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Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial

Hello, G 45’ers!  I’m back again today with a project that is both pretty and practical.  Follow this Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad  Tutorial and you will see that it is quite easy to make, uses very few supplies and makes a wonderful gift for mom, teacher or friend.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1We all love Graphic 45 Metal Staples, don’t we?  Even the packaging is gorgeous!  Those sturdy chipboard tags with the graceful shaped edges and vintage style grommets are too pretty to toss in the recycle bin!  Why not upcycle them into a stylish and practical notepad instead?  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 2

That’s exactly what I did and I love the fact that not only is this Nature Sketchbook Beautiful Botanical notepad attractive, it is also sturdy.  I can find my notepad on my desk because of the bright colors that Nature Sketchbook lends.  As an added bonus, the design means that the notepad can be refilled with a new sticky note pad once the current one is used up.  

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3

I just love the Nature Sketchbook die cut flowers!  You can shape the layers, ink the edges and stack them together to create a custom embellishment for your project.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 4

Cut the images from the 8×8 “Diary of a Botanist” paper to decorate the cover.  I just matted them on black cardstock and clustered them together to make a real visual impact.  And since we are upcycling, why not use waste chipboard or corrugate to elevate the layers.  I cut up all my Priority Mail boxes and use them instead of foam dimensionals.  It saves me money and is good for the planet, too!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 5The inside of this notepad is as pretty as the outside.

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 6

I created a “hinge” from paper so that this ATC Policy Envelope folds down to reveal a hidden journal tag that’s perfect for writing down phone numbers!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 7

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial Nature Sketchbook by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 8My sticky notes sit inside a little caddy and when they are used up, I’ll just pop in another one!

Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Butterfly Notepad Tutorial on Snapguide

Check out How to Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook Upcycled Tag Notepad by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I know you’ll never toss another of these fabulous packaging tags in the trash again! You’ll find a complete supply list and product links below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links:

Items from your stash:

  • Black Satin Ribbon, Burlap String
  • Black Chalk Paint
  • Buttons from your stash
  • Scor-Tape
  • Scoring tool, heat gun, ruler
  • Black card stock

 

World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial with Graphic 45

World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial with Graphic 45 Policy Envelopes

Hello, G45’ers!  Happy Monday!  Summer is finally winding down. Are you ready for fall?  I sure am!  It has been a long, hot summer here in North Carolina!  I’m yearning for crisp, cool mornings and vibrant fall colors.  Since fall is not quite here yet, I created my own taste of autumn in the studio by putting together this World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial.  Let’s dig in!

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 1Oh, how I love this collection!  It’s like a paper dose of happy,  You will be glad to know that these sweet treat bags come together in a snap, thanks to the G45 Policy Envelope bases.  Add a little fussy cutting and you’ve got a beautiful little gift ready for the giving.  These are great for teacher appreciation.  And can you imagine how happy you’d be to find this pretty package tucked into your lunch box?  With kids heading back to college, these would also be great to sneak into a suitcase with a loving note of encouragement. I think you’ll find LOTS of ways to use this clever design!

World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial for the Gents

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2I love the way the World’s Fair color palette POPS against the black background of the policy envelope!  Use a 12mm ball stylus and foam pad to round out the centers of the balloons.  Add a double layer of foam dimensionals (or waste chipboard) to the balloon centers.  Then, run a fine bead of “dries clear” adhesive just around the edges of the rounded balloon shapes.  Gently hold in place for a second or two, then glue the gondola in place.

The inspirational quotes found in the World’s Fair collection are perfect  for a project like this.  The border strips anchor and unify the design.Anchor and unify the design by adding border strips to the base of the envelopes.  Fish tail banners can be made with paper scraps. Fold the strips in half lengthwise then cut the ends at a 45 degree angle.  Layer several of these together in a corner for a fun, easy embellishment.

