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Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Wood Mini Album Kit Reveal Button Farm Club Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m welcoming 2023 with this gorgeous Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club. This is the Button Farm Club January Club Kit.

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?  We did, but it came and went very quickly!  I had such a good time baking with my daughter and the Grandgirls, feasting at our Christmas gathering and enjoying my week off from work.  But the day after Christmas, I locked myself into the studio and went to work creating this lovely kit for the Button Farm Club. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Winter Woods Mini Album: A study in collage

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Do you love to create paper collage as much as I do?  There’s something so satisfying about layering in bits and pieces of paper, images and embellishments.  It’s like telling a story with paper, and I am a fan.  So this mini album kit offers a lot of tips and techniques to help you master the art of layering paper pretties.

We will create all the fun flips, flaps and interactive elements that we love so much, of course.  But each of the 3 divider pages in this gorgeous album base is a study in collage.  It’s not as hard as it seems, and the results are stunning.

Another focus in this kit is learning how to create your own embellishments.

Don’t you love this wintry color palette?

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up and create a great big mini album!

Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like a closer look at the pages in this kit, please enjoy this short YouTube video tour.  You’ll also get to see all the wonderful supplies that come with it.

Did you enjoy that?  If you’d like to learn how to order this month’s Mini Album Kit, pop over to The Button Farm Club.  Laura will be glad to help you out.

In Case You Missed It

Loaded Dimensional Envelope Tutorial-Simples Stories-Heart Eyes-Button Farm Club-December 2022 Card Kit-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Photo 02

Laura still has a few of my December Card Kits available, too.  You can find those HERE.

Life Captured Folio Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

And if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to document 2023, you might want to take a look at this fresh and fun Life Captured Quarterly Folio Kit.

I’m really excited about sharing lots of crafty adventures with you in this new year.  I’m still planning on more free Make & Take Tuesday video tutorials with you. And we’ll enjoy more Throwback Thursdays together, too.   Once we get past my daughter’s wedding in February I’ll be sharing more Spellbinders tips and videos with you, too.  It’s going to be a great year!

Also, I wanted to thank each one of you that took the time and love to send me a beautiful handmade Christmas card!  I was overwhelmed by your kind thoughts and wonderful creativity!  They are all proudly displayed on my dining room buffet and were a great addition to my Christmas joy.  Y’all are simply the best!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial

Christmas in July Day 3: Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s Day 3 of Christmas in July, and today I have a wonderful Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial to share with you!  I developed this mini album design when I was on the Graphic 45 Design team, and it is still one of my favorite ways to build a mini album base.  I hope you’ll enjoy the detailed tutorial for this mini album on YouTube!

Christmas in the Country and Reneabouquets
Prima Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Since it is also Throwback Thursday, I’ve raided The Closet of Inspiration and Delight in search of some older Christmas goodies.  When my hand fell upon Prima’s Christmas in the Country, I  knew exactly what I wanted to make. (There is a chance that I bought an embarrasingly huge stash of this lovely paper collection…but I’m not telling!)

The mini album measures 5 1/2″ x 7″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  Shaker frames always add a festive vibe to a project, especially when they are filled with such cute elements.  And, as is so often the case, Reneabouquets Beautiful Boar adds the perfect finishing touches.

A Peek Inside

 There are 4 sections to the mini album.  The cover is made with heavy kraft cardstock.  Inner pages are cut from 110# Natural Cardstock. Then I lined the inner pages with more of the heavy kraft cardstock to create really thick, sturdy pages.  Can you see how the interior pages start out big, get smaller, then get big again due to the stacked spine design. This is one of the reasons I enjoy this style of album so much.

Christmas in the Country Stacked Spine Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

Friends, this is a massive tutorial.  Go grab yourself a cuppa and a snack to sustain you before you hit play!

This tutorial ought to keep you busy until next Tuesday.  That’s when our next Christmas in July post is planned.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Reneabouquets Snow Globe Shaker by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! This Throwback Thursday post is  a little behind schedule, but I think you will forgive me once you see this Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial.  I’ve been burning the early dawn hours (because I can’t seem to stay awake past 9PM anymore) getting the videos and photos edited.  Better late than never, right?

Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Last week, I shared a Stamperia Classic Christmas project with you all.  I mentioned how I had altered the Graphic 45 Rectangle and Tag pocket by cutting out two signatures to make the album more manageable.  Many of you asked me, “What will you do with the signatures you cut out?”  So I thought it would be fun to upcycle them into a whole new album.  And that is how this Throwback Thursday project came into being.

The end result is this 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2 album that celebrates winter blues, snow fairies, and the beauty of the last season of the year.  My mind always goes to snow globes when I think of winter, so I had to feature this Reneabouquets Snow Globe shaker element on the front cover.

TIP: Add sparkle to the fussy cut fairy’s wings with a bit of Dries Clear Adhesive and Glitter.  Brush flowers and paper edges with Stamperia Bright White Glamour Gel for a frosty finish.

Leave the spine uncovered, but paint it silver.  It gives the album a hand-sewn binding look, which I happen to like.  Add a ribbon closure to tie everything together neatly.

Interactive Pages

The tutorial and album tour show all the interactive features, so I won’t add a lot of commentary here.  You can just enjoy the photos and refer to them as you make your album.

