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Something Splendid Tri-Fold Folio with Crafting Tips

Posted by Graphic 45 02/12/2018 62 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

  Welcome to the start of a beautiful week!  Today we have an amazing Little Women Tri-fold folio album using our Alpha Banners by Kathy Clement.  Kathy shares this super fun and interactive mini album perfect for storing photos and memory keeping. We are also thrilled to announce that our newest collections Little Women and Sun Kissed are now in stores!  So be sure to stop by your local scrapbook store to pick up these new beautiful collections.  



Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog,  Facebook, and/or  Instagram to be entered to win!  Up for grabs this week is an Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Tag & Pocket Album kit, including Olde Curiosity Shoppe - Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Black Butterfly Square Tag & Pockets Album, Ornate Metal Keys, and a project sheet.  The winner will be announced on the blog, Friday, February 16th, 2018.



Little Women Tri-fold Folio

By Kathy Clement


“Designing and creating new folios has become one of my favorite crafting activities.  Folios are quick to make, easy to store and fun to give.  Creating a folio provides splendid opportunities to add fun folds, flaps, flips, pockets and tags to a basic card shape.  



The base of this Something Splendid Tri-Fold Folio is quite simple.  I’ve overlapped two 7” x 5” side fold card bases to create a large pocket in the center.  There’s no fussy binding mechanism to build, which really simplifies the design.



I love this image of Jo and her Professor sharing an umbrella. I framed it with black satin ribbon and some pale yellow flowers to pick up on the gold tones in the papers.



This lovely image is matted onto a pocket. This allowed me to add an unexpected interactive element to the front cover.




I’ve dressed up a Staples ATC Black Policy Envelope, an ephemera card, and a 4” x 6” image from the paper collection.  


Tip:  Crop the corners of an ephemera card and mat on black cardstock to create a custom photo mat.  Journaling can go on one side of the card, while a small photo can be mounted on the back.



Tip:  Decorate an ATC Policy Envelope quickly by cutting around a small ephemera card.  Trim around the edges of floral designs to create a more organic feel.  Then use a small hole punch and add a Staples Ornate Key as a finishing touch.



Tip: Trim around a book page image, then crop the corners.  Mat on black cardstock so that a photo can be added to the reverse side.  I’ve clipped these 3 items together with a little binder clip tied with black satin ribbon.



I’ve kept the inside elements flat to ensure that the folio will close properly.  But that doesn’t mean the album is boring!  


Here, I’ve folded back a page to form a quick pocket for 2 Staples Black ATC tags.  The pocket is also deep enough to hold photos.  


Tip: Create a hinge to transform a regular Black Policy Envelope into a flap page. To to this, cut a 1” strip of paper that is the same width as the envelope base. Score the strip in half at ½ inch.  Glue one half of the strip to the base of the envelope, and the other half under the designer paper.  Then you can decorate the front of the envelope with an ephemera card, or a die cut image as I have done here.


The center panel has a large inner pocket that is large enough to hold 2 Staples Black Alpha Tags.  I’ve also turned an ephemera card into a fun flip up page.



You can mount photos on the backs of the tags, too!


Here’s a look at the back side of that Policy Envelope flap page.  I’ve added a little photo mount to the base of the envelope.  


Tip: Create custom buttons on a Policy Envelope string mechanism by punching ½” circles with a punch.


The waterfall feature inside the front cover provides even more room for photo.


I’ve created a short YouTube video walk through of this Something Splendid Folio so that you can see how the pages flow and the mechanisms work.  I hope you enjoy!” ~Kathy



Little Women Tri-Fold Folio Video Tour


Graphic 45 Supplies:



Other Supplies:

  • Black Cardstock

  • Black Satin Ribbon

  • Petaloo Yellow Botanica Blooms


Looking for more fun ways to use Alpha Banners?

Check out Elena’s Hallowe’en in Wonderland Album.  

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Hallowe’en in Wonderland Scrapbook Album

By Elena Onlinevich


Halloween Album Tour Video


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We hope you enjoyed those tips and gorgeouse project photos.  Thank you for joining us today, and to Kathy and Elena for sharing these incredible scrapbook albums.  Be sure to leave your own tips and comments below to be entered to win this week's blog prize.  Have a fun and creative week!


Happy Papercrafting!

62 Comment(s)

Kathy Jo Wood:
02/12/2018, 10:50:25 AM,

What a sweet album using the new Little Women collection! Love the colors and patterns.Fabulous prize giveaway...would be fun to create the album using the goodies and project sheet!

