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Bee Themed Folio with Your Creative Studio

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Bee Themed Folio with Your Creative Studio and Reneabouquets and Unboxing Video

Hello, Friends!  I began work on this Bee Themed Folio last month just as I was starting to come down with a summer cold that dragged on and on.  (I’m all better now, thanks!)  Because I did not feel like working, I packed the project back into the box of goodies from Your Creative Studio and moved it off my desk.  I found it a few days ago while cleaning the studio, and decided to finish working on it.  So I’m here today to share both the unboxing video and a quick little project share.

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Here’s the finished folio.  It’s made with kraft cardstock, burlap panels, papers from the YCV March Bee box and a few goodies from Reneabouquets.  It’s much prettier than this photo shows.  I think perhaps this shade of yellow is difficult for the camera lens to balance.  It measures 5 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ and has 4 folded sections inside.

TIP:  Burlap is easier to work with if you attach it to iron on interfacing from the fabric store.  Then it stitches up like a dream.

A Peek Inside

I designed the folio to serve as a sort of desk companion.  There’s room for a photo or two, but mostly it contains notecards, these cute sunflower sticky notes, pockets, envelopes and a few surprises.

This simple note card set makes a lovely gift.  I’ve wrapped them with a belly band and added one of the cute bee stickers from the YCV box.

Each notecard is 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.  Paper panels from the YCV box are stitched onto brown cardstock, then matted on cream cardstock.  The inside has a cream cardstock panel that I stamped with the cute honey jar stamp.

Flip Pages

The fourth panel in this folio is a 4″ flip page.  The paper panels and stamps are from the box.  These would also make beautiful, simple note cards.  A belly band holds a bunch of goodies in place on the 2nd panel.

The back side of the flap page is a sweet little kinetic waterfall featuring the 3×3 paper squares from the box.  Buzzing bees adorn the pocket on the 3rd panel, which I have filled with a decorated envelope (product packaging) and a scratch pad.

Here’s a little peek at the sweet bookmark, mini note card and storage envelopes I tucked into this desk companion folio.  You’ll see more in the short video tour below.

Bee Themed Folio Project Share and Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video

If you’d like to see all the goodies that came in the March box and take a better look at the desk companion folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this video.

That’s all for me today, friends.  I have company coming in this weekend, so I need to go do some cooking and cleaning.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial

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Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial with Your Creative Studio February Subscription Box

Hello, Friends!  Well, it’s Throwback Thursday and I have a sweet Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial to share with you.  My friends at Your Creative Studio surprised me with the February Subscription box last week.  Since this is May, I figured the February box qualifies for a Throwback Thursday post.

You’ll get to see the unboxing video before we jump into the tutorial for this fun design.  If you love tags (and I do) and pretty vintage florals (which I also do) I think you’ll enjoy this slightly different take on making a junk journal.

Creating the Tag Base

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Graphic 45 Regular Kraft Tags serve as the base for this vintage style junk journal.  Since y’all know how much I love pockets, you won’t be surprised to learn that each of the 6 tag pages features a double pocket design.  How fun is that?

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TIP:  Create a sweet shaped pocket for the base page by scoring a G45 Kraft Regular Tag at 3 1/4″.  Fold along the scored line, secure the sides with a tiny attacher tool, then fill the pocket with ephemera.  Add gussets to the back of the tag pocket and adhere to the base to form a second pocket.  This larger pocket can hold a mini folio for notes and scribbles as well as an itty bitty folio.

Details and Tips

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Decorate your folio with the ephemera bits, rub-ons and acetate flowers that come in the box.  You can add additional details like flowers, vintage lace trim, charms and Reneabouquets butterflies to really dress up the design.

TIP: Customize the ledger sheet papers that come in the box by adding layers of Bundled Sage and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  I’ll show you how to do this in the video tutorial below.

Ideas for Using Your Floral Tag Junk Journal

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As I was working on this creation,  had so many ideas for using it pop into my head.  Here are a few different ways you could enjoy this journal:

  • Mini Journals like this make great gifts!  The smaller size means you can complete one in about a day, and you can use up scraps of your favorite paper collection, too.
  • You could fill each small pocket of the journal with a small gift: tea bags, gift cards, small bills, tickets or chocolate come to mind.
  • Personalize the journal by adding hand written quotes, memories and small photos on the back of the various ephemera pieces.
  • Because this journal will stand up on its own when opened, you can display it on a side table, bookshelf or mantel as part of your home décor.  Flip the pages each week to reveal a pretty new scene.
  • I love lap books.  Take time to simply sit and flip through the pages, enjoy the sentiments and the images for a relaxing, refreshing moment or two.
Floral Tag Junk Journal Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the Your Creative Studio unboxing and learn how I put this delightful tag folio together, then I hope  you’ll grab a cuppa and enjoy this video.

