Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Monday!  I’m back from the beach and ready to share this shabby chic Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial with you.  This tutorial is loaded with techniques, mechanisms, tips and tricks that will help you take your crafting to the next level.  If you’ve always wanted to create a folio, but didn’t know where to start, this is the blog post you’ve been waiting for!

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This 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ tri-fold folio is made with two 8 1/2″ x 11″ heavy cardstock.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the end of this post.

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Alter this 3″ x 4″ Tim Holtz Vignette Frame with Distress Paints and Sprays.  While I don’t share this step in the tutorial, you can learn how to do this HERE.

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Authentique Paper always adds cute banner elements to their cardstock components sheets.  Mat this “Dream” banner on scraps of Spectrum Silver Dollar and Tickled Pink Cardstock to really make it pop.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: Some Details

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To create this ribbon closure, follow these easy steps:

  • After you have matted your folio base with Spectrum Cardstock, find the center point.
  • Next, wrap 1/2″ Scor-Tape all the way around the folio from the back cover, over the spine and to the front edge.
  • Then, cut a piece of ribbon that is at least 12″ longer than the combined width of the cover, spine and back cover.
  • Finally, remove the liner tape and press the ribbon onto the adhesive to secure.
  • Now you can build your cover over the top of the ribbon closure.

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Bangles add such a fun touch to a folio spine.  I created this cluster with a mini glass bottle, some beads, a lobster clasp and some metal charms.

TIP: Alter metal charms by tapping them with Distress Paint that matches your color scheme.

TIP: For extra fun, fill the glass bottle with glitter.  Then wrap it with a pretty washi tape.

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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This is what the folio looks like fully opened.  It has (2) 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panels, (1) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panel and one little flip page that measures 3″ x 8 1/2″.

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The tutorial will show you how to build all these mechanisms:

  • Double Hidden Pocket with Inserts
  • Shaped Flap page
  • Horizontal waterfall
  • Tag Pocket and vertical waterfall
  • Box Pocket
  • Tea Bag Pocket and Belly Band Tuck Spot
  • Flip page with double magnetic folios
Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: Eileen Hull Notebook Insert

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 08

This sweet Eileen Hull Notebook is tucked into the box pocket.  We don’t get into creating that in this tutorial, but I’ll be sharing a tutorial for that very soon, so stand by!  The video was getting very long, so I had to make some tough choices!

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 09

Inside the notebook, you’ll find a little flap page that’s a perfect spot for a photo or some journaling.  Instead of creating standard book pages, I added an accordion pull out page on the right.  This is topped with a little flap feature.

TIP: Score an image that is too large to fit your page.  Now you have created an easy flap mechanism.  Isn’t that fun?

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Hull Sizzix Notebook Die Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 10

Here’s a peek at the accordion fold mechanism inside the notebook.  As I said, we’ll be sharing that here soon!

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial: Tag Insert

Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial Eileen Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 11

I needed an element to hold the waterfall feature closed.  So I created a tag pocket and a little art tag.  When the tag is inserted in the pocket, it keeps the waterfall feature from flapping around.  Here’s how to make it:

  • First, cover a Graphic 45 Large Ivory Tag with a liner that you’ve cut with the Large Tag/ATC Tag/Flowers Die.
  • Next, cut a 3″ high panel of the pink feather paper the same width as the tag liner and adhere.
  • Stitch some ruffled ribbon onto the tag.  Then wrap with jute cord and attach a small butterfly charm.
  • Fold a small white doily in half and adhere above the pink feather paper.
  • Cut a wide banner flag from paper scraps and tuck beneath the feather paper.
  • Fussy cut the butterfly girl image from the 4″ x 6″ journal card.  (Dreamy 6)
  • Adhere the fussy cut image to the tag so that the head is aligned with the center of the doily.
  • Place small dimensional tabs underneath the butterfly wings to add more dimension.
  • Pop the “Love Life” Cardstock Component up on dimensionals and adhere.
  • Create top and bottom borders with 3/4″ high scraps of the grey print.
  • Thread ribbon through the top of the tag.  Add tassel, flowers and jute bow.
Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Just click play and we’ll get this crafty party started.  This is a long tutorial , so you might want to grab a snack and a cuppa to sustain you!  I hope you enjoy!

