Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio by Kathy Clement

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday

Hello, Friends!  Well, it’s time for the very first Throwback Thursday of 2022, so I thought we’d kick things of with this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial.  The collection has always been one of my favorites.  So when it was recently released as a Deluxe Collector’s Edition< i broke my “no new paper collections in January” rule and bought it.  I am not sad I did.  And I hope you will not be sad, either, because we are going to make another little monthly folio series using this collection throughout 2022.

Even though this is a new-ish paper collection, I feel like it still qualifies for Throwback Thursday status.  That’s because in 2020, I shared a similar series using Authentique’s Calendar Collection. You can find that HERE. I also suspect that many of you have the original Time to Flourish collection in your Closet of Inspiration and Delight.  I’ve made a few minor design changes to the folio, so it’s new and (I think) improved.

Snowy Branches, Snowflakes and Snow Birds

Growing up in New England, January was the wintery-est  month of the year. Everything feels icy and cold and the world is robed in white.  The flash of a cardinal’s wings makes the heart lift in the middle of a bleak winter day.  And toward dusk, the snow takes on a particular shade of blue that still makes me hold my breath in wonder.  I tried to capture all that icy beauty in this shaker frame.

Of course, as a kid, winter is all about fun: snowball fights, playing fox and geese in the snow, sledding and building snow forts seem to make you immune to the biting cold. Just look how happy this rosy cheeked lad is with his arms full of snowballs!

The easel design of this folio allows it to close up for storage, but open and stand upright for display.  I never ever get tired of making easel cards!

The Pull out Folio

Create a sneaky hidden pocket on the underside of the easel card to house this 6 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ tri-fold folio.

Add pockets and mini folios made from scraps inside.  These are great spots to add journaling or small photos.

Disguise short panels by adding pockets or borders to the top or bottom of a panel.  No one will ever know!

The stopper or brake on this easel card is actually a pocket.  So I added a matted journal card and a 4×4 folio inside.

These make great birthday cards!  But they are also a lovely way to brighten up your desk at the office, or to use as home decor.  I think you’ll enjoy making them.  If you’d like to learn how, please watch the video tutorial below.

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I hope your 2022 is off to a good start.  I’m recovering from a head cold, so I sound like I have a bad smoking habit in the video.  I assure you, I do not!  Just too much sugar, too much work and not enough sleep trying to make the most of the holidays.  I feel great…even though I don’t sound like it!  There’s no way a little stuffy nose was going to keep me from getting the first Throwback Thursday of 2022 out to you!

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Thanks for stopping by!




9 thoughts on “Graphic 45 Time to Flourish January Folio Tutorial

  1. Sara Barker

    Love this January card, Kathy! The graphics are just amazing on G45, and the way you used them on this fun shaker card is just delightful! I especially loved reading about your recall of cold, snowy childhood days up north–what an apt description! Sorry you had to catch a head cold, but at least it’s just a cold! From the looks of things on my in box, it doesn’t look like you’ve let it slow you down in the least! Sending chicken soup hugs!

  2. MaryH

    Seems like I am always playing catch up – I apologize for the late viewing. Wish you could have heard my squeal of delight when I first saw this; such a delightful card that brings back wonderful winter childhood memories. Kathy, you are a magician that gets the contents of your wonderful closet to dance to the visions in that marvelously creative mind of yours. Love how you employed those exquisite embellishments to invoke that cold wintery feeling. My favorite time is spent viewing your Throwback Thursdays projects/videos and this video was a delightfully inspiring. Thanks!

  3. Renea Harrison

    So Winterlicious!! I just love all those layers and Winter theme. The design of the folio is perfection as well. Crafty New Year to you and all of your followers!!

  4. 1sassy1

    This folio is a delight! The images and colors are amazing! I hope your cold is better and that you are catching up on your rest. Happy New Year to you and your family! Good bless!

    Sandi Smith
    Queen Creek

  5. Susan Steele

    Just another absolutely gorgeous easel card …for a Throwback Thursday creation! Always luved these g45 Time to Flourish paper collection! Luv all your colors and details sweet Kathy! I’m pretty sure I still have this collection …I’ll look when I’m able! Take care and be safe! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  6. soozyb2013

    BEAUTIFUL!!! That’s all I got! Beautiful little vintage child and all! We are shoveling out again this morning. We got quite the dump of snow, it is what the predicted. Next the rains are coming starting this afternoon. It is going to be a sloppy dirty mess out there soon.

  7. Cheryl Wells

    I made a mini album with this collection when it first came out, and couldn’t resist getting the collection when it was released as a DSC. This collection has such beautiful, vibrant colors and it is ready to be used again – your folio is gorgeous, and thank you so much for this wonderful creation my friend – absolutely love it!!!!

  8. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what a fantastic “throwback” card! I have always loved that paper collection. It has so many wonderful images for all the holidays. That little snowball throwing kid is just precious and those pinecone and branches really add a beautiful effect. I love how you have used so many different papers and images inside and out. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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