I made an accordian file for my recipes, and thought I could use a bigger one for my CS scraps. So I put together this tutorial with bigger measurements so you can make one too!
3 - 9 X 12 envelopes sealed and cut in half
2 - 9.5 X 7 chipboard or poster board pieces
2 - 10.5 X 8 Designer Paper. You can also use a contrast piece for the front, 10.5 X 4
2 - 9.25 X 6.75 solid CS
1 9.25 X 12 solid CS
Also needed is sticky strip, 2 sided tape, scissors, a scoring tool. Here are some optional things which I used to finish mine : ribbon, stamps, round tab punch, and adhesive velcro.
Glue the chipboard piece to the DP and snip all the corners off. Put down you 2-sided tape along the edge and fold up the DP to make a nice edge. Do this for both pieces. Add the contrast piece now, if you want it.
Take your 9.75 X 12 solid Cs and score it starting 1 inch in from the edge. Keep scoring every 1/2 inch, until you have 11 score lines. Then leave 1 inch from your last score and cut off. This will give you room for 6 pockets.
If you want more or less pockets, you need to multiply the amount of pockets you want by 2 and the substract one to get your number of score lines. (6 pockets X 2 = 12 - 1 = 11 score lines, 7 pockets X 2 = 14 - 1 = 13 score lines, etc.) Don't forget to leave an inch after your last score line to attach to the chipboard piece.
I folded all my score lines in hill and valley folds and put sticky strip on the 2, 1 inch end pieces. I used sticky strip here, because it could end up holding a lot of paper and I wanted it to be strong.
After you have attached the spine to each chipboard piece, you need to put on your 9.25 X 6.75 pieces overtop. This makes it look clean and finished off, like a book! At this point, you may choose to stamp it, but I left mine plain.
I took my round tab punch to make closures for the file. I used sticky strip to attach them on the back, and adhesive velcro for the front. This way, if I bring it to a show, I don't have to worry about it falling open anywhere .
Now the rest is up to you!! I punched the round tab in a scrap from each color family and attached them on top with the name on the tab. The front is neutral and the back is In Colors and DP. I totally filled that thing up and it works GREAT!! Thanks to Maria for sharing her tutorial with us all. It inspired me to try something different, so I'm sharing it with YOU!! If you need more detail, click on the pictures and they will come up bigger.
Have fun and happy stamping!!