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August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Photoplay Year with My Gnomies Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

Hello, Friends!  It’s hard to believe, I know, but it’s time to share our August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial.  This year long series has been a ray of sunshine every month of 2022, hasn’t it?  Break out your flip flops, sunglasses and tanning lotion because we are having fun in the sun in August!

The Shaker Box

Photoplay Paper Year with My Gnomies August Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This sun-drenched folio is filled with citrusy hues and summer fun.  How about the sea turtle “rainbow” at the top of this super fun shaker frame?  And what about all those juicy citrus fruits in the shaker?  See?  I told you this month’s folio was all about fun!  Here’s how I altered the Reneabouquets Beautiful Box Ornament Frame for this cover;

  • First, tap the frame with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now,  mist the frame lightly with water.  This will activate the Oxide Ink,
  • Next, tap the frame with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Now,  spatter Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface of the frame.   Let the paint spatters dry.
  • Now,  back the frame with clear acetate and 3 rows of foam tape.
  • Next, die cut the circle of flip flops from the paper collection to serve as the back of the frame. Cut a slightly larger circle to make sure that the foam edges are completely covered.
  • Now, fill the shaker box with Fruit Cocktail Sprinkletz and Christmas Carnival Sparkletz. (First, remove the Christmas trees)
  • Finally, seal the back of the shaker box with the prepared die cut circle.
A Peek Inside and Video Tutorial

The 6×6 flip folio follows the same basic format as the previous 7 folios in this series.  

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

New to this series? Click  HERE to find the first 7 tutorials.)  

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this month’s folio, please enjoy this video tutorial.

There’s a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial

Photoplay April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share our April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday.   If you’ve been following along, then you know this is the 4th installment in our “Gnome of the Month series.  Get ready for bright spring colors, Gnomes with Bunny Ears, pretty florals and fun antics from our favorite Gnomies.

Shaking Up the Basic Design

April Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The basic design for the folio is the same, but we change up the embellishments and trims to keep things fresh and fun.  Here’s how to make the shaker frame:

  • First, paint a Tim Holtz Lace Frame with off white chalk paint.
  • Next, spatter the frame with Distress Paints that match the color palette.  (Dried Marigold, Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Picked Raspberry.)
  • Wait for the paint to dry, then cover the back side of the frame with clear cardstock (acetate sheets.)
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/4″ foam tape around the back side of the frame.
  • Now cut the sentiment from the bottom of the bunny tag and back it with foam tape.
  • Next, adhere the bunny gnome tag to the folio base.  Top with sequins, beads and Reneabouquets candy bits (all listed below) then press the frame in place.

You can watch the video below to see the process.

These folios are great to make for birthdays, too!  Or substitute your favorite papers to use with the folio base to customize your design.

A Peek Inside

Photoplay April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The flap feature offers a perfect spot for a pocket.

Then you can make cute mini folios to tuck inside.

Use the calendar page to write in birthdays, holidays and special events.  Or, simply mount a photo over the calendar if desired.  The center pocket affords more room for photos and journaling.

April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio, please enjoy this easy to follow YouTube tutorial.


If you need materials to make this month’s folio, I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

I hope I added some sunshine to your day today!

Thanks for stopping by!




Bunny Hop Window Shaker Card

Photoplay Hop to It Window Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

 Bunny Hop Window Shaker Card with Photoplay Hop To It!

Hello, Friends!  Let’s take a trip down memory lane today as I share this adorable Bunny Hop Window Shaker Card.  Do you remember the Bunny Hop ?  I confess, I am old enough to remember doing this dance at birthday parties when I was a *very* little girl.  The tune kept going through my mind as I was creating this card with Photoplay’s new Hop To It Spring papers. For those of you old enough to remember the craze, now it will be stuck in your head all day, too.

Photoplay Build a Window #9 Die

How did I create this 4 1/4″ x 9″ slimline card?  Well, it wasn’t as hard as you might think.  Thanks to the Photoplay Build a Window #9 Slimline dies, it actually came together pretty quickly.  This set of dies allows you to lay out a card design in any configuration you choose.  You simply layer your patterned paper over a cardstock layer, arrange the dies, then die cut.  The dies did all the heavy lifting, and I just had to add the details. How fun is that?

  • First, die cut the scalloped base using Photoplay#9 Stitched Scalloped Die.
  • Then measure the patterned paper to fit over the base.  You can use one solid piece, or cut different patterns and piece them in as I did here.
  • Next, layer your patterned paper for the frame over a plain “not too heavy” cardstock.  Arrange the window dies inside the frame and hold in place with a bit of tape.
  • Now run the die through your machine to cut the card front.
  • Then back the frame with clear acrylic cardstock add foam tape, and place your shaker mix on the scalloped card base.
  • Place Hop to It stickers and ephemera to create a scene, and you’ve got a shaker window card!
A Peek Inside

The colors and patterns in this collection are what I call “happy paper.”  I had fun dressing up the inside with pockets, tags, stickers, ephemera and a nice sentiment panel.

Create a couple of cute tags with stickers, ephemera and cardstock scraps.  I’ve been teaching myself how to  make tassels from embroidery floss, so I added one to that cute l’il tag just for fun!

I know it’s still winter, but it’s never too early to get pretty spring papers out and play.  Working with this cute collection really brightened my mood on a cold and gloomy winter day.  I hope it does the same for you, wherever you are.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

PHotoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  If you have an avid reader in your circle, then I think you will appreciate this Photoplay Notting Hill Birthday Card design.  Our sweet daughter in law celebrated her birthday this month, so I had to take a step away from all the Christmas papers for a few moments.  She is a lover of books.  The book club she started years ago is still going strong to this day.