This would make a most beautiful Mother’s Day gift, don’t you think?  I hope I shared some tips, tricks and techniques 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: I used the following papers from the Dreamy 12×12 Collection Kit, which includes the Cardstock Components Sheet.  To reproduce it exactly as I did, you will need 3 sheets of Dreamy One, and 2 Cardstock Components Sheets.  I’ve broken the supply list down for you to help you know exactly how much paper you will need to complete the folio.

Basic Cutting Guide:
  • Folio Base
    • 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock joined with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  Follow scoring directions in the tutorial
    • Matting:
      • Tickled Pink Spectrum Cardstock:
        • (4) 5 1/8″ x 8 3/8″ for the 5 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ panels
        • (2) 4 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ for the 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels
        • (2) 2 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ for the flip pages
        • (6) 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ strips for the spine
      • Silver Dollar Spectrum Cardstock
        • (4) 5″ x 8 1/4″
        • (2) 4 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
        • (2) 2 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
        • (6) 3/4″ x 8 1/4″
      • Inserts for the Hidden Pockets
        • Silver Dollar Spectrum Cardstock : (2) 3 3/4″ x 12″ Scored at 5 1/2″
      • Box Pocket
        • Silver Dollar Spectrum Cardstock: 7 1/2″x 4 1/2″
          • Score at 3/4″, 1 1/2″, 6″ 6 3/4″ on the long side
          • Score at 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ on the short side.
        • Vertical Waterfall
          • 4 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ scored at 1/2″ on left side
        • Horizontal Waterfall
          • 4 3/4″ x 4 1/2″ scored at 1/2″ along the top


12 thoughts on “Authentique Dreamy Folio Tutorial

  1. soozyb2013

    Everyone has pretty much said my words, Dreamy, drool, outstanding etc. You have yet again made me smile with all the lovely things you have put in this folio Kathy. You are so gifted at paper crafting. Truly amazing project and thanks for the video too. Enjoy your day. Hugs from Victoria, BC

  2. Gena L Krannig

    Wow, Kathy, I hardly know where to begin! Your folio is absolutely breathtaking. Every little detail is so perfect and imaginative. You had me with that “dream” banner across the front and that darling little girl image with those pretty shaker elements.All of the images are so adorable in this collection. I love your paper pattern/ color combinations and the charms just really make it extra special. I was so happy to see that you included a tutorial. I always enjoy them so much. THANK YOU for sharing your talent! So glad to have you back, I hope your enjoyed the beach! Hugs!

  3. Anne R

    Your folio is absolutely stunning, I loved reading your process and all your wonderful tips Kathy. I have bookmarked this so that I can try to make one too. You are such an inspiration my friend, and your love of creating just shines through!! Hugs, Anne xxx

  4. Helen

    An amazing folio, Kathy. I like this larger size and all the varied “nooks and crannies” that the pockets, waterfalls and tuck pieces create. The video gives so many helpful details…and the first part on your creative process is like sitting in your craft room peeking into your creative mind. tfs

  5. Charlotte S Deerborn

    Love this. Thanks for the tutorial. It was great to see your thinking and planning process.

  6. gail

    Hi Kathy – this is truly dreamy – I will be back to watch the video – looking forward to your notebook tutorial – I have yet to get that die – TFS your lovely art!

  7. tracy745

    The colours on your art piece are so delightful and uplifting. I always love,your attention to detail, how,everything coordinates and you add beautiful charms and embellishments and stunning flowers all combining beautifully to create a masterpiece ❤️❤️

  8. Janet Saieva

    This is gorgeous Kathy! Thank you so much for sharing your God given talent!

  9. Olga Jewell

    This is just dreamy!!! LOL, couldn’t resit LOL gorgeous creation!!! May have to try one!!

  10. Glenda F Brooks

    Drool! I’m seeing one of these in my future! Lovely design and just gorgeous from one end to the other!

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