Becca Yahrling:
02/12/2018, 10:58:30 AM

Kathy and Elena's albums are gorgeous. I always love the attention to detail that goes into their works of art.

Michele Lewis:
02/12/2018, 11:00:59 AM

WOW! The colors just shout 'spring' !! Such a beautiful combination! Thank you for all the tips and tricks too!! I will definitely be using these in my next creation! Thank you again Graphic 45 for the4 wonderful products and inspiration!

Julie Snow:
02/12/2018, 11:05:35 AM

What a beautiful album by Kathy with the new Little Women collection! Love the use of the Staples products also.

Glenda Buster:
02/12/2018, 11:41:19 AM

Lovely and interesting folio album. Thank you for sharing the album and all of the great tips. ❤️ the Little Women Collection. This week’s prize package is awesome. When I saw it featured on Friday’s Facebook live I immediately wanted to make the album using the Olde Curiosity Shoppe!!

Robin Bissland:
02/12/2018, 11:41:25 AM

Great Video...Thank You Kathy!!! Loved It!!!

Robin Bissland:
02/12/2018, 11:41:50 AM

Great Video...Thank You Kathy!!! Loved It!!!

02/12/2018, 12:10:07 PM,

Lovely albums! Black sets off the colors so beautifully!

Sue D:
02/12/2018, 12:15:24 PM

Fabulous--love how this is embellished.

Peggy Giovanetti:
02/12/2018, 12:18:07 PM,

This is a great collection - perfect for projects featuring the "little women" in my life! And Kathy's album (and video) have given me a lot of inspiration; thank you!

Regina Harrison:
02/12/2018, 12:20:27 PM

I love this little album. Overlapping two card bases is a great idea to simplify things. You designers are amazing:)

Cheryl Wells:
02/12/2018, 12:21:04 PM

Great folios and tags!!

Anne W:
02/12/2018, 12:25:30 PM

The possibilities are many with the Curiosity Shoppe Papers. The wheels are a spinning!

Diane Labuskes:
02/12/2018, 12:30:49 PM

Great video and folios. Thank you always for sharing your beautiful work.

sabine matagne:
02/12/2018, 12:49:27 PM

Super mini album,tres joli,j aime beaucoup cette collection!

susan Builder:
02/12/2018, 01:20:44 PM

What fun to explore the album with it's beautiful papers from G45. Thank you again for sharing the inspiration and beautiful products!

02/12/2018, 01:21:39 PM

So darn cute...thanks for videos too!

Kim scott:
02/12/2018, 01:29:51 PM

I love the Olde Curiosity Shop series.

02/12/2018, 01:39:01 PM

Always love Kathy's folios and Olde Curiosity Shoppe is one of my favorites!

Sue MacFall:
02/12/2018, 01:43:23 PM

Two great projects - love the inspiration you give us.

Vanessa LeClear:
02/12/2018, 01:45:52 PM

What a beautiful folio! Thanks for all the helpful tips!

Elvira Feldman:
02/12/2018, 02:02:42 PM

Love the Little Women Paper. Can't wait to get mine. The folio is beautiful will need to watch the video again to make sure I don't miss how it is done.

02/12/2018, 02:03:37 PM

Kathy, your album is lovely. Your tips are especially helpful. Thank you!

02/12/2018, 02:03:53 PM

Love the folio idea!

Tiffany Brummitt:
02/12/2018, 02:31:05 PM

I love all the collections and the great ideas you bring to us.

Jocelyn Cazier:
02/12/2018, 02:51:04 PM

The Little Women folio book was adorable! I can see making this. The best tip was a different way to use the alpha tags. Previously these just didn't fit anything I might make or do, but covering them is ingenious. THANKS!

Sharon Clabaugh:
02/12/2018, 03:50:54 PM

Nice album and inspiring project. Beautiful papers.

Sharon Gutsell:
02/12/2018, 03:52:10 PM

Love Kathy Clements Tri Fold album. The detail she goes to is inspiring. As always Graphic45 products come up fabulously used in any project. Thanks for the chance to enter to win

Kathleen Capachione:
02/12/2018, 04:02:40 PM

Again a fabulous video. Thanks for sharing with us. Good luck on winning!!!

Holly Hatch:
02/12/2018, 04:20:44 PM
Reply the Olde Curiosity Shoppe line of products. Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. I even used it to make Halloween cards to send to family and friends instead of Christmas cards one year. They came out so beautiful. Your papers make ANY project better. THANK YOU!

