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Tim Holtz Portfolios with a Circus Folio by Caroline

Filed under Art Projects, Caroline Ouzts-Hay, Giveaways, Run Away & Join the Circus Kit, Sale, Summer/Beach, Tim Holtz

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Caroline’s project that are still available on the new site.

A Summer/beachy sale reminder before jumping to the new things: because of this month’s Mermaids Kit, the ENTIRE beach theme section is on sale; including collage sheets, rubber stamps, charms, ribbons, paints, stains… over 150 summer products! ON SALE through Thursday night, June 18th (and remember: all the collage sheet are on sale, too). FREE Beach-Themed Collage Sheet with every order! Pick your own from this large group or Leslie will pick one for you (just type your beach collage sheet choice into the comments section when you check out). That sheet at right is the Beachy Postage & Words Collage Sheet… just one of 47 to choose from!


Design Team Member Caroline Ouzts-Hay has discovered how much fun the (New and On Sale!) Tim Holtz Portfolios are to work with and has created a Circus Folio.

The folio comes in Small and Large sizes with an elastic band closure, cascading tabs for attaching artwork and gusseted to hold layered/thick mementos. The center “cascading” part is shipped unattached, which lets you paint or stamp it (or fasten ephemera to it — or even stitch on it) before attaching to the center of the outer “wrapper). The best thing about these folios are that they can certainly take a lot of mixed-media abuse!

Caroline chose the Small Portfolio and the Run Away to the Circus Kit for her project and just like a circus complete with a big top and a sideshow, there’s a lot to take in and look at with her project!

On the inside bottom flap I used images from the Carnival Scrapbook Papers – Sideshow and Big Top. My lovely lady is from the Tattooed Ladies Collage Sheet. I finished it off with a fun saying stamped directly on and some stenciled stars from the Punchinella Stencil.

I put a Tiny Brown Kraft Envelope on the inside of each of the left and right flaps to hold goodies. The “twin” circus ladies nearby are mounted on a die cut from Tim Holtz Thinlits Mini Label Die Set.

And now for the really fun part. All the stuff that flips!

The page that flips to the Women Circus Performers and a horse from (my favorite) Tiny Circus Collage Sheets is just a sampling of things that you can do with the Portfolios. There’s so much you can do with them, you’ll flip yourself coming up with ideas for them!

We have the Circus Folio supply list so you can see what Caroline used, more pictures in the Gallery, and you’ll want to head over to Caroline’s blog to see the rest of the show to see all of the stuff that flips!


Hooray for the Circus Folio Giveaway!

Wow… with the NINE collage sheets in Caroline’s artwork (and that Tim Holtz Small Portfolio, too) there’s an extra photo below to show all the goodies in this Giveaway!

Starting with these goodies from Caroline’s Circus Folio (note: that’s a link to photos of ALL the supplies… and there are a lot!):
– Tim Holtz Small Portfolio (New!)
– Vintage Circus or Carnival Tickets
– Gypsy Moments Poses & Reflections Scrapbook Paper
– Carnival Scrapbook Paper – Big Top
– Carnival Scrapbook Paper – Sideshow
– Junque Gypsy Scrapbook Paper – Carpe Diem
– 3cm Tall Bronze Elephant Charms
– Tiny Envelopes – Brown Bag Kraft

And here’s a listing of those NINE collage sheets (in Caroline’s artwork and in the Giveaway):
– Circus Equestrienne Collage Sheet
– Aerialists Collage Sheet
– Tiny Circus Collage Sheet
– Circus Folk Collage Sheet
– Tattooed Ladies Collage Sheet
– Circus Performers #1 Collage Sheet
– Clowns #3 Collage Sheet
– Reversible Clowns Collage Sheet
– Women Circus Performers Collage Sheet

Then I added these items that aren’t in Caroline’s artwork:
Circus Poster Cling Stamp (this one is special… the last one we have)
Mini Ephemera – American Vintage (New and On Sale! Maybe you’ll make a summer vacation folio?)
– Circus Elephant Clear Stamp (hey, that stamp is On Sale for 50% off!)

