Urban Garden Collection Folio

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Hey guys! If you follow the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge here on the blog, you’ve already seen that the latest installment features Tim Holtz’s Idea-ology Collection Folio. I’d never used this product before, but I guarantee it’s going to be an integral part of my crafting and memory-keeping from now on, because…it’s brilliant!

The Collection Folio consists of a sturdy, kraft-colored chipboard wrap-around cover, which houses a tiered insert onto which you can attach photos, memorabilia, trinkets and all kinds of keepsakes. It’s held shut with a stretchy elastic cord, and the fold-over cover is gusseted so you can really pack this baby full of goodness without fear of it exploding.

A few of our Challenge participants have kindly asked for a closer look at my project, so I thought I’d give a little tour here. I chose the theme “The Urban Garden,” since my own tiny garden behind our townhouse is dear to my heart. I used some of my own photos, lots of Tim’s rub-ons and embellishments, and incorporated some older tags and cards that were sitting in the Box of Abandoned Projects (a GREAT use for this Folio, by the way!).

I hand-painted the floral motif on the outside cover using Distress Paints in various garden-y tones (including the new Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio, both of which are dreamy). The title is made of Tim’s Ransom Alpha Parts from Idea-ology. The little door came from that aforementioned box of old projects, and you’ll recognize Tim’s Bricked Texture Fade and Pediments die used there.

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When you open the cover, you’ll see the top and bottom flaps still folded in. Inside the painted and stenciled front cover (Tim’s Layering Stencils in Splotches and Scribbles, to be exact), I hot-glued a bunch of craft store flowers, and added some butterflies and wording from Tim’s Botanical Remnant Rubs.

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The inside of the top fold-over flap features one of my squirrel friends…

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…and the bottom flap features another, along with lyrics from one of my favorite songs.

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The first “Page” is a foil embellished card I made about a hundred years ago, and if you look closely, you’ll see another Remnant Rub (“a beautiful world”) on the flap it’s attached to.

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On the back of that page is another old project, updated with a little hummingbird cutout, a Remnant Rub (“Fly”), and a sweet quote from the author of Winnie the Pooh.

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Up top on the next page is little piece made with one of Tim’s beautiful Ornate Collage stamps. If you don’t have this set, you need it– it’s gorgeous!

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Turn that page and there’s what I can only call a bittersweet quote by the beloved Robin Williams, a little metal leaf, more craft store fake foliage, more Remnant Rubs, and a “Simplify” Token.

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Below that is The Layered Butterfly, cut from a piece of plastic packaging. To get the effect you see here, after cutting and embossing the butterfly, flip it to the back and carefully fill the recessed areas with Ranger Stickles glitter glue. Allow the Stickles to dry thoroughly (we’re talking overnight, at least!), then paint the back of the butterfly with Black Soot Distress Paint and let that dry. When you flip it back over, you’ll have a lovely, sparkly monarch.

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You’ll see the black back of the monarch when you turn the page, and a simple layered flower up top. To the right is a tag I made for Tim’s Creative Chemistry 102 class using one of my hummingbird photos, colorized with Distress Markers. I love the Jane Austen quote above it. 🙂

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The next spread features more recycled tags (there’s that foiled dandelion again!), more Remnant Rubs, a wonderful Einstein quote, and a Tim Holtz Lapel Button.

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Hey, look: another recycled tag! This one uses Claudine Hellmuth Creative Layers foam stamps. The “Observations” is a Remnant Rub, and I have no idea where the little owl came from, but I like him.

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Finally, the last page. One of my favorite Urban Garden photos: A mama bird feeding her baby. The “Live, Love, Laugh and Be Happy” piece is from a card I made long ago (that little robin stamp is from Tim’s Urban Chic) set. I hot-glued in more fake foliage and a couple of Rock Candy Crackled leaves.

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If you’re still with me, you’re a blog-reading rock star! Thanks for taking this little trip through my Urban Garden. Leave me a comment telling me your most brilliant concept for using a Collection Folio, and I’ll randomly choose a winner to send one to. This is my own giveaway, in addition to the great prize from Tim and Mario and the Inspiration Emporium shopping spree that are up for grabs in the CC3C #23, so don’t forget to get in on that, too!

***Edited to add: Congrats to Sarah Emily Barker, who’ll receive a Collection Folio, and thanks to all who left such kind comments. You guys are awesome!***


Have a creative day!