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Memory File Scrapbooking
1 A4 Filer Folder or A3 scored in half
4 x A4 Co-ordinating Cardstock – 2 in one colour and 2 in another
2 Co-ordinating 12x12 Patterned Papers
2 x A4 White
Distress Ink Pads of co-ordinating colours
Firstly round off the corners of the file folder
Score one piece of 12x12 in half and round the corners – this will be the centre piece of your file.
Out of your 4 pieces of Co-ordinating cardstock – take 2 pieces of the same colour. These are going to go on the inside of the file so you may want to trim them to leave a margin – round the corners on these also.
Now is the time to get MESSY!!!! Everything we have cut and scored so far needs that magic “inked” effect – this can be to your taste and preference. I did this on a Teflon mat to get that blended look using the Blending tools
Using the tape – stick the inside covers on and then place the 12x12 scored piece inside the file – the score lines together. Using your pokey tool pierce (on the foam mat) at 1” intervals through the score line on both – if you do them both at the same time the binding will be easier. Once you have completed this sew them together using your chosen material. I used beading cord.
Cut another piece of PP at 5”x12” and adhere to the centre line (inside of 6x12 fold) to make a pocket. Stick down one long side and the 2 short sides.
To cover your stitching on the outside use a strip of PP and fold around the edges and adhere – make sure it’s inked to match though.
So now we have the basic folder made.
Using your Patterned paper make 3 pockets to be placed at intervals through the file.
Using the other card, you choose which colour, make tags to go inside the pockets, I used a die cut shape to make a tag topper or perhaps shape them like an actual tag. Again make sure you are inking this all to match the rest of the file. You could also embellish this with ribbon or buttons dependant on the recipient.
Inside the Front Cover I have inked and stencilled a CD holder (card) and using the spare cardstock made tags to fit inside.
Using some lighter weight paper (perhaps from your scraps drawer) Approx A5 size – score in half Top to bottom (portrait) and then into 3 the other way. This should concertina into a smaller rectangle now. Once again – ink it up! Die cut 2 shapes of your choice ( I’ve used Chipboard Coasters) and adhere to the front and back of the piece you have just scored. This is now a small mini book which you can adhere into the file at a point of your choice. You could use ribbon and a button to create a closure.
Insert this into the centre pocket
Also in this pocket I created a DL size card and inked and stencilled it and placed inside.
That’s it just poking out on the right hand side.
Inside back cover
Using 4 Large Brown Tags
Heavily ink them and then at make 3 of them gradually smaller in length than the others. Heavily ink them and adhere inside the back cover.
I have also used a Bee Crafty Banksy stamp.
Adhere them together and stick (portrait) into the back cover of the file.
This project is very easy to personalise and is a great way to scrapbook without having the pressure of a bigger scrapbook. Perhaps you are creating a memory file for one event that doesn’t require a whole scrapbook – this is the perfect way to do that.