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3Too hot, or no time to bake?  A packaged treat from the health food section of my local Kroger was the solution to this dilemma.  But a homemade cookie or brownie would  work just as well and provide a welcome taste of home.  Write some heartfelt words of encouragement on the back of the ferris wheel ephemera card and tuck inside with the treat.  Nothing cheers the heart more than a handwritten note,

World’s Fair Sweet Treats Bag Tutorial for the Ladies

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4 jpg Fussy cut this floral spray from the 12×12 title page of the World’s Fair collection.  I left the white highlight edge on because in this case, I felt it helped define the flowers.   Add a ribbon tied with poppy red taffeta ribbon and a jet black Petaloo mixed textured blossom to pull all the elements together.  Besides, what girl doesn’t like to get a ribbony flower on her treat bag?

World's Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial, World's Fair, Policy Envelopes, by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5This is simple, fun project that can be put together in an hour or less.  Change the design a little, and you have a birthday treat bag, a Halloween treat bag, a get well treat bag, a wedding treat bag or a welcome baby treat bag.  How great is that?

Snapguide Tutorial for World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bags

 

 

Check out How to Teacher Appreciation Treats W/G45 Policy Envelopes by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

I hope you’ll give this World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial a try.  I’ve already given one bag away, and it was received with great joy and gladness.  (The word on the street is that the packaged brownie was yummy!  Yay!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List for World’s Fair Sweet Treat Bag Tutorial

  • Graphic 45 World’s Fair 12×12 papers
    • World’s Fair
    • Wonder Works
    • Balloon Bouquet
  • World’s Fair 8×8 papers
    • World’s Fair
    • Wonder Works
    • Balloon Bouquet
    • Scraps from 6×6 World’s Fair Prints and patterns
  • World’s Fair Ephemera Cards
  • World’s Fair Chipboard
  • G45 Staples Square Black Policy Envelopes

Other Products:

  • Red Taffeta Ribbon
  • Petaloo Black Textured Elements
  • Foam Dimensionals
  • Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive with fine point tip

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Voyage Beneath the Sea: Steampunk Seahorse

Steampunk Seahorse for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun project to share with you.  I’ve been asked to Guest Design again at Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  Woo hoo! As you all know,   I am a huge Steampunk Fan, how about you?  I also super love the gorgeous Super X tags from Gypsy Soul.  They are thick and chunky and perfect for mixed media projects, which I also love.  So what do you get when you combine these fabby tags with GSLC Steampunk Seahorses and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea?  Oh…such steampunky, beachy goodness that you can hardly believe your eyes!  Take a peek:

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 1

 

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 2

 

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 3

 

Steampunk Seahorse Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea Photo 4

I’ve prepared a Snapguide Tutorial for you with a complete supply list and detailed information about how I altered these gorgeous chippies.

Check out How to Make Steampunk Seahorse Chipboard Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here are the links to the GSLC products I used in this project:

Super X Tag Set
Gears Texture Sheet 
Steampunk Seahorse (Coming Soon)
Stencil Seaweed (Coming Soon)
Under the Sea Border (Coming Soon)
Coral (Coming Soon)

Are you inspired?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,
kathy

Mini Notebook Snapguide Tutorial

Be Someone’s Sunshine Mini Notebook Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Hope you are having a fabby day today!  A few weeks ago I shared a little bee themed notebook/card gift ensemble and so many of you asked me to create a tutorial that I worked up another sample and a Mini Notebook Snapguide tutorial to share with you here today.  This time, I’ve used the cheery pink and purple ribbons in the Really Reasonable Ribbon July Ribbon Club assortment.  This notebook is as perky as a pot of blooming pink and purple petunias!

Be Someone's Sunshine Notebook by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness and Petaloo Photo 1I’ve used Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness papers along with Geranium Pink Taffeta and Geranium Pink Printed Lattice Satin from the Ribbon Club Collection.  Add  a pretty pink Petaloo posy, and we’re in business!

Be Someone's Sunshine Notebook by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Product by Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness and Petaloo Photo 2And here’s the inside of the 4″ x 6″ memo pad.

Now, without further ado, Here’s the Mini Notebook Snapguide tutorial you all requested.  Enjoy!

