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2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Release

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Kit Release by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  I have been planning and designing this  Button Farm Club 2020 Year in a Box Kit for many months.  And today is release day!  Hooray!  Hooray!  I can’t wait to share all the details with you!

2020 Year in a Box: A Unique Memory Keeping System

Life is filled with all kinds of days: celebration days, happy days, ordinary days…days that you want to hold onto forever. Sometimes we want to make time stand still.  Well, I can’t do that for you, but I can supply you with the 2020 Year in a Box Calendar Kit.  This unique memory keeping system is designed to make it easy for you to hold on to all the happiest moments of 2020.

 

The 2020 Year in A Box Kit consists of a series of 12 folios: one for each month of the year, housed in a handsome and sturdy 8” x 8” storage box that you will be proud to display as part of your home décor.

Simple elegance was my goal for the storage box.  Neutral colors and timeless patterns were a must.  I finally decided on a classic grey, cream and tan colors and patterns that had a vintage farmhouse vibe.  This means the box will look great in any home.

2020 Year in a Box: The Monthly Folios

Each gatefold style folio measures 7” x 7” and has room for at least a dozen photographs of your favorite moments from each month of the year. You’ll find pockets with mini folios, a monthly calendar, tags and journaling spots, a blank panel where you can make lists of special events like birthdays, holidays or anniversaries, hidden pockets, pull out folios, meaningful sentiments and lovely vintage images tucked inside each month.  There’s even a monthly greeting card tucked inside that you can give, or use for journaling and small photos.


Because time is precious, I’ve designed the folios to be quick and easy to create.  When finished, store them inside the box for safekeeping.  Display a favorite photo or inspirational quote on the easel that tops the box lid.

Each quarter, I’ll change up the folio design so that you don’t get bored.  I’ll build in fun mechanisms to keep things interesting.  And those are skills that you can easily transfer into your other crafty adventures. It will be like taking a class with me each quarter!

2020 Year in A Box: What You Get

The first kit is massive.  You’ll get everything you need to create the home decor box and the first 3 folios for January, February and March.

You can buy the kits a la carte, or you can save money by subscribing for the whole year.

This is a quarterly subscription kit.  The first kit will come with all the supplies and instructions for the elegant box and the January, February and March folios.  We will release the folios for subsequent months once a quarter.  Here’s what comes in the first kit:

  • (1) 8” x 8” x 4” Papier-mâché Box with Lid
  • (24) 12″ x 12″ Sheets of Authentique  Calendar Collection Paper
  • (4) 12×12 Sheets of Authentique paper to cover the box
  • (2) 12×12 sheets of Ivory Cardstock for matting and mechanisms
  • Antique Bronze Feet (4)
  • Little Birdie Flowers, white
  • 1 yard gingham ribbon
  • Gold Metallic Number Packet
  • Antique Bronze Bulldog Clip
  • Full color, printed,  step by step tutorial

The price for the kit is only $54.00.  Laura has the subscription all set up in the Button Farm Club shop, so pop on over and get your name on the  list.  Although you can purchase each quarterly kit a la carte, you’ll enjoy significant savings when you subscribe.

If you’d like to see more of the kit, take a peek at this release video.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see this concept come to life!  This has been in my dreams and on my mind for the better part of 2019.  I hope you are as excited about it as I am.  2020 is looking good!

If you’d like to see my other Button Farm kits, you can find out about them HERE. Or shop for them at the Button Farm Club.

Thanks as always for your wonderful support and encouragement!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop with Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio

Hello, Friends!  I’m so glad you hopped on over from Karen’s lovely blog to see this Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio.  It’s my project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon November Hop and my Authentique Paper Design Team post.

Baking plays a big role in the Clement clan holiday festivities!  What better way to showcase all those treasured special cookie, appetizer and treat recipes than in this lovely 8″ x 8″ folio.  Authentique Paper’s Rejoice collection looks like it was made specifically to go with the gorgeous ribbons in this month’s RRR Club!

Ribbon does more than just tie pretty bows!  It’s also a great way to add a border to a card, mini album or layout.  For the cover, I’ve layered Old Gold Shimmer Satin Ribbon with Snowflakes on Old Gold Satin.  This lends a wonderful richness and elegance to the traditional plaid papers .

The bow cluster features more ribbons from this month’s club: Old Gold Diamond Satin Ribbon and Holiday Dots Satin.   To pick up on these ribbons, I painted the resin frame with white chalk paint, then spattered with gold mica mist.  Shabbylicious!

