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About kathycNC

Married to the love of my life for 43+ years, mom of 5...Nan to 3 gorgeous grandgirls. I have a passion for paper and a heart to educate and inspire through one of a kind, handmade paper art for all occasions. If you'd like to add my artwork to your home, please visit my Kathy by Design Etsy shop.

Nautical Beach Vacation Flip Folio

Authentique Voyage Nautical Beach Flip Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Nautical Beach Vacation Flip Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2021 Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Let’s set sail today with a Nautical Beach Vacation Flip Folio made for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2021 Blog Hop!  Welcome aboard!  You should be coming here from Ginny’s fabulous blog!  This Authentique Voyage folio was inspired by the May Nautical Americana Ribbon Club Assortment.  Red, White and Blue always works, doesn’t it? Take a look at this great ribbon club selection.

Now let’s dig into this project and see how fabulous this collection really is!

Layer it Up

Really Reasonable Ribbon Nautical Americana Ribbon Club Authentique Voyage Flip Folio by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

If you’re looking for a way to make an album or folio cover stand out from the crowd, may I suggest a layered ribbon panel?   It’s such a quick and easy way to add loads of texture, pattern and design to a project.  Here’s how to do it:

  • First, cut a panel of designer paper and mat it on a slightly larger panel of complementary cardstock.
  • Next, find the center of the panel.  My panel is 5″ tall, so I made a small pencil mark at the 2 1/2″ point.
  • Now, lay down a strip of 1/2″ Scor-Tape in the middle of the panel.
  • Then burnish the Scor-Tape, remove the liner and attach Royal Blue Taffeta Ribbon.  Cut the ends of the ribbon about 2″ longer than the width of the panel so you can wrap them around to the back side.  This makes a neat and tidy edge on your ribbon panel.
  • Next, attach a row of the Poppy Red Diamond Satin and Poppy Red Delicate Stitched Satin ribbons above and below the center row.
  • Then add a row of Royal Blue Checkerboard Satin above and below the red ribbons.
  • Now attach the 1/4″ printed ribbons from the assortment over the solid ribbons using 1/4″ Scor-Tape to hold them in place.

This is such a quick process, but it looks fabulous! I hope you’ll give it a try!

Shake it Up!

The next step in the process is to create a focal image for the folio.  This was such fun!  Create this “porthole” shaker element with the chipboard center of a 1/4″ wide Scor-Tape roll!

  • First paint the inside with white chalk paint.
  • Then wrap the outer edge with 1/4″ Scor-Tape and attach 1/4″ ribbon all the way around.
  • Now die cut a circle from clear cardstock (acetate) to fit the top of the spool.  Adhere with Dries Clear.
  • Next, while the adhesive is drying, lay out shells, beads and a starfish over the ribbon panel.
  • Then adhere the shaker cover (spool) over the ribbon.  Let the adhesive set up.
  • Finally decorate the front with a wooden anchor from the craft store, some bits of Spanish Moss and more shells.
Wrap it Up!

Wrap Royal Blue Checkerboard Satin around the belly of the folio to serve as a ribbon closure.  Then wrap the spine with the Patriotic Stripe Satin Ribbon.  Tie a knot at the top, then attach some bronze metal charms to finish up the job.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this album is filled with spaces for photos and journaling.

Create a flap page by cutting cardstock wider than the base of the folio.  Then score to fit.  Fold the flap and dress up with patterned papers.  Score a 1/4″ flap on the side of a 3×4 card and adhere behind the page to create a hidden journaling spot.

Ribbon makes a great border on this pull out page.

I’ve added another strip to the inside bottom, and I love how classy it looks.

Add a pull out mechanism and side car pocket to the flap for even more room for photos!

Nautical Beach Flip Folio Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see all these different elements in action, I’ve prepared a short (5 minute) tour on my YouTube Channel.

On With the Hop!

Now hop over and see what paper pretties the amazing Cheryl has prepared to inspire you.  She’ll guide you to the next step in the hop.  Be sure to finish up over on the RRR BLOG where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month and be entered into the drawing to receive your very own Nautical American Ribbon Club Assortment.

If you’re not a member of the Monthly Ribbon Club yet, now is a great time to join.  You can find all the information and sign up HERE.

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

If you’d like to leave a comment, click on the “REPLIES” button found at the top of this post right beneath the title.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket

Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket Card by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m breaking out the red, white & blue with this Carta Bella God Bless America Pinwheel Pocket.  I’m not sure where this year has gone to, but it’s almost summer!  Yikes!  That means it’s time to get some Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day projects rolled out.  Thankfully, Really Reasonable Ribbon has a huge supply of Patriotic Ribbons!

A personal favorite is the Patriotic Plaid featured in this fun little Pinwheel Pocket card.  It ties such pretty bows, looks great as a border, and leftover pieces can be tucked in as a fishtail banner behind a rosette.

