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Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial by kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Throwback Thursday Photo 01

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! It’s the first Throwback Thursday of 2023, and I have a lovely little Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Yes, I am running late…still trying to get back on track after the holiday break.  But better late than never, right?

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What it is about the colder months that makes me want to create sewing themed projects?  As I was searching through the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, my eye fell on this lovely My Sweet collection from Prima.  All those button cards sealed the deal for me, and I decided to create a slimline folio tutorial for my first Throwback Thursday of 2023.  I’ll share the first half of the vieo tutorial with you today, and then the second part next week.

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

The folio base measures 4 1/4″ x 8″ x 1/2″.  Once I was finished making it, I wished I had scored a 3/4″ or even a 1″ spine to accommodate all the layers inside.  So bear that in mind when you make your base and score accordingly.  Thankfully, I added a ribbon closure that holds everything together nicely.

Sewing Ephemera Extravaganza!

Oh, but I did have fun pulling out all kinds of sewing embellishments and ephemera for this project!

A Peek Inside

One of the things I enjoyed while making this slimline folio was the opportunity to use up scraps left from previous My Sweet projects. I also found lots of ways to use up the little bits and bobs of pretty paper.  Some were turned into pockets, some into tags and some into embellishments.

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I think you will enjoy learning how to create this simple accordion fold folio base in today’s tutorial.  Once we’ve made the base, we’ll create about half of the inside pages together.  Next week, we’ll work on the inside pages and the cover.

This interactive folio does have room for quite a few photos, but it’s also lovely as a lap book.

And of course it is filled with all kinds of flips and flaps…and even some fun surprises that you’ll see next week!

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you ‘d like to follow along and learn how to create this pretty little folio base, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

Remember, you don’t have to use these papers to make your folio.  Anything you have in your stash that you love will work out just fine.

So do your “homework” and get this first part of the folio made this week.  Then we’ll finish the job next week.  Sound like a plan?

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal

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Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  I’m welcoming 2023 with this gorgeous Simple Stories Simple Vintage Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club. This is the Button Farm Club January Club Kit.

Did you all have a wonderful Christmas?  We did, but it came and went very quickly!  I had such a good time baking with my daughter and the Grandgirls, feasting at our Christmas gathering and enjoying my week off from work.  But the day after Christmas, I locked myself into the studio and went to work creating this lovely kit for the Button Farm Club. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Winter Woods Mini Album: A study in collage

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Do you love to create paper collage as much as I do?  There’s something so satisfying about layering in bits and pieces of paper, images and embellishments.  It’s like telling a story with paper, and I am a fan.  So this mini album kit offers a lot of tips and techniques to help you master the art of layering paper pretties.

We will create all the fun flips, flaps and interactive elements that we love so much, of course.  But each of the 3 divider pages in this gorgeous album base is a study in collage.  It’s not as hard as it seems, and the results are stunning.

Another focus in this kit is learning how to create your own embellishments.

Don’t you love this wintry color palette?

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up and create a great big mini album!

Winter Woods Mini Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like a closer look at the pages in this kit, please enjoy this short YouTube video tour.  You’ll also get to see all the wonderful supplies that come with it.

Did you enjoy that?  If you’d like to learn how to order this month’s Mini Album Kit, pop over to The Button Farm Club.  Laura will be glad to help you out.

In Case You Missed It

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Laura still has a few of my December Card Kits available, too.  You can find those HERE.

Life Captured Folio Kit for The Button Farm Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

And if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to document 2023, you might want to take a look at this fresh and fun Life Captured Quarterly Folio Kit.

I’m really excited about sharing lots of crafty adventures with you in this new year.  I’m still planning on more free Make & Take Tuesday video tutorials with you. And we’ll enjoy more Throwback Thursdays together, too.   Once we get past my daughter’s wedding in February I’ll be sharing more Spellbinders tips and videos with you, too.  It’s going to be a great year!

