Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Reneabouquets Butterflies Darla the Witch by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!   Well, it’s time to make our Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial.  This month’s folio is too cute to spook with cute Halloween images and lovely fall florals.  If you’ve just discovered this year-long Throwback Thursday series, you can find out how to make the first 9 folios HERE.

The star of the show this month is Darla, the cutest little witch you’ve ever seen!  She’s sitting on a pumpkin in the middle of the flower patch,  trying to figure out who she’ll be for Halloween.  Silly girl!

You just have to add a dangle charm to an October desk folio!  So I grouped together a pumpkin and a word token with this fabulous steampunk key.

What’s Inside?

The brake for this easel card is actually a pocket.  And if you have a pocket, you have to put something in it, right?

So we stirred up some special Halloween goodies to go inside our pocket this month.  You’ll learn how to make them in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket!

Just a like a good mystery novel, there’s a hidden compartment tucked beneath this easel card folio!  The hidden pocket holds another interactive folio.

You’ll find another treat-filled pocket inside!

And a fun little flip page, too!

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the details of this desk folio and learn how to make your own, please enjoy this video tutorial.


It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of this year-long series.  I’ll have to start thinking about what kind of series to share with you in 2023!  Any thoughts?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!





Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Slimline Card Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets and Ciao Bella

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have this Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial to share with you.  If you were lucky enough to grow up in a place where you could go adventuring in the fall, then this card will bring back all sorts of wonderful memories for you.

There’s a scent in the autumn woods that is unlike anyplace else on earth.  Fragrant pine needles mingled with musky wet leaves and tree bark and maybe a hint of rotting apples on the forest floor.  We used to escape to the paths through the woods behind our house on a regular basis in the fall.

My mother said the bright blue skies and vibrant maple leaves brought out the gypsy in her soul.  She might be right in the middle of drying dishes when she would drop her towel and say, “let’s go for a walk!  I need some air!”  And off we would traipse, down the fern lined embankment behind our house, up the rocky hillside that was just steep enough to make you sweat just a little and then finally onto the leaf-covered carpet of the deer paths.

Crisp, clean Vermont air filled your lungs and the only sound that broke the silence was the rustle of leaves, a few skittering squirrels, and the sound of your own feet padding along on layers of pine needles, leaves and compost.

Then there were the mushrooms, or toadstools, as Mom called them.  They would spring up in little fairy circles.  Or great huge ones poked their heads up through the rotting leaves.  They had a scent, too, and we always wished we had known which ones were safe to eat. We’d trudge along until Mom remembered she had ironing to do, or bread that needed to be shaped into loaves.  Then home we would go, the memory of that glorious day locked in our  hearts forever.

Acorns and Oak Leaves

Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Slimline Card Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I was feeling nostalgic for those old woods behind the house I grew up in the other day.  So I broke out some fall goodies and relived the memory as my fingers worked with paper.  This 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ Ciao Bella Slimline Card Folio is what came together on my work table.  The colors, the soft designs in the paper and that glorious mushroom image took me back in time.

TIP: Frame your focal image with Reneabouquets Fabulous Fall Pattern Printed Beautiful Board.  I altered mine with a bit of sepia paint so it would match the color palette of my card a bit more closely.  Copper metallic paper and cork specialty paper adds to the fall feel of this botanical card.

TIP: Add a real wood slice, some feathers and a gorgeous Reneabouquets butterfly to your composition to bring the autumn woods theme to life.

TIP: Keep everything closed up neat and tidy with a copper hinge clip.  You can turn it into a handsome embellishment by tying on some lovely autumn charms.

A Peek Inside

Oh, here’s Mrs. Tiggy Winkle, rooting through the leaves.  D you suppose she’s looking for more mushrooms?

TIP: Score a  1/2″ hinge on a piece of caramel cardstock and tuck it under the center card panel to create a flap page.  Most of the card interior is paper pieced together with scraps from earlier projects.  You can cover up the seam lines with fussy cut elements.

Fold one of the large images in half and trim to fit inside the card folio pocket.

This is not only a great place to add photos or journaling, but you can tuck in a fall tea bag and honey stick, too.

