Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio


Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio Authentique November Calendar by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon Photo 01
Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio with Authentique November Calendar Collection

Hello, Friends!  I just wanted to pop in with this little Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio and wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day.  The Authentique design team is sharing a special Thanksgiving  group post over on the Authentique blog.  I know you’ll enjoy taking a look at all the wonderful projects and thankful thoughts that are there.

Authentique asked us to share what we are thankful for. I always have to think this one through, as I have so much to be thankful for: my darling husband, our precious children, sweet grandchildren, home, food, and all the rest.  But this year I find myself very thankful for the gift of memories.  There is a quote from James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)  that says,  “God gives us memories so we might have roses in December.” This has never been more true.

Why I Love Thanksgiving

If I had to choose just one holiday celebration per year, Thanksgiving would always be my choice.  I love everything about this holiday!  What is not to love about a day specifically set aside to reflect on all the blessings in our lives?  We spend time with our family and/or friends.  The kitchen glows with warmth and delicious aromas fill the house.  And then…there is pie!  Does it really get any better than that?

Growing up in Vermont, Thanksgiving was a big deal.  We all gathered at my grandmother’s home, perched on a hillside in a small town.  The whole clan was there: great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, aunts and uncles, and cousins.  It was a great big noisy crowd of people who all loved one another and gathered to give thanks.

And man, those ladies could cook! The table fairly groaned under the weight of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixin’s!  Then there were the breads…yes…breads, plural!  My mom’s homemade yeast rolls, sticky buns, cranberry bread, banana bread, date nut bread and more.  All of that followed by an amazing array of pies, all baked from scratch.

The ladies would wash up the dishes…all done by hand in my grandmother’s farmhouse sink and dried with flour sack towels.  The men would break down the enormous dining room table then take a nap.  Us kids?  You would either find us out rollicking in the snow or playing dress up and dancing in Grammy’s attic.

So many of these dear loved ones are no longer with me.  But they are fully alive in my memory.  And that is what I am thankful for this year.

Back to Live Action

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.

  • First, cut the cardstock in half at 5 1/2″.  You will have (2) 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ panels.
  • Next, join the two panels together with 1/4″ Scor-Tape.
  • Now score this long panel at 5 1/2″,  and 11″.
  • Fold on the 11″ score line.
  • Score again at 5 1/4″.  This third panel needs to be a little bit shorter so it will fold inside the folio.
  • Decorate the cover with patterns and images from Authentique’s November Calendar pages.
  • Paint a chipboard frame with copper crackle texture and adhere over a 3″ x 4″ image.
  • Now die cut a bunch of fall foliage and wheat sheaves. Spritz the leaves with Bronze Perfect Pearls Mist.
  • Create loopy burlap string bows.
  • Add some Fall Chrysanthemums and rose buds.
A Peek Inside

Create a flap page on the right hand side of the folio.  Top this with a little 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ sentiment folio.  There is room inside for 2 more photos or journaling.  Fold the top of the right hand panel down.  You will adhere this to make a slash pocket.

There is room for a 4 3/4″ wide folio inside this pocket.  Fussy cut the turkey from a 4″ x 6″ image and layer it up on the cover.  Now you have room for 3 more photos here.

Look for a supply list below the post.

Now I’m hanging up my scissors and putting on my apron.  It’s time to bake some pies!  I wish you all a warm, memorable and very Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!





11 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving Photo Folio

  1. Susan Steele

    Oh Wow!!! Absolutely luv this Happy Thanksgiving folio! And absolutely luv all your memories you share with us! And yes it sure does remind me of my long ago pictures in my mind …of our big family get togethers in grandmother’s huge basement for all the holidays when we were kids, because they had a very small house. Thank you Kathy for that memory. And especially I am grateful for you …you’ve helped and inspired m so much …just wish I could accomplish half of what you do!!! Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful creations and memories with us. And yes …Thanksgiving is my favorite too! Happy day to you …big hugs, Suzy Q

  2. Martie Rollin

    I am grateful for the fact of having found a talented and skilled paper artist who inspires me to create at a more sophisticated level than ever before…and who can, by sharing her warm memories on her Blog, give me pause for thoughts and memories of my own. All the colors on this card are so comfortable together…love the idea of combining various colors of burlap strings into a single bow…really works well on this folio. Beautiful work…and beautiful memories. My grands are going to be joining me, via SKYPE, for a pumpkin pie dessert…as they say, “Together, but separate.”

  3. Claire Gagne

    A very blessed Happy Thanksgiving Day to you as well Kathy. For those of us still here this year this is a blessing of a special day I’d say. I am blessed to have you here & keep on teaching us for a long time to come. Be safe & TYFS

  4. Phyllis

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Kathy. You are such an inspiration I’m thankful to follow your blog. During the shutdown this year I bought 2 of your cookbook kits from the Button Farm Club for my granddaughters.
    Every thanksgiving they remind me they want a cookbook with all the recipes from the meal.
    Well, I finished the cookbooks months ago and now I’m ready to add the recipes. I’ll gift them when they each graduate from college soon.

    Thank you fir your creative genius.

  5. Rosemary D Schroader

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy, and happy memories! I am grateful for your consistent displays of beautiful cards and easy tutorials…and your sharing of memories new and old! I can speak for all your peeps that you amaze and inspire us!

  6. Dottie in CT

    Hi Kathy,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you.
    May you be blessed with much happiness this holiday season.
    Warmest Wishes,

  7. Betsy

    By any chance do you have your Mom’s Date Nut Bread Recipe? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I’m so grateful I found your blog years ago. Your postings continue to bring me joy and inspiration.

  8. Gena L Krannig

    Kathy, what a gorgeous card! This paper collection has such warm colors and lovely patterns. And of course the images are perfect for Thanksgiving. I have to say how much I love your stories about your childhood and your wonderful home and family. Describing all that wonderful food made my mouth water! My Grandmother always made homemade noodles and we would have noodle soup with bits of turkey in it for a “light” meal later in the evening. LOL Her homemade apple pies and German chocolate cake were to die for. I so love your memories quote. Where would we be without our precious memories and roses in December? Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful card on such a special day! Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. MaryH

    What wonderful memories you have Kathy. And I always love your works because they never fail to evolve wonderful memories and thoughts about the past experiences and holidays. So I am very thankful for you! Hoping you and your family have a wonderful day filled with love and new happy memories!!!


    Such beautiful memories you have of your family – those were definitely the “good old days”. Happy Thanksgiving Kathy to you and your family, and I know you will be creating great memories for the younger generation!!!

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