Photo and Page Planner Folio

April 23, 2017

Good Morning,

I have a new project to share today I am calling a photo and page planner Folio/Organizer. The basis for this idea came from my needs for storing larger pictures with standard size pictures, my notes and page layout ideas for each project.

Years ago Creative Memories had a fantastic 12×12 photo box with a pouch on the lid to put larger photos and memorabilia, but they stopped offering them.  Since then I have tried many methods, but always run up against an issue with larger photos. If my picture issue was solved, I then had a problem with keeping all the memorabilia, notes or ideas for pages altogether.

Hence the inspiration for this tri-fold folio for the month of January. I didn’t have many pictures from this past January, so I made the folio with less depth than I would typically need.  The Folio/Planner measures 9.5 x 11. I wanted this to be reusable and sturdy to hold the weight of the pictures, so I used chipboard then covered it in black cardstock. Then decorated it using a mix from older Simple Stories Collections; “24/7”, “Daily Grind” and “Snap! Color Fusion”.  These collections offered monthly calendars, 4×6 and 3×4 cards as well as some matching pre-made pockets.  However, I had to be careful as I didn’t have the depth to use a lot of embellishments. I think the next one I create will have at least a 2-inch depth to allow for more pockets, flaps, and content.

Let’s get into this project…

The Front Cover

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The cover is made out of chipboard and covered in black cardstock with large magnets used as a closure.  On the cover is a couple different papers, I used the 6×12 from the 24/7 collection and then a 12×12 sheet of the brown grid from the same collection. For embellishments, I added the “January” from the sticker sheet, a 3×4 card for the camera and some ephemera pieces. Then added some red grosgrain ribbon from my stash. This opens to the right to reveal the second panel.

2nd Panel of Tri-Fold

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This panel has the opposite sides of the magnets hidden under the papers. The “snapshots of our life” is a 6×12 cut out as well from the 24/7 collection, matted on the brown grid paper.  For continuity I added more of the grosgrain red ribbon, I also like how it hides edges and calls out the red in the camera paper. This panel opens to the left to reveal the center panel and inside of the folio.

The Center Panel with the half page with a flip

The center section holds a half page layered on top of two large pockets. The front of the half page has the general January calendar in which dates can be circled in pencil to keep track of events that happened.  The calendar is a hidden flap with a magnetic closure. It opens to reveal a January card for notes that is also a pocket. The pocket holds 3×4 cards for more notes. For embellishments, I added a 3×4 card “Insta Love,” for additional color, on the pattern paper.

The Center Panel – Half Page Backside


The back side panel was created out of several 6×6 papers including this note paper found on the “b side” of the solid  “Snap color fusion” 6×6 papers. Given the busier titles, I only added a couple of chipboard embellishments for decoration.


Pockets and Insert


I made two pockets layered one on top of the other measuring 7×11 and 8 1/4×11.  The first pocket will hold scrapbook page or project ideas. The second pocket is to hold my larger photos. To protect the pictures, I made a file folder insert for the pocket measuring 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.  The only embellishments are the pattern papers.


Left Side of Tri-Fold


On the left side, I made a large pocket to hold more page ideas or ephemera from the month. The “Daily Grind” Collection had calendar papers that broke the month down by week. I liked it for a guide to remind myself of what I had and what I didn’t have to finish the month.

For embellishments, I added some chipboard tags and one of the pre-made pockets. It is a little smaller than 3×4, but I think it would be perfect for 2×3 photos.

Right Side Panel of the Tri- Fold


The Right side has a pocket as well as photo sleeves stacked in a waterfall design. This area is a quick visual reference to each event of the month. I used adhesive photo sleeves from Simple Stories to create the waterfall. This allows for (2) 4×6 or (4) 2×3 pictures in each sleeve.  To the side, I created a long shallow pocket on which I wrote my panel title using the 12 x12 sticker sheet with different fonts along with chipboard stickers from the Daily Grind collection.

Thank you for stopping by and reading the walkthrough.  If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment.

Until next time….



P.S. I am not compensated by Simple Stories, just a big fan of their products.  If you are interested in learning more about them you can check out the company and their products here Simple Stories



I recently started making cards in the spirit of a  mini album page. They do the job of holding a gift card but the idea that surprises can be added with an extra pocket or flap has taken it to a new level. Watching the receipent go from the bland typical expression of yet another card to …

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Mini Album using Graphic 45 Mon Amour

March 13, 2016

I loved working on this album. I didn’t make my personal deadline but, if I totaled up all my time, I would say it took me 1 ½ weeks.  I will be making more in the future but for now, let’s get into this album…

The front cover is images from the 8×8 paper pad, and I added some Kaisercraft paper flowers….that I probably went a little overboard. The one thing I would do differently would be to add a hardware clasp to the front cover.


Front cover





If I had gone with making my binding, the spine would have been much larger to accommodate the most complex pages and bulk. But that is the fun of making your first one; you learn so much. I did some charms on the spine as I just love the look. I am not sure you can see, but I have some keys, hearts and wedding rings.


