It's holiday time again and
what better time to see
Part 2 of Craftyfield's
So without further ado
it is over to you Craftyfield:
"Last month I showed you a no commitment
type of album, similar to Midoris,
[read the post here]
Rather than using blank pages or a
standard notebook for my Fauxdori,
I knew I wanted to use scrapbook papers
to make mini albums for short holidays,
weekend trips and the like.
I spotted the Kaisercraft Basecoat IV
on the Craft Barn website and quickly
snatched them in case they would go
the same way as the previous Basecoat
collections (out of stock everywhere...).
To me they lend themselves to
contemporary scrapbooks and particularly
urban photos, therefore, perfect for
the pages I had in mind.
In this picture I show some of the
papers and directly below, their reverse side.
Notice how on the reverse of the label area
(the bit you normally cut off) there are
I put together the pages (after cutting
down to size) in the same way as for
my Gelli prints/watercolour notebook I did
More interesting than the
paper album, however, are
folders/inserts for the Fauxdori.
A basic folder design starts by
scoring horizontally a 12x12 paper 8"
(or whatever your page length is),
making a 4" flap that will hold
memorabilia, photos etc...
Then a vertical cut in the middle
of the flap, or a narrow triangle
can be cut out instead.
As you can see in this picture,
I went further and used a die
to give my folder an extra
I turned the paper over (it's double sided)
and to prevent the contents from
spilling out the sides, I make a fold
by scoring at 0.5" left and right.
By using the paper "sideways" and
keeping the label I made a feature
of the printed quote.
On the flap I created in the previous step,
I cut out the paper on the score line,
as shown in the photo, bottom right.
Do the same to the left.
You can fold the flap and glue it down,
you now have a perfectly serviceable folder.
But... how about a second tier?
Yes, a second paper cut down smaller
(6" tall in my case) and die-cut in
the same manner as the first one
is just placed inside the folder
and stuck in place with the side folds.
This is how it looks all put together
and with various item secreted in the pockets.
Notice how I rounded the corners,
Notice how I rounded the corners,
including the "middle" (I used the
corner rounder on the folded file folder).
Rounding the middle, actually creates
the perfect slot for the elastic that
will keep the folder in place in the Midori.
There are more options and decorative
ways of making these folders, a few of these
are shown here.
I have used decorative scissors
(remember those?) to create
the bottom flap opening.
I also jazzed up my second tier pockets
by die-cutting the top with a skyline die
and a Hello die.
You could also use your border and corner
punches, as I said, plenty of options...
look in your stash and go mad!
You want transparent folders to see
what treasures you've put away?
No problems, there are several solutions
for that too. Use your imagination to
turn items into folders.
In this picture what you see is a
plastic cover for school books
(with a school book in it!) I picked up
in France where they are de rigueur and
I cut such an A4 cover in 2 and scored
each half in the middle for an A5 size
Here's the pocket after scoring,
with photos in it.
I later sealed the pockets by melting the
plastic along the scoring line.
You can run a stitch line instead
with your sewing machine.
Of course you can use other plastic items
to turn them into folders, think Zip-loc bags,
page protectors etc...
Here I cut flaps in an A4 page protector
and created an horizontal seam halfway
down the page and a vertical seam on the
lower half creating an A5 and 2 A6 pockets.
Excuse the rough look of this one,
I made it from an already used and
abused protector and will use it to
hold some of my scraps.
The inserts shown in the Midori, the plastic
folder in the middle is difficult to photograph!
From a different angle...
I hope this has inspired you to create
your own Fauxdori, I'd love to see
what ideas you come up with... "
You have certainly inspired me
Craftyfield. What a fantastic
project Thank you for this and
for potentially saving us a small
fortune on an actual Midori
At this point I should make it clear
that Midori is a trade name and
Fauxdori is Craftyfield's clever
description of her Midori-like book