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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!

Cheerio,

kathy

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July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Year with My Gnomies Collection

Hello, Friends!  Wowsers…it’s already time to share our July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial!  How can we be half way through 2022?  This month’s folio is all about the red, white and blue.  We’ve got cook out gnomes, stars, stripes, rosettes and all the festive elements that go along with Independence Day celebrations. If you’re new to this monthly series on the blog, you can get caught up on the previous 6 months HERE.

July Gnome of the Month: How to Make a Star Shaker Embellishment

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photoplay Year with My Gnomies

What could be more perfect than a star shaped shaker element on a 4th of July folio?  If you have a basic set of nested star dies, you can make your own by following these simple steps.

  • First, die cut the largest star from a piece of heavy weight cardstock.  (I used Navy to go with the color palette of my project.)
  • Next, select the patterned paper you wish to use as the frame of your star.
  • Now place a small piece of easy release tape (like painter’s tape) on the edge of the largest star die to secure it in place on the patterned paper.
  • Then center the next smallest star die inside the large one and secure with tape.
  • Run the die through your die cutting machine using the sandwich that your machine recommends.
  • Now you will have a large frame and a smaller star.  Adhere the small star in the center of the Navy cardstock star.  This is the backer for your shaker element.
  • Next, die cut clear cardstock (acetate) with the largest star die and adhere to the back of the frame. This is the frame or the front of your shaker element.
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/8″ foam strips on the back of the star frame.
  • Now fill the center of the shaker back with your shaker elements.
  • Finally, press the frame over the shaker back.

Here is a side view of the shaker frame.  I colored the sides of my foam tape with a red sharpie pen so that it would blend in better.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this adorable folio follows the same simple layout as the preceding months. Keeping the design the same each month saves time, which is always a good thing!

A cute tag pocket is hidden behind the front flap.  The large center pocket gives you plenty of room to add journaling cards, tags and photos.

I really like the images this month…especially the watermelon and ice cream treats!  That’s a a great way to cool off during the summer heat wave so many of us are experiencing.

July Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this July Gnome of the Month Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

I hope you have as much fun making this cute folio as I did!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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June Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

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June Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m back from a week at the beach, and ready to share this adorable June Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio with you.  I had a chance to run away for a little beach therapy last week, and it was glorious!  Our eldest daughter rented a house just one row back from the beach.  We were joined by our eldest son’s family (yes…the Littles were there…so I was a happy Nan!).

The weather could not have been more perfect: sunny skies, breezy, warm but not hot, glorious sunrises and sunsets…and we even saw a few dolphins.  Turns out being a beach bum for a week is good for the soul.  But now I’m back in the studio and ready to get my craft on.

Gnome Salute to Dad

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I really appreciate that Photoplay chose to honor Dads in their June papers.  Putting this 6×6 masculine gnome card folio together was a blast!  From Mr. Fix It on the cover, to the Cool Dad gnome mobile, these papers are cute, cute, cute!

Make Your Own Shaker Frame!

This month, we’re going to make our own shaker frame.  Don’t panic!  It’s not at all hard to do!

  • First, select a square die from your stash,  I used the Spellbinders Scalloped Circle Nestabilities #2 die for my frame.  You can use whatever square die you have in your stash.
  • Next, line the die up on a piece of heavy cardstock so that you have about a 3/8″ border on all sides.  Once the die is straight and even, use a little tape to hold it in place.
  • Now, run through your die cutting machine.  Remove the die cut from the center of the paper and save it for later use.
  • Then trim the sides of the piece that is left so that they are all even.  This is your frame.
  • Next, back it with a piece of clear cardstock (acetate sheet) and 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape.
  • Finally, fill the shaker frame with itty bitty metal tool embellishments, small gears, sequins and stars.  Voila!  Super cute, super masculine shaker frame!
A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of this adorable folio.  It looks pretty much the same as the January-May folios….but upon closer examination, you will see that I did change the design up a bit.

