Uncover the Mystery Behind Folio Albums with this Tutorial

Hello, G45ers! 

 Welcome. We have a lovely Folio Album for this lovely Friday, courtesy of Sandy Trefger. Sandy masterfully integrates our most recent collection, Master Detective into this mysterious folio, full of enough nooks and crannies to fit all the photos and other mementos. This folio is large and full of creative & functional details you can explore in the SnapGuide Sandy has provided so be sure to take a closer look, magnifying glass not required. Before we jump in it is time to announce this weeks lucky blog prize winner….


…and the randomly chosen winner is Pirjo Callie who said, "Lovely idea with the birdcages. Will keep in mind for the next wedding. Looking forward to tomorrow let's see who is the winner this time. Luck for everybody." It looks like the luck was on your side this week, Pirjo. Congratulation. Please email with your shipping information to claim your prize.

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This week’s prize included  A Ladies Diary – DCE, Portrait of a Lady 12×12 Pad, 12×12 Patterns & Solids Pad, a Journaling Chipboard, Ephemera Cards, Shabby Chic Metal Brads, Clock Keys, and a set of ATC Black Policy Envelopes-that is over a $100 value!


Mysterious Folio Album

by Sandy Trefger


“Mystery and intrigue come hand in hand and this wonderful Master Detective collection gives us so many opportunities to craft and add something a bit unexpected.  The scene here on my ordinary folio album is full of expected images–spiders, skeletons, strange eyeglasses, skulls and a bookcase that holds secrets.  Secrets? Secrets you say? Why yes, it does…



By gently pulling on the skull atop the bookcase it reveals the victim, but who is the victim? Perhaps we’ll never know but let’s open up this folio album to see what else can be found….



Large photo mats are held in place with wide ribbon belly bands.  Each side has a slider card so you can move them from right to left or to the center depending on the size and location of the photos you’d like to add.


Opening up the left side of the folio showcases a sinister sight indeed!  



I stamped a large skull image onto a clear transparency sheet to create this see through pocket.  By lifting the flap, you can remove the large spider web photo mat and add other mysterious images.  To the right of the skull pocket, you’ll find several pages for lots of photos including a split page for more mystery and intrigue.



In the center of the folio is a large waterfall for even more photos.  The decorative magnetic flap keeps everything in place–an excellent place to keep all your “clues.”




Perhaps more fun than mysterious is the movable “Life is a Mystery” journaling piece that slides up and down on one of the spines of the folio.  One day you might want it at the top, the next at the bottom or even somewhere in between.



More pages are in the right section of the folio for even more places for clues to hide and there is a hidden set of pages behind the skeleton flap as well.  This design gives you lots of room for photos and notes.





Tip 1:  In some folio album designs, it is better to keep your decorative elements fairly flat so as to not add too much bulk before you add your photos.  For my folio shown here, it was very important for me to keep it flat as it will be added into the back of a “mysterious curio cabinet” project later on for a hands on class and it needs to fit!  Always take into account that photos add bulk too and you want to be able to add those into your album.


Tip 2:  If you decide to create a transparent pocket with a stamped image, make sure that you use Archival ink so that your image doesn’t smear.  Also, allow it to dry really well (I let mine sit overnight) before handling it.


The last section of this folio album features a set of pockets.  A great place to store those extra photos and journaling ephemera cards that match this collection.


Fun Facts:

  • I love Halloween!  And I love that Graphic 45 each year has a unique paper collection that can be used for that holiday.  I also have quite a collection of Halloween decorations of which you see a few in my photos of this folio.

  • I find lots of inspiration for my creations on Pinterest where I saw a similar transparent pocket with a stamped image. I love how it turned out!

  • It often takes me days, sometimes weeks to completely finish a project.  I keep going back to it to see if I need to add one more little detail.  Of course, occasionally even when I say a project is “done,” weeks, months or maybe even years later I will add some decorative element that I’ve found.


For this Folio Album, I have created a Snapguide Tutorial. You can find it at:  I hope it will help you in creating one of these for yourself.  Please note that this project is BIG!  When completely opened, the folio measures 41 inches long.  The height is about 10 ½  inches, so it should hold lots of photos!


Check out How to Create a Graphic 45 Mysterious Folio Album by Sandy Trefger on Snapguide.

How to Create a Graphic 45 Mysterious Folio Album



Graphic 45 Supplies:

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Other Supplies:

  • Large Magnetic Snaps
  • 1 ½” wide Ribbon
  • Black Ink



I hope you’ve enjoyed stepping into my Mysterious Folio and that I’ve inspired you to be creative with this fabulous Master Detective collection!


Happy Crafting!” ~ Sandy Trefger


Thanks for joining us and we hope you have a fabulous and craft filled weekend, G45ers.  What are you crafting this weekend? Let us know in the comments below. If you need to stock up on supplies, be sure to check out our store locator to find a store near  you or shop online at Thanks so much to Sandy for providing this fantastic folio for inspiration. 


Happy Papercrafting!

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