File Folder Album Birthday Card

This week was my Mom’s birthday, I hate to brag but my Mom is really an amazing person. One of the things that I am trying to work on is letting the people in my life know how important they are to me. I thought a mini album would be a nice way to tell my Mom just how much she means to me.

I really enjoy making file folder albums, they are cheap, quick, and fun to make! I also like that you can make them very simple or really fancy and they are good either way!

One of the things that I think is really important in scrapbooking is to write at least some of your journaling in your own handwriting.  Everyone thinks that their handwriting is awful, but I think it is so much more meaningful to have something that was handwritten to you.  For this album I had one tag for myself, one for my husband and one for each of my kids.  I put a photo on the front and then each of us wrote a note on the back to my Mom.  My Mom loved her birthday card/album and I loved making it.

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Then front and back of one of the tags:

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There are lots of instructions out on the Internet but this is how I did mine.

Start with a file folder that has the tab on the top left corner or top right, open the folder flat so that the tab is in the upper right corner.

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Fold the bottom up so that the bottom of the large tab on the left lines up with the top of the large tab.

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it will look like this

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now fold the left side up to the center fold

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flip it over

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use a bone folder to score along the folded edge (this way the spine will line up perfectly) and then fold along your scored line

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And you end up with an accordion folded album with 4 pockets for tags.

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Now embellish to your hearts content!  I was running short on time so I didn’t get to embellish quite as much as I wanted but I was still happy with how it turned out.

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