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Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial and Project Share

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Carta Bella Home Again Flip Book Tutorial was inspired by a cleaning session in the studio.  Does that ever happen to you?  There you are, cleaning the cubby holes in your desk when you find an old 5″ x 7″ envelope and the light bulb goes off in your brain.  That’s what  happened to me.  I could suddenly see a quick and easy way to create a pocket style flip book using the envelope as the base. Join me as I share some fun tips and tricks that I’m sure you will want to use the next time you find a stray envelope lurking on your desktop!

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Farmhouse Freshness

I love the farmhouse vibe of this gorgeous collection.  To amp up that fresh farmhouse feel, I dry brushed all the edges of the cover with a little white chalk paint.  This softens the hard edges and adds a wonderful vintage distressed feel to the project.  Follow suit with the flowers, and embellishments.   The bow is Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Chevron Twill and White Iridescent Metallic String.  (Find a linked supply list at the end of this post.)

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The envelope pocket is located on the left hand side of this tri-fold folio.   This is such a quick and easy way to add a pocket page to a project that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!

TIP: Use your scraps to create cute little magnetic flap pages.  My scraps were 3″ x 12″.  Score at 2 3/4″ and again at 8 1/2″.  Shape the corners of the short panel with a corner punch.  Add magnets and voila!  Almost instant flap folio!  These make great hidden journaling spots.  They are also super cute with photo booth sized photos.  Or….

…turn one into a sweet little tea wallet!

TIP: Washi tape is a quick and easy way to attach items like this vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Flips and Flaps

The center panel houses a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″waterfall feature.  To change things up a bit, I created a pocket for the top waterfall panel.  Then I filled it with photo mounts and little fussy cut tags from the paper collection. There’s a hidden journaling spot on the bottom.

TIP: Create a neat turn tab with the off cut from the pocket page.  Use an oval die to cut the shaped pocket and you’ll have the nifty turn tab you see on the right.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: The Back Cover

Put the back cover of the folio to good use by creating a hidden flap page and pocket assembly.  Score an 8 1/2″ 6″ panel of  designer paper at 4 1/4″.  Fold in half.  Add a magnetic closure and you’re half way there.  Create a pocket for the front of the folio and fill with ephemera.  Since I had another scrap of cardstock lying around, I folded it in half to make a little 3″ x 5″ folio for the pocket.

The hidden page has room for  another photo and a lovely sentiment panel.

Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial Video

Because I thought you might be interested in making a folio like this one, I put together a very quick tutorial showing you how to build the base.  This is not a full tutorial!  But between the project tour, this blog post and the base tutorial, you’ll have lots of good tricks to help you build your own version of this fun project.

 

 

If you’d like to see other projects that I’ve made with Home Again, click HERE and HERE.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello Friends!  Welcome to the latest installment of Throwback Thursday!  Today I’m serving up this shabby chic, romantic Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card tutorial.  This gorgeous collection was released in 2015, and I’m betting a lot of you G45 fans have some in your stash.  Since Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us, I thought it would be fun to feature it on Throwback Thursday.  If you don’t have it on hand, you can still use this tutorial with another “oldie but goodie” collection.  So dust off your paper stash, sharpen your scissors and let’s get our craft on!

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: The Basics

The base for this card is a 5″ x 7″ top fold with a 1/2″ spine made from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cream cardstock.  If you’ve never made this style of card base before, you can find a tutorial for that HERE. This Halloween tutorial demonstrates the technique used for building a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 1/2″ base.  It is a side fold card in the tutorial. To make it a top fold card, simply,  turn it “on its head” and then proceed with this tutorial.

Here is a look at what we’ll be making today:

That gorgeous butterfly cluster features Printed Beauty Board from Renea Bouquets.  I love the dimension and sparkle it adds to the card.

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

I think this would made a great Valentine…or a great all occasion card.  It was such fun to pull this lovely retired collection out of storage and put it to good use.  If you have it in your stash and would like to make this card, just follow along in this Throwback Thursday video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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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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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Throwback Thursday: G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! What do you do when your creative mojo is running low?  My remedy is to organize my stash.  Inevitably, while I am tidying up the studio or organizing papers, i will find something that jump starts my creativity and before you know it, poof!  I’m back up and running.  That’s what happened with this G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card.   As I was organizing the remnants of this retired collection, I saw a card in the pile, so quick as a wink, I put it together.

