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Graphic 45 The Beach is Calling Fun Fold Card Tutorial

Graphic 45-The Beach Is Calling-Fun Fold Card-Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 The Beach Is Calling Fun Fold Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m pulling one of my most popular card designs from the archives to make this Graphic 45 The Beach is Calling Fun Fold Card Tutorial.  When I was a designer for Graphic 45 (2016-2019) I created a fun fold card tutorial featuring By the Sea.  That video has had more than 42K views on YouTube, so I thought I would dig back into the vault and share the design again with a new beach collection.

The Beach is Calling Step Out Card
Graphic 45 -The Beach is Calling -Fun Fold Card Tutorial - Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Step-out cards have been around for a long time.  Usually they measure 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  But my preferred card size is 5″ x 7″.  So i had to pull out my pencil and paper and do some “mathing” to come up with the measurements for this 7 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ step out card base.  (The measurements can be found in the description box below the video on my YouTube channel.)

This size card gives us lots of “beach front property” to work with.  That means we can add lots of fun details to the design.

Beach Huts, Anyone?

I’m a pushover for a cute little beach hut!  So I’ve featured them on the front of this card.  The fun design I came up with allows the images to wrap around the front panel, so they function as a sort of pop-up element.  You’ll learn how I did this in the video tutorial below.

Make Your Own Embellishment

I also have a weakness for little glass bottles filled with sand.  So I transformed this die cut bottle with a layer of sand, real shells from the beach and cute little tag tied on with burlap string.  You will also learn how to do this in the video tutorial

Shell  in Your Pocket?

Pockets are my weakness.  I love adding them to almost every single thing I create.  So it should be no surprise to you that I found a few ways to add pockets to this fun fold card design.  How about some shells in a pocket?  Or a postage stamp?  But my favorite pocket is the one on the last panel of the card.

 

I’ll show you how to stack die cut elements to create a perfectly beachy pocket for this cute beach hut.  It’s so easy, but it really makes the card special.

Graphic 45 The Beach is Calling Fun Fold Card Tutorial on YouTube

Are you up for a stroll on the beach with me today?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

 

Our sweet granddaughter is celebrating her 12th birthday this week with a beach themed party.  You can probably guess why I made this card.  I’m hoping she will love it!

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Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Authentique Dame

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a summery Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Flower gardens are flourishing here in North Carolina.  They usually wane a bit in the heat of summer, but we’ve had loads of rain this year, and they are blooming their heads off!   Our “guest star” this month is an oldie but a goodie: Authentique Dame is the perfect playmate for the August papers, and I’m excited to show you how well they got along together.

If you are new to this monthly folio series, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

A Peek Inside

Can you believe how beautifully the Authentique Dame papers work with the August Flower Market designs and colors?  If you don’t have this collection in your stash,  do what I did: dig through your paper collections until you find a good partner.  Here are some tips to help you with that process:

  • First, look for papers that use a similar or complementary color palette.  When I was doing my search, I was looking for shades of pink and yellow  because those are the main colors in the August papers.
  • Next, pay attention to the hues.  For instance, choose medium shades of pink and deep shades of yellow or gold to go with the August papers.
  • Then, look for some good geometric patterns to provide a contrast from all the strong florals in the Flower Market collection.  Plaids, stripes, dots, or newsprint should work well.
  • Finally, lay the papers side by side with the G45 patterns.  If it looks good to you, it’s probably a good choice!  Go for it!
Fun with Flips, Flaps and Pockets

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The interior of this 8 1/2″ square folio is loaded with interactive features.  There’s ample room for photos, journaling, and storage, too.  If you’re looking for a unique birthday gift, how fun would it be to present a birthday month folio filled with old photos, memories and memorabilia from the birthday girl’s life?

Some of you are using this project as a way to document the events of your year.  Others are using the folios as planners.  Have you thought of a unique way to put this design to work?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to dive into this month’s folio tutorial, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.  You might want to grab a cuppa and a snack, because the tutorial is not a quickie!  There’s a lot of ground to cover in making a project of this size.

 

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

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  I’ll have our August Banner of the Month Tutorial ready for you on Thursday.

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 May Flower Market Folio Tutorial

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Graphic 45 May Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Let it Bee and Golden Grove

Hello, Friends!  Did you think that I had forgotten about this Graphic 45 May Flower Market Folio Tutorial?  No….I’m just playing catch up after a delightful Easter weekend with my family.  I hope y’all enjoyed as much fun, fellowship and food as we did!  I never get tired of time with the family!

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Lilies are one of my favorite flowers, so I was tickled to see that G45 featured them for the May pages.  If you’re new to the blog, I started sharing a monthly folio tutorial for each of the months in Graphic 45’s through the year collection.  You can find the previous tutorials HERE.