To enter the Circus Folio Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Monday Night, June 8, 2015. AND tell me which of those flippy pages from Caroline’s Circus Folio you like best (and why). Here’s a repeat of the link to Caroline’s blog post.

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!`

Hey, who won the Crazy Housewives Giveaway? That would be Gilda! (And she commented: “Love the 50s theme — my childhood. The little TV is great.“) Please check your email for my message about getting your mailing address.

Posted by Leslie, June 7th, 2015

93 responses to “Tim Holtz Portfolios with a Circus Folio by Caroline”

  1. Rise St Arno says:

    The vintage trapeze women.
    What can I say?
    Flying women!

  2. Barb says:

    I love the page with Carnival on the bottom, leaves a lot of room to add pictures or memorabilia from a trip to a circus.

  3. Emily N. says:

    Circus!! Love it!! My favorite is Carnival Scrapbook Paper-Sideshow. There are so many pictures and I can see using it in m any projects.

  4. Jen R says:

    Wow,hard to pick just one page but I would have to say that the tattooed lady mixed with the flowers is the best!

  5. Kathleen says:

    Why do I have to keep picking just one? (She said with a whine!) I would have to go with the vintage trapeze women….

  6. Noreen says:

    The Vintage Circus is really a history, and I love the way Caroline presented it in the folio. I like the row of elephants across the top flap. There was always a parade of elephants.

  7. phoebe diamond says:

    The Fun at the Mardi Gras page makes me smile. I love the clowns.

  8. Retta says:

    I love the page with the “Flying Dillons”. The colors are great and I really like the circus graphics!

  9. Cynthia says:

    I love the circus, I am a porcelain doll maker and always try to incorporate scrapbooking into my creations. My imagination is running wild. My pick is Clowns, clowns, and more tattooed ladies

  10. Darlene says:

    I like the way the lady is laying across the carnival. Such a fun lage with the stenciling. And the giraffe .lol. With a sadle…

  11. Traci says:

    I love the elephants at the top-I love elephants so that’s why I chose it but the whole project is great I love everything about it-too cute. >^..^<

  12. Arlene Groepper says:


  13. Sara H. says:

    I love the layering of the carnival flap. The lettering, lady and giraffe are great.

  14. Dena Cottrell says:

    I like the page with the giraffe and the lady laying on the cutout words of Carnival. The way she fussy cut them and decorated it is very cute.

  15. I absolutely love the carnival page just gorgeous

  16. MaggieM says:

    My favorite flap/page is the Women Circus Performer with the tiny horse on it, but I love all of the pages-such a cute folio! I’m off to join the circus now!!

  17. KIM says:

    The circus folio what a great idea.
    My favorite page is with the clown.
    be Silly
    be Honest
    be Kind

  18. Margery McInerny says:

    The tiny circus is my all time favorite. Can I win this time?

  19. Susan McMenamin says:

    Love the parade of elephants. Great job Caroline!

  20. Marilyn H says:

    I love the page with the Women Circus performer and a horse from the Tiny Circus Collage Sheet. It just grabbed my attention.

  21. Susan S. says:

    I’m crazy about the page with the giraffe and the use of the punchinella stencil. Must win this time!

  22. Maria says:

    I liked the Fly page because of the composition and color. What talent!

  23. Gail Klein says:

    I love the page with Carnival since it sets the stage for the rest of the pages and allows for a lot of creativity on the page!

  24. Pat Shaw says:

    Wow, what a great Circus Folio from Caroline. Would love to win this great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  25. kim says:

    Love the portfolios! So fun, the gypsy is so vintage, reminds me for some reason of school carnival fun. The ladies with mysterious treasures hidden in the pockets! Awesome examples, thanks for a chance!~kim

  26. Dawn says:

    I love that tattoo’d lady page . Looking forward so much too this great giveaway.

  27. It was really hard to choice between the flip pages. I liked them both, but I think I like the The larger portfolio with all of its interesting flaps, flips, etc. Would really like to make both of these, and hope I get the chance !!!

