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Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This Little Birdie Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial reminds me of some Robert Louis Stevenson lines that I memorized as a child.  He penned, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”   This lovely poem from “A Child’s Garden of Verses“, is a good one to remember any time, but especially during these trying times. I remind myself daily to be thankful for all the wonders that surround me.  Take time to  listen to the sounds of the birds.  Watch the bumblebees drink deeply from the blossoms in the garden.  And yes, take time to smell the flowers!  You’ll be happier if you do!  I promise!

Let’s Celebrate Life

This little 6″ x 6″ folio is made with (4) 12″ x 6″ panels of white cardstock.  First, lay the panels out side by side.  Then overlap the edges about 1/4″ and join together with your adhesive of choice.  Next, score this long panel every 6″.  You will have a little flap on the right hand side once this is done.  This will become the folio spine.  Simply accordion fold, place adhesive to create inner pockets and voila!  Learn how to do this in the tutorial below.

Layer Little Birdie Primed Chipboard with flowers and fussy cuts from the Celebrate Life Paper Pad, and you’ll have a lovely window garden that blooms all year round!

A ribbon closure holds everything together neat and tidy!  These little folios are quick and easy to create.  This makes them perfect for birthday, anniversary, new baby, graduation, Christmas or any special occasion when you wish to give a gift from the heart.  Just change out your papers to adapt to the event.

A Peek Inside

Peek inside the folio to find lots of room for photos and journaling.

The folio design provides a lovely hidden pocket to hold this large photo folio.  Adhere just the bottom edge of a punch out doily from the 12″ x 12″ collection and you’ve got a handy tuck spot for these tags and journal cards.

The insert has room for 4 larger photos.

Use the Dream Cut machine and Thin Tag Dies to create layered journal tags.  Join these together with jump rings.  Then decorate with a bit of gold string, Pearl Pink Paula flowers and charms from your stash.

The format of the second page mirrors the first.

Keeping the basic design the same makes for quick and easy crafting.

Pocket Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve prepared a very short video tour with an easy to follow tutorial so that you can make this sweet little pocket folio.  So if you are ready to get your craft on, just click play and enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  To see other Little Birdie Crafts Projects, please click HERE.

Today I pray you will take time to Celebrate Life as you drink in the wonders of the world around you!

Thanks for stopping by!




Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop

Authentique Voyage Sparkling Seahorse Beach Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends! Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon July 2020 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Karen’s lovely blog.   If so, you are right on track.  You can find a complete blog hop list on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog in case you are lost.

This month the Seashore Ribbon Club Assortment features aqua and coral beach themed ribbons.  Just my style!

Sparkling Seahorse Beach Folio

These lovely ribbons are a great playmate for Authentique Paper’s Voyage Paper Collection.  Since I love the beach, and I love making little folios, I decided to create an interactive trifold folio featuring these beautiful ribbons.

The 5″ x 5″ x 1 1/2″ folio base is created by joining together 12″ x 5″ strips of cardstock.  Then I simply scored at 5″, 6 1/2″, 11 1/2″, 12″ and 16 3/4″.

TIP: Create a ribbon frame for the album’s focal image.  Attach 3/8″ Coral and Starfish Grosgrain from the Ribbon Assortment with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.  Adhere buttons in the corners.

TIP: Hidden pockets are fun!  Stitch 3 sides of the 3″ x 4″ seahorse life card to the folio front.  Leave the right hand edge open to form a cute tag pocket.  Top the tag with burlap string and a charm.

TIP: Ribbon makes a great closure for a folio! Attach the 5/8″ Seashell Print Satin from the Club Assortment with 1/2″ Scor-Tape before you add your paper layers.  Be sure to leave the ends long enough to tie a nice, poufy bow.

TIP: Add a quick and easy mixed media finish to Reneabouquets Seahorse and Starfish Beautiful board.  Tap with Versamark Embossing Ink, then heat emboss with WOW Vintage Champagne Embossing Powder.

The Album Spine

Create a triple loop bow with the Blue Variegated Shell Print Ribbon from the Club Assortment.  Top this with a Natural Burlap String Bow and a Little Birdie Flower.

Decorate the spine with a sticker from the paper collection.  Then create a charm dangle with Natural Burlap String.

A Peek Inside

I love to use ribbon inside a folio, too!  It makes a great topper for little tags!

And it really comes in handy when used as a closure for interactive mechanisms!

Isn’t this 3/8″ wide coral reef grosgrain pretty?

Keep a waterfall feature from flapping open with another piece of the Seashell Satin Print Ribbon.

Sparkling Seahorse Video Tour on YouTube

To help you see how all the mechanisms and folds work together I’ve created a little video tour on YouTube.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what crafty inspiration Cherry has for you today.   Be sure to finish up the hop over on the RRR Blog. Answer Bonnie’s question of the month to be entered into a drawing for a free July 2020 Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not subscribed to the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  Bonnie has a great deal for new subscribers.  I look forward each month to receiving my ribbon club.  Its always fun to look for papers that match the club assortment each month.  It’s like getting a birthday present in the mail every month of the year.

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

To see other projects made with the Voyage collection, click HERE.

You’ll find a linked supply list below the post.

Enjoy the hop!






Summer House Card Folio with MME Gingham Gardens

My Mind's Eye Gingham Gardens Summer House Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Summer House Card Folio with My Mind’s Eye Gingham Gardens

Hello, Friends!  Won’t you join me for tea as I share this Summer House Card Folio?  Sometimes Mondays call for a little extra cuppa and a chat with a friend.   This little house in the country is the perfect place to pull up a lawn chair and greet the day.  There’s even a floral rainbow in the sky above.  

