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Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio

 

Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio Authentique November Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio with Authentique November Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  I just wanted to pop in with this little Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio and wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  The Authentique design team is sharing a special Thanksgiving  group post over on the Authentique blog.  I know you’ll enjoy taking a look at all the wonderful projects and thankful thoughts that are there.

Authentique asked us to share what we are thankful for. I always have to think this one through, as I have so much to be thankful for: my darling husband, our precious children, sweet grandchildren, home, food, and all the rest.  But this year I find myself very thankful for the gift of memories.  There is a quote from James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)  that says,  “God gives us memories so we might have roses in December.” This has never been more true.

Why I Love Thanksgiving

If I had to choose just one holiday celebration per year, Thanksgiving would always be my choice.  I love everything about this holiday!  What is not to love about a day specifically set aside to reflect on all the blessings in our lives?  We spend time with our family and/or friends.  The kitchen glows with warmth and delicious aromas fill the house.  And then…there is pie!  Does it really get any better than that?

Growing up in Vermont, Thanksgiving was a big deal.  We all gathered at my grandmother’s home, perched on a hillside in a small town.  The whole clan was there: great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  It was a great big noisy crowd of people who all loved one another and gathered to give thanks.

And man, those ladies could cook! The table fairly groaned under the weight of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixin’s!  Then there were the breads…yes…breads, plural!  My mom’s homemade yeast rolls, sticky buns, cranberry bread, banana bread, date nut bread and more.  All of that followed by an amazing array of pies, all baked from scratch.

The ladies would wash up the dishes…all done by hand in my grandmother’s farmhouse sink and dried with flour sack towels.  The men would break down the enormous dining room table then take a nap.  Us kids?  You would either find us out rollicking in the snow or playing dress up and dancing in Grammy’s attic.

So many of these dear loved ones are no longer with me.  But they are fully alive in my memory.  And that is what I am thankful for this year.

Back to Live Action

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, cut the cardstock in half at 5 1/2″.  You will have (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
  • Next, join the two panels together with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
  • Now score this long panel at 5 1/2″,  and 11″.
  • Fold on the 11″ score line.
  • Score again at 5 1/4″.  This third panel needs to be a little bit shorter so it will fold inside the folio.
  • Decorate the cover with patterns and images from Authentique’s November Calendar pages.
  • Paint a chipboard frame with copper crackle texture and adhere over a 3″ x 4″ image.
  • Now die cut a bunch of fall foliage and wheat sheaves. Spritz the leaves with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
  • Create loopy burlap string bows.
  • Add some Fall Chrysanthemums and rose buds.
A Peek Inside

Create a flap page on the right hand side of the folio.  Top this with a little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sentiment folio.  There is room inside for 2 more photos or journaling.  Fold the top of the right hand panel down.  You will adhere this to make a slash pocket.

There is room for a 4 3/4″ wide folio inside this pocket.  Fussy cut the turkey from a 4″ x 6″ image and layer it up on the cover.  Now you have room for 3 more photos here.

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Now I’m hanging up my scissors and putting on my apron.  It’s time to bake some pies!  I wish you all a warm, memorable and very Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Mini Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Victorian Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  If you are a fan of all things Victorian, then you are going to love this Christmas Envelope Album Tutorial.  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  Normally I would tell you to grab a cuppa and a snack while we talk all things papercrafting.  But this Victorian Christmas Album seems to call for china cups, linen napkins, silver spoon and crumpets.

As many of you know, I have been in the process of re-organizing and purging my tiny studio.  As is always the case, I found some forgotten goodies that inspired this Throwback Thursday.  Prima’s Victorian Christmas Collection was released in 2015.  I fell in love with it immediately.  All those jolly Victorian Santa Claus images,  sweet birds and vintage toys captured my imagination.   When i also found a forgotten stash of 5″ x 7″ burgundy envelopes, the concept for this envelope album was born.

Now,  I did not invent the idea of using envelopes to make a mini album.  It’s been around forever.  But I did make a few innovations to make the concept my own.  I’ve created a little video tutorial to guide you through the steps of making the album base with something wonderful from your crafty stash.

Some Helpful Tips and Tricks

This album measures about 5 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  That’s because I used envelopes for 5″ x 7″ cards.  But you can use whatever size envelopes you have in your stash as long as they are all the same width and height as one another.

Adding canvas and fabric to the cover design really strengthens and reinforces the album spine.  Ranger Industries makes a Sticky Back Canvas that is really easy to work with.   I highly recommend it.  Just measure it to size, peel off the backing and press it in place.  Easy peasy!

If you choose to use a fabric spine as I did for this album, there are a couple of things to bear in mind.

  • First, don’t use fabric that is too thick or stiff.  It will make it hard to open the cover.
  • Next, stitching around the edges will keep the fabric from fraying.  If you don’t sew, you can use a product called Fray Stop for this purpose.
  • Stitch your buttons in place before you adhere the fabric spine to the base.
  • Adhere your fabric spine with a strong adhesive like Red Line Tape or Scor-Tape.
The Picture Show

This little gold letter box is a charm that came as an add on to the collection.  Fill it with festive greenery for a fun detail.

