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June 13, 2016

Kathy Clement Shares How Creativity Takes Courage

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1 

We are so very excited to introduce Kathy Clement to the 2016 Design Team this year! She has been a G45er for quite some time and we're sure you've seen her projects on our Facebook page. Well, now she's on the team and she has absolutely beauties in store for us today! She has so many great ideas, tips, tricks, and tutorials. You will love getting to know Kathy better! Also, stay until the end of the blog when we announce our new blog giveaway this week. Take it away, Kathy:

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"My name is Kathy, and I am addicted to beautiful paper…. and stamps, and embellishments, and paint and everything involved with the wide, wonderful world of creativity!  I’ve been married to my loving and supportive husband Dale for 40 years and live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  We are parents to 5 amazing grown children: 3 handsome boys and 2 strong, independent girls.  We also have 3 beautiful granddaughters who seem to have inherited my penchant for paper!  I created my first card when I was about 4, using my Doodle Pad and Crayola crayons.  As a sickly child, I passed many hours making little cards and gifts for family and friends.  For most of my adult life I was too busy raising children, caring for our home, volunteering, homeschooling and helping with our family business to play with paper but when I found myself an “empty nester” I rediscovered my love for creating and began making little gifts for friends and family.  Lo and behold, the recipients began asking me to create for their friends and family and before I knew it, my business, Kathy by Design was born.  A few years into my journey, I stumbled upon an amazing opportunity to design custom souvenir menus for BMW executive banquets held all over the world (yes, the automaker). When I started my blog in 2013, I began to audition for design team positions and through that venture, found new friends who have challenged me, supported me and inspired me to grow, try new things and spread my creative wings.  My hobby has turned into a full time business, and most days find me happy as a clam at high tide, working in my home studio. I had no idea that this creative, exciting and fulfilling time lay ahead of me when I opened my first box of Crayola Crayons.  I’m excited to share my creative journey with all of you, and thank you for being such wonderful companions along the way."

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First, Kathy will share 3 of her favorite G45 projects! Enjoy these awesome ideas:

"I love everything about playing with paper, but cards are my absolute favorite creations.   I love to pull images, patterns and embellishments together to make a card that will bring joy to the heart of the recipient.  This very feminine card made with A Ladies’ Diary features a monochromatic color palette.  Because monochromatic cards are made with varying hues of the same color, you can layer a lot of different patterns together and still achieve a harmonious composition.  It’s also fun to add lots of dimension with foam adhesive.  Add texture with ribbons, lace, flowers and embellishments. Inking all the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink served to anchor the design. Surprise the recipient by dressing up the inside of the card with a gift card pocket, tiny post card, fussy cut details and more pretty paper layers. The end result is an elegant card that will become a keepsake for years to come.

Designer tip: Keep the focal image from floating off the page by placing it within a frame.  This frame was made by die cutting 3 separate layers.  The top layer is made with printed paper from A Ladies’ Diary.  The other two layers are cardstock.  I used foam dimensionals to join the 3 frames together, then placed the image in such a way that part of it peeks out of the frame.

A Ladies' Diary Monochromatic Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Ladies' Diary Monochromatic Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Ladies' Diary Monochromatic Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Ladies' Diary Monochromatic Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

A Ladies' Diary Monochromatic Card by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Supply List

A Ladies’ Diary 12 x 12 Paper Collection:
Moment in Time
Delicate Details
Timeless Memoir
La Gazette
Lasting Impression
A Ladies’ Diary Chipboard Tag
A Ladies’ Diary Sticker Sheet
A Ladies’ Diary 8x8 Paper Collection:
Ageless Beauty
1 ½” wide Ivory Crochet Lace
Ivory Burlap String
White Seam Binding
Tea Dye Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Thinlits Die Doily 1
Tim Holtz Bigz Die Ornate Frame #2
Petaloo Burlap Blossom
Tattered Angels Crushed Shells Glimmer Mist
Cream Cardstock
Sentiment Stamp (Fiskars Simple Thoughts/Laughter)
Foam Dimensionals
⅜” circle punch

"As the old song says, “Everybody Loves a Baby,” and the bright primary colors, vintage images and sweet patterns in Graphic 45’s Mother Goose Collection make it a natural for a baby themed mini album.  While cleaning my studio, I found a rather large stack of 4” x 5.5” white card bases and thought to myself, “You ought to do something with these.”  A few sketches later, I had designed this interactive mini album that’s loaded with pockets and fold downs and tags.  The design was so popular with my followers, that I did a step out tutorial that showed how to build the album base, binding and cover.  You can find the link HERE.