I figured out how to turn the calendar page into a hidden flap page.  This makes more room for photos.  And now you can see how I used the die cut scalloped square, too!

Of course we have lots of pockets, tags and mini folios tucked inside.

This folio would be a great Father’s Day gift, filled with photos and messages for Dad.  If you’d like to learn how to make it, please enjoy the video tutorial below.

June Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ll be back tomorrow with a super cute beach themed card project.  Thursday we’ll make our Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Folio, and Friday is the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!  On Saturday, our dear friends from Atlanta are coming to spend a few days.  I guess it’s a good thing I took a vacation last week!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  If you need to get caught up on the January-May Folios, you can find them HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial

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May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Folio Tutorial Tuesday Video

Hello, Friends!  Wow, can you believe it’s time for our May Gnome of the Month Shaker Card Tutorial?  Wasn’t it just St. Patrick’s Day 5 minutes ago?  Now Easter is behind us and we are getting into summertime territory!  Whoa!

I hope you all had a blessed and happy Easter Weekend.  Ours was jam packed with friends, food, and family…the best kind of celebration!  We had 15 family members here on Sunday, and the weather was glorious, so we were able to eat lunch on the deck and hang together on the screen porch until almost dark.  In fact, I had to whip up a quick batch of buttermilk biscuits to go with leftover ham and pimiento cheese for supper.  No one complained!

If you’re keeping up with this series, this is folio number 5.  But if you’re new to the blog, you can find the previous tutorials HERE.

Mom’s Favorite Gnome

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies May Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Once again, we follow the basic format for making the folio base.  The shaker element is a Reneabouquets Deco Heart Circle Frame filled with Mermaid Sparklets from Buttons Galore and More.  (Linked below)

Dress the frame up with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Powder and some colorful buttons from your stash.

A Peek Inside

You’ll find all the customary pockets, flaps and tuck-ins waiting for you inside.

It’s a very colorful folio this month!

If you’d like to follow along as I create the May Gnome of the Month folio, please enjoy this YouTube video tutorial.

OK, friends…that’s all for me today.  I need to go switch loads of laundry and put the tablecloths away until the next fun gathering.  I hope you all have a joyful and creative day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial

Photoplay April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  It’s time to share our April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday.   If you’ve been following along, then you know this is the 4th installment in our “Gnome of the Month series.  Get ready for bright spring colors, Gnomes with Bunny Ears, pretty florals and fun antics from our favorite Gnomies.

Shaking Up the Basic Design

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The basic design for the folio is the same, but we change up the embellishments and trims to keep things fresh and fun.  Here’s how to make the shaker frame:

  • First, paint a Tim Holtz Lace Frame with off white chalk paint.
  • Next, spatter the frame with Distress Paints that match the color palette.  (Dried Marigold, Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron and Picked Raspberry.)
  • Wait for the paint to dry, then cover the back side of the frame with clear cardstock (acetate sheets.)
  • Then place 3 rows of 1/4″ foam tape around the back side of the frame.
  • Now cut the sentiment from the bottom of the bunny tag and back it with foam tape.
  • Next, adhere the bunny gnome tag to the folio base.  Top with sequins, beads and Reneabouquets candy bits (all listed below) then press the frame in place.

You can watch the video below to see the process.

These folios are great to make for birthdays, too!  Or substitute your favorite papers to use with the folio base to customize your design.

A Peek Inside

Photoplay April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

The flap feature offers a perfect spot for a pocket.

Then you can make cute mini folios to tuck inside.

Use the calendar page to write in birthdays, holidays and special events.  Or, simply mount a photo over the calendar if desired.  The center pocket affords more room for photos and journaling.

April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make this April Gnome of the Month Shaker Folio, please enjoy this easy to follow YouTube tutorial.

 

If you need materials to make this month’s folio, I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

I hope I added some sunshine to your day today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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