Thanksgiving Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

I’m here with a Thanksgiving Mini Album tutorial to share with you. But before we get started, I want to let you know that Bonnie is having a big SALE in the Really Reasonable Ribbon Store starting today through midnight on Friday!  Now all that gorgeous ribbon is even more reasonable!  I know you’ll want to stock up on pretty ribbon for all  your holiday projects, so here are the codes for the sale:

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I wanted to squeeze in just one more Thanksgiving project before the day passed. As my gift to you, I’ve created a photo step out so you can make this album yourself if you’re so inclined. All my ribbons for this project are from the gorgeous Rustic Ribbon Assortment. I have found that these lovely ribbons are perfect for Autumn themed projects, Thanksgiving projects and Christmas projects, too.

You’ll see these throughout the mini album, and I’ll try to add individual links, too. This is a long post, with lots of photos, so go grab a hot cuppa and a snack and then we’ll get started.

Here’s the finished product. This hardcover accordion style mini measures 3 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ and was made with Authentique Gratitude paper.
The album is closed with a ribbon that runs under the medallion on the front and around the back of the book. This Rust Shimmer Satin is the perfect color for this paper. I’ve layered it with Turftan Brown Random Dots Grosgrain to pick up on the dots in the designer paper.
When opened, this front panel pulls out to reveal all the pages inside. My cute little pilgrim is from Polly’s Paper Thanksgiving Creativity Kit. I treated him with UTEE to make him look like an epoxy sticker. You also see my favorite Natural Jute String and lots of Brown Mulberry Sweetheart blossoms. You’ll find these throughout the album.
The back side of the accordion opens so that you can add photos to the album.
Now, here are the steps for making your own album.
 Choose your paper and ribbons and any embellishments you want to use. You’ll need 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock and some manila tags.
Run 1/4″ wide Scor-Tape down the 8 1/2″ edge of one sheet of cardstock.
Peel away the backing tape and join the two sheets together, lining them up along the 1/4″ tape line.
Score the long side (22″) of your cardstock every 3 1/2″ and trim away the excess at the end.
 Turn your paper 90 degrees to the 8 1’2″ edge and score at 6″.
Fold this flap up. This will form your pockets. Then accordion fold the long side from left to right starting with a valley fold, then a mountain fold, then valley, etc. until each 3 1/2″ panel is folded.
Fold the pocket flap down and run glue along each end and on either side of all the creases, as seen above. Then fold the pockets back up, and burnish with a bone folder to seal.
This is what your paper should look like at this point. Use a circle punch to add thumb holes to each pocket panel.
Cut one 3 1/4 x 6 1/8″ panel of designer paper for the first page. Glue it down.
Cut six 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ panels of designer paper to line the top of the pockets. Center these panels on the top portion of each page and glue down.
Cut six 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ panels of designer paper to cover the pocket fronts of each page. Cut the thumb hole to match and glue down.
Cut two pieces of chipboard (I used an old cereal box) to 3 5/8″ x 6 1/4″. These will be your covers.
Cut another piece of chipboard to 1/2″ x 6 1/4″. This will be your spine.
Cut a 9″ x 7″ piece of designer paper to be your decorative cover.
Cut an 8″ x 6 1/8″ piece of designer paper to be your inside cover liner.
 Lay your 9″ x 7″ piece of designer paper face down and center your chipboard covers and spine. Glue them down using strong white glue, Scor-tape or double stick adhesive.
Fold the paper over the edges of the chipboard covers, creasing with a bone folder. Open up and trim the 4 corners, as seen in the photo.
Glue the edges in place, as shown above.
Burnish the edges with a bone folder to seal. Add glue to the spine, and on the back side of your 8″ x 6 1/8″ liner, then center over the book cover and glue down.
Burnish with your bone folder, and crease the edges that run along the spine. When you close your book cover, it should look like this:
 I inked the edges of my book with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Now you can run 1/2″ scor-tape in the center of your book from the front right edge, around the spine, and onto the back cover all the way to the center edge. Cut an 18″ piece of ribbon and secure it to this strip of Scor-Tape. This becomes your cover closure. Now, you can decorate the cover.
To secure your inner pages to the book, glue the back side of the last folded page to the right hand side of the inside book cover. You’ll be able to open the book, accordion style.
See how the last page on the left is glued to the inside of the cover? Then you just collapse your pages, decorate them and your book is finished. Phew!
I know this was a long post, but several of you have asked me to do a tutorial on this sort of accordion fold mini album. I hope you found this helpful, and will be inspired to make one of your own design. If I can help you in any way, just give me a shout and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. It’s a fun little project, and one that will look great opened up on my buffet table this year. I wish you all very happy, healthy and thankful holiday with your friends and families!
Thanks for stopping by!