Gold Reindeer and a festive gingerbread man charm fit right it with all the gold and white ribbons.

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio: A Peek Inside

The interior of the album is filled with interactive elements and lots of tuck spots for the printed recipe cards that come with the Rejoice collection.  I’ve used ribbon as an accent on many of the pages.

The heart of this Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio is the pocket waterfall.  Recipe cards can be tucked inside the pockets for safe keeping.  Add a label to the front of the pocket so you know which recipe is inside.   The back side of each page has room for a photo or journaling.  I’ve used more of the Old Gold Snowflake satin ribbon to hold everything neatly in place.

As you can see, there’s loads of room for photos, journaling and recipes here.

Authentique Rejoice Christmas Recipe Folio Tour on YouTube

It’s easier to view a mini album in a video format, so I prepared a short tour with tips and tricks for you to enjoy.

On with the Hop

Now, hop on over and see what paper pretties Linsey has in store for you.  Then visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month to have your name entered in the drawing for your very own November Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you are not a member of the Ribbon Club yet, it’s really easy to join.  It’s like getting a Christmas gift in your mailbox every single month of the year!  Find out how to sign up HERE.

I hope I 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 hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Gatefold Folio by Kathy Clement

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio and a New Ribbon Crush from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a stroll together through this Ciao Bella Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio.  It features my new favorite addition to the  RRR shop: Variegated Sheer Ribbon.  Oooh la la!  This ribbon is everything I love: soft, elegant, easy to tie, just a touch of shimmer, and it comes in so many colors.  I’ve used the Moss/Taupe variety as a closure on this lovely little fall folio.   It’s the perfect color match for all the autumnal shades in this Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio.

This 5″ x 6 3/4″ folio has a gatefold cover and 1/2″ spines on each side.    I’ve piled up lots of little woodland elements on the textured wood panels.  The way I’ve stacked and placed the elements reminds me of the forest floor after all the leaves have fallen from the trees.  Serene, quiet beauty with lots of little treasures to please the senses.  That’s what I was going for here.

TIP:  Here’s how to create the card base. Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of kraft cardstock down to 6 3/4″ ” x 11.  Then score on the long side at 2 1/2, 3″, 8″, and 8 1/2″ to form the dimensional card base.  So easy, but so effective!

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: Adding Texture

TIP: Texture papers with a 3-D embossing folder. For these panels, I inked up the flat side of a Spellbinder’s folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I spritzed the patterned paper lightly with water and ran it through my Spellbinder’s Platinum machine.  The embossing folder forms deep ridges in the patterned paper, and the dark ink seeps into these crevices.  Then end result is paper that looks like tree bark.  It’s a wonderful thing!

TIP: Fill a  giant wood button with wood shavings to add even more of a woodland feel.  Then top the wood shavings with an acorn novelty button, feathers, Prills and a small burlap flower.

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: A Peek Inside

Well hello, Mr. Fox!  How nice of you to invite us in!  Can you spot the sweet little squirrel charm tucked into the burlap flower?  I love him!

One of the things I  love about a gatefold style folio is all the little nooks and crannies where you can add visual treats.

See that adorable little hedgehog on the left?

It’s actually a little folio with a magnetic closure.  This is a great spot to tuck in a note, gift card or photo.

The box style center pocket holds another min folio, vintage silver plate spoon and some honey.

And where there is honey, one simply must have tea!

Here’s a peek at the back side of the album.  I wish it could be autumn for at least 6 months a year!

Did I share 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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Eileen Hull Teacup Die, Eileen Hull Trinket Die, Authentique Gracious Collection, Folio by Kathy Clement , Kathy by Design photo 01

Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a lovely Cup of Gratitude folio tutorial to share with you.  This 8×8 flip book is made with Authentique Paper’s Gracious collection and a few Eileen Hull Sizzix Dies.  Warm and welcoming as your grandmother’s kitchen, this vintage style folio is a lovely place to write down thankful thoughts, preserve heritage photos, or just hold in your lap and enjoy. The size makes it a perfect addition to your fall home decor, or Thanksgiving table.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: Turning the Eileen Hull Trinket Box into a Shaker Box

Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial with Authentique Gracious and Eileen Hull Dies by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The cover features a Teacup resting on a Trinket Box Shaker Frame.  These are both Eileen Hull Dies.  I added a load of texture and dimension with machine stitching, metallic rick rack, flowers, ribbon, miniature fruit, metal embellishments and wood. It all just feels so cozy.

