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My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial Part 2

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Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial Part 2 for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  I shared the first part of this Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial with you in last week’s Throwback Thursday.  Today I’m back to finish things up.  Are you ready to get  your craft on?

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If you missed the first installment of this tutorial, you can get caught up by watching it here. This tutorial shows you how to build the folio base, line the pages, and decorate most of the inside pages.

Pop-Up Pages!

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This week we have some really fun pop up pages to create!  The first style of pop up page is this W-Fold mechanism.  This one is so easy to make that even if you have never done a pop up element before, you’ll be successful on your first try.

The second style of pop up is this fun twist and pop mechanism.  This is a little more work that the W-Fold.  A few years back I figured out a way to greatly simplify the process, and that video is still one of my most viewed tutorials on my YouTube channel.  I think you’re really going to enjoy adding it to a mini album base.

Cover Me!

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Finally, we will build the collage style cover of the folio.

I had a very good time digging through my stash of charms, trims and embellishments.  Hopefully you have some goodies stashed away that you can use to dress up your folio cover.

If you don’t have this paper collection in your stash, you can still have fun with this tutorial.  Just substitute one of your favorite paper collections as you follow along with the step by step instructions.

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial Part 2 on YouTube

Are you ready to see part two of this tutorial?  Then please enjoy!

This has been such a fun project to share with you, and from your comments, I think you enjoyed it, too.  I hope you’ll be able to use the tips and ideas in this tutorial in lots of different crafty adventures!

10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway Day 3

Kathy by Design 10 Year Blog Giveaway Day 3

We’ve been celebrating my 10 Year Blog Anniversary this week with some fun giveaways.  If you missed those, you can find them HERE and HERE.  Today’s giveaway is a Prima My Sweet sewing themed kit.  It contains (4) 8×8 sheets of My Sweet Paper (4) 8×8 sheets of pink and kraft cardstock, a glassine bag of pearl buttons, butterfly trim, 2 lengths of lace trim, 2 pearl stick pins, 2 yards of pink check ribbon, some lovely ephemera, metal scissors charm, sewing machine charm, tiny scissors charm, shabby chic flowers, and some novelty buttons.

To enter:

  • You must be subscribed to my Kathy by Design blog.
  • Continental US only
  • Leave a comment before NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.

That’s it!  I’ll announce the winners on my blog and YouTube and social media on Saturday.

This is the final giveaway for this week, but tomorrow is the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop, and you can enter to win Bonnie’s prize then.  Isn’t this fun?

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

Thanks for stopping by!




Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial

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Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends! It’s the first Throwback Thursday of 2023, and I have a lovely little Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Yes, I am running late…still trying to get back on track after the holiday break.  But better late than never, right?

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What it is about the colder months that makes me want to create sewing themed projects?  As I was searching through the Closet of Inspiration and Delight, my eye fell on this lovely My Sweet collection from Prima.  All those button cards sealed the deal for me, and I decided to create a slimline folio tutorial for my first Throwback Thursday of 2023.  I’ll share the first half of the vieo tutorial with you today, and then the second part next week.

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The folio base measures 4 1/4″ x 8″ x 1/2″.  Once I was finished making it, I wished I had scored a 3/4″ or even a 1″ spine to accommodate all the layers inside.  So bear that in mind when you make your base and score accordingly.  Thankfully, I added a ribbon closure that holds everything together nicely.

Sewing Ephemera Extravaganza!

Oh, but I did have fun pulling out all kinds of sewing embellishments and ephemera for this project!

A Peek Inside

One of the things I enjoyed while making this slimline folio was the opportunity to use up scraps left from previous My Sweet projects. I also found lots of ways to use up the little bits and bobs of pretty paper.  Some were turned into pockets, some into tags and some into embellishments.

Prima My Sweet Accordion Fold Folio Tutorial for throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement kathy by Design Photo 04

I think you will enjoy learning how to create this simple accordion fold folio base in today’s tutorial.  Once we’ve made the base, we’ll create about half of the inside pages together.  Next week, we’ll work on the inside pages and the cover.

This interactive folio does have room for quite a few photos, but it’s also lovely as a lap book.

