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How To Fix a Project That Has Gone Off the Rails

Prima Tales of You & Me Folio Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Photo 01

How to Fix a Project That Has Gone Off the Rails with Prima Tales of You & Me

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday will focus in on how to fix a project that has gone off the rails.  You know how that goes.  You begin a project with great optimism and enthusiasm.  Things start off well enough.  But then you make a design error.  Then that error leads to another…and another.  Finally you are so frustrated and exasperated that the project goes into “time out.”  Has that ever happened to you?  Please tell me I am not alone!

A couple of years ago, my sweet husband bought me a box of crafty goodies for Valentine’s Day.  This pad of Prima’s Tales of You & Me was part of the gift.  I knew immediately that I wanted to make a romantic little folio with it.  Maybe I was tired.  Perhaps I’d made one too many folios.  Or maybe I’d lost my mojo.  Who  knows?  But for whatever reason, I just kept making one mistake after another.  Everything I had pictured in my mind fell off the rails and I had a papercrafting train wreck on my hands.

The best thing to do when this happens seems counter-intuitive.  Just walk away.  Clean up your desk.  Put the problem child in time out, and work on something else.  Or go take a nap!  It took me two years to finish this particular project.  But I now love it again.  Phew!

Victorian Style

Since the collection has a real Victorian vibe, I created a shaker frame with some Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board.  See that sweet angel?  It’s also Reneabouquets.

Fussy cut some images to tuck in with your paper layers.  Then add some hot pink roses and a flirty butterfly carry out the Victorian theme.

Add a dangle charm and a book plate to the spine to dress it up.

A Peek Inside

The album measures 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  This is a nice size for photos.  It also gives you lots of room to add interactive elements.  You’ll see how these work in the video tutorial below.

TIP: Create a tuck spot for a tag behind the pull out accordion folio.  Just add gussets to the sides and bottom of the folio and you can slide the tag right into the space.  Neat, huh?

TIP: Remember to use your tools!  I pulled out my Envelope Maker to create this pretty envelope folio.

The center of the album is a great spot for a double waterfall folio.

TIP: Fill that awkward space behind the waterfall pages with a stylish pocket and journal card.

Don’t forget to add a flap page and a hidden pocket.  Some of these elements were added to cover up design mistakes.  You can learn all about that in the video below.

How to Fix a Project That Has Gone Off the Rails YouTube Video

Are you ready to see the before and after version of this project?  Just click play and see how I rescued this pretty folio from the time out basket.

I hope you enjoyed this papercrafting rescue project.  It feels great to have this folio finished at long last.  I really like the way it turned out!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die

Carta Bella Flora 4 Friendship PARTY in a Box Folio Spellbinders Filigree Marquis Die by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die with Carta Bella Flora Friendship Folio

Hello, Friends!  I think you’re going to fall in love with this Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die.  It’s one of the new dies in Spellbinder’s “Classically Becca” release.  Elegant, versatile, and inspiring are words that come to mind.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Friendship Party in a Box Folio with Carta Bella’s Flora 4 collection.  And this die set the tone for the design.

Although the die is sized to fit the front of an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) card base, it makes the perfect focal frame on this 6×6 folio.  The die also has a gorgeous filigree oval in the center.  Here’s where the versatility comes in.  Cut the die in half and layer it beneath the focal to add another layer of elegance to your creation.

Cinch and Go Flowers

This release also features a brand new Cinch and Go Flower set.  Becca is famous for dies that create gorgeous flowers with minimal effort.  Here’s how I made the flowers for this folio.

  • First, die cut flower layers from a sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ whip cream cardstock.
  • TIP: Always die cut more flower layers than you need for the project you are working on.  This way, you have a stash of prepared flower layers that are ready to go!
  • Next, cup the flowers by running a ball stylus from the outer edge of the petal to the center.  Apply gentle pressure, and the petals will magically turn up and shape themselves!
  • Now apply the ball stylus around the center of each petal layer to finish the shaping process.
  • Then layer the petals together, staggering the petals.  Use hot glue or liquid adhesive to hold the petals in place.
  • Next, shape the stamen die cuts in the same way and adhere in the center of each flower.  You can fill the centers with beaded stamens, micro beads, Czech beads, or Prills, as I did.
  • Finally, lightly brush the edges with ink to bring out the details.  I used Gathered Twigs because it worked well with my paper selections.

I’ll show you all the flower layers in the short video tour below.  But look how adorable this itty bitty posy is!

The Spine

Decorate the folio spine with a cluster of dangle charms.  I used an antique bronze clock, rhinestone gem, enamel bee and resin leaves.  Attach the charms to a lobster claps with jump rings.

