas Red Stickles.

Santa Claus is Watching Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

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Here’s a look at the inside.  A cute little pocket made from a postcard and a little chocolate treat!  Santa must have this person on his nice list!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box

Hello, Friends!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog. I’ve created this Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box to go along with the  Christmas Gifts theme that our hostess, Maggi, has chosen for the challenge.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s see what she has to say about the challenge guidelines.

Challenge Theme: Tis the Season for Gift Giving!
It’s that time of the year where we’re all thinking about the perfect gift for our friends and families!  For this challenge, create a vintage or shabby chic gift for a special someone in your life.  Your gift could be a simple as a handmade card or tag, or an elaborate piece of home decor.  Maybe you like to place your gifts in handmade boxes?  Your imagination is the only limit on this challenge!
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Inspiration

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Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Box

I happen to have a love for pretty boxes.  So much so that my family saves interesting boxes for me to alter.  I have a box full of them in the Closet of Shame.  Since so many of us give gift cards for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to create a really beautiful box that could house a gift card.  That was my original intent.  But when I began digging through the COS, I found a Tim Holtz 6″ x 9″ x 1″ Configurations Box that I’d forgotten all about.  All the little boxes inside were missing (what on earth did I do with those???)  but the box itself was perfect for my new and improved plan.

Paint the box with Candied Apple Distress Paint.  Then add a layer of Distress Crazing Medium.  When that has dried, rub on some Black Soot Distress Stain, wiping off with a paper towel after about 10 seconds.  Then tap/brush an Embossing Dabber along the edges and sides of the box.  Sprinkle on Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture to add that holiday touch of gold.

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I adhered a vintage silver plate spoon to the side of the box in lieu of a handle.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

And I added more stenciling/inking to the spine.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Paper

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

Stamperia Winter Botanic is the most gorgeous paper!  After distressing/inking the edges, I matted it on some kraft cardstock which I also distressed and inked.  Then I stitched around the edges of the paper on my machine.  To add some texture and layering to the paper, I added some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste through a Stamperia Stencil.  When the paste was dry, I lightly sponged on some Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink, spritzed lightly with water and heat dried.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: Framed

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

Can you spot something you rarely see in one of my projects?  The answer is that I used just ONE layer of designer paper.  To draw the eye to the image of that beautiful winter bird, I decided to top it with a Tim Holtz Vignette Topper Frame.  Here’s how I altered it:

  • First, place the frame in a shallow box.  I like to use the 12″ x 12″ shipping boxes that paper gets shipped in.  Placing the frame in a box is not a requirement, but it sure does make cleanup easy!
  • Next, spray the frame thoroughly with Ground Espresso Distress Stain Spray.
  • Then, while the stain is still wet, spray randomly with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Mica Spray.
  • After the frame is dry (I used my heat gun) scrape some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the frame.
  • Then apply Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive on a piece of sponge.  Squeeze the sponge gently to evenly distribute the adhesive.  Then tap the sponge randomly all over the surface of the frame.
  • Next, place the frame over a funnel tray or a large piece of paper and sprinkle liberally with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  This gives the frame a frosty appearance and adds subtle sparkle to the “snow”.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Finishing Touches

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 06

Wrap the left hand side of the paper panel with burlap string.  Tie a knot and add some rusty jingle bells in the upper left corner.  Arrange Little Birdie Flowers (Buttermilk Rosalind Roses and Danica Cherry) along the left hand side of the box.  Tear out the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from the paper collection, distress, back with dimensionals and add above the frame.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 07

  • Alter a Graphic 45 Ornate Door Plate and Knob by painting with black gesso.  While the paint is damp, spritz it liberally with the Tim Holtz Mica Spray again.  Then heat dry.
  • Add mustard seeds and green peppercorns in the corners of the frame.
Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: A Peek Inside

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 08

The interior of the box holds a little Christmas card and photo folio.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

 

This 5″ x 7″ card has a base layer of Stamperia Rice Paper.  Apply this with Distress Vintage Collage Medium for a beautiful vintage finish.   Stitch on some scraps of designer paper and the beautiful deer image. Then add more stenciling and inking for texture.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Dry brush Picket Fence Distress Paint on a wood slice (my son cut these for me in his shop but you can use the Tim Holtz brand). Add some Opaque Crackle Texture Paste randomly around the edges, sprinkle with Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and set aside to dry.  Color a Tim Holtz Deer with Alcohol Inks.  I wanted to add a white bottle brush tree to the wood slice, but it prevented the box from closing.  So I colored this pretty silvertone Christmas tree charm with Pesto Alcohol Ink instead.  All these elements were joined by some Spanish Moss and some rusty jingle bells.