Also, I wanted to thank each one of you that took the time and love to send me a beautiful handmade Christmas card!  I was overwhelmed by your kind thoughts and wonderful creativity!  They are all proudly displayed on my dining room buffet and were a great addition to my Christmas joy.  Y’all are simply the best!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Winter Ice Skates Mixed Media Wall Hanging

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Winter Ice Skates Mixed Media Wall Hanging with Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  This Winter Ice Skates Mixed Media Wall Hanging is the companion piece to the Stamperia Sweet Winter wall hanging I shared with you earlier this month.  Both feature the Really Reasonable Ribbon December Ribbon Club Assortment,  were made at the same time and followed the same basic procedure.  What can I say?  I had so much fun making the first one, and my work space was already a mess, so I decided to make another.  When the mojo is flowing, you don’t argue.  You just flow with it!

You can check out all the how to’s and tips for making the mixed media background in my previous post.

A stitched ribbon frame really helps pull this composition together.  That pop of color helps to keep the eye focused inside the frame.  If you don’t like to stitch, you could always use Scor-Tape to hold your ribbon frame in place.

And speaking of pops of color, how about this Tropic Delicate Stitched Satin Bow?  Ooh-la-la!  It really brightens up this shabby chic piece, dontcha think?  Delicate Stitched Satin Ribbon is one of my all time favorites.  It is soft and supple so it ties gorgeous bows.  If you are struggling with bow-tying, I highly recommend it!

That’s it for me today, friends!  I’m still trying to get back on track after the Christmas festivities!  I hope each one of you had a delightful holiday with family and friends.  It’s so much fun to party, isn’t it?  But then we have to catch up on all the work we didn’t get done.  That’s not as much fun!

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

Stay warm and cozy and thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Waiting for Christmas

Waiting for Christmas: A Childhood Memory and Christmas Gift for My Friends

Hello, Friends!  Christmas week is here…and the whole world is waiting for Christmas!  It’s been such a busy year here in the studio.  We’ve had lots of crafty adventures together, told stories, and shared our thoughts with one another.  What a blessing this blog has been to me…and I hope to you as well.

We are all probably in the middle of last minute holiday preparations…wrapping presents, baking cookies, putting the finishing touches on all the things that make Christmas such a special time. We are busy, and perhaps even frazzled.  So I thought I would invite you to slow down for a moment and breathe.  So go grab a cuppa and a snack as I share one of my very favorite Christmas memories of waiting for Christmas with you.

Winter on the Hill

You’ve heard me talk many times about growing up “on the hill” in rural Vermont during the 50’s and 60’s.  The picture attached to this post is the house I grew up in. I can  remember trudging up that hill, the snow squeaking beneath my boots.  Although wrapped up in layers of warm clothes, the icy cold still managed to sneak in and chill the bones.  Eyes watered in the frigid air, and clouds of vapor appeared with every breath I took as I carried school books and lunch box up the hill.

About half way up, the yeasty aroma of Mom’s homemade bread or hamburger soup would tickle my nostrils.  This always made me walk a little bit faster, knowing that warmth and good food were waiting for me at the top. Stamp the snow off your feet before you open the door, please. Take off your boots and put them on the  mat so they don’t make salty puddles on Mom’s freshly mopped floor.  Hang up your coat, hat, mittens and scarf so they’ll be dry the next time you have to go out.  And now you can grab a thick slice of that heavenly bread, slather it with margarine (no butter in our house) brew a cup of tea and take the chill off.

Giddy Anticipation

Most of the families who lived in and around our tiny town worked in the granite industry. The quarries operated year-round, regardless of the weather. I can still picture the men walking down the hill with their hard hats and lunch boxes in tow.  Some worked in “the hole”, some ran the huge derricks that lifted the massive blocks of granite out of the quarry. The “sheds” used diamond tipped blades to cut the stone into huge slabs. There were other sheds where the slabs were fashioned into beautiful headstones and monuments.  A few men….like my dad…worked in the office.