A Peek Inside

Add a box pocket inside the folio.  Then fill it with everything you might need to create a tea party for one!

Use scraps of designer paper to gift wrap little treats.

This side pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a note card and a trio of darling tags.

A hidden pocket in the center panel provides room for a pull out folio.  Place adhesive just along the bottom edge of an ephemera tag to create a tuck spot for a 3×4 card.

Meet the Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Marquis Die & Flower in a YouTube tour

To help you get a feel for the flow of this folio, and to introduce you to this wonderful die and flower, I’ve created a very short YouTube video tour.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  To see the entire “Classically Becca” release at Spellbinders, please click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio Tour for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio Tour for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a super cute Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio for our final Throwback Thursday post of 2021,  I think you’re going to love the sweet images and wintry hues of this lovely paper collection. Released in 2020, it’s a great choice for both Christmas and winter crafting.

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Flip Folio Tour for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Flip folios are so much fun to make.  They all begin in pretty much the same way: join two long sections of cardstock together, then score and fold to create the base folio and pages.  I’ve made dozens and dozens of these little folios over the years, each one a bit different than the last.  I never get tired of finding new ways to score and fold paper.  You can see several examples of one’s I’ve made in the past HERE.   This one measures 6″ x 6″ with 3/4″ spines.

Let it Snow

Don’t you love the way the snowy village in the foreground creates a resting place for this lovely tag from the collection?  You create a real sense of depth and dimension when you tuck the sweet snowman image from Reneabouquets behind it.  Then, use wintry flowers and Beautiful Board snowy branches to frame the cover.

What is it about kids in snowsuits, hats, scarves and mittens that makes for such great photos?  I love seeing pics of our grandgirls with their cheeks all rosy red from frolicking outside in the snow.  So I made sure to include lots of room for photos in the design of this folio.  A 6″ x 4″ waterfall feature inside the front cover works great for this!

TIP: Add a little extra fun to a waterfall feature with ephemera tabs.  Simply adhere the top part of an ephemera tab to the bottom of a waterfall page.  It looks great, and adds room for a little journaling, too.

Creating the Folio Base

To make the base for this folio, follow these easy steps:

  • First, cut (2) 12″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.  Overlap the 6″ sides about 1/4″ and secure with your favorite adhesive.  I like to use 1/4″ Scor-Tape, because it helps me keep everything in a straight line.
  • Next, place the length of the joined papers on your scoring tool.  Score at 6″ and again at 6 3/4″.  Fold on the 6 3/4″ scored line and repeat.
  • Now score the remainder of the panel at 5 3/4″. You’ll have one short panel on the far right hand side..  Accordion fold the  panels to fit inside the 6″ covers.

Now join 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panels of pink cardstock to form the little accordion fold pull out page.  Score every 3 3/4″ all the way down the length.  The final “flap” piece is adhered behind the far right hand base page.

Decorate the pages with tags, stickers and chipboard from the collection.

This photo shows how the pink accordion folio slips behind the final panel.

Tea Party in a Box

The center panel is a box pocket with everything you need to warm up and refuel after a fun day in the snow.  There’s a tea bag, honey stick, chocolate, cookies and a little spoon to go with the tea tucked inside.

Once all the treats have been consumed, you can store photos inside the box pocket.

TIP: Make mini folios from 4″ x 6″ images and 8 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ panels f cardstock.  Simply score the panels in half, then line with scraps of designer paper.

Simple Stories Winter Cottage Folio Tour on YouTube

If you don’t have this sweet collection in your stash, I’ve linked to it on the supply list below this post.  Or, just use any winter collection that you have on hand.  The whole idea behind Throwback Thursday is to encourage you to use what you have on hand!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this year of Throwback Thursday posts.  Although they are a lot of extra work for me, I find myself enjoying the process of digging through supplies and collections that I already have on hand.  Do you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Wishing you a blessed, happy, healthy and creative year in 2022!  Oh, the fun paper adventures we are going to have together!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon December 2021 Blog Hop

Carta Bella Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon December 2021 Blog Hop:  Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon December 2021 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s beautiful blog.  The Winter Wonderland Ribbon Assortment is extra beautiful.  Of course, I’m biased, because blue is my favorite color!

Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio

Carta Bells Welcome Winter Tea Party in a Box Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 02

Remember the excitement of a snow day when you were a kid?  Bundle up with mittens, scarves, hats and heavy winter coats.  Tug on winter boots.  Then go outside and play until you are frozen to the bone!  I tried to capture all the fun and excitement of a day frolicking in the snow in this little flip folio.

Snowy white Satin Ribbon with a Grosgrain Edge captures the feeling of a snow day.  I’ve topped this with some Blue Roses and White Cosmos Daisies. (Links below the post.)

