Girlfriend Mini Folder

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 09

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party

Welcome to the September edition of the Crafty Secrets Linky Party!  Woo-hoo! Play along with us by linking a photo of a new project created with Crafty Secrets products to the Crafty Secrets blog.   You will have all week to join the party, and everyone who links up will be given a voucher for a $6 credit in the store.  (One per person, not per project.) One lucky entry will be randomly selected to win a $50 gift certificate to the online store.  So what are you waiting for?  Let’s get this party started!  Be sure to visit the other designers and see what they have in store for you this month.  Here are the links to their blogs:

Vicki Chrisman, Leader

Michele Kovack

Darlene Pavlick

Rebekah Fairies

Sheila Rumney

Elizabeth Lincoln (Gallery on Splitcoast Stampers)


Girlfriend Mini Folder

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This month, I am featuring some of the wonderful sale items from the Crafty Secrets online store.  Sandy Redburn, the owner, has an unbelievable special going on Clear Art Stamp Sets, Creative Scraps, and booklets.   Since I have a little birthday present to prepare for a friend, I decided to make a Girlfriend Mini Folder.  It’s a fun little card/mini album/gift card holder combo, and it’s super easy to make when you use the Girlfriend Creative Scraps, Girlfriends Image and Journal Notes Booklet, and the Creating With Vintage Illustrations CD. I also used a few of the stamp images from Let’s Hang Out!

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Creating Your Mini Folder

Mini Folder Template  Here’s a template you can use to create your mini folder.  Use cardstock of your choice (I used plain white) and cut a 9.5″x 8.5″ rectangle.  Using the template as a guide, measure down 2.5″ from the top on both the right and left hand side and make a straight cut.  Then, measure up 3″ from the BOTTOM on both sides and make a straight cut.  You should now have a tab on each side of your rectangle.  You can cut an angled cut on each tab.  To shape the bottom part of your folder, cut a 1/2″ wide opening and round the inner corners, as seen in the diagram.  You will now score along the fold lines, and when you are done, your mini folder will look like this:

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 01 Fold the side tabs INCrafty Secrets September Linky Party 02 Next, fold the bottom tabs UP

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 03 Finally, fold in half.

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 04  And now the hard part is done, and you can begin to decorate your girlfriend mini folder….

I printed out papers from Creating With Vintage Illustrations on 8.5″ x11 copier paper. I used these to line the inner and outer sections of the folder. This will be easier to do if you cover just the main body of the folder first, and cover the pocket flaps separately.  Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 07Don’t worry about covering the tabs as they will not be seen when the mini folder is finished.  I simply cut 2 8x 5.5 inch rectangles from my printed paper, glued them down and then trimmed around them as necessary.  I did ink around all the edges just to keep that vintage look. 

I selected images from the reverse side of the Creative Scraps to cover my pocket fronts.  Just trace around your pockets directly onto the Creative Scraps and cut out.  Ink the edges if you desire.  Now that all your surfaces are covered, you get to the really fun part: embellishing!

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 08  The cover image is taken from the Girlfriends booklet and treated to my favorite “cracked glass” technique.  (If you don’t know how to do this, I have a blog post with instructions here.)  I matted this fun vintage gal with brown cardstock, cut out some other fun images and added some burlap, a button and posies.  Before you glue any of this down, secure your ribbon with redline tape.  Then, layer your images on in whatever way makes you happy.

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 17 Here you can see how I lined the pocket flaps with more images from the reverse side of the Girlfriend Creative Scraps.  The sayings were cut out and mounted on brown cardstock.  I cut down two manila tags to fit in each pocket, and then covered them with more paper that I’d printed off the CD.

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 13  I covered and embellished both the front…

…….and the back of the tag. Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 14

Here’s the second tag front Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 10

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 12and back.  You’ll need to re-punch the holes at the tops of the tags, but then you just run ribbons through and you are all set.

I also decorated each inner panel with images cut from the Girlfriend Creative Scraps:

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 15 Once you are all done with your decorating, simply fold the side tabs in under the pocket flaps and glue them down. I used tags to decorate, but you could just as easily add personal photos or a hand written message.  There’s also room to slip in a gift card.

Crafty Secrets September Linky Party 16 The only thing left to do now is tie that beautiful bow, and your Girlfriend Mini Folder is ready for gifting!  The finished size is a neat and tidy 4″ x 5.5″ and it’s about 3/4″ thick with the tags inserted.  If you wanted to mail this, I would recommend using a padded envelope.

Sandy has the Creative Scraps on sale for just $1.95 each!  Because mine had been partially “consumed” I found I needed 2 sets to complete the project.  But you could easily do this with just one complete set.  If you add in the Girlfriend booklet on sale for $3.95, you can make a really nice gift for almost nothing. The booklet has so many darling images in it you could easily make 5 or 6 of these with it!  These would make great teacher appreciation gifts, girlfriend gifts, stocking stuffers, etc, and they come together quite quickly. 

I hope you enjoyed this Girlfriend Mini Folder, and that you will try making one yourself. If you do, please let me know, and share a photo or two with me.  I love hearing from you….your comments make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers!  Until next time,





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13 thoughts on “Girlfriend Mini Folder

  1. Sandy

    Wow Kathy, your girlfriends tag booklet is so fun and full of inspiring ways to use the images from the Girfriends Scraps and Image Booklet! Love how you decorated the cover and each tag and thanks for including the great template!


  2. Anita Houston

    WOWZERS!!! Love this folder card!!! The tut is great…thanks! The front cover is marvelous in pinks and browns, and love those fun CS lady images! I haves many of these sheets that need to be used. The tags are AWESOME!!! Love it all! This is a keepsake!!!!!

  3. Elizabeth Lincoln

    Absolutely fabulous! What a lucky friend you have. There is such attention to detail and so much to look at, this a real feast for the eyes. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  4. Shan McKee

    Your folder is beautiful. Love all the amazing images you have used. Looks like I have really missed out by not having these CDs in my collection. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial and I hope you have a beautifully blessed week.

  5. Darlene Pavlick

    Absolutely AWESOME idea and great tutorial! Why am I NOT surprised! LOL! Your friend is going to be so thrilled with this little treasure … I know I would be! Well done my friend … thanks for ALWAYS being such a wonderful inspiration to us all! Have a fabulous Labor Day!

  6. Glenda

    I always love to come visit so I can see what you have been doing! You always go the extra mile with your projects and there is so much attention to detail. That’s what I think makes a true crafter! Hope you have a great holiday!

  7. candycolwell

    This is too cute! I NEED to do this! 🙂 Thanks for the step by step in creating this fun little min folder! Yours with all of the pinks and browns is (one of my favorite color combinations) is so adorable! I love all of the vintage ladies and the tags are amazing! Such a fun and beautiful project! <3 Candy

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