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Road Trip Simple Folio

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Road Trip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go on a road trip!  Remember those?  Before gas prices spiraled out of control?  Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little.  We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.

This was before the internet, mind you.  I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area.  Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result.  These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way.  Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.

The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself.  My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way.  We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out.  I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.

Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches.  Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast.  GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?  Always!

So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.

Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Car June 2022 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The inspiration for this project is found on the cover.  How cute  is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month?  Yes, there are a lot of little pieces.  And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together.  But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another.  In all the colors!  LOL

I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car.  The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock.  Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard.  And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.

Helpful Tips
  •  Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
  •  Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
  •  Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die.  I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.

You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.

Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.

  • First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
  • Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
  • Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.

The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.

There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside.  Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.

The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″.  Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.

Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.

I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy.  Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.

What’s your favorite road trip memory?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month

Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month: Lovin’ from the Oven Recipe Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for me to share the Amazing Paper Grace May 2022 Die of the Month with you, and boy is it ever cute!  I’m calling this one “Lovin’ from the Oven” because the adorable factor is right up there with the Pillsbury Doughboy.  Remember him?

Spellbinders May 2022 Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up-Vignette Oven Echo Park Farmhouse Kitchen Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My mom was an amazing baker.  There was nothing fancy or magazine worthy about our country kitchen.  The linoleum was worn in spots.  My dad built the countertops, then covered them with the same linoleum that adorned the kitchen floor.  The pots and pans were ancient, battered and very Plain Jane. And the oven?  Let’s just say you would not find it in any respectable modern kitchen and leave it at that.

But when my mom cranked up the oven, it was transformed into a sneak preview of Heaven.  The woman could cook!  Hardly a day passed when our home was not filled with the yeasty, mouth-watering aroma of freshly baked bread.  When molasses cookies were on the menu, sweet spices filled the air.  Chocolate cake?  Be still my heart!  I think I learned how to cook by hanging out in the kitchen with my mom.  So this little project is dedicated to her memory.

3D Pop-Up Vignette Oven Shaker Element

I’m not gonna lie to you: when i took this die set out of the package, I felt a moment of anxiety.  There are a LOT of small pieces inside!  But, the packaging has a helpful step by step guide on the back that made it very simple to put this cutie pie oven together.  I opted to adapt the die into this sweet little shaker element.  (You can see Becca’s version HERE.) Here’s how this sweet little oven came together:

  • First, die cut the outline of the oven from plain cardstock and cut off the side tabs.
  • Next, die cut the oven with the door insert from plain cardstock, and cut off the tabs.
  • Now die cut the oven with the door insert from patterned cardstock and cut off the tabs.
  • Then adhere the patterned paper over the plain cardstock with the door.  Back this piece with clear cardstock (acetate) and add 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape to the back.
  • Next, die cut the accent pieces from rose gold cardstock as seen in the photo.
  • Now die cut the oven drawer, knobs and clock from a graphite shimmer cardstock.
  • Finally, die cut the oven mitts and utensils from a scrap of contrasting patterned paper.
  • Place your shaker elements inside the prepared oven cavity.
  • Adhere the oven racks (cut from rose gold) to the plain cardstock backer piece.
  • Line up the backer piece over the shaker window and press in place.
  • Now you can build your folio base and decorate.   
A Peek Inside

This simple folio base measures 7″ x 5″ with a 1/2″ spine.  I’ve added a side pocket on the left and a standard pocket on the right.

This is a great way to share a recipe with someone you love.  Just tuck a couple of your tried and true recipes into the pocket on the left.  Then add a little tea wallet, honey stick and photo folio to the pocket on the right.

All my best memories have been made in the kitchen!  My sweet granddaughters join me every Friday for cooking lessons and we have the best time!  Photos of these moments are important!  So I made this little 4×4 folio to hold a few of them in place. This would also make a great gift!

Loving from the Oven Recipe Card Folio on YouTube

I prepared a short video tour of this folio with tips and ideas on YouTube. I hope you enjoy!

This weekend is Mother’s Day and I hope every single one of you knows how much you are loved and appreciated.

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Layered Fleur PinkTulips

Amazing Paper Grace Layered Fleur Diamond Slimline Layered Tulips by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace  Half Diamond Layered Fleur Pink Tulips Slimline Card

Hello, Friends!   I’m popping in very quickly today to share this Amazing Paper Grace Half Diamond Layered Fleur Pink Tulips Slimline Card.  This flirty, feminine card fairly shouts “Spring has Sprung!”

Amazing Paper Grace Half Diamond Layered Fleur Layered Tulips Slimline Card by Kathy Clement

You all know I’m a big fan of slimline style cards.  The filigree design of the Half Diamond Die is so elegant.  I layered it over a soft pink patterned paper from Prima’s With Love collection.

The card base is 5″ wide with a 4 1/4″ cutaway front.  The tulips and die cut layer were so pretty that I only added a Reneabouquets Glitter Glass Butterfly , bow and buttons as embellishments.

The inside provided me with plenty of room to add some fussy cut layers, stamped sentiment, pocket and a pretty little pocket.

This is my all time favorite sentiment to add to a homemade bookmark.  Sadly, the stamp has been retired, but isn’t it great?

I’m headed to the kitchen now to prepare our Easter celebration.  (We call it Resurrection Sunday.) It’s supposed to be a sunny day and just warm enough for us to enjoy breaking bread together out under God’s beautiful blue sky!  We are a big family, and we love to gather together and celebrate the love of family, the joy of being together, and the goodness of God.

