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July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies Collection

Hello, Friends!  Wowsers…it’s already time to share our July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial!  How can we be half way through 2022?  This month’s folio is all about the red, white and blue.  We’ve got cook out gnomes, stars, stripes, rosettes and all the festive elements that go along with Independence Day celebrations. If you’re new to this monthly series on the blog, you can get caught up on the previous 6 months HERE.

July Gnome of the Month: How to Make a Star Shaker Embellishment

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

What could be more perfect than a star shaped shaker element on a 4th of July folio?  If you have a basic set of nested star dies, you can make your own by following these simple steps.

  • First, die cut the largest star from a piece of heavy weight cardstock.  (I used Navy to go with the color palette of my project.)
  • Next, select the patterned paper you wish to use as the frame of your star.
  • Now place a small piece of easy release tape (like painter’s tape) on the edge of the largest star die to secure it in place on the patterned paper.
  • Then center the next smallest star die inside the large one and secure with tape.
  • Run the die through your die cutting machine using the sandwich that your machine recommends.
  • Now you will have a large frame and a smaller star.  Adhere the small star in the center of the Navy cardstock star.  This is the backer for your shaker element.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock (acetate) with the largest star die and adhere to the back of the frame. This is the frame or the front of your shaker element.
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips on the back of the star frame.
  • Now fill the center of the shaker back with your shaker elements.
  • Finally, press the frame over the shaker back.

Here is a side view of the shaker frame.  I colored the sides of my foam tape with a red sharpie pen so that it would blend in better.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this adorable folio follows the same simple layout as the preceding months. Keeping the design the same each month saves time, which is always a good thing!

A cute tag pocket is hidden behind the front flap.  The large center pocket gives you plenty of room to add journaling cards, tags and photos.

I really like the images this month…especially the watermelon and ice cream treats!  That’s a a great way to cool off during the summer heat wave so many of us are experiencing.

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this July Gnome of the Month Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

I hope you have as much fun making this cute folio as I did!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial Tuesday Video

Hello, Friends!  Wow, can you believe it’s time for our May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Tutorial?  Wasn’t it just St. Patrick’s Day 5 minutes ago?  Now Easter is behind us and we are getting into summertime territory!  Whoa!

I hope you all had a blessed and happy Easter Weekend.  Ours was jam packed with friends, food, and family…the best kind of celebration!  We had 15 family members here on Sunday, and the weather was glorious, so we were able to eat lunch on the deck and hang together on the screen porch until almost dark.  In fact, I had to whip up a quick batch of buttermilk biscuits to go with leftover ham and pimiento cheese for supper.  No one complained!

If you’re keeping up with this series, this is folio number 5.  But if you’re new to the blog, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

Mom’s Favorite Gnome

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies May Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Once again, we follow the basic format for making the folio base.  The shaker element is a Reneabouquets Deco Heart Circle Frame filled with Mermaid Sparklets from Buttons Galore and More.  (Linked below)

Dress the frame up with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and some colorful buttons from your stash.

A Peek Inside

You’ll find all the customary pockets, flaps and tuck-ins waiting for you inside.

It’s a very colorful folio this month!

If you’d like to follow along as I create the May Gnome of the Month folio, please enjoy this YouTube video tutorial.

OK, friends…that’s all for me today.  I need to go switch loads of laundry and put the tablecloths away until the next fun gathering.  I hope you all have a joyful and creative day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Painted Floral Slimline Trifold Folio Tutorial

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Prima Painted Floral Slimline Trifold Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!   I have a bee-you-tiful Prima Painted Floral Slimline Trifold Folio Tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday! It’s filled with all the things I love: beautiful papers, a fun shaker element, bees, florals, and eclectic embellishments from Reneabouquets.  What could be better?

Prima Painted Floral Slimline Trifold Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement with Reneabouquets Photo 01

How about easy?  Yes, this is such a simple folio to make!  The base is just one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.  Here’s how to put it together:

  • First, score an 11″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy cardstock on the long side at 4 1/4″, 4 1/2″, 8 3/4″ and 9″.
  • Next burnish the scored lines to form a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ slimline trifold folio with 1/4″ spines on the left and the right.
  • Now cover it with your designer papers as desired.

That’s it!  See?  I told you it was easy!

Bee-you-tiful Reneabouquets Beautiful Board

I think my favorite thing about this whimsical folio is the Bee lady from Reneabouquets.  She lends a special touch to the gold embossed shaker frame, doesn’t she?  The frame (also from Reneabouquets) is heat embossed with Rich Gold Detail Embossing Powder.  You’ll see how I put this all together in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

Vibrant colors and patterns like these are so welcome in the wake of winter.  You can watch the video tutorial to see how I turned that short flap into a flip page with a hidden pocket on the back side.

