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Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album

Hello, Friends! It’s August already?  That means it’s time to get ready to go back to school!  I’m loving the happy prints, retro images and primary colors of this Authentique Scholastic collection, how about you?  It takes me right back to my happy childhood school days.

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Inspiration

I grew up in an era when each little town had it’s own 2 room schoolhouse within walking distance of home.  Ours sat at the top of a steep hill, surrounded by ancient maple trees and a large grassy meadow that was perfect for outdoor play.  We had a small playground with old fashioned swings, a merry go round, teeter totters and a large sidewalk where we played hopscotch.

The vintage yellow schoolhouse was a two story box shape, with enormous windows, maple hardwood floors, old fashioned iron coat hooks and green slate chalkboards that covered two walls of each room. Grades 1-3 were in one room and grades 4-6 in the other.  A big old fashioned clock hung on the front wall with large framed photos of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on either side.  The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” was conspicuously displayed for all to see and take to heart.

We started each day with The Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer.  And no…I’m not 100 years old!  This was 1962…not that long ago…but oh, how things have changed!

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Base

The base for this project is a 8.25″ x 8.75″ x 2″  G 45 Black Mixed Media Album.  I decided to pretty much “gut” the album interior and make it into an interactive memory book.

TIP:  Layer elements with varying height chipboard to add interest to the cover display.

TIP: Matting stickers and images on Black Jack and Lemon Drop Spectrum Cardstock makes the layers pop.

TIP: Not all embellishments come from the scrapbooking store!  A trio of pencils tied with ribbon look fantastic on the album spine.  First, glue the pencil sides together.  Then, wrap with black micro gingham.  Tie a bow.  Then mat the apple image on a double layer of Black Jack and Lemon Drop cardstock.  Punch a hole in one corner, string on a metal key and you’ve got a mighty cute embellishment!

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: Adding the Waterfall Feature

TIP: There’s loads of room inside the front cover for a waterfall/pocket combo.  Here’s how:

  • First, cut (6) 6 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles from Black Jack and Lemon Drop. (3 each)
  • Next, score a 1/2″ flap on the top edge of each rectangle.
  • Then, shape the bottom corner with a corner punch, if desired.
  • Now, fold the 1/2″ flaps back and burnish.
  • Next, center and adhere the first flap along the top edge of the inside cover.
  • Then, line up the folded edge of the next flap beneath the first flap.  Continue this process for all 6 waterfall pages.
  • Now, make a pocket and adhere along the bottom edge of the page.  I used an oval die to cut a pretty shape in the top of mine.
  • To keep the waterfall closed, adhere a length of Light Blue Navy Satin Ribbon along the base of the final waterfall page, then tie a bow on the front.
Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: Interactive Pages

As you’ll see in the video tour below, I created a number of interactive pages inside the album.

Belly bands and accordion folio inserts are a fun way to display photos.

Pockets with large pull out photo mounts are easy to  make.

  • Make quick and easy pockets by cutting patterned papers 3″ longer than the height of your page.
  • Score, fold and adhere the sides for an almost instant pocket.
  • Then cut squares of Black Jack paper to fit the pockets.
  • Line with patterned paper on both sides.
  • Mat tab type stickers on cardstock scraps to make decorative pull tabs.

This album is loaded with fun…but everything is very easy to do, as you will see in the video tour.

TIP: Change up the size of your pages to add variety and interest to your album.

TIP: Create flap folios above pockets to add room for more photos.  Mine are 6 1/2″ x 9″, scored in half so that each panel will hold a 4″ x 6″ photo with room for the pretty paper to peek around the edges.

TIP:  Create a tip in page by cutting your paper 3″ wider than the base page.  Then score, fold and adhere the back side to the album bse.

TIP: Hidden pockets with inserts are a snap to make.  Cut designer paper 1/2″ wider than the base on the sides and bottom edge.  Score 1/2″ flaps, fold and adhere just the flaps to the base page.  This makes it easy to slide a folio insert behind the page.  Use a circle or oval die to cut a decorative opening, if desired.

TIP: Save the off cut from die cutting the pocket edge and turn it into a decorative tab on a folio.

Authentique Scholastic Back to School Mini Album: The Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you get a better idea for the flow and function of this album, I’ve created a short video tour.  You’ll find lots of tips and helpful hints for making your own Back to School mini album.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!



