Monday, February 16, 2009

Accordion Folder Tutorial

I received a requests for a tutorial on how to make an accoridon folder. I first saw one on these when I received it in my reveal box from my big sister, Dawnmercedes, during Round #3 2008 of Divine Secret Sisters through SCS. I loved it so much that I made one for my 13 year old niece for Christmas and filled it with fun images for her to color for her cards. So here goes!

Supplies Needed:

  • Adhesive
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scor-Pal (or Scoring Blade for Paper Trimmer)
  • 5 Square Backed A2 Envelopes (I got mine from Papertry Ink!)
  • 6 x 11 Piece of Card Stock
  • Coordinating Patterned Paper
  • Scrap of White Card Stock
  • Scrap of Coordinating Card Stock
  • Adhesive Velcro Circles
  • Nestabilities - Classic and Scalloped, the largest size of each from the small set, to be used in a die cutting machine (i.e. Cuttlebug). If you do not own any Nestabilities, cut two rectangles using your paper trimmer to have a layered look.
Step 1
Cut the squares of white and coordinating card stock using your Nestabilities and die cutting machine.

Step 2

Stamp your image onto the white rectangle piece of card stock. Using your adhesive, attach the image to the scalloped piece of coordinating card stock.

Step 3

Take the 6 x 11 piece of card stock, holding it the long way, and score it at 3 1/2, 3 3/4, 8 1/2 and 8 3/4. Fold on the scored lines and crease it.

Step 4

Using your patterned paper, cut one piece of 5 3/4 x 2 1/2 and another piece of 5 3/4 x 3 1/4. Using your adhesive, attach them to the inside of the scored card stock on the top and bottom sections.

Step 5

Take the envelopes and fold the flaps backwards, as shown.

Step 6

Adhere the back of envelope #1 to the front of envelope #2 making sure to line up the edges. Continue until all five envelopes are attached.

Step 7

Adhere the flap of the last envelope to its back.

Step 8

Adhere the stack of envelopes onto the middle part of the scored card stock so that the shorter part of the scored card stock is at the top. Be sure that the opening of the envelopes is facing out.

Step 9

Using a scrap of coordinating card stock, cut a 1 x 6 strip. Using a scrap of patterned paper, cut a 1/2 x 6 strip. Adhere the patterned paper on top of the card stock.

Fold up the accordion folder, adhere the strip to the bottom of the front flap. Stamp the bottom right hand corner of the accordion folder, if desired.

Step 10
Adhere the framed stamped image to the front of the folder. Only apply your adhesive to the top part of the image so the accordion folder can open.
Step 11

Using the Velcro circle, peel off one side the Velcro and place it on the back of the stamped image. Place the other part of the Velcro on top of it so the adhesive backing is facing out. Close the accordion folder and press on the velcro to adhere the circle to the front.

Step 12

Your project is finished. Fill the envelopes with stamped images or other items to give as a gift.

Stamps: Eastern Blooms
Paper: GP White, Cameo Coral, River Rock, Ginger Blossom DP
Ink: Cameo Coral, Old Olive


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I want to make something to hold my coupons. I lost my coupon folder a few months back and I really have to have one. Right now mine are all in a heap on the table! Not really saving me any $$ that way right? lol
    I'm going to use your instructions but try this with business size envies. I'll post to my gallery & PM you when I get it finished!