Applie Pie Season Memories

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish September Desk Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Apple Pie Season Memories: Throwback Thursday with G45 Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello Friends!  September is creeping up on us, and that always brings to mind what I call Apple Pie Season Memories.  While creating this month’s Graphic 45 Desk Folio tutorial for you, my mind wandered back to our annual trip to the apple orchard.  If you want to skip over these ruminations, just scroll down to the video tutorial and enjoy.  But if you want to join me in a trip down memory lane, read on.

Growing up in New England, we anticipated the arrival of apple season.  The state of Vermont was dotted with graceful orchards nestled between the hills.  In the fall, nearly every family planned a trip to pick the winter’s supply of apples.

Apple Pie Season Memories: The Birthday Road Trip

My mother’s birthday came at the end of September, and her birthday wish was the same every year: a day trip to Cornwall to pick apples and picnic on the grounds.  Although we had apple orchards right in our hometown, the apples in Cornwall were less pricey. Gas was cheap, and a day trip under the brilliant blue skies was always a treat.

Somehow, the weather always cooperated with Mom’s birthday wish.  We would pack up the car with the bushel laundry baskets we used to harvest the green beans from the garden and set off early in the morning.  The drive seemed to take forever, but it was really only about a 2 hour distance from our home. Mom always packed sandwiches and a thermos of coffee for the adults.  We never packed a dessert.  Who needs one when you have the promise of ruby red apples still warm from the kiss of the sun to enjoy?

In the Orchard

Pulling into the orchard was like stepping into another world.  With the windows rolled down, the sweet smell of apples filled the air.  Bright blue sky above, emerald apple trees dotted with ruby gems, and green grass shimmering with diamond dew drops filled my heart with such joy I could barely contain myself.  Dad always had to chat a bit with the man who ran the orchard.  He directed us to the area that needed to be picked, and off we went, swinging the laundry baskets between us.  Bees buzzed all around us, glutted and happy with the sweet juices from the apples that had fallen on the ground.

We did not actually “pick” apples.  Instead, we harvested the “drops” that had fallen from the branches.  These were far less expensive and just as delicious as the apples from the tree.  We were instructed to reject apples that were bruised or soft on the underside.  Reminders were given not to pick apples from the tree, and to stay within sight of our parents. You may eat one apple, but not two.  And then we were off, giddy with the excitement of filling up our laundry basket.

The Picnic

Those laundry baskets filled up in no time flat.  The sun warmed our shoulders as we searched for the very best of the drops. Anticipation of apple pies, applesauce, apple Betty and applesauce cake danced in our heads.  Mom would can most of the apples and store the Mason jars in the furnace room of the cellar so they wouldn’t freeze during the hard winter.

Before we knew it, Mom would holler her signature “Yoo-hoo!” to signal us to come back for lunch on the ground.  Bologna sandwiches never tasted so good.  Then we could enjoy the one “special” apple we had saved for lunch.  This, too, was a ritual.  First you breathe on it, then you polish it up on your shirt tail until it shines so brightly you can almost see your face in the skin.

The first bite was the best.  Your teeth crunched through the skin, and the warm apple juice flowed down your chin and up your wrist.  Sweet, tart, juicy and earthy flavors filled your palate all at the same time.  Wonderful…absolutely wonderful!

Then it was time to pay for the apples.  I seem to remember the drops went for just $1 a bushel.  Dad and mom  loaded them into the car.  We each kept one out to munch on during the drive home.  Mom tied her kerchief around her head, and with the windows rolled down, we happily wound our way through the hillsides until we drove up the big hill that was home.

September Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to learn how to make this Apple Pie Memories Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope you enjoyed picking apples with me today!




September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement

Photoplay Year With My Gnomies September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  The gnomes are headed back to school for this September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial.  September?  Yes…September!  How can that even be possible?  Time for moms and dads to break out the back packs, new sneakers, pencils and pads.  Summer really, truly is winding down once the kids start back to school!

These gnomes seem to be ready for some reading, writing and arithmetic lessons.  I had loads of fun putting this 6×6 shaker folio together for you today.

A ribbon closure of blue gingham seemed to be a prudent plan for this slightly chunky folio.  I’ll share all the details and how-tos in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

How do you feel about these bright, primary colors?  It’s just like opening that new box of Crayolas on the first day of school!

If you’ve been following along with this year-long series, then you know how quick and easy it is to make this monthly folio.  But, if you’re new, or you need to get caught up on past months, you can find them all HERE.

There’s lots of room for photos, special dates and journaling in all the little pockets and tuck spots.

Remember the first day of school?  I walked with my best friend Robin up the long, long hill to our neighborhood 2 room schoolhouse.  Filled with anticipation and ready to conquer the world, I was a bit disappointed when the first day centered around getting our desks properly adjusted to the length of our legs and coloring a big red apple.  Already reading, I went home and told my mother that I would not be going back the next day as I already knew how to color.

But I did…because you just didn’t argue with Mom.

September Gnome of the Month Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to follow along as I make this month’s folio, please enjoy this video tutorial.  I was racing a thunderstorm, so it moves along fast!  We almost always lose power in a thunderstorm, and I did not want to end up in the dark.

What’s your favorite memory from your very first day of school?  I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial

Spellbinders Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Spellbinders Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  I’m popping in with a little surprise Spellbinders Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial on this Monday morning.  It’s going out a little later than I had hoped, but better late than never, right?

