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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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All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Petaloo Pets Week: All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album

Hello, Friends!  Are you enjoying Petaloo Pets week?  Yesterday I celebrated dogs with a sweet little shabby chic folio.  Today, it’s all about CATS!  This All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album is purr-fectly shabby chic, filled with fun interactive elements and loaded with simple techniques you can use in any crafty endeavor.  Let’s take a look,. shall we?

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 1While straightening up the Closet of Shame, I ran across this nifty mini album base.  Made with heavy book board, the album had plain kraft covers and a handy ring binder mechanism.  I dressed it up with papers from Authentique’s Devoted collection, a canvas spine and lots of shabby chic details.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 2The focal image is this pretty kitty in an altered Prima frame.  Paints and seed beads add whimsy and texture to the formerly white frame.  The frame is surrounded by gorgeous Petaloo flowers, custom dyed seam binding ribbon, novelty buttons and a second, smaller vintage framed image.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 3The frame was painted with a cream chalk paint followed by a light coat of Tattered Rose Distress Paint.  Finally, I tapped the raised edges with Vintage Photo Distress paint to make them pop.

Every shabby chic project needs flowers!  For this album, I’ve added Teal Mini Wild Roses, Blue Mini Wild Roses, Teal Forget me Nots, Antique Beige Wild Roses and Ivory Burlap Textured Blossoms from Petaloo, of course!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 4I didn’t like the plain kraft spine, so I dressed it up with a strip of canvas that I attached with Scor-Tape.  The nubby texture and ivory fabric add to the shabby chic vibe.  This little antique bronze lion charm added just the right touch of whimsy to the spine.

Thinking outside the button box

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 5If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know I have a “thing” for buttons.  This love for buttons started when I was a child and my mom let me string buttons from my grandmother’s button box while I was sick in bed.  In later years, I inherited that button box along with all the beautiful vintage buttons inside it.  Like most collections, it grew…and grew…and grew!  Thankfully, I love to use buttons to embellish my projects.

For this fun button feature, I encircled a “framed” image with pretty buttons.  But do you want to guess how that frame was made?  Yep.  It’s a big button!  I used a paper punch to cut out the sweet vintage image of the girl and her kitty, glued it into the center of the button and then filled the button with Glossy Accents.  That’s how you think outside the button box!

It’s OK to Stagger!

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 6When cutting the pages for this mini album, I decided it would be fun to create pages that were sized and shaped differently.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album by Kathy Clement of Kathy by Design, Photo 7These staggered edges lend a playful, whimsical feel to the album and invite you to turn pages, open folders and peek inside pockets.

All You Need is Love and a Cat Mini Album YouTube Video

Because I find it hard to really get a feel for the flow of a mini album with still photos, I created this YouTube video tour.  In the tour, I share tips for using scraps, creating custom embellishments and making interactive elements.  I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for joining me here today!  If you have any questions about this project, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Small Craft Studio Tour Part II

Small Craft Studio Tour Part II:  Opening the doors of the Infamous Closets of Shame

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m back today with my Small Craft Studio Tour Part II!  This time I’m focusing on the infamous “Closet of Shame” where much of my crafty goodies hang out.  I also have process photos of my husband and son building my fabulous work table as well as one photo of the room on the day we moved in so you can see what a daunting task it was to pull this space together.

The important thing to remember when viewing craft studio tours is this: everyone is different.  Some people like to have everything out and piles of product everywhere.  This is what works for them.  I tend to be very organized and like everything to have a place.  My studio really does look like this except for the moments when I am working on a project.  Then it can get pretty messy.  But I clean up the entire space after every single project because I cannot function in chaos.  Dust doesn’t bother me…but mess drives me crazy!

Move in Day

Moving and setting up a studio is not for the faint of heart.  I had been gradually adding to my crafty stash over the course of 10 years.  Things come in one at a time.  But when you move….ay yi yi!  Even though I did a major purge before we moved (I reduced my stash by half!) it was still pretty overwhelming on move in day.

Ay yi yi!  This is only part of the mess…as there were boxes in the hallway.  I did take the time to really organize everything before the move, so that helped when it came to unpacking the studio.

One of the smartest things I did was to wrap my modular storage units with shrink wrap before the move.  Each cloth bucket was wrapped, and placed in its cube.  Then I wrapped the dickens out of each cube unit.  My movers were able to move them with dollies and when I got into the studio, all I had to do was unwrap.  You can see how much I love my buttons.  They were the first items I unwrapped…because, peeps…you gotta have a little inspiration when you face a task of this magnitude!

The Evolution of the Work Station

My new space measures about 11 feet x 12 feet. Sadly, some of my cherished furniture pieces from our old house did not fit the new space.  I had a very limited budget, so I had to think creatively.  I actually moved everything OUT of the studio so I could study the room and sketch out a plan that would allow for ample work surface and a good flow.  I woke up at 3 in the morning with a picture of the work station in my head.  Sketch pad in hand, I mapped out a crude drawing and shared it with Dale.

The plan was to create a peninsula along the back wall of the studio.  This made the best use of the room and since I had Dale build it at counter top height, it created room for all my Iris carts full of Graphic 45 papers to be tucked around the perimeter.  It also gave me great storage UNDER the table for seasonal items and Etsy shop inventory.

This was once our kitchen table.  Dale is measuring and modifying it to serve as the peninsula.  Those white plastic doohickeys are pluming flanges that the PVC legs fit into.  I wanted them all the way on the end of the table to facilitate storage.

Here are the flanges being screwed into place.

The legs are on the table!  Hooray!