Use foam dimensionals or waste chipboard to build up lots and lots of layers.  Look for Christmas greenery in the floral department of your craft store.  The Christmas pick this greenery came from was on clearance.  I love a good deal!

A Peek Inside

Because Victorian Christmas had a countdown cut apart page, I decided to turn my album into a December Daily.  You’ll see all the details in the video tutorial and tour below, but I thought you might like to see a few detail shots here as well.

Double waterfalls with magnetic closures offer a great way to use up scraps.

Use a circle die to create an interesting edge on your envelope pocket pages.  These also make it easier get photos and recipes in and out of the pockets.

There are so many wonderful Victorian Santa Claus images in this collection.  It just makes a fun lap book, even without photos or journaling.  But I included lots of room for both.

TIP:  Add even more of a Victorian Vibe to your envelopes by brushing the edges with gold paint.  I did not have any gold paint in the studio.  So I brushed the edges with Prima Gold Crackle paste.  It worked beautifully.

Envelope Album Tutorial

If you’d like to see how to create the envelope album base, please enjoy this tutorial and video tour with tips and tricks.

 

Do you have this collection in your stash?  Or have you ever made an envelope album?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to get into your stash and make something new from something old.  Because many of the products I use for Throwback Thursday are older or retired, I may not be able to link to them.  But I bet you have a suitable substitute in your crafty stash!  

 

 

Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card

This hop is now closed.  The randomly chosen winner is Debra Lovell from Kerry’s blog.

Heartfelt Creations Summer's Garden Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card for the Heartfelt Creations October 2020 Alumni Blog Hop

Hello,, Friends!  Let’s get this Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop started with an Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card!

The hop starts right now and runs until 11:55 PM EDT on Monday, November 2nd.  During that time you can visit all the lovely Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team blogs, leave a comment and be entered to win a $25 Heartfelt Creations gift card!  The winner will be announced on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, November 4th.  I will also post the name of the randomly chosen winner at the top of this blog post at that time.  The winner will then have 72 hours to contact [email protected] by email.  Please write “Winner of the October 2020 Alumni Blog Hop” in the subject line of your email.

Summer’s Garden to Autumn Zinnias

My mother grew a big tub filled to overflowing with vibrant zinnias every summer.  The bold colors always delighted me.  Summer gardens have now faded away, so I decided to create an Autumn Zinnia garden with the Summer’s Garden collection for the hop.  If you’ve never made a shaker card before, this is a very easy way to get started!

  • Begin by cutting a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of peach cardstock.  This panel will be the card front on a 5″ x 7″ top fold card cut from rust cardstock.
  • Next, use the largest oval die from Heartfelt Creations Eyelet Oval and Basics Large Die set to cut an oval from clear cardstock.
  • Now, die cut the largest Ornate Ovals from cream cardstock. Then center one of the Basic Ovals on the Ornate Oval and run through your die cutting machine again.  You want to have about a 1/4″ rim around the inside of the oval.
  • Next, adhere the clear cardstock oval to the back of the Ornate Oval  Die cut using Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Then back this with 3 layers of 1/8″ foam strips to form a shaker box.
  • Now place a pile of sequins, buttons and beads on the 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of  designer paper.   Carefully line up the shaker box and press to adhere.

Fall Zinnias from Summer’s Garden

Stamp the Small Garden Zinnias on Deluxe Flower Shaping Paper.  I used Distress Oxide Inks in Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey.  Then heat emboss with clear powder.  Color the flower layers by swiping them through puddles of Abandoned Coral, Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon and Warm Mustard Distress Inks.  Then gently heat dry to make the embossing powder pop through to the surface.

Die cut the zinnias with the Summer Garden Die.  Then shape the petals with the Golf Flower Shaping Tools and the Heartfelt Creations Ball Stylus.

Heartfelt Creations Summer's Garden Autumn Zinnias Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Layer the flowers together, then spray with Gold Glimmer Mist to add some shine.  Fill the centers with Go Mango Prills.  Then adhere around the card.    Add ribbon and any embellishments you fancy, and the card front is done!

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with more designer papers.  Add a pocket to hold a little note card and bookmark.

Cut a small card front from the paper collection.  Leave an extra border on the left hand side.  Score a 1/2″ flap , then tuck behind the designer paper panel to form a little flap.  Glue the sides and bottom of another card front to form a pocket.  Then tuck a little fall tea bag treat inside.  You can add a die cut tag and brad assembly to hold the flap closed.

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties the rest of the team have in store for you.  The winner of the $25 Heartfelt Creations Gift card will be randomly chosen from a mystery blog, so remember to leave a sweet comment on each blog in the hop.

♥ Kathy (You are HERE)    ♥ Vicki   ♥ Magda   ♥  Candy  ♥ Kerry   ♥  Amarilys ♥  Alissa  Lisa   ♥    SarahOksana Emily  ♥ Carole

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for hopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Other Products

Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Inks, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Gold Glimmer Mist

 

 

Autumn Splendor Shaker Card

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to Throwback Thursday!  This week I’m featuring Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Collection in a shaker card format.   If you’re not familiar with this line, you are in for a treat.  I love the shades of teal, rust and gold in this lovely botanical collection.

