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Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party

Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party: Gather Gratitude Journal

Hello, Friends!

Welcome to the Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook Release Party! This is Eileen Hull’s newest book die with Sizzix. On the die, you get all of the pieces you need to make an entire book- the cover, pages, latch and pen loop! The Pocket Notebook measures 6 3/4” x 4 1/2” with a spine that can adjust from of 3/8” to almost 2”! String it with elastic, hemp, ribbon or twine. So many option for this fun die!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS- the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show

Eileen Hull

Susie Bentz

Pam Bray

Julia Aston

Annette Green

Kathy Clement ( You are HERE)

Cheryl Waters

Ginger Ropp

Mitsyana Wright

Debbie Bankston

Anita Houston

Maggi Harding

Anne Redfern

Jenny Marples

Betsy Skagan

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Tonya Trantham

Madeline Arendt

Lisa Hoel

Karen Bearse

Sue Eldred

Nicole Wright

Elizabeth Robinson

This might just be the most versatile member of the Eileen Hull Book family.  It is a great addition to her Traveler’s Notebook, Passport Journal, Wrap Journal, and Notebook Dies.

Eileen put this blog hop together to show just how many different ways this die can be put to use.  You’ll find videos, tutorials and loads of ideas in this blog hop!

Gather Gratitude Journal with Authentique Gracious Collection

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  Our extended family used to gather at my Grammy Ma’s home every year.  All my aunts, uncles,cousins, and great-grandparents were there.  Everyone brought dishes to add to the feast that my grandmother lovingly prepared.  The table groaned under the weight of all those fixin’s!  Sometimes, there were 3 dozen of us in attendance.  I cannot even begin to describe the warmth and love present.  But it made a deep impression on my young soul.  Every fall, I create a gratitude journal as a tribute to those happy memories.  This year, I chose to work with Authentique Paper’s Gracious Collection, which takes me right back to my grandmother’s home.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Mixed Media Touches

Here’s how I prepared the covers for the gratitude journal

  • First, die cut 2 covers from mat board. Line up the holes in the spine so that it is at its widest point.  Adhere with Dries Clear Adhesive, or Red Liner Tape.
  • Next, cut the cover so that it is 1″ wider on all sides than the opened journal.
  • Now, place the paper face down on your work surface, and then place the journal face down on top of it. Wrap the cover with the designer paper.  I used Stamperia Mixed Media Glue to adhere the covers to the designer paper.  This adhesive seems to help the paper “flex” and also adheres well.
  • Miter the corners, fold and adhere the overlap inside the journal cover.
  • Next, gently bend the covers, going slowly so that the paper will not tear.
  • Now, cut papers for the inside of the journal.  I like to leave a 1/4″ border on all 4 sides.  Once again, adhere with the Stamperia Mixed Media Glue.
  • Stitch layers of designer paper onto burlap and arrange on the cover.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Spine

This journal has a stitched fabric spine.  I pleated the fabric while adding a decorative stitch .  I love how rustic this looks.  After stitching, cover the back side completely with Scor-Tape or Red Line tape, then center and adhere to the spine.  Now you can add the binding elastic.  I do this very simply by wrapping the entire spine with double strands of elastic. Secure the strands with square knots.  Tie the strands together at the top of the spine, then add charms and a bow. Then I added the ribbon closure.

Gather Gratitude Journal: The Focal Point

The focal point of this gratitude journal is the cutlery image inside a Tim Holtz Vignette Frame.  Here’s how that came together:

  • Select the 2nd smallest vignette frame.  Paint with black chalk paint.  Let it dry.
  • Now, paint the frame with Prima Copper Crackle Texture Paste.
  • While the paste is still wet, sprinkle randomly with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture Embossing Powder.  Heat set.
  • Next, trim the image from Gracious and adhere behind the frame.  Then adhere the frame to the journal cover.
  • Die cut a leafy wreath from designer paper and adhere to the frame.
  • Decorate the cover with G45 Roses, acorns and other fall themed elements.
Gather Gratitude Journal: A Peek Inside

Create pockets for the front and back covers using Eileen’s Gift Card Pocket and Tag Die.

Cut (10) 7 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ signature covers from designer paper.  Fold in half, crease with a bone folder and fill with the paper of your choice.  Cut the inner papers 7 1/4″ x 6″ so that they will fit neatly.  (Note: I did not have the die…so I could not use it to cut my inner pages and signatures.  I only had the die cut cover, latch and pen loop.)