Next, Dale and our son Peter screwed a 2×4 into the wall studs then drilled down into that to secure the table.  This table is so sturdy, I could dance on it if I wanted to!  You can see the finished table in my Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 on YouTube.

On with the Show!  The infamous Closet of Shame!

Dale took out the wire shelving unit and built me custom shelving that would accommodate 12×12 paper pads. You’ll see it all in the video below.

So now you’ve seen my happy place.  I spend most of my time here, and I love how functional it is.  I hope I shared some ideas that you’ll be able to use in your own craft studio.  It doesn’t take a fortune to build a space that works for you.  Just think creatively and be willing to repurpose and reuse.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Small Craft Studio Tour and a Winner!

Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 and Winner of Week 4 Happy Blogiversary Giveaway

Hello Friends!  Happy Friday!  As many of you know, my husband and I sold our big family home last year and downsized into a cute little ranch home.  Of course, this meant I had to create a whole new studio space.  This was fun…and challenging.  My former studio was more than twice as big, and had almost unlimited closet/storage space.  I had to do a major purge before and after moving.  I’ve spent the last 10 months working on my new, smaller studio and I can honestly say, I love it!  Since we’ve been celebrating my 4th Blogiversary this month, I thought it would be fun to share a video tour.  This Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1 goes over the basic layout as well as some furniture design and storage ideas. So, welcome to my small craft studio!

Small Craft Studio Tour Part 1

Hey!  What About the Giveaway?

Not to worry, my friends!  I haven’t forgotten about announcing the winner of my Week 4 Happy Blogiversary Giveaway!  I put all the numbers into random.org and the winner is:

#5: Barb Macaskill

Congratulations, Barb!  Please e-mail me your mailing address and I’ll get your crafty goodies mailed off to you.

As luck would have it, Barb hails from the state I grew up in: Vermont. Isn’t that amazing?  And to make things even more interesting, she lives in the town next door to my old hometown!  I even went to church there.  It really is a small world!

A Heartfelt Thank You

I hope you have had as much fun as I did during this Blogiversary Giveaway.  I wish I could have sent a prize package to each and every one of you.  Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my questions.  I gathered a lot of useful information:

  • You prefer YouTube to Snapguide
  • Your favorite color combos
  • The things you enjoy about my blog (and some changes I need to make!)
  • The types of projects you enjoy creating

All this intel will find its way into future blog posts which means my blog will hopefully become even more relevant and helpful as time goes by.  Hearing from you all over the course of the past 4 weeks has been a fantastic experience.

Thank you again for taking this artful journey with me.  I couldn’t as for better travel companions!

I’ll be back tomorrow with Part II of my small craft studio tour.  I’ll share specific storage and organizational tips and before/after photos of the studio.  I hope you will join me!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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

Product Links


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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Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest Petite Album

Enchanted Forest Petite Album for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to another great challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Cec is our hostess this round, and the theme is “It’s a Small, Small World.”  In keeping with that, I’ve prepared an Enchanted Forest Petite Album.  But before we look at it, let’s see what Cec had in mind when she imagined this wonderful challenge.

Create or alter something small in a shabby chic or vintage style.  Your finished project can be anything from the size of an inchie, matchbook or domino to the size of a playing card or note card, which means anything from 1 inch to 4 inches and it does not have to be flat.  Be creative and let us know in your post just how small your project is.

And here’s my Enchanted Forest Petite Album….because it’s mini-er than a mini album!

Enchanted Forest Petite Album by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Product Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45, Photo 3

I found a pattern for a really neat folded mini album that uses just one sheet of 12×12 paper.  (You can find it HERE.)  I had to cut the size down to make it work for this particular challenge, and after some trial and error, found that a 10×10 square worked perfectly.

Enchanted Forest Petite Album by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Product Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45, Photo 25If you do try to make one of these albums, I recommend that you use very thin paper…like the brown paper that The Funkie Junkie wraps all orders in.  Or, a brown paper grocery bag would work well…and newsprint, too.  Otherwise, with all the creasing that goes on, the album becomes too bulky.

Enchanted Forest Petite Album by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Product Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45, Photo 4The covers are slightly larger than an ATC; they measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ .  It’s got quite a lot of room for goodies inside, despite it’s small size.  There are two inside slash pockets that I stuffed to the gills (you know me) and there are two hidden pockets between the front and back cover that I loaded up with a couple of fun pull out cards.

A Look Inside the Enchanted Forest Petite Album

Enchanted Forest Petite Album by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Product Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45, Photo 6

Here’s a quick look at the inside spread.  The pockets are formed in the folding, which is fun.  I fussy cut these gorgeous images from the 8×8 pad and created some fun inserts.

Enchanted Forest Petite Album by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog, Product Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45, Photo 12The back of the pockets is lined with black cardstock.  I have loads more photos for you to peruse in the short YouTube Video below.

If you click on the little symbol in the lower right corner, you can view full screen.  And, if you want to stop and study a page, just click on the pause button.  I figured this was easier than overloading you with elebenty hunnerd detail photos.

Now it’s YOUR turn!

Are you inspired by this Enchanted Forest Petite Album?  I’d love it if you joined the fun over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot here 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.

The guidelines for entering are simple: create a new vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme, link it below to your post (not just your blog) and also include a link back to this challenge in your post. You can combine our challenge with up to 10 challenges (including this one) to be in with a chance of winning. If you are entering through a public forum please use keyword F&F. Also, please be sure to turn off your Word Verification so our Design Team can leave comments on your blogs.

Hop on over to the F&F Blog for even more inspiration!  The projects are tiny, but the creativity is ENORMOUS!

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

Cheerio,

kathy

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