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Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Are you having a great summer?  It’s been super busy here in Kathy World.  But I did manage to steal a play day last week.  I’ve had this idea for a new folio design rolling around in my head.  It just would not leave me alone, so I had to get it made.  This Authentique Zig Zag Folio Tutorial is the fruit of my playtime.  Filled with gorgeous summer colors and images, it also has a really cool sloped edge design.

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This 4″ x 7″ folio has a cardstock base that is made with a few simple folds.  It looks more complicated to make than it is.  I think once you make one of these, you’ll want to make bunches of them in different themes.  One cool feature is that you can actually open it out and stand it up for display.  Wouldn’t that be fun done in a Christmas theme?

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The belly band closure is decorated with Really Reasonable Ribbon , Little Birdie Flowers, some Prima Embellies and a novelty button from my stash.  I stitched designer paper to cardstock to form the belly band.  Velcro dots hold it closed.

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This tag rests on the front cover and is held in place by the belly band.  The illustration on the cover is actually a little 3.25″ x 4.25″ trifold photo wallet.  For me, these folios are all about the interactive elements!

 

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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I designed the folio so that both sides can be used.  This gives you a total of 10 panels with lots of options for flaps, pocket, tips ins and photo display.

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This is just the 3 middle panels on the reverse side.  As you can see, I managed to fit in a a waterfall feature.  That makes lots of room for photos!

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Because I thought you might want to try to make one of these little dittys, I created a tutorial showing you how to build the base, create the sloped edge, and add the pockets and flaps.  You’ll see a video tour of the folio first.  I hope you enjoy.

I thought about calling this a ski slope folio, or a shaped edge folio…but in the end I settled on zig zag because of the way it looks when folded.  If you have a better idea for a name, please let me know!

I hope I shared some tips and tricks 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

Authentique Felicity Zig Zag Folio Tutorial Supply List

Authentique Paper

  • Felicity 12×12 Collection Kit  (retired, but you can find it HERE.)
  • Spectrum Cardstock Lemondrop/Robin’s Egg

Other

 

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I got it in my head to create a new style of folio the other day, and I’m so excited to share it with you here.  This Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio is the perfect place to showcase your family reunion photos, vacation photos or just everyday summer fun photos.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The base of this 6.75″ x 7.25″ folio is made with 12″ x 18″ black cardstock.  I’ve layered it up with vibrant papers from Authentique’s “Cheerful” Collection Kit.   Really Reasonable Ribbon 5/8″ Black Plaid Ribbon lends a country chic vibe to these cheery papers.

These black vintage buttons make me so happy!  I found them last summer while vacationing in Maine.  As we were driving along the back roads, we spotted an old fashioned flea market.  You know the kind where they set up plywood on top of sawhorses in an old dirt lot.  Those are always the best!  I found 3 antique canning jars filled to the brim with vintage buttons for $5 apiece!  You can bet that I snatched those buttons up in a hot minute, then did my happy dance all the way to the car!

The images in this collection are so very sweet.  This small sticker image could easily have disappeared  in the design of this large folio cover.  That’s why I framed it with this altered chipboard frame and filled it with Prills.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio: A peek inside

The interior of this folio is so much fun!

I figured out how to add a 4.25″ x 6.25″ pull out page on the top half.   This has a ribbon tie closure, as well as magnets between the cover pages to help keep it closed.

Then I built a box style pocket on the bottom half of the folio.  The base is Graphic 45’s Alpha Banner Tags.  To cover the tags, I used my Graphic 45 Regular Tag and Gears Die.  I am in love with these new dies and can’t seem to stop using them!

The tags are topped with more plaid ribbon and prettied up with this Sheer Red Cherry Print OrganzaBlack Burlap String makes everything pop.

I used my table scraps to create this little gift card wallet.  Red vintage buttons on a vintage button card make a sweet tuck in surprise.

Authentique Cheerful Summer Picnic Folio Project Share on Youtube

To help you get a feel for all the flips, flaps and interactive elements in this sweet folio, I’ve prepared a little project share video.  I hope you enjoy!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner and Wallhangings

Hello, Friends!  Do you decorate your home for Saint Patrick’s Day?  My grandgirls loooove the holiday, because each year a “leprechaun” visits them and commits all kinds of shenanigans!  These Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor ideas should add to the fun.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Lucky Banner

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Banners are such a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays.  They are festive, fun to display and pretty easy to make, too.  This Lucky Banner is made with Authentique’s Shamrock paper collection and Emerald Collection Stickers.  It measures about 3 feet from end to end.  Isn’t it just gloriously green?

While I love to make banners, they are so hard to photograph.  I made a super short video so that you can see the details better.

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Look at that dapper Leprechaun!  The large pennants are 3.5″ wide x 4.5″ tall.  There are 3 of these, interspersed with smaller 2″ x 3″ pennants.

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I used a banner die to cut dark green cardstock.  Next, I matted the die cut pennant on a larger piece of lighter green cardstock.  Then I hand cut the patterned papers to fit the pennant base. Finally, I stitched the focal image to the pennant on my sewing machine.  To embellish, I used hand made rosettes, vintage buttons, white paper flowers and ivory burlap string.  The pennants are attached to the ribbon with mini clothespins.

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I’ve added sentiment stickers and metal keys.

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These small banner sentiments and images are from the sticker sheet.  Aren’t they great?