Check out How to Make a Decorative Notebook With Chipboard by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

That’s all for me today, folks!  Why not be somebody’s sunshine today, and make them a cutie pie mini notebook?  You’ll be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

By the Sea Beach Rules House Shrine

By the Sea Beach Rules House Shrine for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but my soul has been longing for the sea.  Summer is such a busy time around here with visits from dear friends, family birthdays and lots of deadlines for work.  There’s no time to escape to the coast, unless I do it on paper!  Luckily for me, I had a wonderful little Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts House Shrine Box to work with, and I immediately thought “beach cottage!”  I pulled out my Graphic 45 By the Sea papers and went to work building this darling little Beach Rules House Shrine to share with you today.

Beach Rules House Shrine Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product Graphic 45 By the Sea Photo 1aPutting this one together was almost as good as a day at the shore, minus the sand in my shoes and wind in my hair.

Beach Rules House Shrine Box Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Product Graphic 45 By the Sea Photo 15The finished box measures 4″ x 8″ x 1.5″.  The depth gives you lots of room to add lovely layers and 3-D embellies.  I put together a Snapguide tutorial for you so that you can follow along and see how this all came together.

 

Check out How to G45 by the Sea Gypsy Laser Cuts House Shrine Box by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Beach Rules House Shrine Supply List:

  • Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts House Shrine Box
  • GSL Beach Shape Set
  • GSL Word Ribbons 2
  • Graphic 45 By the Sea 8×8 paper collection
  • Graphic 45 By the Sea 12×12 paper
  • Graphic 45 Chipboard Elements
  • Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Salty Ocean, Gathered Twigs
  • Stampendous Embossing Enamel: Golden Sands, Aged Copper
  • Distress Embossing Powder: Frayed Burlap
  • Natural Burlap string, rayon seam binding
  • Found objects from the beach
  • Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive
  • Glue Gun
  • Foam spacers or chipboard

I’d like to thank Gina Hubbard of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts for inviting me to be her guest designer this month.  I’ve had such a lovely time creating with these gorgeous, high quality chippies!  I hope you’ve had fun with me!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Creativity Takes Courage Layout

 Please scroll down to find my post for the RRR Blog Hop, or click HERE.
My First Official Graphic 45 2016 Design Team Project: Creativity Takes Courage

Hello, Friends!  Oh, what an exciting day it is today!  I get to share my very first official project as a member of the 2016 Graphic 45 design team!   Somebody pinch me! I can hardly believe that little ole me is being featured on the G45 blog right this very moment.  Wooo-hooo! My first assignment was to create a project that describes me as a designer and to include a photo of myself.  Since Typography is my all time number one most favorite G45 collection of all times, I created this Creativity Takes Courage layout to share with you here today.

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1Ladies and Gents, this is me on a page.  Lots of layers? Check! Gorgeous color?  Check! Details, details, details?  Check, check, check!  Beautiful flowers?  Check! Fabulous ribbon?  You bet! A little bit of grunge/steampunk vibe? Oh, yeah!  A hidden pocket/interactive element?  Yup.  I think this creativity takes courage layout covers all those bases and then some. What do you think?

I created a Snapguide tutorial so you could follow the process of how I put this one together.

 

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Typography Mixed Media Layout by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

And here are some detail shots:

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 2Love the way the colors in the ribbon, Petaloo flowers and peacock feathers play with the colors in this paper collection.  Color me happy!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 7Tell your story:  I cut out the inner portion of this Typography frame and inserted my photo here.  I changed out the stamps to reflect the fact that the year is 2016 (top right corner), it was my 3rd audition for the team (Left hand side) and I made the G45 team (below the photo). See that pic?  That’s why I’m grinning like a happy sap!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 6A little bit of grunge made its way into the layout with these old paintbrushes bundled together as an embellishment, and in the ink spatters on the page.  I also included a little banner flag with the title of the layout.  I had to dig my  Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and put them on to go for a spot on the team for the 3rd time, and I am so glad I did!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 5Here’s the interactive detail.  That Staples tag pulls out from behind the page.

Creativity Takes Courage G45 09 Creativity Takes Courage G45 11I agree wholeheartedly with these sentiments, and “Imagine” is one of my favorite words in the English language!

