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Little Boy Blue Card Folio

Posted by Graphic 45 04/11/2018 34 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Cards,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

  Welcome to a fun baby-themed blog post!  If you or someone you know is expecting a bundle of joy this is the perfect post for you.  We have two wonderful projects both great for gifts that can be cherished for a lifetime.  First up we have a Little Boy Blue Folio Card and video tour complete with great tips for any scrapbook project by, Kathy Clement.  Kathy used our Little Darlings - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and our Metal Staples to make this gift a dream come true.  Following this gem with have Sandy Trefger's Little Darlings mini album with a video tutorial.  So kick back and enjoy all the creative inspiration.  


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Little Boy Blue Card Folio

By Kathy Clement


“There’s nothing on earth sweeter or more precious than a new baby!  And there’s nothing more enjoyable than creating a special card to welcome a new wee one into the nest.  I was thrilled to break out my Little Darlings - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and make this Little Boy Blue Card Folio when one of our close family friends gave birth to a bouncing baby boy.



I wanted this card folio to have a real shabby chic, vintage feel.  To accomplish this, I lightly distressed all the card layers, added a machine stitched border and added loads of fussy cut images popped up on waste chipboard.



A G45 Staples Shabby Chic Ornate Keyhole and Shabby Chic Keys add a wonderful textural element to the card design.  


Tip:  Staples Metal Hardware is easy to alter.  Use your finger to tap a light coat of ivory chalk paint on the keys to bring out the details.  Then loop the metallic string around the brad to add them to the Keyhole.



Tip:  Use ribbons and flowers to draw the eye to images that might otherwise go unnoticed.  This lovely chipboard frame and image are highlighted by the ribbon cluster and flower clusters.  


Tip: Use height to its fullest advantage.  I’ve backed the chipboard frame and image with a double layer of waste chipboard to elevate it on the card.  This automatically makes it stand out more.



Tip:  Add a diagonal line to your design.  After fussy cutting the Little Darlings banner, I backed it with waste chipboard and adhered it to the card in a diagonal line.  This helps to separate the Little Boy Blue image from the chipboard frame. It’s also adds a feeling of movement to the card.


When I create a card, I’m always on the lookout for ways to add texture and dimension.  One fun way to pea-sized puddle of paint onto a piece of scrap paper.  Dilute it with a few spritzes of water. Then pick the paint up with a round tipped brush. Hold the brush loosely with one hand and tap it with the other.  The diluted paint will create lovely little spatters that add extra texture to your composition. You can always practice this technique on magazine pages until you get the hang of this is to spatter the card with paint. To do this, pour a very small,


To turn a card into a gift, you can add pockets and a mini folio to the inside.


This little waterfall element will hold photos of baby’s first precious days.



I’ve added light stenciling, a stamped sentiment and this sweet fussy cut image to dress up this flap page.  The torn paper border adds to the shabby chic feel of the card.


You can add fussy cut images to dress up the pages of your waterfall.


Tip:  Adhere just one edge of an image so that photos can be tucked behind.


This sweet little gift card holder is tucked into the large pocket on the bottom half of the card interior.  This is a great way to use up those precious scraps of G45 paper!


To help you get a feel for the flow of this card folio, I’ve prepared a very short video tour.  I hope you enjoy!


Graphic 45 Little Boy Blue Card Folio with Little Darlings DCE


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Little Darlings - Deluxe Collector's Edition

Staples - Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Key Holes

ClearSnap Decades Dye Pad Robin's Egg



Other supplies: distressing tool, ivory acrylic paint, cardstock, flowers, ribbons, burlap string, adhesive


Looking for more great Little Darlings project ideas?

Check out this DIY Mini Album by Sandy Trefger.

Little Darlings Mini Baby Album

By Sandy Trefger


“I love the Little Darlings paper collection. When it first came out several years ago, Icreated a baby album of my own baby photos at a class that I took at a retreat.  I loved my album and was so excited for myself and all of you when it was released as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition. It is the most beautiful baby paper collection ever, in my opinion, and is perfect for a baby boy or girl and even for toddlers.  I designed this mini album using a combination of the pink tones and blue tones from the collection. It’s a pretty simple design and easy to make ,which is wonderful when you want to make several to have on hand for gift giving or for a baby shower.  I’ve created a video tutorial to show you how I made the album cover, waterfall type pages and the zig-zag pages that are inside.” ~Sandy


Graphic 45 Little Darlings Mini Baby Album Tutorial


See full post here…


What an adorable post!  We hope you enjoyed every tip, video, and gorgeous detail.  Thank you, Kathy and Sandy, for providing these delightful projects and videos.  We hope to see you back here tomorrow for an easy to create card set.  In the meantime challenge yourself to try something new and be sure to share your projects with us on Instagram and our Facebook Graphic 45 -  Community Page.  


Happy Papercrafting!  

