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Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook Folio

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Collection Little Birdie Craft Dies Masculine Valentine Notebook Gift by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends! How about we make a Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook with some of my new Little Birdie Crafts goodies today?  It’s a little bit vintage, a little bit steampunk, and a quick and easy project for your favorite fella.  I’m thrilled to be a Little Birdie Crafts Guest Designer again this term. This is my first project, and I hope you will have fun making it, too!

I don’t want to rush the season, but we will blink twice and Valentine’s Day will be upon us.  We all love frilly, frou-frou, pink Valentines.  But most guys don’t!  So this is the design I came up with for my sweet husband.  (Did you know he composes, arranges and performs all the music on my YouTube channel?)  He’s such a great guy, and I just really wanted to bless him with something special on Valentine’s Day.  Dale loves to write things down in notebooks, so I designed this 5 1/2″ x 8″ folio especially for him.  Since he’s a generous soul, I don’t think he will mind if I share it here with you.

Getting Started

  • Begin by cutting 4 sheets of 12×12 Classic Gentleman papers to measure 12″ x 8″.
  • Score the text collage sheet at  5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″.  Then fold along the scored lines to form  a 5 1/2″ x 8″ notebook or folio.
  • Next, cut the dapper gents patterned paper to 5 1/2″ x 8″  Ink all the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.
  • Now use the Little Birdie Filmstrip Die to cut a frame from your scraps.  Adhere as seen in the photo.
  • Then, fussy cut the walking stick silhouette man, top hat, and playing cards from the cut apart page of the paper collection. Then use the Cogs and Wheels die to cut a bunch of gears from your scraps.
Little Details

  • Next, trim the 4″ x 6″ Clock and Gears Journal Card to measure 4″ square.  TIP:  if you just cut the bottom off the card, then glue the 4″ x 2″ scrap back behind the 4″ square, you can keep the framed edge all the way around the card.
  • Then trim the clocks from the second 4″ x 6″ card.  Place foam adhesive or other dimensionals on the back and adhere over the clocks on the 4×4 card.
  • Cut the Primed Chipboard Vintage Keys apart and ink them with Ground Espresso. Then apply Little Birdie Metallic Wax in Gold, Silver and Green to create a worn, vintage finish.
  • Adhere the 4″ x 4″ clock panel to the notebook base.  Then embellish with the keys, fussy cuts and die cut pieces using the photos as a guide.
The Spine

Since most men are not crazy about ribbons and bows, you need to find a good alternative for adding texture.  Little Birdie Flat Braided Twine looks (to me) like a watch fob, which makes it perfect for this project!  Simply punch holes at the top and bottom of the spine, then run the braided twine through and tie in a knot or shoestring bow.

A Peek Inside

Create a box pocket on the left hand side of the notebook.  I tucked in one of my hubby’s favorite chocolate bars and a nice gel pen.  The inside panel is lined with a 5 3/8″ x 8″ panel of the designer paper.

On the right, I decided to make a flip page.  Here’s how to do that:

  • First, cut an 11 1/2″ x 8″ panel from a 12×12 sheet of Classic Gentleman.
  • Now score it at 5 1/2″ and 6″.  Fold along the scored lines so that the patterned paper is on the inside and the blank white side is on top.  You will have a 1/2″ spine on the right of this flap.
  • Cover the blank flap page with a 5 3/8″ x 8″ panel of designer paper.  Decorate with a 4×6 journal card and the Die Cut Time Pieces.

Now you have the perfect spot to adhere a junior legal pad in the center of the notebook.  The flap cover will protect the pages from getting all wrinkled.  It also provides a great spot for a slash pocket to hold receipts and other “stuff.”

Classic Gentleman Valentine Notebook Tour on YouTube

To help you get a feel for the function and flow of this little project, I’ve prepared a short video walk through with tips and tricks.

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

Also, I have a little unboxing video and giveaway of the Little Birdie Dies used in this project HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card Little Birdie Shabby Chic Paper Collection Rosalind Pearl Pink Roses by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  If you haven’t started making your Valentines yet, I think you’ll enjoy today’s  Spellbinders Expressions of Love Slimline Shaker Card.  Simple to make, shabby chic, and shimmering with metallic foil accents, it comes together in no time flat!

Don’t you just love these intricate Forever Love Heart Dies?  Their lacy elegance is perfectly paired with Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic paper collection. Pink Metallic Cardstock really makes them and the “Love” sentiment die cut pop off the page.

