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Gingham Foundry Upcycled Waterfall Folio Tutorial

My Mind’s Eye Gingham Foundry Upcycled Waterfall Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m here to share this My Mind’s Eye Gingham Foundry Upcycled Waterfall Folio Tutorial with you.  Do you have a well-loved paper collection that is down to just a few small pieces and a pile of little scraps?  Well, this post has some great ideas to help you turn them into a really sweet waterfall folio.

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I actually used the product packaging from the 6″ x 8 1/2″ paper pad to make the cover for this sweet creation.  It already had a scored 1/4″ spine, and the cardstock cover was really sturdy.  Rather than toss it in the recycle bin, I decided to give it a new life with pretty spring papers and a gorgeous Beautiful Board Parasol from Reneabouquets.


The twine-wrapped spine has a sweet dangle cluster with an umbrella charm, Reneabouquets Trinket Fairy Globe, and an enamel daisy charm.  The ribbon closure is Smoke Blue Taffeta ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  It is a perfect color match for the blue in the spine, but the camera makes it look bright blue.  It is not.

Simple Design with Sweet Surprises

I love the simple design of this folio.  The left hand side is a nice slash pocket with photo mats and a journaling card.  A lateral waterfall feature on the right has room for 16 photos.  Each section of the waterfall measures 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″, so you can fit pretty good sized photos in there.  A magnetic closure keeps everything neat and tidy.

We had to get creative with our scraps, my friends!  So we used the bits and bobs to make our own designer paper!  Every other page in the waterfall is a simple gray mat dressed up with a little washi tape border.  You could easily put this folio together in an afternoon, so it’s a great design to have in your tool box for those occasions when you need a really quick gift.

Gingham Foundry Upcycled Waterfall Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Now let’s get down to the good stuff!  You can see the entire folio and learn how to make it over on my YouTube channel.  I hope you enjoy!

Now I need to go pack my suitcase and shift gears into Mother of the Bride mode!  I have a heart full of happy right now, and I will have lots of fun stuff to share with you when I get back.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway

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Hello, Friends!  This week I’m celebrating a major milestone with a 10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!  On January 13, 2013, I took the plunge into blog land with my very first blog post. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging (except that I enjoyed reading blog posts from my favorite crafters).  My tech skills were pretty much non-existent.  But I had a strong desire to educate and inspire other crafters about the joys of working with paper. So I plunged in and have never looked back.

Ten years of blogging represents countless hours sitting in front of a screen tapping out posts, thousands of hours of behind the scenes editing photos, self-education, experimenting, picking up spilled buttons (and sequins and glitter, sadly!) and tens of thousands of hours of pure pleasure spent playing with paper.  A few of  you have been on this journey with me from the very beginning; some of  you have only recently discovered Kathy by Design. To all of you, a great big thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking this wild ride with me.  You are the best blog buddies out there, and I am thankful for the many meaningful online relationships forged because of this blog.

So, a giveaway seems to be in order.  Actually…more than one giveaway…but all will be revealed as the week goes on!  Let’s get down to business with today’s Make & Take Tuesday Tutorial, shall we?

Cupid’s Sweetheart Café Slimline Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets

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Valentine’s Day is coming up hard and fast, and PhotoPlay paper has released a gorgeous collection to help us celebrate.  The thing I love the most about Cupid’s Sweetheart Café (apart from the name) is the fact that this is so much more than just a Valentine’s Day collection.  So today I’m going to show you how to create a non-Valentine project with these pretty papers!

PhotoPlay Cupid's Sweetheart Cafe Tea party in a Box card tutorial by Kathy Clement

Of course, you could use this 4″ x 8 1/2″ Tea Party in a Box Shaker card as a Valentine if you wanted to.  But it also makes a lovely birthday, get well, or friendship card.  I’ve dressed up the paper collection with some beautiful roses, ribbons and Reneabouquets paper pretties.

