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Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial and Video

Hello, Friends!  Happy Throwback Thursday!  Today I have a really fun Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial to share with you.  Valentine’s Day will be here before we blink twice, and it’s always hard to come up with a great Valentine for the man in our life.  This interactive  flip style card is easy to make, fun to give and easy to adapt to any paper collection you have in your stash.  You could even make this same card base and turn it into a feminine card by changing up the paper collection and the embellishments.  You gotta love that!

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: Flips and Flaps

This all started when I was clearing up my work desk and found some nice panels of heavy kraft cardstock. As off cuts from an earlier project, they all measured 5 1/2″ tall.  One piece was 12″ x 5 1/2″.  The other was only 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.   Simply joined them together with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and you end up with a lovely, long 18″ x 5 1/2″ panel.  Now you can score and fold to create a gatefold card with pockets and flaps.  Here’s where to score:

  • From the left, score at 2 3/4″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Fold along the scored lines.  Then tuck into the corner of your scoring tool and score at 5 1/2″ and again at 10″.  You’ll see how to do this in the video below, but I just provided measurements here for your convenience.
Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: A Peek Inside

Here’s what the flip card looks like when you open the first fold.


Flip the panel on the left to reveal a flap page.  The second panel in is a great place to add a photo.  I opted to decorate it with fussy cuts and stickers instead.


Here’s the folio fully opened.  You’ll find a vertical pocket with inserts and a side pocket on the far right.  Learn how to add these in the video tutorial.


Because my husband enjoys reading, I created a fancy little bookmark for him.  It lives in the right hand side pocket.

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: The Video Tutorial

To learn how to make this fun project, just click play.  We’ll build the flip card base together, and add the pockets.  I’ll show you how to put that cute bookmark together, too!



Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas in this Throwback Thursday post that have you itching to dig into your stash and make a masculine Valentine?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




*Note: because this is a Throwback Thursday project, some materials used may no longer be available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute papers and embellishments from your own crafty stash.

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Release

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Kit Release by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

2020 Year in a Box Button Farm Club Kit Release

Hello, Friends!  I have been planning and designing this  Button Farm Club 2020 Year in a Box Kit for many months.  And today is release day!  Hooray!  Hooray!  I can’t wait to share all the details with you!

2020 Year in a Box: A Unique Memory Keeping System

Life is filled with all kinds of days: celebration days, happy days, ordinary days…days that you want to hold onto forever. Sometimes we want to make time stand still.  Well, I can’t do that for you, but I can supply you with the 2020 Year in a Box Calendar Kit.  This unique memory keeping system is designed to make it easy for you to hold on to all the happiest moments of 2020.


The 2020 Year in A Box Kit consists of a series of 12 folios: one for each month of the year, housed in a handsome and sturdy 8” x 8” storage box that you will be proud to display as part of your home décor.

Simple elegance was my goal for the storage box.  Neutral colors and timeless patterns were a must.  I finally decided on a classic grey, cream and tan colors and patterns that had a vintage farmhouse vibe.  This means the box will look great in any home.

2020 Year in a Box: The Monthly Folios

Each gatefold style folio measures 7” x 7” and has room for at least a dozen photographs of your favorite moments from each month of the year. You’ll find pockets with mini folios, a monthly calendar, tags and journaling spots, a blank panel where you can make lists of special events like birthdays, holidays or anniversaries, hidden pockets, pull out folios, meaningful sentiments and lovely vintage images tucked inside each month.  There’s even a monthly greeting card tucked inside that you can give, or use for journaling and small photos.

Because time is precious, I’ve designed the folios to be quick and easy to create.  When finished, store them inside the box for safekeeping.  Display a favorite photo or inspirational quote on the easel that tops the box lid.

Each quarter, I’ll change up the folio design so that you don’t get bored.  I’ll build in fun mechanisms to keep things interesting.  And those are skills that you can easily transfer into your other crafty adventures. It will be like taking a class with me each quarter!

2020 Year in A Box: What You Get

The first kit is massive.  You’ll get everything you need to create the home decor box and the first 3 folios for January, February and March.

You can buy the kits a la carte, or you can save money by subscribing for the whole year.