Building the Card Base

  • First, score an 8 1/2″ x 7″ panel of white cardstock in half to form an 8 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ top-fold slimline card base.
  • Next, machine stitch an 8 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panel of Little Birdie Shabby Chic designer paper on a slightly larger panel of pink cardstock.
  • Now, cut a 7 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ panel of designer paper.  Then arrange the Forever Love Heart Die inserts on the panel and die cut according to your machine’s instructions.
  • Then, die cut the hearts a second time.  This time use pink metallic paper and the outside heart frame when you die cut.
  • Now you will carefully adhere the foil hearts over the inset die cut hearts.  Overlap the layers just the tiniest bit to create a shadow effect.
Shake and Bake!

  • Next,  adhere clear cardstock (acetate) on the back side of the panel.  Add foam tape to  tje back to create a shaker box.
  • Then, place your shaker mix on the card base and carefully position the top layer over it.  Press gently to seal all the edges.
  • Now place foam adhesive on the back of a Shabby Chic Die Cut image and adhere between the 2 hearts.  Tuck some little posies (linked below) around the die cut to anchor it to the page.
Finishing Touches

  • Now die cut the “love” sentiment from a scrap of the designer paper and a scrap of the pink metallic paper.
  • Adhere them together so they are slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
  • Next layer the sentiment on another die cut image from the Shabby Chic Collection.
  • Finish the corners with ribbon, string bows, roses, stick pins, pink heart buttons, and a resin rose.
A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with more Shabby Chic designer papers , fussy cut elements and a side pocket.

Fill the pocket with a pretty tea bag and a 3×4 sentiment card from the paper collection.

You can find out about this lovely new Spellbinder release HERE.   Look for a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a darling Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio tutorial to share with you.  Our granddaughters love fairy gardens, and fairy tales and anything to do with fairies in general.  So I’ve upcycled some corrugate packing material with my Little Birdie Crafts goodies.  I had to pull my Mixed Media Boots out of the Closet of Shame for this project, which is always fun.

Meet Belinda.  She lives in a shady forest glen surrounded by mossy rocks, blooming flowers and sweet little birds.  Learn how to add all these layers and textures in the video tutorial.  If fairies are not your thing, you could easily follow these steps to create a purely botanical tag folio. (in fact, I might just do that!)

TIP: Create a “cloud” for your fairy house with a layer of cheesecloth in the background.  This adds dimension, texture and visual interest to the tag background.

TIP:  Add natural elements like Spanish Moss and real feathers to your project.  This adds lots of lovely texture and dimension.

Two Sides to Every Story

The back side of this Fairy Sparkle mixed media tag is a sweet little accordion style folio.  This would be the perfect spot to save photos from a sleepover, tea party or birthday party.

TIP: Heat emboss a Little Birdie Chipboard Floral Wreath and use it to add details to the folio cover. A few Elira flowers add extra color and texture to the wreath design.

Add pockets and mini folios inside.

And of course I have some fun interactive features like this flap page.

Lift it to reveal this sweet little fairy in a jar.  You’ll learn how to turn this fussy cut image into a tuck spot in the video tutorial.

It is no secret that I love a good pocket…especially a hidden pocket with a pull out page.

So I show you how to create this element along with a clever little tuck spot for these sweet images in the tutorial.

Fairy Sparkle Mixed Media Tag Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to create this cute project you can follow along in this video tutorial.  You can easily translate the steps and techniques for use with any other themed project.  Just change out your paper and embellishments.

 

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.

If you’d like to view some of my past Little Birdie Crafts tutorials, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01
Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  This Little Birdie Celebrate Life Pocket Folio Tutorial reminds me of some Robert Louis Stevenson lines that I memorized as a child.  He penned, “The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”   This lovely poem from “A Child’s Garden of Verses“, is a good one to remember any time, but especially during these trying times. I remind myself daily to be thankful for all the wonders that surround me.  Take time to  listen to the sounds of the birds.  Watch the bumblebees drink deeply from the blossoms in the garden.  And yes, take time to smell the flowers!  You’ll be happier if you do!  I promise!

Let’s Celebrate Life

This little 6″ x 6″ folio is made with (4) 12″ x 6″ panels of white cardstock.  First, lay the panels out side by side.  Then overlap the edges about 1/4″ and join together with your adhesive of choice.  Next, score this long panel every 6″.  You will have a little flap on the right hand side once this is done.  This will become the folio spine.  Simply accordion fold, place adhesive to create inner pockets and voila!  Learn how to do this in the tutorial below.

