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Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial

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Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial for Wonderful Wednesday Tag of the Month

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial is our Wonderful Wednesday Tag of the Month.  In case you missed my announcement last week, I will no longer be doing Make & Take Tuesday or Throwback Thursday videos on a regular basis.  Instead, we have initiated Wonderful Wednesday tutorials.  We will continue our Tag of the Month, Banner of the Month, Birthday Card of the Month and Flower of the month tutorials in this new schedule.  This way, I can enjoy weekend activities with our grandchildren.  It’s a change I’m very excited about!

Stamperia Brocante: An Antique Shop on Paper

If you’re a fan of “junkin'” or “picking” at flea markets, antique shops and thrift stores, I think you’re really going to enjoy this new collection from Stamperia.  It’s just like visiting an antique shop on paper.  Filled with images of old silverware, china, teacups, teddy bears, pocket watches, cameras and millinery, it’s a treasure hunter’s delight.

I wanted to create a sense of joyful adventure right from the start, so I “antiqued” a resin frame with paints, mists and wax.  Then I turned it into a shaker element filled with old keys, pearls, beads and sequins.  Should I dress up the cover with an antique silver spoon?  Why, yes!  I think I should!   What a fun way to begin this crafty adventure.

Flip Down Tag Album

Tags make me happy.  They are versatile and lend themselves to all kinds of crafty ideas.  For this tag mini album, I wanted to create a really fun binding system that opened in an unexpected way.  Hence the spine on the bottom design of this flip down album.  There are some fun surprises on the inside, too, as you will see in the video tutorial below.

Stamperia Brocante Tag Mini Album Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see more of this lovely paper collection and follow along as I create this fun tag mini album base, you’re in luck!  Grab a cuppa and a snack and join me for a tour and a tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

Did you enjoy that?  I certainly enjoyed creating it!

You can find a linked supply list below.  And if you’d like to purchase the finished album, you can find it in my Etsy Shop.

You’ll also find a lovely TAX RELIEF sale in my Etsy shop from now through April 15th.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!




Stamperia Winter Valley Mini File Folder Album Tutorial

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Stamperia Winter Valley Mini File Folder Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m running late today, but I think you’ll forgive me once you see this Stamperia Winter Valley Mini File Folder Album Tutorial.  It’s just so doggone cute!  The base is made with the Graphic 45 File Folder Die and kraft cardstock.  Quick and easy to make, and versatile (you can dress it up or keep it clean and simple) this is the perfect little stocking stuffer or swap gift.

Good Things in Small Packages

This little cutie measures just 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, but it is a giant when it comes to interactive elements like flips, hidden pockets, and sweet images.

You’ll learn how to make this fun pop up page in the video tutorial.  You can keep it simple with just one pop up element, or go big and add three, as I did here.

Making the pages is quite simple, as you just cut them out with the same file folder die.  No measuring required!

Created to be more of a lap book, or story book, you will also find room for a few small photos on the back of the flip pages.

The little houses in this collection delight me.  They are just so cozy and happy.  Wouldn’t you like to celebrate the holidays in one of them?

Stamperia Winter Valley Mini File Folder Tutorial on YouTube

Would you like to take a tour of the Winter Valley paper collection, enjoy a walk-through of the finished album, then learn how to put it all together?  Then please enjoy this video tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

Thanks so much for joining, me friends!  Sorry for being late today, but the holiday season has me running a bit behind.  There’s so much to get done, and the days just seem to fly by!  I’ll be back tomorrow with a little project share.  Then Thursday will be our normal Throwback Thursday tutorial.  Isn’t Christmas crafting fun?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Christmas Spectacular Mini Album Kit Reveal

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49 & Market Christmas Spectacular Mini Album Kit Reveal for The Button Farm Club

Hello, Friends!  Today’s the exciting day when I get to share this Christmas Spectacular Mini Album Kit Reveal for the Button Farm Club!  What a delightful week I’ve spent in the studio putting this interactive, “made from scratch” album together for you.

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Sized perfectly for nice, big, Christmas photos, the 6″ x 8″ album is filled with festive patterns, nostalgic images and wonderful interactive pages.

We added special Christmas touches everywhere…even on the spine!

A Peek Inside

Y’all know how much I  love pages that move, so I designed this album with lots of easy to make, yet impressive, interactive pages like this belted waterfall on the first page of the album.

Of course, there are pockets galore!  And just like we used to hide the wrapped Christmas surprises away from prying eyes, I built some really fun hidden elements into the album design.

Lots of Room for Photos

We make so many of the years’ best memories during the holidays, so I designed pages with lots of room for nice, big photos to help you remember all the celebrations.


The vintage Santa images in this collection are so sweet I could not resist featuring them on this kinetic slider gatefold page.

If you have loved the look of 49 & Market papers, but been a bit baffled over how to put them together, then I think you will especially enjoy making this beautiful album.  It’s chock full with ideas for layering ephemera and using all the bits and bobs that come in the embellishment packs.

Christmas Spectacular Mini Album Kit Reveal on YouTube

If you’d like to take a closer look at all the goodies that come with this delightful kit as well as take a walk through of the album with me, then I invite you to grab a cuppa and enjoy this video reveal.