G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: Lots of Layers

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layering this card up is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base from kraft cardstock.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of designer paper on cream cardstock.  If you like wider borders on your cards, cut the panel to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.
  • Now, layer up scraps of the blue print and the black diamond print.  No size for these…just use what you have in your scraps and trim them so that they fit.
  • Then, adhere a 4″ x 6″ ephemera card on the diagonal.  Adhere the 3 circle icons on the left.
  • Next, trim out the blue tag from another ephemera card. Top this with another sentiment panel, a bow, flower,  and some cute little travel themed charms. Adhere a chipboard tab to the back side of the tag before adding to the base.  You will need to add dimensionals to the back of the tag to level it.
  • Insert a compass brad inside a Tim Holtz Compass Coin and adhere on top of the posies.
  • Add a little border strip.
G45 Cityscapes Birthday Card: A Peek Inside

Graphic 45 Cityscapes Birthday Card Interior Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Clearly, I used up a ton of scraps on the inside of this card.  Add pockets and inserts to turn this into a gift.  The little G45 Tag and Pocket combo is a great spot to stash a little cash.

The larger pocket holds a tag that can double as a bookmark.  Note:  this is the same tag design I used on the front.  I just altered it by layering a sentiment panel on top of the original sentiment.  The back of the ephemera card is a great spot to add a personal greeting.

If you need a tutorial for making a pocket on a card, you can check out my Papercrafting 101 Tutorial: Pockets on YouTube.  And if you’d like more ideas for working with this classic G45 Collection, look HERE.   Some of these projects are a great way to use up scraps, too!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas 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

 

 

Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial

Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial with Authentique Snowfall Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial  with Authentique Snowfall Collection

Hello, Friends!  If you’re having trouble getting your creative mojo back in gear after the holidays, this Bundle Up Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial is sure to help!  I’ve used the adorable Authentique Snowfall collection to create a quick and easy card that’s perfect for winter birthdays, get well wishes, or just to say hello.

Let’s Get Our Craft On!

  • First, create the 5 1/2″ square card base with an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of heavy cardstock.
  • Next, trim it to measure 5 1/2″ x 11″, then score on the long side at 5 1/2″ and fold to form a simple card base.
  • Now mat a 5 1/4″ square of  the snowflake pattern from Snowfall 3 on a 5 3/8″ square Authentique Spectrum Antique Lace cardstock.
  • Then create a belly band by matting a 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ panel of Snowfall One Plaid on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ panel of Spectrum Forest Green Cardstock.

 

You can choose to machine stitch these layers together as I did, or simply adhere in place.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial:  Adding the Details

  • Punch the 3 banners from the Snowfall Element Sheet and mat on both Antique Lace and Forest Green Spectrum Cardstock.
  • To add a frosty edge to the banners, sand them lightly before matting.
  • Now place dimensionals on the back of the banners and adhere to the card front.

TIP:  Place the middle banner first so that your design will be centered properly.  Then add the two side banners.

  • Next, adhere the die cut snowflakes.  We will discuss how I embossed them in the video tutorial below.
  • Die cut and heat emboss Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves.  Adhere the stems under the left hand banner.
  • Now add a Blue/Gold Plaid Bow and some flowers.
  • Place dimensionals on the back of the snowflake icons.  Top with bitty buttons and adhere.
  • Place dimensionals behind the “Bundle Up” tab and adhere at the top of the card.

For a great snowy finish, spatter the card with diluted white acrylic paint.  Dry brush the edges with Stamperia Sparkling White Glamour Gel.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The inside of this card is simply fun!

  • First, cut (2) 5 3/8″ panels of cardstock to line the base.  Sand the edges if desired
  • Now, find a scrap of the plaid pattern that is about 1 1/2″ wide x 5 3/8″ long.  Adhere just the top, bottom and left hand side to form a shallow tea bag pocket.
  • Then punch out the “frosty mornings” ticket from the Elements sheet and adhere.
  • Cut a 5 3/8″ wide belly band from the plaid paper and adhere.
  • Now adhere a blank panel of cream cardstock in the center where you can add your sentiment.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  You can watch me make this card live in the video tutorial below.

Bundle Up  Wintry All Occasion Card Tutorial Video

You can use this basic card design as a “recipe” for other card projects, too.  Sometimes I like to just make a big old stack of these simple cards to have on hand, or to add to orders from my Etsy Shop as a thank you gift.

If you’re still not ready to get your craft on, check out THIS wintry Twist and Pop Card Tutorial. It’s sure to make you want to break out your scissors and get crafty!

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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