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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!

Cheerio, 

kathy

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Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

Hello Friends!  Today’s Throwback Thursday project is a lush, layered Autumn Butterflies Easel Card made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Collection.  The sad story is this:  I dutifully filmed a tutorial as I was making this card.  Making a card while filming a tutorial always takes me 2 or 3 times longer, but I know how much you enjoy them.  So I do it.  Imagine my dismay and frustration when the video was deleted from my new phone.  (Learning curves are tricky to navigate.  Ugh.)  But the end project is so pretty, I had to share it with you as planned.  I’ll try to share lots of tips and tricks to help you recreate it.

Autumn Butterflies

Have you ever noticed how many butterflies you see in the fall?  And they are huge!  The graceful beauties flitting about in our backyard inspired this card made primarily with scraps.

  • To begin, cut  (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.
  • Next, adhere the 5″ edge of one panel to the 5″ edge of the second panel.  You want a 1/4″ overlap.
  • Now score this long panel at 7″  and fold to form a 5″ x 7″ Top fold card.
  • Trim the extra length off the bottom of the card.
  • Now score the card front at 3 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
  • Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown cardstock.  Do not adhere this to the card front yet.
  • Mat a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper on a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.
  • Then mat a 4″ x 6″ Autumn Sunset Journal card on kraft and brown mats as seen in the photo below.
Create a Focal Point

Create a focal point with die cuts, ephemera cards, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Butterflies.

  • First, cut the Spellbinders Lattice Quadrante Die from patterned paper and from Copper Foiled paper.
  • Next, adhere the two die cut layers together so that the edges are offset as seen in the photo.
  • Then, carefully cut the die on the diagonal lines to make 4 pieces.
  • Layer a foiled ephemera card (“Album”) with the Reneabouquets “Tree of Life” Beautiful Board, a scrap of canvas fabric, another ephemera card, and the “Love” ephemera piece.  Use dimensionals between the layers.
  • Then adhere the cut pieces of the Lattice Quadrante behind the focal image.  Place the scrolled edges on the side and the pointed lattice edges top and bottom.

The final touch is the gorgeous Champagne Butterfly in the center of the Tree of Life Frame.  I deliberately kept the card front simple and elegant so that the beauty of each element would have a chance to shine.

A Peek Inside

I created this primarily as a home décor item,   But I did add a small sentiment panel inside the card.

I hope this Throwback Thursday inspires you to dig through some of your retired fall papers and make something beautiful.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  If you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to help you use up older papers and collections.  For that reason, I cannot always link to retired products.  Thanks for understanding!

 

 

Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Authentique Calendar Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio

Hello, Friends!  It’s my favorite season of the year: the thankful season!  Today I’m sharing  a lovely little Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio made with Authentique Paper’s brand new Calendar Collection.  It’s my contribution to the Group Post over on the Authentique Blog.

Authentique Calendar Collection November Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ folio is tiny, but mighty!  Thanks to the double z-fold design, there’s loads of room to add paper pretties, photos, and journaling entries inside.

There are 10 panels on this card, making it the perfect vehicle for the new Calendar Collection.  I love the fact that the collections come with color matched cardstock so that you have everything you need to make a beautiful card, folio, or layout.  It’s amazing!

Double Z Fold cards are super easy to make!  You can find a tutorial for making the base HERE.

You have to love the fact that these cards open out to a width of over 19″!  Wouldn’t that be pretty on your Thanksgiving buffet table?

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: What’s in the Pocket?

Of course, I added a pocket to the folio!  Don’t I add a pocket to everything?  It’s kind of my signature move!  This one is made with a 4 1/4″ x 11″ panel of kraft cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4, 8 1/2″ and then trim and fold to form a little pocket inside.

Tuck some tags and paper pretties into the pockets.

TIP:  Die cut a little decorative piece for the pocket flap.  Then use the negative cut as a second pocket.  Back the empty space where the label was with designer paper, then adhere the sides and bottom.  Instant tea bag pocket, and oh, so cute!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio: The Flip Side

Don’t forget to decorate the flip side of this folio!  You have lots of room to decorate.  Use the center panel as a photo spot.  Just be sure to adhere only the bottom edge of the little sentiment panel to the card base.  Then the photo can be tucked behind it.

And don’t forget to add a spot to write down those precious memories or a special greeting.  This lightly distressed panel is the perfect spot for that!

Grateful Heart Thanksgiving Folio on YouTube

Here’s a super quick video tour with tips and tricks in case you want to make your own version of this card folio for your Thanksgiving festivities.

 

Wishing you a grateful heart every day of the year!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio with Authentique Gracious

Hello, Friends!  How about a hug in a cup this Monday morning?  I have the sweetest tea themed card folio made with Authentique Gracious to share with you this morning.

Authentique Gracious Double Z Fold Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

This little 5″ x 5 1/2″ tea themed card folio is made with scraps from other Gracious projects I’ve been making this fall.  I have to tell you…I am in love with this collection.  It is so warm and nostalgic that I can’t  seem to stop playing with it!  This resulted in a lovely little stack of off cuts, extra doilies, die cut teacups and bits and pieces that were begging to be put to good use.  So, I did!

You all know how much I love my tea, so I decided to make one more tea themed card folio with the lovely vintage teapots and teacups pattern from the collection.  Stamped sentiments come from a lovely Penny Black tea stamp set that I will link below in the supply list.