02/12/2018, 04:39:58 PM

Would LOVE to win the Olde Curiosity Shoppe kit! Love all G45 papers but Halloween is my favorite holiday. Thank you.

Michelle Nettleton:
02/12/2018, 05:08:30 PM

Loving these creations!

Carla Hundley:
02/12/2018, 05:26:27 PM

Fabulous work on all the projects! Carla from Utah

inga klaus:
02/12/2018, 06:02:44 PM

This collection brings smiles and wonderful memories of my childhood. I love how the projects are attainable.

Susie Doucet:
02/12/2018, 06:02:48 PM

Love it

Tiffany Macey:
02/12/2018, 06:13:28 PM

Another stunning collection. You guys are just amazing!! All your products are A Class and the finest in quality and design!!

Sharon Gullikson:
02/12/2018, 06:18:07 PM

The yellow flower looks really pretty with the papers you chose for the album. I'm always amazed by what you designers come up with!!

Martie Rollin:
02/12/2018, 06:31:18 PM

Olde Curiosity Shoppe is one of my favorite card making the spectacles! So nice to see that I might be able to win this delightful prize package!

Toni Bettencourt:
02/12/2018, 06:43:49 PM

I always look forward to your weekly short videos. They give me inspiration and new ideas not only on how to use your collections, but also how to use your staples in new ways.

02/12/2018, 06:54:36 PM

I like these new ideas for the Graphic 45 collections. I will definitely try them for gifts.

Beth M Beery:
02/12/2018, 06:56:54 PM

Stunning! I really don't have any other words!!! STUNNING!!!!!

Michele Rogers:
02/12/2018, 07:08:35 PM

Really love all the extra usages for the tags and policy envelopes.

Amber Scholtz:
02/12/2018, 08:23:36 PM

I love the curiosity shoppe oddities. Tonics and butterflies, oh my. The ideas are flowing!

Suzy Hilborn:
02/12/2018, 08:24:48 PM

Oh my gosh, so many interactive accents in these projects. Thank you both, for sharing all your ideas.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

A wonderful project!!!!!

Sandra Featherston:
02/12/2018, 08:28:46 PM

Awesome idea. And I love the new Little Women collection. I would also love to win this week's Curiosity Shoppe gift.

Diane F:
02/12/2018, 08:28:48 PM

So much attention to detail in these projects. Love it!

Amber Scholtz:
02/12/2018, 08:29:28 PM

The ideas are flowing for The Curiosity Shoppe Oddities. I have many ideas for this collection. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Sue Ellen Hollahan:
02/12/2018, 08:33:38 PM

Love your ideas-makes me want to scrap into the night!

Kim Persinger:
02/12/2018, 08:41:40 PM

Awesomeness. One of my favorite sets! Thank you very much for the chance to win.

Mathilde S.:
02/12/2018, 10:00:25 PM

Gorgeous folio Kathy.Thanks for all the good tips and inspiration.

02/13/2018, 12:03:09 AM

Olde Curiosity Shoppe collection is simply awesome! I really want to win this set from Graphic45!

Debbie Siddle:
02/13/2018, 01:00:21 AM

Love the Wonderland album. Just amazing! Thanks for the chance to win xxx

02/13/2018, 03:52:14 AM

I would love to win Little Women. My favorite book growing up! Graphic45 hit it out of the park with this collection.

Dorothy McCarthy:
02/13/2018, 05:27:00 AM,

What gorgeous works of art!!

Anne McIntosh:
02/13/2018, 05:56:32 AM

I'm fascinated with all the nooks and crannies in these albums! I been away from crafting for a few years and I'm anxious to begin again with the February G45 Club kit! I have Lots of "old" G45 papers and staples that I can't wait to use. Thank you for all the brilliant ideas!

Michelle Chmelar:
02/13/2018, 07:23:34 AM

Love the tips! There are so many ideas I want to try out. I really love the G45 papers. They are so inspiring!

Linda Eltzroth:
02/13/2018, 08:37:34 AM

My favorite book when I was young. This paper is beautiful and I love the Trifold album! I hope to design a Little Women Album of childhood memories.

Sarah Hutchins:
02/13/2018, 12:58:38 PM

what a gorgeous idea! I loved Little Women when I was growing up, read it many times and this collection brings it all back!

Regina Keyser:
02/13/2018, 03:02:43 PM

Love Everything graphic 45. Wish I could win

02/15/2018, 02:47:27 AM

Love the tri-folio-I especially like the idea of using a book page! Cant wait to follow the step by step guide to creating this mini album

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