I think you’ll enjoy the simple construction of the card cover.  I let the patterned papers, roses,  chippies and  shaker element do all the heavy lifting.  The tutorial shows you how to create the cut-away slimline card base.  I did not have time to do a tutorial for the inside of the card.  But, you can learn how to create all kinds of pockets, including box pockets,  in THIS Papercrafting 101 tutorial.

A Peek Inside

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The inside of the card is so much fun with all the beautiful patterned papers.  And how do you feel about pink with red?  It’s not a color combo I use all the time, but it works here, I think.

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This tea party in a box consists of a wrapped tea sachet, cookie treat, honey stick and a little sleeve of Dove chocolates.  It’s the perfect way to send a little love!

10 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway and Tutorial on my YouTube Channel

You can find out what I’m giving away today and learn how to make this sweet Tea Party in a Box card over on my YouTube channel.  To enter the giveaway you need to:

  • Subscribe to my YouTube channel.
  • Leave a comment on the YouTube channel, not here on the blog.
  • Live in the Continental US (sorry that International shipping is so expensive.
  • Watch and comment before 12 NOON EST on Friday, January 13th.
  • Winner will be announced on my YouTube channel on Saturday, January 14th.

I hope you enjoy the video tutorial:

I will have another giveaway on my BLOG tomorrow, and a final giveaway that I will announce on Saturday on my YouTube channel!  So lots of fun and celebration at Kathy by Design this week.  Thanks for helping me party!

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






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.

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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!






Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

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Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this final Throwback Thursday of 2022,  I have this adorable Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tutorial to share with you.  The tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Stacked Spine Mini Album base and some special interactive mechanisms that go with it.  It’s my Christmas present to each one of you that has followed my blog and left so many lovely comments this year.  Truly, you are the best of the best, and I am thankful for each one of you! Now let’s get this Throwback Thursday rolling!

Sweet Shop Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album

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I wish you could see this album in real life.  It is just so stinkin’ cute!  The camera does not do a good job of picking up the sparkle in the shaker box or on the embossed snowflake frame.  So you will have to use your imagination there.  If you happen to have Echo Park Gingerbread Christmas in your stash, it is the perfect playmate for Reneabouquets new Sweet Shop Christmas collection.  I’ll share a peek at the goodies in the video tutorial below.

These beautiful flowers are part of the collection.  I’ve paired them up with Copper and Cream Gingham Ribbon to really amp up the gingerbread vibe of this sweet little mini.

These Sweetshop Gingerbread embellishments are just so darling.  I’ve used them throughout the album.  Because they come in multiple sizes, you can easily add them to card fronts or inside a mini.  The detail is amazing!

The Christmas Dangle Spine

We do so love a good dangle charm element, don’t we?  Here’s a close up look at the one I created for this album.  Not only do I collect charms, my husband gives them to me on special occasions, our daughter is always on the lookout for them, and even my sweet friends and followers send them to me.  That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to list where I found a particular charm.

A Peek Inside

This petite mini album will hold 3×5 cards for recipes, 4×4 or 4×5 photos or small bits of ephemera. The base is made with 110# Michael’s Recollections  8 1/2″ x 11″ Kraft cardstock.  It’s my favorite kraft cardstock for paper engineering as it is super thick and strong…just a step below chipboard, really.

Interactive elements and mechanisms are what make a mini album so much fun.  So I’ll show you how to create this fun flip/flap folio page in the video tutorial.

Every mini album needs a waterfall mechanism.  This one is made with 4×4 elements.  I’ve weighted it down with another Sweet Shop Gingerbread man.  And, there’s a surprise element that you’ll see in the video tour!

You need room for journaling as well as room for photos in a good mini album, and these cute pull out pages do the trick.

How about hidden pockets?  Yep….gotta have them!  And tip in pages with a cute tab element are loads of fun, too.  Especially when they are adorned with a Sweet Shop Candy Cane!

TIP: Create more “real estate” for photos with the help of flip up pages and flap pages!

Look at all the room behind this flap page!