Crafty Secrets Vintage Santa Cards

CS Digi Santa 03NEW Crafty Secrets Vintage Santa Cards

Hello, Friends!  I’m very excited to be sharing a couple of Christmas cards made with  the new Crafty Secrets Vintage Santa Digital Stamp Set.  This is a big set…30 images!  All beautifully vintage and very easy to make up into pretty Christmas cards. You’re going to love them!

Crafty Secrets Santa Digi 01For this first card, I changed the color on the digital stamp from black to sepia using the color changer tool in PaintShop Pro.  Then, I changed the background color to this pretty vintage green.

Crafty Secrets Santa Digi 02I layered on the vintage Santa collage paper from Creating with Vintage Christmas CD #6 and added some fun embellies, some stitching and distressing.  I love how antique this card looks.

Crafty Secrets Santa Digi 03My pretty bow is made with Vintage Christmas Plaid Ribbon and Gold Metallic String, both from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Crafty Secrets Santa Digi 04This sentiment is in the set, and I just love it!  The other elements are printed from the CD.

CS Digi Santa 01I have a “thing” for Christmas stockings, probably because my mom made all of ours when we were kids, and they were so beautiful.  She also made them for our kids when they were little.  So this scene from the set called my name for sure!

CS Digi Santa 02 I cut out the image with a Spellbinder die, but cut around the stockings so that they could hang outside the frame.  They were colored with watercolor pencils and then treated to some Diamond stickles.

CS Digi Santa 03The background “paper” is actually washi tape that I’ve had in my stash for some time.  I’ve never used it like this on a card before, but it was so fast and easy, I’m sure you’ll be seeing me use this idea again soon!  More of the same pretty ribbons…because they just match this set so well.

CS Digi Santa 04Another snippet from the Vintage Christmas CD and a handwritten sentiment finish off the inside.  Simple, rustic and homey….just the way I like it!

Here’s a sneak peek of this wonderful set!

Sandy has this wonderful new set loaded up in the online store so you can pop on over and just load it in your cart and download it instantly.  No shipping…no waiting!  It doesn’t get easier than that!   Watch the Crafty Secrets blog and Facebook page for more great samples from the design team.

Meanwhile, I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I’ll be spending the day with the family, and I just can’t wait to get started on baking my pies!  Sophie and Julia (aka “The Grandgirls”) will be here onTuesday for our annual Pumpkin Pie Date.  Oh, what fun!  May you be blessed with a thankful heart, the warmth of friends and family and lots of yummy food!

Thanks for stopping by!









Subway Art Canvas for 613 Avenue Create

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 07Subway Art Canvas for 613 Avenue Create

Hello Friends!  There’s a new challenge up today at 613 Avenue Create.  Like all 613 Ave challenges, this is an “anything goes” with an optional twist to add subway art to your project.  If you’re not quite sure what classifies subway art, here’s a little definition  for you: subway art is consists in arranging type and type design, and using different styles and varying font sizes to create a piece of work which can be visually captivating or to convey a thought provoking message or action.  I have been rolling this challenge around in my brain for weeks, now, and I finally decided to create a subway art canvas for this unique challenge.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 01This 8″ x 10″ canvas was inked, layered, distressed and I even created a brick wall with a stencil and texture paste.  Then I covered most of it up with my flowers, vines and stamped subway art sentiment.  Just call me a “Silly Rabbit.”  It’s OK!  I started creating, and just couldn’t stop myself!

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 02The sentiment is a beautiful STAMP from Heartfelt Creations.  I stamped it with Jet Black Archival Ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The papers are from the Once Upon a Time Collection and the handmade flowers are made with the Vintage Floret Stamp and the matching die.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 04I made a cloth flower using the Tattered Floral die from Tim Holtz and then attached a clock face that I’ve been hoarding in my stash of vintage jewelry for some time now.  I knew this was just the right project to bring it to life.  I added a bunch of stamped and die cut clocks made with the same Once Upon a Time Collection from Heartfelt Creations.  The leaves are also made with HC stamps and dies.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 05I had some fun with my Stampendous Rose Encrusted jewel kit and some seed beads that I picked up at Tuesday morning on a shopping trip with my sis.  I love the seed beads as centers in the flowers and mixed in with the thick embossing powders, glitter and mica flakes.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 06Everything was spritzed with homemade gold Perfect Pearls spray.  It gives the vintage florets a beautiful aged finish.

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 08613 Avenue Create Subway Art 09In this photo, you get a close up view of the “frantage” layer of embossing powders, mica flakes, glitter and seed beads.

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If you look real close, you can see the brick wall I labored over and then covered up with die cuts.  I figure it was good practice, right?