Feel free to use your favorite papers and embellishments as you create your own little Tag Junk Journal.  I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had designing this project for you!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Happy Throwback Thursday, friends!




Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial

Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial with Your Creative Studio

Happy Saturday, Friends!  Today I have a slightly grungy Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  It’s made with the January box from Your Creative Studio, and it’s lots of fun to make!  Even if you don’t love grunge, or trains, you can make this flip folio base with any paper using any theme you do happen to like.  It’s a great size to tuck into a tote bag or suitcase, so it’s perfect for travel.

A Touch of Vintage Grunge

This is another mixed media project. I started my crafty journey as more of a mixed media girl, then fell in love with patterned paper and cardmaking.  On several occasions I’ve thought about tossing out my mixed media supplies because they take up a fair bit of space in my small studio. But those inks and sprays and stamps and embossing powders have been calling my name of late, and I have been at this long enough to know that it’s always a good idea to follow where the creative mojo leads you.

How to Make a Grungy Vintage Frame

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The folio measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine, so  you can make it with 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.  I’ve used 110# kraft cardstock to ensure that the base is sturdy.  Create the rusty frame by altering chipboard  with ink, embossing powder and sprays.  Here’s how I created the frame:

  • First, apply a Dark Brown Chalk Ink pad directly to the surface of a Tim Holtz chipboard frame.
  • Next, cover the frame with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Textured Embossing Powder. Let the excess embossing powder roll off onto a sheet of printer paper or into a funnel tray.  The coverage will not be complete, and that is OK.  Heat set with your heat gun.
  • The frame will have a really grungy, rusty color.  I wanted my frame to be more brown, so I applied another layer of Chalk Ink over the embossing.  Then I sprayed with some “It’s Brown” Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  (You can probably find something similar from Lindy’s Gang.)
  • Heat set the frame and watch the awesome texture come alive.
  • Back the frame with patterned paper from the YCV box, adhere a Tim Holtz Chipboard paper doll, quote chips and gears to finish the frame.

You will see how I  layered papers and ephemera in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio has all kinds of fun fold outs, flaps and flips.  I’ve accented the vintage papers from YCV with Annette Green’s Elizabeth Craft Designs Lace Borders and Postage Stamp Frames. They were just too perfect not to use in this project.

Here’s a look at the folio fully opened.  It really is a fun design with lots and lots of room to stash photos, journal and even a secret pocket!

Train Themed Masculine Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this folio comes together, I invite you to join me over on my YouTube channel for the tutorial.

I hope you feel inspired to create this weekend!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video and Tutorial

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Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video & Sewing Themed Easel Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday I have a fun Your Creative Studio Unboxing video and sewing themed card tutorial to share with you.  We’re going to play with some mixed media products, make this lovely pocket/tag easel card together, and peek inside the December 2022 Your Creative Studio box of goodies.  So grab a cuppa and a snack and we’ll get things rolling.

I had not heard of Your Creative Studio until they reached out to me earlier this month.  “Can we send you one of our monthly boxes for an unboxing video?” they asked me.  Once I took a look at their website to determine if their products were a good fit for my style, I said, “Sure!”

YCV curates a monthly subscription box filled with crafting goodies designed to allow you to create your own quality stationery.  Each themed box is filled with stamps, embellishments, paper, ephemera bits, washi tape and all sorts of goodies that we paper crafters love to have in our stash.  The December box that I received had a sewing theme…one of my all time favorites!

Mixed Media Tag and Pocket Easel Card

And here is what I made with the supplies that came in my box.  I added ribbon, flowers, buttons, inks, gesso,  and the cute scissors from my stash.

The product packaging was so lovely that I used it to make the tag you see here.  We will make this tag and card together in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Y’all know how much I enjoy adding pockets to my cards, folios and albums.  So this lovely card has two pockets: a small pocket that holds a stack of cute sticky notes from the creative box and a larger one that I’ve filled with some sweet treats.

If you’re going to make a sewing themed card, it’s fun to tuck in some vintage buttons and a little lace trim.  So I did…along with a beautiful note card and a bit of chocolate.  Now the card is a gift!

Your Creative Studio Unboxing Video & Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see what came in my box and learn how to make this sweet sewing themed card, then I hope you will enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.

This was a very fun introduction to Your Creative Studio, and I really enjoyed working with the contents of the box.  Of course, you can use this same card design and concept with supplies that you already have in your stash.  But I’ve also added a linked supply list below this post for your convenience.

Thanks for stopping by!