Authentique Scholastic Supply List

Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit

Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit for Back to School

Hello, Friends!  It’s August, and that means a new school year is about to start.  This  Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit is designed to help you capture all those great memories from the opening bell to the last hurrah.

i’m super excited about this kit!  First of all, it’s an interactive folio, which you know I love.  Secondly, the embellishments in the kit, which I get to hand pick, are adorable!  You get all the ribbons, buttons, and flowers as well as a miniature chalkboard and ruler in the kit.

We’re working with Authentique Paper’s darling Scholastic Collection Kit this month.  The primary colors are so happy, and just perfect for back to school.  I found the perfect plaid ribbon and flowers to complement the papers.

Button Farm Club Scholastic Folio Kit for Back to School: Kit Details

This  6 ½” x 8 ¾” tri-fold folio is made with ultra-heavy weight cardstock for durability.  Filled with interactive elements, this is the perfect way to document your star student’s accomplishments, goals and activities. Each kit contains:

  • Authentique Paper’s 12” x 12” Scholastic Collection Kit
  • Spectrum 12×12 Cardstock: 2 sheets each, Black Jack/Lemon Drop
  • 18 pt Grocery Bag Cardstock/1 sheet 12” x 18”
  • Kraft Cardstock: 2 sheets/12” x 12”
  • Bag of School Themed Novelty Buttons
  • 4” x 6” chalk board
  • miniature wooden ruler
  • 2 yards each navy plaid ribbon/burlap string
  • 9 Little Birdie Renea Cherry Red Flowers
  • Gold Bulldog Clip
  • Full-color, printed step by step tutorial

For those of you who have always wanted to make a folio with me, this is the perfect opportunity!

Here’s a little sneaky peek at the inside.  I’ve created a 6 minute video tour so you can see all the fun features tucked inside this super cute folio.

I’m really tickled with the way this kit turned out.  It’s adorable, and it’s practical with loads of room to tuck in report cards, photos, and mementos from the school year.  To order your kit from The Button Farm Club today, click HERE.

And, if YOU have an idea for a future kit, I’d really love to hear from you!  Is there a theme you’d like me to explore?  A mini album, card kit or folio style you’d like to learn to create?  A paper collection you’re just dying to work with?  Leave me a comment below, and I’ll start making a list!

Thanks for stopping by!



Lemonade Stand Easel Card

Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Gecko Galz Guest Designer

Hello, Friends!  Summertime and lemonade just seem to go together.  I’m sharing a darling Lemonade Stand Easel Card as a Guest Designer for Gecko Galz today.  It’s just loaded with summer sunshine and lemony goodness.

See?  I told you it was cute!  This 6″ square card features patterned papers from Authentique’s “Endless” collection and digital images from Gecko Galz.  Gorgeous Little Birdie Jamie Moonlight Flowers make everything feel and cool.

Most of the images on this card come from the totally adorable “Let’s Make Lemonade” Digital Collage Sheet.   I added some additional layers and contrast with an image from Bingo Cards Digital Collage Sheet and Ephemera Days Digital Collage Sheet.   A vintage button from my stash  and a bow tied with 3/8″ Yellow Gingham Ribbon completes the ensemble.

Lemonade Stand Easel Card: Tips and Tricks for Working with Digital Images

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use if you have not worked with digital images before:

  • Print on high quality cardstock.  I use Epson Matte Premium Presentation Paper for high resolution images.
  • Always set your printer properties to the High Quality setting.
  • You can print the digital sheet exactly as it comes from Gecko Galz.  Or, you can use a photo editing program to crop and resize images to suit your project.  That is what I did with this card.
  • Cropped images can be pasted into a Word file.  This way, you can size the paper to 8 1/2″ x 11, which fits most all printers.  Cropping and pasting means that you don’t use ink/paper on images that you don’t intend to use.
  • Let images dry overnight, or heat set gently with your heat gun.  This will prevent the ink from smudging when handled.
Lemonade Stand Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Create a pocket for your easel card by cutting the liner paper for the card interior about 3″ longer than the panel.  Then just score, fold, and adhere the sides to make an instant pocket.

Create a little tea bag wallet by scoring and folding a strip of white cardstock.  Make a belly band from scraps and decorate with fussy cut images and flowers.

Iced tea is just as refreshing as lemonade, and you can make an icy cold glass using the tea bag tucked inside the wallet.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I’ll be back soon with more Gecko Galz creations!

