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Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial-Authentique Stitches-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Make and Take Tuesday, I have our Graphic 45 Flower Market September Folio Tutorial ready to share with you.  This is the 9th folio in  this year-long series!  Can you even believe it? If you are new to the blog, you can catch up on the previous 8 months of folio tutorials HERE.

Asters are the featured flower for our September folio, and they are so pretty paired up with Cloudy Sky and Dune cardstock!  Once again, our folio measures 8 1/2″ square with 3/8″ spines, internal flaps, pockets and flip pages.

Authentique Stitches Guest Star of the Month

Our “guest star” for the month of September is the Stitches collection from Authentique.  The pinks and blue hues are the perfect complement to the G45 papers. While the basic folio design is the same as in previous months, I did alter the design of the top flap page just a little.  You know me…I get bored if I do the same thing all the time!

In addition to the G45 dies that we’ve been using every month, I invited my Annette Green Everyday Elements dies to the party.  I’ll list the borders, flourishes, postage stamp and doily dies in the supply list below.

Of course, if you don’t have Stitches or the dies in your stash, please feel free to substitute goodies from your stash.  It always feels good to use a product that’s been languishing in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, don’t you agree?

Pockets and Mini Folios

Don’t  you love the way the Authentique papers blend with the Flower Market florals?

Flowers and sewing are two of my favorite crafting themes, so I really enjoyed putting this month’s folio together for you.  I hope you’ll have as much fun with it as I did.

Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this pretty September folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.


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

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial with Authentique Dame

Hello, Friends!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I have a summery Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Flower gardens are flourishing here in North Carolina.  They usually wane a bit in the heat of summer, but we’ve had loads of rain this year, and they are blooming their heads off!   Our “guest star” this month is an oldie but a goodie: Authentique Dame is the perfect playmate for the August papers, and I’m excited to show you how well they got along together.

If you are new to this monthly folio series, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

A Peek Inside

Can you believe how beautifully the Authentique Dame papers work with the August Flower Market designs and colors?  If you don’t have this collection in your stash,  do what I did: dig through your paper collections until you find a good partner.  Here are some tips to help you with that process:

  • First, look for papers that use a similar or complementary color palette.  When I was doing my search, I was looking for shades of pink and yellow  because those are the main colors in the August papers.
  • Next, pay attention to the hues.  For instance, choose medium shades of pink and deep shades of yellow or gold to go with the August papers.
  • Then, look for some good geometric patterns to provide a contrast from all the strong florals in the Flower Market collection.  Plaids, stripes, dots, or newsprint should work well.
  • Finally, lay the papers side by side with the G45 patterns.  If it looks good to you, it’s probably a good choice!  Go for it!
Fun with Flips, Flaps and Pockets

Graphic 45-Flower Market-Folio Tutorial-Authentique-Dame-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design-Photo

The interior of this 8 1/2″ square folio is loaded with interactive features.  There’s ample room for photos, journaling, and storage, too.  If you’re looking for a unique birthday gift, how fun would it be to present a birthday month folio filled with old photos, memories and memorabilia from the birthday girl’s life?

Some of you are using this project as a way to document the events of your year.  Others are using the folios as planners.  Have you thought of a unique way to put this design to work?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Graphic 45 August Flower Market Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to dive into this month’s folio tutorial, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.  You might want to grab a cuppa and a snack, because the tutorial is not a quickie!  There’s a lot of ground to cover in making a project of this size.


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

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!  I’ll have our August Banner of the Month Tutorial ready for you on Thursday.




Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial

Authentique Voyage Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Reneabouquets Starfish Photo 01

Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial with Authentique Voyage & Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and this week I have a really fun Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial to share with you.  If you can keep a secret, I’ll let you in on one:  this is Dale’s birthday card!  His birthday falls right after the 4th of July, so I thought it would be fun to create a red, white and blue card for him.  But, he also loves the beach.  So that would be a good option, too.  The perfect solution was found in this 2019 Authentique Voyage collection.

Once again, I limited myself to using only scraps to make this card.  That is always a fun challenge for me, and y’all seem to enjoy it, too.  Even the 6×6 card base is made with a 6×12 piece of kraft cardstock that I found mixed in with the papers.

Spicing Things Up with Mixed Media Techniques

Since my husband comes from the “less is more” school of design, I wanted to keep things more on the simple side.  But simple does not have to mean the same thing as boring.  I did two things to spice up this very basic card:

  • First, go for a fancier fold on your easel card.  Instead of scoring the front panel in half horizontally, I scored it in half diagonally.  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.
  • Next, add a little texture and visual interest with embossing powders.  I’m of the opinion that embossing powders are one of the cheapest, quickest and easiest ways to add a little spice to a card design.  I’ll share tips with you in the video tutorial.
  • Then, think about repeated shapes.  The sailboat images has triangular sails.  The twisted easel card design is triangular, too.
Line it Up!

Notice that the stopper or brake for this easel card follows the same line and angle as the easel front.  This lends a cohesive feel to the card design.  Then, see how I created a reverse triangle with the addition of the blue tag and button feature.

Add a few real shells and natural elements to your heat embossed Reneabouquets Starfish Beautiful Board to make the card come alive.  All these simple elements come together to create an interesting card that is not too busy.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the card interior.   Hopefully, Dale will approve.

Masculine Twisted Easel Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this card, I hope you’ll enjoy this little Throwback Thursday tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

If you’d like to see more examples of masculine cards, you can find them in the archives HERE.

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

Now I need to get busy in the kitchen and make Dale’s birthday cake.  It’s to be a New York Cheesecake this year.  Wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!




Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial

Authentique Cottontail Easter Z-Fold Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Last week, I shared a fun Z-Fold Folio Tutorial using Photoplay Great Outdoors papers.  It was such a great project that I decided I needed to make another one.  But this time, I used beautiful papers from Authentique’s retired Cottontail line.  I changed up the design a little bit, too!  So I like this version of that fun folio base even better than the last one!

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 03

While the basic design and flow of the folio is the same, I did enlarge the individual panels just a little bit to make it easier to add photos.  And since this is an Easter themed folio, I was able to dress it up with all kinds of pretty flowers, ribbon, butterflies and Beautiful Board from Reneabouquets.  You’ll find all these goodies linked in the supply list below this post.

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Look at this darling bunny peeking at you from the shaker frame!  A quick shout out to my crafty follower, Lynn, who sent me a lovely package of die cut frames a while back.  This pretty pink frame worked perfectly for this project.  Thank you, Lynn!  You can learn how I  made the shaker element in the video tutorial.

So many cute bunnies!  How can one possibly pick a favorite?

More Room for Photos

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Easter Folio Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Photo 06

This folio is really loaded with room for photos and journaling!  The pocket page holds a mini accordion folio.  Sweet images on the front make room for wallet sized photos on the back.  The next page features a little flap element with room for 2 nice sized photos behind it.

And did I forget to mention that the front flap pulls out to reveal hidden photo mats behind it?  How fun is that?

Then there’s this neat tip in page and lateral waterfall page.  The little bunny icons work so well as turn tabs!

Authentique Cottontail Z-Fold Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me on YouTube, I’ll share the measurements and details for making this sweet little folio.  You can see how quickly this folio comes together.

I hope you enjoyed the dressed up version of this sweet folio.  Look for a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio

Authentique Dublin St. Patrick's Day Shaker Frame Folio by Kathy Clement Reneabouqets Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio Tour with Tips, Tricks & Measurements

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m excited to share this Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio with you.  While this is not a full tutorial, I do have lots of tips, techniques and measurements for you.  This is a Button Farm Club work week for me, as well as our 46th wedding anniversary.  I told my sweet husband I would take the day off, so I didn’t have the time to do a step by step video for you this time.

This sweet little folio measures 5 3/4″ x 7″ x 1/2″.  Here’s how to  make the folio base:

  • Cut (2) 11″ x 7″ panels of heavy white cardstock.  Line up the 7″ sides and overlap about 1/4″.  Secure with adhesive of your choice.
  • Now, score the long side at 5 3/4″, 6 1/4″, and fold.  Score again at 5 3/4″  and 8 3/4″.  Measure 1 3/4″  from the final score line and trim.
  • Next, fold the scored lines to form a folio with the spine on the left and a pocket/flap page.
  • Cut (4) 5 5/8″ x 6 7/8″ green cardstock liners for the cover, inside cover, and center panel.
  • Then cut (4) 5 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ patterned paper pieces to go over the green.
  • Now cut a 2 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of green cardstock for the flap page.
  • Next, cut a 2 5/8″ x 6 3/4″ panel of patterned paper to go over the green mat.
  • Then cut a 2″ x 6 7/8″ panel of green cardstock and a 1 1/2″ x 6 7/8″ panel to line the pocket flap.
  • Finally, line the pocket and pocket flap with 1 3/4″ x 6 5/8″ and 1 3/8″ x 6 5/8″ panels of patterned cardstock.
Reneabouquets Shaker Box and Doily Details

Cut the Medium April in Paris beautiful board in half horizontally.  Heat emboss with shabby white embossing powder. Layer one half at the top and one half at the bottom of the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ panel in the center of the cover.  Then back the Reneabouquets Tree of Life ATC Tag with clear cardstock and 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips.  Cut a 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″ panel of tartan plaid paper to cover the back of the tag.  Place Buttons Galore and More Leprechaun’s Luck sequins,  gold beads and buttons over the paper, then press the frame in place.

Decorate the Spine

Look through your stash for some pretty charms and dangle from jump rings.  This angle shot really shows off all the wonderful layers and dimension of the cover.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio has 3 sections: a pull out folio with a pocket page beneath it, a center pocket page, and a flap/pocket page with a small pull out folio.

Here are the measurements for the pull out folio:

  • First, cut (2) 12″ x 6 3/4″  panels of the shamrock print paper.  Join the ends together with adhesive, then score a 1″ flap.
  • Now continue scoring all the way down the length of the panel every 5 1/2″.  Trim away any excess length.
  • Then accordion fold and adhere to the base page.
  • Cut 4 5/8″ x 5 3/4″ mats from cream paper, 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ mats of green paper and 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ panels of patterned paper to dress up the pull out pages.  Decorate every other page or so with a 3″ x 4″ image that’s matted on slightly larger cream cardstock.

Cut a full strip of the 3″ x 4″ and score between them to make a little pull out folio for the flap page.

Cut a 6 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ panel of patterned paper.  Score 1/2″ on all 4 sides.  Trim out the bottom corners to form a pocket.  The fold the 1/2″ flap on the top down to make a cuffed pocket.

Fill the pocket with photo mats and a mini folio. After I took this photo, I also hand wrote my Irish Soda Bread recipe on a cute recipe card and tucked it in as a perfect finishing touch.

Authentique Dublin Shaker Frame Folio Tour on YouTube

If you’d like to see this folio in action, please enjoy this video tour with tips, techniques and measurements.

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

If you’d like to purchase this folio, you can find it in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for stopping by!




***Please note: Throwback Thursdays are designed to inspire you to use older collections and supplies from your stash.  For this reason, some items that I’ve used in my project are no longer available to purchase.  I’ll link whenever they are, of course.  If an item is not linked, it is because I could not find it in any of my usual sources.  Thanks for your understanding!