And of course it is filled with all kinds of flips and flaps…and even some fun surprises that you’ll see next week!

Prima My Sweet Slimline Accordion Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you ‘d like to follow along and learn how to create this pretty little folio base, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

Remember, you don’t have to use these papers to make your folio.  Anything you have in your stash that you love will work out just fine.

So do your “homework” and get this first part of the folio made this week.  Then we’ll finish the job next week.  Sound like a plan?

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Button Girl Tea Party Box Tutorial

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Button Girl Tea Party Box Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  I’m a little late for my Throwback Thursday post, but I think when you see this Button Girl Tea Party Box Tutorial, you’ll forgive me.  The truth is, I thought I had written this post earlier in the week.  Oops!  Better late than never, right?

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Our Button Girl is the star of the show for this Throwback Thursday.  I snagged this cutie from Reneabouquets a while back, but it took a while for this project to take shape in my mind.  Since I collect vintage buttons, I had the best time putting this project together for you! And I had the perfect paper collection in The Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  Prima My Sweet is filled with images of vintage button cards, scissors, spools of thread and all the rest.

So naturally, I had to find a way to incorporate all these themes on the card cover.

Look at this vintage sewing machine button.  It takes me right back to my childhood when I spent endless hours sitting beside my sweet Mom as she sewed like fury on her old machine.  There was something so homey about the hum and chunk, chunk, chunk sound of the needle chewing through fabric.  If I close my eyes, I can still smell the aroma of the heated metal of the machine mixed with sewing machine oil and the Ivory soap Mom washed up with.

A Peek Inside

I took this Party Box over the top by adding not one, but two little folios to the top half of the card.  (I’ll be incorporating this technique in my March Card Kit for The Button Farm Club.)

This lateral waterfall folio is so much fun to open with the pull tab on the right.

And because this card is 8 1/2″ x 4″, I had room for a little pull out folio on the left!

I do so love these vintage style papers and button cards!

 Tea Party Box Surprises

I tucked some extra goodies into this roomy box pocket.

Do you spy the vellum envelope filled with buttons and sequins?  And there’s a yard of seam binding wrapped around the thread journal card.  I’ve even tucked in a couple of my vintage pearl topped corsage pins for good measure.

Twin Sister

The first card was such fun to make, I decided to create a second.

Here’s  our adorable Button Girl perched on a posy and a vintage doily.  The spool flowers are a sweet embellishment that I made .

This sample picks up on the peach and green hues in the paper collection.  I don’t’ know about you, but I really love this color combination.

Enjoy the video tutorial below.  You will learn how to create the base from a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock, finish the box pocket and see how all the parts work. We will also build the front of the first card together.

Do you spy the sweet vintage hanky that I tucked into this box?  It’s one of my hoarded treasures, but it was so perfect for this project that I just had to use it.

Button Girl Tea Party Box Tutorial on YouTube

Here’s the promised tutorial:

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  Because this is Throwback Thursday, some items may be retired and no longer available.  When I can remember where I found an embellishment, i will link.  But if you saw my embellishment stash, you would understand why that is difficult for me to do.

Wishing you all a joyful and creative Thursday.  Dig into your stash and make something beautiful today!  You’ll be so glad you did!






Loads of Love Shaker Card

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Loads of Love Shaker Card with Spellbinders Eyelet Lace , Reneabouquets and Prima My Sweet

Hello, Friends!  Today I’m sending you a Loads of Love Shaker Card made with all sorts of frilly pink paper pretties.  Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, so it’s time to put away all the Christmas craft supplies.  I reached into my stash of Prima My Sweet papers because I just love this darling vintage pickup truck.  Paired up with a frilly Eyelet Lace Die and some adornments from Reneabouquets, it’s about as pinkalicious as a card can get!

Believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever made a shaped card base before.  It was easier to do than anticipated!  I just made sure to place the left hand cutting blades so that they did not touch the side fold of my card.  Then I die cut!  Next, I die cut another panel, but this time I place the frame insert inside the die so that I would have a shaker window to work with.

After I adhered clear cardstock and foam tape to the back of the frame, I simply centered and adhere it to the shaped card base.

