Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday Focus on Graphic 45: Children's Hour Altered Notebook and Card

Hello, Friends!  It's Kathy here, and I'm excited to be sharing today's  Friday Focus on Graphic 45.

For the next two weeks, all Graphic 45 products will be on sale for an additional 15% off the already discounted price at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!  If you all know me even a little bit, you know that these glad tidings make my crafty little heart go pitty pat as I adore all things Graphic 45!

To whet your appetite for this lovely sale, I've created an altered notebook and card duo using the September papers from the Children's Hour collection.  (You'll find product links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique below this post.)

Children's Hour Altered Composition Notebook

 This is a standard composition notebook that I purchased at a Back to School sale.  It measures 7.5" x 10".  The cover has been altered to look like old leather.  This process involves sanding the cover then inking it up with Copper Mixative, Espresso, Ginger, and Pesto Alcohol inks.  The sanding gives the cover a lovely texture while the Alcohol inks cover the boring black and white background and blend colors to look like vintage leather.

 You get a good look at the album base in this shot.

I layered stickers and fussy cut elements from the 8x8 and 12x12 collections to create the vignette on the cover.  Petaloo flowers, burlap and ribbon add lots of lovely texture.

I used the alcohol ink to color the edges of the notebook pages so that they all look deliciously aged. Then, on this inside, I added more patterned papers, tags, a policy envelope, and layered elements.  I love the way the ribbon and crocheted lace look inside the notebook.

I designed the notebook to hold photos and a journal of the school year.  It seems that the years go by so quickly, and it's easy to forget those little moments that make life so special.

Children's Hour September Card

One of the main problems I have with Graphic 45 is that I just can't stop playing with it.  I was about to clear off my desk when my eye fell on some scrap pieces.  Instantly, my brain saw a card just begging to come to life.  How could I resist?

One comment that I often hear from folks is that while they love all the beautiful patterns and images in Graphic 45 papers, they feel lost when it comes to using them.  With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful for you to see how I layered all these different patterns and images together to create a cohesive design.  That's where the Snapguide tutorial comes in.

You can draw attention to your focal image by "framing" it with burlap string.  The eye is instantly drawn to the main feature of the card.  To keep the smaller image from disappearing in the mix, I framed it inside one of the small filigree frames from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Adding the red border and black chipboard sentiment also help to focus the eye on the main image.  I could not resist adding in a used pencil and a burlap string wrapped pen nib, just for fun.

I'm known for adding lots of fun details to the insides of my cards.  I love using Tammy Tutterow's Deco Mini Envelope Die to create a small gift or note pocket.  The envelope is held shut with tiny magnets.

Here's a peek at what I tucked inside.

The base of the card interior holds a large pocket that I've filled with sweet tags.

These interactive elements and extra goodies make the card a worthy gift all on its own, but if you wanted to, you could tuck a gift card or small wrapped chocolate and tea bag into the pocket.

I hope this post has inspired you to break out your scissors and get busy with the gorgeous G45 papers you've been hoarding. This sale presents the perfect opportunity to add to your stash, as all the new collections will be shipping any day.  So, I don't know about you, but I'm going shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!
Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Children's Hour September Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.


  1. Oh Kathy, yet again you have made the most wonderful creations with these papers. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and the beauty of these papers with us xx

  2. Hi Kathy,
    your work is so superb and lovely.
    The colours are so very vibrant and lovely.
    An outstanding creation.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

    1. Jenny,make made my day with this kind comment! I love to play with paper, especially when it is Graphic 45!

  3. This is absolutely fabulous, Kathy! I love how everywhere you look there is something to catch the eye. You always rock these papers!

  4. Thank you, Nancy! You know how much I love my Graphic 45!

  5. Gorgeous! You highlighted on of my favorite G45 collections and wow you rocked it like you always do!

  6. Wow! Kathy, this is fabulous! So many gorgeous details on your design. I love the inside of your cards...they are always so awesome.