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Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Reneabouquets Butterflies Darla the Witch by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!   Well, it’s time to make our Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial.  This month’s folio is too cute to spook with cute Halloween images and lovely fall florals.  If you’ve just discovered this year-long Throwback Thursday series, you can find out how to make the first 9 folios HERE.

The star of the show this month is Darla, the cutest little witch you’ve ever seen!  She’s sitting on a pumpkin in the middle of the flower patch,  trying to figure out who she’ll be for Halloween.  Silly girl!

You just have to add a dangle charm to an October desk folio!  So I grouped together a pumpkin and a word token with this fabulous steampunk key.

What’s Inside?

The brake for this easel card is actually a pocket.  And if you have a pocket, you have to put something in it, right?

So we stirred up some special Halloween goodies to go inside our pocket this month.  You’ll learn how to make them in the video tutorial below.

Hidden Pocket!

Just a like a good mystery novel, there’s a hidden compartment tucked beneath this easel card folio!  The hidden pocket holds another interactive folio.

You’ll find another treat-filled pocket inside!

And a fun little flip page, too!

Graphic 45 October Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see all the details of this desk folio and learn how to make your own, please enjoy this video tutorial.

 

It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of this year-long series.  I’ll have to start thinking about what kind of series to share with you in 2023!  Any thoughts?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Apple Pie Season Memories

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish September Desk Folio Tutorial Reneabouquets by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design

Apple Pie Season Memories: Throwback Thursday with G45 Time to Flourish & Reneabouquets

Hello Friends!  September is creeping up on us, and that always brings to mind what I call Apple Pie Season Memories.  While creating this month’s Graphic 45 Desk Folio tutorial for you, my mind wandered back to our annual trip to the apple orchard.  If you want to skip over these ruminations, just scroll down to the video tutorial and enjoy.  But if you want to join me in a trip down memory lane, read on.

Growing up in New England, we anticipated the arrival of apple season.  The state of Vermont was dotted with graceful orchards nestled between the hills.  In the fall, nearly every family planned a trip to pick the winter’s supply of apples.

Apple Pie Season Memories: The Birthday Road Trip

My mother’s birthday came at the end of September, and her birthday wish was the same every year: a day trip to Cornwall to pick apples and picnic on the grounds.  Although we had apple orchards right in our hometown, the apples in Cornwall were less pricey. Gas was cheap, and a day trip under the brilliant blue skies was always a treat.

Somehow, the weather always cooperated with Mom’s birthday wish.  We would pack up the car with the bushel laundry baskets we used to harvest the green beans from the garden and set off early in the morning.  The drive seemed to take forever, but it was really only about a 2 hour distance from our home. Mom always packed sandwiches and a thermos of coffee for the adults.  We never packed a dessert.  Who needs one when you have the promise of ruby red apples still warm from the kiss of the sun to enjoy?

In the Orchard

Pulling into the orchard was like stepping into another world.  With the windows rolled down, the sweet smell of apples filled the air.  Bright blue sky above, emerald apple trees dotted with ruby gems, and green grass shimmering with diamond dew drops filled my heart with such joy I could barely contain myself.  Dad always had to chat a bit with the man who ran the orchard.  He directed us to the area that needed to be picked, and off we went, swinging the laundry baskets between us.  Bees buzzed all around us, glutted and happy with the sweet juices from the apples that had fallen on the ground.

We did not actually “pick” apples.  Instead, we harvested the “drops” that had fallen from the branches.  These were far less expensive and just as delicious as the apples from the tree.  We were instructed to reject apples that were bruised or soft on the underside.  Reminders were given not to pick apples from the tree, and to stay within sight of our parents. You may eat one apple, but not two.  And then we were off, giddy with the excitement of filling up our laundry basket.

The Picnic

Those laundry baskets filled up in no time flat.  The sun warmed our shoulders as we searched for the very best of the drops. Anticipation of apple pies, applesauce, apple Betty and applesauce cake danced in our heads.  Mom would can most of the apples and store the Mason jars in the furnace room of the cellar so they wouldn’t freeze during the hard winter.

Before we knew it, Mom would holler her signature “Yoo-hoo!” to signal us to come back for lunch on the ground.  Bologna sandwiches never tasted so good.  Then we could enjoy the one “special” apple we had saved for lunch.  This, too, was a ritual.  First you breathe on it, then you polish it up on your shirt tail until it shines so brightly you can almost see your face in the skin.

The first bite was the best.  Your teeth crunched through the skin, and the warm apple juice flowed down your chin and up your wrist.  Sweet, tart, juicy and earthy flavors filled your palate all at the same time.  Wonderful…absolutely wonderful!

Then it was time to pay for the apples.  I seem to remember the drops went for just $1 a bushel.  Dad and mom  loaded them into the car.  We each kept one out to munch on during the drive home.  Mom tied her kerchief around her head, and with the windows rolled down, we happily wound our way through the hillsides until we drove up the big hill that was home.

September Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

Now if you’d like to learn how to make this Apple Pie Memories Folio, I hope you’ll enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.  I hope you enjoyed picking apples with me today!

Cheerio,

kathy

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August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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!

Graphic 45 August Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers, bees, by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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.

Heartfelt Creations Rustic Sunflowers by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 July Time to Flourish Desk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Reneabouquets PHoto 01

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Folio Tutorial

Graphic 45 June Time to Flourish Tutorial Reneabouquets Beautiful Board Reneabouquets Butterflies by Kathy Clement Photo 01

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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