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Mouse Notepad Folder with Pocket

In the move to my new stamp room in the garage, I found some cream pocket folders.  I decided to put them to use and make notepad folders with a pocket to hold cards or other papers. 

  20170429 Single folder open and closed

You can decorate the front and inside with your favorite designer papers and stamps.  Of course, I made a critter--one of my favorites, a little mouse using the Playful Pals stamp set.  If you don't have this set yet, get it soon because it is retiring on May 31st!  I  I also used these as my prize patrol item at our Stamped With Aloha Spring Stamp Camp this weekend.  Here are more with different designer paper backgrounds.

  20170429 finished folders

Here is how to make this notebook folder:

  1. Start with a 2-pocket folder (see photo below).
  2. Cut down the height of the folder to 11".  Cut the top of the folder (the end that does not have the pockets).
  3. Cut the spine off the folder so that each side is 8 1/2" wide.
  4. Your original folder should now be in 2 pieces that are 8 1/2 by 11" each.
  5. Score down the middle of the 11" length at 5 1/2".  Fold on the score line.  You should now have 2 folders that are 8 1/2 x 5 1/2".
  6. One of your folders will open so that the pocket is on the left and the blank side is on the right.  For this one, cut the pocket flap on a diagonal so that it is easier to use. 
  7. The other folder will have a pocket that opens upside down.  To fix this, cut open the top of the pocket, just follow the edge of the folder.  Then cut the flap on a diagonal.  Then use tear and tape to seal the bottom of the flap to make the pocket.  Now you have it set-up correctly.  See photo below.
  8. Attach a notepad to the right side of the inside of the folder.  I just used tear and tape on the back of the notepad and attached it to the folder.
  9. Decorate as desired and you have your finished folder!

20170429 pocket folder

20170429 Undecorated folders

I'm planning to incorporate this project in a holiday class later this year so hope that you can join me then.  Until then, have fun making these!

Here are the supplies I used for this project:


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