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Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Summer Days: Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees

Hello, Friends!  Hello, Summer: time for blue skies, sunshine and buzzing bees!  Today I’ve pulled out my favorite Authentique June Calendar papers to make this summery greeting card.

Authentique June Calendar Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is entirely made with the scraps I had left after making my June Desk Calendar Tutorial.  It’s amazing what a little clever paper piecing allows you to do!   Add a little shabby chic detail with a Spellbinders Heirloom Oval Die cut from cream cardstock.  Machine stitching and gingham ribbon add a sweet homespun feel to the card design.

TIP: Stitch panels of the plaid and floral patterns from the June calendar collection onto a white cardstock mat.  Then use ribbon to cover the seam!  It looks like a design element.  Is that sneaky or what?

TIP:  Die cut too short ? Try cutting it in half across the middle.  Then adhere the halves where you want them.  Now cover the seam with your focal image.  That’s another sneaky trick!

This handsome bee charm is headed straight for that bodacious yellow blossom in the corner.

Blue Skies, Sunshine and Buzzing Bees: A Peek Inside

Dress up the inside of your card with pockets.  Layer scraps of patterned paper to cover the card base.  Then turn an image into a pocket by gluing it down on the sides and bottom.

Mat leftover image and sentiment panels on plain cardstock to create mini folios. Measure the height of the image,double it, then add 1/4″ .  Then cut the paper about 1/4″ wider than the image.  Fold in half and adhere your image to the front.  Easy peasy!

Since I’m a tea drinker, I like to tuck in a tea bag, honey stick and a vintage demitasse spoon.  Chocolate is always a welcome treat.  But you can tailor your add ins for the recipient.  It’s such fun to find little treasures that turn a card into a gift.

I hope I’ve inspired you to break out those precious scraps and make something beautiful today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial

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

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Can it really be time to share my Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial with you?  It does not seem possible!  But the calendar says it is, so here we go!  This month’s Calendar collection feels just like the blue skies and sunny days of summer.  And, people…it’s got bees!  Hooray!

Like all the previous months in this series, this desk calendar measures a tidy 6″ x 6″.  But it has room inside for loads of photos, memory keeping, and list making.  The easel style allows it to stand upright for display and close neatly for storage.  You can pull these out year after year and add new memories and photos as the days roll by.

The inside has a blank calendar where you can write down special dates.  The pocket on the bottom holds photo mats, journal cards and two little wallet sized folios.  I’ve tucked a nice sized folio into the hidden pocket built into the folio base.

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

This video tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of creating this lovely bit of home decor.  And if you’re new to this series, click HERE to see the January-May calendars.

 

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Year in a Box Kit July, August & September Release

Button Farm Club Year in a Box Kit Authentique Calendar July, August, September by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Button Farm Club Year in a Box Kit July, August and September

Hello, Friends!  Can you believe it is time to release the Button Farm Club Year in a Box Kit for July, August and September?  This year is just racing by!  Once again,  I’ve changed up the format for these little 7″ x 7″ monthly folios.   (If you’re new to the blog, you can find out about the Year in a Box Project HERE. )

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy!

The summer months are filled with so many wonderful events: back yard barbecues, trips to the beach, pool time, and 4th of July celebrations, just to name a few.

You’ll be able to document them all in these clever little folios.

Each one is loaded with pockets, mini folios and room to add photos and jounaling.

Button Farm Club Year in a Box July, August, September by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The monthly calendar rests inside a little sleeve on the folio cover.  Flip it over to find room to make lists, journal or add a photo.

This quarter features a clever 6′ x 4″ pull out page along with a cute pocket filled with tags and a ledger sheet.

You’ll learn how to make an accordion style pocket to hold 2 mini folios, too.

Apple Picking Time!

September is one of my favorite months of the year.  The images and color palette for the September folio are just stunning!

Back to school, an apple for the teacher and falling leaves…what could be more welcoming?

Video Flip Through

To help you get an idea for the way these folios work, I’ve prepared a very short video flip through.

Kit Details

Each kit for this release contains the following:

  • (24) 12×12 sheets of Authentique Calendar collection
    • 2 each of the images, sentiments, patterns, and solid sheets for July, August and September
    • (3) 12×12 sheets of cream cardstock
    • Basic written cutting and instruction guides
    • Links to video tutorials for each folio

The wonderful thing about these folio kits is that you will be able to use the design with other paper collections.  They make wonderful gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays.

Each kit costs $27.00.  You’ll only need to add your adhesives and basic crafting supplies like scissors, rulers, paper cutters, etc.

These kits are limited, so order before they disappear.  You can order your kit HERE.  Laura at Button Farm Club has a few Spring and Winter Folios left in stock, so you can still get this “year in a box” project completed.  2020 has certainly been a year to remember!

As always, thank you so much for your support.  Many of you have asked me to travel and teach classes.  This is an easy way for you to take a class with me as we create these folios together in the video tutorials.  It’s such an honor to share these designs with you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial

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

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for me to roll out our Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial.  Remember”April Showers Bring May Flowers? The  April  desk calendar was all about rain showers. This May calendar is all about living life in full bloom.  How perfect is that?

Authentique April Easel Card Calendar Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Each calendar in the series follows the same basic design template.  The May folio measures 6″ x 6″ .  If you are new to the blog and want to check out the January-April calendar tutorials, click HERE. Even if you haven’t been following along with these monthly desk calendars, you might want to consider making this one.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Learn how to add all this wonderful dimension and color to your desk calendar in the video tutorial below.  It’s broken down into easy to follow steps.  First we will build the easel style folio base.  Next we will create the hidden pocket panel inside the folio.  Then we will create a quick and easy pocket that doubles as the stopper for the easel card.  Next, learn how to make all the cute inserts for that pocket  Finally, we will decorate  the calendar front with bows and flowers.

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at all the goodies tucked inside the folio.

And here’s the cute folio tucked inside the hidden pocket.

If you’re ready to start creating this great project, just click play and we’ll tackle the job together.

I hope you have as much fun making this month’s desk calendar as I did designing it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique April Desk Calendar

Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain

Hello, Friends!  Can it really almost be April?  I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.

Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial.  Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection.  Easy peasy!

Authentique April Calendar Collection Desk Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella?  I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I  knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too.  We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas.  Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.

Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure!  There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!

Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.

Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.

Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo.  The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.

And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.

You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE.  Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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