Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday
Hello, Friends! Can you believe that it’s already time to share this Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial? Summer is just speeding by, isn’t it? The August papers are probably my favorites from the entire collection. Sunflowers just plain make me happy! And I indulged myself and gave myself time to create my own sunflowers using the Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower dies. So this was a fun Throwback Thursday for me!
Sunny Skies, Sunflowers and Bees!
Here’s a look at the folio we’ll be making this month. Do you like the teal and gold color palette as much as I do? It just feels like a field of cheery sunflowers under a sunny summer sky to me.
Oh, but I did have fun making these lovely blossoms with the Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflower stamps and dies.
First, stamp the sunflowers onto white cardstock using Saffron Archival Ink.
Next, sponge the centers of the flowers with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink.
Now, apply Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress Ink on the petals.
Die cut the flower layers with the Rustic Sunflower Dies.
Next, mist them lightly with water and run through the Rustic Sunflower Shaping mold.
Now, layer the flowers together, staggering the petals. Mist lightly with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. Heat dry.
Finally, fill the centers with hot glue and Czech glass beads and arrange as desired.
The Hidden Folio Pocket
This 5 1/2″ square folio tucks into a hidden pocket found on the bottom of the card base.
Look at all the fun interactive elements built into this mini folio!
Here’s a peek at the inside of the desk folio. There’s no shortage of fun here, either!
August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to follow along as I make this sunny creation, I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial.
We only have 4 more folios to go to complete this year long series. Maybe you can be thinking of another series for 2023! Do you want to make monthly banners? Wall hangings? What sounds good to you? Please share your ideas in the comment section below, and I’ll take them up for consideration, my friends!
Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial
Hello, Friends! Summer is here, and it’s time to share this Graphic 45 Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with you. This is the next installment of our 2022 Time to Flourish Desk Folio Series on YouTube. The rich colors of summer berries and azure blue skies come together in this lovely vintage design.
Have you noticed how many more gardens have cropped up this year? Nearly every house in our neighborhood has a little plot or pot growing delicious summer produce. So I decided to really emphasize the growing season in this month’s folio. Whether you are growing posies or produce, July is the peak season for gardeners!
I wish I looked as cool and classy as this Reneabouquets Gardening Lady, don’t you?
A Peek Inside
A handy interior pocket does double duty as the stopper for this 6×6 easel card design. This gives us lots of room for sweet tuck ins and photos.
The hidden side pocket holds this 5 1/2″ square folio.
Despite its petite size, it holds all kinds of gardening goodness on the inside!
The side pocket feature has room for even more photos of your summer garden!
Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube
Would you like to learn how to create this pretty little desk folio? Then I hope you’ll enjoy this easy to follow YouTube tutorial.
If you are behind on making your desk folios, you can find the rest of the tutorials HERE.
You can find a linked supply list below this post.
It’s also a great match for Graphic 45’s Let it Bee Paper collection. Check it out!
Let it Bee Card Folio
First, create a ribbon border by layering Yellow Gold Plaid over Turftan Brown Taffeta Ribbon. This pulls out all the wonderful earthy tones of the paper collection and Reneabouquets Beautiful Board embellishments.
Next, tie some loopy bows with the Moss Green Plaid Ribbon. Top these bows with Ivory Burlap String and a white blossom for a perfect finish!
Now dress up a vintage pewter hinge clip with a jaunty plaid bow and tiny blossom. Perfect harmony!
A Peek Inside
If you’d like to take a short tour of this project, I’ve created a little video to show you all the fun interactive elements tucked inside. Enjoy this 6 minute video!
On With the Hop!
Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my teammate Cheryl has prepared for you.
Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial for Throwback Thursday
Hello, Friends! Believe it or not, it’s almost time to turn the calendar, so we need to share our Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial for this week’s Throwback Thursday post. Summer comes into its own during the month of June. Songbirds are teaching their young to fly, butterflies flit about in the garden and the air is heady with the scent of roses. What a beautiful month! I think you’re going to really enjoy making this month’s folio!
We are following our basic folio design, and dressing things up with lovely elements from the Reneabouquets shop. These Dusty Blue Roses are the perfect accent for the blues and pinks in this month’s papers. A small April in Paris Doily creates a lovely spot to tuck in a wee bird nest. I’ll show you how to make it in the video tutorial! And do you spy that gorgeous blue butterfly? Yummy!
Hidden Pocket Folio
Of course, we have a hidden pocket beneath the card base. This holds a lovely 5 1/2″ mini folio.
It’s kind of amazing how much you can fit into this small space.
I did change things up just a tad this month so that we don’t get bored with the design. You’ll see all the details in the video below.
A Peek Inside
The interior pocket doubles as a brake for the easel mechanism.
This gives us room to tuck in more small photo folios, which is always a good idea.
Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to follow along and learn how to make this pretty little ditty, please enjoy this video tutorial.
You can find a linked supply list below this post. New to this series? You can find the January-May Folio tutorials HERE.
Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday
Hello, Friends! This Graphic 45 Cottage Life Card Tutorial is our Make & Take Tuesday project for this week. I had used this lovely collection to fill a special order for a mini album back in April. Since I had quite a few scraps left over, I decided we’d make a card using only the offcuts from that project. I did allow myself to use ribbon, flowers, and some paper pretties from Reneabouquets to finish out the card design. But all the papers had already been cut. Fun challenge? I thought so!
Tips for Working with Scraps
As you’ll see in the video tutorial below, the first thing I do when I am going to create a card from scraps is to organize them. First, create little piles so that all the off cuts from one pattern are together. Then go in and arrange them by size. This way, you can really see what you have to work with. It’s also easier to select patterns and images that work well together when you do this step first.
What do you do when you only have a small image to work with and it seems to disappear on the page? Here are a few good ideas:
Try placing a doily or chipboard piece behind the image. This will draw the eye to it and make it more visible.
Or, frame the image, as I did here. A frame is always a good idea, but especially helpful when you have a small image to work with.
This Reneabouquets Flower Lady really draws the eye to the small floral cottage in the background. She becomes part of the “story” . Did she just come from the garden? Is she going to join a friend for tea in the cottage?
Small details like this gorgeous butterfly help to frame the image, too.
A Peek Inside
The inside of this card is also quite lovely. I’ve added a tea bag and honey stick to the pocket on the right. Then I layered up more scraps and created a little blank sentiment panel on the left.
Cottage Life Card Tutorial on YouTube
If you’d like to see how this card came together, please enjoy this video tutorial.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks, ideas and inspiration that you can use in your next crafty adventure! If you’d like to see previous Make & Take Tuesday Tutorials, please click HERE.