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Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Tutorial

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album for Frilly & Funkie

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album to share with you.  It’s the start of a brand new challenge over on the Frilly & Funkie Blog, and our lovely hostess Sara Emily has chosen a wonderful theme for us.  Can you guess what it is?  OK, I’ll help you out!  Here’s what Sara Emily has to say about this fun challenge.

Challenge Theme: Home, Sweet Home
Whether your house is grand or modest, neat or messy, there’s no place like home. Houses get bought and sold, but home stays with you forever. For this challenge, I would like to see how you interpret what home means to you on your vintage or shabby chic project.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: Home is Where the Tea Kettle Is

You just never know when or how or where inspiration will strike.  For this challenge, I was breaking down a box of Trader Joe’s Irish Breakfast Tea.  It comes in a nice big box with LOTS of tea bags for this tea drinking girl.  As I was about to toss it in the recycle bin, I realized it already had a really nice area that would be a great spine on a mini album.  And that’s how it ended up as the album base for this project.

The finished album measures 5″ x 4 7/8″  with a 2 1/2″ spine. I paired up Stamperia Patchwork papers with the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder and a supporting cast of mixed media goodies for this production number.  Let’s take a look at that process.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step One/Preparing the Base

Sadly, I forgot to take a photo of the original tea box.  Thank heavens I found a photo on the internet.

  • Begin by carefully opening the box.  Cut off the left and right hand side end panels.  Then fold the box flat, and cut off one side along the scored lines.
  • Flatten the box and trim to measure 5″ x 4 7/8″.  Be careful not to cut off the one box side, as that will become the spine on your mini album
  • Now, lightly sand the entire surface of the box, front and back.  This will help it to accept accept a coat of paint later.
  • Use a damp sponge, baby wipe or paper towel to wipe any dust from the box surface.
  • Next, place the box in the Tim Holtz Elegance 3-D Embossing Folder.  You won’t be able to fit the whole thing in there, and will have to run it through your machine following the sandwich recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Keep shifting the position of the box until the entire surface has been embossed.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Step 2/Mixed Media Mayhem

Now that the box is embossed, it’s time to pull on your Mixed Media Boots and get messy!+

 

  • First, paint the album base, front and back, with grey chalk paint.  If you don’t have grey chalk paint, just use Pumice Stone Distress Paint.  A light layer is fine.  Heat dry.
  • Next, dry brush the embossed areas of the base with Antique Linen Distress Paint.  This layer will act somewhat as a resist to the Distress Oxide Ink layer that comes next.
  • When the paint is dry, apply Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Inks with a blending tool.  You don’t have to cover the entire surface as we will be coming back in with more colors.
  • Once you’ve laid down the amount of color that looks good to you, spritz with water and let the ink move around a bit.  Then heat dry.
  • Repeat this with Twisted Citron and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Follow this process for both sides of the album cover.
Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Rosy Gold Accents

The top photos shows what my album cover looked like after I had finished applying the inks, spritzing and heating. While beautiful, it was brighter than the finish I wanted for my album.  I also wanted to add some metallic accents.  So I tapped on some Rose Gold Mixatives using a felt pad and blending tool.  That’s the bottom photo.  Pretty, but still brighter than the finish I was going for.

To remedy this, dry brush the entire cover a medium coat of Ivory Chalk Paint.  Let it sit for about a minute, then spritz with water and lightly wipe the surface with a paper towel.  I repeated this process until I reached the level I was happy with.  Then I coated the entire cover, inside and out with Clear Gesso to seal everything.  I’m very happy with the final result!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Cover and Spine Details

Now tear some images from the Stamperia Patchwork pad and layer them up on the cover.  Not too many, though!  You want that glorious mixed media background to be seen.

TIP: Lay the edge of a ruler along the area of paper that you wish to tear.  Then pull up along the ruler edge.  This leaves a nice distressed edge, but gives you better control over where the paper will tear.  I use a metal ruler, and place it upside down on my paper for better control.

