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File Folder mini albums are an exceptional fun way to document and keep records of happenings and are a good in between the traditional mini album vs 12 by 12 layouts because of the large amount of space for journalling without worrying too much about filling up all the empty spaces often associated with the traditional 12 by 12 layouts.
There are commercial solutions like Leezy Gibbons and Teresa Collins but what better way to choose the patterns that you want from the 12 by 12 papers from the full array of papers that can be found at the store and mix and match whichever we want.
There are quite a few techniques that I've done in compiling some parts of this including:
1) Christmas snowy scene, visit Kristina Werner:
2) Santa's face, visit Artist Network's video by guest star Dina Wakley on drawing and painting faces:
Finally, for the making of files tabs on the papers, I recommend the WRMK's envelope punch board but you definitely can choose to cut this from a template of a manila folder that you may own.
Step 1: I Diecut and prepared the pieces as always, painting the weathered clock with the Viridian paint for a nice glossy look while diecut-ting the Vintage Noel onto some American Crafts glitter cardstock [TIP: Always use steel rule dies for the thick speciality cardstocks like these because thin cookie cutter dies are not going to work.] I used some papers from the 6 by 6 paper pads from G45 which makes these beautiful layers when you alternate between the A side and the B side of the paper.
Step 2: I prepared the different file folders by cutting them to various sizes and then using the WRMK envelope maker. Simply punch the two locations where you would want the tab to start and end and cut off the excess on the left and right of the tab using a paper trimmer or penknife. Bind it together with a cinch or you could simply use binder rings and a hole punch.
Step 3: Making the insides! For file folder mini albums, the possibilities are endless and you can use multiple techniques to create images or tags inside. I love especially the ombre effect you can achieve with the distress ink pads on my tags. [TIP:You would need to keep the insides relatively flat in this sort of mini album to prevent it from getting too chunky.] I used flairs and cut outs to decorate the internals of the book and even drew Santa Claus on the watercolor paper as well as painted a watercolor image of the galaxy sky against the silhouette of Christmas Trees.
SImple Stories' Summer Vibes' Red Wood/Grid 12 by 12 Paper
Basicgrey's Adrfit Sailor 12 by 12 Paper
G45 Christmas Carol Scrooge and Marley 12 by 12 cut outs Paper
Kaisercraft's Holly Jolly Gleeful 12 by 12 Paper
Prima Watercolor Paper Pad 8.5 by 11 inch
Bazzill's Honey Dotted Swiss Cardstock 12 by 12
Bazzill's Honey Pewter Cardstock 12 by 12
G45 Christmas Carol 6 by 6 paper pad
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Weathered Clock
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Tattered Florals
Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz Vintage Noel
Art Anthology Sorbet Viridian
Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Age Mahogany Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Iced Spruce Distress Ink
Gansai Tambi Watercolor
Prima Watersoluble Pastels
My Mind's Eye Christmas On Market Street Flair
Maya Road Kraft Envelopes
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
Studio Calico Metal Tabs
Kaisercraft's Holy Night Clear Stamp Set
WeRMemory's Envelope Punch Board