Opening the book up, The inside cover is a magnetic flap with a border die to make the make a softer edge. I added one of the journaling cards to have a space to put 4×6 pictures. Under that flap, the page opens up to a pocket that can hold more photos or notes.

On the opposite side and throughout the album I finished the edges using a die from Spellbinder’s Scallop Borders two. I liked the softer look given the romantic theme of this album.

On page one, I have a pocket with our anniversary date filled with tags from the “Pocket and Tags sheet.” This magnetic flap opens to another flap going the opposite way than an opening to another larger picture mat.

The next page is a pocket with pull out tags for notes or small pictures on the front and trimmed with a decorative filigree edge from the same Spellbinders set.


The decorative flap opens to a waterfall of pages for a lot of room for photos or notes each side is decorated with paper from the 6×6 pad.

I think this page is my favorite; I love the black and white along with the pattern paper.  I used some Graphic 45 floss to finish the button.

I tried many different embellishments for this page but ultimately decided I like it plain.The top flap lifts up opening up to a pocket that holds a tri-fold and bi- fold for pictures. The pocket edge was made with the same dies but with it inverted.

On the next page, I used a journaling tag to make a pocket, and the card opens for more picture space. Then the flap opens to another photo mat in a pocket.  The opposite page I did a double pocket,  I like having a place to tuck something in securely. There is a hidden spot for journaling as well. Can you find it?

I like the albums that have a side pocket feature as it can hold larger photo mats, so I knew I wanted to incorporate at least one in this album.

On this page, just did a 4×6 journaling card that opens up for pictures and a side pocket for a photo mat. The opposite side I went with a note/ letter theme. I used the pocket and tags to help convey the theme.

The next two pages are inspired by black and white engagement photos I thought would look good with these papers. I made pages with frames and then some…..

This top frame opens to the side to reveal another frame then lifts up to reveal a magnetic swing tab that hides another large picture spot.  The opposite page is a triple fold idea with two frames, and a hidden pocket, all of that opens for another spot for pictures. The skinny narrow side opens up as well. On the top and side of this page are more built in pockets for larger photo mats. My inspiration went a little rampant on this page resulting in a bulging book but, it is one of my favorite pages.

This next page I am trying show all the flaps and flips plus a little page has a new technique I tried out with a Stephanie Bernard flip it card. The layers of this page are difficult to see in a picture but now here is a bird’s eye view of the whole page.

The next page uses one of the tags from the chipboard sheet as a swing tag.  This double closure opens up to a pocket and envelope styled photo mat.

On the last page, I did a straight basic flap style page with a little pocket and tag. The small flap opens up to reveal a larger one which opens to the photo mat with a pocket holding another bi-fold picture wallet. The final flap reveals a large spot for a bigger picture.

Lastly, the inside back cover I wanted a place to put extra photos or notes, so I did a large pocket with one of the large beautiful chipboard I popped up the center to give it a subtle dimensional look. Inside the pocket is a 4×6 folder covered with another one of the beautiful journaling cards.

Thanks for stopping by

until next time ……

Project challenge

February 19, 2016

Good Morning,

On my last post I talked about challenging myself to finish a project on my to do list by the end of this month. I decided I would finish up an album that was originally intended for my husband this past Valentines Day.

As I previously said, life can get in the way, in this case it came in the form of our toddler being sick with an ear infection. Who in turn shared it with all of us. Valentine’s Day quickly loses its luster when the NyQuil commercial is your reality.

However, it works out as our  anniversary is coming up in March. What better opportunity  to give a gift celebrating our marriage than on our anniversary.

So now that I have picked my project, let’s get into the products that I will be using to create this album….

The Product List:


Interior blank pages

I choose this square album made by Frank Garcia for Prima Marketing. It is roughly 6.75 x6.75 with  6  6×6 pages. The pages are a thick chipboard kraft base as you can see in the picture. I choose a pre-made album so I could focus on designing interactive pages.


Album front that I have covered


Here is the front cover as you can see I didn’t get very far with it. While the paper and ink are all that is showing I do have most of it designed.



The collection I choose is the beautiful Mon Amour by Graphic 45.


Graphic 45  Mon Amour Collection

When I first saw this collection last fall, I knew immediately I wanted to make an album. But my mind was swimming with Christmas projects ideas so I didn’t buy it right away. By the time I was ready to buy it, most of it had sold out. Now I am  crossing my fingers I have enough to get through the album.

Here is what I have to use:

  • 2  8×8 pads
  • 2 6×6 pads
  • 1  chipboard tags sheet
  • 1 pockets and tags sheet
  • 1 chipboard journaling sticker sheet
  • 1 package of the journaling cards
  • 1 12×12 alphabet sheet
  • Various rhinestone and flower embellishments

Now I need to go refill my coffee cup so I can start planning my page designs and finish inking my pages.

Until next time……







I am finally getting the energy up to clean up my scrap space after the whirlwind of Valentine projects, school projects,  and some new purchases.  As I start to put things away, I see stacks of all the beautiful product I have set aside for a number of project ideas. I realize that it is …

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