Creativity Takes Courage Layout, Typography, Tutorial by Kathy Clement, Product by Graphic 45, Photo 4Finally, I had to throw in a little altered art/embossing to make this piece really reflect my style.  The Staples key was painted blue, and the GSL chipboard was painted, heat embossed and tapped with paint.

This is the best dream I’ve ever had, so please don’t wake me up!  Graphic 45 is welcoming me to the team on their company blog today, and they are also sharing 3 of my all time favorite creations in addition to this layout, so if you are interested, you can pop on over there and take a peek.

Thanks again for being on this journey with me!  You are the best traveling companions in the world!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial for RRR and Canvas Corp Brands

Hello, Friends!  I have such a fun mixed media butterfly card tutorial to share with you today!  It’s made with the gorgeous new June Ribbon Club Assortment from Really Reasonable Ribbon, fabby mixed media papers from Canvas Corp brands, and some bright and beautiful Petaloo Flowers, too.  It’s like a summertime  garden party on a card!

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 01I am sooooo in love with these gorgeous ribbons!  Here’s a little peek at the entire assortment:

Citrus Assortment June Ribbon Club Assortment RRR

 

I know….gorgeous, right?  Anyway…back to the card!  I have a SnapGuide below that will show you step by step how I built this Mixed Media Butterfly card, but first I thought you’d like to see some photos.

Mixed Media Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 02The ribbons really were the inspiration for this card.  The Sheer Citrus Dots  ribbon made me think of summer butterflies, which led to the paper selection.  The inky goodness of the Citrus Paint Splatter Ribbon led to the decision to go in a Mixed Media Direction. Oh, what fun!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 03I added some fun techniques, loads of distressing, texture paint and lots of ink splatters/  The mixed media Wings paper from Canvas Corp Brands was able to hold up to all the many different treatments I added to it.  I love this stuff!  Adding Petaloo Gerber Daisies and Pistachio Burlap Blossoms really made this card come to life!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 04I wanted you to see how I was able to use my craft knife to lift those butterfly wings from the mixed media papers.  This is one solid image.  I did not add the butterfly.  Instead, I placed the paper on a piece of glass (from an old picture frame) and traced around the wings with my craft knife, leaving the body connected to the paper.  Then I just wet the wings, shaped them with my fingers and heat set them with my heat gun.  They held their shape!  How amazing is that?  I backed the image with some tissue paper, and you can just see that peeking through here.

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 05I traced around this vintage brass optical lens and filled it with mixed media paper, a fussy cut image from Gypsy Moments Ordre du Jour papers and some teal mica chips.  Then I topped it with a snippet of gorgeous Maize Honeycomb Satin Ribbon.  Honestly these ribbons and this paper were made for one another!

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 06Here’s a peeky inside the card.  Isn’t it fun?

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 08These papers are from the Ordre du Jour 8×8 pad.  The little envelope contains a tag that I’ve topped with more of that sunshiney honeycomb ribbon..  The envelope is  just big enough for a gift card or a small treat.

Butterfly Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Papers and RRR June 2016 Ribbon Club Collection 07This is from the  & Gypsies 8×8 Ordre du Jour papers.  This collage is all done for you…which makes my life sooo easy!  I just fussy cut a small butterfly from the Mixed Media paper and popped it into the mix.

I prepared a little SnapGuide Tutorial for your viewing pleasure, so you can see how I built up the mixed media papers.  Honestly, this stuff is so much fun to work with!  I just ordered more so I can spend another happy afternoon in inky bliss!
Check out How to Create a Butterfly Garden Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

If you love mixed media, I highly recommend you invite these Mixed Media Origins paper over for a play date.  I just ordered a few more to play with myself!  hehehehe  And, if you still haven’t signed up for the Ribbon Club at RRR, this is a great time to jump in, cuz these ribbons are scrumptious!  Just wait til you see what else I have in store for you with these bright citrusy ribbons!  Fun times ahead!

If you have any questions about the techniques or processes used in this Mixed Media Butterfly Card tutorial, please don’t be afraid to ask!  I’d love to help in any way I can.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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