  28. Lou Anne Colodny says:

    these portfolios are really creative….ohh…WANT

  29. Lisa M says:

    Oh my! It’s all awesome and so creative! I love her use of all the images and papers! My favorite flip page is the one with the woman circus performer on the horse!

  30. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What could be more fun than the circus?

  31. Anneke says:

    Inspiring folio ideas Caroline!! I love the circus, be great to win this giveaway, tfs.

  32. yvette leblanc says:


  33. Jean Marmo says:

    Oh my! The best yet!! Love the portfolio! Gotta love a horse with a rider at the circus! I remember those days from when my kids were little!

  34. Verna S says:

    Those tatooed ladies are so lovely. Circus is such a fun theme. Thank you!

  35. Jo Ellen says:

    Love the Tatooed Ladies Collage Sheet, would make an amazing tribute to tats!!!!

  36. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    How can I pick just one. All are marvelous.

  37. Sandy says:

    I love the inside flap with the Giraffe and lady, brings back so many memories.

  38. Tammy says:

    I LOVE this project I would actually try to recreate the same thing. It is the cutest!!

  39. Olga says:

    I want to try this folio! I like Caroline’s page with white horse – so bright and interesting details!

  40. Pam W says:

    I love the whole album. If I have to pick a favorite page it is the last page with the clowns and mardi gras banner. The gold dresden border gives a really nice pop. However, my favorite thing is the parade of elephants on the inside of the top flap. I love elephants!

  41. Pam W says:

    Oops, I meant Mardi Gras flyer, not banner:)

  42. Jo says:

    love the circus themes!!! the clowns are my favorite!

  43. Lorna E. says:

    My favourite page is the one with the horses on it. I love the layering in it and how the horse in the image with the rider is echoed by the horse running on the page. I like the quote on that page as well.

  44. They are all great! Good job, Caroline. But I think my most fav is the front with the circus wagon. 2nd is the Clown with the Mardi Gras!

  45. Brenda lubrant says:

    I just love al the new collage sheets in this new give away. I am sure I could think of a lot of projects to use them for,

  46. Megan Warren says:

    Love the flip down page, this whole project is amazing.

  47. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your Circus Folio Giveaway!! My favorite page is the one that is a little book and opens to show ledger like paper. Very imaginative!!

  48. Susan Gunter says:

    My fav is the woman circus performer on the horse. Lots of movement!

  49. Lou Anne H. says:

    I love the page with the clown and the quote “Be Silly, be honest, Be Kind.” It hits home for me!

  50. Dawn says:

    I like all of the pages. Great kit to use with the previous circus kit.

  51. Pat covington says:

    I love the woman performer, actually I loved it all! It was beautiful.

  52. Genius! My favorite is the Lady on the horse and the Ferris Wheel – delicious. Love the layering and the colors

  53. Kris Martinez says:

    This kit is amazing! Love the aerialists page and images.

  54. kimberly says:

    Be silly, be honest, be kind. 😉

  55. Ritva says:

    The tiny circus, it has everything you need for a circus!

  56. Jan Ostridge says:

    A new twist for me…the folio. This has been a Circus summer for me. I liked the whole folio but if I had to pick the eye catcher it would be the separate circus ring pages.

  57. Karen Mallory says:

    Fabulous! I love the woman circus performer page. I love women photos and images!!

  58. Lori D. says:

    Oh my, I actually have to choose? I love it all! But if I have to pick one, it would be the page with the circus performer and horse. I love the whole page, especially the image of the ferris wheel. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  59. Well! This is brilliant – I love it – really like the harlequin diamonds on the cover 🙂 But as asked for our favourite page I would have to say the page with the Women’s Circus Performers and the performing horse.

  60. Lana says:

    who doesn’t love the circus…hope this giveaway finds it way to my doorstep!

  61. Diane Smith says:

    The clown page as I love anything clown or harlequin

  62. Carrie j says:

    I love that there’s so much going on on the top page!

  63. J Ferreira says:

    So much eye candy! It is really hard to choose just one page, but I think the first page is a wonderful teaser as to what is to come, after all, the circus is magical!

