File Folder Scrapbook Tutorial

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By Debi Devitt

I borrowed the idea for this file folder scrapbook from the homeschool community's lapbooks. Lapbooks are a learning book that are very popular with homeschool families. The idea is that the child enjoys a hands-on learning experience as they create and then later sit and go through all the intricate little elements in a lapbook. Learning is reinforced as the child shows off their lovely lapbook and enjoys looking through it himself. Well, I love all the intricate elements so much that I think these would make the most fun mini scrapbooks.

Supplies Needed to Make a File Folder Scrapbook:

File Folder
Scrapbook papers and cardstocks


Open your file folder completely out and then fold each side in so that the outer edges meet the center fold.

Cover the front sides and back with decorative scrapbook paper or cardstock. I used paper from K & Company's Ancestry Double Sided Paper Pack.

Cover the inside flaps with scrapbook paper or cardstock.

Cut two pieces of cardstock to 11-1/2 inches x 5-1/2 inches. Fold 1 inch from the edge and adhere to the inside fold of the file folder.

Cut a piece of double-sided cardstock 11-3/4 inches x 9 inches. Fold over 1/2 inch on top and adhere this to center top of scrapbook.

Cut another piece of cardstock approximately 11-1/2 inches x 7-3/4 inches and adhere to center of scrapbook.

Cut 4 pieces of solid cardstock to 12 inches x 4 imches. Layer about 3/4 inch to 1 inch one on top of the other.

Fold over so that they are all layered and staple into place.

Adhere to inner flaps.

Cut 2 library pockets. Adhere to inside flap.

Create a couple of coin envelopes and tags if desired and adhere to inside flap.

Make a drinking cup pocket and adhere to upper right hand flap.

Cut photo mats and journaling spots of various sizes and adhere to the outside of the inside flaps. Add embellishments if desired.

Create photo and journaling mats for the inside pages and embellish as desired.  Obviously you can set these pages up in any way you desire, but these are just some ideas on things that I like to include in these mini scrapbook albums.

As you can see, there are so many places to put photos and to journal!  This ends up being a rather large mini album!

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