Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial for Back to Nature Challenge at Frilly & Funkie
Hello, Friends! Welcome to the latest challenge at the Frilly & Funkie Blog, sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I’ve created a mixed media Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial for this “Back to Nature” challenge. Our lovely hostess is the amazing Sara Emily, who I call the Queen of Techniques. This is what she has to say about the challenge:
Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn’t help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object.
My mind went immediately to summer….and blue skies…and dragonflies. And that was how this lovely little Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial came into being.
Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial: The Base-ics
I designed a brand new style of folio for this challenge, which is always a good way to start any project in my world! This is a 7 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ side opening folio with a 1/2″ nested spine. The album has a fun staggered edge pocket and tag interior with my usual flaps and pockets. I think you will enjoy creating this base following the simple tutorial in the YouTube Video below.
TIP: Reinforce the folio spine by wrapping it with burlap. This not only looks awesome, it protects those delicate creases in the spine,
TIP: Punch holes in the spine and thread custom dyed seam binding ribbon through them. Alter the keys and dragonfly charm with Seth Apter’s incredible Patina Oxide Baked Texture. I am completely smitten with these Baked Textures! Look how old they made these keys look. And it took mere seconds to accomplish. Ya gotta love that!
Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial Close Ups and Tips
TIP: Use an embossing pen to add Versamark Ink to the wings of the dragonfly. Then heat emboss with Seth Apter’s Baked Texture. Even my husband was amazed at how cool the wings look!
TIP: Distress Opaque Crackle Texture Paste adds subtle texture and design to this image. Mix a few drops of Old Paper Reinker in with a quarter sized blob of paste. Mix with a palette knife. Spread through the flourish stencil from Tim’s Mini Layering Stencils Set #10. It’s just so pretty!
Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside
Stamperia Wonderland paper is filled with dragonflies and botanical images like these. That’s why I chose it for this project.
TIP: Create a fancy edged pocket by fussy cutting a floral cluster from the corner. Score a 1/4″ line along the left and the bottom edges. Fold, angle the corners, and fold to create a unique pocket.
This photo shows you the neat staggered edge/pocket and tag layout of the folio. I have to confess, I am really tickled with the way this turned out.
TIP: Cover tags in a flash! Use a Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tag Album in combo with the G45 Regular Tag and Gears Die. You can cut up to 4 layers of designer paper at a time with this die.
Stamp covered tags with the Dragonfly image from Stamper’s Anonymous Classics 1. I used Butterscotch Archival Ink (retired). Heat embossed with Seth’s Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture. For this project, I decided handwritten quotes would be cool. Tear the paper edges, then adhere the quotes with Vintage Collage Distress Medium. I talk more about this in the video.
Dragonfly Days Pocket and Tag Folio Tutorial: The Video
Enjoy this album tour, see all the products I used to create it, and learn some neat tips and tricks as you view.
Back to Nature: Now it’s YOUR Turn!
Play along in this Back to Nature Challenge, by creating your own vintage or shabby chic project following Sara’s guidelines. Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EDT on Tuesday, August 28th.
The Frilly and Funkie team will pick our favorite project to be a Guest Designer on the blog. Our top 3 picks will also receive badges to display proudly on their blog. And, everyone who plays along and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
Thanks for stopping by!
Please note, the flowers used on this project are from Little Birdie Crafts: Wendy Arctic Ice, Martina Arctic Ice, Bernice Ocean Mist, Rosemund Arctic Ice
Another incredibly beautiful project, Kathy! As I watched your video I was in awe of the variety of materials you brought together in this folio. Now I need to “quit my day job” as they say so I can attempt to create something this lovely. I’ll be sending out Christmas wish lists to friends and family for these wonderful products–never too early to start dropping hints, right? So, thanks for the inspiration, the video and all the great tips.
Oh Kathy, it’s another jaw on the floor time here!!! I can truly say this is one of my all time favourite projects from anyone at any time. The colours, always the most important bit to me, those turquoise tones that sing with the dragonfly and those papers. And the clever use of burlap on the spine sets off the aged key charms and flower clusters. I can’t wait to go see the video to savour it in more detail. Hats off to you yet again my talented friend xx
U have every right to be tickled by this!
I love this idea so much, it’s inspring me to make one of my own kind.
I absolutely LOVE making one-of-a-kind handcrafted books!!!
U rocked ur video as well, girl, and that’s the icing on ur cake.
Aww! Thank you so much, Lyla! I’m with you…making one of a kind books is the best kind of fun. Thanks for making my day!
Everyone pretty much said what I would have said, truly an amazing piece Kathy. You have done it yet again. 🙂
This folio card is truly amazing! Luv every little detail about this! The colors are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing all your tips and tricks with the paints …how do you do it? I want to try every single card you make! They are ALL amazing! And your tutorials make it so easy! You truly have a gift! Hugs, Suzy Q
I adore dragonflies and this album is a beautiful tribute to them! Wonderful design as always. The touch of the baked texture on the wings is lovely!
Oh my gosh how beautiful is that paper! What a lovely folio. I am just blown away! Cannot say enough about how wonderfully this turned out. Wow
Oh, for Heaven’s sake, Kathy! This is beyond drop dead gorgeous! I confess, I went straight to your shop to see if this was for sale. Sadly, I didn’t see it in the line up of your wonderful creations. Now I will be back to finish reading your post; hopefully with another cup of coffee in hand! Right now, I need to go fan myself before I FAINT! You knocked it out of the ballpark and clear into the next county! Hugs!
Kathy, you are like the Goddess of folio creativity! OMG this is just stunning. Next to bees I love anything with a dragonfly theme. And you’ve used my favorite paper,Stamperia. What more could one ask for in a card/folio. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Hugs
Love the tags and pockets on this gorgeously desgined folio! You rocked it again!
Gorgeous! Love the theme and the colors. And, as always, your design is beautiful!
Totally adorable! OXO
A new favourite Kathy, this is absolutely stunning!! I really enjoyed the video and thank you for all the great tips!!!
Kathy this is absolutely gorgeous…those colors are soooo soothing..i love the details..the fabric on the spine…and those feathers…geesh lady you are amazing