Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Calendar Folio Series - March

Each month, on the third Sunday of the month, I will release the tutorials for TWO (2) folios! Today, it is time for the March Folios!
The March Folios are a beautiful duo of green and purple! I have used several different ribbons this time, all to celebrate THE GREEN.

I am continuing to use the Graphic 45 collections Place in Time (both the original collection and the new Deluxe Collector's Edition), Time to Flourish, and Children's HourI am using the 12x12, 8x8, and 6x6 pads, plus some of the other items from each collection. See the full supply list below.
The March folios consist of one calendar folio (8 1/4" x 8 1/4") and one scrapbook folio (8" x 8"). These folios hold AT LEAST twelve (12) photos. You can customize them for fewer or more photos, or for journaling, or to use as a planner. (This folio set is the same construction as the January and February Folios.)

Before getting started, I recommend cutting up ONE EACH of the Cut Apart and Collective sheets from the various paper collections. That way you will have all the images needed, as we will also use the prints on the reverse sides of most papers. (Note: I have used more than 2 sheets of some of the paper, but if you cannot do that, substitute something from your stash that coordinates.) I also recommend the Ephemera card packs, if you can find them. 

March Calendar Folio
The March Folio is side-fold folio, measuring 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" when closed. I have added flowers and ribbons in tones of green and purple, to celebrate spring, St. Patrick's Day, or March birthdays.
The folio opens with areas for photos and journaling. I love all the vintage images in the Graphic 45 calendar collections!
Cut one sheet of black cardstock to 8 1/4" x 8 1/4". Cut a second sheet of black cardstock to 8 1/4" x 8 3/4". Score the long side at 1/2" to make a second 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" panel. Fold and burnish the score line. Add strong adhesive to the 1/2" tab.
Attach the two sheets together to create a folio that is 8 1/4" tall and 16 1/2" wide. Make sure the fold is on the left-hand side of the folio, so that the folio opens like a book.
Close the folio and begin work on the cover. Cut purple cardstock to 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" and attach the panel to the front of the folio. Attach the Children's Hour 8x8 March Calendar page to the front of the folio. 
Paint or ink a chipboard medallion (found HERE) with dark green paint or ink (I used a Copic Marker, G09). Attach the medallion to the right side of the calendar page, as shown.

Trim the post card image from Place in Time March Cut Apart paper and mat with purple and ivory cardstock, cut slightly larger. I have 1/16" borders on my piece. Attach the image to the folio, approximately 2 1/2" from the top edge and 5/8" from the left edge. 

Trim the post card tag from Children's Hour March Collective paper and use foam tape to attach it to the lower right corner of the calendar.  
Use foam tape to attach a postage stamp image, cut from Place in Time March Cut Apart paper, to the upper right corner of the main image. Tie a loopy bow from green gingham ribbon and glue it to the chipboard medallion, as shown. Glue a decorative chipboard button (Place in Time DCE) to the top of the bow. Tie a loopy bow from green and ivory twine and attach the bow to the button.
Glue a chipboard tag (Place in Time original collection) to the bottom of the folio, as shown. Add a green pearl to the tag. Trim the "Hello Spring" sentiment from Children's Hour March Collective paper and use foam adhesive to attach the sentiment to the left side of the page, as shown. 
Glue purple and green flowers to the page, as shown. Add a few purple and green pearls, scattered about the page.  
Use the flowers on the postcard image as a guide to placement of your 3D paper flowers. 
Open the folio and work on the left-hand page. Cut Children's Hour March Collective paper (reverse, green print) to 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" and attach the panel to the left side of the folio. Create a photo mat by cutting black cardstock to 6 1/8" x 6 1/8". Attach a sheet of 6" x 6" green solid paper from Children's Hour 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad to the black cardstock. Attach the photo mat panel to the center of the page.

Attach a tag cut from Place in Time March Cut Apart paper to the lower left corner of the photo mat. Place adhesive onto the bottom and left edges of the tag to create a pocket. Glue a circle shamrock image (Time To Flourish Banners) to the top of the tag. Use foam tape to attach a postage stamp image, cut from Children's Hour March Collective paper, to the pocket. Tuck photos or ephemera into the pocket.
Next, work on the right-hand page. Cut Children's Hour March Montage paper to 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" and attach the panel to the right side of the Calendar Folio. Trim the Children's Hour March Collective border strip to 8 1/8" long and attach it to the top of the panel.

