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Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this final Throwback Thursday of 2022,  I have this adorable Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  The tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Stacked Spine Mini Album base and some special interactive mechanisms that go with it.  It’s my Christmas present to each one of you that has followed my blog and left so many lovely comments this year.  Truly, you are the best of the best, and I am thankful for each one of you! Now let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Sweet Shop Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album

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I wish you could see this album in real life.  It is just so stinkin’ cute!  The camera does not do a good job of picking up the sparkle in the shaker box or on the embossed snowflake frame.  So you will have to use your imagination there.  If you happen to have Echo Park Gingerbread Christmas in your stash, it is the perfect playmate for Reneabouquets new Sweet Shop Christmas collection.  I’ll share a peek at the goodies in the video tutorial below.

These beautiful flowers are part of the collection.  I’ve paired them up with Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon to really amp up the gingerbread vibe of this sweet little mini.

These Sweetshop Gingerbread embellishments are just so darling.  I’ve used them throughout the album.  Because they come in multiple sizes, you can easily add them to card fronts or inside a mini.  The detail is amazing!

The Christmas Dangle Spine

We do so love a good dangle charm element, don’t we?  Here’s a close up look at the one I created for this album.  Not only do I collect charms, my husband gives them to me on special occasions, our daughter is always on the lookout for them, and even my sweet friends and followers send them to me.  That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to list where I found a particular charm.

A Peek Inside

This petite mini album will hold 3×5 cards for recipes, 4×4 or 4×5 photos or small bits of ephemera. The base is made with 110# Michael’s Recollections  8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft cardstock.  It’s my favorite kraft cardstock for paper engineering as it is super thick and strong…just a step below chipboard, really.

Interactive elements and mechanisms are what make a mini album so much fun.  So I’ll show you how to create this fun flip/flap folio page in the video tutorial.

Every mini album needs a waterfall mechanism.  This one is made with 4×4 elements.  I’ve weighted it down with another Sweet Shop Gingerbread man.  And, there’s a surprise element that you’ll see in the video tour!

You need room for journaling as well as room for photos in a good mini album, and these cute pull out pages do the trick.

How about hidden pockets?  Yep….gotta have them!  And tip in pages with a cute tab element are loads of fun, too.  Especially when they are adorned with a Sweet Shop Candy Cane!

TIP: Create more “real estate” for photos with the help of flip up pages and flap pages!

Look at all the room behind this flap page!

Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tour and Tutorial on YouTube

You will notice in this video tutorial that I welcome you to Make & Take Tuesday.  Well, that’s because I forgot about the RRR Blog Hop that took place on Tuesday.  So I just moved this over into the Thursday slot.  Really, it works perfectly, because Gingerbread Christmas is an older collection from Echo Park.

So grab a cuppa and a gingerbread cookie and join me as we make this fun mini album base.

As I stated earlier, this is my last video for 2022.  I have a new grandson to cuddle, cookies to bake with The Littles, the house to decorate, our daughter’s February wedding to plan, and  some Button Farm Club Kits to finish up before the end of the year.  So I’m not really taking a break…I’m just taking care of business!

I have a few posts pre-scheduled, and if I have time, I might do a “favorites of 2022” post for you to enjoy while I’m taking care of stuff.  I’m also planning a fun 10 year Blog Anniversary celebration in January (there will be giveaways!) so look for that.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a peaceful, joyous, meaningful Christmas.  May the Light of the World, Jesus, fill your hearts and homes with love, harmony and celebration.  I send every one of you a hug!

Stay warm and cozy!

Cheerio,

kathy

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November Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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November Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe that it’s already time for me to share our November Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial?  Where has this year gone?  November means Thanksgiving in the USA.  And Thanksgiving just happens to be my favorite holiday.  Our gnomes this month seem pretty excited about the holiday, too.  How cute is that little Pilgrim gnome?  And do I spy turkey and pumpkin pie?  I believe I do!

Our shaker box this month is a gorgeous Reneabouquets Layered Pumpkin.  I’ll show you how to put it together in the video tutorial below.

Pops of teal in the ribbons and flowers pick up on the teals from the paper collection.  It makes for a warm and cozy feeling paired up with the russet tones of our pumpkin shaker box.

I even managed to find a teal pumpkin in my stash!

If you are new to my blog, or haven’t seen this year-long series, you can find the previous 9 tutorials HERE.

A Peek Inside

Just like the previous folios, this one is filled with flips, flaps,  pockets and mini folios.

Just think how fun it will be to fill this folio up with photos of your family Thanksgiving!  These memories are the things we will cherish all our lives, and it’s so nice to have a spot to capture them!

November Gnome of the Month Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Still want more fun with gnomes?  There are a few Button Farm Club Year with My Gnomies Boxed Folio Sets left in Laura’s shop.  You can find out more about them HERE.

 

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Botanical Halloween Card with Reneabouquets

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Botanical Halloween Card with Reneabouquets and Graphic 45 Time to Flourish

Hello, Friends!  I think this botanical Halloween card is simply boo-tiful!  How about you?  I’ve combined some gorgeous chippies from Reneabouquets with Graphic 45’s October Time to Flourish papers.  The end result is a botanical beauty that’s too cute to spook!

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I’m not a fan of spooky Halloween.  You can keep your skeletons and bats and monsters, thank you very much.  But the rich colors of this paper collection when combined with Reneabouquets sweetly costumed girl in the pumpkin patch make me smile.

She’s too cute to scare anyone as she sits in the pumpkin patch with her little kitty cat!

TIP: Surround the pumpkin with small flowers to anchor it into the design.  Use flowers that pick up on the colors in the paper design.

TIP: Pull the purples out of the paper collection by accenting with purple flowers and a purple gingham bow.

