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Button Farm Club Year in a Box Fall Folios Reveal

Authentique Calendar Collection Button Farm Club Year in a Box Fall Folios by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Button Farm Club Year in a Box Fall Folios Reveal

Hello, Friends!  I’m popping in quickly this Sunday afternoon to share the Button Farm Club Year in a Box Fall Folios Reveal. If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, and if I am OK then I apologize.  Between our prolific tomato plants (we’ve harvested over 500 Roma Tomatoes…so far!).  There have been lots of special orders in my Etsy shop, family birthdays and making vats of homemade marinara and salsa happening all at the same time.  And I’ve just been too busy/tired to blog much.

But I have a few quiet moments right now to share this month’s Button Farm Club project with you.  Who knew when we began this Year in a Box Project back in November of 2019 that 2020 was going to be such a wild ride?

As I was designing these fall folios, I kept thinking to myself, “Well, we’ve saved the best for last!” The October, November and December folios are filled with vintage goodness!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

October: Too Cute to Spook!

Authentique October Calendar Year in a Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for the Button Farm Club Photo 01

Like all the other folios in this series, the October folio measures 7″ x 7″ x 1/4″.  But I changed up the folio design this month to make more room for large photos.  The pull out calendar is actually a 6 1/2″ square folio.

No one does Halloween as well as Authentique Paper does.  They capture the perfect balance between spooky and fun without being too cutesy or too gruesome.

The fall folios are have a great trifold design with lots of pockets and loads of room for large photos and journaling.

The images and patterns are just spot on!

I think you are really going to love the way these folios function!

November:  Grateful Hearts

The November folio is all about having a thankful heart.  Here’s a look at the large calendar folio that tucks inside the cuffed pocket sleeve on the folio cover.  The tutorial this quarter is loaded with lots of my sneaky tricks for making the most of your papers, working with scraps and there’s even a fussy cutting tutorial thrown in for good measure.

The November papers are perfectly vintage and perfectly beautiful!

December: Festive and Jolly!

The December folios are festive and jolly, just as you would expect them to be.

For me, the big surprise is the color palette.  I love the shades of blue that are thrown in to the mix with traditional reds and greens.

You will love recording your December memories in this beautiful folio!

Year in a Box: Bigger and Better!

Several of  you that purchased the November 2019 Year in a Box Club Kit contacted me to say that you needed the box to be bigger.  So I also worked out a way to add a collar to the box.  The tutorial and supplies to fix the box are available to you through the Button Farm Club.  Contact Laura at The Button Farm Club for the details.  But you’ll be happy to know that the box can hold all 12 folios with room to spare.  They can actually stand upright so you can just flip through the folios instead of stacking them on top of one another.  It looks really good, too!

I took this photo before the gorgeous primitive gingham ribbon arrived.  It is a perfect match for the designer paper on the box and at 2 1/2″ wide, it covers most of the expansion collar.

Fall Folios Reveal on YouTube

I’ve prepared a short video tour of the folios for you on my YouTube Channel.

About the Kit

Your Fall Folio kit comes with everything you need to create the folios you see in the video, except for basic crafting supplies like adhesive and scissors.  You’ll receive:

  • 24 Sheets of Authentique 12″ x 12″ October, November and December Calendar Collection (2 sheets of each image, sentiment, pattern and colored cardstock paper)
  • 6 sheets of 12×12 cardstock for matting and mechanisms
  • Full color PDF Basic Guide with measurements and photos
  • Links to in depth, easy to follow step by step video tutorial

The price for each kit is $27.  If you subscribed to the Year in a Box project back in November, your kit will be mailed directly to you.  If you did not subscribe, you can order your kit today at The Button Farm Club.

Laura re-stocked the Winter, Spring and Summer Folio Kits so you can still complete the whole year or get a jump on 2021.

Once again, I’d like to thank you for your  kind support of these Button Farm Club Kits.  I love hearing that you are enjoying making these kits as gifts, making them with friends, and sharing them with others.  What a huge blessing that is to me!  The video format makes it even easier for you to craft along with me, and I’m getting good feedback from many of you saying how glad you are for those videos!  That makes my heart happy!

So now I’m going to sign off, and maybe go take a little nap before I jump back into the work week tomorrow morning!  Thanks for sharing your Sunday afternoon with me!

