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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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The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Stamperia Pink Christmas The Squirrel's Christmas Party Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Stamperia Pink Christmas/Sweet Christmas The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio

Hello, Friends!  Oh, the countdown for Christmas is truly on!  But I still have time to share this darling Stamperia Sweet Christmas/Pink Christmas Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio with you.  I made (and sold!) a lot of these this Christmas season, but I am still not tired of them.  The 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ size makes them perfect for gifting.  I shared a YouTube tutorial for building this base earlier this week.  If you missed it, this gives you another chance to find it.  The base for this one is scored at 5 1/2 instead of 5″, so the front flap is a little short.  It’s so easy to vary the dimensions for the base simply by scoring.  That is one of the things I love about this design: it’s very adaptable. The antique bronze bulldog clip helps hold the cover closed.   Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: Making the Nest

Meet Edith Squirrel.  She’s the chairwoman of the village Christmas party.  She is frantically decorating her nest for the holiday Christmas House competition.  And she is wearing her favorite pearls as she decorates.  Her nest is a vintage drawer pull that she found abandoned in the meadow.  It’s a bit corroded from lying in the wet grasses, but still looks very festive surrounded by pine cones, flowers, Spanish Moss, and a wee sisal tree.  If she wins the competition, Father Christmas will have tea with her.  Here is how she decorated her nest.

The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: A Peek Inside

The inside of this folio is filled with interactive features.

I built a magnetic flap/flip page on both the top and the bottom.

The middle panel is a sweet little accordion style folio.

And of course it has pockets and tea and tags!

it looks like Edith won the Christmas House competition because here is Father Christmas to have tea with her!

TIP: Score and fold large images to fit inside the folio.  This is how you make a big piece of patterned paper fit in a small space.

The box pocket on the bottom holds a little wrapped parcel decorated with a vintage carved wooden candy cane.

Edith must have been a very good little squirrel this year, as Father Christmas has brought her lots of lovely treats!  This envelope is a cut apart image from  the paper collection.  I simply folded and tied with ribbon.  But if you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own envelope to tuck inside. I’ve done that as well on other projects.

So that is my Christmas offering for you today.  I hope I 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.  Now I’m back to the kitchen to finish baking my Christmas cookies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial: Papercrafting 101/Pockets

Hello, Friends! This Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial is an answer to your requests.  You all loved this Stamperia Make a Wish Gift Box folio I shared a while ago.  So in the spirit of Christmas, I decided to combine that tutorial with my promise to do a Papercrafting 101 installment focusing on pockets.  Hey, it’s holiday crunch time, so I am trying to do double duty here!

In the tutorial below, you will learn how to create the folio base from 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cream cardstock.  I’ll also show you how to add magnets for the closure, how to create quick and easy pockets, and how to make large image paper work in this small 4 1/4″ x 5″ format. The great thing about this style of folio is that it is quick to make, easy to adapt and wonderful to give as a gift for any occasion.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial: Shake it Up!

To create the shaker frame for the folio cover, follow these steps:

  • First heat emboss a Renea Bouquet Snowflake Frame with WOW Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.
  • Next, use the largest Spellbinder’s Small Standard Circle Die to cut clear acrylic cardstock. Adhere this piece to the back side of the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then, place 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips on the back side of the snowflake frame.
  • Now, Die cut the winter bird circle from the Winter Botanic Paper collection.  Back it with dimensionals and adhere to the prepared folio base.
  • Next, fill the center of the frame with a mixture of sequins, beads, buttons and half pearls. About 2 Tablespoons of filler is plenty.
  • Align the frame over the image and press gently to seal.
  • Add a Moss Green Shimmer Satin Bow, flowers and pearls to the folio cover.

TIP:  If your shaker has a “leaky” spot where elements are escaping, you can seal the gap with Dries Clear Adhesive.  It works like a charm.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Tutorial: A Peek Inside

This sweet folio has pockets….

…folio inserts and pull out pages…

and a gorgeous selection of gifts.  What a great way to send cheer in the middle of winter!  There are more surprises waiting to be revealed in the project tour and tutorial below.

Stamperia Winter Botanic Gift Box Folio Tutorial on YouTube

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.

And if you’d like to purchase this gift box folio, you can find it in my ETSY SHOP.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio is kicking off a new series here at Kathy by Design.  Twice a month, I’ll be sharing a “Throwback Thursday” project to help us all use up our crafty stash of paper pretties.  I don’t know about you, but my Closet of Shame is amply supplied with beautiful retired paper collections.  I can’t really use retired collections for design team projects, but I can use these beautiful papers  here as inspirational posts for all of you.  Who knows…maybe I’ll dig out an old collection that you have in YOUR Closet of Shame!  Since it’s nearly Christmas, I thought I’d dig out a favorite G45 Christmas collection to get things rolling!

One of my sweet blog buddies, Gena, asked me if I thought I could use this Z fold folio design with Twelve Days of Christmas.  Well, this is not quite the same Z-fold as I needed 6 double sided panels to cover the 12 Days of Christmas.  But it is a really similar design and super easy to make.  Simply score and fold the base of the album (I’ll show you how in the video tour below) then hold everything closed with a stylish belly band.

Are you ready to dig into your hoarded papers and use them to make something beautiful?  Please join me for this short video tour with tips, tricks, measurements and ideas that you can use with one of your favorite collections.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

So, what do you think of this Throwback Thursday idea?  Love it?  Hate It?  Want more of it?  Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  I’ll also add a supply list below the signature for your convenience.

I’m also entering this in the current challenge “It’s the Holidays” over on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog.

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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