TIP: Heat emboss the Beautiful Board title with Aged Black Embossing Enamel to create  visual drama and a vintage vibe.

The brake or “stopper” on this easel card is actually a pocket!  I’ve created height with the chipboard and bow cluster.  Back the border strip with foam adhesive to make sure the brake works properly!

A Peek Inside

So what’s in the pocket?  Oh, just a few treats for someone sweet!

  • Score, fold and add gussets to the October Ledger image.  This creates a perfect tuck spot for a delicious tea bag.
  • Dress up a honey stick with a little banner flag.
  • Then turn the 4×4 image into a mini note card and tuck into the pocket.

This was a fun project that I made for one of my Etsy Shop clients.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card

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Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I don’t like spooky Halloween, but this Carta Bella Halloween Market Shaker Card is too cute to spook!  When a long-time customer from my Etsy shop placed an order for a special Halloween card, I had to dig through my stash to see what papers I had in house. These cute papers and some sweet Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board seemed like a perfect match.  And just like that,  I was off on another crafty adventure.

What to Do When You Have No Focal Image

Almost all the focal images in this collection had been used in previous projects.  (You can review them HERE. There are even some video tutorials that you might like to watch again!)

Since I depend on images to tell a story in my card designs, I had to do some thinking. Thankfully, I had some adorable Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board images in my stash along with a die cut clock.  The printed Beautiful Board was small, but what if I used these adorable images to adorn a shaker element?  This could work!

Creating the Shaker Element

Here’s how I made the shaker element:

  • First, die cut the Tim Holtz Timekeeper Clock from heavy black cardstock.
  • Next, ink the clock up with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Be generous!
  • Now cover the clock with Stampendous Aged Black Embossing Enamel.  Let the excess powder roll off the die cut, but do not tap the paper!
  • Then heat emboss from the underside of the die until the powder starts to melt.  Hold the die cut with tweezers to protect your fingers.
  • Once the embossing powder has started to melt, you can finish the job from the top side.  This prevents the embossing crystals from rolling all over your work space.
  • While you are heat embossing, go ahead and finish the spider web corners Beautiful Board with the same technique.
  • Now die cut an acetate (clear cardstock)  circle to fit the back side of the clock and adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive around the outer perimeter of the acetate circle.
  • Next, place your shaker mix in the area where you plan to place the clock.  Line the clock up over the shaker mix and press firmly in place to seal.
  • Place foam tape on the Reneabouquets Scarecrow and attach to the side of the clock.
  • Place 3 layers of foam tape to the little witch image and adhere at the base of the clock.
  • Add your bow cluster, flowers and a dangle charm at the top.
A Peek Inside

Piece patterned papers together to finish the inside of the card.  Of course, you need a pocket for treats!

Use scraps of patterned paper to dress up a tea bag and honey stick.  Turn to your scraps again and make a cute little chocolate wallet/notecard to add to the pocket.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath

Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

Hello, Friends!  I know I said I was probably done making Autumn cards, but then I hatched the idea to make this Pink Autumn Thanksgiving Wreath Tea Party in a Box…and, how could I say no? This might be my favorite Autumn creation thus far, so I had to share it with you.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the entire year.  I love that we set a whole day aside just to say “thank you” for all the blessings in our lives.  (I have developed the habit of looking for the good and being grateful for it every day.  Because of it, I’m a happier person.)  But It’s good to have a day when we take inventory of all the GOOD thing that surround us, instead of always moaning about the bad things.  Spending time with family is irreplaceable.  Tables groaning under the weight of food that has been lovingly prepared is  a GOOD thing!  So I celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way.   To me, this card captures the beauty and bounty of the holiday I love so much.

The Inspiration

This Thanksgiving wreath in Reneabouquet’s shop caught my eye.  The softer autumn hues are a perfect pairing for Prima’s Pink Autumn collection.  The front cover of this beauty comes together very quickly, but looks as though hours were spent  on it.  That’s the beauty of printed Beautiful Board.  All the heavy lifting has been done for you.  Here’s how the cover came together.

  • First, join two 6″ x 11″ panels of chocolate brown cardstock together.  Score from left to right at 6″ and again at 7″.  Fold.  Score again at 6″ and 7″.  Then score one final time at 9 1/2″.  This small flap will be the box pocket face.  Trim away the excess paper.
  • Next, cut a 5 3/4″ square”  panel of the pastel pumpkin foiled paper.
  • Then cut a 5 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ strip of the brown pumpkin patterned paper from the A4 pad.  This is the belly band.  This darker band of paper helps the soft colors of the wreath pop off the page.
  • Now trim around the edges of the 12×12 “Give Thanks” sentiment.
  • Place foam tabs or strips on the back of the wreath and position over the sentiment.  Then center and adhere.  Place foam on the turkey and adhere on the left hand side of the wreath.
  • Arrange Pink Autumn florals in the corners of the wreath.  Add a Vanilla Shimmer Satin Bow and Metallic String to complete the composition.

Something about this card takes me right back to my Great-Grandmother’s house at Thanksgiving.

Tea Party in a Box

Here’s a peek at the Tea Party in a Box.

I used the vellum sheet from Pink Autumn to make a little 4″ x 5″ note card and treat envelope to go along with all the usual suspects.

This little ensemble makes a wonderful hostess gift.  Since I’m the one who usually prepares and hosts the feast, perhaps I shall give this one to myself.  Just kidding…you can actually find it in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for indulging me in my passion for fall this year.  I’ll turn on the Christmas creations soon.  I just hate rushing through my favorite season of the year.  So this year I decided to celebrate fall with all of you.  I hope you don’t mind.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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