613 Avenue Create Subway Art 03So that’s my Subway Art Canvas.  And now it’s your turn to link up your anything goes project with an optional “Subway Art” twist on the 613 Avenue Create BLOG.  There are some nice prizes up for grabs this week:

Lacy Sunshine is providing a $20 Gift Card to their shop for one talented artist.

And Beansy Doodle has 3 free digital stamps for another talented artist.

I’m also entering this project in the following challenges:

That’s it for me today, folks!  Be sure to stop by the 613 Avenue Create BLOG for more inspiration from the Design team.

Thanks for stopping by!



Secret Santa Gift Bags


RRR Gift Packaging and Ribbon Challenge 01Secret Santa Gift Bags for RRR Challenge #107

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  It’s time for another fabulous ribbon challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  With Christmas just a few short weeks away, the challenge theme is Gift Packaging and Ribbon. I’ve worked up some cute little Secret Santa Gift Bags to help you with an idea for just a little “somethin’ somethin'” for co-workers, clubs and any occasion that calls for a tiny gift.

Secret santa bag skatesI used LIttle Bitty Kraft Bags as the base for my Secret Santa Gift Bags, but Really Reasonable Ribbon has a huge selection of cute bags that you could use.  Each little bag has been decorated on the front, and contains an ornament tag and individually wrapped Ghiradelli chocolate inside.  This cute ice skate bag has been decorated with Light Blue Micro Gingham.  I love the pretty bows you can make using this and a Zutter Bow-it-All tool.

Secret Santa BootHere’s a cute red one with Uggs boots on the front and Wavy Vertical Stripe Ribbon.  It makes me think of peppermint sticks!

Secret Santa Gingerbread HouseThis cute gingerbread house looks great with a little Natural Jute String, Peppermint Baker’s Twine, and Brown Micro Gingham.

Secret Santa Reindeer

Here’s a fun Santa and Reindeer that I’ve embellished with a little Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, and a loopy holiday bow made from a sheer ribbon with 4 thin satin stripes.  (This is currently out of stock in the shop, but you can easily substitute Sheer Organza with a satin center.)

RRR Gift Packaging and Ribbon Challenge 01I was able to make 50 of these cute bags in 2 days time.  They are cute, go together quickly and are perfect for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa Gifts, a place to tuck a gift card or cash.  (The bag on the far left is decorated with Forest Green Delicate Stitched Satin.)

Here’s a peek at what’s inside the bag.

Secret Santa Bag insidesHonestly, without the ribbons, these bags were a little bit Plain Jane! But the holiday ribbons got them party ready in no time.  Now it’s your turn to share a Gift Packaging and Ribbon themed project!  Just link it up over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon BLOG.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!




BMW Hawaii…and what I’ve been up to lately

Hello, Friends!

I’m just popping in quickly today to share photos from the big BMW Hawaii project I worked on earlier this fall.  The event was held on the Big Island of Hawaii in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater.  (No…I don’t get to go….just my finished menu cards!)  I was given a small swatch of the tablecloth fabric and asked to create about 120 custom souvenir menus for the event.  I don’t know about you, but when I think of an outdoor event in Hawaii, I think beach. These events are totally gorgeous, so it had to be sophisticated beach, glam beach…not bikinis and sunglasses and flip flops beach.  Here’s what I came up with:

BMW Hawaii Amphitheater Sept 2014I created a 6″ x 8″ pocket with an embossed nautilus design, beautiful sheer, iridescent copper ribbon and pearls, of course.  The blank card on the front was imprinted with the name of each guest, so the menu card was also the place card.

BMW Hawaii Amphitheater Sept 201402The menu was also embossed and pulled out from the top of the envelope.

BMW Hawaii Amphitheater Sept 201403The food at these events always sounds amazing, and I get hungry when I am making all these menus!

BMW Hawaii Sept 2014Here’s a photo of the menu card on the table at the actual event.  It is always exciting for me to see these on the table in the actual venue, and the event planner I work with is always kind enough to have a photo taken for me.

BMW Hawaii Sept 201402The tablecloth and setting was exquisite.  Such an honor to be chosen to create these special souvenir menu cards.

Earlier this month, I participated in the annual Visions of Sugarplums Holiday Gift and Art Show in North Raleigh.  I’ve been part of this wonderful holiday boutique for the past several years, and always enjoy catching up with all the other local artists.  This show is unique…in its 40th year…and all the artists are local and everything is hand made. Here’s a peek at my booth before the show started.

Visions of Sugarplums 2014 03These are all my own display pieces.  And everything you see in this photo was hand made by me.  and yes, it took me all year to make!  LOL

Visions of Sugarplums 2014 01The set up for the show was on Tuesday night.  The preview show was Wednesday night from 6-8PM. We were open all day and evening Thursday and Friday and Saturday until 3PM.  It’s a long week….but lots of fun, too.