Create a ribbon closure with Winter Swirls in Ink Blue Satin Ribbon.  Heat emboss chipboard to decorate the spine.  Then adhere a sparkly cabochon jewel in the center.  Attach a series of charms to the top of the spine with Silver Metallic String for the perfect finishing touch.

A Peek Inside

I’ve used ribbon in several ways inside the folio.  First, use Snowflake Satin as a ribbon closure for a fun accordion style pull out folio.

Each page in the folio measures 4 3/4″ square, so you can easily fit in 4×4 photos.

Cut pages a little wider than the width of the folio base so you can add cute flap elements.

Remember to leave some journaling spots, too!

There are 10 fold out panels in the folio.  The back page is a little pocket with a journal card tuck in.

Time for Tea!

Create a box pocket in the center of the folio.  Then fill it with a selection of wintry treats.

Dress up your treats with scraps of designer paper.  Punch a hole in the top of the honey pouch packet, then tie a bow with the Cross Stitch Zig Zag Satin from the assortment.  Once the treats have been enjoyed, the pocket is a great place to store photos.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has is store for you.  Be sure to finish up over on the RRR BLOG.  Once you’re there, you can answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month and enter the drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Club yet, now is a great time to join.  You can tell Santa that you’ve been a very good girl this year, and that’s what you want for Christmas!  Every month you’ll receive a beautiful selection of themed ribbons in your mailbox.  How fun!   Find out how to sign up HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  If you bake special holiday treats, this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial is just for you.  Every year, I have a trove of  savory and sweet goodies that I only make at Christmas.  Since I got tired of looking for them in my larger recipe card holder, I decided to make this cute 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″  double waterfall folio to hold them all. I just love it when cute meets practical, don’t you?

Wrapped Up in Ribbon

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2021 Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

The base of this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio is made from heavy duty black cardstock.  Then I dressed it up for the holidays with ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment.  They paired perfectly with Photoplay Paper’s Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection.

TIP: Create a fun focal image by layering Christmas Pine Cones and Branches Satin over Forest Green Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Anchor the corners of the image with a bow cluster of Gold Metallic String, Rusty Jingle Bells and an itty bitty posy.  Then cover a wooden clothespin with a scrap of designer paper and a little gold metallic string bow.  Attach this on the opposite side of the image to balance things out.

TIP:  Wrap the center of the folio with Bold Check Christmas Plaid Ribbon.  Leave the tails long so you can tie a bow to serve as the closure for the folio.

Christmas Ornaments

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement

 

Dress up the spine with this handsome Santa and Snowflake.  Oh, and I added some of my precious vintage buttons to the album cover, too.

A Peek Inside

Double waterfall features house the recipe card section of the folio.  The plaid clasps are magnetic to keep everything neat and tidy.

Use scraps of designer paper to create pockets for the recipe cards.  This makes it easy to pull the recipe cards out when you want to use them and protects the book from getting messy.

Leave some pages blank for photos.  You can also create little tip ins and flip down pages to make the folio more fun.

The front flap of the folio is a gatefold feature.  Once again, use ribbon as a closure.

Place photos on the side flaps and under the belly band.  The tiny envelope is a great place to tuck in a gift card or a special note.

The back side of the front flap is a little pocket/photo mat page with a decorative flap.

It’s important to include photos of you baking with your kids, friends, spouse or grandkids.  You may not think so now, but those photos will be as precious as the recipes in years to come.

Quick Video Flip Through

Here’s a quick flip through of the folio so you can see how all the moving parts work together.  I also put together a very basic video tutorial for the folio base.  It’s enough to get you started on this fun project!

Quick note:  You’ll notice that the cover of the folio is different in the video than it is in the photos.  That’s because a couple of days after I finished the video, I found the Reneabouquets Santa Sleigh Beautiful Board, and could not resist making the change to the album. 

Basic Cutting Guide

Here are the  basic measurements you need for the folio:

  • Base: (2) 4 1/2″ x 11″ panels of heavy black cardstock.  Join and score at 6 1/2″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold and score again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and score a final time at 6 1/4″.  The little flap forms the inside pocket.
  • Liners for the covers and waterfall pages are red cardstock cut to 6 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 4.
  • Red cardstock liners for the pocket page and front flap are 6 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 2.
  • Red Cardstock liners for the spine: (2) 3/4″ x 4 3/8″.
  • Double waterfall pages are 6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  Score 1/2″ flap on the left hand side for the left  hand page.  Score 1/2″ flaps on the right hand side for the right hand page.  You will need 6 total.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Baking with my kids, and now my granddaughters, is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I should probably make one of these little folios for each of them so they can continue the tradition.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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