Basic Cutting Guide

For your convenience, here are the basic measurements I used to make my album.

  • Blue Solid Liner Pages: 5 3/8″ x 7 3/8″
  • Grey Liner Pages: 5 1/8″ x 7 1/8″
  • Patterned Paper Page Liners: 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″
  • 12×12 double page spreads: First, determine the portion of the image that you want to use. Then trim it to a height of 7 1/4″.  Cut one side to a width of 5 1/8″.  Then score the wider section of the page at 5 1/8″ and fold to form a flap.
  • Pocket Pages: Cut the pocket to 5 3/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Then score 1/2″ on sides and bottom.  Fold and trim to  make the pocket.  The blue solid liner is 5 1/8″ x 2 7/8″.  Cut the panel for the top of the page to measure 5 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  (The measurement given in the video is incorrect.)
  • Hidden Pocket Page: First, create the pull out page with 4 1/4″ x 11″ grey solid paper.  Score this at 4″ and fold.  The liners are 4″ x 6 3/4″ and 4″ x 3 3/4″.
  • Slash Pocket: 5 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ grey solid.  Score 1/2″ on sides and bottom.  Then cut the liner to measure 5 1/8″ x 5 1/8″.
Stamperia Winter Tales Upcycled Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

So that’s my Merry Christmas gift to all of you fabulous people!  I hope you have as much fun with it as I did.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share with Tips and Tricks

Hello, Friends!  This episode of Throwback Thursday features a Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album.  While this is not a full fledged tutorial, it is loaded with tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next mini album making adventure.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I think you will enjoy learning how I altered this Graphic 45 Rectangle Tag and Pocket Album base to make it a little less intimidating to finish.  Then I’ll show you how I created  the vintage silver edges on the album cover.

Here’s a close up of the beautiful Little Birdie Flowers and Reneabouquets Leaves .

Delicate swirls of snowflakes adorn the corners of the album cover.  And just look at these sweet winter songbirds!

This picture shows the glittery snow effect on the trees, roof and landscape.

Do you love a charm dangle as much as I do?  This cluster sounds almost like Christmas Bells when it moves.  And I’ll share my secret tip for creating “metal” numbers on the spine, too.

Interactive Pages

Here’s a peek inside the album.  I actually used 4 different Stamperia paper collections to fill up all these pages.

The album is loaded with neat interactive features like this waterfall page with a magnetic belly band closure.  I’ll show you how I put that together in the video.

Don’t you love these sweet Victorian images and color palette?

Add unexpected features to your album pages to keep it interesting.  This pop up feature is so easy to make, and I’ll tell you how I did it in the project share.

Large images can be difficult to fit in an album.  But they make great flap pages!  Simply score a 1/2″ hinge on the side and adhere behind the base page.

Stamperia Pink Christmas Mini Album Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to learn more about how I created this lovely album, please enjoy this in depth project share on YouTube.

This lovely album is now on its way to one of my sweet Etsy shop customers.  She ordered it as a special Christmas gift for her sister.  I had to get it made quickly and shipped off to her so she can then ship it to her sister who lives far away.  That’s why I did not have time to do a tutorial.  But I think you’ll find lots of helpful ideas in the project share video.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this project in the comment section below.

You can find more Pink Christmas projects HERE and HERE.

And, 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 us to dig into our crafty stash and use up goodies that we bought a while ago.  For this reason, not all the products used in this post are still available for purchase.  I will link whenever possible, but if a product listed is not linked, it is because I could not find it in my usual sources.  Thanks for understanding!

Scalloped Symphony Notecards Baby Girl Folio

Echo Park Hello Baby Girl Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Scalloped Symphony Notecards Baby Girl Folio

Hello, Friends!  This Spellbinders Scalloped Symphony Notecards Baby Girl Folio is one of my “think outside the box” projects.  Sometimes, I open up a new die and can see a way to use it that flies pretty far afield from the original intention.  I happen to like these moments when the creative side of my brain takes over.  Even the process of figuring out the details makes me happy.  This is what happened when I opened up Becca’s beautiful new Scalloped Symphony Dies.

I saw an itty bitty baby book for our sweet next door neighbor’s new baby girl.  Go ahead and say “awwwwww”…because there is something about baby girl things that just provokes that reaction, right?   The center filigree medallion is cut with the Square Decorative Insert that comes with the set.

Don’t be deceived by the petite size of this folio.  It’s tiny, but mighty!  Let’s take a look inside so you can see what I mean.

A Peek Inside

The fun starts on the very first page (there are 12 pages in all!) with pullout accordion mechanism.  Lift the magnetic flap and unfold the fun.

This is a 5 panel pull out with 10 pages for photos, pockets, tags and journaling spots.

Here’s a sample of the cuteness inside this pull out page.

I created a pop up page, too.

Tip in pages give you even more room to add photos and memories.  Don’t you love the scalloped edges of this die?

Here’s a look at another darling tip in page.

I wish I’d had time to shoot a video of the whole folio, because it is sweet as it can be.  But I had to get dinner and this gift over to the new mom and dad, so I only had time to shoot a few photos of the project.  But it was so stinkin’ cute, I just had to share it with you here.

Maybe I’ll find time to put another folio together with Christmas papers.  If I do, I’ll do a tutorial to show you how to build the base.  Would you like that?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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