I think you are going to enjoy how quickly this folio comes together.  You can dress it up more than I did, or you can keep it fairly clean and simple.  It makes a great gift, too!  And if you want to change things up, add a tea bag and a honey stick to the pocket on the left instead of a mini folio.

Prima Painted Floral Slimline Trifold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If  you’d like to see this fun little folio come together, I hope you’ll enjoy this basic video on YouTube.  It will introduce you to Prima Painted Floral goodies.  Then, I’ll  show you how to prepare the folio base, line the pages, create the hidden pocket, and prepare the cover.  I’ve left the details of what you add to your folio up to you, but I do show you my finished project and share lots of tips and tricks.

No Throwback Thursday This Week

There will be no Throwback Thursday this week, my friends.  Instead, I will be hopping with the Spellbinders Social Media Team.  We’re sharing loads of inspiration for March Club Kit Dies. I’ve prepared a beautiful spring card with pretty papers from Stamperia,  so you’ll want to be sure to pop in and say hello.

The blog hop will also provide you with an opportunity to win a prize from Spellbinders!  Even better!

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

Now go make something beautiful!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Prima Farm Sweet Farm Card Folio Tutorial

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Prima Farm Sweet Farm Card Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday and we’re going to create something pretty with Prima’s Farm Sweet Farm Collection.  I have plans to create a Button Farm Club card kit with this collection in June, but I couldn’t wait that long to play with these lovely papers.  Make & Take Tuesday is the perfect time to introduce you to them.  So let’s go down to the farm this morning and see if the flowers are blooming.  The sun is shining brightly, and heard a rumor that Spring is coming, and the sheep are in the meadow.   Shall we?

The Shepherdess and Her Sheep

Prima Farm Sweet Farm Card Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Photo 01

What inspires a card design?  It’s always fascinating to me when a small element leads the way to a larger design.  In the case of this card, this precious little Bliss B. Darling Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets fired my imagination.  She made me think of an old fashioned shepherdess.  So I paired her up with the sheep ephemera from Farm Sweet Farm.  The heat embossed Peacock Clock tells us it’s time for Spring.  A lace border amps up the shabby chic vibe.

A Peek Inside

Add a flap page to the top of the folio for photos, notes or quotes.

TIP: Add Journal cards ( 3×4 and 4×6) as layering elements and tuck ins for quick and easy card design.

TIP: Break out your envelope punch board, and create a little sachet envelope for the box pocket.  Tuck in a tea bag and chocolate treat.  Then tie  a vintage demitasse spoon to the cover with pretty ribbon.

Prima Farm Sweet Farm Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how the cover on this pretty little card came together, I hope you’ll enjoy watching this video on YouTube.

Thank you all so much for all the sweet anniversary wishes!  We had a lovely day together!  Then our daughter spent the weekend with us, which was delightful.  She was our private chef on Saturday night, preparing us a sumptuous feast to help us celebrate 46 years as man and wife.  We are truly blessed, and truly thankful!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Remember, my June card kit will feature this lovely collection!

Now go make something beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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Make & Take Tuesday: March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share this March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial for this week’s Make & Take Tuesday episode.  This is the second tutorial in this year-long series.  You can find the January and February Gnome of the Month tutorials HERE.

How cute is this Gnome Leprechaun?  (Lepregnome?  Gnomechaun?  Hmmmm…)  Bold shades of green, orange and white make this folio stand out from the crowd.

Somewhere along the line, I nabbed this green jeweled ladybug charm.  I could not resist adding it to the charm cluster along with the flower and shamrock charms.

Paint a Tim Holtz wooden frame with ivory chalk paint.  Then back it with clear cardstock, foam strips and fill it with magically delicious shaker elements to make a festive shaker frame for the cover.  I think the top hat and shamrock button add a lovely bit of flair to the design.

A Peek Inside

The format and design of the March folio follows the pattern for January and February.  This makes it very quick and easy to put together with the March papers and stickers.

And seriously…I dare you not to smile at these winsome gnomes!

Pockets, pockets and more pockets create lots of room for mini folios and tags.

You’ll learn how to create all these fun elements in the video tutorial below.

March Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to get your Irish on, just click play.  You might want to get in the habit of keeping a notebook and pencil by your side so you can write down all the measurements as we go along.

So that’s it for this episode of Make & Take Tuesday!  I hope you are enjoying this series.  If you’re making the folios along with me, please let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear how it’s going.

And, stay tuned for more gnomes!  All this week I’m working on the 2nd quarter installment of A Year with My Gnomies Boxed Folio series for The Button Farm Club!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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