Naturally, I decided to turn a chipboard frame from the collection into a shaker box.  This is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • First, cut clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame. Adhere it with Dries Clear Adhesive.
  • Next, add 1/4″ foam tape around the perimeter of the frame.  I like to use at least 2 layers to make room for larger elements like buttons and pearls.  Three layers is best.
  • Finally, cut a panel of designer paper to serve as a backer for the frame.  I chose a pretty fall botanical.  Then I tucked in a die cut butterfly, added my sequins and adhered the frame over the panel.
Autumn Splendor Shaker Card Details

 

Brush gorgeous fall roses with a bit of copper metallic paint to give them an aging, faded look.  Then pile on bits and bobs from the Autumn Splendor ephemera pack to create lots of lovely layers.  Add some pretty bows, burlap string, and of course, buttons to finish off the card.

My favorite element might be this gorgeous butterfly from Reneabouquets.  I tell ya, friends, I am addicted to these winged beauties!

A Peek Inside

I’ve tucked loads of goodies inside this card folio.  The papers are so gorgeous I could not stop myself. Instead of using a pocket on top of the card, try adding a belly band.  Then you can slip a little photo mat behind it.  The back side has a blank panel for a note or photo.

The pocket has ample room for a tea wallet, honey stick, chocolate and a darling vintage silver plate demitasse spoon. ( I am also addicted to these little beauties!)

There’s room to write a wee message inside the tea wallet.  But mostly I wanted you to see a close up of this precious little spoon.  The details in these lovely old pieces thrills me.  I love the care and craftsmanship that went into the design and manufacture.  They hearken back to a gentler era, and I just love them. I keep a sharp eye out for them at yard sales, flea markets and estate sales.

If you’d like to see other projects made with this paper collection, please click HERE.   This card folio is also available for purchase in my ETSY shop.

I hope you enjoyed this warm and cozy Autumn Splendor Shaker Card.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

PS….for some reason, WordPress has stopped delivering  your comments to my email account.  I’m working on figuring out how to fix this, but for the time being, please know that I am responding to your comments in the discussion thread below each post.  Technology…..it’s great when it works, but a real pain when it does not!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday posts feature older collections and goodies from my stash.  My intent is to encourage you to dig into your crafty stash and make something beautiful with product that you already have in house. Some of these items are no longer available for purchase, so I am not able to link to them.  Thanks for understanding!

Sweater Weather Box Card

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Sweater Weather Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Prima Pumpkin and Spice Sweater Weather Box Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s a crisp, cool morning here in North Carolina….the perfect day to share this Prima Pumpkin and Spice Sweater Weather Box Card with you.   This 6″ x 7″ folio is all about texture and layers and cozy fall images. I find I am really loving the soft fall color palette in Prima’s Pumpkin and Spice collection.  Using pink and aqua in a fall collection is totally unexpected…but delightful! Come for a little stroll for me this morning as we talk about the details in this pretty folio.

Can you hear the leaves crunching under those pink wellies?  And smell the spices in the air? Autumn wreaths hang on every front door.  Squirrels chatter from the treetops as they frantically stash away acorns to get them through the cold winter months ahead.  A few brave fall blooms cling to rosebushes while vibrant leaves flutter down to the ground.  Oh, it’s a grand morning to be out for a walk!

Sweater Weather Inspiration

Naturally, the pink wellies were the inspiration for this card.  Don’t you want a pair?  I know I do!  First trim out the image from a 4″ x 6″ journal card. Then back it with foam dimensionals to make it pop off the page.

Now fussy cut the wreath from a 12×12 image page.  Use a craft knife to cut out the white center.  Then back it with clear cardstock and foam dimensionals to make a shaker element.  Fill it with Pumpkin and Spice Glitter Leaves and adhere it to the folio front.

Now comes the fun part: adding all the flowers, foliage and extra goodies.  These flowers are from Reneabouquets.  To give them the look of a fading fall bloom, brush the edges with a bit of Antique Gold Metallic Wax.  Brush this on the acorn and the star anise as well.  Sprinkle in some Prills to add extra texture.

Tuck a chipboard element up in the corner.  Then tie a loopy bow with Peach Seam Binding Ribbon.

TIP:  Add a touch of grunge to the ribbon by tapping it with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink before you tie the bow.

A Peek Inside

Add some pockets and punched borders inside the card, just for fun. This sunflower pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a dressed up teabag.

The box pocket on the bottom has loads of room for all kinds of goodies.

I felt inspired to create a little vintage style magnet for this card.  Stitch on some crochet lace and add metal corners to amp up the vintage vibe.

I always feel like fall is over too soon. Our summers here in NC are long.  Fall is greatly anticipated and welcomed with open arms.  The cool, crisp weather is such a relief after so many weeks of heat and humidity.  I try to savor fall as long as possible, and making fall cards and folios is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it.  This card makes me want to cozy up in a big ole sweater and enjoy a cup of chai.  How about you?

Here’s a link to another Prima Pumpkin and Spice Folio that you might enjoy.

I hope I shared some tips, ideas and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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