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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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Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio by Kathy Clement

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Well, it’s time for the very first Throwback Thursday of 2022, so I thought we’d kick things of with this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial.  The collection has always been one of my favorites.  So when it was recently released as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition< i broke my “no new paper collections in January” rule and bought it.  I am not sad I did.  And I hope you will not be sad, either, because we are going to make another little monthly folio series using this collection throughout 2022.

Even though this is a new-ish paper collection, I feel like it still qualifies for Throwback Thursday status.  That’s because in 2020, I shared a similar series using Authentique’s Calendar Collection. You can find that HERE. I also suspect that many of you have the original Time to Flourish collection in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  I’ve made a few minor design changes to the folio, so it’s new and (I think) improved.

Snowy Branches, Snowflakes and Snow Birds

Growing up in New England, January was the wintery-est  month of the year. Everything feels icy and cold and the world is robed in white.  The flash of a cardinal’s wings makes the heart lift in the middle of a bleak winter day.  And toward dusk, the snow takes on a particular shade of blue that still makes me hold my breath in wonder.  I tried to capture all that icy beauty in this shaker frame.

Of course, as a kid, winter is all about fun: snowball fights, playing fox and geese in the snow, sledding and building snow forts seem to make you immune to the biting cold. Just look how happy this rosy cheeked lad is with his arms full of snowballs!

The easel design of this folio allows it to close up for storage, but open and stand upright for display.  I never ever get tired of making easel cards!

The Pull out Folio

Create a sneaky hidden pocket on the underside of the easel card to house this 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ tri-fold folio.

Add pockets and mini folios made from scraps inside.  These are great spots to add journaling or small photos.

Disguise short panels by adding pockets or borders to the top or bottom of a panel.  No one will ever know!

The stopper or brake on this easel card is actually a pocket.  So I added a matted journal card and a 4×4 folio inside.

These make great birthday cards!  But they are also a lovely way to brighten up your desk at the office, or to use as home decor.  I think you’ll enjoy making them.  If you’d like to learn how, please watch the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I hope your 2022 is off to a good start.  I’m recovering from a head cold, so I sound like I have a bad smoking habit in the video.  I assure you, I do not!  Just too much sugar, too much work and not enough sleep trying to make the most of the holidays.  I feel great…even though I don’t sound like it!  There’s no way a little stuffy nose was going to keep me from getting the first Throwback Thursday of 2022 out to you!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks 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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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 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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