Hello, Friends! Can it really be time to share my Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial with you? It does not seem possible! But the calendar says it is, so here we go! This month’s Calendar collection feels just like the blue skies and sunny days of summer. And, people…it’s got bees! Hooray!
Like all the previous months in this series, this desk calendar measures a tidy 6″ x 6″. But it has room inside for loads of photos, memory keeping, and list making. The easel style allows it to stand upright for display and close neatly for storage. You can pull these out year after year and add new memories and photos as the days roll by.
The inside has a blank calendar where you can write down special dates. The pocket on the bottom holds photo mats, journal cards and two little wallet sized folios. I’ve tucked a nice sized folio into the hidden pocket built into the folio base.
Authentique June Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube
This video tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of creating this lovely bit of home decor. And if you’re new to this series, click HERE to see the January-May calendars.
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Authentique April Desk Calendar: Singing in the Rain
Hello, Friends! Can it really almost be April? I’m almost late with this Authentique April Desk Calendar project, but I think you’ll still have plenty of time to get yours made before the calendar turns.
Since this calendar follows the same steps and measurements as the March Calendar, I did not create a video tutorial. Just use that design with the April Calendar Collection. Easy peasy!
Do you remember how much fun it was as a kid to walk to school under an umbrella? I can remember waking up excited if I heard raindrops outdoors because I knew all my classmates would be breaking out their umbrellas, too. We bobbed along in the rain like cheery little puddle posies while the rain tapped away at our umbrellas. Those fun memories prompted me to select this darling image and sentiment as the focal for our calendar this month.
Opening this desk calendar is always an adventure! There are so many sweet goodies tucked inside!
Here’s the hidden folio for the April Desk Calendar.
Plenty of room to add a few sweet photos to these colorful pages.
Use the back side of this darling Easter image to mat a photo. The journal card tucked in the pocket is a great place to write down memories or important dates.
And there’s lots of room for smaller photos and journaling in the wallet sized folios that tuck in to the pocket.
You can watch the March Video Tutorial HERE. Are you following along and making each monthly calendar with me? I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: January and February
Hello, Friends! I just love the month of January. The whole year stretches out before you like a blank book just waiting for you to write your story. This Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial is an idea that I think you are going to love.
You know that old song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are?” These sweet little easel style folios are designed to do just that! Each one measures 6″ x 6″ and is decorated in vintage style using the Authentique Calendar Collection. They are the perfect way to decorate a desk, entry way, or studio and they make a great birthday gift, too. I built some fun features into the design that I think you are really going to enjoy! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: Filled with Fun
Open the desk decor to find the January Calendar on the inside along with a lovely pocket of goodies. Fill the dates in on the calendar, or use it to write down birthdays, anniversaries and holidays.
Adding a pocket to an easel style card is one of my favorite design tricks. I’ve tucked 2 wallet sized photo folios inside the pocket along with a journaling card. You could also add a couple of photographs here. But there’s more to this design than what meets the eye!
Pull the tab on the right to reveal a hidden pocket built into the base of the folio. How fun is that?
This folio measures 5 1/4″ square and will hold 3 photos.
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial: February
The February Desk Decor is created using the same techniques as the ones from the January calendar.
Authentique Calendar Collection Desk Decor Tutorial on YouTube
Because I thought you would enjoy creating these lovely little desk decor calendars, I created a video tutorial. Just follow the simple step by step instructions. I will build the February folio in the video, but the measurements and steps are the same for January. Just change out the papers and images and you’ll be all set.
How do you feel about me sharing a new desk decor calendar each month in 2020? Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card with Authentique December Calendar Collection
Hello, Friends! Santa Claus is watching you! This Vintage Santa Shaker Card made with Authentique Paper’s December Calendar Collection has a great country vibe. I think it’s the red, black and cream color palette paired up with Bold Black Check Ribbon and shiny red vintage buttons that accomplishes that feat.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Basics
This is a 5″ x 7″ top fold card with a 3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ Tim Holtz Idea-Ology wooden shaker frame. Here’s how to build the simple layers in this sweet card.
First, build a 5″ x 7″ top fold card base by joining (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels of Forest Green Cardstock with Scor-Tape. Score in a 1/2″ spine at the top, and trim the bottom so that the base measures 5″ x 7″.
Next mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the plaid patterned paper on a slightly larger piece of red cardstock.
Now add a 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ strip of the holly print across the center as a belly band.
