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 …
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
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
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….
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