Reneabouquets Gingerbread Christmas Mini Album Tour and Tutorial on YouTube

You will notice in this video tutorial that I welcome you to Make & Take Tuesday.  Well, that’s because I forgot about the RRR Blog Hop that took place on Tuesday.  So I just moved this over into the Thursday slot.  Really, it works perfectly, because Gingerbread Christmas is an older collection from Echo Park.

So grab a cuppa and a gingerbread cookie and join me as we make this fun mini album base.

As I stated earlier, this is my last video for 2022.  I have a new grandson to cuddle, cookies to bake with The Littles, the house to decorate, our daughter’s February wedding to plan, and  some Button Farm Club Kits to finish up before the end of the year.  So I’m not really taking a break…I’m just taking care of business!

I have a few posts pre-scheduled, and if I have time, I might do a “favorites of 2022” post for you to enjoy while I’m taking care of stuff.  I’m also planning a fun 10 year Blog Anniversary celebration in January (there will be giveaways!) so look for that.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you a peaceful, joyous, meaningful Christmas.  May the Light of the World, Jesus, fill your hearts and homes with love, harmony and celebration.  I send every one of you a hug!

Stay warm and cozy!





Echo Park Winter Boxed Treat Tags Tutorial

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Echo Park Winter Boxed Treat Tags Tutorial with Spellbinders Sweetheart Envelope Die

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another Throwback Thursday, and this week I have an Echo Park Winter Boxed Treat Tags Tutorial to share with  you.  Once again, we’re using that fabulous Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Sweetheart Envelope and Notecard Die set.  Remember on Tuesday when I told you it was very versatile?  Well, today, I used it to build the adorable box that our treat tags are housed in.  You’ve gotta love a die that can do so many different things.  (And I’m not even done yet….I have one more “make” using this die to share with you!)

Winter Treat Tags in a Box

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It feels like a long, long time between the Christmas holidays and Valentine’s Day, doesn’t it?  Winter days may be short, but they feel long, especially if you live in a part of the world where you get real winter weather.  So I used the base die to create this darling little treat tag box.  Because a hot cuppa and a bit of chocolate makes the winter days easier to bear!

Here’s how I made the box:

  • First, cut 4 of the Sweetheart outer frame from heavy cardstock.  Be sure to place the scoring rods in the die, as it will make it so much easier to fold the sides.
  • Next, cut the pocket side tabs off of two of the panels. Then fold all 4 pockets along the scored lines.
  • Overlap the pockets to form the bottom of your box, and use the side tabs to connect the box sides.
  • Now cut (4) 1″ x 2 3/4″ strips from your scraps.  Score these in half to form hinges.  Adhere these to the sides of your box in the same way you would a gusset on a pocket.  Fold one side of the hinge over onto the side of the adjacent box side and glue down to secure.
  • Once your box is made, simply fold the scalloped top of the box down as seen in the above photo.
  • Cut (4)  3 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ panels of designer paper to adhere to the sides of your box.  I matted mine on slightly larger rectangles of white cardstock, then I adhered to the box sides.
  • Next, adhere lace or other trim around the base of your box.  Then adhere box feet.  Wrap 1/4″ gingham ribbon above the lace and tie a bow.
  • Use the smaller frame die and insert to cut the accent piece from patterned paper and adhere to the scalloped edges of the box.  Glue the scalloped edges to the box base.
Making the Treat Tags

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Our tutorial today will show you how to make these super adorable winter treat tags.

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The pocket on each tag holds a Ghirardelli Chocolate Snowman, winter tea bag, honey stick and a little Tim Holtz flashcard.  The back of the tag is lined with light blue cardstock.  That’s where you can add your personal greeting.

Carta Bella Winter Boxed Treat Tags Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I  make these cute tags, please enjoy this YouTube video:

Snowflake Gift Card Holder

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Since I already had all the “stuff” out on my work table, and I  had some lovely scraps to work with, I decided to make another cute gift card holder with the dies.

This time I added the the filigree insert t the envelope flap.

Then I tucked a York Peppermint Pattie and a little Note Card greeting inside.  These are so much fun to make that they are almost addicting!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Throwback Thursday.  You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!



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