This is a quarterly subscription kit.  The first kit will come with all the supplies and instructions for the elegant box and the January, February and March folios.  We will release the folios for subsequent months once a quarter.  Here’s what comes in the first kit:

  • (1) 8” x 8” x 4” Papier-mâché Box with Lid
  • (24) 12″ x 12″ Sheets of Authentique  Calendar Collection Paper
  • (4) 12×12 Sheets of Authentique paper to cover the box
  • (2) 12×12 sheets of Ivory Cardstock for matting and mechanisms
  • Antique Bronze Feet (4)
  • Little Birdie Flowers, white
  • 1 yard gingham ribbon
  • Gold Metallic Number Packet
  • Antique Bronze Bulldog Clip
  • Full color, printed,  step by step tutorial

The price for the kit is only $54.00.  Laura has the subscription all set up in the Button Farm Club shop, so pop on over and get your name on the  list.  Although you can purchase each quarterly kit a la carte, you’ll enjoy significant savings when you subscribe.

If you’d like to see more of the kit, take a peek at this release video.

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to see this concept come to life!  This has been in my dreams and on my mind for the better part of 2019.  I hope you are as excited about it as I am.  2020 is looking good!

If you’d like to see my other Button Farm kits, you can find out about them HERE. Or shop for them at the Button Farm Club.

Thanks as always for your wonderful support and encouragement!



Authentique Mister Pocket Card

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Authentique Father’s Day Group Post

Hello, Friends!  How do you feel about making masculine cards?  I had such a good time creating this Authentique Mister Pocket Card for the Authentique Design Team Father’s Day Group Post!  Although I love all my frilly, shabby chic creations, sometimes it’s really fun to change gears and make a great guy card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

If you haven’t had a chance to play with Authentique Mister yet, here’s a look at what you’ve been missing!  So many wonderful masculine prints, rich colors and fabulous vintage images make this a stand out masculine collection.  Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, I thought I would make a fun pocket style card.  Here’s how this one came together.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: Building the Base

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

  • First, cut (2) 5″ x 11″ panels from Steel Grey Cardstock.  Then,  score a 1/2″ flap on the end of each panel.  Adhere these flaps together to form a side fold card with a 1/2″ spine on the left.  You will need to trim the ends of the card to measure 7″ x 5″.
  • Next, cut a 6 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ panel from Spectrum Old Glory Cardstock.
  • Now cut a 6 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ panel of Mister Eleven.  Distress the edges and stitch it to the Old Glory layer.
  • Then cut a 3 1/2″ square of Mister Seven.  Stitch it onto a slightly larger panel of Steel Grey Cardstock.  Adhere this on the left hand side of the card near the spine.
Authentique Mister Pocket Card: What’s in Your Pocket

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

This cloth pocket was unearthed while cleaning up the Closet of Shame.  Lucky find, as it is the perfect embellishment for this masculine card.  I decorated the front with a small piece of Mister Seven.  Next I matted the sticker on some scrap card, wrapped it with burlap string, added a key and tucked it inside the front pocket.  This is a great place to add a gift card!

Authentique Mister Pocket Card: A Peek Inside

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Don’t you just love these patterned papers?

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

I tucked a coffee treat, a chocolate and a little magnet into the pocket on the right.  The magnet is stitched to denim that I salvaged from a pair of jeans.

Authentique Mister Pocket Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

The sentiments in this collection are so good.  And there’s room to write a personal note here, too.

Memories of My Dad

I know I’ve shared a lot of memories about my mom with y’all.  But I also had a fabulous Daddy.  My dad was a man of real integrity.  Like most father’s of his era, he was a man of few words.  But when he spoke, you wanted to hear what he had to say.  Like my mom, he had a creative mind and an incredible work ethic.  He could build anything, fix anything, and his ingenuity was astonishing.

Mom and Dad bought the house I grew up in just 10 days before I was born.  To say it was a fixer upper is being romantic.  It needed some serious love.  But it had good bones, as they say, and together, my mom and dad made it into a warm and welcoming home.    I have photos of the house from when I was a baby, and it amazes me to see that there was no lawn.  Just grey clay…not a sprig of grass anywhere to be seen.   But as a kid, I remember playing on lush green lawns..  How did that transformation take place?

Well, there was rarely ever any spare money in our blue collar household.  But there was a wealth of love, can-do spirit and elbow grease to make up for that lack.  When Dad wanted a lawn but could not afford both the grass seed and a tiller rental to break up the soil, he came up with a brilliant solution.