Cheerio,

kathy

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for me to roll out our Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial.  Remember”April Showers Bring May Flowers? The  April  desk calendar was all about rain showers. This May calendar is all about living life in full bloom.  How perfect is that?

Authentique April Easel Card Calendar Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Each calendar in the series follows the same basic design template.  The May folio measures 6″ x 6″ .  If you are new to the blog and want to check out the January-April calendar tutorials, click HERE. Even if you haven’t been following along with these monthly desk calendars, you might want to consider making this one.  It’s the perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Learn how to add all this wonderful dimension and color to your desk calendar in the video tutorial below.  It’s broken down into easy to follow steps.  First we will build the easel style folio base.  Next we will create the hidden pocket panel inside the folio.  Then we will create a quick and easy pocket that doubles as the stopper for the easel card.  Next, learn how to make all the cute inserts for that pocket  Finally, we will decorate  the calendar front with bows and flowers.

Authentique May Desk Calendar Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Here’s a peek at all the goodies tucked inside the folio.

And here’s the cute folio tucked inside the hidden pocket.

If you’re ready to start creating this great project, just click play and we’ll tackle the job together.

I hope you have as much fun making this month’s desk calendar as I did designing it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique March Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Celtic beauty adorns the cover of our Authentique March Desk Calendar.  That’s right!  With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to get ready for the wearing of the green.  So break out your March Calendar collection pages and let’s get our craft on!

Did you make the January and February Desk Calendars yet?  The March calendar is the same size and basic design, although I streamlined a couple of features to make it even easier to create.

Just like the January and February models, the base is a 6″ x 6″ easel card.  I dressed this one up with some fancy gold buttons, shimmer satin ribbon and beautiful Little Birdie Amor Mio flowers.

You’ll still find a cute pocket with folio inserts and a March calendar on the interior of the card.  But the pocket construction is even simpler.

And we still have the nifty hidden pocket and folio feature.  But I changed the shape of the pull tab.  I can’t have you getting bored on me!

So if you’re ready to learn how to make this sweet Authentique March Desk Calendar, just click play on the video below.  You’ll also find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

The great thing about this fun design is that it makes a great gift!  Just change out the papers, and you can make birthday cards, anniversary cards, graduation cards…the options are endless!

Are you making this series along with me?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Spring Folios Kit Reveal

Button Farm Club Spring Folios Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m just popping in real quick to share my Button Farm Club Spring Folios Kit Reveal with you.  This is the second installment of my Year in a Box Project for The Button Farm Club.  Now spring is peeping around the corner and it’s time to get our April, May and June folios made.

And, I have good news for you!  The first kit sold out very quickly.  And while we don’t have any more of the supplies to make the box, you can buy the tutorial HERE and make the box with your own supplies.  (You can still purchase Mister at Scrapbook.com, and Laura has feet, numbers and flowers in her shop.)

In addition, the folios were so popular that Laura has decided to provide more of the January, February and March folio kits for you in the shop.  Of course these will come with the tutorial, too.  So nothing but good news for you today!

Button Farm Club Spring Folios: What’s New

Button Farm Club Spring Folios Kit Reveal Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

To keep you from getting bored, I changed up the design of the folios this month.  They are still 7″ x 7″ so they fit in the box, but they are a top fold design with lots of interactive elements inside.

We’re going to learn how to:  make a box pocket the easy way, make flap pages, hidden pockets, cuffed pockets, mini folios and great tips for stretching your designer papers.

Each month also has a BONUS tutorial for a darling gift card holder from your scraps.

Spring is a season filled with special occasions: Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day to name a few.  And don’t forget all those June weddings!  You’ll be ready for all the memorable moments!

Here’s a short video walk through so you can see how fun these spring folios are.

Button Farm Club Spring Folios: How to Order

I’ve saved the best news for last!  The price of the folio kit is just $27!  These are limited editions, so first come, first served!  You can order your kit HERE.

Here’s what comes in each kit:

  • (24) 12×12 sheets of Authentique Calendar Paper: 2 each of the April, May and June images, patterns, sentiments and colored cardstock.
  • (6) 12×12 sheets of cream cardstock for matting and building folios
  • Full color, printed step by step tutorial

These folios come together very quickly.  And don’t forget: you can use the tutorial with other papers to create unique gifts for friends and family.  How fun is that?

