Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  If you’ve ever wished you knew how to create a folio, today’s post is just for you.  This Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial celebrates the beauty of winter in a fun, interactive design.

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I have a thing for birds. They are so delicately beautiful…especially in the deep winter.  The Solitude Collection is filled with beautiful winter images, a rich color palette and stunning patterns.  I love it.  This 8 1/2″ x 6″ x 3/4″ folio is really simple to construct.  The base is made with just one sheet of 12″ x 12″ kraft cardstock and just a few simple score lines.  You’ll see how to make it in the video tutorial below.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial: Cover Details

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I chose this gorgeous bird to serve as the focal image for my folio.  It is double matted on Cream and Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock.  Then I placed 3 layers of waste chipboard behind it to elevate it above the rest of the design.

TIP:  Back an image with more than one layer of foam tape or waste chipboard to make it stand out.  Height = prominence in a composition.  Think of how a king’s throne is always higher than everyone else in the room.  The same is true for design.

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Burlap string adds a lovely rustic touch to the design.  Since I design my cover art before I adhere it to the base, this allows me to wrap the string around the left hand side with ease.  To add to the vintage winter vibe of this project, I strung a pair of Tim Holtz vintage ice skates from the burlap string bow.


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TIP: For maximum visual impact, cluster your embellishments together around your focal image.  This little wood slice (from my son’s workshop) serves as a base for the altered rusty birdhouse, berries and “snowballs.”  By arranging my Little Birdie Margerry flowers, woodland tree and rusty pine tree, and Noble Peacock Seam Binding Bow in the same area, the eye is drawn to the image.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial: The Closure

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Some of you have asked me how to create a ribbon closure, so I share that detail with you in the tutorial, too.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside

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The inside features a 10 page waterfall cascade with a magnetic belly band closure on the left.  On the right, you’ll find a roomy pocket with a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ folio.

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Each page in the waterfall has room for a 3″ x 5″ photo.  I’ll show you how to build the waterfall and the magnetic belly band closure.  You’ll also learn how to add a simple flap and/or tuck spot element.

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Then we will build this delightful tab top folio with a magnetic closure together.

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I’ll show you how to maximize your patterned papers and create a clever work around for short pages.

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There is room for a large photo mount on the pocket page, too.  And plenty of room for extra photos in the pocket.

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial on YouTube

So are you ready to get your craft on?  I think you will really enjoy this video tutorial as I cover a lot of basic techniques that you will be able to use in any folio design for any occasion.

You’ll also see me make a really BIG mistake…and learn how to recover from it!  No one is perfect when it comes to crafting.  Mistakes happen!  The key is knowing how to think on your feet and get a project back on track when a “craftastrophe” happens!  

I’ve also created a linked supply list and a cutting guide for your convenience.  You’ll find them below the signature in this post.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, techniques and inspiration 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 Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial Supply List

*Please note: I’ve provided product links whenever possible.  However, some items from my stash are no longer available.  Use a substitute from your own stash for these items.  Thanks!

Authentique Paper:
Other Supplies:

100# Kraft Cardstock/1 piece, 1/2″ Scor-TapeScoring Tool, Bone Folder, Basic Grey Small Magnets/2 positive, 2 negative; 30″ champagne netting ribbonNoble Peacock Seam Binding Ribbon, Little Birdie Ivory Margerry Flowers, Mini Woodland TreeRusty Pine Tree, Rusty Snowflake, Rusty Birdhouse (retired), Tim Holtz Ice Skates (retired), Wood Slice from my son’s workshop, Picket Fence Distress Paint, Mini Pearl Prills, Berries from the floral department, Ranger Grit-PasteStampendous Shaved Ice, Mini Wooden Clothespin, Natural Burlap String, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive

Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial Cutting Guide

Kraft Cardstock for Covers: (2) 11″ x 6″ panels

Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock: (4) 8 3/8″ X 5 7/8″ panels, two for covers, two for inside covers

Birch Pattern Solitude Eight: 92) 8 1/8″ x 5 3/4″ panels to line inside covers

Waterfall Folio: (10) 4″ x 5 3/4″ panels of Blue Linen Artisan Cardstock

Waterfall Liner Papers: (19) 3 3/8″ x 5 5/8″ panels of various patterned papers

Belly Band: 9″ x 2″ Blue Linen.  Liners are 5 3/4″ x 1 7/8″ and you will need 2

Folio Insert: (2) 4 1/4″ x 12″ panels of Blue Linen Cardstock

Folio Liners:

  • (2) 4 1/4″ x 4 1/2″
  •  (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/8″
  • (3) 4 1/4″ x 5 7/8″
  • (3) 4 1/4″ x  2″ for tuck spots

Pocket Liner: Blue Linen 5 7.8″ x 2 7/8″ Liner paper: 5 3/4″ x 2 3/4″


10 thoughts on “Authentique Solitude Waterfall Folio Tutorial

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    Wow! This is really fabulous, Kathy! I’ve bookmarked the post for future reference, because one of these days I AM going to make one of these! Love that bird image and of course your stitching on the cover! And those tiny skates! This paper is gorgeous and you have shown it off perfectly! Merry Christmas!

  2. soozyb2013

    Aww Kathy you have done it yet again! I love this piece. Christmas is a very special time of year for family and friends and I wish you all the magic and joy of the season. Lots of glitter involved and maybe even Unicorn kisses! :) Merry Christmas my friend.

  3. Helen

    Kathy, this folio is exquisite…love the colors, love most the bird image on the cover! After watching your tutorial (mistake and all!) I’m so happy to say that you have demystified waterfall pages for me. I even have die cuts to make the pages but didn’t know exactly how to place them. This is going to make a great “after the holidays” project. Thanks for sharing this project and the tutorial…and where to purchase that lovely blue paper.

  4. lynn legge

    kathy you out did yourself this time. i really love this folio…lots and lots of space for pictures…i love having printed photos…my girls always use their phones or memory cards when taking pictures and i never get any real photos..this gift would be all i would want for christmas…so i could hold it in my hands and enjoy looking at the pictures. thank you so much for sharing…i love everything you do.
    big hugs

  5. Barbara Daws

    What a lovely folio, Kathy. Love the paper you have used. Thank you so much for giving us a tutorial. Looking forward to making this folio.

  6. Suzy Q

    Awww Kathy, this folio card is just gorgeous!!! I too, luv luv luv these papers! The colors are awesome! Luv your waterfall design too! That’s a lot of room for a lot of pictures! Just luv your whole design layout! And the front cover is just perfectly precious, down to the tiniest detail! Thanks for the gift tip idea! I luv that! Thanks so much for sharing this one! Luv all your info in this tutorial too! (Wink! Wink!) Hugs, Suzy Q

  7. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, this folio is absolutely stunning! That paper collection is perfect for a winter card. I really like the way you used every sheet in the collection. They all go together so well and the waterfall design is perfect for that. My New Year’s craft resolution is to make a waterfall card. I love them. Thank you for this fantastic tutorial! Hugs!

    PS- that little bird house is soooo sweet! Love it!

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