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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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Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Be Thankful:  Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Hard to believe it, but we are due for our Authentique November Desk Calendar Tutorial!  I don’t know about you, but this year seems to have moved along faster than usual.  At the same time, it seems like it has gone on forever.  So I really love the reminder on the front of this month’s calendar to, “Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be genuine.  But most of all be thankful.” Yes, yes and yes again!  Thankfulness has chased away my blues more than once this year!  How about you?

Just like the preceding 10 desk calendars in this series, the November calendar measures 6″ x 6″.  The warm autumn hues, classic patterns and vintage style images really warm my heart this month.

And if acorns don’t say “autumn” then I don’t know what does!  I’ve added some adorable acorn buttons to dress up the front of this desk calendar.   Really Reasonable Ribbon Cappuccino Satin with a Grosgrain Edge is the perfect shade for this month.  And of course, I had to add some burlap string to add that rustic fall vibe. Brush Mixed Earth Tone Cottage Roses with a little Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add depth and detail to the petals.

Just look at all the gorgeous images and photo folders tucked in to the pull out folio inside the hidden pocket this month!

And of course we love the little wallet sized trifold folios with the silhouette images on the cover!  I changed things up a bit this month…as you will see in the video tutorial.

So, are you ready to get the Authentique November Desk Calendar made?  You only have a few days, so you’d best get on it!  LOL  Here’s a step by step tutorial to guide you along the way.

Only one calendar left for 2020.  Makes me feel a little nostalgic, how about you?  If you need to get caught up on your desk calendars, you can find the other tutorials HERE

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique September Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique September Calendar Collection Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique September Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  There’s a hint of fall in the morning air.  It must be time to share my Authentique September Desk Calendar Tutorial!

These summer months have flown by.  I’ve been busy with family birthdays and planning Button Farm kits.  Our little garden produced an abundance of tomatoes. Keeping up with that has felt like a part time job!  I’m afraid it’s kept me away from my blog  more than I’d like.  But the good news is, my freezer is filled with homemade marinara sauce, homemade salsa, and homemade soup base for the cold days that are peering around the corner.

So this month, we are opening the door to my favorite season: fall!  The September desk calendar is all about brightly colored fall leaves, crisp and juicy apples, backpacks and books!

Remember the first day of school?  There was always a new outfit, and a photo before we walked out the door.  Then there was the pack of sharp new pencils, a Pink Pearl eraser and a fresh pack of Crayolas to add to the excitement.  The cover of this nostalgic 6×6″ desk calendar hearkens back to those sweet, innocent days.

Follow the video tutorial below and we will decorate the calendar cover together.  I’ll link the supplies I used, but you can substitute whatever embellishments and ribbon you have in your stash if you don’t  have them.

Don’t you just love the vintage images in the September Calendar collection?  And the color palette is perfect for fall!  You’ll feel all warm and cozy as we make this desk calendar together, I promise!

YouTube Tutorial

As promised, here is the easy to follow video tutorial for this darling desk calendar. I hope you enjoy!

Are kids going back to school in your neck of the woods?  I confess, I miss seeing the moms walking their kids to the school bus stop each morning.  Here’s hoping that we get our kids back in school and back to normal soon!

If you’d like to catch up on this calendar series, please click HERE.  You’ll find all the calendar tutorials along with dozens of other Authentique projects that I hope you will enjoy.

Look for the supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Heartfelt Creations July 2020 Alumni Hop

Heartfelt Creations Sweet Peony Gatefold Z-Fold Card for the July 2020 Alumni Hop by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

This hop is now closed.  The winner is Beverly Jordan from Amarilys Doria’s blog.  Thanks for hopping!

Heartfelt Creations July 2020 Alumni Hop: Sweet Peony Z-Fold Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Heartfelt Creations July 2020 Alumni Hop!  Get ready to be inspired as the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team has loads of crafty goodness in store for you this month.  You also have a chance to win  some Heartfelt Creations goodies!  Just leave a lovely comment on each blog in the hop.  One lucky comment from a mystery blog will be randomly chosen to win a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.

The hop will remain open until 11:55PM EDT on Monday, August 3rd.  The winner will be announced at the top of this blog and on the Heartfelt Creations blog and Facebook page on Wednesday, August 5th.  If you are the lucky winner, claim your prize by contacting [email protected] within 72 hours of the announcement.  But really, everyone wins, because everyone has a chance to be inspired by the beautiful projects in the hop.

Sweet Peony Z-Fold Card: Creating the Card Base

The Sweet Peony Collection is one of my all time favorites!  I could not resist pulling it out for a little crafty play time.  This 6″ x 6″ Z-Fold card looks so fancy, but is so easy to make!  Pair the papers up with the new Ornate Ovals Dies for a sweet, summery card.

  • First, score a 12″ x 6″ panel of white cardstock at 3″ and 6″ .
  • Next, fold the card in half to make a side fold card base.
  • Then fold the 3″ score line back toward the card spine to create a Z-Fold card base.
  • Now cut a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ panel of white cardstock to serve as the gatefold cover.
  • Line all the card panels with Sweet Peony papers. Cover both the front and the back of the gatefold cover.
  • Next, place adhesive on only the top, bottom and left hand side of the gatefold cover.  Center and adhere to the Z-Fold.

Sweet Peony Details

  • Next, die cut the Ornate Ovals from white cardstock.
  • Cut an oval of designer paper using the Eyelet Oval Die.  Adhere the largest Ornate Oval to this panel.
  • Die cut the center of a card front and adhere to the other Ornate Oval Die cut.  Back with dimensionals and center over the base oval.
  • Adhere to the card front.

  • Now stamp, heat emboss and die cut the peony layers.
  • Color the flower layers with Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
  • Shape in the 3-D Flower Mold.
  • Use sponge daubers to tint the flower edges with Mustard Seed and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
  • Layer together.  Add Rose Hip Stamens and glass beads to the flower centers and arrange on the card.
  • Tie a bow with Coral Rose Houndstooth Ribbon and adhere.
A Peek Inside

Because of the way you attached the gatefold front, you’ll have a little pocket inside the card base.  This is the perfect spot to tuck in a tea bag or gift card.  I’ve left lots of room to write a sweet note.

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Amarilys has prepared for you!  You will find a complete hop list below:

Kathy (You are HERE) ♥ Amarilys Candy   ♥ Vicki   ♥ Carole   ♥  SarahEmily Oksana  ♥

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

To see my past Alumni Hop Tutorials, please click HERE.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial

Hello, Friends!   It’s time for our Authentique August Desk Calendar Tutorial!  August is always the hottest month of the summer, which makes it perfect beach weather.  The cool corals and beachy blues of the August Calendar Collection make me want to break out my flip flops and beach umbrella.

Like the other desk calendars in this series, this 6×6 easel style folio folds for storage.  This way you can pull out year after year.

Store photo, write down important dates, journal memories and tuck little mementos inside the folio.  Add new family photos each year, or make the folio as a birthday gift for August friends and family.

I have to confess, this folio design is one of my all time favorites.  It is compact, but so much goodness built into the design.  If you are new to this calendar series, you can find oher Authentique Calendar projects HERE.

August Desk Calendar Tutorial on YouTube

So without further ado, here is the August Calendar Video Tutorial.  I hope you enjoy!

I’d love to hear what you are doing with this desk calendar design.  Some of you have fabulous ideas for ways that you plan to use the design calendars: Christmas gifts and birthday gifts are both popular uses.  But some of you have taken the basic folio design and used it with other collections for some truly magnificent creations.  I love hearing your ideas, so please share them with me in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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