February 11, 2012

Organization is the key

I recently did an organizer for my partner in one of the famous Swaps on the Cricut MB. The challenge or theme of the Swap was to turn a file folder into an organizer or an album. My partner chose an organizer.

Thankfully, I was paired with someone that liked the same style as I do. Vintage or Shabby Chic. I chose shabby chic since I'm most comfortable with it. To find out more about this style check out THIS Article.

On a side note, I was recently asked what projects one would use the flowers I did in my tutorial. Well, this is one of them. :)

To start off, you get a normal, run of the mill file folder.

Next, open it completely.

Now measuring from the bottom up, Fold at 4 inches. Then measuring from the left tab toward the middle, Score a line at 4 and 7/8 of an inch. The next line should be at 4 and 2/8 (1/4) of an inch. The Third Score should be also at 4 and 1/4 of an inch.

Once it is folded I like to cut the pockets, so they are open. It makes it easier to place the paper on the back. Not only that, but you could leave it as a flap instead of a pocket.

Next I ink or disstress the edges and gather my paper and embellishments.

After I glued the paper in place on the front cover, I added some selfadhesive lace.

I glued paper on the inside that was from the same paper line, My Mind's Eye, simply because it coordinates together beautifully.

I embellished and added the "organization" part to the center first.

The center was glued together, as my partner wanted.

It was to make it more like a book than an accordion.

I embellished the front at the very last. It fastens with velcro since my partner needed a fastner that would not open inside her bag. I added flowers and a couple of stick pins. Some accent pearls and doily.

A close up

And that was my first altered file folder.

Thanks for looking.


  1. Okay, Luv'n this! but need to back up to instructions...how about a video? Please.
    This is fab!

  2. WOW!!!! you, missy, are one talented , creative lady. Love the idea.
    Do you mind if I "scraplift"? or is it "file lift"? don't know which, but I hope you don't mind if i do. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us.

  3. You sure are talented! What a great organizer, beautifully decorated too. I agree, we must see a video, Please, Please!!

  4. What a great idea!! I love to cruise thru the blogs to find all the good stuff!!

    I have decided to make 6 of these for gifts. I put your name and blog on it. You deserve it!!!