I pray each of you enjoys a peaceful, beautiful Easter Sunday.  And I hope you get to eat some bunny ears, too!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Farmhouse Style Mixed Media Cards

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders April 2022 APG DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Farmhouse Style Mixed Media Cards with APG April 2022 DOM and Stamperia Garden

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised you yesterday,  I’m back to share these Farmhouse Style Mixed Media Cards.  I had such fun creating with this Amazing Paper Grace Watering Can and Flowers die that I just couldn’t seem to stop!  Yesterday, I shared a video that introduced you to this delightful Club Kit and showed you several different ways to add mixed media finishes to the watering can.  We also learned a simple flower shaping technique.  If you missed that video, you can find  it HERE

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders APG DOM April 2022 Kathy Clement Photo 02

This watering can is cut from paper in the Stamperia Garden collection. Here’s how to make this watering can:

  • First die cut the watering can pieces.
  • Then lightly mist both sides of the paper.
  • Now add the embossed design dies over the body of the watering can.  Run them through your machine using an embossing mat.  This really makes the embossed design pop.
  • Next, lightly rub the design with metallic wax.  This will make the design stand out even more.
  • Finally, emboss with Versamark Embossing Ink and Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders APG DOM April 2022 Kathy Clement Photo 03

The card base is 6″ x 6 1/2″.  The background is made with torn layers of paper scraps that I stitched together on my sewing machine.  Add extra texture with mustard seeds, spattered paint and ribbon.

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders APG DOM April 2022 Kathy Clement Photo 04

Here’s a peek at the inside of the card.  Of course, I added a pocket!

Tuck in a tea bag, bookmark and honey stick to turn the card into a gift!

Rosemary Garden Mixed Media Card

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders APG DOM April 2022 Kathy Clement Photo 06

This watering can base is cut from heavy wrinkled specialty cardstock.  I just kept layering various embossing powders until I achieved the finish you see here.  The base coat is Seth Apter Patina Oxide followed by Vintage Beeswax and a little sprinkling of Taos Sunset.

TIP: Let the first layer of embossing powder cool before you  add the next layer of Versamark Ink and powder!  Heat chunky powders from the underside to avoid blowing the powder all over your work space.

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders APG DOM April 2022 Kathy Clement Photo 07

TIP: Cut flower layers from scraps of solid cardstock or patterned papers.  It always makes me happy when I can use up some scraps!

Stamperia Garden Mixed Media Card Spellbinders APG DOM April 2022 Kathy Clement Photo 08

Decorate your pocket with fussy cut images to add extra flair to the card design.

Create a sweet bookmark with scraps of designer paper.  Then tuck it into the pocket along with a tea bag and honey stick.

I keep thinking of different finishes and textures that I could use with this amazing die, so don’t be surprised if you see it again soon!

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Mixed Media Watering Can Bouquet Wall Hangings

Amazing Paper Grace DOM April 2022: Mixed Media Watering Can Bouquet Wall Hangings

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a trio of Mixed Media Watering Can Bouquet Wall Hangings to share with you.  Why a trio?  Because sometimes I have so much fun making a project that I decide to just keep going and going and going!  That’s what happened when I started to play with my Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace April Die of the Month.  This watering can die simply captured my imagination to the point that I ended up making FIVE of them.  Each one employs a slightly different mixed media technique.  If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to for the past few days, then read on!

Rusty Watering Can Wall Hanging with Patterned Paper Coneflowers

Stamperia Garden Rusty Watering Can Wall Hanging Amazing Paper Grace DOM April 2022 by Kathy Clement

This was the project that got my creative juices flowing.  First I die cut the watering can from a scrap of 110# white cardstock.  Then I thought, “what if I ink this specimen up with Distress Vintage Tea Dye Ink?”  That looked pretty cool, especially after I spritzed it with a little water.  But then I thought, “What happens if I heat emboss this with a little Seth Apter Taos Sunset Embossing Powder.”  And then…what about Vintage Beeswax Embossing Powder?  And as you can see…I ended up with this wonderfully rusty, pitted watering can.  Which I proceeded to fill with all kinds of coneflowers cut from scraps of Stamperia Garden.  So. Much. Fun.

I just had to make another one.

Chipped Watering Can with Coneflowers

This time I started my adventure with a piece of silver hammered metal specialty paper.  First I die cut and assembled the watering can.  Then I cut out a big stack of coneflowers from patterned paper and plain cardstock.  I ended up not liking the shiny finish on the watering can.  So I heat embossed it with more Taos Sunset.  But then I did a second layer with Stampendous Frantage Spoonful of Rust Embossing Enamel.  This has bits of mica flakes and other textures in it.  After the can cooled, I was able to crack the embossed watering can, ink it with Black Soot Distress Ink, spritz it with water and heat dry.  As the ink dried, it actually sank down into the embossing powder and created a really fabulous chipped/rusted/aged effect.

Even more fun than the first experiment!  Why not give it another test drive?

Embossed Watering Can with Cardstock Coneflowers

This time I started with a piece of pewter embossed specialty paper. First I heat embossed with Patina Oxide Baked Texture.  The finish was pretty, but a little more shiny than what I wanted.  So I sprinkled on more of the Taos Sunset and gave it another coat.  I really like the way this ended up looking like aged copper.

Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month April 2022 Watering Can Pop Up Vignette Die by Kathy Clement

Watering Can and Coneflowers Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to get acquainted with this wonderful die, learn how to assemble it, and get some ideas for shaping those delightful coneflowers, I hope you will enjoy this Make & Take Tuesday Tutorial on YouTube.

OK…true confession time.  I had so much fun with this die, I ended up making two cards, too.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share those with you!

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

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