Christmas Day was a paid holiday, and the men got a half day off for Christmas Eve.  This is when the company handed out a cash Christmas bonus along with a turkey for the family to enjoy.  When the noon whistle blew, we knew my dad would leave work, get in the car and drive to town to do his Christmas shopping.

We were fairly giddy with excitement and anticipation at this point, We must have driven my mom to distraction with all our attempts to snitch a bit of her cookie dough or shake the presents under the tree.

It was a small house, and we were a big family.  There was no heat in the upstairs rooms except for the warmth that managed to drift up there through the grates that were installed in the ceiling. So we basically lived in the kitchen and the living room during those cold winter months.  Inevitably, our antics drove mom to pronounce, “That’s it!  Bundle up and go play outside!”

Waiting for Christmas…a Green Christmas

This was usually a punishment that we could live with.  But the Christmas of 1969 was a rare “green” Christmas.  We had no snow.  Which meant no sledding, no snow forts, no snowball fights, no making a snowman.  Although the trees were bare and the air was cold, there was no blanket of snow to cover the green grass.  It just didn’t seem like Christmas.

It begins to get dark around 3:30 in the afternoon in December, and that’s when the street lights would come on.  We had one half way up the hill, and another at the top near our house. When they flickered on, we trudged into the house, somewhat more subdued after romping around in the yard.

Inside the warm house, we watched out the window for the flicker of the headlights on Dad’s car.  If he didn’t get home from his shopping soon, we would burst with the agony of anticipation!  Finally, we saw him come round the curve and we squealed with excitement!  Dad was bringing Christmas home in the trunk of that car.

“Go upstairs and get dressed for church while I help your father carry things in, ” was Mom’s next directive.  And we scurried up the stairs, our ears attentive to the rustling sound of packages being carried in.

Candlelight Service

Every Christmas Eve we attended services at the Presbyterian church “down in Lower Graniteville.” The simple white structure was about a mile from our house.  Every Christmas Eve they held a candlelight service.  The ladies of the church decked it out in Christmas greenery, and it smelled like the piney woods.

As we walked from the parking lot to the front door of the church, it didn’t seem like Christmas Eve.  No snow.  Green grass. Bare sidewalks. We were handed  a small white candle poked through a paper circle to catch the drip of candle wax along with the bulletin as we entered the nave.

We sang the beautiful Christmas hymns, endured the pastor’s mercifully short re-telling of the Christmas story from the book of Luke,  And then the magical moment arrived at the end of the service.  The ushers turned out the lights and lit one candle at the end of each front pew.  Then we passed the light from candle to candle until the whole sanctuary glowed with the golden light while we sang “Silent Night, Holy Night…all is calm, all is bright.”  Jesus, the Light of the World, filled my heart with joy and my eyes with tears.  It was a holy, hushed moment I will treasure all my life.

Then down into the church basement to watch “The Night Before Christmas” movie, eat a sugar cookie and take home a popcorn ball that the church ladies lovingly made for each child in the congregation.

Let it Snow…and snow and snow and snow!

The ushers opened the front doors of the church, and to our amazement…the grass was covered in white!  Snow was swirling everywhere, coming down hard and fast.  We drove back up the hill, and my father said, “I think we are in for an old fashioned blizzard.”

And he was right.  It snowed while we opened our presents and continued to snow all that night. When we woke up to open our stockings on Christmas Day, it was still snowing. And it snowed all day long and into the night. By the next morning, there was so much snow that no one could get up the hill.  Even the snowplows were silent.  It snowed and snowed and snowed and snowed, and by the time the storm passed over, we had more than 3 feet of snow on the ground!

Even the quarry was shut down!  So Dad did not have to go back into work the day after Christmas!  We played games and munched on the treats from our stockings and enjoyed being snowed in.  This was a magical Christmas that I will never forget.

It was also the very last Christmas that Dad was with us.  In the spring of 1970, he suffered a fatal heart attack.  So that snowy extended holiday with him was a gift from Heaven.  We didn’t know it at the time, of course, but looking back, I think maybe God sent that big storm to snow us in and give us extra time together as a family so we would have the warmth and joy of that last Christmas to carry in our hearts forever.