Mother Goose Mini Album 01]

Mother Goose Mini Album 01

Mother Goose Mini Album 01

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Mother Goose Album no watermark 04

Supply List

Graphic 45 Mother Goose Collection:
6x6 Patterns & Solids
8x8 Papers:
Mother Goose
Ring Around the Rosies
Nursery Rhymes
Spot On
Humpty Dumpty
A Pocketful of Posies
Playful Postage
Sunshine Stripe
Twinkle Little Star
12x12 Papers:
Little Boy Blue
Mother Goose Chipboard 1 & 2
Mother Goose Tags and Pockets
Mother Goose Sticker Sheet

Other Products:
Several 4″ x 5.5″ white card bases.  I used 10 in this album.  And if you don’t have card    bases, just cut your white cardstock to the correct size, score and fold.  I just happened to find a huge stack of card bases in the Closet of Shame when I was purging it.
Really Reasonable Ribbon:
Red Swiss Dots Satin
Yellow Plaid
natural Burlap String

"When a nasty respiratory virus was making its rounds, I thought it would be nice  to make a little get well pocket card to cheer up a sick friend. I love to make cards with pockets, but I’d never made a tag with a pocket before, so I thought I would give it a go.  The Large Ivory Album tag is a nice, sturdy tag, and it was sized just right to hold a pocket pack of facial tissues.  From there, I got the idea to tuck in a tea bag and honey stick to create a little get well ensemble.. The color palette of World’s Fair is so cheery and the images are so happy, I knew they’d be the perfect vehicle to carry out the idea.  (Besides, the tissue pack and tea bags I had in my kitchen were a good color match.)  A few sketches later, I had the mechanics figured out, and was on my way to creating a bright, uplifting Get Well Pocket Tag..  I liked the finished product so much that I decided to submit it as my Graphic 45 First Round Audition Tutorial.  If you’d like to make one yourself, just follow this easy SnapGuide tutorial.

World's Fair Get Well Pocket 01

Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 World's Fair Get Well Pocket by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.  

Kathy's Get Well Pocket Tutorial

World's Fair Get Well Pocket 01

Supply List

Staples Large Ivory Tag
World’s Fair 6x6 Patterned Papers
8x8 World’s Fair Papers:
World’s Fair
Mind Over Matter
Exposition Expo
Balloon Bouquet
Wonder Works
World’s Fair Chipboard 2
World’s Fair Ephemera Pack
Really Reasonable Ribbon Natural Burlap String
Really Reasonable Ribbon Turquoise Glitz Ribbon
Pocket Pack Facial Tissue
Honey Spoon (from your health food store)
Bigelow Lemon and Ginger Herbal Tea
Petaloo Flowers:
Blue Velvet Lilacs
Antique Gold Wild Roses
Gold Glitter Star Pack
Dimensional Foam
Scoring Tool
Ruler, Scissors, Glue

We love how Kathy shares how to be #UniquelyYou! You'll love this tutorial and idea from the creative Kathy.

"The Typography collection stole my heart the minute I laid eyes on it!  The wonderful scripts, bold colors, artsy images and uplifting sentiments are just my style!  When we were asked to create a project that defines us, there was no question in my mind that I would be working with this inspiring collection.   

Since my vintage style uses lots of layers, color and detail, I was sure to include these in the design.  I also love to incorporate fun embellishments, ribbons and bodacious flower clusters in my work, so you’ll find those here, too.  Finally, I love interactive elements, so I created a secret pocket for a Staples Regular Tag that opens to reveal a sentiment that perfectly expresses my values and feelings.  This layout is truly “me on a page.”  I hope you find it inspiring, and enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Designer Tips:

1. Draw the eye to your main image by creating a custom frame.  I used my craft knife to cut out the center portion of this Typography frame, then inserted my own picture inside.  

2. Tell your story!  The stamps that surround the framed photo were specifically chosen to commemorate my journey.  In 2016, I was chosen to be on the G45 Design team, so that’s what the 1 and 6 stamps represent.  It was my 3rd audition, and that’s what the 3 represents.  And, the 45 is self-explanatory.  This is a fun way to capture special dates.

3. Use what you have.  I pulled my grungiest paint brushes out, bundled them with twine and used them as a fun embellishment on the page.

4. When cutting with a craft knife, if you use a glass mat beneath your paper, you’ll get a very clean cut.  If you don’t have a glass mat, use the glass from an old photo frame.  Just wrap the edges with masking tape so you don’t cut yourself."

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Typography Mixed Media Layout by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.  