Thanks for stopping by!




Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial

Authentique Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Summer is speeding by, isn’t it?  I created this Authentique Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial because sometimes it’s hard to really take in all the adventures and activities of this busy season.  There are pool parties, picnics in the park, concerts under the stars, holidays, birthdays and the lovely “ordinary” days that we want to remember.  This flip folio, rich with summer imagery and colors, is the perfect place to capture all the lazy, hazy days of summer fun.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: The Basics

This 5″ x 7″ staggered page style folio is made with 4 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.   I had a good time designing the fold out pages, pockets, flips, flaps and interactive features housed inside.  Loosely based on this 4 fold folio design I made years ago, this new and improved version offers loads of space for photos and journaling.

A 2″ wide decorative belly band with a magnetic closure holds everything together. (I will link all the products I used in the supply list.  You will also find a basic cutting guide below the signature of this post.)

The Endless 8″ x 8″ pad is sized perfectly for this project.  You will also need to use a 12″ x 12″ Endless 8 cut apart page  for images and journal cards.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Remove the belly band to reveal a gatefold opening.  I adhered just the bottom corner of a 3″ x 4″ journal card to the left hand gate.  The little bumblebee icons from the 12×12 Cardstock Components sheet make a darling turn tab.

This flip folio has hidden pocket pages, folio inserts, and loads of room for photos.

Here’s a look at it fully opened.  The center panel is 5″ x 7″  The mirror image panels on the left and right are 4″ x 6″.  Half inch spines allow lots of room to fill the pages and pockets with photos and memorabilia.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: Interactive Features

A center pocket is hidden behind a large pull out page.

This sweet little shaker folio is tucked into the pocket.  A magnetic tab top closure keeps everything neat and tidy.

TIP: The shaker frame is the “leftover” from cutting out the dragonfly image on the belly band.  Simply back it with clear cardstock, add a little foam tape around the edges, fill with a shaker mix,  and adhere to the mason jar paper.

Here’s a peek at the two folio inserts.

Endless Summer Memories Flip Folio Tutorial: YouTube Video

It’s really hard to get a feel for the flow of a folio like this one without a video tour.  You’ll be able to see how everything works together in the project share and video tutorial below.

Note: My cell phone battery died at one point during the final taping sequence.  It doesn’t affect the tutorial in any way, but it does make for an awkward closing sequence.  My apologies! Technology can be tricky! 

I hope you will have fun making this elegant little folio.  It can be used with any papers you have in your stash, and is adaptable to any theme.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!



Supply List
Cutting and Scoring Guide
  • For the base:
    • Cut joined cardstock to 16 1/2″ x 7:
      • Score on long side at 2″, 2 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 7″, 11″, 11 1/2″
  • Belly Band
    • 16 1/2″ x 2″
      • Score at 4 3/4″, 5 3/4″, 10 3/4″, 11 3/4″ (Berrylicious)
    • 16 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ from Endless 5.  Line up with scored lines on Berrylicious
  • Liner Papers
    • Back Cover
      • (1) 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″
      • (4) 3 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
      • (2) 1 3/4″ x 3 3/4″
    • Inside Cover
      • (2) 1 3/4″ x 3 7/8″
      • (4) 3 7/8″ x 5 7/8″
      • (1) 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″
  • Hidden Pocket Insert for Center Panel
    • (1) 4″ x 16 1/2″ Berrylicious; score every 5 1/2″
    • Liners:
      • (6) 3 7/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Main Pocket Insert
    • 4″ x 16 1/2″ Berry Licious
      • Score at 1 1/2″, 6 1/2″, 11″
    • Liners
      • Tab:  3 7/8″ x 1 3/8″
      • Panels: 3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Tip-Ins
    • 4″ x 5 7/8″
      • Score 1 /2″ flap on the left or right side
  • Small Hidden Pocket Inserts
    • 3 1/4″ x 8″; score at 3 1/2″


Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit Reveal

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends! Spend some time during the lazy, hazy days of summer creating vibrant all occasion greeting cards with the Button Farm Club Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit.  If you’re like me, you never seem to have enough cards on hand.

The Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit from The Button Farm Club will help you to create an amazing variety of beautiful handmade cards quickly and easily. Just follow the full color step by step tutorial that comes with the kit.

