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Steampunk Flip Folio: Introducing Folio Champion, Kathy Clement

Posted by Graphic 45 07/04/2018 60 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Videos,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to the Graphic 45 blog our Creative Wonderland.  Today, we are featuring one of our incredible Special Project Designers over our Club G45 program, Kathy Clement.  For Kathy's #G45Selfie project she has created one of her signature folio albums starring our newest collection, Imagine and our Tag Staples.  So let's cut to the chase and jump into the fun!  


Special Projects Designer 2018-2019

Kathy Clement - USA


“My name is Kathy and I am addicted to paper.  I have loved color and design ever since I can remember.  My mother taught me to make handmade cards when I was a little girl, using my crayons and Doodle Pad.  For years I was a busy mom with no time for serious crafting. Once our 5 beautiful children grew up and moved into their adult lives, I had time to pursue my passion for paper.  


While I am primarily a card maker, I also love to create mini albums, canvases, altered art and even scrapbook layouts.  My most recent crafting obsession is designing interactive card folios. My style is decidedly vintage/shabby chic with lots of layers, embellishments and ribbons to add loads of texture and dimension.  Graphic 45 speaks my creative language, and I’m a G45’er for life!


I live in beautiful North Carolina with my darling husband of 42 years. If I’m not in my sunny studio creating, I’m probably in the kitchen whipping up something tasty to eat, or playing with our 3 delightful granddaughters. Being part of the G45 Special Projects Design Team with Annette Green and Maria Cole is the thrill of a lifetime!  I’m having more fun than a person should be allowed to have designed and creating projects for the new #ClubG45 monthly kits!


Steampunk Flip Folio


You may not know this, but when I started my Kathy by Design blog in 2013, I chose 3 words to define and guide me: Imagination, Creativity, and Whimsy.  So when G45 released their soft and feminine Imagine Steampunk Collection, my heart rejoiced.  This collection reflects everything I love about papercrafting. It was an easy decision to use this collection for my #G45Selfie Project!


I discovered the joy of creating interactive folios while serving my term as a G45 Brand Ambassador.  I just love figuring out ways to add flips, flaps, pockets, tags and waterfalls to a card sized project like this 5” x 7” folio.  For me, it’s like solving a puzzle, which is something I also love to do.


Tip: Alter G45 Metal Staples with Distress Paint.  I tap the paint on with my fingertip, letting each color dry between layers.  I’ve used Peacock Feathers and Fossilized Amber on my Staples Door Plate and Knob, Clock Key and Steampunk Gears.



Tip: Create your own custom ribbon colors with white seam binding and G45 Decades Ink Pads.  Spread the ink directly onto a non-porous surface like a craft mat, or glass mat...or even acetate packaging.  Spritz lightly with water then dip the ribbon into the inky puddle. Scrunch the ink through the ribbon and gently heat dry.  Now your ribbon is color matched to your favorite G45 Paper collection.




Tip: Use the scraps on your work table to create fun mini folios to tuck into shallow pockets.  

This mini folio is just 3” wide.  It’s the perfect size to hold a little decorated Staples Laser Cut To From ATC Tag.  Use the G45 Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flowers die to cut a cover for the back of the tag and ink around the letters to make them pop.


This waterfall feature in the center of the folio will hold 4” x 6” photos.  The pocket on the right holds two decorate mini photo albums made from table scraps.



I used a border strip to create the belly band feature on this waterfall element.  Small magnets keep it closed up neat and tidy!


I’ve added ephemera cards for journaling or small photos.

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



Graphic 45 Imagine Steampunk Inspired Flip Folio Tour with Tips


Imagine Package

Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Supplies:

  • Flowers, Seam Binding Ribbon, Metal Gears
  • Cardstock; Kraft, Pale Pink, Goldenrod
  • ¼” and ½” Corner Rounder Punch


Weekly Blog Contest

Leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package is a Club G45 - Vol. 6 Kit, including a Sun Kissed 12x12 Patterns & Solids Paper Pad, Die-Cut Banners, Ephemera, Ivory Tag & Pocket Album, Clock Keys, and Bon Voyage Inkpad, a $50 value.  The Winner will be announced on the blog Friday, July 6th.


 Just amazing!  I hope you enjoyed this folio, tips, and the video tour as much as we have.  Be sure to pull out your papers and try out a new technique today and be sure to leave your love for Kathy in the comments below.  Thank you for joining us today and being such a great member in the G45 community!   


Happy Papercrafting!

60 Comment(s)

Sue D:
07/05/2018, 10:50:22 AM

This is awesome. so many great details.

Lisa Relova:
07/05/2018, 11:00:42 AM

I love your album, so many flips and tucks! Fabulous work!

Sharon Gullikson:
07/05/2018, 11:07:59 AM

Gorgeous. I am trying to learn from you ladies how to make albums--I'm still working on my Raining Cats and Dogs album---trying to learn how to incorporate photos, decorative papers, and other things. Thank you for the ideas!

