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Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection January February Desk Calendars by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February

Hello, Friends!  I just love the month of January.  The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story.  This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.

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

You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?”  These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that!  Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection.  They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too.  I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun

Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies.  Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.

Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks.  I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card.  You could also add a couple of photographs here.  But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!

Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio.  How fun is that?

This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February

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

The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.

Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial.  Just follow the simple step by step instructions.  I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January.  Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.

How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020?  Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament for Authentique Christmas Group Post

Hello, Friends!  This Secret Santa Treat Box is a quick and easy last minute Christmas gift.  I’ve made it for the Authentique Christmas Group  post over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll definitely want to pop over there to see what paper pretties the rest of the team has cooked up for you to enjoy.

Secret Santa Treat Box: Putting it together

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament Authentique Calendar Collection December by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve had this 3″ x 4″ little slider drawer box in the Closet of Shame for ages.  It’s such a cute size , and you can tuck all sorts of goodies inside the drawer: chocolates, candies, gift cards, jewelry…whatever tiny treasure your heart desires.  Here’s how it came together:

  • First, cut Spectrum Tricycle Red Cardstock to fit the height of the box.  Then wrap it around the outside and secure with your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a slightly smaller layer of the cable knit sweater pattern from Snowfall and adhere to the top of the box.  Use scraps if you have them.
  • Now, create a teeny tiny easel card with a 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy cream cardstock.  Again, use scraps.  Score the easel at 2 1/2″ and again at 5″, then cover with scraps from the December Calendar Collection.  Center and adhere to the top of the box.
  • Use stamp shaped scissors to cut out the Santa Stamps.  Place a magnet behind the Santa stamp on the right.  This will hold the shaker ornament in place.  Adhere to the front of the easel.
  • Now cover the sides of the drawer with a 1″ strip of the red cardstock from the December collection kit.
  • You will need to strengthen the drawer face before you add  the drawer pull. Cut a piece of cardstock that will fit behind the drawer front.  Then place the drawer pull where you want it and use a piercing tool to add holes.  Attach the handle with brads.
  • Cover the inside of the box with scraps from the December collection.
Secret Santa Treat Box:  A Peek Inside

I was able to fit 9 Nuggets neatly inside the drawer.

TIP: If the drawer “drags” when you are trying to open and close it, simply rub the sides with a little candle wax.  It will glide freely.

Decorate the top of the box with a bottle brush Christmas tree and some pretty Prima Christmas Flowers.  Add a green gingham bow.

Secret Santa Treat Box:  The Shaker Ornament

I found this shaker ornament frame while cleaning out my chipboard stash.  While I could not find it online, I did find a nice selection of shaker ornaments HERE. You could easily substitute another Christmas shape.  Here’s how the shaker came together:

  • First, paint the outer frame and the backing with off white chalk paint.
  • Tap the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing powder.
  • Trace around the base of the ornament, or use a circle die to cut out the Santa image. Adhere this to the front side of the ornament base.
  • Now cut a second piece from scraps and adhere on the back side of the base.
  • Adhere foam tape around the edges of the base.  I use Darice Foam Strips because they are only 1/8″ wide and will not show through the shaker window.    I generally add 3 layers of foam tape, but you can add as many or as few as you wish.
  • Now adhere the domed shaker inside the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, fill the center of the base with your shaker mix.  Be careful not to let sequins or beads gather around the outer edges, or the shaker will not seal properly.
  • Now, line up the domed frame over the foam tape on the base.  Gently press in place to seal.
  • Then, adhere eyelash trim around the outer edge of the shaker to cover up the foam.
  • Next, place the 2nd magnet over the Santa Stamp.  Press the ornament against it once you have it positioned where you want it to be.  Cover the back of the magnet with a bit of Scor-Tape and cover with a small scrap of  paper.
  • Finally, string ribbon through the hanger.  Add a bow, jingle bells, holly, etc.  Stitch a Christmas button at the top of the ribbon to form a hanger.
Secret Santa Treat Box: Adding the Feet

You will need to create a false bottom for the box if you wish to add the feet.  This is easy to do.  Simply cut a 1/8″ thick piece of chipboard to match the size of the box bottom.  Wrap it with the same red cardstock that was used to cover the drawer front.  Finally, adhere the feet to the false bottom, then adhere the false bottom to the base of the box.

These little boxes would be sweet made up for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter….the sky is the limit!  You can find another of these little gift boxes that I made a while back HERE I’ve added a linked supply list at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Now I wish you all a truly joyous and happy Christmas!  I’ll be spending time with my sweet family , but will be back for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop on Friday.  I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas dear friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Vintage Santa Shaker Card

Authentique Calendar Collection December Vintage Santa Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Vintage Santa Shaker Card with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Santa Claus is watching you!  This Vintage Santa Shaker Card made with Authentique Paper’s December Calendar Collection has a great country vibe.  I think it’s the red, black and cream color palette paired up with Bold Black Check Ribbon and shiny red vintage buttons that accomplishes that feat.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Basics

This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ Tim Holtz Idea-Ology wooden shaker frame.  Here’s how to build the simple layers in this sweet card.

  • First, build a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base by joining (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of Forest Green Cardstock with Scor-Tape.  Score in a 1/2″ spine at the top, and trim the bottom so that the base measures 5″ x 7″.
  • Next mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the plaid patterned paper on a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.
  • Now add a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ strip of the holly print across the center as a belly band.
  • Add some black and white Christmas washi tape along the bottom edge, just for fun.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Shaker Frame

Paint the largest Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Frame with Black Chalk Paint.  When it is nearly dry, gently wipe over the surface with a damp paper towel to create a distressed finish.  Then spray the frame with Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine.  This lends a frosty appearance to the frame.  Wrap the edges of the shaker frame with 1/4″ black gingham ribbon to hide the elevation.

