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Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!   It’s time for our Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial!  August is always the hottest month of the summer, which makes it perfect beach weather.  The cool corals and beachy blues of the August Calendar Collection make me want to break out my flip flops and beach umbrella.

Like the other desk calendars in this series, this 6×6 easel style folio folds for storage.  This way you can pull out year after year.

Store photo, write down important dates, journal memories and tuck little mementos inside the folio.  Add new family photos each year, or make the folio as a birthday gift for August friends and family.

I have to confess, this folio design is one of my all time favorites.  It is compact, but so much goodness built into the design.  If you are new to this calendar series, you can find oher Authentique Calendar projects HERE.

August Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

So without further ado, here is the August Calendar Video Tutorial.  I hope you enjoy!

I’d love to hear what you are doing with this desk calendar design.  Some of you have fabulous ideas for ways that you plan to use the design calendars: Christmas gifts and birthday gifts are both popular uses.  But some of you have taken the basic folio design and used it with other collections for some truly magnificent creations.  I love hearing your ideas, so please share them with me in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop

Authentique Voyage Sparkling Seahorse Beach Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   If so, you are right on track.  You can find a complete blog hop list on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog in case you are lost.

This month the Seashore Ribbon Club Assortment features aqua and coral beach themed ribbons.  Just my style!

Sparkling Seahorse Beach Folio

These lovely ribbons are a great playmate for Authentique Paper’s Voyage Paper Collection.  Since I love the beach, and I love making little folios, I decided to create an interactive trifold folio featuring these beautiful ribbons.

The 5″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″ folio base is created by joining together 12″ x 5″ strips of cardstock.  Then I simply scored at 5″, 6 1/2″, 11 1/2″, 12″ and 16 3/4″.

TIP: Create a ribbon frame for the album’s focal image.  Attach 3/8″ Coral and Starfish Grosgrain from the Ribbon Assortment with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  Adhere buttons in the corners.

TIP: Hidden pockets are fun!  Stitch 3 sides of the 3″ x 4″ seahorse life card to the folio front.  Leave the right hand edge open to form a cute tag pocket.  Top the tag with burlap string and a charm.

TIP: Ribbon makes a great closure for a folio! Attach the 5/8″ Seashell Print Satin from the Club Assortment with 1/2″ Scor-Tape before you add your paper layers.  Be sure to leave the ends long enough to tie a nice, poufy bow.

TIP: Add a quick and easy mixed media finish to Reneabouquets Seahorse and Starfish Beautiful board.  Tap with Versamark Embossing Ink, then heat emboss with WOW Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.

The Album Spine

Create a triple loop bow with the Blue Variegated Shell Print Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Top this with a Natural Burlap String Bow and a Little Birdie Flower.

Decorate the spine with a sticker from the paper collection.  Then create a charm dangle with Natural Burlap String.

A Peek Inside

I love to use ribbon inside a folio, too!  It makes a great topper for little tags!

And it really comes in handy when used as a closure for interactive mechanisms!

Isn’t this 3/8″ wide coral reef grosgrain pretty?

Keep a waterfall feature from flapping open with another piece of the Seashell Satin Print Ribbon.

Sparkling Seahorse Video Tour on YouTube

To help you see how all the mechanisms and folds work together I’ve created a little video tour on YouTube.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what crafty inspiration Cherry has for you today.   Be sure to finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for a free July 2020 Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not subscribed to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie has a great deal for new subscribers.  I look forward each month to receiving my ribbon club.  Its always fun to look for papers that match the club assortment each month.  It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail every month of the year.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see other projects made with the Voyage collection, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Throwback Thursday Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial

Authentique Classic Christmas Shaker Hanger with APG Snip It Grid/Calendar and Fanfare Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Throwback Thursday Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday Christmas in July!  Today I have a super sweet and easy to make Christmas Shaker Hanger Tutorial for you.  You can make this cute project in no time, and then hang it on a kitchen cabinet, a door knob or an office cubicle.  If you get started on making these now, you’ll have plenty to give as gifts when Christmas rolls around.

