Category Archives: Photo Play

Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

PHotoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  If you have an avid reader in your circle, then I think you will appreciate this Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card design.  Our sweet daughter in law celebrated her birthday this month, so I had to take a step away from all the Christmas papers for a few moments.  She is a lover of books.  The book club she started years ago is still going strong to this day.

She and our son also have 2 lovely kitties.  So, books and cats seemed to be a good design direction to pursue.  Since I had just received this Notting Hill collection from Photoplay, making her card was a cinch.  I’m happy to share some of the tips and tricks I used to create this vibrant card.

Design Tips

  • Tip #1: Balancing Act: This color palette is much more bold than my “go to” choices.  So I balanced the the brilliant blues and neon greens with a softer plaid background that almost reads like a neutral.
  • Tip #2:  Pops of Color: Choose smaller panels of the really bright patterns from the paper collection and layer them in small doses.
  • Tip #3: Think about shapes.  It’s always a good idea to add round or oval elements on a square or rectangular card.  The oval die cut in the center of the card provides a welcome relief from all the sharp corners and edges.  The same is true of the plant pots.
  • Tip #4: Elevation: Fussy cut the napping kitty from the 3×4 card.  This is not a very big image, but by backing it with foam tape, you give it more of a presence on the page.  Then surround it with the potted plants to draw the eye right to it.  By fussy cutting around the image, you also give it more of a dimensional feel.  It’s a simple trick, but it makes a big difference in the card design.

A Peek Inside

Naturally, I added a gift card pocket to the card interior.  I also repeated themes (the sleeping kitty) and patterns (the plaid background) inside to reinforce the elements used on the card cover.

This little gift card wallet is the perfect place to add my sentiment and a shopping spree at a local bookstore.

This is a great collection for anyone who keeps a journal of the books they read each year.  And if you belong to a book club, you’ll find lots of great patterns and themes that will come in handy when you make cards for your fellow bookworms.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope I’ve shared some helpful design tips with you today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Oh, and there will be no Throwback Thursday this week.  I have family coming in for Christmas, the Littles coming over to bake cookies…and presents that need to be wrapped!  So I’ll be taking a few days off to enjoy the holidays.  I have a full line up of posts for the following week, including a really fun Throwback Thursday!

Wishing you all a blessed, merry and happy Christmas!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  If you bake special holiday treats, this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial is just for you.  Every year, I have a trove of  savory and sweet goodies that I only make at Christmas.  Since I got tired of looking for them in my larger recipe card holder, I decided to make this cute 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″  double waterfall folio to hold them all. I just love it when cute meets practical, don’t you?

Wrapped Up in Ribbon

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2021 Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

The base of this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio is made from heavy duty black cardstock.  Then I dressed it up for the holidays with ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment.  They paired perfectly with Photoplay Paper’s Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection.

TIP: Create a fun focal image by layering Christmas Pine Cones and Branches Satin over Forest Green Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Anchor the corners of the image with a bow cluster of Gold Metallic String, Rusty Jingle Bells and an itty bitty posy.  Then cover a wooden clothespin with a scrap of designer paper and a little gold metallic string bow.  Attach this on the opposite side of the image to balance things out.

TIP:  Wrap the center of the folio with Bold Check Christmas Plaid Ribbon.  Leave the tails long so you can tie a bow to serve as the closure for the folio.

Christmas Ornaments

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement

 

Dress up the spine with this handsome Santa and Snowflake.  Oh, and I added some of my precious vintage buttons to the album cover, too.

A Peek Inside

Double waterfall features house the recipe card section of the folio.  The plaid clasps are magnetic to keep everything neat and tidy.

Use scraps of designer paper to create pockets for the recipe cards.  This makes it easy to pull the recipe cards out when you want to use them and protects the book from getting messy.

Leave some pages blank for photos.  You can also create little tip ins and flip down pages to make the folio more fun.

The front flap of the folio is a gatefold feature.  Once again, use ribbon as a closure.

Place photos on the side flaps and under the belly band.  The tiny envelope is a great place to tuck in a gift card or a special note.

The back side of the front flap is a little pocket/photo mat page with a decorative flap.

It’s important to include photos of you baking with your kids, friends, spouse or grandkids.  You may not think so now, but those photos will be as precious as the recipes in years to come.

Quick Video Flip Through

Here’s a quick flip through of the folio so you can see how all the moving parts work together.  I also put together a very basic video tutorial for the folio base.  It’s enough to get you started on this fun project!

Quick note:  You’ll notice that the cover of the folio is different in the video than it is in the photos.  That’s because a couple of days after I finished the video, I found the Reneabouquets Santa Sleigh Beautiful Board, and could not resist making the change to the album. 

Basic Cutting Guide

Here are the  basic measurements you need for the folio:

  • Base: (2) 4 1/2″ x 11″ panels of heavy black cardstock.  Join and score at 6 1/2″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold and score again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and score a final time at 6 1/4″.  The little flap forms the inside pocket.
  • Liners for the covers and waterfall pages are red cardstock cut to 6 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 4.
  • Red cardstock liners for the pocket page and front flap are 6 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 2.
  • Red Cardstock liners for the spine: (2) 3/4″ x 4 3/8″.
  • Double waterfall pages are 6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  Score 1/2″ flap on the left hand side for the left  hand page.  Score 1/2″ flaps on the right hand side for the right hand page.  You will need 6 total.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Baking with my kids, and now my granddaughters, is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I should probably make one of these little folios for each of them so they can continue the tradition.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release

Button Farm Club North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Button Farm Club North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  This Button Farm Club North Pole Exploding Mini Album Kit Release might look a bit familiar to some of you.  That’s because I created this project for my Christmas In July week.  So many of you asked me for a tutorial that I decided to get Button Farm to put together a kit with all the supplies and instructions for you.  I think the version created for the kit came out even better than the original designYou’ll love displaying this 4” x 4” x 4 1/4” decorative box on your holiday table, work desk or mantel.