Here’s a look at the signatures:

I like this style of journal, because you can just slip the signatures under the elastic binding strips.  Then, when you need to refill, you can just add more papers.

Gather Gratitude Journal: Project Share Video

I created a quick flip through with tips and tricks on Youtube

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 hopping by!




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

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: Crafting with Sophie on My Birthday

Hello, Friends!  Last week was a whirlwind!  But I managed to squeeze in time to spend a day with my sweet Sophie Grace making this Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album.  Oh, what fun!  Sophie spent my birthday with me, helping me to design and and decorate this delightful little mini album.

Sophie is a veteran crafter.  She began playing in my studio shortly before she turned 3 years old.  Now that she’s 10, we can tackle meatier projects, like this mini album together.  Since I knew the focus of our time together would be filming us decorating the album, I took a little time the day before to prep the album base and pages.

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: The Basics

The base for this album is an older version of the Graphic 45 Tag and Pocket Album.  There are 48 pages in that album, and I could never manage to make one and have the covers close!  Plus, it took forever to make and used a ton of material.  So I began by “gutting” the album.

  • First, insert a kraft knife carefully between the interior spine and the binding mechanism.  With a little effort, you can lift the entire thing out in one piece!
  • Next, use scissors to cut the 6 sections into individual bundles.  Each bundle has 4 pages.  I chose to work with just 2 sections, and set the other 4 aside for later use.
  • Now, score an 8 1/2″ x 5 3/4″ piece of kraft cardstock at 1 1/2″ on both ends . Then score at 1″ intervals between those 2 marks.  Follow THIS tutorial to create a tab style binding for the album.
  • Next, adhere the binding in the center of the album spine and burnish well.
  • When you are ready to add your 2 page units to the album, simply slip the open edge over the tabs and use adhesive to seal in place.

TIP:  I find it easier to decorate the pages before adding them to the album.

To create the shabby chic finish, paint the album inside and out with ivory chalk paint.  Then come back and lightly sand the edges to reveal the kraft base beneath.

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: The Basics: Designing the pages

Each page in this cute album has an interactive element to it.  Here’s a little guide for making the pages.

  • Front Pocket: Cut a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panel of green cardstock.  Then score on the long side at 5 3/4″.   Adhere the designer paper behind the pocket, then adhere the sides of the pocket for a quick and easy pocket page.
  • Tip in pages: Cut the cardstock base to measure 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  Score at  3″ for left  hand tip  in, or at 5 1/2: for right hand tip in.

To make the hidden pocket insert page on the left:

  • First, cut  base cardstock to measure 6″ x 6″.
  • Next, score 1/2″ on the sides and the bottom.
  • Now trim out the bottom corner pieces.
  • Fold the flaps to the back side of the panel and adhere to the album base.  This creates a “channel” for the insert to slide into, and allows a little more room for the insert.

To make the insert:

  • Cut cardstock to measure 4 3/4″ x 8 1/2″.  Score at 3 1/2″ on the long side.
  • Line the panels with designer paper.
  • Slide the longer side of the insert behind the page.
  • Decorate!

Pocket Pages are part of the album page unit.  Simply line the top and bottom with papers that play well together.  All set!

Sophie and I will show you how to make these cute little bookmarks in the video.

Laserowe Love Watermelon Friends Mini Album: The Video

If you’re ready to get your craft on, you can watch Sophie and I make the album together in this video.

This was such a fun way to spend my birthday!  And I think Sophie enjoyed it, too.

I hope Sophie and I shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by,


kathy (and Sophie!)


Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Scrap Your Stash Project Share

Hello, Friends!  This Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album is a real collection mash up!  It contains papers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals, Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees, and My Mind’s Eye Madison Avenue (an oldie..but a goodie!)

Let me ask you a question.  What do you do with the little bits and bobs you have left over from a favorite paper collection?  Do you stash them in a drawer to gather dust?  Toss them in the recycle bin?  Well, I like to periodically gather them all up and create what I call a “Scrap Your Stash” project.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Inspiration

Our son and his lovely wife are in the process of moving, so when Melody cleaned out her craft room, she set aside a few treasures she thought I might enjoy.  A lovely 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ binder was in the mix.  It was sturdy and I liked the size…but not the bright green cover or the ring binder.  So the first step in this process was removing the ring binder mechanism (not for the faint of heart, I might add) and altering the cover.  I wish I had thought to take process photos, but I do describe the process I followed in the video tour of the album below.