Layer on some flowers and metal embellishments to add texture and dimension.

This brass door plate and door knocker are both Graphic 45.  I had them in my stash from my time on the team.  They have been aged with Cracked PIstachio Distress Paint and Seth Apter Mediterranean Baked Velvet Embossing Powders.  More about that in the video below.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  The Closure

The closure for the album is made with the left over side from the tea box.  Alter it just as you did the cover.  Measure it, and score flaps on the ends.  Adhere one flap inside the cover.  Punch two holes in the other flap, and add grommets.  Line this up with the cover, and repeat the process.  You will loop jute cord through these holes and tie a bow to close the album.  Simple, but effective.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  Staggered Pages and Simple Binding How To

Create staggered pages and a simple stacked binding for your album by following these steps:

  • First, cut (3) 11″ x 4 3/4″ panels of 85 pound kraft cardstock.
  • Page 1
    • Score on the long side at 3 3/4″ , 6 1/8″, 9 7/8″
    • Fold the small flap on the right hand side to the back side of the panel
  • Page 2
    • Score at 4 1/4″ 6″, 10 1/8″
    • Fold the flap to the CENTER of the panel
  • Page 3
    • Score at 1 1/2″ , 5 5/8″ and 6 3/8″
    • Fold the Flap to the back side of the panel
  • Now you have 3 pages with center spines of varying widths.
    • The first page has the widest spine at 2 1/4″
    • The second page has a 1 5/8″ spine.
    • The third page has a 3/4″ spine.
    • Stack the spines together so that they are evenly spaced on both right and left hand sides.  Adhere.

This is the simplest way to create a book binding that I know of.  Now you can decorate your pages however you desire.  This is always the fun part

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album:  A Peek Inside

NOTE: if you are short on time, just scroll on down and watch the video walk through.  But if you want tips and details on how I put these pages together, read on.  

The inside cover is a simple book plate.  Again, I did not wish to cover up the mixed media background.

The first page is an accordion pull out page.  Cut your paper 12″ x 4 5/8″.  Score every 3 5/8″.  Adhere the small flap under the base page.  Add the altered butterfly as a pull out tab.

Computer journal quotes and lines of poetry about home, then tear out and add to the album as you like.

The next set of pages is a collage page and a fun fold down flap.  To make this, cut out the tall house from the paper collection. Score and fold.

The next set of pages is a pocket with tag insert and a flap page.  Create a tuck spot on the flap page by adhering just the bottom edge of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls to the page.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: The Pop Up Page

This pop up page is my favorite.  Fussy cut along the tree/house line of a 12″ wide page.  Adhere about 1″ of the page on the right hand side of the album base.  Now, fold your paper so that the back side ends up on top.  Place adhesive here.  Close the book.  Instant pop up!

TIP: Practice this before you add the final adhesive.  You can hold things in place with a paper clip.  Adjust where necessary.  Once you have it as you like it, add glue.

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album: More Pages

This flap and flip up page is easy to make.  The flap on the left is the one you scored onto the base.  Create a turn tab with a circular element cut from the paper pad.  For the flip up page, tear your paper with 1/2″ extra on the top.  Score this and adhere behind the base page.  Then tear paper from the collection to make the little house icon.

The final page is another flap page.  This time, adhere the image to the scored flap on the base page.  Then cut or tear paper that is the width of the page plus the back side of the flap.  Score, fold and adhere as you did with the pop up.  Fussy cut elements from the paper collection to decorate the page, and the inside back cover.

Phew!  If you hung with me through all of that, you deserve a cookie!

Stamperia Patchwork Mixed Media Album Video Tour with Tips

Now it’s YOUR Turn

What does home sweet home mean to you?  You are cordially invited to create your own vintage or shabby chic home themed project.   Then link  up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, July 2nd.

The winner 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!

