How To Make A File Folder Album

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Travel Down Memory Lane With A File Folder

If you haven’t been introduced to File Folder Albums then now is the time! This craft is a fun, compact way to fit a lot of photos in a little but beautifully personalized space. You can give them as gifts like Tonya did with her Winter Envelope Folio album or you can keep them like you would with your scrapbook albums. You could even give them a theme! Susan and her daughter, Abigail, decided to make a file folder album for every trip they go on (So far, they have made three) but you could do something different! Every time you move, you can document some of your favorite memories or restaurants, etc.  How long have you and your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend been together? Track the time using this file folder album! Do you attend annual family reunions? Make a file folder and use those pictures! How do you make it, you ask? Keep scrolling!

How To Make It- Part One

For this project, all you will need is 1-3 file folders, some scissors, adhesive, and Templates of your choice! You will also need some paper and embellishments for the designing part of this project. Let’s start playing!

When choosing your file folder, keep in mind that the tabs on the side of the folder will show on the cover of your album, so you want to decide where you want that tab to be whether that be the top, middle, or bottom. We chose the top tab file folder because we liked the way it looked. Once you have decided, open up the file folder of your choice and then fold it up about a quarter of the way to create a pocket.

Once you’ve folded it upwards, take the right side and fold it inward until it meets the middle crease. Repeat that motion with the other side until the two sides interlock (The two tabs should press together like a puzzle piece)

Make sure everything is folded down nicely before you fold it away from you and press it down again, making sure everything has a defined crease.

Part Two- Add Ons

You can choose to opt-out of this step if you want to, but let it be known that it adds space where you can put photos or journaling options. One add-on to consider is the Vintage A la carte (or Bracket Accessory set. Your choice). This adds an extra curvy flap into your album; you can decide what to use it for. To make it, just grab another file folder and press the Designer Template against the crease of the folder. You want to choose the side that has the textured strip, this will make sure you can fold the edge of the flap later. Trace, cut, and ta-da!

Fold the tab back and put some adhesive on (You might want to fold it first and hold out on the adhesive until the next step. It’s up to you)

Decide where you want the flap to be and line it up so that the ridge of the flap aligns with the ridge of the file folder. After you’ve decided, mark where the edge of the flap meets the top of the pocket and cut into it (this will make it so that the flap doesn’t interfere with the opening of the pocket). After you’ve done all the precautions, go ahead and adhere it down!

If you want to add some more flaps, consider the Tags Accessory set and repeat the process!

Part Three- Decorate!

This part is all up to you! Add some ribbon, glitter, use your gel pens! For these travel file folder albums, Susan used the Tiny Travel Accessory set and embellished EVERYTHING. Ribbons on the tags and glitter on the pockets. Have fun with it!

You don’t have to keep the edges straight! Abigail loves the Funky Frills Border set so she used it to cut some curves into the cover of her album. She also used some lace to add texture to her pockets and the Tags Accessory set to add flaps for pictures.

The Liberty Accessory set is perfect for an across America trip, especially in file folder form. When decorating your file folder, keep in mind that you don’t have to always decorate your pockets. If you have a lot of photos, consider putting photos on. Last but not least, with so many thoughts to jot down, that Vintage A la Carte came in handy. For a closer look at this file folder album, you can check out the flip-through video.

Check Out The Video
Are you a fan of making your own albums? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

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