Patriotic Pinwheels and Tags

I can’t remember the last time I made a pinwheel, but it’s been a while.  Paper drinking straws are less than satisfactory in a beverage….but they make a great stem on a pinwheel!  Is your straw the wrong color?  No problem!  Dress it up with Flag Grosgrain Ribbon as I did here.

Grosgrain ribbon makes a great border, too!  The tiny blue stars grosgrain ribbon has sold out in the RRR shop.  But no worries!  You can sub in the Tiny Red Stars Grosgrain in the border and tag streamers.  Stick with the Poppy Red Checkerboard Satin that I used, or add a pop of blue with Electric Blue Diamond Satin Ribbon instead.

Any way you combine colors, red, white and blue always looks amazing!

A Peek inside

Did I forget to mention that this card opens?  Add a flap and pocket feature inside the card to take it to the next level.

There is plenty of room to journal on the back side of the flap, and room to add a nice sized photo, too.  The ephemera border is easily transformed into a pocket when you only place adhesive on 3 sides.  That gives you room to fold a 6″ x 4″ journal card and tuck it in.  You could even add a little ice cream gift card here.  Because let’s face it, friends…a cone in the summertime is about as all-American as it gets!

I hope I’ve shared some fun ideas that you can use as you make your own red, white and blue projects.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section.  To comment, click on the “REPLIES” button right below the title at the top of this page. 

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Button Farm Club Floral Tapestry Folio Kit Reveal

Button Farm Club Memory Place Floral Tapestry Folio Kit Reveal by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Button Farm Club Floral Tapestry Folio Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends!  Come take a stroll through my summer garden as I share my Button Farm Club Floral Tapestry Kit Reveal!  This “made from scratch” gatefold style folio is loaded with gorgeous florals, vintage patterns and interactive elements.

The 7” x 8 ½” folio base has a double slimline gatefold cover featuring a vintage book of poetry surrounded by vibrant flowers.  Open the cover to reveal all kinds of pull out pages, hidden pages, pockets and tags.  The box style pocket in the center of the folio holds a 5” x 7” flip book with flaps, tip-in pages, pockets, accordion pull-out pages and waterfall features.  There’s loads of room for photos and journaling, or simply enjoy the folio as home décor or a lap book. 

Here’s a peek inside the folio.  This is really two projects in one.  First, we build the gatefold folio base.

Then we create this charming little junk journal to tuck in the center box pocket.  

You’ll learn some fun techniques in the video tutorials that come with this kit, too.  You’ll discover how to make the most of your scraps, how to build a stacked spine folio, how to create a hidden pull out page with a clever buckle closure, and how to layer embellishments to add lots of interest and dimension to a page.

Button Farm Club Floral Tapestry Folio Kit Reveal on YouTube

There are so many lovely little details built into the design, that I decided you really need to see it in action to appreciate them all. I hope you’ll enjoy this short video tour on YouTube.

 

What Comes in the Kit?

The kit comes with everything you need beyond basic papercrafting supplies (paper trimmers, rulers, scoring tools, etc.)

  • Memory Place Floral Tapestry 12×12 paper collection with (12) double sided 12×12 papers/2 of each design
  • Floral Tapestry Ephemera Pack
  • Little Birdie Florals
  • 3 yards of cream seam binding
  • 2 pearl head stick pins
  • 8 mother of pearl buttons in assorted sizes
  • 3 sheets of 12×12 grocery bag cardstock (18 pt/extra heavy)
  • 6 white doilies
  • Basic Written Guide with full color photos and measurements
  • Links to private video tutorials that you can watch over and over again at your convenience

You’ll have some lovely bits and pieces left over after you make this kit, too.  Use those for cards, tags or other small projects.

How to Order

You can order your kit now through The Button Farm Club The price for the kit is $45.99.  Everything for the kit is in stock and ready to ship.  

The best part about making a folio “from scratch” is that you can translate the design to use with any of your favorite papers for any occasion

Thanks so much for all your enthusiasm and support for these kits! So many of you have asked me to travel and teach a class in your area.  Making these kits for you is the next best thing! 

So that’s it for me today!  I hope you have time to create something beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement for Throwback Thursday Photo 01

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  This week’s Throwback Thursday project is a Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial.  After enjoying a short stroll last Sunday with my sweet husband (yes!  we are taking little walks!  Hooray!) I got this crazy idea in my head. Instead of taking a nap, I locked myself into the studio for a couple of hours so I could put the crazy idea to rest . Sometimes, you just have to give in to the voices in your head, right?