She and our son also have 2 lovely kitties.  So, books and cats seemed to be a good design direction to pursue.  Since I had just received this Notting Hill collection from Photoplay, making her card was a cinch.  I’m happy to share some of the tips and tricks I used to create this vibrant card.

Design Tips

  • Tip #1: Balancing Act: This color palette is much more bold than my “go to” choices.  So I balanced the the brilliant blues and neon greens with a softer plaid background that almost reads like a neutral.
  • Tip #2:  Pops of Color: Choose smaller panels of the really bright patterns from the paper collection and layer them in small doses.
  • Tip #3: Think about shapes.  It’s always a good idea to add round or oval elements on a square or rectangular card.  The oval die cut in the center of the card provides a welcome relief from all the sharp corners and edges.  The same is true of the plant pots.
  • Tip #4: Elevation: Fussy cut the napping kitty from the 3×4 card.  This is not a very big image, but by backing it with foam tape, you give it more of a presence on the page.  Then surround it with the potted plants to draw the eye right to it.  By fussy cutting around the image, you also give it more of a dimensional feel.  It’s a simple trick, but it makes a big difference in the card design.

A Peek Inside

Naturally, I added a gift card pocket to the card interior.  I also repeated themes (the sleeping kitty) and patterns (the plaid background) inside to reinforce the elements used on the card cover.

This little gift card wallet is the perfect place to add my sentiment and a shopping spree at a local bookstore.

This is a great collection for anyone who keeps a journal of the books they read each year.  And if you belong to a book club, you’ll find lots of great patterns and themes that will come in handy when you make cards for your fellow bookworms.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope I’ve shared some helpful design tips with you today.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Oh, and there will be no Throwback Thursday this week.  I have family coming in for Christmas, the Littles coming over to bake cookies…and presents that need to be wrapped!  So I’ll be taking a few days off to enjoy the holidays.  I have a full line up of posts for the following week, including a really fun Throwback Thursday!

Wishing you all a blessed, merry and happy Christmas!




Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  If you bake special holiday treats, this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio Tutorial is just for you.  Every year, I have a trove of  savory and sweet goodies that I only make at Christmas.  Since I got tired of looking for them in my larger recipe card holder, I decided to make this cute 6 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″  double waterfall folio to hold them all. I just love it when cute meets practical, don’t you?

Wrapped Up in Ribbon

Really Reasonable Ribbon October 2021 Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

The base of this Merry Christmas Recipe Card Folio is made from heavy duty black cardstock.  Then I dressed it up for the holidays with ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club Assortment.  They paired perfectly with Photoplay Paper’s Mad 4 Plaid Christmas collection.

TIP: Create a fun focal image by layering Christmas Pine Cones and Branches Satin over Forest Green Satin with a Grosgrain Edge Ribbon.  Anchor the corners of the image with a bow cluster of Gold Metallic String, Rusty Jingle Bells and an itty bitty posy.  Then cover a wooden clothespin with a scrap of designer paper and a little gold metallic string bow.  Attach this on the opposite side of the image to balance things out.

TIP:  Wrap the center of the folio with Bold Check Christmas Plaid Ribbon.  Leave the tails long so you can tie a bow to serve as the closure for the folio.

Christmas Ornaments

Photoplay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas Recipe Card Folio Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement


Dress up the spine with this handsome Santa and Snowflake.  Oh, and I added some of my precious vintage buttons to the album cover, too.

A Peek Inside

Double waterfall features house the recipe card section of the folio.  The plaid clasps are magnetic to keep everything neat and tidy.

Use scraps of designer paper to create pockets for the recipe cards.  This makes it easy to pull the recipe cards out when you want to use them and protects the book from getting messy.

Leave some pages blank for photos.  You can also create little tip ins and flip down pages to make the folio more fun.

The front flap of the folio is a gatefold feature.  Once again, use ribbon as a closure.

Place photos on the side flaps and under the belly band.  The tiny envelope is a great place to tuck in a gift card or a special note.

The back side of the front flap is a little pocket/photo mat page with a decorative flap.

It’s important to include photos of you baking with your kids, friends, spouse or grandkids.  You may not think so now, but those photos will be as precious as the recipes in years to come.

Quick Video Flip Through

Here’s a quick flip through of the folio so you can see how all the moving parts work together.  I also put together a very basic video tutorial for the folio base.  It’s enough to get you started on this fun project!

Quick note:  You’ll notice that the cover of the folio is different in the video than it is in the photos.  That’s because a couple of days after I finished the video, I found the Reneabouquets Santa Sleigh Beautiful Board, and could not resist making the change to the album. 

Basic Cutting Guide

Here are the  basic measurements you need for the folio:

  • Base: (2) 4 1/2″ x 11″ panels of heavy black cardstock.  Join and score at 6 1/2″ and 7 1/2″.  Then fold and score again at 6 1/2″.  Fold and score a final time at 6 1/4″.  The little flap forms the inside pocket.
  • Liners for the covers and waterfall pages are red cardstock cut to 6 3/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 4.
  • Red cardstock liners for the pocket page and front flap are 6 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.  You will need 2.
  • Red Cardstock liners for the spine: (2) 3/4″ x 4 3/8″.
  • Double waterfall pages are 6 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.  Score 1/2″ flap on the left hand side for the left  hand page.  Score 1/2″ flaps on the right hand side for the right hand page.  You will need 6 total.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Baking with my kids, and now my granddaughters, is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  I should probably make one of these little folios for each of them so they can continue the tradition.

Thanks for stopping by!



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