2018 Seasonal Folios . . .

December 1 brings a new challenge at the

Mini Album Makers Challenge Blog.

I'm getting ready for the new year with folios from Heartfelt Creations decorated with gorgeous papers from Graphic 45 and embellishments courtesy of Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

It all began with these Flipfold Album Inserts:

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Here's what you get in each package:

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I used the wider of the two options with several of the flips and decided to decorate them with these gorgeous papers from Graphic 45.

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You can find the entire collection of Graphic 45 Seasons paper here: Graphic 45 Seasons

These folios can be configured in several different ways. As you'll see from the pictures below, on two of the folios I used waterfalls. On the other two folios I used side flips.

 

SPRING

Spring 1

Spring 2The wrought iron miniature fence is available thru

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I used it as a pocket for photo mats.

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The *Spring* words & flowers were backed on black cardstock

and used as a belly band.

The horizontal words at the bottom of the page

is a skinny pocket

insuring that the inserts don't slide out of that page.


Spring 5

Spring 3


Spring 5

SUMMER

Summer 2
Summer 2

This folio was completed with side flips:
Summer 2

 

AUTUMN

Autumn 1

I adore these feathers from 

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Feathers Shape Set

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Simple Feathers

Autumn 2

and these garden Gates Shape Sets

used as a pocket

from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

 

Autumn 2
This Autumn folio uses side flips.
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WINTER


Winter 2

"Winter" has a waterfall for photo placement.

Winter 2

As suggested by a class I took with Heartfelt Creations, you can add a magnet to the back of each of these and they make beautiful refrigerator mini booklets for photos of the season.

They are all bound in a mini-book created from scratch.

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 I've included a free PDF tutorial on how I bound these Heartfelt Creations/Graphic 45 folios. You can find the tutorial here:

Binding the Heartfelt Creations Folios

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WOYWW September 27, 2017 . . .

So much fun playing with a soon-to-be envelope mini offered by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. 

WOYWW A

Playing with the upcoming envelope album and Graphic 45's Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Everything about Graphic 45's designs are so fun to work with. From bold patterns to tiny fussy cutting, the G45 collections have it all and are always inspiring.

Here's one of the pages I'll be using for the sample:

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And in no time at all, this occurred:

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So much fun today with all these elements, papers, embellishments and inks.  

Posting on WOYWW September 27, 2017


Saturday, March 11 @ Checkered Cottage . . .

Nature's Sketchbook Portfolio

Thank you to everyone who signed up for this Graphic 45 Portfolio workshop.

We'll start promptly at 10:30 am. 

Here's what you'll need to bring to the Graphic 45 portfolio workshop Saturday.

  • Paper Trimmer (12" variety)
  • Corner Rounder
  • Crafty Foam Tape - preferably black
  • Edge Distresser
  • Distress Inks: Black Soot and applicator
  • Large round hole punch (for making divets in pockets)
  • Score board - the large one
  • Your patience please. 

I am very excited to share this project with you. There are flips, hidden inserts and other amazing things that you'll have fun with. And that means lots of concentration and work. I'm confident you'll love this when it's complete and be very proud of yourself.

Let the fun begin . . .

Saturday, March 11

@

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

 


So very honored . . .

to be featured on Graphic 45's blog as an Alumni Team Member. My term with Graphic was one of the best experiences ever! Here's one of my projects with Graphic's Halloween in Wonderland.

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This book was made from scratch using chipboard as the base.

I covered the spine with Graphic 45 fabric I found online.

Then added a hidden hinge binding system from Kathy Orta King.

Once the hinge was in place, I added Graphic 45 Square Black Envelopes for the pages.

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To attach the envelopes to the hinge, turn the envelope sideways

and cut about an 1/8" from the bottom of the envelope.

Add score tape to the both sides of the hinge.

Reveal the tape and open the bottom of the envelope

placing one side of the envelope on each side of the hinge.

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You'll be covering the hinge with the bottom of the envelope.

By using the envelopes, you'll have space for decorating and photos

both in and out of the envelopes.

TIPS: These are just a couple of things I always do with my projects.

  • Ink white core edges. Almost all scrapbook paper is printed on white cardstock. So when you look at the side of the paper, you will see the white core. I always ink this. It just seems to make the paper look a bit more finished. Use an ink that closely matches the paper and run an ink applicator along the white edge. It’s quick and easy. Don’t forget to ink the white core of any fussy cutting you’re doing.
  • Sand down those little nibs from chipboard. Many manufacturers print chipboard on one large sheet so that you pop-out the individual pieces from the main sheet. Once popped out, you’ll see that the chipboard was *attached* with little nibs. (not sure what the proper name of those things are) Sand those down to create a more professional look. To finish the chipboard, ink the edges with a complimentary ink.
  • Paint the backs of chipboard pieces. When using pre-manufactured chipboard pieces that you are not adhering directly to paper, paint the backs a pretty color to give them a finished look.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.


This week . . .

Waiting for supplies to be delivered for upcoming workshops.

In the meantime, I'm working on this album:

G45 City Scapes

We received a Graphic 45 City Scapes kit in a class at Scrapbook Expo.

We = Timi, Judy, Nancy N & me.

We wanted to do more with it so we're changing it up quite a bit.

The we is Timi and me.

Actually, I'm copying a lot from Timi.

She always has great ideas.


Graphic 45 Zoo Book . . .

G45 Safari Adventure 2

I will be teaching this Graphic 45 Zoo book

at

Checkered Cottage - August 12 & 13

(a two-part class).

It measures 8.5" x 8.5"
with pockets and inserts and flips - oh my.

 

Just counted supplies and I have room for 1 more person.

If interested, call

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

314-909-7233

Supply list for this class may be found here:

Graphic 45 Zoo Book Supply List

and updated periodically until day before class.

Thank you!

 

 


Graphic 45 Mini Safari Adventure Zoo Book . . .

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Thought I'd give you a look at the cover.

It's an 8.25x8.25 mini-book that will hold tons of photos.

We'll be using

Graphic 45's Safari Adventure papers and embellishments

as well as

chipboard designed by

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

and

Prima Marketing Paints.

G45 Safari Adventure 2

We'll create this mini from scratch using

chipboard, Graphic 45 fabric and a Hidden Hinge binding system created by Kathy Orta King.

I will be teaching this at

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

We'll start class on Friday evening August 12

then continue the class

Saturday, August 13.

Very Limited Seating Available!

Call Checkered Cottage for reservations.