Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial for Frilly Funkie
Hello, Friends! It’s time for a new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The incredibly talented and imaginative Suzz is our hostess this go round and the challenge theme is Knock on Wood. Before we dig into the Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach Walk Flap Folio Tutorial that I’ve prepared for you today, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.
Challenge Theme: Knock on Wood
For this challenge you need to dig through your crafty stash and look for some type of wood to incorporate into your art. This can be any kind of wooden object like a wood spool, a wood button, a mini ruler or even a branch. Create a vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates some type of wood content.
Beach Walk Flap Folio: First Look
It’s been such a cold, grey, miserable winter and it just seems to drag on and on. So I decided I had to make my own sunshine in the studio. Naturally, I turned to the sun drenched color and beachy images of Graphic 45’s Sun Kissed collection.
This 5″ x 7″ gatefold style card has been given an upgrade to folio status. By adding a few flaps to the basic design, I was able to create a really fun, interactive card folio. I’m telling you, my friends, I am addicted to making these mighty little minis! Each one I build is like it’s own puzzle, and I really have fun figuring it all out.
Beach Walk Flap Folio: Where’s the Wood?
In keeping with Suzz’s fun Knock on Wood theme, I created a wood life preserver to embellish the cover of this beach walk flap folio. This is a wooden curtain ring. I attached a thin rope with washi tape and voila! Instant life preserver. The interior is filled with tiny shells that I’ve picked up on my beach combing adventures on North Carolina’s beautiful coastline.
I’m a sucker for cute embellishments like this carved wooden sea gull. I’m not sure where I picked him up, but I’m so glad I found him in my stash of wooden embellies. There’s also a small glass vial filled with authentic North Carolina beach sand.
Beach Walk Flap Folio: A peek inside.
Gatefold cards are always fun to open. The flaps on either side transform a standard card base into a sort of mini adventure. And then, you get a glimpse of all the features tucked inside! It’s a dramatic moment, for sure.
TIP: Turn a border strip into a mini pocket! Just adhere the sides and bottom edge, leaving the top and body open for these cutie pie tags from the 8×8 collection.
TIP: Don’t forget to add designer paper to the back side of your focal image, as it will be visible when the gate opens wide.
TIP: The small ephemera cards are perfectly sized to use in a waterfall cascade. First, mat each card on complementary cardstock, leaving a 1/2″ overhang on the top edge. Then, score the flap, and you are good to go!
TIP: Next, line the folded edge of each card up with the bottom edge of the preceding card.
Finally, add a border strip to the base page to dress it up. There’s room for a photo here, too!
Beach Walk Flap Folio: Pockets and Such
Create a stylish pocket by folding a flap page back on itself.
Then fill the pocket with more ephemera cards, photos, tags…whatever suits your fancy!
Beach Walk Flap Folio: Flips and Flaps
TIP: Add interest to your flap folio by varying the size of the flaps. This shorter flap stands out from the crowd because it is shorter than the rest of the album. But you can still fit a 4×5 image on it!
TIP: Add a flap on both sides of a page for extra fun! To create these flap pages, do the following:
- Cut all paper layers to size, but don’t glue in place!
- Cut flaps so that they are a 1/2″ wider (or taller) than you want the page to be. Score that 1/2 overhang and adhere it to the folio base.
- Then, once the flap pages are glued in place, you can add the top layer.
TIP: Policy envelopes make great flap pages! I simply added a side hinge to left hand side of this envelope and voila! Instant flap page!
The center panel of the card is also a flap page.
Beach Walk Flap Folio Video Tour and Tutorial
It’s almost hard to believe that you can fit all this into one standard 5″ x 7″ gatefold card base. But seeing is believing! Just watch this short YouTube video to see how all these flips and flaps work together. I’ll also share a very basic gatefold card tutorial in this video. Enjoy!
Now It’ s YOUR turn to Knock on Wood!
You’re invited to participate in this fun Knock on Wood Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that incorporates wood in the design. Then link your project on the Frilly and Funkie blog before 11:59PM DST on Tuesday, March 28th. You can find all the information on that HERE.
The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who links up and follows the ruleswill be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
I can’t wait to see what you make!