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Here’s a peek at the inside.  That’s a handmade crocheted/starched snowflake ornament in the pocket.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box: The Folio

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I added more rice paper images to the cover of this 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ magnetic folio.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 14

There are 6 panels in all, each decorated with papers from the Winter Botanic and Alchemy Collections.  I even managed to fit in another pocket.

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Stamperia Winter Botanic Christmas Box by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 16

And here’s a look at the box with all the goodies removed.  This paper is drool worthy!  As always, this Stamperia Winter Botanic Box Set is available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

Now It’s YOUR Turn!

You are cordially invited to join this festive challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic Christmas Gift themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 4th.

The Frilly and Funkie Design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to a special Guest Designer spot on the blog.  We will also give Top 3 Badges to 3 additional favorite projects.  And everyone who enters and follows the challenge rules will be entered into a drawing for a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

You can find all the challenge guidelines HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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 so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Project Share and Mini Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m here to introduce you to the Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Collection.  What a treat it was to work with these gorgeous patterns, images and sentiments!  I got so carried away with my creative time that I ended up making a card folio and two styles of mixed media tags…and a little secret surprise that I’ll share later on this month.  These projects are being featured as  the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Saturday Showcase today.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess: Shine Card Folio

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Shine Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

I began my crafty adventure by designing and creating this 7″ x 5″ waterfall card folio.  Festooned with blossoming roses, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, textiles, distressed/painted edges and metal charms, it is loaded with shabby chic charm.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Shine Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 02

The interior is a simple folio with a waterfall feature on the left and a pocket/insert on the right.  The waterfall is held shut with a little magnetic belly band closure.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Shine Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 03

Beneath the waterfall, I’ve created a little flap/pocket page with a lovely photo insert.  You all know how much I like to maximize the use of space in anything I create.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Shine Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The pocket/folio page also uses a magnetic closure.  I reached way back into my high school days, and created a decorative tassel for the chipboard element on the flap.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Shine Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

The folio features a journaling page with an insert.  I’ve used the back side of a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card here.  You’ll be able to see all the details in the video tour below.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess: Mixed Media Tags

I had quite a tidy pile of scraps on my work table after making the folio, so I decided to make a couple of mixed media art tags.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Mixed Media Tag #1 by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

The first tag measures 4″ x 9″ and uses a G45 Large Kraft Tag as its base.  First I embossed the tag with Tim’s 3-D Botanical Texture Fade.  Then I took it to the mixed media day spa for a beauty treatment with gesso, crazing medium, Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Stain and Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture.   We’ll take a closer look in the video, and I’ll also share process photos for creating the mixed media background.

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess Mixed Media Tag #2 by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

For the 2nd tag, I scored the shaped edge to form a pocket.  To decorate the top edge, I die cut one of Tim’s Pediments (Sizzix Bigz Die) and covered it with paper scraps.  I love the way this tag turned out!

Glorious Graphic 45 Garden Goddess YouTube Video

In this short, 10 minute video, we’ll take a walk through of the card folio where I’ll share some tips and creative ideas.  Then I’ll show you the details of the mixed media tags and talk about creating them.  The video will conclude with still shots and text showing you how I went about creating the mixed media background.  I hope you enjoy!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post, too.

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques 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 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie Harvest of Gratitude

Hello, Friends!  I once read that thankful people are the happiest people and I believe that to be true.  So every year as the US Thanksgiving holiday draws near, I like to create a new gratitude journal.  This year I have a Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial to share with you.  Perhaps my tradition will catch on with you.  I’m also the hostess for this 2 week challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, so before I share the gratitude journal with you, I’ll share the challenge guidelines:

Challenge Theme: A Harvest of Gratitude
There is always something to be thankful for.  In this gratitude themed challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.
French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

The older I get, the more thankful I am for the gift of memory.  Often while I am in the process of creating, my mind wanders back through time.  I remember people, places, and events that have enriched my life.

