Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Gatefold Folio by Kathy Clement

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio and a New Ribbon Crush from Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a stroll together through this Ciao Bella Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio.  It features my new favorite addition to the  RRR shop: Variegated Sheer Ribbon.  Oooh la la!  This ribbon is everything I love: soft, elegant, easy to tie, just a touch of shimmer, and it comes in so many colors.  I’ve used the Moss/Taupe variety as a closure on this lovely little fall folio.   It’s the perfect color match for all the autumnal shades in this Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio.

This 5″ x 6 3/4″ folio has a gatefold cover and 1/2″ spines on each side.    I’ve piled up lots of little woodland elements on the textured wood panels.  The way I’ve stacked and placed the elements reminds me of the forest floor after all the leaves have fallen from the trees.  Serene, quiet beauty with lots of little treasures to please the senses.  That’s what I was going for here.

TIP:  Here’s how to create the card base. Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of kraft cardstock down to 6 3/4″ ” x 11.  Then score on the long side at 2 1/2, 3″, 8″, and 8 1/2″ to form the dimensional card base.  So easy, but so effective!

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: Adding Texture

TIP: Texture papers with a 3-D embossing folder. For these panels, I inked up the flat side of a Spellbinder’s folder with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I spritzed the patterned paper lightly with water and ran it through my Spellbinder’s Platinum machine.  The embossing folder forms deep ridges in the patterned paper, and the dark ink seeps into these crevices.  Then end result is paper that looks like tree bark.  It’s a wonderful thing!

TIP: Fill a  giant wood button with wood shavings to add even more of a woodland feel.  Then top the wood shavings with an acorn novelty button, feathers, Prills and a small burlap flower.

Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio: A Peek Inside

Well hello, Mr. Fox!  How nice of you to invite us in!  Can you spot the sweet little squirrel charm tucked into the burlap flower?  I love him!

One of the things I  love about a gatefold style folio is all the little nooks and crannies where you can add visual treats.

See that adorable little hedgehog on the left?

It’s actually a little folio with a magnetic closure.  This is a great spot to tuck in a note, gift card or photo.

The box style center pocket holds another min folio, vintage silver plate spoon and some honey.

And where there is honey, one simply must have tea!

Here’s a peek at the back side of the album.  I wish it could be autumn for at least 6 months a year!

Did I share 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!





10 thoughts on “Autumn Woodlands Gatefold Folio

  1. Isabel Borrero-Gonzalez

    OOh, Kathy!! I love that paper line and of course you have this way to make something beautiful even more so. I love the little squirrel and how you used the embossing folder.

  2. Cheryl Wells

    That’s a “Loaded” folio for sure – loving all the Fall colors, embellishments and the textured (embossed) paper is fabulous – wonderful job Kathy!!!

  3. Sandy Artman

    Hi, Kathy,
    I can tell how much you love Autumn by all the love you bountifully put into this project! Where I live, I don’t see the spectacular displays of the season but I love putting all those rich colors into my craft. You always provide great techniques and using an embossing folder to make the wood on the paper look real is brilliant! Staggering the words by cutting them apart is another great idea. Wishing you all the blessings of the season!

  4. soozyb2013

    Wow Kathy, lots for the eyes to take in. The colours and all the wee goodies you have on this one and of course the tea and honey. Yummy. Great piece of art.

  5. Suzy Q

    This card is gorgeous …in all it’s autumn glory!!! Luv all your colors and awesome layers! I too wish autumn would last 6 months! You make these papers come to life! I actually had them in my hand last week …and put them back on the shelf! Silly me! Hugs, Suzy Q

  6. MaryH.

    Stunning design, Kathy. Always love your inclusion of tea❣️And keep those tips coming please – not only have I learned so much from you; you have inspired me to think outside my comfort zone. Thank you for sharing your vendor contacts too. Have a beautiful & happy day.

  7. Gena L Krannig

    OMG! Well you’ve outdone yourself this time! This folio is just stunning, Kathy! Those Fall colors and images are so gorgeous. I love the acorns and that pretty ribbon on the front. And the heart on the inside! Oh my! The gatefold design is so awesome. It allows you so much real estate to put pretty papers on. One of the most beautiful folios you’ve ever done. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  8. Sherry Somers

    Wow…just wow. It is gorgeous Kathy! Love the tips too. You always amaze me with your wonderful talent. Thanks for always sharing with us.

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