Matchbook Pocket Folio Tutorial

I’ve got yet another style of “pocket” tutorial for you today! I think I could do a different style every week for a year—actually much longer, and still not run out of fun and unique ideas.

In this project, we’re going to create several gusseted pockets, and put them together, accordion style, in a Matchbook Folio. These are reminiscent of accordion files to me—only miniaturized! And so much cuter!

These folios are great for organizing small ephemera, snippets, tags, or paper scraps, or for filling with those things or other goodies to give to others.

I used book pages for my pockets, and love the look. But, use whatever types of paper you want and decorate as you please, to make your own unique Matchbook Folios.

Gather you supplies, and create along with me.

Supplies needed, are so few and simple:

  • 4 book pages – 5.25”x8.5” each to make the same size I show
  • Patterned cardstock strip – 3.5”x9.5-10”
  • Paper trimmer & Scissors
  • Scoring board (or alternative)
  • Adhesives – I used Distress Collage Medium (and optional, ScorTape)
  • A small piece of cardstock or ephemera, for the closure
  • Optional: corner rounder
  • Optional: 1” circle punch to make a “thumb notch.”
  • Optional: Distress Ink (Vintage Photo) and blending tool
  • Optional decorative elements: I used a napkin, gesso/ collage medium and silicone brush, and water brush.

Now, let’s jump right in and make some beauty from ashes! Here’s the video tutorial.

My inspiration for this project came from Linda Israel’s April 2022 Challenge. Check out her blog or YouTube channel to see her take on it. She used collaged gel prints for her cover.

Now, go make Beauty from Ashes! Every day. And enJOY!

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