Gracious Moments Folio Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Fall is hands down my favorite season of the year. And Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I grew up in rural Vermont where every Thanksgiving, my Irish grandmother prepared the feast to end all feasts. Those memories warm my heart, and I've tried to capture that nostalgia in this Gracious Moments Folio. I have an easy to follow video tutorial to help you make one, too.
I've combined the Gracious papers with machine stitching, metal corners, mulberry flowers, gingham ribbon, metal embellishments and die cut shapes to make the shaker cover. The shaker frame is an Eileen Hull Trinket Box Lid that I've converted into a shaker. It's easier than you might think! Here's how to do that:
- First, die cut 2 trinket box lids from mat board. One of my mat board scraps had a lovely linen finish, so I didn't even have to cover it with designer paper. I simply inked the cut edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. If you have to cover your lid, simply cut a liner from designer paper using the die.
- Next, cut a piece of designer paper that is slightly smaller than the trinket box lid and adhere to the back of the bottom box lid.
- Now, place 3 layers of foam tape around the edges of the bottom box lid. Fill the cavity with sequins, beads, glitter...even small buttons!
- Then Die Cut the Trinket Box Lid from Clear Cardstock. Adhere the cut to the back side of the Trinket Box Lid.
- Finally, remove the liner tape from the foam and carefully line the shaker box top over the shaker box bottom. Press the edges together to seal completely.
- Place adhesive on the back of your shaker box and adhere to the cover of the folio.
To dress up the spine, wrap it with layers of gold metallic string. Then tie fall charms on the loose ends. Slip ribbon under the metallic string and tie a bow. Easy peasy!
The inside of the album is filled with fun interactive features, gorgeous patterned papers and lovely little surprises.
Because of the generous size of the pages in this waterfall feature, you can easily display 5" x 7" photographs. There's also room to tuck in favorite recipes, to do lists and memories, too.
The video starts with a very short project share with tips and tricks. Then you'll jump right into making the folio base. I think you'll be pleased with how simple the process is. Best of all, once you've made one, you can change out your Authentique papers for any season or theme. Enjoy!
- Authentique Paper
- 5 Sheets of 8 1/2" x 11 brown cardstock, plus more for matting . I also used scraps of green cardstock that I had in my stash
- Eileen Hull Dies
- Little Birdie Mi Amour Flowers/Ivory
- Cream/Moss Gingham Ribbon
- Gold Metallic String
- Mat Board or heavy chipboard for die cuts
- Clear Cardstock