Kathy's Snapguide Tutorial

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Creativity Takes Courage Layout Typography Tutorial by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1

Supply List

Typography: 12x12, 8x8, Chipboard, Pockets and Tags
Staples Regular Tag Album, Ornate Metal Key, clothespin
Petaloo Flowers
Peacock Feathers
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Mowed Lawn, Broken China, Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Vintaj Patina Verdigris, Moss
Zing Glitter Finish Embossing Powder, Copper, Green
Gypsy Soul Chipboard Renata Layered Flourish
Stampendous Spoonful of Rust Embossing Enamel
Rusty Hinge Distress Paint
Cajun Craze Cardstock
Copper Foil Cardstock
Cyan Cardstock
Really Reasonable Ribbon Copper Glitz Ribbon, Antique Gold Netting, Seam Binding, burlap string, turquoise bling
Versamark Embossing Ink
Metal corner
3 old paintbrushes
Spatter brush and mister bottle filled with water
Heat Gun, Foam Dimensionals, Scor-Tape, Glue Gun, Non-Stick Craft Sheet

Guess what? Hallowe'en in Wonderland is our giveaway this week! This prize pack is worth $30 and comes with 2 of each 12 double-sided sheets and the pictured stickers and chipboard. This will be so much fun to create with! All you need to do to win is to comment here on the blog or on our Facebook page. We'll announce a winner on Friday, June 17. So, make sure to enter now!

(1) Hallowe'en in Wonderland Prize $30 Value

Help us welcome Kathy in the comments below! We are so excited to kick off another great week full of designer introductions. This is one awesome team! Enjoy this great week!

Happy Papercrafting,

The G45 Family

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Welcome Kathy! I've been following your work for the last 2 years. You are an inspiration to me!

What a wonderful prize!

I've been following Kathy for some time now. So happy to see a Carolina girl on the G45 team...Yeah !! I'm in love with the prize pack this week. Truly adore "Halloween In Wonderland". Love the graphics of Alice in this collection. Thanks G45 for another fabulous prize :)

Love everything here and love to see all Kathy's projects!

Kathy's projects are always so fun and I love her layering!! Magnificent tips too! Thanks for the tutorials! They are going to come in handy!! Welcome to the team!

All the projects are amazing! The Get Well Pocket is so wonderful with all the layers. So beautiful.

Kathy, thank you for the inspiration you give us. Hope you enjoy your time at G45.
What a great give-away - lovely !!
Sue Mac

Welcome Kathy - so love your creations! What a great giveaway - so hope I win as I have always loved this line

Amazing projects, talented artist.

Wonderful cards!

What a wonderful prize..my very favorite collection!!

I'm thrilled to see Kathy's amazing work featured here and welcome her to the Design Team! She is such a gifted artist and her samples here reflect that in every detail. Kathy's feminine monochromatic card is one of my all time favorites of hers-although there are many favorites- so I'm happy to see that shown here for all the world to see! Fabulous work, Kathy, and huge congratulations to you, my friend! Big hugs!

Great inspiration today!!!! Love the fun paper collection in the prize pack:)

Such wonderful inspiration!!!!

Oooooooooooooh!!!!! Hallowe'en In Wonderland - one of my all time favourites - thanks for the chance to win - though I doubt I will - LOL :)

Love these! The new Design Team members are looking awesome!

Welcome Kathy. Love all your designs. Looking forward to seeing more.

Welcome Kathy.....beautiful work.
I'm excited to see Wonderland as a give away. I have wanted it for so long.

Halloween in Wonderland would coordinate beautifully with other Graphic 45 collections I am presently creating with. This , together with Kathy's inspiration, originality and helpful tips, a winning combination is attainable.

I am so excited to see Kathy on the team! She is a perfect fit for all the G45 papers and supplies! Her layering and use of color is exceptional. And from a purely personal and selfish standpoint...she's my dear friend and I am so happy to have her as part of the G45 Family!!!

What great projects! I love the Get Well Pocket. Looking forward to more of your creativity!

What great projects and a wonderfully fun give a way!!!

Amazing & gorgeous projects!!!!
My fave has to be the wonderful World's Fair card!!!!

Welcome to the
team Kathy! Love
all the projects.
Carla from Utah

I love all of Kathy's projects but I especially love The Ladies Diary Card, I look forward to all her new
and future projects as well. Thanks D.

These Halloween papers are the absolute best! So gorgeous!! Thanks for the opportunity!


Such fun projects!! Like the way she combines all her elements.

Kathy, you are so talented and such an inspiration. I look forward to seeing more of your creations with G45!

Really enjoyed Kathy's welcome projects. Going to check her blog now!

I'm so happy to see a card maker among your new DT members...looking forward to seeing more of her work! I've only recently seen this Alice paper collection and I am really intrigued by the images...rather spooky! Love the purples!

Welcome, Kathy! All of the projects you've shared are beautiful, but I'm a sucker for mini albums, so the baby album is my absolute favorite! And how kind of you to include a tutorial!

Awesome projects Kathy! I look forward to seeing more of your work!

Welcome, Kathy! Love these projects!

Amazing work - so glad you are on the team Kathy - I have been following you for a while! Congratulations.

I have been following the talented kathy for some time! Love this work!!

Would be so awesome to win this awesome collection

Welcome to the G45 team Kathy.

One of my favorite collections!

Absolutely love Kathy's projects!

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