Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday Showcase - Graphic 45 Le Romantique Bride's Folio

It is Cec here with the Saturday Showcase for this week.  I seem to be on a roll lately making little folios and albums with some gorgeous papers from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This time I used the Le Romantique paper collection from Graphic 45 and made a simple folio that I thought could be used for a bride as she plans her wedding.

Here is the paper collection and it has lots of gorgeous double-sided papers along with some sticker sheets and chipboard punch-outs.  I have had it for a while but I see on the store site that it is temporarily out of stock so if you want to purchase it, be sure to click on the text that says "Email me when back in stock".

I am going to walk you through the folio and how it came together but there are no process photos because I made this really late thanks to a stupid move on my part.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:  If you are going to move the blade on your paper trimmer, make sure you keep your fingers out of the way.

I didn't get mine out of the way and sliced two fingers rather badly so this project had to wait until I healed and since one should probably have had stitches, it took longer than I was hoping.  One bright spot in all this was that since I am home on lock down as so many others are, I was able to use up the Dora The Explorer bandages that I had from when my Grandchildren, now 11 and 13 were toddlers.  I was so cute and didn't have to hide my fingers from strangers. 😂

Now on to the folio:

  • Cut one piece of heavy black card stock for the front cover measuring 5 1/2" x 7" and score at 5" on the short side
  • Cut one piece of heavy black card stock for the back cover and pocket measuring 9 7/8" x 7" and score on the long side at 1/2", 5 1/2", 5 5/8" and 8 5/8" Note:  This will give you a 3" flip out that has a 1 1/4" pocket and the extra 1/8" score will help the flip out fold inward more easily
  • Glue the 1/2" strips together to create the spine making sure not to go over the score lines
  • Cut patterned paper to fit all surfaces except the inside of the pocket in the flip out, distress the edges and ink with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Adhere all the paper using your preferred adhesive
  • Cut two gussets for the pocket measuring 1" x 1 1/8", score at 1/2" on the short side and fold in half
  • Clip one end of each gusset on an angle and then adhere to the inside of the pocket making sure to align the fold against the edge of the pocket
  • Adhere the pocket to the flip out
  • Make a pocket for the inside front cover using patterned paper and die cut a half oval to make a large thumb notch
  • Glue the pocket on both sides and the bottom making sure that the glue line is very fine and right next to the edges
  • Cut another pocket from patterned paper for the bottom of the inside front cover adding 1/2" on each side and the bottom to fold in for gussets
  • Create a vertical pocket for the inside back cover in the same manner as the preceding step
  • Decorate the pockets, the flip out, the back cover and finally the front cover
  • Create inserts for the pockets using fussy cut images from the paper collection

Here is the inside with the flip out closed.  The left pocket has been decorated with three borders from the sticker sheet.  The vertical pocket on the inside back cover has been decorated with a strip of stamps from one of the patterned papers and the flip out has a fussy cut image and a little sticker.

This view shows the flip out opened up.

The bottom pocket on the inside front cover has two little tent style "booklets" that can be used for journaling of photos.

The top pocket contains two large photo mounts.

The centre pocket has two folded "booklets".

The flip out pocket has two more folded "booklets".

The back cover has a sticker and the front cover features a fussy cut image of a bride with a crochet die cut border, elements from the sticker pages, chipboard punch outs and fussy cut images from the paper.  Leaves were die cut with the Garden Greens die and tucked under a number of paper flowers.  The large flower was white and I dyed it with a blend of Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Dried Marigold Distress Ink Reinker mixed in water.

This is very quick to put together - even quicker if you don't injure yourself like I did.  Since most of us are staying home to help flatten the curve on this virus, now is the time to play in your creative space and once you have shopped your stash you will need to replace products so check out The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Supplies list:

Graphic 45 - Le Romantique Deluxe Collector's Edition 4501952
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Vintage Photo TIM19527
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker Antique Linen TIM19435
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinker Dried Marigold TIM21551
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Reinker Gathered Twigs TXR35138
Sizzix Chapter 2 Tim Holtz Thinlits Crochet 664178
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/8" x 27 Yards
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 1/4" x 27 Yards
Scor-Pal Scor-Tape 3/8" x 27 Yards #SP214
Ranger Inkssentials Mini Ink Blending Tool - With 4 Blending Foams IBT40965
Tim Holtz Garden Greens Thinlets
Paper Flowers (my stash)


  1. This is so beautiful and I love how you used each of the elements in the album!! So many places for pics and journaling too!

  2. Oh and so sorry to hear about your fingers!! Crafting is such a dangerous hobby because we focus on the paper and not out own hands!!! Glad you had those cute bandages to remind you of those happy grands of yours!!

  3. Cec, I don't know how you managed to make such a beautifully made album with two injured fingers! The papers are so very romantic, and I love all the flips, pockets, booklets and photo mounts; so many wonderful details within and on the cover. Great idea to use re-inkers to color the flowers. Going to give that a try. Now stay away from sharp objects, PLEASE! Great post and project!

  4. This is so lovely and romantic! Beautiful shabby chic album! Ouch on your fingers! Glad Dora could come to the rescue. :)