This folio was created using the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust collection and the wonderful tutorial (*) by Frances from Your Book of Memories . For this album I used the 8 x 8 design paper pad, the 12 x 12 patterns and solids and some of the chipboard sticker pieces. The base is plain black card stock and the mats are cream colored card stock.
It has a width of 6 5/8 “, a height of 8 ” and a spine of 1 3/4 “. There are 40 cream-colored mats for pictures, with room for more in the pockets and on the patterned card stock.
I didn’t use any chipboard pieces for the cover and spines because I wanted to test a folio in this ‘lighter’ setup. I made an album the same way and I really liked the way that turned out, so I wanted to see how a folio would be, and I really like it. I certainly enjoy the chipboard cover and think they’re great for some albums, but it works this way, too.
I really liked the way the cream colored photo mats helped break the patterned paper and I think it helps make the pager look less crowded. I love the Graphic 45 paper, but there’s so much going on on the papers, especially the design papers. I also had a lot of fun with the inserts. I tried to use scraps and pieces from the cut apart sheet and I’m really happy with the way these look. It also helps use less design paper. I still have more than half of the papers from the two pads – I used a few pages for another project and forgot to count them when I started with the folio, so I can’t say exactly how many I used 🙁
(*) The tutorials were free at the time when I made the album/video, but they are not free anymore. There are links in Frances’ videos to her website, where you can buy the tutorial.