07/05/2018, 11:30:10 AM

Amazing project - thanks for all helpful hints and tips. Those papers are lovely as are all G45 collections.

Michele Lewis:
07/05/2018, 11:30:22 AM

I love this collection! I can't wait to get my hands on it and this album is certainly the creative input that I needed! Beautiful workmanship and I love all the little pockets, albums and the flips! LOVE it! Graphic 45 makes so many collections that are beautiful in their own way, but I think this is going to be my favorite!

Kristina Vazquez:
07/05/2018, 11:39:54 AM

Absolutely love this folio project! I get so much wonderful inspiration here!

Diana Dillon:
07/05/2018, 11:54:52 AM

This is a wonderful album. I love everything about it. Thank you so much for sharing. I think this is going to be a fantastic year following all you very talented people and learning so much, thanks to the Graphic 45 design team.

Jane S:
07/05/2018, 12:10:29 PM

I love this collection and look forward to following your work on graphic45

Carol Sanderson:
07/05/2018, 12:11:23 PM

So many little time...I want to do them all

07/05/2018, 12:18:21 PM

Kathy,Now, this looks like fun! Not too much and not too little.....just right! Thank you for sharing with us.

Regina Harrison:
07/05/2018, 12:26:02 PM

Super cute mini:) Love this as I love all of your projects.

Bettina Kreuer:
07/05/2018, 12:33:21 PM

This is a wonderful folio. Thanks for sharing.

Martie Rollin:
07/05/2018, 12:36:55 PM

I so enjoy Kathy's work...always amazes me with how much she can add to a simple card by turning it into a folio! LOVE that she figured out how to add charms to this project! Delightful prize package...LOVE Sun Kissed!!!

Sally Royal:
07/05/2018, 12:38:07 PM

How do you find the time to make so many things?? So amazing.

07/05/2018, 12:40:13 PM

Beautiful folio-hoping for a tutorial. The beautiful papers really make the album such pretty colors and images.

Cheryl Wells:
07/05/2018, 12:44:03 PM

Fantastic folio, Kathy!!! This paper collection has to rate top of the list as well as Sun Kissed - absolute stunning paper.

Tristan Robin Blakeman:
07/05/2018, 12:48:46 PM,

As always, I'm enchanted with Kathy's creation. There are so many creative details that showcase her eye for details and artistry - but my favorite I believe (and I have to just close my eyes and walk past the stitching and the altered metal embellishments and that wee 3" folder!) my favorite is that teeny tiny teensy weensy belly band on that waterfall! How adorable is THAT?! I love it. Her work is always an inspiration!

07/05/2018, 12:48:47 PM

Always blown away and inspired by Kathy's work!! Thank you for sharing!!

07/05/2018, 12:49:43 PM

Wonderful project, Kathy! Always love your folios and everything else you do!

Ellen Haydon:
07/05/2018, 01:12:54 PM

How wonderful it was to wake up and see such a beautiful project! I love the colors and it will certainly will be displayed in a place of honor. Thanks for the tips also. Ellen from Phoenix

Mary Jane:
07/05/2018, 01:20:16 PM

Thank you for such an amazing flip folio project!!

Carol Hughes:
07/05/2018, 01:24:29 PM, FB

What a gorgeous project. I'm still doing tags and working up the courage to do something bigger and more imaginative. Folios could be my next project. Thanks Kathy.

07/05/2018, 01:24:48 PM

I love your mini albums & look forward to seeing your card creations! - a fellow paper addict

Jan Kennedy:
07/05/2018, 01:49:31 PM

Beautiful project! Always something new to learn!

Diane F:
07/05/2018, 02:11:22 PM

Love this! So many little details & hidden treasures. Thank you for sharing; the inspiration and tips are great!

Bev Drake:
07/05/2018, 02:14:42 PM

Wow! How I love this gorgeous album with it's amazing flip pages & is stunning in these wonderful papers. Well done Kathy. Bev.

Ronda D:
07/05/2018, 02:40:01 PM


Susan Ashby:
07/05/2018, 03:02:08 PM

Such a beautiful folio. I love these.

Becca Yahrling:
07/05/2018, 03:18:01 PM

Always love Kathy's awesome and fun projects.

Anne McIntosh:
07/05/2018, 03:25:01 PM

Another outstanding project from the Design Team! Right now, this is my favorite G45 collection and I was hoping the July kit would include the Imagine collection, but alas, it did not. Guess I'll have to order it since there are so many postings that are making great use of it! Thank you for this wonderful folio! I think I'll start doing these instead of/in addition to minis. And I'll start with this one as my inspiration! Thanks again!

Susan G:
07/05/2018, 03:50:21 PM

Absolutely amazing. Everywhere you look, there’s another pocket with goodies tucked in. Almost like a treasure hunt. I loved this project and Kathy’s video was perfect and very informative. Thank you.

