Thursday, September 20, 2007

Manila Folder Album Instructions

I know... I know... I'm sure you're probably thinking FINALLY!! Sorry it has taken me so long to post these instructions. I've had other things that needed to take priority until last night. Here goes... I will do my best to explain with words and photos, but I certainly wish I could just show each of you in person!

STEP 1: You will need one letter size (8.5" x 11"), left tab manila file folder (also known as the 1st tab position). Open the folder so that the tab is in the top right corner.

STEP 2: Fold the bottom of the folder up approximately 4" to create the pockets. When you fold the bottom up, the left side of the folder will match up exactly with the cut out tab. That's how you know you've folded up enough.

STEP 3: I drew a black line down the center for folding reference, but you don't need to do that. You want to fold the left side toward the center until the straight part touches the center line. This part is very important... the tabbed portion will overlap the center line! Just make sure the upper portion is even with the center of the file folder.
STEP 4: Fold the center of the file folder in the opposite direction as pictured.

STEP 5: Fold the right side over to the left side until the "binding" (the right side) matches up. You will notice on my finished sample that the folding doesn't come out completely even. However, it is important that the binding of the book matches up.

STEP 6: Flip the book over (this will be the front) and finish it with patterned papers, stamps, and embellishments. When you're ready to tie the book closed, just use an Xacto knife to cut a slit in the back cover of the book. Slide the ribbon around the back of the book and tie in the front. Here's my finished sample again:
Feel free to email me with any questions! And make sure you stop by tomorrow for a SALE announcement! We all love sales, right!? Hope you have a wonderful day!

62 comments:

Mary Duffek said...

Taylor,

You are super sweet in sharing these instructions! I can't wait to make one this weekend! WooHOO!
I love your blog and check back almost daily. TFS and being an inspiration!

Sharlene said...

Great instructions. I have been "intending" to do one of these. I hope I can get to it this weekend.

Jen said...

Great tutorial Taylor!

Hope your house is starting to feel all homey.

Ericka said...

Taylor, you're the BEST!!!!!

Jennifer said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing these! It is super cute and fun...can't wait to try one!

Flossie's Follies said...

This is fantastic, thanks for sharing.

Sherrie said...

Too cool! I love it! Great job on the tutorial...nice and clear. I just love that dp too!

regan said...

hi are these legal (11x14) or 81\2 x 11 folders

Patti said...

Thanks so much for taking time to share this tutorial. It's fantastic! You're the best!!!

C70 said...

Never too late for an awesome tutorial, Taylor!!! Thanks so much for generously sharing your class instructions!

Rose Ann said...

Wow...this is so awesome!! Thanks for the instructions!

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

Yippee! Thanks for taking the time to share the tutorial! Can't wait to give one a try! Too bad we didn't have time for a personal tutorial when you were here in MN!

Kari & Kijsa said...

That is the cutest idea! We love the step-by-step instructions! What a blessing!

Kari and Kijsa

Elizebeth said...

After seeing this so long ago I decided that I was going to make one of these for my daughters, (both of them) birthdays for family. Like a little mini journal of milestones, favorites and pictures.
Yikes! What have I gotten into????

Thanks for the pictures, they will help a LOT!

Juanita said...

This is so practical, usable, and cute!!! Your tutorial is excellent and easy to follow, TFS.

Marie said...

WOW! Thanks for the awesome photos and instructions on how to make one of these.

Did you use legal or letter sized folders?

Taylor VanBruggen said...

I used a letter-size (8.5" x 11") folder. I have edited the original post to include this detail.

Joanne said...

Sooo pretty and easy! Thanks for opening my eyes on this one =)

Tandra said...

Ooooh Taylor THANKS so much!! You are wonderful! Album is wonderful!
How is your stamp room?? Do we get a pic soon??

ulrika_m said...

This is just wonderful, and what a great tutorial! Unfortunately, I haven't seen this type of manila folder here in Sweden ...

Kristina Lewis said...

Thanks for sharing! I am so trying this out!! You are da bomb :)!! ((hugs))

Anonymous said...

I must be a "goof-ball", but mine doesn't line up! It's like one side is bigger than the other. I'm using a letter size folder.

Bevie Pearl said...

Taylor.......Thanks for the *toot*. I can't wait to try one!!

Jules said...

Thanks for showing the instructions in pictures. You're blog is fab! :) Julie

Taylor said...

When you flip the book over so you're looking at the front cover, the left side will match up, but the back cover section is larger than the rest so the right side doesn't match up exactly. It shouldn't be too far off though!

diane mcvey said...

THANK YOU so much!!! This is just the neatest thing ever..I loved your creation!! You are so kind to tell us how to do it! Have a fabulous weekend!

Jenny (Penelope Pitstop) said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing. I've recently fallen in love with making mini books & this is just what I needed to inspire my next lil book

Selina M said...

Great instructions ,Tfs Just have to decorate it Thanks

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Thank you Taylor! I sat here and folded it up with your instructions, now I can't wait until I can come back this afternoon and make something out of it! Thanks for sharing your crativity with all of us in blog world!

rozie640 said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. Your book is lovely, now off to Staples for those left handed file folders! They would make great gifts for friends, family and teachers gifts for Christmas! They won't forget that student for sure.

Cheryl said...

Great job Taylor. Can't wait to do one of my own.

Sencie said...

I am loving this folder idea!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! :)

Filka said...

Absolutely beautiful!!

Jennifer R said...

Absolutely beautiful. Now I will have to search the house for a Manila folder. No easy task in the mess it is currently in! LOL
Thank you so much for taking the time to share all that you do.
You are a blessing to us all!
Jennifer, Calgary, Alberta,Canada

Inky Doodle AKA Korin said...

AWESOME project! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Here is my try...http://inkydoodle.blogspot.com/2007/09/926-wednesday-challenge.html

Danielle Lounds said...

Thank you so much for posting the instructions on how to make this folder. It was oodles of fun to make!

ஐ*Beatriz Jennings*ஐ said...

OMG!!! This is GORGEOUS! I love it! :) TFS!

StamperSharon said...

LOVE this adorable book, Taylor -- thanks so much for sharing the instructions!!

Lisa said...

Are these file Folders the half cut folders?? Just wondering, my 3rd cut is NOT working......

Lisa

sharon f. / Created By U said...

On a third cut folder, you will need to re-fold to get the correct center line.. then it works just great! (can you tell I ran into the same issue?)

Can't wait to decorate my file folder!

Sarah C. said...

Fabulous idea! I have a HUGE box of manila folders at home. Thanks so much for sharing the instructions!! :)

peggylee said...

Love it, I just made one following the instructions wonderful, now i can't wait to go embellish it. thanks love your blog

peggylee
craft2470@hotmail.com
white mountains of NH

Selene K said...

This is beautiful! A WOW project for Sure! Thank you for Sharing!

Wife2TJ said...

This is wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing this. I can't wait to try it!!! -Samantha

Colleen said...

I just did another one of these this year as a Christmas gift!

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e_donaldson said...

This is such a neat project and thank you so much for the tutorial!

- Elizabeth
Co-Owner
www.missimagination.com

ofsageandsepia said...

OMG- I've been searching all over for this - saw the idea and then couldn't remember where! Thanks so much - I'm going to have a go at this today.

Love your blog and all the great ideas.

Martha said...

Thanks for the great idea and the instructions on making it! Your project is beautiful and I love the details and sentiments.

Mimi Cross said...

I saw this on Pinterest and love it. Thank you for the excellent instructions.

Emily @SweetlyScrapped said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing this! :) I usually do it with an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock, but I like it way better with this manila folder!