A Fond Farewell

I need to let you all know that this will be my last Frilly and Funkie Challenge.  Being on this team for the past 3 1/2 years has been pure joy.  I love my beautiful and talented teammates, adore Linda, the owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique, and have grown in my art during my time here.  But my work schedule has become a bit unwieldy as opportunities with The Button Farm Club have opened up for me. ( While I don’t sleep a lot, I do need to get at least a few hours a night.)  So the difficult decision to step down from this amazing team had to be made.  My deepest love and gratitude to Linda, Jenny, Cec, Maggi, Suzz and Sara Emily for inspiring me with your beautiful artwork.  You are the BEST!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks 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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From my stash

  • Flowers (retired Petaloo, Little Birdie )
  • Jute cord
  • Resin Butterflies
  • G45 Metal Staples

 

 

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you  just love it when you find the perfect paper collection to you with your RRR Monthly Ribbon Club Assortment?

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

This Laserowe Love Coral Romance paper collection pairs up perfectly with the Bright Pink Plaid Ribbon from the June Ribbon Club Assortment.    I’ve topped it with some retired Petaloo flowers from my stash to make a pinkalicious bow cluster.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Everything about this card says “Summer is here!”

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 03

The gorgeous lasercut chipboard frame on this card is also from Laserowe Love.  I’ll tell you more about them in a moment.  But first, let’s take a look inside this pretty pink card.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 04

I used a new Heartfelt Creations Pocket Die to made the hidden pocket on the card interior.

 

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 05

Then I used the cut out tags from the paper collection to make this adorable book mark.  The sentiment stamp is so fun, don’t you think?  It’s a retired stamp set that I just love.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 06

Here’s how I made the bookmark:

  • First, trim the tag from the Coral Romance Paper Collection.
  • Then adhere only the top edge of the tag to a slightly larger rectangle of the coral fabric paper in the collection.
  • Now trim about 1/8″ around the tag to make a 2-layer tag.
  • Next, stamp a sentiment on a scrap of cream cardstock and trim it out into a square.
  • Then stitch the sentiment onto more of the coral fabric patterned paper and adhere to the tag.
  • Punch a hole at the top of the tag and loop crochet lace, 3/8″ Hot Pink Satin with a Metallic Edge,  and Summer Fun Diamond Print Grosgrain Ribbon through the hole. (These are all part of the June Ribbon Club Assortment.)
  • Slip charms over a length of silver metallic string and tie to secure in place. Add to the ribbon cluster.
  • Tie a bow with Bright Pink Plaid around the above ribbons to hold everything in place.
  • Adhere a pretty flower to cover the knot.

By leaving the bottom 2/3 of the tag open, you can now slip it over the pages of a book, making the perfect bookmark.

Laserowe Love Coral Romance Birthday Card: Who is Laserowe Love?

If you are like me, I had never  heard of Laserowe Love until I received a lovely message from my new friend, Sylwia at Laserowe Love about 6 weeks ago.  She sent me a link to her website and asked if they could send me a box of goodies.  And of course, I said yes!    I’m so glad I did, because these paper and laser cut primed chipboard pieces are gorgeous.  Here’s a look at my unboxing video.

You can purchase Laserowe Love products in the US at The Frantic Stamper.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use with your June Ribbon Club Assortment.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial for Frilly & Funkie Saturday Showcase

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Saturday Showcase today, where I’m sharing this Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial.  You’ll want to pop on by to see the tips and details I’m sharing there. . This is a technique laden tutorial demonstrating how to:

  • Alter metal embellishments with paint and embossing powders.
  • Prepare a mixed media background using scraps of paper and Distress Mediums.
  • Use Distress Paint and Embossing Powders to create a cool textured border.
  • Create a double sided waterfall with vellum hinges.

I had such fun creating the front of this Mixed Media Etcetera Tag, that I decided to flip it over and create a waterfall feature on the back side.  So now this home decor item can also be used for photos.  how fun is that?

