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Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Believe it or not, it’s almost time to turn the calendar, so we need to share our Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial for this week’s Throwback Thursday post.  Summer comes into its own during the month of June. Songbirds are teaching their young to fly, butterflies flit about in the garden and the air is heady with the scent of roses.  What a beautiful month!  I think you’re going to really enjoy making this month’s folio!

We are following our basic folio design, and dressing things up with lovely elements from the Reneabouquets shop.  These Dusty Blue Roses are the perfect accent for the blues and pinks in this month’s papers.  A small April in Paris Doily creates a lovely spot to tuck in a wee bird nest. I’ll show you how to make it in the video tutorial!  And do you spy that gorgeous blue butterfly?  Yummy!

Hidden Pocket Folio

Of course, we have a hidden pocket beneath the card base.  This holds a lovely 5 1/2″ mini folio.

It’s kind of amazing how much you can fit into this small space.

I did change things up just a tad this month so that we don’t get bored with the design. You’ll see all the details in the video below.

A Peek Inside

The interior pocket doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.

This gives us room to tuck in more small  photo folios, which is always a good idea.

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and learn how to make this pretty little ditty, please enjoy this video tutorial.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  New to this series?  You can find the January-May Folio tutorials HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Love and Cherish Anniversary Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Love & Cherish Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement

Photoplay Love and Cherish Anniversary Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s all about love this for Throwback Thursday Anniversary Folio Tutorial!  We’re going to create a lovely Photoplay Love & Cherish project to help our friends Neal and Ruth celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss!  I was going to make them a card, but decided that 50 years called for a more substantial offering.  So I whipped up this easy to make (I promise!) folio to share with you today.

Photoplay Love & Cherish Shaker Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement

I really like the size of this folio.  Don’t let the 6 1/2″ size fool you; I’ve build loads of room for photos and journaling into design.  Ruth’s favorite colors are turquoise and pink, which blend beautifully with the somewhat neutral palette of the paper collection.

I added a pop of color with a Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Frame that I transformed into a shaker element.  Don’t the shaker bits look like confetti?  And how perfect is the sentiment within the frame?

Although I used this folio base to build an anniversary themed folio, you can take the same design and adapt it to  your own custom theme.

A Peek Inside

There’s loads of room inside for photos and journaling.  I  kept the embellishments to a minimum to make sure of that.

You’ll learn some fun tricks and tips in the video tutorial below.  Here’s a sneak peek of the tag pocket.  Tags are the perfect spot to write down memories, quotes or even a spot for small photos.

Perhaps my favorite element is this nifty (and easy to make!) photo folio that sits in the left hand pocket.  Once you learn how to make these, you’re going to want to do it again and again.

Love and Cherish Anniversary Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this folio base is built, how to add the mechanisms and decorate the cover, then I hope you’ll enjoy this video.  Go grab a cuppa and a snack, then press play and enjoy!

I’m excited to gift this folio to our friends at their party.  We met them when we were out on one of our morning walks, and although we  haven’t known them for long, we have a lot in common.  It’s always a happy occasion when people gather together to celebrate a lasting love, isn’t it?

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy 

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How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Let it Bee Collage Card Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial with Graphic 45 Let it Bee for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today’s How to Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial was inspired by YOU!  Several of you mentioned that you struggle when it comes to making a collage style card.  So I thought it might be fun to take a Throwback Thursday and share some of my tips and processes with you.  Now, I know that Graphic 45’s Let it Bee has not been languishing in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  It was, however, still on my desk after our Tuesday Tutorial session.  And because my crafting ( and life) philosophy is “use what is in front of you” I decided to use it again.  I hope you won’t mind!   So, grab a cuppa and a snack and let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Collage Card Tips and Tricks

Let me start by saying that I really, really like creating collage style cards. Oh, you are not sure what a collage style card is, you say?  Well, take a moment and check out this excellent article.  It explains things clearly and gives a great breakdown of the 4 types of collage art.  My collage style cards would fall under the category of being an assemblage. In an assemblage, An assemblage combines 3-D items, found objects and paper in an artistic composition.  I think of it as combining images and elements to tell a story, evoke a feeling, or prompt a memory.  Almost everything I create would fall into this category.