Once again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your enthusiasm for these kits.  I am having such a great time thinking them up, designing and sharing them with you.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!  And thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament for Authentique Christmas Group Post

Hello, Friends!  This Secret Santa Treat Box is a quick and easy last minute Christmas gift.  I’ve made it for the Authentique Christmas Group  post over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll definitely want to pop over there to see what paper pretties the rest of the team has cooked up for you to enjoy.

Secret Santa Treat Box: Putting it together

Secret Santa Treat Box with Shaker Ornament Authentique Calendar Collection December by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve had this 3″ x 4″ little slider drawer box in the Closet of Shame for ages.  It’s such a cute size , and you can tuck all sorts of goodies inside the drawer: chocolates, candies, gift cards, jewelry…whatever tiny treasure your heart desires.  Here’s how it came together:

  • First, cut Spectrum Tricycle Red Cardstock to fit the height of the box.  Then wrap it around the outside and secure with your favorite adhesive.
  • Next, cut a slightly smaller layer of the cable knit sweater pattern from Snowfall and adhere to the top of the box.  Use scraps if you have them.
  • Now, create a teeny tiny easel card with a 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy cream cardstock.  Again, use scraps.  Score the easel at 2 1/2″ and again at 5″, then cover with scraps from the December Calendar Collection.  Center and adhere to the top of the box.
  • Use stamp shaped scissors to cut out the Santa Stamps.  Place a magnet behind the Santa stamp on the right.  This will hold the shaker ornament in place.  Adhere to the front of the easel.
  • Now cover the sides of the drawer with a 1″ strip of the red cardstock from the December collection kit.
  • You will need to strengthen the drawer face before you add  the drawer pull. Cut a piece of cardstock that will fit behind the drawer front.  Then place the drawer pull where you want it and use a piercing tool to add holes.  Attach the handle with brads.
  • Cover the inside of the box with scraps from the December collection.
Secret Santa Treat Box:  A Peek Inside

I was able to fit 9 Nuggets neatly inside the drawer.

TIP: If the drawer “drags” when you are trying to open and close it, simply rub the sides with a little candle wax.  It will glide freely.

Decorate the top of the box with a bottle brush Christmas tree and some pretty Prima Christmas Flowers.  Add a green gingham bow.

Secret Santa Treat Box:  The Shaker Ornament

I found this shaker ornament frame while cleaning out my chipboard stash.  While I could not find it online, I did find a nice selection of shaker ornaments HERE. You could easily substitute another Christmas shape.  Here’s how the shaker came together:

  • First, paint the outer frame and the backing with off white chalk paint.
  • Tap the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.  Then heat emboss with Shabby Ivory Embossing powder.
  • Trace around the base of the ornament, or use a circle die to cut out the Santa image. Adhere this to the front side of the ornament base.
  • Now cut a second piece from scraps and adhere on the back side of the base.
  • Adhere foam tape around the edges of the base.  I use Darice Foam Strips because they are only 1/8″ wide and will not show through the shaker window.    I generally add 3 layers of foam tape, but you can add as many or as few as you wish.
  • Now adhere the domed shaker inside the frame using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, fill the center of the base with your shaker mix.  Be careful not to let sequins or beads gather around the outer edges, or the shaker will not seal properly.
  • Now, line up the domed frame over the foam tape on the base.  Gently press in place to seal.
  • Then, adhere eyelash trim around the outer edge of the shaker to cover up the foam.
  • Next, place the 2nd magnet over the Santa Stamp.  Press the ornament against it once you have it positioned where you want it to be.  Cover the back of the magnet with a bit of Scor-Tape and cover with a small scrap of  paper.
  • Finally, string ribbon through the hanger.  Add a bow, jingle bells, holly, etc.  Stitch a Christmas button at the top of the ribbon to form a hanger.
Secret Santa Treat Box: Adding the Feet

You will need to create a false bottom for the box if you wish to add the feet.  This is easy to do.  Simply cut a 1/8″ thick piece of chipboard to match the size of the box bottom.  Wrap it with the same red cardstock that was used to cover the drawer front.  Finally, adhere the feet to the false bottom, then adhere the false bottom to the base of the box.

These little boxes would be sweet made up for any occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter….the sky is the limit!  You can find another of these little gift boxes that I made a while back HERE I’ve added a linked supply list at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Now I wish you all a truly joyous and happy Christmas!  I’ll be spending time with my sweet family , but will be back for the Heartfelt Creations blog hop on Friday.  I hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas dear friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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