Visions of Sugarplums 2014 02I made lots of beach themed goodies for the show.

Visions of Sugarplums 2014 04And lots of altered art items, too.  I sold a LOT, and am thinking about putting what I have left in an ETSY shop.  Which brings me to a very important question: would you be interested in an ETSY shop from Kathy by Design?  You would have the ability to purchase most of the projects I post here.  It’s just something I’m turning around in my brain, and I’d love to have your input on the idea.  I could also take custom orders there… know me…I’m always thinking!

Thanks for letting me share what I’ve been up to.  Between BMW Hawaii and Visions of Sugarplums and my regular design team work, I have been keeping busy…and out of trouble…which is always a good thing!  I look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Recipe for Friendship Card

Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen.04Crafty Secrets Recipe for Friendship Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m just popping in quickly today to share a little card I put together using the Retro Kitchen Digital Kit from Crafty Secrets.  This kit will take you on a very pleasant journey down memory lane with it’s retro colors and images.  I love all the ladies in their fancy aprons; they remind me of my mom.  Are you old enough to remember how the fancy apron came out of storage around the holidays?  Mom always looked extra pretty with that apron on.  So I put together a little “Recipe for Friendship” card using one of the ladies from the digital kit.

Crafty Secrets Retro Kitchen.02jpgThis is a 5″ square card with a cutaway front.  I’ve layered a doily with one of the fun circle elements in the download.  My lady comes from the red and white polka dot paper that comes with the kit.  I cut her out and then used the paper on the inside of the card.  This fun bowl is one of the many ephemera bits that comes with the kit.  I just printed it to size, then treated it with UTEE so that I could bend it into a bowl shape for my fancy lady to fit in.  This pretty Light Blue Plaid Ribbon added just the pop of color I was looking for to create some contrast. I added Diamond stickles to her dress, apron sash and on the red polka dots.  After all, it’s the holidays!  You have to sparkle, right?

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I wrote up my own recipe for friendship on the recipe card that comes with the kit, and then added a few more details to complete the card.  Here’s a closeup of the recipe, and you can use it on your own cards if you’d like to.

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This card was a little bit “lumpy” because of the dimensional bowl on the front, so I had to make a custom envelope for it.

Crafty Secrets Retro KitchenRetro colors are so much fun!  If you’re interested in the kit, here’s a photo of the preview page.  It gives you a good idea of all the elements that are included as well as the fun color palette.  The kit contains 33 digital papers, tons of ephemera and recipe cards, too.  You can read all about it HERE.

If you’re not “wild” about digital, Sandy still has some of these amazing Cooking and Family Blowout Packs that are loaded with kitchen type goodies.

I know lots of folks make recipe books as gifts for Christmas, so whether you go digital or use the traditional items in the above kit, you’ll have everything you need to make some fabulous handmade presents for friends and family!

Did your mom have a special frilly holiday apron?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.  Thanks for stopping by!



Christmas Past Santa Card

rrr nov 15 05Christmas Past Santa Card with Burlap String “Wreath”

Hello, Friends!  I’m up today on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog where I ‘m sharing this sweet Christmas Past Santa card.  I’ve been having fun incorporating natural fibers into my Christmas creations this year.

November 25 RRR Tute burlap string wreath 01The wonderful textures and soft colors of trims I’ve used here really add to the vintage vibe of this 5″ x 7″ side fold card made with Graphic 45’s Christmas Past papers. These circles made from bits of string are so popular right now, and I’ve made mine with Ivory Burlap String, using it to frame my focal image. I used Wired Faux Burlap Ribbon to build the foundation of this card, then added some fussy cut elements from the paper collection to create depth and dimension.

November 25 RRR Tute burlap string wreath 02By now, you all know how much I love to make these shabby bows with Ivory Seam Binding.  this one was spritzed with some gold mist and then the tails were frayed to add to the vintage vibe.  I topped it with a holly berry button.

November 25 RRR Tute burlap string wreath 03To make the string “wreath” I just wrapped some12″ strands of the burlap string around the four fingers of my left hand and then I wound 2 of the loose ends around the outside edge of the wreath tying a knot at the top.  The “tail” was lightly frayed with my crafting pick.  I watered down some white glue, ran it over the tail with my fingertips, then wrapped them around the end of a small paintbrush and let them dry.  I carefully slid them off and the pretty curlicue in the photo was set in place.

rrr nov 15 05I topped my wreath with a couple of jingle bells and looped the ends of the thread to make it pretty. Once you get the hang of making these little string wreaths, it’s kind of addictive.  Yeah, you’ll be seeing more of them in future projects!

I hope you ‘ll give this technique a try.  It’s a quick, easy and cheap way to add texture, design and style to a simple card.

Thanks for stopping by!




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