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Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour with Tips & Ideas

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a lovely Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour to share with you today.  Once again, there’s no tutorial, as this is a massive project.  But we will take a leisurely stroll through the album and I’ll share lots of handy tips and ideas that you can use in your next mini album project.  You’ll be able to find a linked supply list below this post.  So grab a cuppa and join me for a Classic Christmas treat.

Creating a Vintage Vibe

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Shaker Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas is a time for home, family, friends, good food and celebration!  So I tried to incorporate all of these elements in this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and pocket Mini Album.  I could almost hear the carolers singing and feel the snowflakes gently falling as I designed the cover.  Here are some tips to help you create a classic, vintage Christmas vibe.

  • First, heat emboss the album edges with Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.  Those faux gilt edges create a frame and instantly say “Old Fashioned Christmas.”
  • Next, add sparkle with Dries Clear Adhesive and glitter!  You can add snowy effects under on windows, doors, fields and trees.
  • Then, choose Vintage Christmas Ribbon for the bow.
  • Finally, offset the rectangular chipboard house with a round Snowflake Frame from Reneabouquets.  This is one of the most gorgeous Christmas frames I have ever seen, and it adds elegance and vintage charm to the album cover.

Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Begin by heat embossing the frame with WOW Vintage Champagne.  Then die cut an acetate circle using Spellbinders largest circle frame die.  Adhere the acetate to the back of the frame with Dries Clear Adhesive.  Now adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips to the back of the frame to make the shaker box.  Die cut the circle element from the paper collection, dress it up with a little glitter, then fill with a mix of snowflakes, beads, buttons, and flat back pearls.

A Charming Spine Treatment

Now dig through your stash of Christmas embellishments and create a lovely dangle charm for the spine. When these move, they sound like Christmas bells softly ringing.

Stamperia Classic Christmas Mini Album Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see the the rest of the album, hear how I altered it, and learn how I combined several different paper collections to cover the pages, then I hope you will enjoy this short video tour.

Did you find some tips and tricks that you can use in this project?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Reneabouquets Christmas by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a darling Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Scalloped Symphony Die to make the cute Baby Girl Brag Book last month.  Well, because I like y’all so much, I went ahead and put together a basic tutorial showing  you how to cut the pages, make the spine, and bind the album.

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

This time I puled some of my favorite Christmas papers and dressed them up with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  These little books are so much fun to stuff into a Christmas stocking, give as a Secret Santa gift, or send to friends and family who live far away.  Each book measures about 4″ square with a 1/2″ spine.

TIP: wrap the spine with folded black twine.  Leave the ends long so you can tie a knot at the top of the spine.  Then trim the ends to make a fancy tassel for your book.  Add some sweet Christmas charms and flowers to finish the spine in style.

Basic Measurements and Materials

To make each album you will need 5 die cut Scalloped Symphony Note Card Bases.  Fold 3 in half to use as the pages.  Then cut one in half to use as the front and back covers.  Now find the center of the final panel.  Measure out 1/4″ from the center on each side and score a vertical line. Then cut 1/2″ from the scored lines on each side.  Fold along the score lines to form the spine.  Set the off cuts aside to be used as flap pages.

The binding mechanism for the album is a set of 3 cardstock hinges.  First, cut three 1″ x 3 5/8″  strips of black cardstock. Then score each strip in half to make 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ hinges.

Make a contrasting spine with a 2″ x 3 3/8″ piece of black cardstock.  Score 3/4″ flaps on each side.

You will need an 8 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ panel of buffalo check for the book cover.

Cut sixteen 3 5/8″ squares of patterned paper to line the pages of the album.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial will show you how to build a slash pocket inside the front cover.  The little flap page on the right is one of the cut off sides from the 5th Scalloped Symphony base pieces.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of the flap.  Then adhere the flap behind the 3 5/8″ panel of patterned paper before you adhere it to the page.

Hidden pocket pages are easy to make!

  • First, cut 1″ x 3 5/8″ strips of black cardstock.  You will need 3 for each hidden pocket page.  Score in half as you did when we made the hinges for the pages.
  • Adhere these gussets on the sides and bottom of the patterned paper.  (On the back side, of course.)
  • Now you can cut 3 1/2″ x 7″ panels of buffalo check paper.  Score these in half, then crop the corners.
  • Tuck the pull out pages inside the hidden pockets.