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio: Double Z Fold Card

Double Z Fold Tea Themed Card Folio by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Authentique Gracious

Would you like me to do a tutorial for the double z fold card base?  Wish granted!  You’ll find a project tour with tips and tricks as well as a video tutorial below.  It’s such a fun way to make a card.  It just opens and opens and opens again, giving you lots of room to add paper pretties.

Penny Black Cup of Tea Stamps Double Z Fold Card Tutorial Kathy Clement Authentique Gracious

This is what the inside of the card looks like when fully opened.  The center pocket holds a little tea bag and blank card where you can add your own personal greeting.

But the really fun thing about this folio design is that the back side is also fully decorated.  How fun would it be to set this card out on your fall mantel, or even your Thanksgiving table?

Hug in a Cup Tea Themed Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

You can see why I love this collection so much.   The rich autumn hues and vintage images are just dreamy.  And this card design is a great way to turn scraps into a gorgeous project!

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  You’ll find a linked supply list below this post. And to see more Gracious Projects, Click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial and Bonus Card Folio

Hello, Friends!  I know the whole world is excited about Halloween right now.  And don’t get me wrong, I like Halloween, too.  But today I’m excited because my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, is just around the corner.  To help us get ready to celebrate, I’ve prepared a simple Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial using the gorgeous Authentique Pleasant Collection.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

 

Oh, how I love Thanksgiving!  It goes way back to my childhood when all the aunts, uncles, cousins and even great grandparents would gather at my grandmother’s house to celebrate together.  Sometimes there were as many as 3 dozen of us tucked around the dining room table, in the kitchen, in the parlor on TV trays…and in every nook and cranny of the house!  And the food!  Ooh la la!  Those ladies could cook!  This rustic banner takes me right back to those happy, happy times. I thought you might want to make a banner for your Thanksgiving celebration, so I have a little tutorial to share with you today.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Creating the Pennants
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

First, cut (3) 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ panels from Pleasant Four. Two panels will be the same, and one will have the wood grain going the opposite direction.  No worries!  By the time we’re done, no one will know!  From the paper you have left over, cut (4) 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

Flip each panel face down.  Find the center point of the panel (2 1/8″) and measure up 1 1/2″ from that point.  You can see where I made a little pencil mark at that spot.  For the 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ panels, measure up 3/4″ from the center point which is 1 1/8″. Make a mark just as you did on the larger panels.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 04

Use a ruler to draw a line from each corner to the center of the mark you made.  Then cut along the line to create pennants for your banner.

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Adding Texture with Fabric
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 05

Stitch each pennant onto a slightly larger piece of burlap or linen fabric.  I used a decorative stitch and fancy thread on mine, but regular stitching and thread works great.  And, if you don’t want to sew, you can just use Scor-Tape to secure the pennants to the fabric, or eliminate the fabric altogether.  Then fringe the edges to give it a rustic look.  You don’t do this step with the small pennants.

Starting with a small pennant, position along the top edge of a 4 yard piece of ribbon.  I use binder clips to hold the pennants in place.  Then add a large pennant, then a small one and so on until you have the pennants evenly spaced out.  Stitch the fabric at the top of each pennant to the top edge of the ribbon.  Just start at one end and sew all the way to the other.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 06

 

Flip each pennant over, and add a small piece of Scor-tape to the bottom edge of the ribbon and adhere.  This keeps the banners positioned properly.  Now you are ready to decorate!  And that’s the fun part!

Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial: Making it Pretty!
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 07

 

Tie a big loopy bow at each end of the banner.  Then add burlap string and flowers to dress it up.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 08
Tie smaller bows in the corners of each of the larger pennants.  I die cut a base layer from Pleasant with a Spellbinders Label 1 die. Then  I topped it with a doily that I cut with a Cheery Lynn Ornament 1 Die.   I also die cut leaves, wheat sheaves, pumpkins and acorns from an assortment of fall dies.  Fussy cut images from the 3″ x 4″ cut aparts and add Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape between the layers to create loads of dimension.
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 09
The banners from the Components sheet are just the right size for decorating the smaller pennants.  I also cut a second pennant layer from scraps of Pleasant Four.  These measure 2″ x 3″.
Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 10

Little wooden buttons glued in the center of each smaller bow add to the rustic, homespun feel of the banner.

Authentique Pleasant Thanksgiving Banner Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 12

Banners make every party special, and now that you know how, you can make one for every holiday of the year.

Pleasant Fall Color Card Folio

 

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 01

This lovely little card would make a great hostess gift at your Thanksgiving gathering.  Or pair it up with the banner for a pretty mantel display.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 02
There are 2 pockets inside with lots of room to hold Thanksgiving photos.
Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The top pocket holds a little tea bag wallet with a cute belly band.  I’ve used the 6″ x 6″ bundle to make the inserts for this card.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 04

There’s room to write a little note here.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 05

 

This folio measures 4 1/2″ x 6″ and has a magnetic tab top.

Authentique Pleasant Fall Card Folio by Kathy Clement Photo 06
It opens to reveal room for a photo, and another pocket with inserts.  You could put photos in the pocket.  The pocket folds down to reveal two more photo mount pages.  What a fun way to preserve your Thanksgiving memories!
You can pull this banner and card folio out year after year, so the time it takes to make them is really worthwhile.  I just love the way photos bring memories back to life.
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  Oh, and there’s a linked supply list below, too.
Wishing you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Dies, Ribbons and Flowers from my stash
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