altered file folders – how to make ‘em

posted by Aby Garvey 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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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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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!