Score 1/2″ hinges on the tops of 3×4 Journal cards.  Then adhere these hinges behind the patterned paper to make flap pages.

Now create a quick and easy pop up page.  First, cut an 8″ x 1″ strip of buffalo plaid paper.  Then score in half.  Next, fold the right hand side back toward the center score line.  Repeat on the left hand side.  Add just a bit of adhesive on the outside edges of this mechanism and adhere to sides of the page.  Then decorate with stickers and ephemera.

You’ll learn how all these pages and mechanisms work in the video tutorial below.

Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to put this sweet little book together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

The wonderful thing about this project is that you can adapt the base for any theme or season.  Add more pockets if you want to tuck in a series of gift cards.  Or leave more room for journaling and use it as a sort of mini diary.

I hope you have as much fun making this itty bitty book as I did!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to dig into your paper stash.  Many times the products used are no longer available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute another collection from your stash.  When products are available, I will provide links.  If a link is missing, it means I could not find the product in my usual online sources.  You can do a Google search to see if you can find it on your own.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Oh The Places You’ll Go!

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Travel Themed Mini Folder with Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over at the Frilly & Funkie Blog.  The fantastically talented Zoe is our host this go round, and she has chosen the theme “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”  Here’s what she has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: Oh the places you’ll go! – Create a vintage or shabby chic project with travel as the central theme. Think planes, trains, automobiles, ships, maps, globes.

We always invite you to play along with us in these challenges, because they are such fun. The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

You can find all the entry guidelines on the Frilly and Funkie BLOG.   Now, without further ado, let’s get on with this Oh the Places You’ll Go theme!

Oh the Places You’ll Go Travel Themed Folder tutorial

With the theme in mind, I wanted to make a travel folder that was about the same size as a Passport, and fill it with postcards and tags and travel themed goodies.  I also knew I wanted to have a play with Graphic 45’s enticing Cityscapes Collection.  After a few false starts with the construction for my folder base, I came up with this fun design.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 12This travel themed mini folder measures 4″ x 5.5″ and is made with a white cardstock base.  I glued two folders together, back to front, leaving the side open to be used as a pocket for photo mounts.  Even though it is small, it has room for a surprising number of photos, tags and goodies.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 10 This is a view of the front and back cover.  The burlap serves to add extra strength, as well as a lovely vintage vibe.  I prepared a Snapguide Tutorial for you so you can see how the base is constructed.  It’s easy to make and can be used for a wide range of projects.

 

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Cityscapes Mini Folder by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Here’s a peek inside the album:

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 01I create inner pockets filled with postcards, tags, photo mounts and postage stamps by cutting apart the images in the 8×8 collection.  I did use the postcards and some photo images from the 12×12 collection, as they seemed to be sized just right for this project.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 02You can journal on the tags, and add small photos to the backs of the images.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 03The pocket on the opposite side is filled with photo mounts that I die cut using Heartfelt Creations Cut, Mat, Create dies.  They are perfectly sized to fit inside the pockets.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 04I used Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp on these cute cork tags, and it worked great!  Linda just recently added these to the shop.  Aren’t they fun?

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 05I constructed the album by gluing two folders back to front, leaving a pocket between.  This is a perfect place to tuck in several more photo mounts.  I’ve held them together with a hinged clip, then tied on a charm with burlap string.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 06The inside of the second folder follows this same format: tags and postcards on the left, photo mounts on the right.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 07The colors and images in the City Scapes collection are just dreamy!

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 08I matted stickers onto black cardstock to create the tabs at the top of each page.  And this page has a pocket on top of a pocket!

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 09I had such fun making all these cute tags and adding the charms.  I tapped all the charms with Broken China Distress Paint, and I love the vintage effect.

Oh the Places You'll Go Mini Album Frilly and Funkie Challenge by Kathy Clement 11Oh, the Places You’ll Go with this mini travel themed folder!  It’s small enough to fit into purse, carry on or suitcase, making it the perfect traveling companion.

You have until 11:55PM on Tuesday, May 31st. to link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie BLOG.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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