Vibrant summer patterns and images from Authentique Paper’s Endless Collection will be used to make 10 projects from this one kit:  an interactive 5” x 7” card folio with pockets, flip page and waterfall feature; a fanciful mason jar shaker card, 6” x 6” easel card that is suitable for home decor, a delightful fun fold card with a pocket, (3) 4” x 6” easy to mail cards, (2) dimensional gift tags, and a clever gift card wallet.

Project #1: Lazy Days Card Folio

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

If you’ve been wishing for a card folio tutorial…here it is!  And isn’t it adorable?  This is a 5″ x 7″ side fold card folio with all sorts of fun on the inside.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

This is just a sneaky peek of all the fun I’ve tucked inside.  There’s a double pocket flip page with inserts, a waterfall feature…and more!  This is a great place to capture a special family birthday, vacation or summer fun day.

Project #2: Mason Jar Shaker Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

How cute is this 5″ x 6 1/2″ shaker card?  Can you see the little fireflies in the mason jars?  You’ll learn how to make it with the tutorial that comes in the kit.

Project #3: Sunbonnet Sue Easel Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

This 6″ x 6″ easel card can double as summer home decor.

Project #4: Dragonfly Days Fancy Fold Card

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

No card kit would be complete without a great fancy fold card design.  This  5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ fancy fold  looks so impressive when made, but is actually simple to make.  You’re going to love it!

Projects #5, #6 and #7: Easy to mail cards

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

These 4″ x 6″ cards have a little less dimension, making them easier to mail.  But they are still big on detail.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Some have a lovely little gift card pocket on the inside.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

And they all make creative use of scraps.

Projects #8 and #9: Vintage Style Gift Tags

These dimensional gift tags have a lovely little hanging loop on the top, making them easy to add to a package, or to hang from a knob as home decor.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10


Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

They are generously sized at 3″ x 6″.

Project #10: Gift Card WalletAuthentique Endless Summer Card Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 12

Last but not least, you’ll learn how to create this lovely gift card wallet.  It’s the perfect way to present a monetary gift with a personal touch.

Endless Summer Card Kit: What’s Inside:

Everything you need to make all of the above projects comes in the kit with the exception of inks, adhesives and tools.  Just look at all the wonderful paper pretties packed into this kit:

  • Authentique Endless Collection: (10) 12” x 12” double sided papers
  • Authentique Endless Cardstock Component Sheet
  • Spectrum Cardstock: (3) 12” x 12” sheets
  • 100 pound weight luxury cream cardstock: (4) 12” x 12 sheets
  • Little Birdie Andrea Vivid Palette Boxed Flowers
  • Seam binding ribbon (blue and salmon/1 yard each), satin ribbon (blue and peach/1yard each), Baker’s Twine/1 yard, burlap string/1 yard
  • 10 October Afternoon Buttons in a variety of colors and sizes (varies from kit to kit but all are color coordinated to work with the papers)
  • a vintage style metal key in either gold or silver tone
  • (3) silver tone charms: butterfly, dragonfly, bee
  • 2 cloth covered button brads (vary from kit to kit)
  • One sheet of Chipboard Stickers
  • 3 doilies
  • 2 Maya Road Pearl Stick Pins
  • 1 Packet of Sparkletz Shaker Mix
  • Shaped Shaker Card base

If you are an experienced card maker, you can just play with the kit as you please.  If you are a card maker who wants to learn some new techniques, gain confidence in layering patterned papers, and discover fun new styles of cards to make, the easy to follow tutorial is there to guide you.

Authentique Endless Summer Card Kit: The First in a Series

What I’m really excited about is this: if this card kit is well received, I will be working with The Button Farm Club to release an all occasion card kit for each quarter of the year.  How exciting is that?

If you’re interested in placing an order for this kit, then pop on over to the Button Farm Club and sign up.  (I think Laura is also adding a subscription button for future card kits.)

So many of you have asked me to come to your hometowns to teach a class.  Well, this is the next best thing (and I don’t have to travel!  LOL).  I’m truly honored to be collaborating with The Button Farm Club to make these kits.  The quality of everything is top notch, and the value is amazing. The price of the kit is just $49.95.   I honestly don’t think you could purchase all the elements we’ve packed into this kit for less.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this kit.  I’ve tried to create a kit with a wide variety of card styles, suited to all levels of crafting ability.  How’d I do?  Please share your thoughts with me in the comment section below.  I’m listening!

Thanks for stopping by!





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