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Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio

Hello, Friends!  This Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio is kicking off a new series here at Kathy by Design.  Twice a month, I’ll be sharing a “Throwback Thursday” project to help us all use up our crafty stash of paper pretties.  I don’t know about you, but my Closet of Shame is amply supplied with beautiful retired paper collections.  I can’t really use retired collections for design team projects, but I can use these beautiful papers  here as inspirational posts for all of you.  Who knows…maybe I’ll dig out an old collection that you have in YOUR Closet of Shame!  Since it’s nearly Christmas, I thought I’d dig out a favorite G45 Christmas collection to get things rolling!

One of my sweet blog buddies, Gena, asked me if I thought I could use this Z fold folio design with Twelve Days of Christmas.  Well, this is not quite the same Z-fold as I needed 6 double sided panels to cover the 12 Days of Christmas.  But it is a really similar design and super easy to make.  Simply score and fold the base of the album (I’ll show you how in the video tour below) then hold everything closed with a stylish belly band.

Are you ready to dig into your hoarded papers and use them to make something beautiful?  Please join me for this short video tour with tips, tricks, measurements and ideas that you can use with one of your favorite collections.

Graphic 45 Twelve Days of Christmas Accordion Folio Video Tour with Tips and Tricks

So, what do you think of this Throwback Thursday idea?  Love it?  Hate It?  Want more of it?  Let me hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  I’ll also add a supply list below the signature for your convenience.

I’m also entering this in the current challenge “It’s the Holidays” over on the Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial

Authentique Calendar Collection Christmas Joy Shaker Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial with Authentique December Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a sweet little Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial to share with you.  The month of December is filled with so many wonderful photo ops: picking out the tree, Black Friday Shopping  Marathons, cookie baking, decorating, pageants…the list goes on and on!  It all happens so fast that it’s easy to miss those special moments, or keep up with them in a December Daily format.  But this little flip folio is a quick and easy make.  All you have to do is add photos, a few captions, and you’ve preserved the magic of this holiday season for years to come.  the December pages from Authentique Paper’s new Calendar Collection makes it extra easy !  let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Basics

The tri-fold folio base measures 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ with 1″ spines. I used 12″ x 18″ natural cardstock for the base, then lined both sides with Authentique Spectrum cardstock in Denim and Tricycle Red cardstock.  This adds a colorful base, and it also strengthens the base.

The front of the album is just one layer of the December plaid topped with a festive shaker frame.  Here’s how to make the frame:

  • First, die cut a Calllista Rectangle Shadow Box Frame from ivory cardstock. Be sure to place the insert die in the center of the frame to cut out the shaker opening.
  • Next, cover the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.
  • Now cover the frame with Ranger Bridal Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.  This will add a lovely sparkly shimmer to the frame, but it will also strengthen those delicate edges.
  • Cut a  3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame.  Adhere with Scor-Tape or Dries Clear Adhesive.  Remove the liner tape from each layer, but leave it on the top layer until after you’ve added your shaker mix.
  • Next, adhere 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips to the back of the solid sides of the frame.
  • Now, cut out the image from the December Calendar pages. Adhere it to the plaid patterned paper. Then place beads, sequins and other sparkly goodies in the center of the image.
  • Remove the liner tape and carefully line the frame up over the image.  Press in place.
  • Finish with flowers, ribbons and other pretty Christmas baubles.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Spine

Cover the back and spine of the album with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall.  Adhere a little Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera label to the back of the album.  This is a great spot to write down the year you made the folio and any other little details.

Use a silver lobster clasp and jump rings to create a charm cluster on the spine.  This is the easiest way I’ve found to do this.  I just punch a hold about 1/2″ from the top of the spine, tie a bow through the opening, and add my charms.

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

This folio is filled with fun, interactive elements.  The tag pocket on the left flips open.  The carolers on the right hand flip up.

The center panel is a box style pocket with a gift folio insert.

TIP: Score and fold the December calendar to create a spot to write down December events, shopping lists, or special memories.  Save the off cut from the shaped pocket and use it as a turn tab on the fold.

The right hand page flips out to reveal a sweet little waterfall and another die cut frame for a special photo.  Because of the box style pocket, the album stands up for display so it can be used as a home decor piece.

Fill the folio with some Christmas treats.  Once they are removed, you have a great place to tuck in even more photos!

Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: Video Tour and How to Make the Base

If you’d like to see more of the details in this folio and learn how to build the base and mechanisms, then please enjoy this little video tutorial.

I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and techniques that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will also find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Snowy Christmas Village Folio


Stamperia Make a Wish Four Fold Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Stamperia Make a Wish:  Snowy Christmas Village Folio with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go to Italy and window shop through this Snowy Christmas Village Folio.  Snow glistens on the quaint rooftops, sparkling snowflakes drift lazily through the air, and all around us we can hear the soft echo of bells ringing in the crisp darkness.  We can grab an espresso to keep warm and peek in all the windows to see the Christmas decorations there.  Care to join me?


This little folio was a grand experiment with Stamperia’s vibrantly joyous Make a Wish collection.  The folio has 4 folds, lots of little hidden treats and bountiful Christmas cheer.  Like all experiments, I learned some things, made new discoveries, and found things I will change next time.  But mostly, I love the Old World charm this 5″ x 7″ folio exudes.