How to Brew a Summer House Tea Themed Card Folio

This 5″ x 7″ top fold card folio is made with My Mind’s Eye Gingham Gardens.  Here’s how it came together.

  • First, create a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base with a 1/2″ spine.
  • Next, stitch a 4″ x 6″ panel of MME patterned paper onto a slightly larger piece of duck canvas fabric.
  • Now stitch burlap trim to frame the 4 ” x 6″ panel.
  • Then cut a banner flag belly band that is 7″ x 3″.  Back with dimensionals and adhere to the center of the card.
  • Mat a 3″ x 4″ journal card on cardstock, back with dimensionals and adhere.
  • Now add flowers, ribbon and embellishments.  (The little tea cup clothespin is a gift from my daughter.)

The Envelope Pocket

Create a 4″ x 6″ envelope with designer paper and an envelope punch. Adhere the flap to the top of the card base to make a flip pocket. Wrap the blue cardstock  panel with ribbon before you adhere it to the card base.  This provides a handy ribbon closure for the envelope pocket.

This is sweet spot to tuck in a tea wallet and a little photo folio.

Another Pocket

If one pocket is good, surely two are better! Create a shallow pocket on the bottom half of the card to hold the vintage silver spoon, honey stick, and some ephemera bits.

I bought this vintage silver demitasse spoon in a large lot at an estate sale.  It’s a souvenir spoon from The New Amsterdam Hotel dated 1880.  I believe it is pure silver, and the details are so sweet.

Do you feel refreshed after sitting in the garden of my summer house with me?  I’m so glad you were able to stop by!  If you’d like to purchase this card/gift for a friend, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Wishing you a joyful and creative day!




Heartfelt Creations June 2020 Alumni Blog Hop

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Mary Holshouser, selected randomly fro Carole Wright’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!  The next Alumni Hop is July 31st. 

Heartfelt Creations June 2020 Alumni Blog Hop: Sea Breeze Sails in the Sunset Shaker Folio

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations June 2020 Alumni Blog Hop!  This month I am longing for the beach, so I chose to create a Sea Breeze Sails in the Sunset Shaker Folio.  So put on a pair of flip flops, grab a windbreaker and join me for a lovely cruise through this interactive shaker folio.

The folio base is a 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ x 1/2″ trifold folio constructed from 100# cardstock.  I don’t  have a tutorial this month, but I have a walk through video that is loaded with tips, how to’s and measurements that will help you create your own version of the project.

Creating the shaker frame

Heartfelt Creations Sea Breeze Sunset Sail Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Create a shaker frame for the folio cover.

  • First, select a background image from the paper collection and trim it to measure 6″ x 6″.
  • Then select a 6×6 framed card front and cut out a window inside the frame.
  • Use a craft knife and ruler to cut a large “X” from corner to corner of the image.
  • Now insert your scissors and trim away the excess paper.
  • Back the frame with clear cardstock.
  • Use Dries Clear Adhesive and wipe away any smudges.
  • Next, apply foam tape around the perimeter of the frame.
  • Place shaker element in the center of the background paper.  I also added a real sand dollar, auger shell and a tiny shell filled with pearls. A round disc made from shells serves as the rising moon in the scene.
  • Now line up the frame and the background panel and press the foam tape in place.
The Flowers

The floral cascade is a mix of Oakberry Lane, Purr-Fect Posies and Delightful Daisies.  I had previously stamped, colored and layered these flowers for other projects.  But they worked together beautifully with this color palette.  The daisies and purr-fect posies are painted with diluted Distress Ink and a water brush to help them blend harmoniously with the Oakberry Lane flowers.  The finishing touch was a touch of Nuvo Toasted Almond Mousse.  Thin the mousse with water, then tap on lightly with a sponge.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look inside the folio.  I’ve combined designer papers from Sea Breeze and Under the Sea.

The folio is filled with pockets, flaps, flip pages and interactive elements.

There is also lots of room for journaling.

You Tube Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

To help you see how all the interactive elements work together, I’ve prepared a short video tour with lots of tips, tricks and measurements.

On With the Hop!

The hop begins here and remains open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, June 29th.  One comment from a mystery blog in the hop will be chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog post on Wednesday, July 1st.  Heartfelt Creations will also announce the winner on their blog and Facebook page at that same time.

The winner will have 72 hours to claim the prize by emailing [email protected] Please write “Winner of the June 2020 Alumni Hop” in the subject line of your email.

Here’s the hop line up:

♥ KATHY (You are HERE)










♥  Oksana

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

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial

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

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Can it really be time to share my Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial with you?  It does not seem possible!  But the calendar says it is, so here we go!  This month’s Calendar collection feels just like the blue skies and sunny days of summer.  And, people…it’s got bees!  Hooray!

Like all the previous months in this series, this desk calendar measures a tidy 6″ x 6″.  But it has room inside for loads of photos, memory keeping, and list making.  The easel style allows it to stand upright for display and close neatly for storage.  You can pull these out year after year and add new memories and photos as the days roll by.

The inside has a blank calendar where you can write down special dates.  The pocket on the bottom holds photo mats, journal cards and two little wallet sized folios.  I’ve tucked a nice sized folio into the hidden pocket built into the folio base.

Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

This video tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of creating this lovely bit of home decor.  And if you’re new to this series, click HERE to see the January-May calendars.


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





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