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Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio Project Share with Mini Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Summer may be winding down, but the weather is still perfect for this Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio.  It’s been a hot and steamy season here in North Carolina, so playing with this new collection was a welcome respite. The colors and images are so relaxing and playful that it’s almost as good as a trip to the beach!

This was initially a “Just for me” project.  Y’all know how much I love the beach!  There’s nothing better than digging your toes into the warm sand as beach breezes mess up your hair while waves roll in on the shore!  But as the project came together, I decided I should share it with all of you along with a mini tutorial for creating the folio base.  This 5×7 folio is so easy to make, extremely versatile and filled with room for photos and journaling.  I think you are going to love making it!

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio: The shaker Frame

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Beachcombing has been my passion for many years now.  I always seem to have a large stash of shells and found objects to dress up beach themed projects.  As you can see here, I’ve some of those treasures to create a shoreline collage on the folio cover.  But look a little closer at the shaker element?  Do you see the itty bitty shells tucked in with the beads and sequins?  That was a fun design decision!  I even added real beach sand to the mix.

Beach Charm

There are some charming elements on the spine of this folio, too!


Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

See this cute ribbon?  One of my granddaughters recently gifted it o me.  It’s just perfect as the closure for this folio base.

A Quick Peek Inside

The fun beach theme continues inside the folio.  You’ll find pockets and mini folios here.

Photoplay really nailed the color palette in this collection!

Images and sentiments hit just the right note, too!

I’ve built some fun surprises into the design of this folio.  So I think  we’ll switch over to the video now and share all of them with you.

Photoplay Beach Vibes Folio Project Share and Folio Base Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take the complete tour of this beachy folio, please enjoy this short video.  There’s a tutorial for building the folio base at the end.

Did you enjoy this little trip to the beach?  I did!  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial

Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial Prima French Riviera Reneabouquets by the Sea Collection Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial with Prima French Riviera and Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday, and I have this lovely Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  A couple of weeks ago I shared a Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card using this lovely mermaid from the  Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection.  It was so popular, I decided to create another project around it for Throwback Thursday.  This time I dug deep into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight where I found this 2015 French Riviera collection from Prima Marketing.  Talk about a perfect color match!

Next, I went through my stack of abandoned card bases and flip folios.  Sometimes, just for fun, I create a stack of fancy fold card bases or a little flip folio base.  Then I decide to do something else.  These treasures get stored away until fresh inspiration strikes.  I found this lovely little 6×6 flip folio and decided to put it to good use.  Now the fun gets started!

Sea Beauty Step by Step

  • First, cover the folio with 6×6 panels of French Riviera wood grain cardstock.

  • Then, tear scraps of patterned paper into random shapes.
  • Next, smoosh Mermaid Lagoon and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on a non-stick craft sheet.  Spritz with a mister bottle of water until little beads form.
  • Now tap and swipe the papers through the inky puddle to create a distressed paper layer over the woodgrain layer.
  • Finally, tap the Reneabouquets tag in the tiny dots of ink to add a little extra texture to the surface.
  • Now you can adhere the torn paper to both the folio cover and the blank portions of the tag.
  • Then arrange the mermaid, tiny fish, seahorses and trinkets.  This is always the most fun part for me.
  • Finish off with some real shells, Sea Glass Beauty Beads, flowers and ribbon.

A Peek Inside

We’ll go over the construction of the folio base and page mechanisms in the video tutorial below.

If one pocket is good, then a double pocket is doubly good!  Fill the flap page with bitty Beautiful Board Tags, mini folios and journaling cards.

Don’t be fooled by the petite size of this folio! There is a ton of room for photos and journaling, thanks to all the little flips, flaps and hidden pockets.

I’ve used Reneabouquets beach goodies throughout this album.  You can find them all in the linked supply list below this post.

Don’t you just love the vintage patina and images in this collection?

This is such a fun project to make.  I hope you’ll give it a try.  Even if you don’t have this collection in your stash, you can use the design and measurements with another collection.

Sea Beauty Flip Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to get the measurements and details for making the folio, please enjoy this Throwback Thursday Tutorial.

