Nov 22, 2020

Ephemera Folios from File Folders Tutorial


Hello friends!  Today I have an upcycled file folio tutorial to share with you.  This basic four section pocket folder can be used for many purposes, such as photo storage, journaling or as a mini book.  I'm using mine to store fussy cut ephemera collections, mainly the Fruits and Flowers Fussy Cut Collection and Herbs and Spices Fussy Cut Collection by Junk with Steph (digital designs).  I recently joined the Junk with Steph design team, simply because I adore her images and wanted to get to play! 


My only problem is that these are ADDICTIVE!  I can't stop printing and cutting and I needed a way to store my new ephemera for easy access, hence the file folio concept.  I hope to create new folios for different kits in the future and have a full collection.

Here are the basic cutting & scoring steps:  Start with a center tabbed file folder.  Score 2.5" from  top and bottom (while folded).  Score down the middle at 4.5".  Cut away small slits between the bottom panels to form pockets. 

(Sorry the image below is upside down, but you will get the idea.)  Cut the third panel on top and bottom 1.5" from score line.  Cut away on the score line of the 1, 2 and 4th panel.

For my folio, I used an old typed prayer book to cover the folder panels and some old 6x6" scrapbook paper to cover the pocket flaps.  This size of folio is perfect to use up your 6x6" paper stash.  I stitched around the first and last panel and added a few college elements.

I used washi tape, a bit of Tim Holtz ephemera, vintage postage stamps from my collection and rubber stamp cancellations from the Darkroom Door Global Postmarks set.  I LOVE this stamp set!

I made a quick flip through video for you.  I truly hope you are inspired by this project and will give this project a go.  I would love to see your creations, so please share a link with me in the comments.  Hugs, Autumn


cheryltownley said...

Once again, a beautiful and inspiring project, Autumn, but I have to confess that the first thing that caught my eye - and gave me a warm smile - was the New Zealand stamp that I remember from my childhood. It gave me one of those warm glows of nostalgia. Thank you for that, and for the inspiration. A great way to start my day.

Bonnie said...

These look so fun, can not wait to give it a go. Perfect for fussy cut items and when I print on tissue paper. You are the rock star today. Thanks so much.

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kiwimeskreations said...

What a a great concept Autumn - I love the look of the finished folio - I did do a double take when I saw the stamps, as I instantly recognised the New Zealand one!!
Stay safe

Cyndi Landrigan said...

Great tutorial, wonderful project!

Skylark said...

Thanks for showing us how you made these Autumn. I'm definitely going to have a go at this when I get a bit more time, maybe after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over! Thanks for sharing, take care ~ Stef

Linda Simmons said...

Love this, sweet baby! Would love to make one together! The stamp set is great. You are SSOOO talented! Hugs from Mom!!!

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