The finishing touch was a bit of ribbon, deep pink roses and a flirty butterfly.

A Peek Inside

Look how pretty the inside of the shaped card base turned out.  You will have to trim the inside panels of patterned paper just a little to make them fit, but that’s easy!

Add a little note card, a little tea bag and a honey stick, and you’ve got a sweet Valentine!

I love how easy it was to turn this die into a big shaker window.  There are a few other ideas rolling around in my brain, and if I can grab a few extra minutes in the studio, I’ll try to make them come to life!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal

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Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal

Hello, Friends! Today I’m celebrating this Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal.  Believe it or not, the plans for this kit started back in January of this year!  Weeks and months go by as I search high and low to find just the right  papers, trims, and embellishments to make my Button Farm Club Kits special.  Then I go to work on the actual designs,  I have a sketchbook where card designs are roughed out, paper use is planned and ideas are formed.  Paper scraps were flying in the studio last week!   Each kit takes 40-60 hours to create, film and edit.  So when I finally get to create the elements and release the kit for you to enjoy, I feel like throwing a party!

Shabby Chic Sewing Themed Goodness

Y’all know how much I love vintage buttons.  So you can imagine how excited I was when I saw the preview for this shabby chic sewing themed paper collection.  Vintage button cards?  Yes, please!

And how fun is this pop up card?  You’ll want to make a stack of them once you learn how!

Look how sweet and soft this vellum shaker card is.  So perfect for a summer wedding or birthday!

I know how much you love a good fancy fold card design, so I had to add these sweet cards to the mix.

The colors and patterns in this paper collection are so beautiful!

We keep things “on trend” with a botanical slimline card design.

Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

This pair of easel cards double as craft room décor.  And look at that darling sewing machine charm!

One of my favorite things about these kits is sharing my best tips for using your scraps in creative and unexpected ways.

My Sweet Flip Folio

Because you have told me how much you enjoy making a little folio along with the cards, I designed a brand new flip folio with a belly band for this kit.

Once you learn how to make this folio, you can change up the papers and make it for any theme or occasion.

Here’s a sneaky peek at a couple of my favorite elements from this folio design.

You can see the entire folio in the video reveal below.

Button Farm Club My Sweet Card Kit Reveal on YouTube


Kit Details

Here’s what comes in your kit:

  • 14 sheets of Prima My Sweet 12×12 papers with gold foil accents
  • 2 packages of My Sweet Ephemera bits
  • 1 package of My Sweet Flowers
  • 6 sheets of 12×12 white cardstock
  • 12 shell buttons
  • 12 silver-tone sewing themed charms
  • 2 yards of ½” champagne wrinkled ribbon
  • 8 ½” yards of white string
  • ¼”  foam tape adhesive roll
  • 4 white doilies
  • Tin of sequins
  • Vellum window pane envelope
  • Written Basic Guide in PDF format
  • Links to private online video tutorials

Traveling this summer?  This is the perfect “take along” kit because everything you need to complete the projects is at your fingertips.  You just need to add a few basic crafting tools and supplies like scissors, paper trimmer, scoring tool and your adhesive of choice.

Once again, Laura at Button Farm Club has worked her magic.  The price for this kit is only $52.99.  It would be a challenge to buy just the materials at that price, so getting the written guide and video tutorial  links make this kit an amazing value.

If you are subscribed to my Quarterly Card Kit Club, your kit will automatically ship to you. Club members are always guaranteed their kit first.  If you are not a member of the club, you can still order the kit on a first come/first served basis.

You can find my previous Button Farm Club kits and tutorials HERE.

Why I Make these Kits

So many of you have asked me to travel and do classes.  These Button Farm Club Kits give you the opportunity to take an online class with step by step instructions.  The video format allows you to watch over and over again at times that are convenient for you.  You can even watch in your pajamas!  I’ll never tell!

As always, I thank you from the tips of my crafty little fingers for your enthusiastic support for these Quarterly Card Club Kits.  The next Club Kit comes out in September, and it will feature a gorgeous Christmas Card kit that I think you will really love.

Next month, I have a really fun kit planned that will find us cooking up a delightful farmhouse themed project.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Thanks for stopping by!