Since I am completely obsessed with shakers at the moment, I also altered this Tim Holtz Vignette Frame and turned it into a shaker box.  Then I combed through the odds and ends of my Little Birdie Flowers and created the pretty floral feature on the cover.

The spine is wrapped with ribbon and adorned with lots of pretty metal charms.  If you look at the back cover, you can see how I collaged a bunch of papers together.  These are all coated with Distress Vintage Collage Medium.  It did a great job of unifying all the different colors and patterns.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Peek Inside

Since I got rid of the ring binder mechanism, I had to do a little repair work on the inside cover.  There were some holes and a few little tears.  Nothing that a layer of heavy kraft paper would not cover up.  In place of the ring binder, I created simple double waterfall.  This is probably the easiest way in the world to create a mini album, as there is no binding system required.  You can see how to do this HERE.

The pages are secured with a ribbon closure.  Each page measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″; a nice size for photos.  And, there are 8 pages in each waterfall, giving you room for 32 photos in all.

Of course, I had to add flaps and fun belly bands and all sorts of interactive fun to the pages.  You’ll see all of that in the video tour.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: Pockets and Inserts

Behind the waterfall cascade, I added a pair of double pockets.

The shallow side holds little 3″ x 3″ journaling folios.  Aren’t they sweet?

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Video Tour

I’ll share lots of tips and tricks in this project share video.  I’m sure you will find ideas that you can use to help you Scrap your Stash and make a lovely mini album.


I hope I 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!




NOTE: Since lots of these items have been in my stash a LONG time, I may not be able to provide links.  I’ll do so wherever I can, but thanks for understanding when I cannot.



Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial for the Authentique 4th of July Group Post

Hello, Friends!  If you live in the US, let me wish you a very Happy 4th of July!  To help everyone celebrate this patriotic holiday, the Authentique Paper Design team is hosting a group post loaded with red, white and blue project inspiration.  My contribution is this quick and easy to make Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial.  It’s the same style and size as the Authentique Confection Waterfall Mini I shared with you all in June.  So if you’ve been wanting to whip one of these cute albums up, today is your lucky day!

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

The album measures 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ with a 1 1/2″ spine.  I’ve wrapped it with Authentique Spectrum Old Glory cardstock and decorated it with the Liberty 12×12 collection.  Since I share all the details in the video below, I’ll just share photos for you to enjoy here.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: The Spine

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

To create this festive spine, follow these steps:

  • Punch a hole in the center of the spine, about 1/2″ from the top edge.
  • Fold an 18″ length of 3/8″ wide ribbon in half.  Pull the fold through the hole, then pull the ribbon tails through that loop.  Adjust, then tie a bow.
  • Attach a vintage safety pin under the center of the bow.
  • String charms on jump rings, then slide onto the safety pin.  Close.
  • Place a Tim Holtz Remnant Rub onto the face of the white plaque before attaching to the pin.
Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial: A Peek Inside

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Double waterfalls are secured with 3/8″ ribbon.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Each waterfall measures 43/4″ square.  Cut Spectrum Tricycle Red and Old Glory Cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Score a 1/2″ flap on each panel. The liner sheets are 4 1/2″ square.  This way, you can add a 4″ x 4″ photo and still have a pretty paper border.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Create flaps with the 3″ x 4″ images from the collection.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 07

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

The bottom layer of each waterfall is a double pocket with little ATC tag inserts.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Cover Graphic 45 ATC Laser Cut Banner Tags with designer paper quickly by die cutting the liners with the G45 ATC Die.

Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial and Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of what’s inside the album and learn how to create it, please enjoy this YouTube video.


Our Family 4th of July

Independence Day is one of our family’s favorite holidays.  We all gather together for a cookout, a swim, potato salad, watermelon, games and lots of laughs.  When dusk falls, we go to a nearby park to enjoy a fireworks display.  We’ve followed this tradition for decades, and we all agree, it’s one we want to continue to observe.

We are so very thankful for those who served, suffered and sacrificed so that we can celebrate and live in freedom.  God Bless You, and God Bless the USA!

Wishing you all my fellow Americans a safe, happy and healthy 4th of July!  For all the rest of you who live outside the US…thanks for your friendship!  I appreciate you!

Thanks for stopping by!



Authentique Liberty Waterfall Mini Tutorial Supply List


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