Snowy Christmas Village Folio: Puttin’ on the Glitz


The right ribbon makes all the difference in a Christmas project.  And I find you just can’t go wrong when you combine Red Glitz Ribbon with Iridescent Metallic String.  This combo adds all the shimmer and shine we crave during the holiday season.

TIP:  Add glitter to rooftops to make them look all sparkly and snowy.  Tap on Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive with a makeup sponge.  Then add Rajni Chawla’s Crystal Clear for just the right amount of shine.

I’ve also used 1.5″ Royal Blue Gingham for the ribbon closure.  This ties in perfectly with the reds and blues in this collection.

Snowy Christmas Village Folio: Christmas Baubles


Wrap the spine of this album with Iridescent Metallic String, then tie assorted Christmas charms and silver jingle bells onto the ends of the bow.  These look and sound so pretty as the folio opens and closes.

TIP: Add a dab of Dries Clear Adhesive to the knot in the bow and on the charms to keep everything secure.  You don’t notice it once it’s dry, and you won’t have to worry about that perfect bow coming undone or charms falling off.

Snowy Christmas Village Folio: The Video Tour


I got a little carried away with the interactive features in this four fold folio.  So I should have anticipated that and scored the spines at 1″ instead of 1/2″.  It’s like the folio had one too many Christmas cookies and the waistband is uncomfortably tight.  But it is still beautiful, and I will do better next time, right?  But the surprises tucked into this folio are extra fun!  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?







So there’s a peek at what I’ve been working on.  How do you feel about this vibrant collection?  It’s so different from anything else out there, I just had to take it for a spin.  I hope I 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!





Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s my favorite season of the year: the thankful season!  Today I’m sharing  a lovely little Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio made with Authentique Paper’s brand new Calendar Collection.  It’s my contribution to the Group Post over on the Authentique Blog.

Authentique Calendar Collection November Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is tiny, but mighty!  Thanks to the double z-fold design, there’s loads of room to add paper pretties, photos, and journaling entries inside.

There are 10 panels on this card, making it the perfect vehicle for the new Calendar Collection.  I love the fact that the collections come with color matched cardstock so that you have everything you need to make a beautiful card, folio, or layout.  It’s amazing!

Double Z Fold cards are super easy to make!  You can find a tutorial for making the base HERE.

You have to love the fact that these cards open out to a width of over 19″!  Wouldn’t that be pretty on your Thanksgiving buffet table?

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: What’s in the Pocket?

Of course, I added a pocket to the folio!  Don’t I add a pocket to everything?  It’s kind of my signature move!  This one is made with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel of kraft cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4, 8 1/2″ and then trim and fold to form a little pocket inside.

Tuck some tags and paper pretties into the pockets.

TIP:  Die cut a little decorative piece for the pocket flap.  Then use the negative cut as a second pocket.  Back the empty space where the label was with designer paper, then adhere the sides and bottom.  Instant tea bag pocket, and oh, so cute!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: The Flip Side

Don’t forget to decorate the flip side of this folio!  You have lots of room to decorate.  Use the center panel as a photo spot.  Just be sure to adhere only the bottom edge of the little sentiment panel to the card base.  Then the photo can be tucked behind it.

And don’t forget to add a spot to write down those precious memories or a special greeting.  This lightly distressed panel is the perfect spot for that!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio on YouTube

Here’s a super quick video tour with tips and tricks in case you want to make your own version of this card folio for your Thanksgiving festivities.


Wishing you a grateful heart every day of the year!




Starry Night Box Folio Stamperia Make a Wish

Stamperia Make a Wish Starry Night Box Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Starry Night Box Folio Video Tour with Stamperia Make a Wish

Hello, Friends!  This Starry Night Box Folio tells a story on every page. A sleepy snow covered village nestles sweetly beneath a star filled winter sky. Angels and a crescent moon keep watch as Father Christmas slips silently into town to make Christmas magic…

You’ll find all kinds of sweet surprises tucked inside to delight the senses. There are pull out pages, magical growing Christmas trees, a lace angel ornament, Christmas chocolates, Christmas tea, a honey stick, a mini candy cane, a real silver spoon imported from India…it’s like digging into your stocking on Christmas morning.

Starry Night Box Folio: The Details

Sometimes my best projects happen when I’m too lazy to put away scraps.  The base for this box style folio is an off cut from a larger (soon to be shared) project. The unique box folio is my own design. It measures 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″ with 1″ spines. The clever design allows it to stand upright on its own for display on your holiday mantel or tabletop.

The silver foil stars and glitter on the rooftops catch the light and twinkle …it’s just so charming!

There’s room Inside to write personal messages, add photos and even tuck in a gift card..  I came up with some really fun interactive pages, too.  If you’d like to see them, enjoy this short video tour where I will show you all the secrets that Father Christmas has in store for this sleepy little village. (You’ll also get to hear my clever husband playing guitar in the background as an added bonus!)

Starry Night Box Folio Video Tour and Photo Gallery

What do you think of the bold red and blue color palette of this whimsical collection?  I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You’ll also find a linked supply list.

And, this one is in my Etsy shop, just in case you need to hold it in your hands and enjoy all those fun pull outs and lift tabs.  You can put it in your shopping cart HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!





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