Cut black cardstock to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8" and round all four corners. Mat Children's Hour March Ephemera card with the black cardstock. Attach the card to the right side of the page. Use foam adhesive to attach a postage image from the Time to Flourish March Cut Apart paper to the upper right corner of the ephemera card. 

Cut two circles from Children's Hour March Montage (reverse, purple print) paper. Cut one circle 2 1/2" in diameter and cut the second circle to 2". Mat both circles with black cardstock, cut slightly larger. Attach the circles to the left side of the page, as shown.

Cut the "Good Luck" tag from the Place in Time March Cut Apart paper. Glue a chipboard tag (Time to Flourish) to the "Good Luck" tag. Glue a flower image (Time to Flourish Banners) to the top of the chipboard tag, as shown. Attach the tag to the bottom left corner of the page.
Close the folio. Cut Time to Flourish March Flourish paper to 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" and attach to the back panel of the folio.

The calendar folio is finished! Add photos and journaling, as desired.

March Scrapbook Folio

This project originally appeared here on the blog last spring. This is what I have based the January and February folios upon! In fact, this particular project was the inspiration behind this whole Calendar Folio Series! 

This matching March Scrapbook Folio measures 8" x 8" and is a top-folding folio, decorated inside and out. It is perfect for journaling, ephemera, and photos. Like the calendar folio, this project can be displayed on your desk or shelf during the month of March. (Please note, this project does not use Place in Time March papers. You may need extra sheets of the Time to Flourish and Children's Hour papers, or substitute as needed.)

The inside of the folio contains two flaps and a pocket. Everything is decorated in a spring and St. Patrick's Day theme.

We will construct the base for the folio first, and then decorate it.
Cut one piece of black cardstock to 8" x 8". Cut a second piece of black cardstock to 8 1/2" x 8" and score 1/2" from the top edge. Fold and burnish on the score line. Add double-sided tape to the tab.
Attach the tab to the top of the 8" x 8" piece of cardstock, creating a top-fold folio, 8" x 8". Open the folio. It is 16" tall and 8" wide.
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 6 1/4" x 4 3/4". Score 1/2" from the right edge. Attach the scored tab to the top left panel of the folio. Place the flap 1" from the top edge. The flap will be 6 1/4" x 4 1/4".
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 4 1/4" x 6 3/4". Score in from the left at 1/2". Place the tab onto the right side of the panel, 1/2" down from the top edge. The flap will be 4 1/4" x 6 1/4".  
Now, we will create a pocket for the lower panel. Cut black cardstock to 4 3/4" x 9". Score at 1/2" from the right, left, and bottom edges. Add double-sided adhesive to the tabs. (Note: I cut a bit off the ends of the tabs where they meet to decrease the bulk at the bottom edge of the pocket.) 
Attach the pocket to the bottom edge of the lower panel. Close the folio. We will now decorate the front cover. 
Cut Time to Flourish March Flourish (reverse) paper to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8". (This is from the 12" x 12" paper pad.) Attach the paper to the front of the folio.

Cut Time to Flourish March Flourish paper to 7 7/8" x 4 1/8". Mat with black cardstock cut to 8" x 4 1/4". Attach this panel to the left side of the folio, approximately 1/2" from the left edge.

Cut Children's Hour March Collective border strip to 7 7/8" long. (We used this same border for the Calendar Folio. If you do not have another border, choose a coordinating border from one of the other papers.) Place the border at the top edge of the panel. 

Select the March ephemera card from the Children's Hour ephemera pack (there are two of these in the ephemera pack, one for each project, or trim the image from Children's Hour March Collective paper to 5 7/8" x 3 7/8"). Matt the image with forest green and purple cardstock, cut to 6" x 4" and 6 1/8" x 4 1/8" respectively. Attach the image to the right side of the folio, approximately 1 1/2" from the top edge and 1" from the right edge.
Create a loopy bow from Apple Green Swiss Mini Dots Satin ribbon. Glue the bow to the left edge of the image, as shown. Make another bow with Mixed Green Vertical Striped Satin ribbon. Tie chipboard charms to the striped bow with Iridescent White Metallic String. Glue the second bow on top of the first.