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This time, I’ve paired up these gorgeous floral papers with the Let it Bee collection, which is also from Graphic 45.  We use quite a few of the Graphic 45 dies to create accent pieces for the folio, too.

If you don’t have these papers or dies in your stash, don’t worry!  You can probably find papers that will work equally well.  That’s the fun part about this series; you get to mix and match beautiful papers and dies and ephemera from your stash.

There is no shortage of flaps and flips and pockets and mini folios in this design.  The folios are not just fun to create, but they make wonderful gifts.  Imagine receiving the May folio if  you happen to have a May birthday!

I love the way these two paper collections complement one another.  I would not have thought of pairing up red and yellow, but the color palette really speaks to the colors of the lilies, so it works!

Graphic 45 May Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to follow along and see how to put this pretty folio together?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

If you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, I’d love to have you along for the journey.  When you subscribe, you’ll be sure to get in on all the fun crafty adventures we have on my channel.

FYI: There will be no Throwback Thursday this week because of a scheduling conflict with the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog hop.  But I’ll have a special Saturday treat for you this week to make up for it!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2: Finishing the February Folio

Hello, Friends!  Just as I promised, here’s the Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2.  We introduced this new “through the year” calendar folio series on Tuesday.  If you missed that post, you can get caught up HERE.

Graphic 45 Flower Market February Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The first part of this tutorial will show you how to create the folio base.  We’ll be using this same basic design for each month in 2023, so it’s good to watch that first segment before you dig into today’s post.

Pansies are one of my favorite flowers.  Their cheery faces never fail to make me smile.  And, they are such hardy little blooms!  Here in North Carolina they can bloom from October all the way into early May.  So I’m very happy that Graphic 45 made them the featured blossom in their gorgeous Flower Market paper collection.

February’s “Guest Stars”

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In addition to the G45 February papers, I chose 2 other paper collections to serve as our “guest stars”.  Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring and Prima Darcelle work beautifully with these gorgeous botanicals.

Graphic 45 Flower Market February Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

I’m really enjoying digging into my stash to find patterns from other collections that flow well with the Flower Market collection.

The darker purple tones in Darcelle add a much needed contrast to the G45 papers.  Plus, it’s always fun to use up papers from my stash.

G45 Flower Market February Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

If you don’t have Burst of Spring or Darcelle in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight, then I’m sure you can find a suitable substitute.

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Part 2 on YouTube

Are you ready to see part 2 of this tutorial?  Then please enjoy this YouTube video.

I can hardly wait to get started on the March folio!  2023 is going to be a year filled with crafty adventures.  I’m so happy to have each one of you along for the journey!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial: First in our 2023 Calendar Folio Series

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday and time to share this Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial with you.  This is going to be our Calendar Folio series for 2023!  Each month, I’ll share a fresh tutorial using these lovely papers.  Sound like fun?

What a beautiful paper collection this is!  Because the images and patterns are quite large, I decided that instead of a little card folio, we’d make an 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ flip/flap folio this year.  The design is really fun, easy to construct, and loaded with possibilities.

If you are a gardener or a lover of botanical prints, I think you will really enjoy this series.  Today I’m going to introduce the papers and the designs, show you how to make the folio base, and start decorating the February folio.  Since I had to use the January papers to come up with the folio design, there’s not a step by step for January.  But you can use the photos for January with the measurements from February and all will be well.

A Peek Inside

These large folios are perfect for record-keeping, storing receipts, documenting monthly events and a beautiful decoration for your office or craft room.  Of course they are loaded with pockets and interactive pages, because that’s what makes them fun!

Since each month in the collection only has 2 pages (one pattern, one cut apart) I had to get innovative and bring in other papers to complete the folio design.  The January folio pairs up beautifully with Graphic 45 Cottage Life.  So if  you have that collection in your stash, this is a great way to use it!

It’s amazing how well the images and color palette of these two collections work together.

I plan to share the Graphic 45 Flower Market Folio Tutorial for March in February, the April folio in March and so on and so forth so that you will have time to create them before the new month turns over.

I also used the Graphic 45 dies to create special pockets, envelopes, file folders and butterfly embellishments within each folio.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial: February

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish February Folio Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Don’t you love that the February flowers are pansies?  This is the folio we will build together in the step by step tutorial below.

The companion papers for this folio are from Heartfelt Creations Burst of Spring paper pad.  It’s amazing how well they work with the February designs and colors.

I also pulled in some patterns from Prima Darcelle.  This folio is purple-icious!

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Sharing two folios in one month made for a very long video tutorial.  So I’ve broken it into two parts.  Part 1, which we will share today, features a walk through of the papers and the finished January folio.

Are you ready to get your craft on?  Please enjoy part 1 of this 2-part video tutorial.

I’ll be back on Thursday with the 2nd tutorial.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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