North Pole Trading Co. Exploding Mini Album Kit Release by Kathy Clement for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

The magnetic North Pole Tree Topper glistens with sparkling gold Christmas trees, a shiny ornament and a snow-topped wood slice.  The removable tree topper offers display options, too.  You can set it beside the album to create a festive holiday scene, and take it off when it comes time to store the album away.

Each of the 4 sides is fully decorated so that you can turn the box and display a different scene as you count down each week in December. 

Sweet Treats Inside

Everyone loves a little sweet treat at the holidays.  So the center panel of the album is a clear acetate box filled to the brim with 25 mini candy canes. We added one for each day to make the wait for Santa just a little bit sweeter.

The interactive album inside the box has room for more than 2 dozen photos, journaling cards, and pockets.

North Pole Gift Cards

And if gift cards are what’s in Santa’s sack this year, you will love making a set of 5 quick and easy to mail gift card holders. They are such a great way to personalize and dress up a monetary gift.  Best of all, even after you finish the exploding mini album and the card set, you’ll still have a nice stack of papers left over.  Make additional gift card holders, or turn them into a festive banner or folio.  

North Pole Exploding Mini Album Reveal on YouTube

Would you like to see all the goodies that Laura and I have stuffed into this kit?  Then please enjoy this short video tour on YouTube.

 

Kit Supplies and How to Order

This festive kit comes with links to private video tutorials, a basic written guide and all the supplies listed below:

  • North Pole Trading Company Collection Kit ( 12 sheets of double sided 12×12 designer paper plus the 12×12 cardstock sticker sheet)
  • North Pole Solids with 6 sheets of 12×12 coordinating Christmas Solids and Snowflake patterns. 
  • Ephemera Pack with 26 pieces
  • 3 sheets of 12×12 grocery bag cardstock
  • 1 acetate sheet (8 ½” x 11”)
  • 2 heavy duty disc magnets
  • Large and Small gold bottlebrush trees
  • 1 Christmas ornament
  • 3 mini rusty jingle bells
  •  wood slice
  • 1 container of faux snow
  • Christmas Ribbon/1 yard
  • 1 yard of burlap string
  • Roll of red line tape
  • 25 mini candy canes
  • Full-color Basic Written Guide
  • Private Video Tutorials Link

The price for the kit is $59.99.

You can order your kit today at The Button Farm Club.  All the supplies are in house, so the kit will ship in plenty of time for you to complete it before Christmas.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Cards

Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Card by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Cards

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a couple of quick and easy Photoplay Grease Monkey Masculine Cards to share with you.  These are great for graduation, birthdays, and other occasions when you need a card for the guys in your life.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride Masculine Card with Photoplay Grease Monkey by Kathy Clement

I love it when a card can be used for lots of different purposes.  This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is great for the young man who just passed his driver’s test.  It’s also a fun graduation or birthday card .  You could even use this card as a “milestone” birthday card, thanks to the speed limit sign on the background paper.

The  “key”  (see what I did there?) is to add foam tape between layers to make the simple elements pop off off the page.  Then tie a key on with some bakers twine, thrown in a few gears, and you’re nearly done.  Add a pop of color with the ticket from the ephemera pack.  Simple, but effective!

Here’s a peek inside.

Happy Birthday Handsome Slimline Shaker Card

This card is almost too easy to make.  The trick is using the Photoplay #9 Slimline Dies to create a shaker window.  Here’s how I did it:

  • Cut silver foil paper using the next to largest die . Use some post it tape or mint tape to hold the die in place.
  • Now, use a ruler and a craft knife to cut along the scored lined inside the silver panel.  If you place the paper on a glass cutting mat, the craft knife will glide along the surface and create a nice, clean cut.
  • Next, line the back side of the frame with clear cardstock.
  • Then add 3 layers of foam tape to the back of the frame.
  • Place a shaker mix and small metal gears over the patterned paper layer, then press the frame in place.
  • Now place dimensionals on the back of the banner sticker and adhere to the card.
  • Finally, place foam tape on the back of the “Happy Birthday” sticker and you’re done!

Here’s a peek inside.  Stamp a sentiment on a blank piece of cardstock so you can write a personal note.

Then create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside the pocket. Boom!  You’re done!

I love it when a sharp looking card only takes about 30 minutes to make.  How about you?

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

 

Autumn Celebration Pocket Card

Autumn Celebration Pocket Card with Photoplay Autumn Greetings

Hello, Friends!  It’s amazing how a small gift like this Autumn Celebration Pocket Card can bring a big smile to the face of a friend. Cheery papers from Photoplay’s Autumn Greetings,  fall embellishments and a few fall treats are the perfect way to add sunshine to anyone’s day.

This front pocket card design follows the same pattern as a Kangaroo Pocket card I designed earlier this year. You can find that tutorial HERE.  Instead of adding a brag book to the pocket, I used it to house a little tea party in a box.

This is a great way to use up bits and bobs of a favorite paper collection!

It’s amazing what you can make with little scraps of designer paper, isn’t it?

A Peek Inside

Magnets placed beneath the designer papers keep the front flap from flopping around.

TIP: Tear the edges on small scraps of designer paper to add pretty borders to a entiment panel.  Use a coordinating stamp set to dress it up even further.

Create a pocket in the center panel to hold a pretty gift card wallet.

Again, use small scraps of designer paper and stickers to dress up the inside.  No one will ever guess!

This card is a great example of how you can adapt the kangaroo pocket card design for any occasion.  I hope you’ll take another look at the original tutorial and then have fun using it to create a fabulous Autumn Celebration Pocket Card yourself.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...