TIP: Watch THIS video tutorial to learn how to create the shaker frame element on this card.

Vintage Santa Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is so very jolly!  I covered the top half with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  This lends a real cozy feel, and I  love the color. Layer up scraps from the collection, then add a little die cut sentiment panel.

The bottom pocket contains a little chocolate treat, a honey stick and a vintage wooden candy cane ornament that I found at a local flea market.    There’s plenty of room to add a little gift card or other small token inside this large pocket.  The Santa in the chimney image is actually a little flap element.

Line the inside with more scrap pieces, then create a little pocket to hold this Christmas tea bag.  What a fun gift!

You can find this card in my ETSY shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection Christmas Joy Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet little Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial to share with you.  The month of December is filled with so many wonderful photo ops: picking out the tree, Black Friday Shopping  Marathons, cookie baking, decorating, pageants…the list goes on and on!  It all happens so fast that it’s easy to miss those special moments, or keep up with them in a December Daily format.  But this little flip folio is a quick and easy make.  All you have to do is add photos, a few captions, and you’ve preserved the magic of this holiday season for years to come.  the December pages from Authentique Paper’s new Calendar Collection makes it extra easy !  let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Basics

The tri-fold folio base measures 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ with 1″ spines. I used 12″ x 18″ natural cardstock for the base, then lined both sides with Authentique Spectrum cardstock in Denim and Tricycle Red cardstock.  This adds a colorful base, and it also strengthens the base.

The front of the album is just one layer of the December plaid topped with a festive shaker frame.  Here’s how to make the frame:

  • First, die cut a Calllista Rectangle Shadow Box Frame from ivory cardstock. Be sure to place the insert die in the center of the frame to cut out the shaker opening.
  • Next, cover the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now cover the frame with Ranger Bridal Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  This will add a lovely sparkly shimmer to the frame, but it will also strengthen those delicate edges.
  • Cut a  3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere with Scor-Tape or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Remove the liner tape from each layer, but leave it on the top layer until after you’ve added your shaker mix.
  • Next, adhere 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips to the back of the solid sides of the frame.
  • Now, cut out the image from the December Calendar pages. Adhere it to the plaid patterned paper. Then place beads, sequins and other sparkly goodies in the center of the image.
  • Remove the liner tape and carefully line the frame up over the image.  Press in place.
  • Finish with flowers, ribbons and other pretty Christmas baubles.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Spine

Cover the back and spine of the album with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  Adhere a little Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera label to the back of the album.  This is a great spot to write down the year you made the folio and any other little details.

Use a silver lobster clasp and jump rings to create a charm cluster on the spine.  This is the easiest way I’ve found to do this.  I just punch a hold about 1/2″ from the top of the spine, tie a bow through the opening, and add my charms.

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

This folio is filled with fun, interactive elements.  The tag pocket on the left flips open.  The carolers on the right hand flip up.

The center panel is a box style pocket with a gift folio insert.

TIP: Score and fold the December calendar to create a spot to write down December events, shopping lists, or special memories.  Save the off cut from the shaped pocket and use it as a turn tab on the fold.

The right hand page flips out to reveal a sweet little waterfall and another die cut frame for a special photo.  Because of the box style pocket, the album stands up for display so it can be used as a home decor piece.

Fill the folio with some Christmas treats.  Once they are removed, you have a great place to tuck in even more photos!

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: Video Tour and How to Make the Base

If you’d like to see more of the details in this folio and learn how to build the base and mechanisms, then please enjoy this little video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and techniques that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s my favorite season of the year: the thankful season!  Today I’m sharing  a lovely little Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio made with Authentique Paper’s brand new Calendar Collection.  It’s my contribution to the Group Post over on the Authentique Blog.

Authentique Calendar Collection November Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is tiny, but mighty!  Thanks to the double z-fold design, there’s loads of room to add paper pretties, photos, and journaling entries inside.

There are 10 panels on this card, making it the perfect vehicle for the new Calendar Collection.  I love the fact that the collections come with color matched cardstock so that you have everything you need to make a beautiful card, folio, or layout.  It’s amazing!

Double Z Fold cards are super easy to make!  You can find a tutorial for making the base HERE.

You have to love the fact that these cards open out to a width of over 19″!  Wouldn’t that be pretty on your Thanksgiving buffet table?

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: What’s in the Pocket?

Of course, I added a pocket to the folio!  Don’t I add a pocket to everything?  It’s kind of my signature move!  This one is made with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel of kraft cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4, 8 1/2″ and then trim and fold to form a little pocket inside.

Tuck some tags and paper pretties into the pockets.

TIP:  Die cut a little decorative piece for the pocket flap.  Then use the negative cut as a second pocket.  Back the empty space where the label was with designer paper, then adhere the sides and bottom.  Instant tea bag pocket, and oh, so cute!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: The Flip Side

Don’t forget to decorate the flip side of this folio!  You have lots of room to decorate.  Use the center panel as a photo spot.  Just be sure to adhere only the bottom edge of the little sentiment panel to the card base.  Then the photo can be tucked behind it.

And don’t forget to add a spot to write down those precious memories or a special greeting.  This lightly distressed panel is the perfect spot for that!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio on YouTube

Here’s a super quick video tour with tips and tricks in case you want to make your own version of this card folio for your Thanksgiving festivities.

 

Wishing you a grateful heart every day of the year!

Cheerio,

kathy

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