An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio

An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio for CHA/Creativation

Hello, G45’ers!  Did you have a favorite book when you were growing up?  One that you read over and over and never tired of?  For me, that book was Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I’ve lost count of the many times I got lost in the lives of the brave, loving and wise saga of the March family.  (My favorite was Jo, of course!)  So when Graphic 45 released the Little Women collection, I decided to create a big, big card to reflect the large role this book played in my life.  This  8×8 Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio is truly an ode to Little Women.

Graphic 45 8x8 Easel Card Little Women by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1


  • Mat images on black cardstock to really make them pop.  
  • Add designer paper to Staples Black ATC tags to add style and easy layers to your card design.
How to Create a Graphic 45  Easel Card Folio

Easel cards look complicated, but they are actually very easy to create.  There are several different ways to make them, and you can find lots of variations on Pinterest.  This is how I created this 8″ square easel card:

  • First, create the card base.  Because this card is so large, I worked with a 12″ x 18″ piece of black cardstock.  You can purchase this large cardstock at
  • Now, cut the cardstock to measure 8″ wide x 16″ long.
  • Next, score it in half on the long side and fold to make a standard top fold card base.
  • Then score the bottom panel in half again at 4″ .  Fold this flap in toward the fold.  This creates the easel mechanism for the card.
  • You will build your card front on a separate piece of 8″ square black cardstock.
  • The final step is gluing the bottom half of the card front to the flap.  Don’t glue above the fold or the easel mechanism won’t work.
Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: The Details

This Staples Antique Metal Door Plate and Knob is the perfect accent for the Little Women collection.  It fits beautifully with the vintage vibe of the pretty papers.

Die cut and mat an image from a 4×6 Ephemera card to create a stylish focal for your card front.

Tie a Shabby Chic Clock Key to a Staples ATC tag to create an interesting dimensional element on your card.

Turn an Antique Metal Door Pull upside down, then fill with flowers!  This is such a fun way to add dimension to a design.  Create a stopper for the easel card by backing a border strip with foam tape or waste chipboard.  This way, the card can stand upright for display.

An Ode to Little Women Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio: A Peek at the Inside

The large format of this easel card provides you with the ability to add fun interactive elements to the interior.  I’ve created some mini folios and pockets using ephemera cards, ATC tags and images from the cut apart page.

The ephemera cards in this collection are especially beautiful!  Don’t be afraid to use the “B” sides!  I’ve cut this 4″ x 6″ ephemera card down, then turned it into a pocket to house these decorated tags and a mini folio.

And see these decorative panels?  They are more than just pretty pictures!

They open to reveal a spot for photos and hidden journaling.  This would be such a great way to commemorate a special event!

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!




8 thoughts on “An Ode to Little Women: Graphic 45 Easel Card Folio

  1. Angie Colwell

    Lovely as always! Your talent amazes me! Do you have or will you have a tutorial on this masterpiece?

  2. Sandy Artman

    Kathy, Kathy, Kathy, how I love your posts! This card is such a beauty. I just love the colors and your special touches. I think your creation reflects the love you have for Little Women. I particularly appreciate that you share your sources of materials. Over-sized papers help me tremendously with my projects and now I have source for them with such a huge selection of colors and textures.
    Love & blessings, my friend,

  3. Suzy Q

    So awesome is this easel card! Is the old ink pen real or chipboard? The whole layout is Just Gorgeous!!! I can just feel the love that you have for the Little Women book! Sorry to say I don’t think I’ve read that story yet …I’ve watched the movie …old and new version! But I believe I’ll go to the library today! And I have yet to try to make an easel card! Do you have a tutorial for making one of those? And silly me …I signed up for your videos …but can’t figure out how to get back to it! Grrr!

  4. Tristan Robin Blakeman

    This made my jaw drop. Absolutely enchanting. Boy! You threw everything but the proverbial kitchen sink into this one! I think this would make an INCREDIBLE feature page in an album. What a marvelous and luxe addition to have in one!
    Thanks for sharing your project – and your technique and tips!

  5. Beverly Jordan

    This is such a stunning project using the new Graphic 45 line! I loved the colors and thought I could use it due to being so specific to the book characters. Instead, because of your fabulous project, I feel it would be a wonderful gift to a special woman in my life. Thank you for the inspiration!

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