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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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Red Roses and Ribbon True Love Folio

True Love Card Folio Echo Park Amour Collection by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01

Red Roses and Ribbon True Love Folio for the RRR Blog Hop

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  This Red Roses and Ribbon True Love Folio is my inspiration piece for the Really Reasonable Ribbon January Blog hop.  You should be coming here from Ginny’s gorgeous blog.  “Be My Valentine” is the  name of this month’s beautiful Ribbon Club Assortment.

You really can’t go wrong with so many beautiful ribbons to choose from!  But for this 6×6 folio, the 5/8″ Poppy Red Satin with a Grosgrain Edge fit the bill perfectly!  Because this ribbon is soft and silky, it ties beautiful bows!

It also works great as a border when layered with the 3/8″ White Satin with Red Dots ribbon from the collection.

TIP: Add interest to a floral cluster with Beaded Berry Stamens.  Simply tuck them in filler with your red roses.

True Love Shaker Frame

Here’s how I turned this Reneabouquets Beautiful Laser Cut Frame into a Shaker Element.

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Versamark Ink and Shabby White Embossing Enamel.
  • Next, die cut an oval from clear cardstock (acetate) and adhere to the back of the frame.
  • Then adhere 3 layers of 1/8″ foam tape around the inside edge of the frame.
  • Now place your shaker elements on the card base over the area where you intend to adhere the frame.
  • Position the frame over the shaker mix and press in place.
A Peek Inside

Creating the inside of this folio was such fun!  There is a lot of room to add interactive element like this kinetic waterfall feature.

Pull the tab on the bottom of the waterfall and the pages flip.

There’s even a secret message hidden at the bottom!

Tie some ribbon around the top of this little magnet insert to add style and texture.

Flip the magnet pocket page open to reveal another waterfall and a treat pocket.

This Echo Park Amour collection is older, but classic.  I love anything with Eiffel Tower images.

Tuck a tea wallet and a chocolate treat in the center pocket.  It’s such a lovely way to say “Be My Valentine!”

Video Walk Through

So many of you asked for a video walk through of this project that I put a quick one together for you on my YouTube channel.  Enjoy!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has created to inspire you.  Then be sure to visit the RRR Blog and answer Bonnie’s question of the month.  You might be the lucky winner of your very own February Ribbon Club Assortment.

Are you a member of the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club?  It’s a great way to build up your ribbon stash!  You can find out all about it HERE.

Do you send Valentines to friends and family members?  I think it’s time we start spreading around as much love as we can, as often as we can, to as many people as we can!  How about you?

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Love Letters Shaker Card

Love Letters Shaker Card APG January 2021 DOM Echo Park Blowing Kisses by Kathy Clement kathy by design Photo 01

Love Letters Shaker Card: Amazing Paper Grace January 2021 Die of the Month

Hello, Friends!  This Love Letters shaker card is as sweet as a box of candy hearts!  Remember decorating shoe boxes for Valentine’s Day Parties in elementary school?  That’s what this card makes me think of.  My mom always insisted that I make my Valentines from scratch.  One year we baked big gingerbread cookies cut into heart shapes and piped with pink frosting.  That’s the memory I was channeling while making this card with the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month.

How to Make a Love Letters Shaker Card

First, find some cute Valentine’s Day paper.  I used an older collection from Echo Park called “Blowing Kisses.”  The mini envelope patterned paper seemed to be made to go with Becca’s darling Vignette Mini Mailbox Die.  Here’s how this card came together:

  • Create a 5″ x 7″ kraft cardstock card base.
  • Next, mat a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the dot paper on both pink and red cardstock.  Machine stitch around the edges if desired.
  • Now mat a 4×6 panel of the mini envelope paper in the same way.  Again, stitch if desired.
  • Then cut the doily border to a width of 4″ and adhere on the bottom half of the card.
Making the Shaker Element

  • Begin by die cutting 2 Mini Mailboxes from kraft cardstock.  Cut one with the filigree insert, and one without. Die cut 3 mini envelopes from kraft cardstock and 3 hearts from red foil cardstock.
  • Now cut another solid mailbox panel from clear cardstock (acetate).
  • Next, cut the vignette tabs away from the sides of the mailbox.
  • Adhere the clear cardstock to the back of the filigree mailbox panel.
  • Then cut the solid mailbox front from the script patterned paper.  Adhere this to the back panel of the mailbox.
  • Now you just need to add foam tape to the sides of the filigree panel and fill with Valentine sequins.
  • After the mailbox shaker element is adhered to the card center, add flowers, ribbons and embellishments.
A Peek Inside

Here’s how I finished the inside of the card.  You just have to have a treat pocket on a Valentine, right?

Make a little treat wallet with a 3×4 card from the collection.