  • First, die cut 2 trinket box lids from mat board.   One of my mat board scraps had a lovely linen finish, so I didn’t even have to cover it with designer paper.  I simply inked the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If you have to cover your lid, simply cut a liner from designer paper using the die.
  • Next, cut a piece of designer paper that is slightly smaller than the trinket box lid and adhere to the back of the bottom box lid.
  • Now, place 3 layers of foam tape around the edges of the bottom box lid.  Fill the cavity with sequins, beads, glitter…even small buttons!
  • Then Die Cut the Trinket Box Lid from Clear Cardstock.  Adhere the cut to the back side of the Trinket Box Lid.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam and carefully line the shaker box top over the shaker box bottom.  Press the edges together to seal completely.
  • Place adhesive on the back of your shaker box and adhere to the cover of the folio.

Dangle Charms Authentique Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Wrap the spine of the folio with gold metallic string.  Tie metal embellishments to the loose ends.  Then slip ribbon under the metallic string and tie a bow.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Before we jump into the video tour and tutorial, I thought you might like to see a few photos of the folio interior.

There are loads of interactive features.  Inside the front cover you will find a pair of magnetic flaps for wallet sized photos or journaling.  The pocket beneath holds one of my cherished vintage silver demitasse spoons from Italy, a tea bag and a honey stick.

The 2nd page is a hidden pocket with a large pull out photo mount.

Next we have a large pocket with inserts and photo mount.  Then a fun little pull out page that also serves to hold the waterfall beneath it in place.

Gracious Cup of Gratitude Folio Tutorial:  The Video

It was too hard to photograph all the elements inside this folio, so I put together a very short video tour with tips and tricks.  That is followed by a step by step tutorial where we make the base and mechanisms together.  I hope you enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can enjoy in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Basic Cutting Guide
  • Folio Base
    • (2) 8 1/2″ x 8 panels of brown cardstock, score 1/2″ flap to  make 8″ x 8″ square for the covers
    • (1) 8 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ panel for the middle page/score 1/2″ flap
    • (1) 11″ x 6 1/2″ panel for the pull out page scored at 1/2″, 6 1/4″, 10″
  • Waterfall Pages
    • (4) 6″ x 7 1/2″ panels of designer paper/score 1/2″ flap
  • Hidden Pocket
    • 8 3/4″ x 7 3/4″.  Score 1/2″ flaps on both sides to make 7 3/4″ square
    • 6 1/2″ x 11″ brown cardstock scored at 4 1/4″ for pocket insert

 

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, how I love fall.  This Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio is so warm and inviting, I just had to share it with you!  It has everything I love: rich color, gorgeous textures, lush layers, machine stitching to add that homespun feel, and scrumptious patterned papers.  Yes, I had fun with this one!

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design PHoto 01

Start with a 6″ x 6″ chocolate brown card base with a 1/2″ spine.  Them mat layers of Prima Autumn Sunset papers on cardstock and burlap.  Scurry over to the sewing machine and add some stitching.  Then heat emboss a Laserowe Love doily with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture and pile on some fall leaves. (Prima) Place dimensionals on the back of the die cut deer and surround with gorgeous flowers.  Yummy!

TIP:  Build your card front before you adhere it to the base.  Then wrap the sides with twine and gold metallic string to create a wonderful contrast between rustic and elegant.  Top the twine with a Prima charm.  I always add my card fronts to the base as the very last step.  This way, I can finish the inside without crushing all those lovely dimensional elements.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: A Peek Inside

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Create a quick and easy pocket on the inside of your card.  Simply cut the liner panel 2 1/2″ longer than the card base.  Score and fold the overhang to form a pocket.  Add gussets to the sides so you have plenty of room to add treats and treasures.

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Use an Envelope Tool to make a little tea wallet .  Top it with a ribbon belly band to hold everything in place.  I tucked in one of my precious vintage gold plated enamel demitasse spoons and a bit of chocolate for a sweet afternoon treat.

Deer Autumn Card Folio: The Pull Out Mechanism

Prima Autumn Sunset Deer Autumn Card folio Accordion Mechanism Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

This lovely little accordion mechanism is held in place with ribbon.  It’s a great way to showcase the patterns from this lovely collection.  And it’s the perfect place to add a few fall photos and journaling.  I love it when a card is also a gift and a mini album, don’ t you?

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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