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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2

Graphic 45 Flower market February Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2: Finishing the February Folio

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised, here’s the Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2.  We introduced this new “through the year” calendar folio series on Tuesday.  If you missed that post, you can get caught up HERE.

Graphic 45 Flower Market February Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The first part of this tutorial will show you how to create the folio base.  We’ll be using this same basic design for each month in 2023, so it’s good to watch that first segment before you dig into today’s post.

Pansies are one of my favorite flowers.  Their cheery faces never fail to make me smile.  And, they are such hardy little blooms!  Here in North Carolina they can bloom from October all the way into early May.  So I’m very happy that Graphic 45 made them the featured blossom in their gorgeous Flower Market paper collection.

February’s “Guest Stars”

Graphic 45 Flower Market-Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring-Prima Darcelle-Folio Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

In addition to the G45 February papers, I chose 2 other paper collections to serve as our “guest stars”.  Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring and Prima Darcelle work beautifully with these gorgeous botanicals.

Graphic 45 Flower Market February Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

I’m really enjoying digging into my stash to find patterns from other collections that flow well with the Flower Market collection.

The darker purple tones in Darcelle add a much needed contrast to the G45 papers.  Plus, it’s always fun to use up papers from my stash.

G45 Flower Market February Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

If you don’t have Burst of Spring or Darcelle in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight, then I’m sure you can find a suitable substitute.

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2 on YouTube

Are you ready to see part 2 of this tutorial?  Then please enjoy this YouTube video.

I can hardly wait to get started on the March folio!  2023 is going to be a year filled with crafty adventures.  I’m so happy to have each one of you along for the journey!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial: First in our 2023 Calendar Folio Series

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday and time to share this Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial with you.  This is going to be our Calendar Folio series for 2023!  Each month, I’ll share a fresh tutorial using these lovely papers.  Sound like fun?

What a beautiful paper collection this is!  Because the images and patterns are quite large, I decided that instead of a little card folio, we’d make an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ flip/flap folio this year.  The design is really fun, easy to construct, and loaded with possibilities.

If you are a gardener or a lover of botanical prints, I think you will really enjoy this series.  Today I’m going to introduce the papers and the designs, show you how to make the folio base, and start decorating the February folio.  Since I had to use the January papers to come up with the folio design, there’s not a step by step for January.  But you can use the photos for January with the measurements from February and all will be well.

A Peek Inside

These large folios are perfect for record-keeping, storing receipts, documenting monthly events and a beautiful decoration for your office or craft room.  Of course they are loaded with pockets and interactive pages, because that’s what makes them fun!

Since each month in the collection only has 2 pages (one pattern, one cut apart) I had to get innovative and bring in other papers to complete the folio design.  The January folio pairs up beautifully with Graphic 45 Cottage Life.  So if  you have that collection in your stash, this is a great way to use it!

It’s amazing how well the images and color palette of these two collections work together.

I plan to share the Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial for March in February, the April folio in March and so on and so forth so that you will have time to create them before the new month turns over.

I also used the Graphic 45 dies to create special pockets, envelopes, file folders and butterfly embellishments within each folio.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial: February

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Don’t you love that the February flowers are pansies?  This is the folio we will build together in the step by step tutorial below.

The companion papers for this folio are from Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring paper pad.  It’s amazing how well they work with the February designs and colors.

I also pulled in some patterns from Prima Darcelle.  This folio is purple-icious!

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Sharing two folios in one month made for a very long video tutorial.  So I’ve broken it into two parts.  Part 1, which we will share today, features a walk through of the papers and the finished January folio.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy part 1 of this 2-part video tutorial.

I’ll be back on Thursday with the 2nd tutorial.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday

Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Eileen Hull Sizzix Teacup Die Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Corner Cotillion by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Tiaras and Teacups for Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Gilded Lily Collection

Hello Friends!  It’s all about tiaras and teacups in this edition of Throwback Thursday.  I’ve reached all the way back to 2015, the year G45 released the glorious “Gilded Lily” collection.  I only have bits and bobs of this favorite collection left, but I still managed to create a teacup…

…and a shaker card!  No tutorial this week, as I have been slammed in the studio, but I’ll share lots of tips and tricks that will help you create your own Throwback Thursday masterpiece. Since my day always starts with tea, we’ll look at the teacup first.

Eileen Hull Gilded Lily Teacup

This is one of my all time favorite teacup creations.  After die cutting all the pieces from both chipboard and designer paper, I put the cup together with my Dries Clear Adhesive.  Graphic 45 Precious Pink roses adorn the base of the cup.  Then I threw in a little mixed media mayhem with Pearls, Prills and an itty bitty porcelain teacup.

TIP: Die pearls to match  your project with Alcohol Inks.  The neat and tidy way to do this is to place the pearls in a small zippered plastic bag.  Then add a few drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around.  Remove with tweezers, and there are no messy hands involved!

TIP: Fill the tiny teacup almost to the brim with hot glue.  Then sprinkle a few Prills on top  to look like the foamy bubbles in a chai latte.  Randomly apply glue to the saucer, sprinkle with Prills and set the pearls and cup into the hot mix (carefully!).

Gift wrap  a tea bag, Lindt miniature chocolate, and Biscoff cookies to tuck inside the cup.  Tie a chipboard tag around a demitasse spoon.  This is a great way to use up your scraps and create a beautiful presentation.

