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September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  The gnomes are headed back to school for this September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial.  September?  Yes…September!  How can that even be possible?  Time for moms and dads to break out the back packs, new sneakers, pencils and pads.  Summer really, truly is winding down once the kids start back to school!

These gnomes seem to be ready for some reading, writing and arithmetic lessons.  I had loads of fun putting this 6×6 shaker folio together for you today.

A ribbon closure of blue gingham seemed to be a prudent plan for this slightly chunky folio.  I’ll share all the details and how-tos in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

How do you feel about these bright, primary colors?  It’s just like opening that new box of Crayolas on the first day of school!

If you’ve been following along with this year-long series, then you know how quick and easy it is to make this monthly folio.  But, if you’re new, or you need to get caught up on past months, you can find them all HERE.

There’s lots of room for photos, special dates and journaling in all the little pockets and tuck spots.

Remember the first day of school?  I walked with my best friend Robin up the long, long hill to our neighborhood 2 room schoolhouse.  Filled with anticipation and ready to conquer the world, I was a bit disappointed when the first day centered around getting our desks properly adjusted to the length of our legs and coloring a big red apple.  Already reading, I went home and told my mother that I would not be going back the next day as I already knew how to color.

But I did…because you just didn’t argue with Mom.

September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this month’s folio, please enjoy this video tutorial.  I was racing a thunderstorm, so it moves along fast!  We almost always lose power in a thunderstorm, and I did not want to end up in the dark.

What’s your favorite memory from your very first day of school?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Photoplay Year with My Gnomies Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

Hello, Friends!  It’s hard to believe, I know, but it’s time to share our August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial.  This year long series has been a ray of sunshine every month of 2022, hasn’t it?  Break out your flip flops, sunglasses and tanning lotion because we are having fun in the sun in August!

The Shaker Box

Photoplay Paper Year with My Gnomies August Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This sun-drenched folio is filled with citrusy hues and summer fun.  How about the sea turtle “rainbow” at the top of this super fun shaker frame?  And what about all those juicy citrus fruits in the shaker?  See?  I told you this month’s folio was all about fun!  Here’s how I altered the Reneabouquets Beautiful Box Ornament Frame for this cover;

  • First, tap the frame with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink.
  • Now,  mist the frame lightly with water.  This will activate the Oxide Ink,
  • Next, tap the frame with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.
  • Now,  spatter Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed and Picket Fence Distress Paint over the surface of the frame.   Let the paint spatters dry.
  • Now,  back the frame with clear acetate and 3 rows of foam tape.
  • Next, die cut the circle of flip flops from the paper collection to serve as the back of the frame. Cut a slightly larger circle to make sure that the foam edges are completely covered.
  • Now, fill the shaker box with Fruit Cocktail Sprinkletz and Christmas Carnival Sparkletz. (First, remove the Christmas trees)
  • Finally, seal the back of the shaker box with the prepared die cut circle.
A Peek Inside and Video Tutorial

The 6×6 flip folio follows the same basic format as the previous 7 folios in this series.  

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

New to this series? Click  HERE to find the first 7 tutorials.)  

August Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I create this month’s folio, please enjoy this video tutorial.

There’s 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!




Road Trip Simple Folio

Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Road Trip Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Road Trip Simple Folio with APG June 2022 DOM and Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse

Hello, Friends!  Let’s go on a road trip!  Remember those?  Before gas prices spiraled out of control?  Our family used to take at least one big road trip each summer when the kids were little.  We would plan it for months in advance, poring over maps, we would look for places of interest, historical markers, and beautiful destinations.

This was before the internet, mind you.  I would often write local Chambers of Commerce (do those still exist?) and request information about an area.  Huge manila envelopes filled with colorful brochures would come in the mail as a result.  These would be spread all over the kitchen table (or the living room floor) as we carefully plotted the stops along the way.  Our trusty highlighter pen marked the routes we would follow in the road atlas or on folded maps.

The anticipation of the trip was almost as good as the road trip itself.  My mom would often sew new summer outfits for our girls, and I would carefully pack suitcases with clothes that would suffice for climate changes along the way.  We always had to plan at least one “nice” outfit for eating out.  I can vividly recall having all the piles of neatly folded clothes laid out on my bed: one pile for each of our 5 children.

Then there was the preparation of road trip snacks and picnic lunches.  Rice Krispie Treats (with peanut butter mixed in) was not only a snack, but a great road trip breakfast.  GORP (good old raisins and peanuts) was a standby, too.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?  Always!