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Banners are always a great way to decorate!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor: Irish Lass and Irish Lad Shaped Wall Hangings

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While you are decorating, why not add some smaller wall hangings to the mix?  These 6″ x 6″ shaped chipboard cards are made with retired Crafty Secrets Sweet Chips.  I did a quick internet search for them, and found you can still get them on EBay.  You might also be able to find a similar SVG cut file online as well.

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 10I’ve suspended the cards from a small vintage style wire hanger for easy display.  Lace, vintage buttons, Little Birdie Renae flowers and collection stickers have this card ready to River Dance!

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick's Day Home Decor by Kathy Clement Photo 11 The pockets are filled with little tags and stickers from the collection.  Detach the mini hanger to open the card.

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I love the sentiments in this collection!

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To make this mini file folder, I added the sticker to a piece of cardstock that was twice its height.  Then I trimmed around it and added papers  to the inside.  This would be a great place for the leprechauns to leave a little treat!

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Of course, I had to make one for an Irish Lad, too!

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These cards take “the wearin’ of the green” to a whole new level!

As always, these items are available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that will help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique Shamrock Saint Patrick’s Day Home Decor Supply List

 

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Kiss Me, I’m Irish! Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Well, Valentine’s Day is past, so you know what that means don’t you?  Yes!  It’s time for the wearin’ o the green!  I’m here today to help you get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day with a trio of totally adorable vintage style cards.  This Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial will have you itching to dig into your crafty stash and get your green on!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 1

Working with this collection is an Irish girl’s dream come true.  Especially in the gloomy month of February!  All this green makes my heart want to sing!  Each of these 5″ x 5″ top fold cards uses the same basic “recipe.”  This means, you can make a stack of cards in a very short amount of time.  Just cut all your panels, die cut your embellishments and make your own assembly line!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 2

 

I broke out some dies to make these festive rosettes and ribbon banners.  Make a whole stack of them before you start, then you can zip right through the creative process.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 3

You can give each card its own unique feel simply by altering the focal image and the placement of the embellishments a bit.

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 4

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial: The Party’s on the Inside

Lest you should think that I overlooked the interior of these gloriously green cards, here’s a peek at the inside.

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Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 6

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 7

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial Shamrock by Kathy Clement Product by Authentique Photo 8

I’ve filled the interior with lots of fun little interactive elements that make each card feel just like a party!

Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  I’ve prepared a video tutorial for you.  In it, we will learn how to quickly and easily build a pocket card base.  We will decorate the interior of the card, and build the little wallet that tucks into the pocket.  Then we’ll decorate the card front together.  I think you’re going to be surprised at how quickly and easily these cards come together.

One quick note: for some reason, I got it into my crazy head that the name of this collection was Emerald.  It is not.  It is SHAMROCK.  So whenever you hear me say “Emerald” wag your finger at me and say, “Shamrock, Kathy!  Shamrock!”  I apologize for the glitch!

You’ll find a linked supply list for the products I’ve used at the end of this post.  Now get out your notebook and pencil, because class is in session!  Enjoy!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List and Product Links: Authentique Shamrock Card Tutorial

Authentique Paper

Other:

 

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine for Frilly Funkie All You Need is Love Challenge

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for a brand new challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. The lovely Zoe is our host, and the theme is All You Need is Love.  I spent a delightful afternoon creating a Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine.  We’ll look at that in a moment, but first, let’s see what Zoe has to say about this challenge theme:

Challenge Theme: All You Need Is Love
Create a vintage or shabby chic card with the word “LOVE” somewhere on the card. It can be the focus or just a tiny detail.

Red and Black Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine

Graphic 45 French Country Vintage Valentine by Kathy Clement Photo 1

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card is made with a combination of Graphic 45 Papers.  I’ve used the French Country Deluxe Collector’s Edition in the background layers and chipboard frame.  Black and red just work so well on a vintage Valentine!  The February pages of A Place in Time DCE provided me with the images, postcards, and tags.  You wouldn’t think of putting these two collection together in one project, but it really works!

Distressed layers always give a project a wonderful vintage feel.   Gold mat layers add to the effect.  Black jet buttons from my vintage button jar and a darling rusty heart help amp up the vintage vibe as well.

This sweet little brooch is from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I die cut an image from one of the Place in Time tags, then glued it into the blank.  Next, I clustered Petaloo Gypsy Roses all around it.

Add finishing touches with a vintage brass word charm and a houndstooth ribbon bow.

French Country Vintage Valentine: A Peek Inside

The large pocket contains a chocolate tucked into a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.

I created a mini flap element on the top half of the card.

Here’s how to make it:

  • First cut out the postcard image from A Place in Time February papers.
  • Next, score the post card about 1/2″ to the right of center.  Fold.
  • Mat the left hand side of the post card on black cardstock.  Glue to the card base.
  • Now, cut out the cute Cupid image and glue in place as shown.
  • For the front cover, Mat the tag on black cardstock. Glue the RIGHT hand side in place, being careful not to stick it to the postcard beneath.

Now you have a secret, hidden spot to write a Valentine message.

Now It’s YOUR turn!

You are cordially invited to play along in this “All You Need is Love” challenge. To do so, simply create a vintage or shabby chic project.  Then link your project up at the Frilly and Funkie blog before midnight on Tuesday, February 13th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose four favorite projects from your entries. Our favorite artist  will be invited to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three winners will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Did I share some tips and tricks today 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

Product Links to the Funkie Junkie Boutique



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