Layer Little Birdie Primed Chipboard with flowers and fussy cuts from the Celebrate Life Paper Pad, and you’ll have a lovely window garden that blooms all year round!

A ribbon closure holds everything together neat and tidy!  These little folios are quick and easy to create.  This makes them perfect for birthday, anniversary, new baby, graduation, Christmas or any special occasion when you wish to give a gift from the heart.  Just change out your papers to adapt to the event.

A Peek Inside

Peek inside the folio to find lots of room for photos and journaling.

The folio design provides a lovely hidden pocket to hold this large photo folio.  Adhere just the bottom edge of a punch out doily from the 12″ x 12″ collection and you’ve got a handy tuck spot for these tags and journal cards.

The insert has room for 4 larger photos.

Use the Dream Cut machine and Thin Tag Dies to create layered journal tags.  Join these together with jump rings.  Then decorate with a bit of gold string, Pearl Pink Paula flowers and charms from your stash.

The format of the second page mirrors the first.

Keeping the basic design the same makes for quick and easy crafting.

Pocket Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I’ve prepared a very short video tour with an easy to follow tutorial so that you can make this sweet little pocket folio.  So if you are ready to get your craft on, just click play and enjoy!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your next crafty adventure.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  To see other Little Birdie Crafts Projects, please click HERE.

Today I pray you will take time to Celebrate Life as you drink in the wonders of the world around you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card

Little Birdie Crafts Poppies and Roses Slimline Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Little Birdie Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card

Hello, Friends!  I’m up on the Little Birdie Crafts blog today with this summery Poppies and Roses Slimline Shaker Card.  Don’t you just love all the coral shades in this beautiful paper collection?   It just speaks to me of fragrant summer roses in a lush garden.

Building the Slimline Card Base

This slimline card base is surprisingly easy to create!

  • First, cut a 12″ x 8 1/4″ panel from the Poppies and Roses 12×12 paper pad.
  • Next, score that panel at 4″  and 8″ on the long side.
  • Now accordion fold the panel so that the open edge is on the left.
  • Then adhere the front of the card to the blank panel that is behind it. This will create a simple side fold card.

TIP:  If you leave the front edge of the card base as it is, you will have an accordion fold card.  I opted to adhere the front to the panel behind it to create extra stability for the shaker frame.

Create the shaker frame like this:

  • First, heat emboss a Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Ornate Rectangular Frame with Ranger Rose Gold Embossing Powder.
  • Next, adhere acetate (clear cardstock) to the back of the frame using a dries clear adhesive.
  • Then add 3 layers of 1/8″ wide foam strips to create the shaker box.
  • Now fill the box with your desired sequin mix.
  • Then adhere patterned paper cut to fit the size of the opening to seal the shaker box.
  • Embellish with fussy cut butterflies, roses, ribbon and Little Birdie Flowers.
Create a Belly Band

The decorative belly band really dresses this card up!  It also helps to hold the “goodies” inside in place.  Here’s how to make it.

  • First, cut a 12″ x 2 1/2″ strip of the lace pattern paper.
  • Next, center the panel behind the folded card base.
  • Now gently bend it around the card edges just enough to make a little crease mar,
  • Then place it on your scoring tool and score along the small creases, or bend it against the edge of a ruler if you do not have a scoring tool.
  • Next, score or bend 1/4″ from each crease.  This will allow the belly band to fit neatly over the card.
  • Now fold around the card and trim away any excess so that the belly band fits neatly.
  • Next, color the blank side of the belly band with Abandoned Coral Distress Inks.  Add a magnetic closure.
  • Finally, adhere the circle doily to the center of the belly band.
A Peek Inside

Create a turn tab by cutting the fussy cut clock image in half. Adhere the halves back to back in the upper corner of the card.  Add a blank sentiment panel, fussy cut roses and a fancy circle die that you’ve cut with your Dream Cut Machine.

TIP: Place adhesive only on the bottom half of the circle die.  Now you have a spot where you can tuck in a gift card if desired.

Die cut a pocket and adhere at the base of the right hand side.

Create a bookmark to tuck in the pocket.  The patterned paper is so beautiful that I simply stamped a sentiment on it and topped it with ribbon.  For extra strength, stitch to canvas, felt or burlap.   Tuck in a honey stick and teabag to make the gift complete.

See, that was easy, right?

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.  To see other Little Birdie projects and tutorials, click HERE.  You will find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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