He went to the dump.  And there he found an old open coil mattress spring.  Just the thing!  He rigged up a harness for that old thing, hitched himself up to it,  told my older brothers to hop on top to weight it down and proceeded to break up that hard clay.  Not a word of complaint.  The job got done, my brothers had a jolly adventure, and I grew up with beautiful green lawns to play on.  What a guy!

Another Day, Another Dollar

I adored my dad, and shadowed him every where he went.  It was probably not always convenient for him to have me “help” him with his projects, but he always made me feel welcome. His nickname for me was “Sweetheart.”   He taught me how to walk like a lady, how to behave in public, and how to shop for a good piece of meat.  Dad was a marvelous dancer, and he taught me how to waltz.  He loved a good joke, treated everyone with dignity, and taught me to do the same.  My father modeled what a real man should be, and I am eternally grateful for his example.

Dad was an optimist.  He made meager wages as a bookkeeper/office manager at the local granite quarry.  Yet he wore a sports coat, starched shirt, shined shoes and tie to work every day.  He had pride…the good kind of pride.  Each morning, as he kissed my mother good-bye, he would put his favorite hat on his head and say with a twinkle in his blue eyes, “Well, here I go.  Another day.   Another dollar.  A million days…a million dollars.”

Sadly, Dad did not live to reach those million days.  He died very suddenly of a massive heart attack when I was just 13 years old.  My world came crashing down in a few short minutes.  Those were dark days for me and my family, but our father’s influence and example was deeply planted in our hearts and minds.  Slowly but surely, we picked ourselves up and took on the challenge of living life without him.  He molded my heart in the few short years in which he was my dad.  And, to no surprise, I married a man who is remarkably similar to him

I know not everyone was so richly blessed with such a great father.  But if you are one of those lucky ones, be sure to spend a little time with your dad…or remembering him this Father’s Day.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Authentique Paper

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Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad

Hello, Friends!  I’m super excited about my May Kit Club over on the Button Farm Club.  With Father’s Day right around the corner, we took our crafting off the page and created an amazing Authentique Mister Desk Organizer for Dad!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 01

These stacking drawers measure 16″ high (taller if you could the height of the easel topper).  Each chipboard drawer is neatly housed in the wooden frame.  Isn’t it handsome?

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 03

This easy to assemble 4” x 16” x 4 ¼” unit boasts a sturdy wood frame designed to fit with any home decor.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 04

Four 3 ½” x 4” x 3 ½” drawers constructed from heavy weight chipboard are handsomely decorated with Authentique Paper’s Mister collection.


Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 05

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 06


The The full color, step by step tutorial is loaded with clever techniques that you will be able to use in all your crafty adventures.  You will learn how to:

  • Build the drawer unit
  • Create a faux woodgrain finish
  • Use packaging to build an easel style photo display unit on the top of the drawer
  • Use product packaging to construct from scratch a 3.25” x 3.25” x 1 ½” hardcover mini album to tuck into one of the drawers

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 07

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Kit for Dad by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for The Button Farm Club Photo 08

Each pocket style page holds two 3″ photo mats for family photos.  This album is the perfect size for Dad to keep on his desk, and it’s loaded with fun, interactive features.

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: What You Get

This kit includes everything you will need beyond basic crafting supplies:

  • 8×8” Authentique Mister collection with 24 double sided papers
  • (2) 12” x 12” sheets of Authentique Cobblestone Spectrum Cardstock
  • Kaisercraft Tall Drawer Unit
  • Grey chalk paint
  • 4 antique bronze drawer pulls
  • Metal padlock (may vary from the one used in the tutorial)
  • An assortment of 7 metal gears (may vary from those seen in the tutorial photos)
  • Bulldog clip
  • 2 yards of burlap string
  • Full color/printed step by step tutorial written by me

I’m super pleased with the way this kit turned out.  The pictures really don’t do it justice.  I’ll just tell you that before I had it finished, Mr. Clement had claimed it for his office desk.  He really liked it!  Hooray!

Authentique Mister Desk Organizer Button Farm Kit for Dad: Quick Video Tour

This is a limited release kit, available through The Button Farm Club only.  You can order your kit HERE.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this dapper new kit in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!