Sunday, October 28, 2012

Accordion File Folder

Accordion File Folder

by AJ Otto
Turn a file folder in a beautiful tag book.


  • File Folder (8.5" x 11"), left tab

  • Three 3 1/4" x 7" pieces of cardstock, Vanilla Cardstock used here

  • One 3 3/4" x 7" piece of cardstock, Vanilla Cardstock used here

  • Three 3 1/8" x 6 7/8" pieces of colored cardstock , Burgundy and Sage Cardstock used here

  • Patterned papers

  • Die cuts (optional)

  • Corner Rounder

  • Sponge

  • Scissors

  • Adhesive

  • Bone Folder

  • Embellishments to decorate


  1. Step 1

    Open the file folder so that the tab is in the top right corner. This is important!
  2. Step 2

    Fold the bottom of the folder up about 4" to create the pockets. 

    When you fold the bottom up, the left side of the folder must match up with the cut out tab.
  3. Step 3

    Fold the left side toward the center until the straight part touches the center line. 

    Important: The tabbed portion will overlap the center line. It's okay!
  4. It should end up lining up like this.
  5. Step 4

    Fold right side over to the left side until the "binding" matches up. 

    It is very important that the binding of the book lines up evenly.
  6. This is how the spine or binding should look.
  7. Step 5

    The folder completed and laid out flat ready to embellish. 

    Notice the farthest right panel is larger than the others. This is how it should be.
  8. Step 6

    Decorate the inner pages.
  9. Step 7

    Decorate front of folder.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friends are Forever

Diemsions 5.50  by 4.25
Cartridge used Pagoda
Colord card stock cut at 3.00  and all layers
Embossed fans shape
Glitter glue
Chalked fan
Added flower
Satmped freinds are forever on card

Friday, October 26, 2012


Dimension 5.50 by 4.25
 Back ground paper paper cut at 5.00 by 4.00
White back ground  paper 4.00 by  3.75
Green back ground  paper at 3.75 by 3.50
 Cartridge used Pagoda
Shape cut at 3.00 and all layers
Embossed ,pearl, ribbon and glitter glue

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Party Time

Dimensions 5.25 by 4.25
Pattern Paper used for back ground cut at 5.00 by 4.00
Cartridge used for shape is Accent Essentials cut at 3.00
Embossed shape and Glitter Glue
Cartridge used for note was Quarter Note with all layers
Note shape cut at 2.50
Stamped saying on card front

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Links to Cricut Handbooks

Links to Cricut Handbooks

Cricut recently made some changes to its website and, unfortunately, they removed the cartridge library.  You can still find links to the cartridge digital handbooks by going to the specific cartridge via the shop and scrolling to the bottom of the page. For those of us who refer to the digital handbooks often, this is a pretty labor intensive protocol for comparing multiple cartridges.  I thought it might be helpful to have the links back in one place so I have posted a list of the cartridges I have reviewed on this site so far and linked them to their handbooks.  I will update this list with each new cartridge overview.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Gift Card Holder

Stampin' Up Dawn shows how to use Stampin Up to create original gift card holders and sleeves in this craft tutorial. The tutorial shows how to create the Bashful Blue gift card holder. However, it should be noted that the Certainly Celery card does not utilize the scalloped edge design. The third style, Elegant Eggplant, uses ink #10510 and card stock #105126. You will need a strip of bashful blue card stock cut 4.5" by 7 3/4" scored at 3/4 and 4 1/4. Fold the score lines to create the sleeve. The whisper white card stock is cut to 3 1/4" by 9 3/4". Score it at 2" and 6 5/8". Fold at the scores to create the gift insert. On the edges, use the scalloped border punch to create a scalloped design. use a flower punch in the center to create a flower design. Add adhesive to seal the sleeve. Slide the white paper into the blue sleeve. Where the opening of the flower is on the blue card stock, stamp a petal design on to the white paper. Add ribbon and a silver brad to finish off the gift card holder.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Favorite Things

 Dimensions 5.50 by 4.25
Blue card stock 5.50 by 4.25
Dude cartridge used to make card
Cuts made at 3.00 and layers
Glitter glue
Marker used to highlight areas on cut
Sticker used for saying

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Dimensions 5.50 by 4.24
Accent Essentials Cartridge use to cut label on bottom
Size of label blue 2.00
White  label size is 1.50
Accent Essentials used to  make white  shapes at 1.50 cut 4 of them
Cartridge used to cut brown paper circles was Simply Sweet
Circles  from Simply Sweet cut at 1.25,cut 4 of them
The  New Arrival cartridge used to cut baby items in circles,cut 4 of them at 1.00
Stickers used to spell out baby
Stitched by hand a round baby
Cut pattern paper 5.50 by 3.00

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

You Rock

Dimensions are 5.50 by 4.25
Embossed cream card stock
Cream card stock cut 5.25 by 4.00
Red card stock 5.25 by  2.00
Cartridge  used Quarter Note
Cut image at 3. 25
Cut cream card stock for saying at 1.50
Glitter glue

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thank you

Dimensions 5.50 by 4.25
Cut circles at 2.00 in different colored card stock
Big yellow circle cut at 2.25
Catridge Accent Essentials
Stamping on yellow circle
Glitter glue added


 Dimensions 5.50 by 4.25
Cut whit card stock at 5.00 by 4.00
Cut reddish card stock at 3.50 by 3.00
 Cartridge used Damask Decor cut at 3.50
Ribbon,liquid pearls,gemstone
Stamped saying on white card stock

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thankful Card

Dimensions 5.50 by  4.25
Cut two pieces of pattern paper in half
Added ribbon to cover where they meet
Spellbinders fold and cut die
Used Thanksgiving cartridge to cut out shape and layers
Cuts were 2.25
Glitter glue
Stamped on card Thankful

Saturday, October 6, 2012

How to make composition notebook into wonderful giftsamballi