Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mini-folder-album Tutorial

I was recently requested on my blog for some larger pictures of the mini-folder-album I did for the April gallery. This then prompted a blog post, tutorial included. If you still have that lovely lavender file folder left from that kit, (or if not, just get another one), it would make a great Mother’s Day gift for that upcoming celebration.

you will need:
file folder
scoring tool
bone folder
sewing machine
a WIP kit in which to embellish

1. Start with a typical office supply folder.

2. Open folder flat and score 4-inches from the bottom of the folder.

3. Fold this portion into the rest of the folder.

4. Invert the existing fold so that it folds inward.

5. Fold left side into middle fold.

6. Fold right side into middle fold. (This is not a science, if the folds do not meet perfectly in the center, it will still look great).

7. The mini-folder should look something like this now.

8. Sew pockets on the scored creases up to the 4-inch mark.

9. Remember to sew up the right and left side end as well. You should now have four pockets.

10. Now have fun adding patterned papers, photos, and embellishments. As the folder I made with the April kit is a Mother’s Day gift for my mother-in-law, I plan on having each of the kiddos to write her a note and slip it inside the pocket behind their photo.


Angela said...

Love this idea!

Trish said...

Beautiful project, Jamie!! Thanks for sharing it!!

Michelle Lanning said...

I love this- I will definitely be using it:) TFS!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE this idea--thanks for sharing.

Janelle said...

gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

Jewel said...

Simply adorable!

pickmepam said...

love this! i may use it for my pics from my daughters graduation party!

Laina Lamb said...

Jamie - you are my hero. Best post of the month.

em said...

It's gorgeous!!! :)

Michelle Gray said...

Love how your finished book turned out. The decor papers are so pretty and so is how you used them and the photos too! Thank you for the thorough and concise pictorial! I scoured Pinterest for hours looking for a good file folder album tut the other night. Didn't find this until Pinterest selected it just for me based on my search activity the other night. Gotta love Pinterest. Thanks again!