Use foam adhesive to attach the "Best of Luck" sentiment, cut from the Children's Hour March Collective paper, to the left side of the folio, under the bow.
The cover is finished! Open the folio. We will work on the inside panels next. (I did not take photos of each step, just of the finished folio. Sorry about that!)
We will decorate the top, inside panel and the two flaps next.
Open both flaps so you can work on the top panel. Cut Time to Flourish March Cut Apart (reverse, purple flowers print) paper to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" and attach the paper to the top panel. (This paper is from the 8x8 pad.)

Trim the March border from the 12x12 Time to Flourish March Cut Apart paper and attach to the top center of the panel. 

Trim the post card tag image from Children's Hour March Collective paper and attach it to the lower right edge of the panel. Make sure to only add adhesive to the right and bottom edges, to form a little pocket. Use a 3/4" circle punch to punch a small image from one of the paper collections. Add the little decoration to the tag as shown. (Note: We have already used this tag for the Calendar Folio. If you do not have a second image, choose one of the other images from your paper collections.)


Let's decorate the left-hand flap. Trim forest green cardstock to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8" and attach it to the panel. Trim Children's Hour March Collective (reverse) paper to 6" x 4" and attach the panel to the flap. Trim out a postage image from the Children's Hour March Collective paper and use foam tape to attach it to the top left corner of the flap. Trim the "March" border from 12x12 March Collective paper. Attach the border to the bottom center of the flap. 

Trim the weekly calendar image from 
Children's Hour March Collective paper and mat with forest green cardstock, cut to 4 1/8" x 6 1/8". Attach the image to the right-hand flap.

Close the right-hand flap. Mat the Time to Flourish March Ephemera card with purple cardstock cut to 4 1/8" x 6 1/8". Attach the image to the flap. (You may also cut this image from Time to Flourish March Cut Apart paper.)

Trim a postage image from Children's Hour March Collective paper and attach it to the upper right corner of the main image.
Close the left-hand flap. Trim the March image from the Time to Flourish March Cut Apart paper to 6" x 4". Mat the image with purple cardstock cut to 6 1/8" x 4 1/8". Wrap a piece of the Apple Green Swiss Mini Dots Satin ribbon around the panel to act as a "belly band," which will hold some tags. 

Glue a chipboard horseshoe embellishment to the center of the ribbon. Attach the image to the flap. Trim tag from Time to Flourish March Cut Apart paper, and a tag and calendar from Children's Hour March Collective paper. Tuck the tags into the pocket. 

Now, let's work on the bottom panel.
Trim Time to Flourish March Flourish paper to 4 1/2" x 7 7/8" and attach it to the top portion of the panel, tucking the bottom edge into the pocket. Trim Children's Hour March Montage (reverse) paper to 4 1/8" x 7 7/8" and attach it to the pocket. 

Trim the March title from the Children's Hour 12x12 Calendar Pad to approximately 1 7/8" x 6 7/8" and mat with purple cardstock cut slightly larger. Attach the title to the center of the pocket. Add postage stamp images cut from Time to Flourish March Cut Apart and Children's Hour March Collective papers, as shown.
Cut a piece of black cardstock to 6" x 7 7/8". Trim Children's Hour March Montage paper to 5 7/8" x 7 3/4". Attach the paper to the card.

Flip the card over. Cut Children's Hour March Collective (reverse) paper 5 7/8" x 7 3/4" and attach the paper to the card. Tuck the card into the pocket. You may use the card for extra photos or journaling. You may also tuck ephemera or photos into the pocket. 
Close the folio and flip it over so that back is facing up with the fold at the top.

Trim Children's Hour 12x12 March Calendar (reverse) paper to 7 7/8" x 7 7/8" and attach to the back panel. Trim Children's Hour March Collective pansy border to 7 7/8" long and attach it to the top of the panel.
And, you are FINISHED! 
If you missed the January Folios Tutorial, click HERE

For the February Folios Tutorial, click HERE
If you wish to make the 9" x 9" x 9" storage box to hold all your monthly folios, click HERE to see that tutorial. 