Score a small ephemera card in half to create a mini note card.  Alter a resin crown with Metallic Wax.  This decorative feature looks great in the tea cup and keeps the bitty card from falling down into the recesses of the cup.

The Card: Keep Calm and Straighten Your Tiara

I pulled a lot of tricks out of my bag to make these scraps cover my card base.   First, don’t try to cover the center part of the card.  You are going to create a shaker window that will obscure any precious designer paper anyway.  Instead, simply add a border to the top and bottom of the card.  Then I cut a 3″ wide scrap in half from top to bottom.  Adhere the halves on each side of the card to cover the blank card base.  Once you add your shaker box, no one will ever know!

To create the shaker box, layer a gold foil die cut frame with a cream cardstock die cut frame.  Offset the two layers slightly when you adhere them together to create a drop shadow.  Then back the frame with clear cardstock and back with foam tape.  Fill with a shaker mix and cover with a large ephemera card.

A Peek Inside

I used most of my designer paper on the inside of the card.  But oh, what pretties I managed to tuck in here.

Here’s a book mark fit for royalty. I even attached a sparkling tiara on the top!

How about stamps?  Yup!  Gilded Lily Stamps adorn the focal on this magnet that I created from an ephemera card  (I need to stamp more…I’m so out of practice!)

Anyway..that’s Throwback Thursday for this week.  I hope by now your fingers are itching to dig through YOUR Closet of Shame and create something wonderful.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older, often retired, products.  When I can find a product link, I will provide it.  But if there is no link, I bet you can find a good substitute from your stash.  Thanks for understanding!

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s edition of Throwback Thursday, I have a Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial to share with you.  Did you think I forgot?  Well, I didn’t!  I’m just  having a major case of “the slows” this week, so I’m running behind  But better late than never, right?

Earlier this week, I shared a Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card with you.  The response was so amazing, I decided to create a Throwback Thursday project with a tutorial you can use to create this style of card in any size or format.

Today’s card is a 6″ x 6″ base with a vintage style shaker frame on the cover.  One of the reasons I love this style of card so much is that it is a great way to use up scraps.  I had a lot of 3″ panels left over from an earlier Botanical Tea project.  That’s why I chose to make a 6″ x 6″ card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: The Grand Opening

Opening a double gatefold card is sort of like watching the curtain rise on the stage.  This card opens to more than 18″ wide!  They make great table decorations for a party table or home decor items because of all the beautiful panels inside the card.

TIP:  I used 18″ wide cardstock (linked below) to create my card base.  If you don’t have it, you can create your own.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut 2 panels of 12″ x 6″ cardstock.
  • Next, place 1/2″ Scor-tape right along the 6″ edge of one panel.
  • Then carefully overlap the second panel over the Scor-Tape line and burnish to seal.
  • This gives you a 23 1/2″ x 6″ panel of cardstock.  It can be tricky to score over the joint where the papers overlap, so try to keep that in center panel of your card.
Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial: Pockets and Tuck ins

Fill pockets with journal cards from the cut apart pages.  Or, die cut teacups as I did here.  I had a leftover Pocket from the Tags and pockets page, but no tag to fill it.  Substitute a miniature Lindt Chocolate prettied up with a scrap of designer paper instead.  Problem solved!

Go ahead and decorate the back side of the card if you have enough extra paper.

And why not add a pocket here as well?  Fill it with a fancied up tea bag, honey stick and little note card.

Botanical Tea Double Gatefold Card Tutorial On YouTube

I hope I’ve shared some tips and ideas you can use today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: Use Your Scraps!

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card is a great way to use up your scraps.  Earlier this month I created a Farmhouse Folio Kit for The Button Farm Club.  The lovely extra bits and bobs from that project kept calling my name.  So I finally found a minute to put them to good use on this country fresh creation.

This card base measures 4 1/2″ x 7″ when closed, but opens to more than 12″ wide.  Here’s how to create the card base.

  • First, cut a 13″ x 7″ panel of 18pt grocery bag cardstock.  (Link below)
  • Next, score along the long side as follows, 2 1/8″, 2 1/8″, 4 1/2″, 2 1/8″
  • Now accordion fold so that the 2 1/8″ flaps meet in the middle.
  • Then cut 1 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panels from your scraps to cover the small panels front and back.
  • Create a 4″ x 5 1/4″ panel and adhere half of it to the center of the card.  Decorate this with cut apart images, die cuts and small border strips from your scraps.
  • Embellish with Tim Holtz Tiny Clips, a brass bulldog clip, Little Birdie Flowers, a big ole’ wood button, ribbon and twine.
Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Grand Opening

Opening this style of card is really fun, because the panels fold out to reveal all the goodies inside.

You can see that I adhered the large “Blessed” cut apart on the left to the back side of the front panel.

Decorate a couple of ATC tags to tuck into the pocket along with a large ephemera tag.

Graphic 45 Farmhouse Double Gatefold Card: The Back Gate

Add a pocket on the back side of this card.  Then fill with another ephemera card and a little chocolate treat.

This card is so cute, you can set it out as part of your kitchen decor.  It’s also a great way to present a gift card.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks you can use in your next crafty adventure!  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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