Now, y’all know I’ve made lots and lots of box pockets.  I’ve even made them on the outside of my cards before.  But this time, I wanted to create a box pocket from clear cardstock (acetate) so that it would look like a greenhouse window with a little potting bench inside.  See?  I told you it was a crazy idea.  But sometimes crazy works for me, so I go along with it.  Instead of figuring out what I was doing, I just turned on the camera and let it roll.  So this tutorial has a few fun twists and turns in it.  At the end of the day, I think you’ll find a lot of good inspiration and tips buried in it.

Paper Lollipop and Bookmark

Lollipops are sweet…and paper lollipops are sweet, too!  I’ll show you how to make one using a paper straw, scoring tool,  and a 12″ x 2″ strip of designer paper.  It’ s so easy, you’ll want to make stacks of these as embellishments for your cards.  We’ll also make a sweet stamped bookmark that I’ve embellished with beautiful lace from Reneabouquets.

Here’s a peek at all the treats tucked inside the clear pocket.  The chocolate is wrapped in the same bit of designer paper as the tea bag.

A Peek Inside

Learn how to use scraps, the paper cover from the collection, and magnets to make a neat flip page that’s actually a pocket.

Tuck this little note card inside the pocket as a sweet surprise.

There’s a little gift card wallet inside…or you can just tuck in a note.  Either way, it’s a fun addition to the card design.

Stamperia Garden Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

I hope you enjoy watching me create this “inside out” card in the video tutorial.  I promise you will laugh at my antics at least once!

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

If you’d like to leave a comment, just click on the “REPLIES” button found beneath the post title at the top of the page.

Now dig into your paper stash and make something beautiful!  Happy Throwback Thursday, y’all!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**NOTE: Throwback Thursday projects are often made with supplies that have been retired.  I will link to supplies whenever possible.  If there is no link, it means I was unable to locate the supply.  Thanks for understanding!

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio with Reneabouquets

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Premium Butterflies by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio Project Share with Reneabouquets Paper Pretties

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sharing  a simple, elegant Stamperia Azulejos Flip Folio with you.  Do you ever wake up and think, “I just have to make something pretty today?”  Well, that happened to me yesterday. The skies were grey, I was tired and felt like crawling back into bed instead of doing laundry, dishes and other Monday chores.  I motivated myself with the promise that once the chores were done, I could make whatever I wanted to make with whatever I wanted to use.  So I dug around in my paper stash and my Reneabouquets paper pretties until inspiration struck.  And this 6″ x 6″ flip folio began to take shape in my brain. Oh, happy day!

Building the Base

The base is 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ aqua cardstock trimmed to a width of 6″, overlapped and glued together into one long 6″ high paper panel.  It’s such a simple design, that I know you’ll want to give it a try, so here are some measurements.

  • First, score the 16 3/4″ x 6″ panel at 6″, 6 1/2″, 12 1/2″, and 13″.
  • Now fold along the scored lines to form a 6″ x 6″ square folio with 1/2″ spines on the left and the right hand sides.
  • Then fold the short panel on the right inside the folio cover to form a flap page.

That’s it!  Now you just need to line the folio base with light gray and cream cardstock panels to make it nice and sturdy.  My gray panels are 5 3/4″ square and the cream are 5 1/2″.  How easy is that?

Building Simple Layers

Next, layer a 5 3/8″ square of patterned paper over the cream cardstock and stitch around the edges.  Mat a 2 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ panel of a complementary pattern on scraps of the aqua, gray and cream cardstock and adhere about 1″ from the left hand edge.

Now comes the fun part!  Brush Reneabouquets Beautiful Board (linked below) with Stamperia Glamour Gel and adhere to the folio cover.  Then stitch one of the tile images (azulejos means “tiles”) to the same cardstock and adhere over the Beautiful Board.  Brush a large decorative corner chipboard with the Stamperia gel and adhere it as seen.  This create a perfect landing pad for a Mint Chocolate Chip Butterfly.

Flowers and ribbons join the party along with a little Idea-ology Word Chip. Edge the word chip with Dries Clear Adhesive and Sprinkle with glitter.

A Peek Inside

Build flips, flaps and pockets inside the folio to make room for photos and journaling.  I love this paper so much, I’m happy with or without the above mentioned additions!

As usual, I’ve made mini folios from scraps of designer paper.

These add so  much to the design of an album!

The accordion pull out has a pocket built into the back side of the flap page.  It’s just the perfect size to hold a small envelope and a journal card.

The short video tour will show you the other interactive features in the folio design.

This paper is exquisite in its beauty.  Stamperia really knows how to showcase botanical images like this butterfly.

Stamperia Azulejos Flip Book Tour on You Tube

I hope you’ll enjoy this short 5 minute video tour of the folio.

It’s good to start the week by making something beautiful.  I hope this little project share has inspired you to break out your paper pretties and get your craft on, too.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Also, if you want to leave a comment, click on the “Replies” button found just beneath the title at the top of the page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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