Keep in mind, that during this tutorial series I will be using some product that is retired or hard to find. If you cannot find the product I am using, try to find something similar, or just substitute something from your own hoard of supplies. You may be able to find some of the retired items on Amazon or Ebay, but be prepared to pay a premium. You will also need a stack of 12x12 black and ivory (natural) cardstock. 

Come back April 16th to view the APRIL FOLIOS!


March Calendar Folio
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Emerald Plaid, Ivory Burlap String, Green Solid Baker's Twine 
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Deep Lovely Lilac, Natural, Black
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Children's Hour (March CollectiveMarch Montage, 8x8 Calendar Pad, 6x6 Patterns and Solids Pad), Time to Flourish (March Flourish), Place in Time (March Cut Apart)
Chipboard: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Star Medallion; Graphic 45 Place in Time (original and DCE), Time to Flourish Journaling
Cardstock circle mbellishments: Graphic 45 Place in Time Banners
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo
Pearls: Want to Scrap
Copic markers: black, G09
Tools: hot glue gun, scoring board and bone folder
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, hot glue

March Scrapbook Folio
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Apple Green Swiss Mini Dots SatinMixed Green Vertical Striped SatinIridescent White Metallic String (out of stock)
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Black, Forest Green, Deep Lovely Lilac
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Children's Hour (March CollectiveMarch Montage12x12 Calendar Pad), Time to Flourish (12x12 March Cut ApartMarch Flourish; 8x8 March Flourish)  
Ephemera cards: Graphic 45 Time to Flourish, Children's Hour
Chipboard: Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Feeling Lucky Charm SetFeeling Lucky Shape Set 
Ink: Colorbox Pigment Black, Moss Green, Turtle
Tools: hot glue gun, scoring board and bone folder
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares, hot glue

Friday, March 17, 2017

Let's Crochet!

About 3 1/2 years ago, I re-taught myself to crochet by watching YouTube videos. (I know, I know!) I had learned when I was in my pre-teens, but dropped it once I went off to college. I spent some time in the last few years, first using a loom to make baby hats, and then re-learning to crochet in order to make baby afghans and prayer shawls for donation. Like everything with me, I got bored and have not touched a crochet hook in about 8 months or more! Well, a few weeks ago, I dragged out some balls of chunky baby yarn and...
I crocheted this quickie project in about 2 weeks, working in the evenings while I binge watched junk on Netflix! This blanket measures 42" x 60" and is a bit small for a twin bed, but would be perfect for a toddler bed or for a floor mat. It is very THICK and HEAVY. And SUPER SOFT! 
I used the Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn (find here) in Baby Blue, Funny Prints, and White. I used two of the 10.5 ounce balls each of the blue and white (I did not use all of the second ball for each color), and I think I used 3 balls of the 3.5 ounce Funny Prints (which is blue, green, and white variegated yarn). 

The entire blanket is double crochet stitches! I just chained as many stitches as I needed to measure 42 inches across and then double crocheted my way back and forth until it was 60 inches long (give or take a few inches).

I crocheted a pattern of:

15 rows Baby Blue
5 rows Finny Print
15 Rows White
5 rows Finny Print
15 Rows White
5 rows Finny Print
15 rows Baby Blue

I used a size N crochet hook. This is the one I have: Susan Bates Crystalites. I did not worry about gauge or anything. I also looked up a "trick" to keep my edges even, but I cannot explain it to you! However, if you Google it, you will find a plethora of videos and tutorials! Since my edges came out very straight, I decided not to add a border to this particular blanket. Plus, this chunky yarn is hard to work with, and it gets hot and heavy on your lap! {smile}

I have crochet fever again, so I am working on another striped blanket in shades of blue and gray, plus I ordered yarn to do another one in colors of the sea. Don't hold your breath as you wait to see them....I tend to go off yarn projects when the weather turns warm! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Altered Butterfly Tag

Hello Chipboard Fans! I am up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today. I have created an altered butterfly tag as my project this week.
I have used one of the tags from the Tags in a Box Extra Tag Set for the tag base. The tag is large, 8' tall by 4" wide! The show-stopper is the beautiful Butterfly of Gears! I used several kinds of embossing powder and enamel to create this vintage gem!
I used more embossing powder to age the wrought iron border piece, from the Wrought Iron Set. I used some rusty-looking embossing powder to give the gears a metallic shine (Gears Shape Set). I finished off the piece by adding flowers and some steampunk embellishments.
To see how to make this project, see the Snapguide below.

