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!
- Authentique November Calendar Collection
- Really Reasonable Ribbon Burlap String
- Antique Gold
- Really Reasonable Ribbon Flowers
- Prima Pumpkin
- Leaf Buttons
- Retired Cheery Lynn Acorn/Leaves Dies