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#SimplyG45 - File Folder Notebook Tutorial

Posted by Graphic 45 10/19/2018 23 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,#SimplyG45,


Hello, G45ers!

  Happy Friday crafty friends!  To kick off the weekend we have an incredible #SimplyG45 video tutorial where Sandi Nagel teaches us how to create a Slim File Folder that holds a removable traveler's notebook insert and a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope, you will be able to recreate this project in less than an hour and it won't cost a lot of money to make.  Sandi uses our Hallowe’en in Wonderland - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and Policy Envelopes to create this organizer.  Be sure to check out below this project for your name to see if you are the WINNER of our weekly blog contest!  Let the fun begin!  



#SimplyG45 - File Folder Tutorial

By Sandi Nagel


"Hello G45ers!

For today’s tutorial, we’re going to make a #SimplyG45 project.  We’re going to make this nice looking, file folder that holds a removable Traveler’s Notebook insert and a Graphic 45 Policy Envelope.



This is a great way to track your day-to-day activities. Use it to track your expenses, carry your coupons, hold your receipts, or jot down appointments and notes.


You’ll be able to make this file folder in less than an hour and it won’t cost you a lot of money to make.


Measurements – Cutting and Scoring List


1. Trim your card stock at 10 x 8 1/2 inches

2. Trim a second piece at 9 1/2″ x 3


3. Score your larger piece at 5″ and fold


4. Score the slim piece at half an inch on one side (vertical) and then at 3/8 of an inch at both ends (horizontal).


5. Trim your Graphic 45 front cover at 4 3/4 x 8 3/8. For the back cover I used scraps, ensuring that the height was at 8 3/8. You can do as I did or trim a second piece at 4 3/4 x 8 3/8 for your back cover as well.


6. Score the side pocket at 3/8 of an inch on both ends (horizontal) and 1/2 inch on one side (vertical).  With your scissors, you’ll cut off a small triangle on the side where you have scored the 1/2 inch. We do this to eliminate bulk at the corners.


Tip: Set aside a jar or box for chipboard and fun-foam scraps.  This way when you need to pop-dot a piece to your project, you can go always reach for these scraps and glue them on for dimension. 


Video Tutorial

I’ve put together this easy to follow tutorial. I hope that you find this tutorial helpful and that it inspires you in making one of your very own. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!” ~Sandi


#SimplyG45 Tutorial | Halloween in Wonderland File Folder



Graphic 45 Supply List:




Other Supplies:

  • Black Card Stock
  • Yellow Ribbon or Seam Binding
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Pop-dots
  • Scoring Board
  • Edge Paper Punch (optional)
  • Large Circle Punch (optional)
  • Traveler’s Notebook Insert (optional)


Blog Contest Winner

This week’s prize package is a Club G45 - Volume 10 Christmas Magic Kit, a $50 value.  The winner is….Carrie Zimmerman!

This is what Carrie had to say on our Garden Goddess blog: “Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the colour palette.Thanks for another great collection…”


We want to thank everyone who participated in our contest this week.  We love reading your tips, comments, and feedback. Carrie, please email to claim your prize.  


What a wonderful tutorial!  This project would look great with any Graphic 45 paper collection and would be a great handmade gift.  Join us in the comments below by leaving your gratitude for Sandi for sharing this simple and amazing organizer.  We hope you try this out, and when you do, be sure to share your results with us on our Graphic 45 - Official Community Facebook Page.  Have a great weekend and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

23 Comment(s)

Katherine Buchanan:
10/19/2018, 11:28:00 AM

Oooohhhh!! Love love LOVE it!! I've been enjoying Sandi on YouTube lately... I plan to make one for my son who is traveling to Japan next month!! WooHoo!! Now I need to get some papers for a guy...

10/19/2018, 01:15:33 PM

Thank you Katherine! My son has been saving for a trip to Japan as well! He's been wanting to go since he was in grade school! Thank you so much for your kind words. Have a great weekend!

Anne Schilling:
10/19/2018, 11:35:18 AM

Love this and plan to make several gifting! Such a great gift for a teacher!

