Friday, 2 October 2020

Altered accordion file folder for A Vintage Journey #94

 Hello lovely visitors, the first Friday of the month has come round at that means a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. Our host this month is my lovely and talented friend Annie and she has chosen Numbers as her theme. I created a little file folder with accordion pockets inside and filled it with ephemera, all featuring numbers of course.

Here you see the folder and all the ephemera, mostly made from scraps, that fit inside. But before I go on, let's see what Annie has to say about her challenge:

"Numbers is our challenge theme for this month and we would like to see them being a focal point in your entries. 
You can use stencils, die cuts, fussy cuts or rub ons, rust them up, use texture paste or paint them, the decision is yours as long as the numbers are prominent. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk."

Well, my little file folder started from a new collection on my Etsy shop, I cut it and sewed around the edges, so it looked like this:

Next I added some texture with the help of one of my Tim Holtz stencils and texture paste and when that had dried added scraps of rice paper, diecuts, some stamping and of course lots of inking with Distress Inks, so now it looks like this:

For the inside I added an accordion pocket folder, there are many different ways of doing this, but I used a very easy method: I folded 3 A4 pieces of paper in half length wise, laid them on top of each other and then cut them to the width and height of the folder, making sure the fold was at the bottom. I glued the the left and right side of each together, to form pockets and then glued them on top of each other by running a strip of glue around the middle of each. The first and last one were then glued to the folder, so it looks like this:
Then the real fun started, with creating all the pockets and ephemera that fit inside. I am still in the process of making more of them, but here are just some photos of a few of them.
The pocket of this one is made from a large circle, cut with a circle die. I found a tutorial on Youtube on how to make pockets like this, without using a die, you can find it HERE if you are interested.
Here is a different example, in a more shabby chic style. Because of the theme of our challenge, I added numbers of course as part of my embellishing, numbers really are so versatile and always add a fun touch I think.
This photo shows a little book I made to fit in one of the pockets. Below you can see the inside of that.

Here finally is a pocket made from old book pages. Again, there are numerous examples of how to do pockets similar to this on Youtube, so I won't write a long tutorial for that here.

I finished my folder by closing it with some ribbon and added a charm, it could make a lovely gift for someone who is into junk journaling.

Well that's it for now, hopefully you feel inspired to join our challenge and if you have not done so yet, do visit A Vintage Journey to see what all my talented teamies have created.

Thank you for visiting like always and happy October, - stay safe!!


Maryann Laursen said...

As usual you´ve made such an amazing project, and this filefolder really looks fabulous and what a great way to get some of all those leftovers used and in such a great way. It looks stunning as all your work always do Astrid. I´m mesmarized with all your stunning ideas always, and I just love this one too.
Have a wonderful week-end ahead now and stay safe out there everyone.

Annie said...

Hi Astrid x Your file folder is absolutely fabulous and thank you for the accordion pocket tutorial. It will make a lovely addition to my journal using your beautiful digital papers so I must give it a go xx.
Stunning ephemera and the pockets again are a lovely idea to store memorabillia/tickets collected on your travels/outings.

Have a lovely weekend my friend xx

Take care and keep safe
Annie xx

butterfly said...

Golly, you need the numbers to keep track of all those tags and wallets and pockets in this fabulous folder. Love the leaf punch accents and it's always lovely to see your amazing papers in action.
Alison x

Let's Art Journal said...

Stunning! I loved your tutorial and the accordion folder that you made to keep all those tags and ephemera together is amazing 😁. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a happy new week! Hugs, Jo x

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