This 5 1/2″ x 4″ journal reminds me of an old, old book of Bible stories that my dad used to read to me when I was just a very little girl.  The book was on my grandmother’s shelves and had an embossed cover.  The photos were all black and white prints of wood engravings on thick papers with unevenly cut edges.  I would curl up in my father’s lap (I couldn’t have been more than about 4 years old) and he would read to me in his deep, smooth voice as I snugged in as close to him as humanly possible.

Those books are now in my possession. They are one of my great treasures for they remind me of the comfort, warmth, joy  and safety of those moments in my father’s lap so many years ago.  I wanted to capture that memory and the thankfulness I feel for it in this little volume.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: The Album Base

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The base of this gratitude journal is a 13″ x 4″ strip of heavy kraft cardstock.  I buy this in bulk at envelopes.com.  But you could substitute Dina Wakely’s Media Kraft Cardstock from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and achieve the same results.  The album base is my own design. Page tabs and cover are made from the same strip of kraft card.   You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

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Old books fill my heart with joy.  I wanted to capture the worn patina and elegance of a truly ancient tome.  I cut two pieces of the same heavy kraft card to measure 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ to layer over the front and back covers.  A third piece (4 1/2″ x 4″) was scored at 1 1/2″ and 3″ to serve as a cover for the spine.

Add texture by placing those pieces inside the amazing Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Botanical Texture Fade Folder.  I am so happy that I purchased this folder, and I can’t wait for more to be released.  Then perform a bit of paper alchemy with Seth Apter Baked Textures, Emerald Creek Embossing Powders, Distress Paints and Distress Mediums.  You’ll see all of this in the video as well.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial:  A Peek Inside

Before you add the pages to your gratitude journal, distress and ink the edges.  To make quick work of this, use Ground Espresso Distress Stain.

I’ll add measurements below the post for your convenience.

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The front cover is a pocket with a little insert folio.  Page one is a pull out/side pocket page.

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 05

These tip in pages have some fun surprises built in.

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Here’s a peek inside the right hand tip in page.

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TIP:  To add extra layers to your pages without adding extra bulk, line the edges with Tim Holtz Design Tape (washi tape.)  I also used this to cover the kraft spines, and I love the wonderful finished look and vintage feel this creates within the album.  It’s a small detail, but it makes a bit impact.

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Both page units follow the same design “recipe”: pull out page with pocket,  double tip in page, side pocket, flap/insert page.

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The insert pages look like a flap page, but actually pull out from between the kraft pages.

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Throughout the album, I’ve added sentiments from Tim Holtz quotes stickers.  These little folios, tags and inserts provide space for small photos and journaling spots.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial on YouTube

This is a rather long video, but it takes a while to build an album from start to finish.  I’ve edited to make it as concise as possible.  Even if you don’t want to build an entire album, you will find lots of techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I hope you enjoy!

Now it’s YOUR turn: Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

You are cordially invited to play along in this Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  To do so is easy: simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that follows the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog by 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, November 20th.

The design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to join us for a Guest Designer spot at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our top 3 favorites will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog.  And, everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, the sponsor of the challenge.

You can find all the challenge guidelines and link up your project HERE.

Thank you 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.

And, if you are interested in purchasing this gratitude journal, or any of my other creations, I invite you to visit my Kathy by Design ETSY shop.

Cheerio,

kathy

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: Product Links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique

 


French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial Other Products:

Little Birdie Fall Flowers: Micro Roses, English Roses, Beaded Micro Petals, Monocle from my stash (Canvas Corp?) Petaloo Botanica Pearl Sprays, Little Birdie Craft Twine, Mustard Seeds

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: Page Measurements and Score Lines:
  • Cover: 17″ x 4″: Score at 5″.  Then score every 1/2″ all the way down to 11 1/2″.
  • Inside Covers: 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Pocket for front cover: 5 7/8″ x 2 1/4″
  • Page Units: 2 sheets of kraft cardstock cut to 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • Accordion/Pocket Page: 12″ x 3 7/8″ scored at 4 1/2″, 9″
  • Tip in Pages: 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Score left hand page at 3″ .  Score right hand page at 4 1/2″
  • Insert Pages: 4 1/2″ x 3 7/8″
  • Inserts and folios: 4″ x 7 1/4″.  Score at 3 1/2″
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