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Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Reneabouquets Christmas by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a darling Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial to share with you.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning how I used the Amazing Paper Grace Scalloped Symphony Die to make the cute Baby Girl Brag Book last month.  Well, because I like y’all so much, I went ahead and put together a basic tutorial showing  you how to cut the pages, make the spine, and bind the album.

Prima Christmas in the Country Itty Bitty Book Tutorial Throwback Thursday Kathy Clement Photo 01

This time I puled some of my favorite Christmas papers and dressed them up with Reneabouquets Beautiful Board.  These little books are so much fun to stuff into a Christmas stocking, give as a Secret Santa gift, or send to friends and family who live far away.  Each book measures about 4″ square with a 1/2″ spine.

TIP: wrap the spine with folded black twine.  Leave the ends long so you can tie a knot at the top of the spine.  Then trim the ends to make a fancy tassel for your book.  Add some sweet Christmas charms and flowers to finish the spine in style.

Basic Measurements and Materials

To make each album you will need 5 die cut Scalloped Symphony Note Card Bases.  Fold 3 in half to use as the pages.  Then cut one in half to use as the front and back covers.  Now find the center of the final panel.  Measure out 1/4″ from the center on each side and score a vertical line. Then cut 1/2″ from the scored lines on each side.  Fold along the score lines to form the spine.  Set the off cuts aside to be used as flap pages.

The binding mechanism for the album is a set of 3 cardstock hinges.  First, cut three 1″ x 3 5/8″  strips of black cardstock. Then score each strip in half to make 1/2″ x 3 5/8″ hinges.

Make a contrasting spine with a 2″ x 3 3/8″ piece of black cardstock.  Score 3/4″ flaps on each side.

You will need an 8 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ panel of buffalo check for the book cover.

Cut sixteen 3 5/8″ squares of patterned paper to line the pages of the album.

A Peek Inside

The tutorial will show you how to build a slash pocket inside the front cover.  The little flap page on the right is one of the cut off sides from the 5th Scalloped Symphony base pieces.  Simply score a 1/2″ flap on the right hand side of the flap.  Then adhere the flap behind the 3 5/8″ panel of patterned paper before you adhere it to the page.

Hidden pocket pages are easy to make!

  • First, cut 1″ x 3 5/8″ strips of black cardstock.  You will need 3 for each hidden pocket page.  Score in half as you did when we made the hinges for the pages.
  • Adhere these gussets on the sides and bottom of the patterned paper.  (On the back side, of course.)
  • Now you can cut 3 1/2″ x 7″ panels of buffalo check paper.  Score these in half, then crop the corners.
  • Tuck the pull out pages inside the hidden pockets.

Score 1/2″ hinges on the tops of 3×4 Journal cards.  Then adhere these hinges behind the patterned paper to make flap pages.

Now create a quick and easy pop up page.  First, cut an 8″ x 1″ strip of buffalo plaid paper.  Then score in half.  Next, fold the right hand side back toward the center score line.  Repeat on the left hand side.  Add just a bit of adhesive on the outside edges of this mechanism and adhere to sides of the page.  Then decorate with stickers and ephemera.

You’ll learn how all these pages and mechanisms work in the video tutorial below.

Country Christmas Itty Bitty Book Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how to put this sweet little book together, please enjoy the video tutorial.

The wonderful thing about this project is that you can adapt the base for any theme or season.  Add more pockets if you want to tuck in a series of gift cards.  Or leave more room for journaling and use it as a sort of mini diary.

I hope you have as much fun making this itty bitty book as I did!  Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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**Please note:  Throwback Thursday projects are designed to inspire you to dig into your paper stash.  Many times the products used are no longer available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute another collection from your stash.  When products are available, I will provide links.  If a link is missing, it means I could not find the product in my usual online sources.  You can do a Google search to see if you can find it on your own.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Hello, Hedgehog Card Tutorial

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Ciao Bella Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Since Autumn is officially here, I thought I’d dig into the Closet of Inspiration and Delight to put together this Ciao Bella Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial for Throwback Thursday.  This is one of my all time favorite fall collections as it is filled with woodsy images, rustic textures and….wait for it…hedgehogs!  Oh my stars and crowns!  Does it get any better than hedgehogs and toadstools?  I think not!

Hello Hedgehog Card Tutorial Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn by Kathy Clement

It’s easy to see why I love this paper collection so much.  My imagination just runs wild every time I take it out for a play date.  Today, these handsome mushrooms caught my eye.   (My mom always called them Toadstools.  Anyone else familiar with that vernacular?)  Our handsome hedgehog is coming out to gather his dinner.  How convenient to have his garden so close to his front door.

Simple Tricks and Techniques

Simple tricks and techniques make all the difference in this 5 1/4″ x 7 1/4″ top fold card.

  • First, ink all the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  This helps to frame each layer and keep them separate.
  • Next, lightly distress the bittersweet cardstock layer to add extra texture.
  • Then, use a craft knife to trim around the outline of the mushrooms.  I’ll share a nifty trick in the tutorial that makes that knife glide around the images.

