Monday, February 15, 2010

Thoroughly Modern File Folder Gifts

The SU Thoroughly Modern File Folders are the perfect paper weight for many projects. Here's another one: a note book to give, personalized with an initial.

When the notebook portfolio is opened, there is a pen on the side (held in place by grosgrain ribbon), post it notes on the left along with giant paper clips in the pocket.

Again, personalize your gift: see the stamp used from "Tote-ally Tess"

There is a tutorial on Split Coast for this notebook holder. I tweaked the measurements to suit the notepad. Here's the Thoroughly Modern File Folder assortment: 4 designs.

Left photo: Here are some of the items used to complete this project
Right photo: Instead of scoring 3-1/8" across the bottom (instructions from Split Coast), I scored 2-7/8". I also added sticky tape to the areas as pointed out by the pink arrows. Hint: be sure to measure the note pad size and height to be used and adjust the measurements accordingly.
Left photo: Use the 3/16" corner punch on the notebook flap edge. Remember that 1/4" strip that was cut off the right side of the file folder? Don't toss it - use it to re-enforce the notebook edge. Trim length. Add sticky strip along the edge, use corner punch on both ends and adhere.
Right photo: This is the cut out piece from the file folder that will be used for the front. Trim off the scored 1/2" section as shown. Set aside.

Left side: Use the left side cut out portion for the paper clip flowers. There's just enough for (4) flowers and (2) punched 1-3/8" circles.
Right side: Apply Pop Up glue dots to one side of the flower and add the paper clip. position the 2nd flower on top. Then add the punched 1-/8" Circle with dimensionals on top of the flower (ooops, I changed the color to Rose Red for more contrast). Stamp "bee Happy" on Whisper White, color with Crushed curry, adhere to 1-3/8" Circle. Paper clips are completed.

Left side: Front Flap cover has initial with white taffeta ribbon in a double knot. Wide Oval in Soft Suede popped with dimensionals and remember that square that was set aside ......this is where it will be used. The square was trimmed down to fit the "J".
Right photo: Use clear Velcro on the right side flap. Position the other side of the Velcro and adhere to the left side. Apply sticky tape to the back of the Rose Red CS as shown. Remove sticky tape backing, adhere the square onto the front flap.
Want to see more? Here are are a couple other versions I made: These file folders are colorful and basically the exact same size as SU's so they were great to use for practice. The process is exactly the same as the SU Thoroughly Modern SU File Folders.....the only difference is additional post-it notes.

There was a "fat pen" that matched the file folders, too:
This is a great project to make..............try one or a few............thanks for stopping by today. HUGS!!!


eunice said...

What a very cool and practical gift! Love how you even chose post it notes to match the folder...and the matching pen is so cute!

Terry said...

Great gift idea...
Thank you for sharing. I really like the 'tweeks' Patti.

scrappychica said...

The recipient of this gift is going to be very happy. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift, I love that you personalized it, gives it that extra somethin' somethin'

Juliette Chapman said...

Way too good. Great idea. We don't have the Mordern File folders down here in Aus - but I am sure I can cover an ordinary Manila Folder. Love your ideas.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say that I love all your creations!I was born and raised in Hawaii and love all your Chinese stamps. I ordered some Hawaiian Christmas Stamps from Mari & Me on Oahu. If you haven't seen their stamps yet, check it out. They have quite a large selection of Asian stamps. I subscribe to your blog, but I'm noticing that I don't get it very often. Don't know why. Suzi

Sophia said...

I love your spin on these notebook holders! Thanks for the great ideas!

messy stamper said...

Hi Patti-

Made a bunch of these today -- am wondering if you could post how you do the ribbon pen holder? Thanks so much!


gifts Philippines said...

What a beautiful folder gifts thank you so much for the tutorial I love it. Keep posting!


zafran said...

Great gift idea...Thank you for sharing. I really like the 'tweeks' Patti. Pakistan flowers