Turning a Folder Into a Card Holder

My friend Sherry sent me a card folder that I loved, and wanted to duplicate.
You’ll start with a normal paper two pocket folder, putting it in your score board with the pockets facing the left side of the score board and scoring at 6 1/2″ on the long side of the folder. Try to make your score so it comes through both sides of the folder. Then you’ll want to fold it on the score line to make sure it bends in half.  Then put it in your paper trimmer so the top of the folder is on the bottom of your trimmer and cut 3/4″ to the left of center and cut up to the score, then move it 3/4″ to the right of the center line and cut up to the score line, then cut on the score line between the two cuts so you have a segment cut out of the top of the folder.
The paper I used was Graphic 45 Couture Collection, a retired paper collection. I found that my folder and Sherry’s folder were not the same size, so my measurements might not work for your folder. The paper I cut for the front and back covers of the folder is   11 1/2″ x 8 3/4″ wide.  I used tear tape that I buy at Craftchameleon.com and Tombow Mono Aqua Glue to adhere the paper to the folder.
I rounded the corners of the papers that cover the pockets with my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder that I bought from Amazon. The inside pocket covers are 9 3/8″ wide x 4 3/4″ tall.
The pieces I cut for above the pockets are 6 7/8″ x 8 5/8″ tall. The paper set had cute little squares with ladies on them, so I cut enough of them to cover the spots I left missing at the top center of my folder. I didn’t like the white underneath so used Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to cover it before I glued down the strips.
I cut a small matching strip for the pockets that was 1/2″ by 4 3/4″ tall and scored it in half on the 1/2″ length and glued it to the center line between the pockets so you don’t see the red center.
I scored the inside of the folder after adding all of the layers of paper at 6 1/2″ from the bottom. If I had been smart, I’d have scored each paper as I glued them down so I didn’t have to score through so many layers.
I wanted to punch a hole through the side of the folder to close it but I couldn’t get my hole punch to work…In the end, I used a long piece of really elegant ribbon to close the folder.
I used all of my scraps to make cards to put in the folder, and it should hold up to 8 cards that don’t have a lot of layers.

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