Did I share some tips and tricks today that you can use in your own crafty adventures? If so,, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
hey Kathy! This paper is gorgeous and I love your description of a mini album as a puzzle. That’s a perfect description and this is a gorgeous puzzle. I Iive in Myrtle Beach and will have to add some authenic South Carolina sand to mine!
Oh how a splash in the warm ocean would be welcomed right now! As ever you use these beautiful papers to absolute best advantage Kathy and I LOVE your clever idea for creating the buoy from the curtain ring! Genius! xx
Stunning as always Kathy. Love love love your addition of wood with the life saver ring, it is just genius. <3
Love this amazing folio!
Fabulous card and so chock full of your signature extras. Love the waterfall inside and the life preserver is sheer genius. This card is simply bright and cheerful and I love it.
Kathy, you brought this paper to life for me! I adore your DIY life preserver! What fun! So many beautiful details to admire here. Your layering is always such an inspiration to me. Hugs, Autumn
Kathy, Your card/album convinces me all the more that I love this Sun kissed paper set. Your video is awesome and helped me realize that it works when some of the pieces are just the ephemera, cut and tucked strategically throughout the project. Can’t put off ordering this themed set any longer! Thanks for sharing this project and video–especially the demo at the end for adding pieces.
Oh Kathy you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful creations. I wholeheartedly agree with you about the weather. We’re being told to expect another cold and windy weekend again in the uk. So, your beautiful card is a breath of hopefully what’s to come. Love everything you have done, the curtain ring is fantastic, the shells, seagull and your many wonderful pockets and flaps. Thank you for your video and hints and tips. X
I love this, Kathy! Your creativity knows no bounds. I love all the embellishments and amazing design. That life saver is to die for and the beach is, by far, my favorite place to be. Awesome folio as always. <3
Hi Kathy, a super creation; boy! wish I could have a class in person with you. You are so talented. I wouldn’t know where to begin. thank you so much for explaining the process. so much thought an love in this…….have a good day…..hugs.
Oh, my Gawd, Kathy! You NEVER cease to amaze me with your imaginative work, and each time I see that word folio, I know I am in for a treat! Excellent use of wood on your artwork; I KNEW it was a curtain ring, because I had just seen one just like it in my stash! Ha, Ha! And I think I have the seagull, too! Tee Hee! This collection of paper is just wonderful brought to life under your creative and talented hands! I’m saving the video walk through until I have some nice restful moments, but thanking you in advance for your hard work on that! Sending hugs; wish I could say they were warm, but it’s actually winter here again (until Friday, then it’s back to spring! Yippee! I was thinking of you when I saw that weather map dropping snow cover over your neck of the woods. All we got was very cold rain!
Great little folio, Kathy! The Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Beach collection is adorable. I love your clever use of a wooden curtain ring,turning it into a life preserver! Thanks for tutorial too.
Your creative genius is inspiring Kathy! This trip to the beach was a lovely diversion on a very cold New York morning – look forward to the weekend and settling in to making one of these.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🙂
Kathy, this is soooo beautiful and fun! I want to make one! I love that collection. I live in Galveston, Tx so anything that has to do with the beach I just have to have! Thank you for sharing this awesome folio!
Luv, luv, luv that life preserver idea! That’s just genius Kathy!!! And the blue washi tape is so perfect for it! And your tiny shells inside! And the real sand in the glass bottle! Sure makes me want to go to the beach! This card is a real treat on the inside too! Loaded with flips and flaps …makes you feel like you are on a real treasure hunt! It’s just beautiful! Tell me …do you ever sleep? Lol! Hugs from Suzy Q
Jaw drops… You created that life preserver? Here I was thinking how fantastic that you had a little embellishment ready to go with your beautiful Flap Folio! This of course has the Kathy magic of layers of wonderful design and all secret compartments and cool embellishments. Love this and how you creatively came up with your touch of wood!
Wow, Kathy you never fail to amaze me with your creativity, In a million years that lovely little anchor idea would not have popped into my mind – what a wonderful magical world you live in, Thank you for transporting me there each day!
Blessings from ‘Sunny’ UK