Autumn Woods Slimline Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this card folio came together, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial on my YouTube channel.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane with me today.  If you’d like to see a selection of past Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn projects, you can find them in the Archives.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial

Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio with Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

Throwback Thursday: Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a gorgeous Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Fall is my favorite season of the year, and while I love traditional autumn hues, I find I’m also very fond of the blush and sage shades in this lovely collection.  It makes me think of those dramatic sunrises and sunsets that we enjoy this time of year.

My garden is really showing off this year with huge clusters of vinca, impatiens, marigolds and flowering garlic chives.  It’s as though the garden knows its days are numbered, so it blooms its heart out as the days grow shorter and shorter.  Our trees are just barely beginning to show color at the tippety top of the branches.  I tried to capture that feeling of serenity and drama that autumn brings to the table in this oversized desk folio.  We’ll be making it together today, but first I’ll tell you about some of the details.

Lovely as a Tree

Remember that sweet Joyce Kilmer poem with the line, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree,”?  Well, this Reneabouquets Medium Tree Frame inspired this entire project.  I wish you could see it in person as the detailed laser cutting is simply amazing!  Here’s how I altered the frame into a shaker box.

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Stampendous Mixed Metals Embossing Enamel.
  • Distress the embossed finish with a very light spritzing of Lindy’s Moon Shadow Mist.  Lightly heat the embossing powder again, and the ink spatters will sink just under the surface.  This prevents them from wiping off.
  • Then tap various autumn shades of alcohol ink over the embossed frame.  I used shades of orange, yellow, and green to add a hint of color to the leaves.
  • Now knock back the metallic shine by tapping some Burnt Sienna paint randomly over the surface of the frame.  Let it dry, then wipe it back a bit with a barely damp paper towel.  You can see a close up of the effect in the photo below.

Turn the frame into a shaker by backing it with the Pink Autumn acetate sheet and 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive.  Then cut a 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ panel of designer paper.  Place your shaker mix in the center, and position the frame over it.  Press to seal.

Hidden Pocket Folio

The inside of the folio is almost as pretty as the outside.  I’ve added flaps and rub-ons to the top half of the card.

We will build a hidden pocket on the back side of the easel card base.  Because this is a nice sized base, we can add a 5 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ trifold folio inside.

You can see all the details in the video below.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this desk folio is almost as beautiful as the outside.

There’s lots of room for more designer paper, and a generous pocket to hold another lovely folio.  You’ll see the surprise elements that I built into this beauty when you watch the video.

Hello  Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create this gracious folio, I’d love to have you along for the ride.  Please enjoy this YouTube video.

If you’d like to see more Pink Autumn creations from my archives, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial

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Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  It’s September 1st, so I thought I’d share this Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial with you.  Maybe if we share a lot of crisp and cozy fall cards, the weather will catch on and start to usher in some cooler fall days.  Think it will work?  Let’s hope so!

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My “search and rescue” mission in the Closet of Inspiration and Delight uncovered some delightful goodies!  First I discovered the remnants of Photoplay Paper’s Autumn Greetings Collection.  These warm and cozy colors, patterns and images were a great jumping off point for this card design.  Next, I located the Spellbinder’s Amazing Paper Grace Infinity Elegance Die and some copper foil paper.  Perfect, right?  Reneabouquets Fall Mix Mulberry Flowers and Acorn Bits provided drama and beauty.  I even found a sweet little fall apple sent to me from a dear friend named Becky.

Embellishing a card is always my favorite part of the job, so today’s tutorial focuses on adding all those wonderful little bits and bobs that help bring a card to life.

A Peek Inside

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I had just the right amount of paper and images to finish up this sweet card!

The pocket gave me room to add this sweet and simple bookmark and a little tea wallet.

Can you believe it?  I actually found a packet of Apple Spice Chai Tea in my stash!  Sometimes all the parts of a project just seem to come together.  And that makes for a happy day in the studio.

Throwback Thursday Autumn Greetings Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how all the lovely layers of this project came together, then I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

So that’s it for me on this hot and humid Throwback Thursday.  We are all so ready for you, Autumn!  Time for you to come into town!

Thanks for stopping by!





Apple 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!



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