Then finish the inside with a little pocket for a tea bag.  Tea and chocolate is my idea of the perfect Valentine treat!

If you’d like to see more samples made with this Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month, you can find them HERE. You’ll also find out how to sign up for the APG DOM Club if you are interested!

It’s always lovely to have Valentine’s Day to look forward to once Christmas and New Year’s are past.  I hope this little Love Letters Shaker Card has inspired you to break out your Valentine papers and get your craft on!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album

Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album : Valentine’s Day Week on the Authentique Blog

Hello, Friends!  Don’t you just love Valentine’s Day?  I’m helping my Authentique Paper teammates celebrate this sweet holiday with this Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album.  It’s my inspiration piece for Valentine’s Day Week over on the Authentique Blog.  You’ll want to be sure to check the blog out today, Wednesday and Friday as we will have special Valentine’s Day treats for you!

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album

Authentique Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album Reneabouquets Lacy Heart Shaker Frame by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

While cleaning out the Closet of Shame, I ran across this adorable 5″ x 4 1/4″ chipboard and canvas album from Maya Road.  I have no idea when or where I purchased it…or perhaps it was a gift.  But as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to pair it up with the Authentique Love Notes Collection.    First, I  wrapped the canvas cover with Pink Zebra Ribbon to serve as the closure. Next, I layered designer paper onto the canvas cover, leaving a 1/4″ margin all the way around the perimeter.  Then, I created a layered panel for my fussy cut focal image, added some velvet heart brads and a few teeny tiny embellishments.  Finally,  I heat embossed the Reneabouquets heart frame with Wow Vintage Pink Embossing Glitter and created the shaker element.

TIP:  When you can’t spread out, go up.  This small cover didn’t give me a lot of room for extra layers and images.  But I still created a sense of depth and dimension by adding chipboard and foam tape to the back of the elements.  Also, try fussy cutting the elements when you are creating a focal image for a small space.  The 3″ x 4″ image card looked awkward on this cover.  But once it was fussy cut, it fit perfectly.

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album: The Spine Treatment

You wouldn’t think that this wide, bold ribbon would work with this itty bitty album, but it does!  I love the way it looks wrapped around the spine.  Tie a simple square knot at the top.  Then attach bangles with a looped safety pin.  Top with a cluster of flowers, and you are good to go!

Love Notes Itty Bitty Mini Album:  A Peek Inside

Because I have prepared a video tour for you, I won’t share a lot of details about the album here.  You can just look at the pictures and then go watch the video for tips and tricks.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special!  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Wishing you all a sweet day filled with love…and maybe some chocolate!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial for Throwback Thursday by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial and Video

Hello, Friends!  Happy Throwback Thursday!  Today I have a really fun Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine Tutorial to share with you.  Valentine’s Day will be here before we blink twice, and it’s always hard to come up with a great Valentine for the man in our life.  This interactive  flip style card is easy to make, fun to give and easy to adapt to any paper collection you have in your stash.  You could even make this same card base and turn it into a feminine card by changing up the paper collection and the embellishments.  You gotta love that!

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: Flips and Flaps

This all started when I was clearing up my work desk and found some nice panels of heavy kraft cardstock. As off cuts from an earlier project, they all measured 5 1/2″ tall.  One piece was 12″ x 5 1/2″.  The other was only 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.   Simply joined them together with 1/2″ Scor-Tape and you end up with a lovely, long 18″ x 5 1/2″ panel.  Now you can score and fold to create a gatefold card with pockets and flaps.  Here’s where to score:

  • From the left, score at 2 3/4″ and again at 6 1/2″.
  • Fold along the scored lines.  Then tuck into the corner of your scoring tool and score at 5 1/2″ and again at 10″.  You’ll see how to do this in the video below, but I just provided measurements here for your convenience.
Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: A Peek Inside

Here’s what the flip card looks like when you open the first fold.

Flip the panel on the left to reveal a flap page.  The second panel in is a great place to add a photo.  I opted to decorate it with fussy cuts and stickers instead.

Here’s the folio fully opened.  You’ll find a vertical pocket with inserts and a side pocket on the far right.  Learn how to add these in the video tutorial.

Because my husband enjoys reading, I created a fancy little bookmark for him.  It lives in the right hand side pocket.

Authentique Mister Masculine Valentine: The Video Tutorial

To learn how to make this fun project, just click play.  We’ll build the flip card base together, and add the pockets.  I’ll show you how to put that cute bookmark together, too!

 

Did I share some tips, tricks and ideas in this Throwback Thursday post that have you itching to dig into your stash and make a masculine Valentine?  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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*Note: because this is a Throwback Thursday project, some materials used may no longer be available for purchase.  Feel free to substitute papers and embellishments from your own crafty stash.

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