Authentique Classic Christmas and Spellbinder Dies

Use any favorite Christmas collection to make this sweet little shaker hanger.  My blog buddy, Sherry Somers, gifted me with a 6×6 pad of Authentique Paper’s Classic Christmas collection in some happy mail this spring.  Since this is one of my all time favorite Christmas collections, I decided to feature it this week.  I had a few bits and pieces of the 12×12 brick pattern along with some 3×4 cards left.  But nothing else, so that 6×6 pad came in real handy!  Thanks again, Sherry!

TIP: Stitch the brick patterned paper onto some burlap to add country charm to your shaker hanger.  Since sewing machine needles don’t like to stitch through adhesive, just place a bit of Scor-Tape in the center of the two panels, then stitch.  You’ll be able to keep your margins straight, but won’t hurt your sewing machine.

Frosty Windowpanes

The Spellbinders June Die of the Month makes a great windowpane!  Die cut the Snip it Grid Calendar piece from the kit 3 times: twice from cream cardstock and once from grey.  Then glue the three layers together so that they are slightly offset.  This will give your window pane a real feeling of depth.

TIP: Use a paintbrush to apply dries clear adhesive to the back of each die cut layer.  This is faster, and ultimately neater, than applying the glue straight from the bottle.  I do the same thing when I add my clear cardstock to the back of the windowpanes.  You have far less trouble with glue oozing out onto the acetate and making a sticky, hard to clean up mess.

Little Details

Fussy cut this cute house from a 3×4 card.  Then back it with dimensionals.  Apply Stickles or glitter to the snowy areas of the roof to add lots of shine.  This shows up better in real life than it does in the photos.

Paint jingle bells and Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Christmas Bells with white chalk paint to add country charm.

Die cut flower layers from scraps of patterned paper and winter foliage from cream cardstock.  Custom flowers in a jiffy!

Tie painted jingle bells to the handle of a vintage mini hanger. Tuck in some die cut leaves as a finishing touch.

Christmas Shaker Hanger Video Tutorial

If you’d like to learn how to make this darling little Christmas shaker hanger, please enjoy the video tutorial below.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  I’ll be back next week with another Christmas in July Throwback Thursday.  Until then, keep calm and craft on, my friends!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. To see past Throwback Thursday projects, click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday is designed to encourage us to use up our crafty stash.  Many of the older items I use are no longer readily available online.  Please feel free to substitute a similar product from your stash. 

Button Farm Club Timeless Wedding Album Kit Release

Button Farm Club Authentique Timeless Wedding Album Kit by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Button Farm Club Timeless Wedding Album Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  Because love is always in season, I’m thrilled to announce this Button Farm Club Timeless Wedding Kit Release!  This classic mini album kit is designed to help you document your wedding, celebrate a special anniversary, or create a heritage-themed wedding album that you will cherish for many years to come.

Timeless Beauty

You just can’t beat cream and black for a wedding album!  The colors never go out of style, work with any wedding color scheme, are perfect for heritage wedding albums and really make black and white portraits pop.

Designing this album was so much fun.  I started with a 49 & Market blank album.  Then I paired it up with gorgeous papers from  Authentique’s  Timeless Collection.  Creamy white flowers from Little Birdie Crafts, luxurious satin ribbon and a stylish chipboard title add extra charm to the design.

This elegant oversized antique bronze key dresses up the album spine.  A large album like this  6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ beauty offers loads of room for photos, journaling and special memories.

A Peek Inside

Interactive elements in an album make me really happy.  So I came up with lots of ways to customize the album design to accommodate my passion for little pull-out features, folios and pockets.

The album is designed to tell your love story from the proposal to the wedding and on through the reception.  There’s even a spot to add a few honeymoon and 1st anniversary photos!  This large double waterfall feature will display 22 big photos.

Share photos of your wedding party and honored guests here.

And this gatefold design page features lots of wonderful nooks and crannies for photos and journaling.

Timeless Wedding Mini Album Kit Sneak Peek on YouTube

There are so many wonderful details in the album that I created a sneak peek video tour for you.