  • Now add a little fussy cutting to add a pop of color to the card design.
  • Next, ground the corner of the hedgehog image with a twine bow.

Spatter fall flowers with diluted paint to give them that perfect touch of fall.  Yummy! Brown and Cream Tartan Ribbon is the perfect finishing touch.

A Peek Inside

Piece together compatible sections of paper from your scraps to decorate the inside of the card.  I’ll show you how to do this in the tutorial below.

If there’s a pocket…there must be something to tuck inside.  Fall teas, a little note card and a tag do the trick nicely, thank you very much!

Throwback Thursday Hello Hedgehog Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to see this card come together in real time, please enjoy this video tutorial.

This paper collection was  hard to find, even when it was newly released.  A quick Google search revealed that it can be found in bits and pieces in various online shops.  THIS LINK will take you to my page search if you wish to add it to your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday.  I’m smack in the middle of creating my Button Farm Club Christmas card kit, so I hope I will be able to squeeze in one more Throwback in September.  Many of you wanted me to share the tutorial for the Let it Snow Folio Base.  I’m working on it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

PS:  If you’d like to see past projects made with Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, please click HERE.

Kaisercraft Miss Betty Sewing Themed Card

Kaisercraft Miss Betty Sewing Themed Card for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Kaisercraft Miss Betty Sewing Themed Card for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday we’re making a Kaisercraft Miss Betty Sewing Themed Card.  I found this collection while purging and re-organizing The Closet of Delight (formerly known as The Closet of Shame.)  Since it is too hot to pursue outdoor fun right now in North Carolina, I’ve been working on restoring order there.  As usually happens during one of these purging sprees, I found loads of retired collections just waiting to be given new life.  Oh, happy day!

Stitched with Love

Throwback Thursday Kaisercraft Miss Betty Card by Kathy Clement

There is nothing fancy about this card base.  It’s a simple 6×6 top fold card made from half a sheet of 12×12 white cardstock.  So what are we focusing on in this Throwback Thursday?  Composition and paper collage, dear friends, two of my favorite techniques.

We’ll make this pretty collage style card together in the video tutorial below.

Miss Betty Sewing Themed Card Tutorial on YouTube

 

Did you enjoy that?  I’m trying to keep my tutorials pared down to the essentials because life is so busy.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you’d like to see more Throwback Thursday Tutorials, just click HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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***Please note: Since Throwback Thursday posts use goodies from The Closet of Delight, I may not always be able to find them online.  I’ll link whenever possible, but if there’s not a link, it’s usually because the item is discontinued or sold out.  Sometimes you can find these items on E-bay or Etsy. Thanks for understanding!

Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor

Little Birdie Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial is the perfect way to while away a sultry summer afternoon.  Beautiful flowers, cheery stacked teacups, and cheeky little birds beckon you to slow down the pace.  Stop and smell the flowers.

Mixed media is not my area of expertise.  But I do love to dabble.  There’s something liberating about slapping down paint and gel medium and a bunch of different textured layers.  This 8×8 wall  hanging was pure fun to make.  And, as you will see in the video tutorial below, it comes together very quickly!  That’s always a bonus.  I won’t belabor you with a lot of tips and such in this post.  You can hear me talk about them all in the video.  So we’ll just hit a few highlights and move things along quickly.

Decoupage Paper

The inspiration for this project is the stacked teacups and birdie image.  Little Birdie makes wonderful decoupage paper, and I finally had a chance to play with it.   It’s lovely stuff, and so easy to work with.  As you can see, the colors are rich and the images are wonderful. Each package comes with 2 sheets of 2 different designs.

After distressing layers of Woodland Stories Cardstock, I tore the focal image from the sheet of decoupage paper.  Be sure to ink the edges so that it will blend in nicely with the background.  Then, seal it to the base with gel medium.  Do both sides, front and back for a really good seal.

Although this was my first play with this paper, it won’t be my last.  It’s wonderful stuff!

Mixed Media Details

Here are some quick and easy ways to add mixed media details to a project.

  • Distressed edges add wonderful texture to the edges of cardstock.  Use a distressing tool, or simply run the blade of your scissors along the edge of the paper.  Little tears are even better!
  • Chalk paint is one of my favorite mediums.  You can paint edges, paint metals, spatter on the finished project, or brush on flower petals to add a wonderful shabby feel to your project.
  • Machine stitching adds texture, subtle pattern and helps to frame a piece.
  • Check your spice cabinet!  Mustard seeds and green peppercorns lend an organic feel to the composition.

Little Birdie Metallic Wax adds another layer of distressing to painted metals and resin.  I just rub it on lightly with my finger.  Primed chipboard can be used as is, rubbed with metallic wax, or painted and spritzed with mica sprays.  All these elements work together to make mixed media easy to do!

Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the steps that went into creating this bit of home decor, you watch me play in the video tutorial below.

I hope you enjoyed viewing this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  You can find a linked supply list below this post, just in case you feel the need to shop for some of these paper pretties!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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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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