As you are waiting for Christmas, you might enjoy seeing some of my past winter projects to get you in the proper frame of mind.

Your cuppa is probably needing a refill by now, so I will close.  I wish every one of you a memorable, joyful, light-filled, love-filled, hope-filled Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

 

 

Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this final Throwback Thursday of 2022,  I have this adorable Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  The tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Stacked Spine Mini Album base and some special interactive mechanisms that go with it.  It’s my Christmas present to each one of you that has followed my blog and left so many lovely comments this year.  Truly, you are the best of the best, and I am thankful for each one of you! Now let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Sweet Shop Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album

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I wish you could see this album in real life.  It is just so stinkin’ cute!  The camera does not do a good job of picking up the sparkle in the shaker box or on the embossed snowflake frame.  So you will have to use your imagination there.  If you happen to have Echo Park Gingerbread Christmas in your stash, it is the perfect playmate for Reneabouquets new Sweet Shop Christmas collection.  I’ll share a peek at the goodies in the video tutorial below.

These beautiful flowers are part of the collection.  I’ve paired them up with Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon to really amp up the gingerbread vibe of this sweet little mini.

These Sweetshop Gingerbread embellishments are just so darling.  I’ve used them throughout the album.  Because they come in multiple sizes, you can easily add them to card fronts or inside a mini.  The detail is amazing!

The Christmas Dangle Spine

We do so love a good dangle charm element, don’t we?  Here’s a close up look at the one I created for this album.  Not only do I collect charms, my husband gives them to me on special occasions, our daughter is always on the lookout for them, and even my sweet friends and followers send them to me.  That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to list where I found a particular charm.

A Peek Inside

This petite mini album will hold 3×5 cards for recipes, 4×4 or 4×5 photos or small bits of ephemera. The base is made with 110# Michael’s Recollections  8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft cardstock.  It’s my favorite kraft cardstock for paper engineering as it is super thick and strong…just a step below chipboard, really.

Interactive elements and mechanisms are what make a mini album so much fun.  So I’ll show you how to create this fun flip/flap folio page in the video tutorial.

Every mini album needs a waterfall mechanism.  This one is made with 4×4 elements.  I’ve weighted it down with another Sweet Shop Gingerbread man.  And, there’s a surprise element that you’ll see in the video tour!

You need room for journaling as well as room for photos in a good mini album, and these cute pull out pages do the trick.

How about hidden pockets?  Yep….gotta have them!  And tip in pages with a cute tab element are loads of fun, too.  Especially when they are adorned with a Sweet Shop Candy Cane!

TIP: Create more “real estate” for photos with the help of flip up pages and flap pages!

Look at all the room behind this flap page!

Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tour and Tutorial on YouTube

You will notice in this video tutorial that I welcome you to Make & Take Tuesday.  Well, that’s because I forgot about the RRR Blog Hop that took place on Tuesday.  So I just moved this over into the Thursday slot.  Really, it works perfectly, because Gingerbread Christmas is an older collection from Echo Park.

So grab a cuppa and a gingerbread cookie and join me as we make this fun mini album base.

As I stated earlier, this is my last video for 2022.  I have a new grandson to cuddle, cookies to bake with The Littles, the house to decorate, our daughter’s February wedding to plan, and  some Button Farm Club Kits to finish up before the end of the year.  So I’m not really taking a break…I’m just taking care of business!

I have a few posts pre-scheduled, and if I have time, I might do a “favorites of 2022” post for you to enjoy while I’m taking care of stuff.  I’m also planning a fun 10 year Blog Anniversary celebration in January (there will be giveaways!) so look for that.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a peaceful, joyous, meaningful Christmas.  May the Light of the World, Jesus, fill your hearts and homes with love, harmony and celebration.  I send every one of you a hug!

Stay warm and cozy!

Cheerio,

kathy

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