Thanks so much for stopping by my friends!




Mermaid Garden Shaker Card Tutorial

Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection Blue Fern Seaside Cottage Shaker Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card Tutorial with Reneabouquets & Blue Fern

Hello, Friends!  I’m moving a bit slow after a very busy Memorial Day Weekend, but I wanted to pop in quickly to share this Mermaid Garden Shaker Card Tutorial with you.  We had company last week from Thursday through Monday morning.  Breakfast yesterday on the screen porch with our dear friends was beyond delightful.  Once they hit the road for home, I got the house set back in order, started the laundry and popped into the studio to put this Tuesday Tutorial together.

Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection

I probably should have just taken the rest of the day off, but I was so excited to dig into the new Reneabouquets By the Sea Collection that I forged ahead.  I’d received this lovely set in my last order from the shop, and had been itching to play with it.  This 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ top fold card is the final result.

Copper and aqua is one of my favorite color combinations, so all the elements in this collection made me super happy!  Here’s how the cover of this Mermaid’s Garden came together:

  • First, adhere a layer of Sea Shell Lace on the bottom 1/4″ of the prepared card base.
  • Then, heat emboss the square Seashell Beautiful Board Frame with WOW! Vintage Peacock Embossing Powder.
  • Next, adhere clear cardstock (acetate sheet) to the back side of the frame.
  • Now, adhere 3 rows of 1/8″ foam tape around the inside edges of the frame.
  • Fill the frame with By the Sea Beautiful Beads, Itty Bitty Starfish, and a sequin mix.
  • Then cut a 4 1/2″ square of designer paper from Blue Fern’s Seaside Cottage collection.  Add ephemera to the center of the panel and use it as the backer for the shaker frame.
  • Next, place foam tape on the back of the By the Sea Mermaid and adhere in the lower right hand corner.

Embellish the frame with the Sea Glass Glass Wing Butterfly, By the Sea Mulberry Flowers and Leaves and more Beautiful Beads.  Brush the flowers lightly with Stamperia’s Gold Dew Glamour Gel.

A Peek Inside

Do you spy these darling aqua seahorses?  They are part of the By the Sea Collection, too!

The trinkets on this bookmark are also part of the By the Sea Collection.  So perfect for summer/beach themed projects!

There’s even a sea horse hiding inside the flap page where you’ll find this gift card pocket.

Mermaid’s Garden Shaker Card Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see me work on this beachy creation, please enjoy this short video tutorial.

I think I was more tired than I realized, because at one point, I just stopped talking entirely!  So as a consolation prize, I added lots of Dale’s pretty music to entertain you.  You will probably also notice that I changed some things up after I finished the video.  I came in fresh and rested this morning, and added more Beautiful Beads to the bottom of the card, brushed the flowers with glimmer gel, and removed the trinkets from the floral cluster.  All good choices, I think!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post!  Thanks for stopping by, my friends!




Paper Rose Beach Huts Easel Card

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Paper Rose Beach Huts Easel Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Can you hear the ocean calling your name as you see this Paper Rose Beach Huts Easel Card?  I can almost feel the beachy breezes ruffling my hair and the sun kissing my skin.  Let’s get some sand between our toes this morning as we study this card made with Slate Blue Wrinkled Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

There’s not a single element on this card that doesn’t make my beach loving heart happy!  Vintage buttons?  Check!  Sea shells?  Check!  Flip flops?  Check!  Rolling waves?  Check! Sandy shoreline?  Check!  And just look at these adorable little beach huts!  Which one is your favorite?

TIP:  Add some designer style to your creation with a ribbon border.  The Patriotic Vertical Stripe Ribbon on the base of the pocket is a near-perfect color match for those cute beach houses!

Beach Walk Observations

One of my favorite pastimes at the beach is a walk along the shore.  I look for treasures in the sand, of course.  But I also love seeing the colorful beach houses that cozy up to the dunes.  Some of them have really delightful front porches and are painted in fun colors.  I added some cute details to these little beach huts, too.