34 Comment(s)

Kathy Jo Wood:
04/11/2018, 10:40:51 AM,

Kathy, I always enjoy your tips! Thanks for sharing!!

04/11/2018, 11:34:59 AM

Adorable! Love those papers and appreciate all the hints and tips. Then you.

Arianna Barbara:
04/11/2018, 11:45:45 AM

Oh! How cute!!! Thanks for these tips!!!

Vanessa LeClear:
04/11/2018, 12:11:22 PM

So adorable! Thanks for the inspiration.

04/11/2018, 12:12:32 PM

Kathy and Sandy both made adorable items with this collection. They are sweet, but not too feminine for a boy!

Sharon gullikson:
04/11/2018, 12:18:06 PM

How sweet! I have 1 baby in my future to craft for, and no doubt more after that. I love this and will use it as inspiration

Michele Lewis:
04/11/2018, 12:23:44 PM

What Beautiful creations! I am working with the Baby 2 Bride collection at the moment and it looks like it would coordinate with the collection used here!

04/11/2018, 12:37:34 PM

Beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing your tips to make cards and albums truly special. I am amazed at the creativity.

Cheryl Wells:
04/11/2018, 12:52:28 PM

Gorgeous baby paper collection!!

Sophie wachs:
04/11/2018, 12:54:01 PM

Thanks for sharing those wonderful projets. They are so inspiring

Regina Harrison:
04/11/2018, 01:06:40 PM

Little Darlings is one of my favorite collections and this folio is perfect.

Jan D., FL:
04/11/2018, 01:13:27 PM
Reply inspiring and beautiful. Loved the video and your instructions were so easy to follow. I want to make one for my best friend’s birthday in May. I think I will use pics of us as much younger people as my theme. I am so excited to give it a go. Thank you so much.

Susan Lowe:
04/11/2018, 01:14:04 PM

I just love the card folio. You make it look so easy that I bet I could even make one! Thanks, Kathy

Sue D:
04/11/2018, 01:38:48 PM

So sweet--I am the mom of 4 boys--love it.

Claudia Latinette:
04/11/2018, 02:31:40 PM

I received my Fairy Dust paper today. So much prettier in person. I am totally in love with it. The best by far!

Ellen Haydon:
04/11/2018, 02:39:09 PM

I love these little books/albums. My husband's partners and wife are expecting in September. Any ladies who have had a child in the during the summertime can commiserate the hot weather. Summer is for staying inside in the air conditioned and make pretty things or receive pretty gifts.Ellen from Phoenix AZ

Diane F:
04/11/2018, 02:52:11 PM

Both of these projects are absolutely precious and I must agree that the Little Darlings collection may very well be the best baby papers of all time! Thank you for sharing.

Jan Kennedy:
04/11/2018, 03:01:43 PM

Precious designs and projects!

04/11/2018, 03:11:46 PM,

So cute and adorable!

Trish K.:
04/11/2018, 03:35:27 PM

I just love these beautiful projects! The Little Darlings Paper is perfect for my 2nd great nephew who should be born in a few weeks! His brother got a nice box made with Mother Goose but I think for this baby boy I will go with the Little Darlings!

Martie Rollin:
04/11/2018, 03:42:04 PM

Lovely project! Nice prize package!

Alkistis Stampouli:
04/11/2018, 04:20:45 PM,

Amazing dimensional shabby chic card by Kathy!!! I love the tips! Sandy's mini is very unique! I found the tutorial very useful! Thank you girls for inspiring us!

Kirsty Vittetoe:

Just so darling, sweet, pretty colors too!

Kathleen E Capachione:
04/11/2018, 06:12:29 PM

Thanks so this collection.... Beautiful!

Frankie Robson:
04/12/2018, 01:27:04 AM

Just love your designs!

Dorothy McCarthy:
04/12/2018, 06:12:55 AM,

Excellent tips and projects!!

04/12/2018, 07:04:29 AM

I love these ideas! G45 papers are the best in the business!

Sandra Featherston:
04/12/2018, 07:55:52 AM

Oh, how adorable. Any new mother would love this keepsake. Little Darlings collection is a gorgeous paper set.

Sue MacFall:
04/12/2018, 08:11:35 AM

Both projects would make a lovely card/present for a new arrival - they are stunning

Kate LeBlanc:
04/12/2018, 12:14:57 PM

I love the tips and hints. Beautiful cards that anyone with a new baby would love!

04/12/2018, 01:53:44 PM

Beautiful as always! Thank you so much for sharing!

04/12/2018, 05:06:26 PM

Awh so love these papers! Thanks for videos, please keep em G45!!!!!

Karen Rice:
04/12/2018, 07:21:15 PM

What an adorable card folio and little album--I adore this Little Darlings collection!

Judy Phillips:
04/13/2018, 01:58:28 AM

I love Little Darlings.....made a beautiful card for my doctor's new little baby boy - he was amazed! I told him - the artwork is all graphic45 - I just put it all together!

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