Check out How to Create an Altered Butterfly Tag by Gloria Stengel on Snapguide.



Thanks for looking!



Gyspy Soul Laser Cuts:
Tags in a Box Extra Tag Set
Butterfly of Gears
Wrought Iron Set
Gears Shape Set
Chickenwire
Honeycomb and Bees - Medium (only a bee is used)

Other:

Ink: Ranger Distress Stain Vintage Photo; Delicata Golden Glitz pigment; Top Boss Watermark; Colorbox Metalic, Abyss pigment
Paint: Ranger Distress Salty Ocean; DecoArt Chalkboard; Martha Stewart Acrylic Wedding Cake
Embossing powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang Queen Sheba's Silver, Hyacinth Blue Jade, Oakleaf Olive; Stampin' Up Gold Glory; Judikins Black; Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper Metallic; Emerald Creek Oil Rubbed Bronze
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts; Petaloo
Bingo tile: Tim Holtz
Resistors, light bulb: found items
Decorative paper: Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook 12x12 Patterns and Solids Pad, Tags and Pockets, Chipboard button
Clock Key: Graphic 45
Metal spigot: Prima
Seam binding: Really Reasonable Ribbon Peacock Alley
Adhesive: tape runner, hot glue, multi-medium

Monday, March 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog Hop


Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon March Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Judy's Blog next! (Miss Ginny is sitting out this month due to some bad weather in her area. Please send up some prayers for her and her family!)

Here is a peeky at the RRR March Ribbon Club Assortment. This assortment is called Spring Rainbow of Color! Wow! I love the ROYGBIV color scheme! Bonnie always picks the best colors for the club assortments! 
I had no idea what colors to use out of this batch! I love all of the colors and really wanted to use each one. However, reason reared its ugly head, and I knew I could only make ONE project. After I sat and looked at them for days and days, a project finally popped into my head!
Sometimes, things just gel. I had colored this image a few months ago, but had never used it because I had cut the paper all wonky! The image is a digital stamp from Power Poppy called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher, which I printed along with a few other images, and somehow, when I cut the images apart...disaster happened! The image shape was not conducive to a square, a rectangle, or a circle! So, this beauty just sat there on my desk!

I had also purchased a few 6x6 paper pads a few months ago, and those also had been sitting on the desk, unused. Well, all this unused gorgeousness started jumping up and down and waving when they saw the March Ribbon Club! 
To solve my image dilemma, I ended up fussy cutting around the edge of the image! It worked out pretty well. I used some foam tape to pop the image off the card. 

I tied a double bow with the Satin Swiss Dot Red (one of my favorite red ribbons) and the Daffodil Checkerboard Satin. The red and yellow ribbons perfectly match the tulips I colored! 
I also wrapped both ribbons up the side of the card and added some red and yellow cardstock. The striped and gingham papers are also perfect, and not too busy. I also found some great pearls, enamel dots, and paper brads in my stash to match the colors! 

The green leaves really pop off the page, don't they?! I decided on a simple sentiment and the inside of the card is blank, ready for a message or Scripture. 
I have been spending a lot of time coloring lately, and it is fun to finally use one of the images I colored! I regret that I did not write down what Copics I used, but I am sure you can play around with your own markers or pencils and color something that you love!

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to 
 Judy's Blog to see what she has for you!

I am entering this card into the Power Poppy Let's Go Green Power and Spark Challenge.

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!


Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings



Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club (Satin Swiss Dot Red, Daffodil Checkerboard Satin)
Cardstock: CutCardStock Basis Black; WorldWin Deep Sunshine Yellow, Light Berry Red; Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover; Stampin' Up Whisper White
Designer paper: My Favorite Things Trail Mix, Tiny Check 6x6 pads
Stamps: Power Poppy Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher; Verve Stamps Floral Notes (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic
Die cuts: My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle; Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles
Paper brads: Craftworkcards Candi 
Enamel dots: Simple Stories Christmas
Pearls: Queen and Company
Adhesive: ATG tape, multi-medium, foam tape, hot glue