10/19/2018, 01:16:35 PM

Thank you! These are soooo super easy to make! Great for the upcoming holidays, as you can make these for just about any occasion. ;)

10/19/2018, 11:35:48 AM

Sandi, thanks for the lovely, quick file folder and folio with the tutorial. Love the G45 Halloween in Wonderland colors and designs. I can make some of these as Christmas gifts!

10/19/2018, 01:17:59 PM

Thank you! Yes! These makes great Christmas presents. You can make several of these with just one paper pack ;)

Vanessa LeClear:
10/19/2018, 11:53:54 AM

Beautiful project, Sandi! Thanks for the tutorial. And congrats to Carrie!

10/19/2018, 01:18:32 PM

Thank you! My pleasure :)

She Fowl:
10/19/2018, 12:18:17 PM

Great project...plan on making a few for gifts...thanks.

10/19/2018, 01:19:07 PM

Thank you!

She Fowl:
10/19/2018, 12:18:17 PM

Great project...plan on making a few for gifts...thanks.

Anne McIntosh:
10/19/2018, 12:19:52 PM

What a great project! Looks like one I could do in a small amount of time with left over collection pieces! AND very useful! Thanks very much!

10/19/2018, 01:20:09 PM

Thank you! Great for gift giving :)

Jeane A:
10/19/2018, 12:28:24 PM

Wonderful tutorial-Sandi seems to break down everything she does into reasonable steps for those of us that are not as skilled! Love the project and the beautiful G45 papers!

10/19/2018, 01:20:50 PM

Awwww, I appreciate you saying that. Thank you! :) Enjoy your weekend :)

M'Liss White:
10/19/2018, 12:39:59 PM

Such a cute file folder tutorial. his will be an easy gift to recreate. Thanks Sandi!!

10/19/2018, 01:21:13 PM

You're welcome :)

Ellen Haydon:
10/19/2018, 12:42:21 PM

How great is this Halloween Folio! I love the cute projects that this collection yields. It is so fun to work with. I made candy boxes and will give them out to our Trick or Theaters. Thanks for sharing Sandi.

Sue MacFall:
10/19/2018, 01:41:32 PM

Thank you Sandi for this project and all the instructions - my weekend work sorted !!

Jan Kennedy:
10/19/2018, 01:48:56 PM

Another clever project... I'm still looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts!

Nancy young:
10/19/2018, 02:35:32 PM

Love this idea and will give it a try. Thank you.

Susan Ashby:
10/19/2018, 04:16:46 PM

Love this idea....I’m going to make several of these with different Graphic 45 papers. Keep for an emergency gift. I love all the Graphic45 papers. They are the best on the market in design and quality.

María V:
10/19/2018, 07:24:34 PM

My girls will get one in their Christmas stocking!!!

10/19/2018, 08:17:06 PM

How do I make the travel notebook? Can it be purchased? Wonderful tutorial.

10/20/2018, 12:27:45 AM,

This looks like a fun notebook to make! I will try it out soon. This paper is coo, too!

Gillian I Brown:
10/20/2018, 03:06:03 AM,

Love that paper line, so many gorgeous elements.

Jill McAuley:
10/20/2018, 05:55:38 AM

Thank you Sandi for your tutorial...the end result does not give away how quick this project is. I am in agreement with others leaving the comment of what a great gift idea this is for upcoming holidays...nice hostess gift for Thanksgiving with a family recipe tucked inside...gonna get into my G45 stash and start working...this tutorial also shows what a trove of beautiful papers and patterns from the "B side" choices too.

Glenda Buster:
10/20/2018, 04:45:12 PM

Congratulations to Carrie. Sandi thank you for sharing this fantastic project and tutorial.

Jamie Kaus:
10/22/2018, 08:35:51 PM

These will make great gifts for our caregivers and neighbors that do so much for us since we became disabled. My paper crafts are the only thing that keep me sane. Thanks for a great project share!

10/23/2018, 05:30:29 AM

This is so pretty,can't wait to try it.

Stephanie Cook:
10/23/2018, 07:30:43 PM

I love watching the tutorials,for a newbie like me it's very helpful.

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