Kit Pricing and Details

This kit comes with the following supplies:

  • Authentique Timeless Collection Kit ( Sixteen 12×12 designer papers and Cardstock Elements)
  • 8 Sheets 12×12 Spectrum  Cardstock: 4 Black Jack/ 4 Antique Lace
  • 49 & Market Black Album
  • Waterfall pack of 23 Little Birdie Crafts Rooney Shabby Chic Flowers
  • Clear Scraps “Mr. & Mrs. Chipboard Title
  • 2 yards white double faced satin ribbon
  • Large Brass Key
  • Basic Cutting Guide/Tutorial
  • Links to Private Detailed Video Tutorial(s)

Laura at Button Farm Club has once again bundled together an amazing deal for you, as the kit is selling for just $64.99.

This is a limited kit release so order your copy today at The Button Farm Club.  The last few kits have sold out in under a day, so if you think you want to make this album as a wedding gift, a heritage wedding mini album or anniversary album, you’ll want to order quickly.

Once again, I thank you for your enthusiastic support for these Button Farm Club kits.  The addition of the video tutorials has made them even more popular.

Laura has re-supplied a few of my past kits.  You can find those HERE.  If you really wanted a past kit, but missed out, tutorials ONLY are available HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

A Little Christmas in July

Eileen Hull Sizzix Snowman Box Easel Card Authentique Snowfall by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

A Little Christmas in July with Eileen Hull and Authentique Paper

Hello, Friends!  I know it’s the 4th, but I just had to share a little Christmas in July with you today.  I have two of the cutest little Christmas projects, both made with Eileen Hull’s newly released Sizzix dies and Authentique papers.

These versatile steel rule dies can be used to create a dimensional box, or as mixed media elements.  Cute as a button, they are perfect for holiday gifting and card making.

Warm Hearts Easel Card

This 7″ x 8 1/4″ easel card features elements from the Snowman Box.  Here’s how I prepared the die cut pieces to build this wintry vignette.

  • First, die cut the pieces from mat board.  You will only need one box side to serve as the picket fence.
  • Mist the fence lightly with water and run it through your die cutting machine to add the wood grain texture.
  • Next, apply Gathered Twigs Distress ink to the front of the fence.  Cut an extra “v” on the box side to keep the pickets looking all the same.
  • Now apply Black Soot Distress Ink Directly to the surface of a wood grain embossing folder and run it through the machine a second time.
  • Apply Dries White Glitter Glue and Frosted Crystals to the pickets and base of the fence, then set aside to dry.
  • “Paint” the snowman bodies with Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse. to add texture and shine.
  • Trace the snowman hats and scarves onto designer paper, cut out and apply to the snowman bodies.
  • Accessorize with burlap string, mini jingle bells and flowers.
A Peek Inside

Add a pocket inside the card to serve as the stopper for the easel mechanism.  Then prepare a little treat wallet to tuck inside.  I’ve decorated this card with Authentique Paper’s Snowfall Collection. Wouldn’t this be a great gift to send in the mail? And you can leave snowman décor up long after the holiday has passed.  They are just so cheery!

On the Nice List: Mitten Treat Box

I have a soft spot in my heart for mittens.  My mom used to knit ours every winter.  She always added extra long cuffs so the snow would not creep up our sleeves and freeze us.  So this mitten box speaks to my memories, and I just love it.   The box is very easy to assemble.  Just die cut mat board or chipboard , then die cut your designer papers and adhere.  The die comes with the mitten shape, the rickrack trim and some cute little hearts.

Make a bunch of these to use as place cards for your holiday celebrations.  They also make wonderful gifts for friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Authentique Paper’s new “A Magical Christmas” collection is absolutely stunning.  I’ve used the 6×6 pad to decorate my mittens and wrap the presents that are tucked inside. Once the treats are consumed, display candy canes, peppermints, or wrapped candy in the mitten box.  Or, use it as a pen holder on your desk.

Create a little tag insert with Eileen’s Gift Card Folder and Label Die.  It fits neatly inside the mitten box.  The dimensional envelope makes a great treat wallet, too.

I used to think Christmas in July was crazy, but now I realize that it takes time to create handmade gifts.  Starting in July makes me feel less rushed during the holiday season, too.  When do you start creating your Christmas crafts?

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cheerio,

kathy

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