Good morning my friends and welcome to another tutorial in the craft room! Today, as promised, I want to share with you my File Folder Folio Tutorial. Let’s grab a tasty beverage, two file folders, coordinating card stock, pattern paper, and the unusual crafting paraphernalia, and jump right on in.
File Folder Folio Base
Starting with our first of two file folders, the initial cut we are going to make is to square off one end by removing 1/8” to a 1/4“. That gives us a true straight line to begin with. Next, we are going to cut the width of the folio. Open the folder and measure 6 ½” from the crease along the inside of the back. Cut the width here.
Now flip to the front and using the score lines of the folder, create a ½” spine and from that fold, cut the front of the folio to 6 ½”. Next cut the height of the folio to 8 ½”.
From the second folder cut the full size pocket for the right hand side of the folio. It will measure 9 ½” x 7” and we will score it at ½” on three sides.
Using the adhesive of your choice add the pocket to the right side of the folio. I like to use a strong adhesive like score tape in my folios and mini albums.
Adding The Flaps
Now let’s add a top flap also on the right side. Cut a piece of cream card stock to 6 ½” x 6 ¼”. On the 6 ½”side, score at ½”.
Add your adhesive to the flap and attach it to the right side of the folio as shown below. This flap will be covered front and back with pattern paper that measures 6” x 5 ¾”.
Now let’s start working on the left side of the folio. Cut and score the large flap from a piece of card stock. It measures 8 ½” x 6 ½” and will be scored on the 6 ½” side at ½”. The pattern paper that will cover this flap will measure 8 ¼” x 5 ¾”. You can add that now or later. Apply the flap to the inside cover like this…
The Folio Pockets
Let’s go back to the right side of the folio and add the first pocket. Use the extra piece with the tab cut from the first folder. I wanted to center the tab in the folio, so it was cut to 7 ½” wide. After that it was scored at ½” on three sides.
Before gluing in place, let’s add our designer paper that will be cut to 6 ¼” x 8 ¼”. The pattern paper for the pocket will measure 6 ¼” x 1 7/8”.
Before adding the stacked pockets on the left side of the folio I added pattern paper. It measures 8 ¼” x 6 ¼”. I then cut the pockets from the other half of the second file folder. The bottom pocket measures 7 ¼” x 3” and is scored on three sides at ½”.
For the next two pockets cut both of them to 7 ¼” x 2 ½”. Scored each pocket at 1/2″ and 6 3/4″. The photo mats for these pockets will extend down to the bottom of the folio page.
Adhere these to the inside front cover of the folio and add pattern paper that measures 6 ¼” x 2”.
The Finished File Folder Folio
This is the basic construction of the File Folder Folio. For the front and back covers you will need pattern paper that measures 8 1/4″ x 6 1/4″. To cover the spine of the folio you’ll need a strip of paper 8 1/4″ x 3/8″. All you need now are tags and photo mats to fill your folio. In my original post, File Folder Folio, you will find the measurements for everything I created to fill my folio. Don’t forget to decorate the front of your folio any way you like.
Thank you so much for dropping by and checking out the File Folder Folio Tutorial. If you decide to make one, please feel free to add a picture of it in the comments as I would love to see it!
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