Although I don’t consider myself an expert, I do seem to have a natural ability to compose these little vignettes. Here are some simple guidelines you can make note of:

  • First, try to create  within an invisible triangle on your card.  I’ll talk more about this in the video tutorial.  But the human eye will follow the lines of a triangle so that all the details will be taken in.
  • Next, echo shapes within your collage.  For instance, in my card, I used a lot of circles:  a bottle cap, a clock, the chipboard, and even the sunflowers in the patterned paper are all basically circles.  This creates a feeling of harmony.
  • Then I like to create in themes.  Bees, sewing, nature, butterflies…having a cohesive theme really helps to make a collage make sense.
  • Overlap elements within your invisible triangle, or at least have them touch.
A Peek Inside

Let it Bee is such a happy collection!  And making this slimline trifold card made me super happy!

Can you believe I put 5 pockets inside this card?  That might be a new record!

All those pockets gave me lots of room for cute tags, journal cards and even a bookmark!

Throwback Thursday How to  Make a Collage Style Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create the cover of this Let it Bee Slimline Collage card, please enjoy this YouTube video.

Did you enjoy this little class on collage composition?  I hope you found some tips that will help you the next time you put together your next collage card.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets April in Paris Reneabouquets Dragonfly by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Even though it’s hard to believe, it is time to share our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial.  May???  Seriously?  Where is this year going?  If you are a regular follower on this blog, then you know we are enjoying a monthly series featuring this gorgeous paper collection.  New to the blog?  You can catch up on the previous months’ tutorials HERE.

May’s papers are so elegant with shades of purple, dragonflies, luscious botanical prints and floral images.  I decided to pull out the green hues in the color palette rather than the pink ones.  The end result is a regal looking folio that is perfect for Mother’s Day, May birthdays or any special occasion!

Layers of Love

I am so very fond of all the dragonflies that are depicted in the May papers.  they haven’t appeared in my back yard yet this year, but my granddaughters have seen them!  Because they are one of my favorite winged creatures, I echoed the dragonflies in the designer paper with a Reneabouquets glitter glass dragonfly and a silver dragonfly charm that I found in my stash.  Perched on a heat embossed April in Paris Beautiful Board Doily, it really sets the tone for this folio.

Here’s a view from above with the folio peeking out from the hidden pocket.

You’ll find a pocket inside the folio, too.  This one does double duty: it serves as a stopper or brake for the easel mechanism as well as a spot to tuck in photo mats and journal cards.

Hidden Pocket Mini Folio

We will create a 5 1/2″ square folio to tuck into the hidden pocket located beneath the card base.

There’s a storage pocket inside as well as a lovely flap page.

I’ve added photo mats and journal cards inside the folio.  You’ll see how all of this comes together in the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish May Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along and create this folio with me, here’s the video tutorial.

 

I hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of Throwback Thursday!  Have fun making this lovely folio!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial

 

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and this week we’re creating a Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card together.

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card

I’m a sucker for a vintage styled paper collection.  The soft neutral tones of this paper collection along with the sewing imagery and old fashioned ladies in hats really drew me in.  Pink and beige is one of my favorite color combinations in a card.

Tips for Making a Collage Style Card

I’ve had this collection for quite a while.  All of the focal images had been used up in other projects.  But I still had a nice stack of fussy cuts and ephemera.  Perfect for a collage style card!  I have to tell you, this card came together in record time!   Here are some tips to help you if you have a favorite paper collection…but you’ve run out of focal images.

  • Start by organizing your ephemera and fussy cuts in categories.  I made little piles with all the clock images together, all the vintage ladies, butterflies, tags, tiny ephemera, etc. grouped together.
  • Now pick the main image you want to feature on your card.  For me, it was this lady in the fancy hat.
  • Next, group smaller ephemera bits and layering pieces around your main image until you are happy with the arrangement.  Remember to keep your main image as the main focus of the card.  Think of everything else as being part of the supporting cast.
  • Add dimension with foam dots.  This type of layering adds lots of interest to the layout of the card.

Digging through my stash of flowers, I found these pretty Prima blooms.  Their soft shades really worked with this vintage style collection.  Then I just had to add ribbon, and the card was done!

A Peek Inside

Because I had a lot of paper scraps, I decided to create one of my Tea Party in a Box cards.  Wrapping all the little treats is a great way to use up bits and bobs.

Create a little tea wallet with scraps of paper.  Then stitch up a quick bookmark to tuck into the pocket along with the chocolate, honey stick and vintage spoon.  I even made my own tassel for the bookmark!

Kaisercraft Mademoiselle Collage Style Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how I put the front cover of this card together, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube video.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s installment of Throwback Thursday.  If you have some favorite retired paper collections in your stash that you’d like me to work with, please let me know in the comments.  If I have them here, I’ll try to work them into a future Throwback Thursday tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note: Throwback Thursday projects use older, retired collections that may not be available online.  I will list whenever possible.  Thanks for understanding!

 

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