Kit Supplies and How to Order

This kit is the Button Farm Club Mini Album Kit for November 2023.  It comes with all the supplies you saw in the video reveal (plus a yard of Christmas Baker’s Twine that I forgot to add). You will also receive a full color printed Basic Written Guide with detail photos and basic measurements for the album construction and pages.  Your purchase also gives you all time access to 3 video tutorials where I teach you how to create each element in the album kit.  You can watch these videos over and over again whenever  you like.

This kit is NOT part of my card club subscription kit, so you will need to order it if you are not already a member of the BFC Mini Album Club.  You can find out how to order HERE. 

Other BFC Kits

If you missed out on the Ciao Bella Farmhouse Garden Card Kit, there are a few of these left in Laura’s shop.  You can place your order for those HERE.

Sadly, the Christmas Vibes Card Kit has sold out, but you can still order the TUTORIAL ONLY.

You can find all of the kits I’ve designed over the years for Button Farm Club HERE. Some of these are still available as TUTORIAL ONLY, while others are still in stock.

What’s Next?

I’m already working on the December Card Club Kit, my friends!  It’s going to be extra-gorgeous because we will be using Simple Stories Vintage Love Story collection.  It will be available at the end of December, so keep an eye out for that.  We’re going to have so much fun with these beautiful papers…and wait til you see what I have in mind!

That’s it for me today, friends!  I’m wishing you all a joyous, restful and blessed Sunday.

Thanks so much for all your support, encouragement and for stopping by!




Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2

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Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2: Making the Mini Album

Hello, Friends! Today we’re going to share the tutorial for our Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2.  If you missed Part 1 of this series where we created the mixed media book box case, you can find it HERE.

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Creating this two-part project was a lot of work, but boy, was it fun!  First, the papers are so gorgeous that they are a real treat to work with.  Squirrels, fall colors, acorns, falling leaves and plaid patterns make me ridiculously happy!

Ciao Bella Into the Wild-Mini Album Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

Next, I enjoyed the challenge of creating a layered cover that was not too dimensional to fit inside the box.  This led to a lot of creative fussy cutting, which I also happen to enjoy.

Since I had a little bit of burlap left over from making the box, I decided to add it to the album spine.  Texture makes me happy, too.

A Peek Inside

To keep with my Throwback Thursday goal of using up goodies from my stash, I went on a treasure hunt in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  This was also lots of fun, and yielded some great pockets, mini file folders and tabbed dividers that added a lot to the album pages.

The album is made with a really easy to construct stacked spine design.  Each spine in the 3 page sets is scored a little smaller than the previous page.  This gives us the opportunity to add lots of little flips, flaps and pockets.

Here’s a peek at my favorite page.  You will learn how I did this in the YouTube tutorial.

Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Album Part 2 on YouTube

If you’re ready to join me for today’s crafty adventure, please enjoy this video tutorial.

Did you enjoy watching this little album come together?  Do you think you’ll give that easy peasy stacked spine design a try?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in a Box

Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in a Box Tutorial Part 1

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m starting a two-part tutorial for this Ciao Bella Into the Wild Altered Mini Album in  Box project.  We’ll make the altered book box today, then on Thursday we’ll make the mini album to go inside.

A Walk in the Autumn Woods

Growing up in Vermont, our family would often go for a weekend walk in the autumn woods. With a blazing blue sky over our heads, crunchy leaves under our feet and brilliant fall colors all around us, it was like taking a walk in Heaven.  Leaves gently floated down to the ground as light breezes blew, and you could hear the sound of tiny creatures scurrying around under the cover of pine needles and fallen foliage.

When I saw this paper collection, it took me right back to those glorious rambling adventures, and I could not resist adding this collection to the Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

Mixed Media Prep

Speaking of the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, that’s where I found this Papier Mache book box.  I think I picked it up at a yard sale some time ago for a few pennies and tucked it away until inspiration came knocking.  And it did knock, eventually!

This mixed media adventure began by painting the edges of the box (inside and out) with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.  Each step in this process takes a few minutes longer than usual, because you have to let each color of paint dry before you move to the next one. Here’s the  process:

  • First, paint all the edges and corners inside and out with Gathered Twigs Distress Paint.
  • Next, paint a smaller section of the edges and corners with Antique Bronze Distress Paint. Brush the section of the box that would be the gilt “page ends” with a more generous coat.
  • Now, randomly dry brush the edges with Ancient Brass Distress Paint.  Use an old, stiff paint brush on the page ends to create the illusion of page ends.
  • Let everything dry thoroughly, then apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink to the cover, spine and back cover.
  • Apply Prima Clear Gesso to the covers, spine and page ends (the sides).
  • Let everything dry thoroughly.
Cover Art Prep

Stitch a 4 3/4″ x 7″ panel of the green plaid paper to a 5 1/8″ x 7 3/8″ panel of the orange ledger pattern. Distress the edges and ink with Ground Espresso.

Fussy cut the images and small leaves, etc. to cluster around the squirrel and the window.

You can watch this process in this YouTube video;


I’ll be back on Thursday with a tutorial for an easy to make mini album to tuck inside the box.

Do you like this paper collection as much as I do?  Working with it is making me very happy!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!