Add some black and white Christmas washi tape along the bottom edge, just for fun.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: The Shaker Frame
Paint the largest Tim Holtz Idea-ology Vignette Frame with Black Chalk Paint. When it is nearly dry, gently wipe over the surface with a damp paper towel to create a distressed finish. Then spray the frame with Heidi Swapp Tinsel Color Shine. This lends a frosty appearance to the frame. Wrap the edges of the shaker frame with 1/4″ black gingham ribbon to hide the elevation.
TIP: Watch THIS video tutorial to learn how to create the shaker frame element on this card.
Vintage Santa Shaker Card: A Peek Inside
The inside of this card is so very jolly! I covered the top half with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall. This lends a real cozy feel, and I love the color. Layer up scraps from the collection, then add a little die cut sentiment panel.
The bottom pocket contains a little chocolate treat, a honey stick and a vintage wooden candy cane ornament that I found at a local flea market. There’s plenty of room to add a little gift card or other small token inside this large pocket. The Santa in the chimney image is actually a little flap element.
Line the inside with more scrap pieces, then create a little pocket to hold this Christmas tea bag. What a fun gift!
I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You’ll also find a linked supply list below the signature.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial with Authentique December Calendar Collection
Hello, Friends! Today I have a sweet little Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial to share with you. The month of December is filled with so many wonderful photo ops: picking out the tree, Black Friday Shopping Marathons, cookie baking, decorating, pageants…the list goes on and on! It all happens so fast that it’s easy to miss those special moments, or keep up with them in a December Daily format. But this little flip folio is a quick and easy make. All you have to do is add photos, a few captions, and you’ve preserved the magic of this holiday season for years to come. the December pages from Authentique Paper’s new Calendar Collection makes it extra easy ! let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Basics
The tri-fold folio base measures 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ with 1″ spines. I used 12″ x 18″ natural cardstock for the base, then lined both sides with Authentique Spectrum cardstock in Denim and Tricycle Red cardstock. This adds a colorful base, and it also strengthens the base.
The front of the album is just one layer of the December plaid topped with a festive shaker frame. Here’s how to make the frame:
First, die cut a Calllista Rectangle Shadow Box Frame from ivory cardstock. Be sure to place the insert die in the center of the frame to cut out the shaker opening.
Next, cover the frame with Versamark Embossing Ink.
Now cover the frame with Ranger Bridal Embossing Powder. Heat emboss. This will add a lovely sparkly shimmer to the frame, but it will also strengthen those delicate edges.
Cut a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece of clear cardstock to fit the back of the frame. Adhere with Scor-Tape or Dries Clear Adhesive. Remove the liner tape from each layer, but leave it on the top layer until after you’ve added your shaker mix.
Next, adhere 3 layers of Darice Foam Strips to the back of the solid sides of the frame.
Now, cut out the image from the December Calendar pages. Adhere it to the plaid patterned paper. Then place beads, sequins and other sparkly goodies in the center of the image.
Remove the liner tape and carefully line the frame up over the image. Press in place.
Finish with flowers, ribbons and other pretty Christmas baubles.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: The Spine
Cover the back and spine of the album with the cable knit sweater pattern from Authentique Snowfall. Adhere a little Tim Holtz Christmas Ephemera label to the back of the album. This is a great spot to write down the year you made the folio and any other little details.
Use a silver lobster clasp and jump rings to create a charm cluster on the spine. This is the easiest way I’ve found to do this. I just punch a hold about 1/2″ from the top of the spine, tie a bow through the opening, and add my charms.
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: A Peek Inside
This folio is filled with fun, interactive elements. The tag pocket on the left flips open. The carolers on the right hand flip up.
The center panel is a box style pocket with a gift folio insert.
TIP: Score and fold the December calendar to create a spot to write down December events, shopping lists, or special memories. Save the off cut from the shaped pocket and use it as a turn tab on the fold.
The right hand page flips out to reveal a sweet little waterfall and another die cut frame for a special photo. Because of the box style pocket, the album stands up for display so it can be used as a home decor piece.
Fill the folio with some Christmas treats. Once they are removed, you have a great place to tuck in even more photos!
Christmas Joy Shaker Folio Tutorial: Video Tour and How to Make the Base
If you’d like to see more of the details in this folio and learn how to build the base and mechanisms, then please enjoy this little video tutorial.
I hope I’ve shared some ideas, tips and techniques that you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below. You will also find a linked supply list below the post.