Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial

Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial with Your Creative Studio

Happy Saturday, Friends!  Today I have a slightly grungy Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial to share with you.  It’s made with the January box from Your Creative Studio, and it’s lots of fun to make!  Even if you don’t love grunge, or trains, you can make this flip folio base with any paper using any theme you do happen to like.  It’s a great size to tuck into a tote bag or suitcase, so it’s perfect for travel.

A Touch of Vintage Grunge

This is another mixed media project. I started my crafty journey as more of a mixed media girl, then fell in love with patterned paper and cardmaking.  On several occasions I’ve thought about tossing out my mixed media supplies because they take up a fair bit of space in my small studio. But those inks and sprays and stamps and embossing powders have been calling my name of late, and I have been at this long enough to know that it’s always a good idea to follow where the creative mojo leads you.

How to Make a Grungy Vintage Frame

Your Creative Studio Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

The folio measures 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ with a 1/2″ spine, so  you can make it with 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.  I’ve used 110# kraft cardstock to ensure that the base is sturdy.  Create the rusty frame by altering chipboard  with ink, embossing powder and sprays.  Here’s how I created the frame:

  • First, apply a Dark Brown Chalk Ink pad directly to the surface of a Tim Holtz chipboard frame.
  • Next, cover the frame with Seth Apter Chunky Rust Textured Embossing Powder. Let the excess embossing powder roll off onto a sheet of printer paper or into a funnel tray.  The coverage will not be complete, and that is OK.  Heat set with your heat gun.
  • The frame will have a really grungy, rusty color.  I wanted my frame to be more brown, so I applied another layer of Chalk Ink over the embossing.  Then I sprayed with some “It’s Brown” Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  (You can probably find something similar from Lindy’s Gang.)
  • Heat set the frame and watch the awesome texture come alive.
  • Back the frame with patterned paper from the YCV box, adhere a Tim Holtz Chipboard paper doll, quote chips and gears to finish the frame.

You will see how I  layered papers and ephemera in the video tutorial below.

A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio has all kinds of fun fold outs, flaps and flips.  I’ve accented the vintage papers from YCV with Annette Green’s Elizabeth Craft Designs Lace Borders and Postage Stamp Frames. They were just too perfect not to use in this project.

Here’s a look at the folio fully opened.  It really is a fun design with lots and lots of room to stash photos, journal and even a secret pocket!

Train Themed Masculine Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see how this folio comes together, I invite you to join me over on my YouTube channel for the tutorial.

I hope you feel inspired to create this weekend!

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




6 thoughts on “Train Themed Masculine Flip Folio Tutorial

  1. Helen

    Wow, right up my alley, or should I say railway line? You have managed to combine so many supplies from the kit into a supsr folio with plenty of interest, I wish I could pick it up and explore. Love it Kathy, thankyou for sharing.

  2. MaryH

    What a great masculine folio. Your creative mind is in high gear today and you produced such a brilliant design and the front panel would make a great card. You are indeed a master crafter!!!

    1. Ann

      I absolutely love this folio, Kathy. I can feel feel my creative juices bubbling to the surface. I don’t have anyone to give masculine cards to, but I still like to design those projects and recently did a masculine Valentine which I display in my craft room. ‍♀️Thanks for the inspiration. Can’t wait to watch the tutorial to see your flips and flaps.

  3. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, what a fabulous masculine folio! I haven’t seen too many folios for guys. I like the ” grungy rusty” colors and the nostalgic feel of everything. Your embellishments are wonderful. I imagine the gentleman on the front is sitting and waiting on a train. Love the whole train theme! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  4. Jean Marmo

    Simply amazing! My 4 year old grandson is a train man and would love something like this.

  5. Joni E

    Love what you made with the Your Creative Studio box goodies! The grungy, vintage masculine theme made an awesome folio! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

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