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Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Reneabouquets PHoto 01

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Summer is here, and it’s time to share this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with you.  This is the next installment of our 2022 Time to Flourish Desk Folio Series on YouTube.  The rich colors of summer berries and azure blue skies come together in this lovely vintage design.

Have you noticed how many more gardens have cropped up this year?  Nearly every house in our neighborhood has a little plot or pot growing delicious summer produce.  So I decided to really emphasize the growing season in this month’s folio.  Whether you are growing posies or produce, July is the peak season for gardeners!

I wish I looked as cool and classy as this Reneabouquets Gardening Lady, don’t you?

A Peek Inside

A handy interior pocket does double duty as the stopper for this 6×6 easel card design.  This gives us lots of room for sweet tuck ins and photos.

The hidden side pocket holds this 5 1/2″ square folio.

Despite its petite size, it holds all kinds of gardening goodness on the inside!

The side pocket feature has room for even more photos of your summer garden!

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to learn how to create this pretty  little desk folio?  Then I hope you’ll enjoy this easy to follow YouTube tutorial.

If you are behind on making your desk folios, you can find the rest of the tutorials HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2022 Blog Hop

Graphic 45 Card Folio Really Reasonable Ribbon Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2022 Blog Hop: Graphic 45 Let it Bee Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June 2022 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  This month’s Jungle Fun Ribbon Club Assortment is filled with lots of lovely ribbon that works on all kinds of projects!

It’s also a great match for Graphic 45’s Let it Bee Paper collection. Check it out!

Let it Bee Card Folio

Love and Be Loved Card Folio Graphic 45 Let it Bee Really Reasonable Ribbon Reneabouquets Bees Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

First, create a ribbon border by layering Yellow Gold Plaid over Turftan Brown Taffeta Ribbon.  This pulls out all the wonderful earthy tones of the paper collection and Reneabouquets Beautiful Board embellishments.

Next, tie some loopy bows with the Moss Green Plaid Ribbon.  Top these bows with Ivory Burlap String and a white blossom for a perfect finish!

Now dress up a vintage pewter hinge clip with a jaunty plaid bow and tiny blossom.  Perfect harmony!

A Peek Inside

If you’d like to take a short tour of this project, I’ve created a little video to show you all the fun interactive elements tucked inside.  Enjoy this 6 minute video!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my teammate Cheryl has prepared for you.

Don’t forget to finish up the hop on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog.  Answer Bonnie’s question of the month and you might win your very own June Ribbon Club Assortment.

Not a member of the Ribbon Club yet?  Well, now is a great time to join!  Bonnie will be rolling out some fabulous holiday ribbon club assortment soon!  Learn how to sign up HERE.

Have fun hopping!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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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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Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies, Reneabouquets Lace Tuesday Tutorial Kathy Clement Photo 01

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial is our Make & Take Tuesday project for this week.  I had used this lovely collection to fill a special order for a mini album back in April.  Since I had quite a few scraps left over, I decided we’d make a card using only the offcuts from that project.  I did allow myself to use ribbon, flowers, and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to finish out the card design.  But all the  papers had already been cut.  Fun challenge?  I thought so!

Tips for Working with Scraps

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies Kathy by Design

As you’ll see in the video tutorial below, the first thing I do when I am going to create a card from scraps is to organize them.  First, create little piles so that all the off cuts from one pattern are together.  Then go in and arrange them by size.  This way, you can really see what you have to work with.  It’s also easier to select patterns and images that work well together when you do this step first.

Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial  Make & Take Tuesday Reneabouquets Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

What do you do when you only have a small image to work with and it seems to disappear on the page?  Here are a few good ideas:

  • Try placing a doily or chipboard piece behind the image.  This will draw the eye to it and make it more visible.
  • Or, frame the image, as I did here.  A frame is always a good idea, but especially helpful when you have a small image to work with.
  • This Reneabouquets Flower Lady really draws the eye to the small floral cottage in the background.  She becomes part of the “story” .  Did she just come from the garden?  Is she going to join a friend for tea in the cottage?

Small details like this gorgeous butterfly help to frame the image, too.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is also quite lovely.  I’ve added a tea bag and honey stick to the pocket on the right.  Then I layered up more scraps and created a little blank sentiment panel on the left.

Cottage Life Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this card came together, please enjoy this video tutorial.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure! If you’d like to see previous Make & Take Tuesday Tutorials, please click HERE.

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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