Stamperia Alice Etcetera Tag Tutorial Video

This 30 minute tutorial is part still photo/text and part live action.  This kept it from being too long, but still provides you with lots of techniques and ideas that you can use.  So go grab a cuppa and a snack, then settle in and enjoy!

To see more detail photos of this project, Click HERE.  To see more ALICE projects, click HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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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Other Products

 

 

Button Farm Club G45 By the Sea Travel Notebook Kit

Button Farm Club G45 By the Sea Traveler Notebook Kit by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Button Farm Club G45 By the Sea Travel Notebook Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  I’m so excited to share my newest Button Farm Club Kit Release with you today!  This G45 By the Sea Travel Notebook Kit is loaded!

Button Farm Club G45 By the Sea Traveler Notebook Kit by Kathy Clement Photo 02

If you love the sea as much as I do, you are definitely going to want to make this project.  I’ve used a G45 Traveler’s Notebook with 3 inserts as the project base.  Then I’ve dressed it up with gorgeous By the Sea Deluxe Collector’s Edition papers, stickers and chipboard.  Gorgeous Little Birdie Rosalind Roses, ribbons, novelty buttons, paper clips and more make this kit really special.

Button Farm Club G45 By the Sea Traveler Notebook Kit by Kathy Clement Photo 03

Here’s a sneaky peek at the inside pages.  The individual notebooks inside the album cover have loads of blank pages as well as decorated pages.  This makes it perfect to use as a journal, a junk journal, a planner or a guest book for your beach house.

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G45 By the Sea Travel Notebook Video Sneak Peek

G45 By the Sea Travel Notebook Kit: What You Get

One of the reasons I love to design for The Button Farm Club is that Laura, the owner, gives me complete freedom when designing a kit.  And I packed this kit full of beachy goodies.  Here’s what you get in each kit:

  • Graphic 45 By the Sea Deluxe Collector Edition Kit
    •  3 each of eight double-sided 12 x 12-Inch papers (24 total)
    • 27 die-cut chipboard embellishments
    • 70 cover weight stickers on a 12 x 12-Inch sheet
  • Graphic 45 Traveler’s Notebook Album with 3 signature inserts
  • Full-color, printed, easy to follow step by step tutorial written by me
  • Beach Themed Novelty Buttons
  • Rosalind Roses (a package with 24 pieces, total…and you’ll have leftovers!)
  • 4 Yards of Ribbon
  • 2 Yards of Burlap String
  • 12 red paper clips
  • 3 vintage style bulldog clips
  • (2) 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of kraft cardstock

It’s basically everything you will need to create the project except your normal crafty tools like adhesive, ink, pencils, rulers and such.  And, with this kit, you will have leftover supplies to decorate the inner pages of your album, or make several cards.

The kits are in stock, ready to ship.  This is a limited edition kit, so place your order before they disappear.

To purchase your Graphic 45 By the Sea Traveler Notebook Kit, click HERE

So many of you have asked me to teach a class in your area.  This is the next best thing.  You’ll learn techniques that you can translate into other projects while creating a beautiful keepsake album.  I’m very proud to be part of the Button Farm Club Family.  Their kits are an amazing value, filled with high quality product and created by some of the very best designers in the trade.

To see previous Button Farm Club Kits, click HERE.

Exciting News!

Here’s a little tidbit of information that I know you are going to get all excited about!  Button Farm Club now carries a large selection of Little Birdie Flowers at amazingly affordable prices!  Yes!!!!!  you can order these online from The Button Farm Club.  How thrilling is that?  To see what Laura has in the shop, click HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this month’s kit.  And if you have any questions, please add them in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Vintage Treasures Dies: Amazing Paper Grace Guest Design Spot

 Vintage Treasures Dies Becca Feeken/Amazing Paper Grace Guest Designer Spot:                                     Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Card Folio

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Hello, Friends!   This gorgeous wedding card folio is adorned with Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies and Stamperia Ceremony papers.  And, I have a surprise I’ve been dying to share with you!  For many years, I have followed the beautiful work of Becca Feeken/Amazing Paper Grace.   Becca’s beautiful bows inspired my love for ribbon.  So you can imagine my surprise and delight when she invited me to be her Guest Designer for the month of June!  Knock me over with a feather!  All this month I will be featuring designs made with Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasure Dies by Spellbinders.  What an honor!