Michelle Nettleton:
07/05/2018, 04:16:12 PM

Kathy this is what I envisioned with Imagine! Thank you for your creativity, and a big shout out to G45......I love you ❣

07/05/2018, 04:33:04 PM

What's wonderful work!! Amazing hands ! Thank you for sharing your beautiful folio.

Norma Robnett:
07/05/2018, 04:34:07 PM

I simply enjoy all of your work. It feels as though you are having so much fun creating your projects...Thank You!

07/05/2018, 04:35:51 PM

So many beautiful g45 papers too!

Caroline Turner:
07/05/2018, 04:57:35 PM

Kathy, what a lovely folio you created! What a great way to display the insanely gorgeous Imagine collection. Your creativity is inspiring!Graphic45 I absolutely LOVE my monthly kits. Your papers are just gorgeous. There is nothing better! I love watching your wonderful YouTube videos. Please keep these kits coming, they are perfection, I’m having the time of my life with them! May God continue to bless you always. Love to you all! Caroline

Anne Schilling:
07/05/2018, 05:22:35 PM

Love this a whole bunch! Steampunk is my absolute favorite and you have done an amazing job with this book! Can’t wait to get this Collection!

Masayo Cole:
07/05/2018, 06:06:09 PM

I love how you see these projects and create the product. You find the products have so many uses, love the imagination

Julie Draewell:
07/05/2018, 07:06:27 PM

Thank you for your inspiration

Victoria Smith:
07/05/2018, 07:39:27 PM

I love Graphic 45 papers and making cards and journals. Thank you!

Jan G.:
07/05/2018, 08:45:18 PM

Another great project from Kathy. Beautiful. Love all the details that you put into every one of your items. You always create something I would love to have.

Lily W:
07/05/2018, 09:06:10 PM

Wow! I was on the fence re this collection, but NO more! This will be my next collection! Great Job on this project!!

Glenda Buster:
07/05/2018, 10:03:28 PM

Thank you for sharing another one of your lovely folio card albums! Really appreciate the tips and video. This week’s Sun Kissed G45 Club kit would be a fantastic prize to win!

Carla Hundley:
07/06/2018, 12:16:17 AM

Another wonderful creation by Kathy! Love all the pages. Carla from Utah

Judy Phillips:
07/06/2018, 01:36:01 AM

Hi Kathy - wow, that was an awesome ride! Beautiful work! I also love steampunk and shabby chic - I can't wait to get started on some of these g45 awesome projects! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!

Debbie Siddle:
07/06/2018, 03:01:21 AM

Fun collection and projects but little time to comment. Gorgeous! xxx

Becky Jo Cannon:
07/06/2018, 03:59:57 AM

Wow! Kathy, I love the 5x7 size folio. I really love that you added the door knob. So cool. I love the Imagine series you used. What I really like about it, you can take it in many directions for creating. I am a pretty new G45'r & I'm loving it! I'm wanting to make one of those book boxes with photos in for each of my son's. It would be unexpected for them. Aloha!

Arianna Barbara:
07/06/2018, 05:03:22 AM

Wow! It's totally amazing! Fantastic project!!!

Debby Abad:
07/06/2018, 09:40:25 AM


Brian Poteraj:
07/06/2018, 10:01:21 AM

I like the Steampunk look. It is a guy sort of look. Good job with the project.

Deb ONeill:
07/06/2018, 04:40:44 PM

This album is wonderful. I so love G45 collections!

Masasyo Cole:
07/08/2018, 07:41:10 PM

Beautiful. I love how you use the colors to bring the gears into the steampunk frame. very creative.

Annette Green:
07/09/2018, 08:11:15 AM,

I wasn't able to access the website over the weekend, but I'm here now to say YAY for Kathy Clement! I love her style, her personality, and her heart. I'm delighted to be designing along with her another year for Graphic 45.

Joyce Kloiber:
07/13/2018, 01:53:07 PM

I'm in awe.

Ellen Haydon:
07/13/2018, 02:54:25 PM

This looks like a great project. I can't wait to start one it. Thanks for the tips too. Ellen from Phoenix

08/07/2018, 12:46:41 PM

Kathy, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the Imagine album and tutorial!

Tami Johnson:
08/07/2018, 03:49:02 PM

So beautiful and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

08/07/2018, 10:16:05 PM

PS where do you get seam binding like that? The stuff I see in shops is mostly either lace or narrower binding, nothing flowy like the ribbon streamers you've used.

08/08/2018, 12:44:51 PM

Love, love, love the keys. Perfect for my vintage creations!

08/16/2018, 03:09:04 PM

I am in awe! Now I know the meaning of the word "Awestruck" I've done a few books in my time and some folios but not that compare to this piece of art. Great incentive to get busy and get back to it. I've been sidelined into making cards for quite awhile now but I can see why I should be back to my books and mini books. Thank you for the awesome inspiration. Gotta get shopping now!

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