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Today we have a fun and interactive tri-fold folio mini album to share with you. This post is full of great tips, a video tour, and just what you’re looking for to start your creative engines. This album has been created by Kathy Clement with Graphic 45’s sumptuous Imagine collection.
Castles in the Air Trifold Folio
By Kathy Clement
“When I saw Graphic 45’s Imagine collection my mind started racing with ideas on how to use it. Maybe I could fussy cut some of the fabulous images? Perhaps I should dig into those tantalizing patterns and layer up a card? Or, I could focus on one of the enticing collage images on the cut apart page? At the end of the day, I opted to to all of the above, and worked up this whimsical trifold folio to share with you today.
Don’t you want to live in this house, perched high in the air? Imagine the view you’d have of these hot air balloons! I just fell in love with this image and decided to spotlight it in a fun shaker style frame.
Tip: To cover the adhesive edges of this shaker frame, I cut out two of the same image. One served as the base. I cut the center from the 2nd image and set it aside for use later. This left me with the frame, which I adhered to the shaker element top, neatly hiding the foam adhesive from view.
This handsome Staples Metal Lion’s Head Door Knocker looks perfectly at home on the folio cover.
To add lots of dimension to the cover collage, I backed my paper layers with foam dimensionals or waste chipboard pieces.
Tip: Fussy cut butterflies add great movement and dimension to the cover design. I’ve cut between the top and bottom wings to add more lift. Then I gently bent the top wings upwards to give them a more dimensional look. I adhered them with dimensionals to add height.
This folio measures 5” x 7” with ¾” spines and a ribbon closure. I’ve tucked all kinds of interactive features inside.
If you love flips and flaps, pockets and tags, and fun surprises then this folio will be your cup of tea!
Tip: Ephemera cards are a quick way to add flaps to a folio. I make a hinge by cutting a 1.5” wide piece of paper slightly shorter than the height of the card. This is folded in half lengthwise to create a hinge with two ¾” wide flaps. I adhere one flap under my ephemera card (matted on kraft cardstock) and the other to the folio base. For a top-loading flap, simply cut the hinge slightly smaller than the width of the ephemera card, and repeat the process.
These ATC Policy Envelopes also make great flaps! I simply dressed them up with a Staples Antique Bronze Clock Key and labels from the Imagine collection. I hold the flaps shut with this custom paper clip embellishment. These are quick and easy to make: just thread banner flags cut from patterned paper through the paper clip opening and secure with adhesive. Then top with a button, a flower, or as I did here, a gear.
Tip: Make custom covers for the “buttons” on your Policy Envelopes by punching ½” circles from patterned papers.
I filled the center pocket of the folio with a trio of Staples Laser Cut Create, Inspire, Imagine, Dream Square Tags. Then I added mini folios to the top of each tag.
Tip: Use your G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies to cut brown cardstock to line the back of each tag. Now you have room to mount a 4” x 4” photo!
Tip: Create mini folios to top your tag! Score a 5.75” x 4.25 rectangle in half on the long side. Fold to make a folio. Line with patterned papers and adhere to tag front.
Tip: Turn a wide border strip into a pocket by adhering it in a “U” shape. Then fill it with 3” x 4” mini folios. This gives you a great place to add wallet sized photos.
Tip: A waterfall feature allows you to load lots of pictures in to a small space. It’s a great addition to any folio. Each individual element in this one measures 3.75” x 5”.
To help you get a feel for the way all these moving parts come together, I’ve prepared a short YouTube Project Share. Enjoy!” ~Kathy
So what will you create with Imagine? With hot air balloons, flying pocket watches, cliff hung mansions and steampunk ladies, the sky’s the limit!” ~Kathy
Graphic 45 Products
- Imagine 12×12 Paper Collection
- Imagine Ephemera Cards
- Square Tag and Clock Dies
- Inspire, Imagine, Create Kraft Tags
- Black ATC Policy Envelopes
- Antique Brass Metal Door Knockers
- Metal Clock Key
Other Products: Kraft Cardstock, Antique Gold Silky Crush Ribbon, Clear Acetate Cardstock, Foam Tape, sequins, seed beads, Prills, Little Birdie Jessica Pastel Palette Flowers, Little Birdie Flowers Pastel Palette Bouquet, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Burlap String, Scoring Tool, Stylus, Cutting Tools
Thank you so much for joining us for this fun fold folio! Happy Papercrafting!