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Stamperia Ceremony Folio with Vintage Treasures Dies: Bella Luce Oval

This shabby chic wedding card folio features Spellbinders Bella Luce Oval Etched Dies and Infinity Link Border by Amazing Paper Grace.   The minute I took these dies out of the package, I knew I had to create a wedding themed card folio with them.  They are so incredibly elegant!

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

This 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ card folio features a 1″ spine, giving me lots of room for interactive features inside.  Here’s how I layered the front of this elegant folio.

  • First, cover your folio base with a 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″ panel of ivory pearl cardstock.
  • Next, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of designer paper from Stamperia’s Ceremony paper pad.  Center and adhere over the ivory panel.
  • Now, die cut a Bella Luce Oval from Whip Cream Cardstock.
  • Leave the die cut layers inside the die, Then run the die layers through a Spellbinder’s Platinum machine using the Embossing Plate and Embossing pad. Follow the directions in the manufacturer packaging for this step.  This will raise all the wonderful details in the die.
  • Lightly ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make those details pop!
  • Next, use the inner oval die to cut patterned paper to line the cardstock oval.
  • Stamp with a wedding sentiment stamp and heat emboss with clear powder.
  • Adhere in place, then cover with the filigree oval insert.
  • Adhere the outer filigree frame to your folio base.
  • Then back the inner oval with dimensionals and adhere.
Stamperia Ceremony Folio with Vintage Treasures Dies:  Finishing Touches

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Place dimensionals on the back of the diamond medallion and adhere to the right of the frame.  Top with a metal heart, as I did here, or add a pearl button to the center.

To add shabby chic details to these Little Birdie Flowers, dry brush them with ivory chalk paint. Distress metal corners with ivory chalk paint and gold glimmer mist.  Adhere in the corner. Tuck in a Champagne Wrinkled Ribbon Bow and vintage button, and the cover is complete.

Stamperia Ceremony Folio with Vintage Treasures Dies:  A Peek Inside

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

A sweet little flip page and pocket detail wait for you inside this shabby chic folio.  Once again, I’ve used the diamond medallion from the Bella Luce Oval to create a shaped edge down the side of the flip page.  Each medallion is topped with a vintage button from my stash.  This makes me think of the buttons down the back of a gorgeous wedding gown.

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

And what’s in the pocket?  I’m so glad you asked!

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

A mini envelope filled with sweet wedding treasures and some journal cards fit perfectly inside the pocket.

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Flip the page to reveal an elegant lace pocket made with the Infinity Linked Border.  I’ve tucked a little gift card holder inside.

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

The flap page on the right is the perfect spot to tuck hidden journaling or small photos.  The flaps have magnetic closures to hold everything in place.

Stamperia Ceremony Folio with Vintage Treasures Dies: Bella Luce Framed Photo Album

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

The Bella Luce Oval die is a delicate beauty, but a hard worker, too.  I’ve used it to frame the cover of the photo album attached to the top of the card.

Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies Bella Luce Oval Stamperia Ceremony Wedding Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

But it also works as a frame for wedding, reception or bridal shower photos.  Just place a little adhesive on the outer edge of one side of the Bella Luce Oval Frame, and you can slip photos behind.  The inner oval makes a great journaling spot, or a place for small photos.  Once again, adhere just a little bit of one edge, and you can slip a photo behind the oval.

Stamperia Ceremony Folio with Vintage Treasures Dies: Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you gain a better idea of the function and flow for this album, I’ve prepared a short video tour with tips and tricks.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the end of this post, too.

I’ll be back on Monday with my second Amazing Paper Grace Vintage Treasures Dies project.  It’s a totally different look, and I think you are going to love it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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