December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year with My Gnomies December Folio Tutorial-Reneabouquets-Buttons Galore-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and it’s time to share this festive Photoplay December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial with you.  Something about this folio makes me think “winter carnival” and ice skating and ribbon candy.  What a fun color palette and theme to play with!

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This is our very last Year with My Gnomies folio!  When we started this series back in January of this year,  it seemed like it would take forever to work our way through all the months.  But, lo and behold, we blinked…and here we are creating the December folio.  And you know what?  Maybe we saved the best folio for last!  Everything about this month’s folio says “Merry and Bright!”  Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

December Folio Details

First, we have to talk about this adorable shaker element on the folio cover.  I’ve used a Reneabouquets Shaker Box to create this little snow globe filled with all kinds of fun shaker elements.  Icy blue buttons and snowflakes circle the rim, and brightly colored jingle bells (they really jingle!) hang from the ribbon cluster.

And just look at our gift-bearing gnome in the bottom corner!  Don’t you just love him?  I’ve surrounded him with another homemade poinsettia, a frosted bottle brush tree, and some Christmas Baker’s Twine.

TIP: Alter a bottle brush tree with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue and Stampendous Shabby Green Embossing Enamel.  Simply brush the glue on the tree branches.  Then lay  the tree down in a funnel tray or over a piece of clean printer paper.  Sprinkle liberally with the embossing enamel, turning the tree by the base to get all the sides.  Then set it aside to dry.  DO NOT HEAT EMBOSS!

A Peek Inside

We’ve used the same basic format for each folio in this series.  So once again, our folio measures 6″ x 6″ with a 3″ flap page.

Here’s a look at the folio with the flap page open.

There’s no shortage of tags, journal cards and mini folios to tuck inside the pockets of this interactive folio.  It’ s so much fun to make and to give.  Best of all, you can use the basic folio design with any paper collection for any theme.

December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this cute folio, please enjoy this YouTube video:

Did you enjoy this year long series?  Would you like me to do more in 2023?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!




7 thoughts on “December Year with My Gnomies Folio Tutorial

  1. Joni E

    Merry and Bright for sure! As always a great tutorial and fabulous folio. I appreciate all your videos-cant wait to see what you do next!

  2. Helen

    Kathy, it has been a delight to view your year of gnomes and wonderful folios with their colour, tucked in tags and cards, and wonderful layouts. I too, am looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings from Kathy by Design! Thank you for sharing so much of your creativity.

  3. Gena Krannig

    What a joyful, festive card, Kathy! And what a riot of colors! This folio makes me think of ribbon candy too. I absolutely love the snowman shaker globe. The shaker elements are so pretty and the snowman is so cute. The little gift gnome is just precious and makes me wonder what is in the gift box?! I’ve really enjoyed all of your gnome projects this year and this one truly is special.Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  4. Rebecca Nicklin

    Hope one of the paper companies comes out with a new calendar collection for you to play with in 2023! It will be hard to top the gnomes though!

  5. soozyb2013

    Love these papers, especially the trees, they are so whimsical. Colour choices are perfect. A real treat to watch it come together. Happy Tuesday my friend, oh and if you have the time, I would love the monthly calendars again!

  6. MaryH

    Yes, Yes, Yes more gnomes! I must admit before two events gnomes I never thought about them much either. Your series is the primary event that has provided such clever interesting layouts and wonderful embellishments – this folio is a heart stopper – which brought them to my imagination. The second was a Christmas lawn decoration which “disappeared” from a neighbors yard. When we told the neighbors that we noticed they were missing, our neighbors were distraught. However on their daily walk, they suspiciously eyed a like gnome sign on another lawn. The next day, it was on another lawn again and no other one like it anywhere else in the neighborhood. This continued daily for long time, until our neighbors discovered them back in their yard. Obviously, those little fellows provided a lot of laughter, intrigue as to who they would visit next and much friendly neighborhood discussions. I do hope they reappear this year almost as much as I sincerely hope you do it again. I would dearly miss watching your gnomes coming to life and seeing more of your detailed, wonderfully expressive layouts – today’s show stopper’s beauty is to be admired and just plain fun. Each of the layers (of the cover page especially) are magical; so please join me in wishing that Kathy lets the enjoyment and her magic to continue in 2023!

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