TIP: Torn paper creates the feeling of rolling waves washing up on the shore.  But torn paper can also simulate the wispy clouds in the sky.  To create the white edge on designer paper, tear it toward you.  Then stack narrow strips together behind a main image to create the illusion of waves and clouds in the sky.

TIP: Add your own sandy shore with glue and embossing powder.  First, draw out a shoreline with Art Institute Dries Clear Glitter Glue (AGG).  Then, while the glue is wet, sprinkle on Seth Apter Dirty Sand Baked Textures and heat emboss.  The glue actually bubbles up a little and creates fabulous texture as the embossing enamel melts.  This is a very FUN technique!

Here’s a close up of the first little beach hut.  You can really see the texture in the faux sand.

How much do we love this rickety little wooden gate?  Fussy cut it from the paper pad, then pop it up on foam dots.  This creates depth, and you actually feel as though you could walk into the scene.

A Peek Inside

So you knew there had to be a pocket, right?  But did you know there would be TWO?  I managed to squeeze in a skinny side pocket on the top half of the card.  And I created a little tide pool with leftover bits of torn paper and a fussy cut seagull.

Create a skinny bookmark with paper scraps and fussy cut images.  Top with Natural Burlap String (braided) and a flip flop charm.  Now you won’t lose your place as you enjoy your beach book!  Or am I the only one who does that any more?  I always try to take a book or two to enjoy while I sit on the sand under the umbrella.   The bottom pocket doubles as a stopper for the easel mechanism.  So I had to create a little gift card wallet to tuck inside.

More cute beach houses!  And room to add a little note for the recipient.

Now I want to run away from home and spend a few days at the beach again!  Care to join me?

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Beachy Birthday Card

Beachy Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  We enjoyed another birthday weekend, and I thought I would pop in quickly to share the Beachy Birthday Card I made for our dear daughter.  We still have 2 August birthdays to celebrate in our family and then we get a little break in the celebrations.  Friday found me cleaning house, baking cream puffs, and getting the guest room ready for our daughter’s visit.  Lots of work, but happy work.  Nothing is better than time spent with the people you love.

In between all the cleaning, baking and prepping, I managed to squeak in time to dig through my stash of beachy papers and put this card together. I liked it so much, I thought I’d share it with you here.

I Must Go Down to the Seas Again

Since I also love the beach, the Closet of Creativity and Delight (formerly known as The Closet of Shame) holds lots of lovely beach themed papers.  The color palette of this ancient K and Company Travel Specialty paper pad made me think of Liz.  This is one of the very first 12×12 paper pads I purchased way back in 2012 or so.  Sadly, the papers are no longer available.  But I had enough left to create this fun fold card design for Liz.  Here’s how to  make the card base.

  • First, cut kraft12x12 cardstock into  6″ x 12″ and a 5 1/2″ x 10″ panels.
  • Next score each panel in half.
  • Now, with the fold on the RIGHT hand side of the smaller card, center and adhere it inside the larger card base on the right hand side.  Make sure that the fold clears the edge of the card.
  • Then cover the panels with designer paper and add your decorations.  If desired, add magnets between the front layers of the card.

This simple base is really versatile, and makes a lovely presentation.

Now print out the words to “Sea Fever” on your computer  Tear sections of the poem to fit the card panels.  Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then smoosh Abandoned Coral Distress Ink on your craft sheet, spritz with water and tap the torn panels to add another layer of distress/color.

Sand and Sea

Next, die cut the elements from Sizzix Sand and Sea from kraft paper.  Cut the sand dollar from a piece of the cream paper in the paper pad.  Now dry emboss the starfish and seahorse with to add texture.  Then heat emboss with layers of powder to create the mixed media finish.  A rusty bottle cap makes the perfect nest for tiny shells and sand.

A Peek Inside

Fussy cut shells are layered over the gorgeous sea weed paper along with more verses from the poem.

Add a little octopus (Liz loves them) twine and glitter glass on the final panel.  This card will match the banner I made for her office and give her something happy to look at when work gets stressful.

Although this paper collection is out of circulation, I hope the ideas I’ve shared will inspire you to dig into your own paper stash and make something beautiful today.

Thanks for stopping by!



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