Today’s Holiday Blitz tutorial is written by AJ Otto. She created the tutorial based on Taylor Van Bruggen‘s idea from a few years back. This project is fun, but definitely not a fast one. At least it wasn’t for me.

It took me a while to decide on what paper to use. I finally settled on My Mind’s Eye Just Dreamy paper, thinking it would great to make a Friend folder for Rebecca. With us moving every two to three years, she now has friends in three States and is always asking me for their addresses. After I finished the folder I showed it to her and she said I could keep it (OUCH!). She wouldn’t know what to write in it. Oh well…I have a new address folder! LOL

The title was stamped with JustRite stampers Times New Roman Upper and Lower Case letters. I don’t have a rectangle wood stamper, but the letters fit perfectly in my oval one. I love how everything mixes and matches with Just Rite. And now that you don’t have to condition the stamps before using them….I love them even more. ๐Ÿ™‚


After folding my File Folder, I sponged the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress ink, then added the paper. Next I machine stitched around the paper and zigzagged a line between my chocolate strip and paper on the lower part of the file folder.

The Chocolate Chip base for the pages measures 3 3/8″ x 5 3/4″. I rounded the edges with a large corner rounder (retired Stampin’ Up!) and layered a 1/8″ smaller piece of Vanilla cardstock over it. That piece had been stamped with Unity’s gorgeous Solid Posy stamp with either second generation Shabby Shutter or Scattered Straw Distress ink. I alternated those inks. The green file folder slots got yellow flower pages, the red and yellow slots got green flowers on theirย  pages.

ย A 1 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ strip of patterned paper was adhered to the lower part of the page. Then I stitched all the pages as well. To hide the stitches I added a backing to each page. The backing was cut as the front Vanilla layer and stamped with the Floralย Edge stamp from Unity.

The first page in each folder slot was embellished either with Daisy Doodles Prima Flowers or Basic Grey buttons. I created two pages for each folder slot.


I cut another piece of Manila file folder matching my front. I decorated it similar to the inside pages. Before taping that front on with Scor-Tape, I tied 1″ wide May Arts Chocolate Satin Ribbon around the folder as my closure.

I hope you have a wonderful day! My oldest is turning 15 today. He will be able to get his learner’s permit in 1/2 year. YIKES!

Hugs and smiles


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

19 Responses to “Holiday Blitz on SCS – Accordion File Folder”

  1. What a very wonderful project!!!
    Your son will be 15! They can start learning at 15 1/2 years old in USA? Here it’s 16. But I did get mine I was just over 16 years old… so I guess I won’t be able to say no to my kids when they will ask…
    Have a great birthday weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Fabulous project with beautiful results. Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday that the kids were learning to ride 2-wheelers?

  3. How lovely! Ingenious too!

  4. This is totally adorable, Beate!!

  5. This is awesome! I am sorry your daughter didn’t want it. This would actually be a good idea to make one for my daughter, but to put pictures in it with her friend’s addresses on the back of the picture! Thanks for the awesome idea!

  6. ABSOLUTELY gorgeous Beate! I would expect nothing less!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. You are too much! Great idea!!!

  8. WOW!!! Beate this is awesome! This kind of thing reminds me of when we used to swap way back when!

  9. Gosh! This is stunning! I need to give this project a go!!!

  10. Very sweet address book! Cheerful & colorful! I love all the pockets! ๐Ÿ™‚ TFS

  11. WOW; it’s beautiful; I love the colors. And I’ll be your daughter – send it over. That had to bite when she said that – LOL!!! Still…it’s gorgeous!!!

  12. This looks like it’s a lot of fun, not to mention all of the cool colors you used.

  13. I absolutely love your work. Sorry your daughter said no to it. She doesn’t realize how much time and effort you put into it, and it is fabulous just like everything else you create.

    I love coming to your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Daughters…what do they know? Great idea, colors and patterns! I love this idea! My daughter is getting all sorts of hand made beauties this years! Thanks for the idea!!! As for your son learning to drive…my son’s driving record is much better than his older sister’s.

  15. This is sooooo beautiful, and I can’t believe Rebecca didn’t want it. It looks like a lot of work, and your attention to detail is obvious!! Fabulous!!

  16. SEE… this is why you are one of my favorite stampers! YOU are awesome and this is an awesome project. Do I use that word too much in my comments here?
    Oh boy… driving…I think I REALLY started going grey when my boys started driving. I finally had a heart to heart with God so I could relax a bit. He had it under control all along though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now my baby is 18 and she still doesn’t have her license yet (long story) but I am READY for this one to drive. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. extremely amazing job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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