Spellbinders Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

My friends at Spellbinders sent me this lovely collection, and I spent a delightful afternoon creating a pile of festive Christmas cards with it.  As is usually the case, once I got done, I had a wonderful pile of scraps on my desk.  After pondering several good ways to use them, I landed on the idea of making Christmas Gift Card Wallets.  Oh, what fun!  In fact, they were so much fun, I decided I should make a little tutorial for you so you can make them, too.

Each gift card is measures 4 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ and is made from one 12″ x 3 1/2″ scrap of white cardstock.

Christmas Delivery Gift Card Wallet Spellbinders Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Photo 01

It only takes about 15 minutes to make each wallet, so if you have a stack of gift cards to give out this year, this is definitely the easy way to do it!

This is a very fun collection to work with.  The 6×6 pad of papers has 40 sheets and 10 designs, including stunning gold foiled patterns. Instead of focal images in the paper pad, the collection features 2 different ephemera packs.  I’ll show you how to layer the images to create the card focals in the video tutorial below.  Everything about this new collection is fresh and festive.   My only concern was the weight of the paper; it’s very thin.  But since I added layers and used sturdy bases for my cards, everything turned out just fine.

A Peek Inside

Here’s a look at the inside of one gift card holder.  It’s a very simple design, but provides ample room for a little sentiment card as well as a gift card or cash.  You can adapt the design for any occasion.  Since gift cards have become so popular, it’s nice to have a way to dress them up.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Cards

One of the things I really do like about this collection is that you can find at least 3 unique color palettes.  The gift card wallets were made with what I called the pink/tan papers.  These festive cards represent the red/gold color palette.

There’s also a frosty blue/green color palette that I particularly loved. You can see in these photos how that gold foil just POPS!

Winter Wonderland Easel Card

Of course, I had to make an easel card!  This 6×6 card features the beautiful, traditional botanical images from the collection.

The brake or stopper on the card is actually a pocket.  This gives you a place to tuck in a gift card and a little note.

Winter Wonderland Gift Card Wallet Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to learn how to make these cute gift card wallets, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

OK, my friends!  Thanks for letting me interrupt your Monday!  I’ll be back tomorrow with our September Gnome of the Month Tutorial.  Have a joyful and creative day!






RRR August 2022 Blog Hop

RRR August 2022 Blog Hop Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

RRR August 2022 Blog Hop: Autumn Splendor Card

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon  August 2022 Blog Hop!  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog. We’re getting ready for the beautiful colors of fall this month with the Autumn Ribbon Club Assortment.  Take a look at this gorgeous group of ribbons.

Oh, how I love fall colors!

Autumn Splendor

Simple Stories Autumn Splendor Really Reasonable Ribbon August Ribbon Club by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Need an elegant and quick border for your Autumn cards?  Try layering ribbons together with Scor-Tape in between.  This cheery fall border features Kiwi Double Faced  Satin paired up with Pumpkins and Sunflowers on white satin.  Add a big poufy bow tied with cute Autumn Owls to punch up the fun factor of this festive fall card.  A little burlap string accent adds the perfect rustic touch.

A Peek Inside

I’ve used my scraps from this lovely collection to create a little pocket and gift card wallet.

Tuck in an autumn tea bag for extra fall flavor.

If  you’d like to see this month’s ribbon club used on a masculine card, please click HERE

On With the Hop

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties Cheryl has prepared for you.  Be sure to finish up the hop over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. If you answer Bonnie’s question of the month, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free August Ribbon Club Assortment!

Not a member of the RRR Monthly Ribbon Club yet?  You can find out how to sign up HERE.

Enjoy the hop!




Fall Fox Folio Mini Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Prima Autumn Sunset Fall Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Fall Fox Folio Mini Tutorial with Reneabouquets and Prima Autumn Sunset

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a mixed media Fall Fox Folio Mini Tutorial to share with you.  If you checked out the blog on Tuesday, then you learned how to create the quick and easy folio base that we are finishing up today.  You can find that tutorial HERE.

Prima Autumn Sunset Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 02

Since the folio was still on my desk when I came in to work, and since I had just received a lovely new box of Reneabouquets Beautiful Board, I decided to finish the folio base for our Throwback Thursday post.

Mixed Media Touches

Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Prima Autumn Sunset Folio Mini Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

Mixed media touches make this little 5×7 folio extra special.  These easy steps make all the difference.

  • First, dry brush the edges of Reneabouquets Pumpkin Beautiful Board with ivory chalk paint.
  • Next, spatter the pumpkin with the leftover paint.
  • Then tap Reneabouquets Oak Leaves and Acorns Fancy Fall Corners with embossing ink
  • Now sprinkle (think salt) WOW! Super Fine Copper Embossing Powder over the Fall Corners. Tip the excess powder off onto a piece of paper and put back in the jar.
  • Next, sprinkle a little Seth Apter Taos Sunset Baked Textures over the exposed frame.  Tip the excess off as before.
  • Finish by covering the rest of the beautiful board with Stampendous Mixed Metals Embossing enamel.  Tip off the excess.
  • Now heat emboss and watch the magic happen!
A Peek Inside

The interior of this folio will look familiar to  you, because it’s the same folio we created on Tuesday.

Today I’ll show you how to create the fun flip/flap element in the center of the folio.  Then we will decorate the cover together.

Fall Fox Folio Mini Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the rest of the elements in this Fall Fox Folio Mini Tutorial then I  hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube video.

Thanks so much for joining me this Throwback Thursday!  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.



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