  64. Luanne says:

    Wow! so much to do with!

  65. Laura says:

    Love this! I really love the use of the Carnival Scrapbook paper – slideshow, that one is definitely my favorite and I can think of so many uses for it. Such a fun project!

  66. Maryellen says:

    Be silly, be honest, be kind. This say’s it all.

  67. P boszko says:

    As always, thanks for a chance for a generous giveaway!

  68. Mary Helene says:

    The collage sheets are my favorite.

  69. ginette says:

    You can’t expect us to choose. The all project is gorgeous.

  70. Marcia kaiser says:

    I love the Circus! I want to do this project with my 6 year old Grandauughter! We would have so much fun!

  71. Cathy smith says:

    I like the flying trapeze! I love this project!

  72. Retta says:

    You tease me so with the circus theme posts! The very first fold outs…showing the circus ring…I love the anticipation of what’s behind them 🙂 That has to be my fave.

  73. Janet Turner says:

    I love the North highway 101 sign. I live on that road!

  74. fran says:

    I love the circus theme – so bright and cheery – and I’d LOVE to win!!!!

  75. Sarah Lynch says:

    I have so many great childhood memories of going to the circus every year with my father, our one “thing” we did together. These collage sheets are gorgeous and Caroline has done an amazing job with the folio. What fun that must have been to create! I think my favorite are the trapeze artists page and the elephants in a row…

  76. Lisa Mills says:

    Mmmm. I love it all. The one I would love tohave is the tiny circus collage sheet. I’ve been wanting that one and every time I order I forget it. Blame it on the age! I would like to add it to my tiny circus. Thank you, Lisa

  77. Elizabeth H. says:

    I love the page with the tattooed lady, I just like the look of it. Would love to win this set.

  78. barbara macaskill says:

    Passion Changes Everything is my favorite page!! LOVE the colors and the fun images!! If I ran away to join the circus it would be as a trapeze artist!! Such a fun job!!

  79. Michelle says:

    There are a lot of beautiful, color-rich pages to choose from. I think, if I had to pick, the stand-out page is “fly” but one of the reasons it stands out is because of everything around it: the girl to the right, the design of the spread beneath it, the muted (but not mute) jewel tones to the right and the left. The gentleness of that context helps the red circuis-figures to stand out and shine. The entire folio is strong from start to finish. Good work.

  80. A Kastan says:

    I like the flying aerialists page and especially like the clown cut outs on the top. It is a dynamic page and the vintage clowns are too cool.

  81. Jackie Neal says:

    I love the Flying aerialists because Caroline’s layout for these pages is really cool- love how she designed it!

  82. angelic says:

    I like the page where she uses the words passion changes everything, because passion brings out the best and creative side of you.

  83. Sandy A says:

    Love the flying trapeze women! Love the vintage look! I am working on a circus project now and it needs all these goodies!

  84. Jennie says:

    I love the Fly page best, because of the excellent contrast between the green background and the vivid red of the performer’s costumes. The green makes them pop so beautifully!

  85. Diana Bittaker says:

    Great fun! You can tell so much time and love went in to this one!

  86. Carol Feiner says:

    I love the page with the faux filmstrip.

  87. Edith says:

    it really is a fun project the flaps with the twin circus lady’s and envelopes and the tattooed lady with the flowers stand out for me

  88. Geri says:

    I like the page with the ballerina lying on the CARNIVAL letters – yes Whatever you are, be a good one!
    Great project – the entire folio is inspiring lots of ideas…

  89. Sokat says:

    This is just an overall fun project. I love the tattooed ladies. Not that I have any and not that my daughter’s do but I love the vintage women.

  90. Helen says:

    I like the materialists page. The acrobats always fascinates me. The cover comes as a close second.

  91. Nice folio! I love that last page with the clowns!

  92. LeAnn says:

    The lady laying on the word carnival. I just love the look of it.

  93. Iris Pistor says:

    I think the ones with the tattooed Ladys are pretty wild!!!