altered file folders – how to make ‘em

posted by Aby on May 29, 2007 6 Comments

altered file folders

Playing some catch up today! Here’s a quick how-to on the altered file folders. I started with the straight-cut file folders (plain ol’ vanilla manila). Using my paper cutter I trimmed of the edge of the folder, and then rounded them with a corder rounder. Then, I used glue stick and scrapbook paper to cover the front of the folder (using the pink and orange patterned paper from Basic Grey.) Then, I cut a strip of the pink paper for the tab. I didn’t cover the whole inside flap, just the tab plus about a half inch or so below what is showing. For the “K” tab I used a circle punch and cut two circles out of card-stock. I used glue stick to hold them together and attach them to the front and back of the file folder. American Crafts rub-on letters and thickers were used to label each folder.

Enjoy! Email me photos if you make your own folders! I love to see what you create! Have a happy Tuesday that feels like a Monday :)

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  • May 29, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    I love your folders. Thanks for sharing how you put it together! And making something that’s plain and regular look so beautiful and interesting! Maybe now I can get motivated to actually file my piles (and piles) of paper away. Thanks again : )

    • May 30, 2007 at 9:17 am

      This is such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing with us. I’m so glad to find your blog. And your new web site is great.

      • May 30, 2007 at 3:55 pm

        Hi Aby, the file folders are so cute. What a great idea!!! Now that the Goals 101 class is over, I figured I would check things out here.

        • May 31, 2007 at 5:09 am

          Hullo, been reading your blog for ages and thought I really should leave a comment and say a good South African “Howzit” to ya! I always appreciate it when people leave comments on my blog. I am a keen scrapper and a wanna be organised mom, so I love your site. I hope you dont mind, but I placed a link from my blog to this site??

          • May 31, 2007 at 1:25 pm

            Just wanted to let you know that I just preordered the book.
            It looks yummy!

            • October 4, 2010 at 8:58 pm

              Love this idea. I was looking around on the internet for a way to better view my file folder tabs. Seems they all blend together and I can’t tell what’s what on quick glance, like I would prefer. You put a fun twist on filing, love it!