So this simple road trip folio is a tribute to those bygone days when we carried sleeping children out to the car in the early morning dark and set out on the open road.

Amazing Paper Grace Pop-Up 3-D Vignette Road Trip

Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Car June 2022 DOM by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The inspiration for this project is found on the cover.  How cute  is the Amazing Paper Grace Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip this month?  Yes, there are a lot of little pieces.  And yes, it takes a few minutes to put it all together.  But, oh…it is soooooo doggone cute that as soon as you get one made, you want to make another.  In all the colors!  LOL

I used heavy 110# powder blue cardstock for the body of the car.  The “chrome” trim is silver metallic cardstock.  Navy blue cardstock is perfect for the dashboard.  And a scrap of black cardstock is the right choice for the tires.

Helpful Tips
  •  Make the headlights POP by adding Citron Essentials Gems to the center.
  •  Foam tabs between the layers really make the car pop off the page.
  •  Create a neutral background for your Road Trip Die.  I die cut a very small print from the Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse collection using the largest APG Picot Petite Oval die.

You can find a tutorial for assembling the car as well as other samples for using this die on Becca’s blog.

Road Trip Simple Folio: A Peek Inside

The folio base is (2) 8 1/2″ x 6″ panels of heavy white cardstock.

  • First, score a 1/2″ flap on the 6″ end of each panel.
  • Next, overlap these 1/2″ pieces and adhere to form the spine.
  • Now, cover the inside with papers from Carta Bella Summer Farmhouse Collection.

The left hand side of the folio is a mini flip book with hidden pockets, photo mats and lots of room to save memories of your road trip.

There’s a tiny pocket at the back of the folio with a journal card tucked inside.  Keep things simple so that the photos can take center stage.

The right hand side of the folio is a 5 panel waterfall folio with a magnetic closure. Each panel measures 5 1/2″ x 6″. You will cut your panels 6″ x 6″.  Then score a 1/2″ flap on the left to serve as the hinge for the waterfall.

Secure the magnetic closure behind a decorative panel at the back.

I know everyone keeps photos on their phones and computers these days.  But I have a sneaky suspicion that someday we will wish we had put more “real” photos into “real” books that we can hold in our hands and enjoy.  Making a simple folio like this one only takes an afternoon, but the memories last for many years to come.

What’s your favorite road trip memory?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio

Carta Bella God Bless America Lemonade Recipe Folio by Kathy Clement for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May Blog Hop

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a Sweet Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio as my inspiration project for the Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2022 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  Summer is peeking around the corner with all kinds of reasons to celebrate the Red, White and Blue!  And this month’s Patriotic Ribbon Club Assortment is here to help you get your craft on!  Take a peek:

Red, White and Blue always looks fabulous together.  You think maybe our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they selected these colors for our beautiful American flag?

Carta Bella God Bless America Summertime Celebration Recipe Folio

I would probably never have thought to use lemonade as a key “ingredient” for a patriotic paper collection, but I’m so glad that Carta Bella did!  When they added that pop of yellow to their God Bless America collection, it really juiced things up!  Look at all the ways I paired up the Ribbon Club Assortment with this festive paper collection:

You can dress up the cut out banner with ivory burlap string and bitty bows just for fun, too!

A Peek Inside

The lemon images made me decide to add a few of my favorite summertime lemon recipes to the folio.  First, I created a side pocket with a pull out folio situated on top.  I held this together with another piece of the Red, White and Blue Stripe Satin from the Club Assortment.

Our oldest granddaughter has developed a real passion for cooking and baking, so I thought she would have fun with these  tried and true recipes.  The little house folio holds my famous Strawberry Lemonade recipe.  And no summer is complete without a pan of Lemon Love Note bar cookies!  Yum!

This accordion style folio has room for summertime pictures, too!

We always have a big family 4th of July party, and now she’ll have a place to keep the photos!

The back side of the accordion mechanism has two more of my favorite summertime lemon recipes.

Sophie spotted the folio as soon as she stepped into my studio last week.  She was tickled pink when I told her that it was meant for her.  But I thought  you would enjoy seeing it, too.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s Question of the Month so you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE Ribbon Club Assortment!

If you’re not a member of the Ribbon Club, I highly recommend it!  It’s like getting a birthday present every single month of the year.  The assortments give you a chance to try out and use a lot of different types and styles of ribbon.  I’ve discovered so many of my personal favorites from the Ribbon Club Assortments.  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Okay, friends, enjoy the rest of the hop!  I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



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