Monday, September 9, 2013

DIY Mini File Folders

Anyone else notice the abundance of Mini File Folders making an appearance in so many manufacturers' collections? I certainly have! I'm not complaining at all. I love them!!
For one of the August swaps on Artistic Creationz I created a swap to make our own. Not really many specifications to these apart from size...

  • No bigger than A5 size (A4 folded in half) plus or minus for rounding of numbers
  • No smaller than 2" x 3" (4" x 6" folded in half)
I also originally suggested a "Spring Theme" but we all agreed to do whatever theme we liked...
For each of my mini file folders I used regular sized manila file folders which I cut down to size as I knew I would be completely covering each folder in the decoration process. I was able to cut four different sized mini file folders and a number of different sized tags from two foolscap manila file folders.
The smallest of my file folders. These are 6" x 4 3/8" including a 3/8" tab on the back of the folder compared to the front of the folder.
These were decorated inside and out with a deconstructed paper napkin which was adhered onto the base manila folder. Around the outer edge of the mini file folder I adhered coordinating washi tape for decoration, but also to ensure the edges of the napkins did not lift up.
To add a little extra decoration I coated two groups of flowers with Kindy Glitz in crystal and hot pink.

These are the middle sized Mini File Folders. They are 7 1/2" x 5 1/2" including a 1/2" tab on the back of the folder.
I decoupaged torn up pages from a book I'm in the process of altering (more on that in another blog post) onto the manila folder base. I trimmed around the edges of the page so again added washi tape on the top and bottom of the file folder to protect it from pulling off. On the sides I used Bazzill Wayfarer Paper Tape whole as I really love the design of this tape!
I stamped the image with Faber Castell Gelatos in Spearmint, Butterscotch and Red Cherry. I used the Donna Downey Poppies Bunch Foam Stamp (well part of the stamp). I then painted over the stamped image with the same gelatos using my water brush. To finish I added some dimensional black dots.

These are the largest mini file folders (yes I know that sounds strange lol). These are 9" x 6 5/8" including a 5/8" tab on the back of the file folder.
I decoupaged torn up old pattern pieces onto the manila folder base. I wrapped the overhang over the edges onto the reverse side of both sides.
Around the outer edge of the mini file folder I adhered coordinating washi tape purely for decoration. I used Bazzill Vintage Market Paper Tape for this.
I cut a burlap strip to length, pulled off two threads from each side then hand sewed cross stitches around the entire piece using a coordinating embroidery thread. I adhered this in place on the front of the mini file folder using Helmar Fabric Glue.
I lightly edged some Vintage Fashion Tag from Wild at Heart I had downloaded with Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Black Soot. I tied a length of coordinating ribbon onto each tag then adhered the tags in place with Helmar Fabric Glue. I finished the file folders with coordinating buttons along the top edge.

I made sure to fold the paper tape so as to ensure that the numbers of the ruler showed the correct way up along both side edges.

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