Friday, June 26, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #105 - Alter It!

Yes, I admit it, I did not make this project this week - I'm hanging my head in shame. Honestly, as much as I love to turn something plain and ordinary in to something extraordinary, my heart just wasn't in it this week. I've been stamping up a storm working on projects for Stamping 411 and for my Ink-SPA-rations Stampin' Spa tomorrow, so the mojo is there, really. But yesterday when I went into my abyss of a closet to find 'something' to alter, I just didn't hear anything calling out to me.

So, that gives me a chance to show you a really fun project that I did two summers ago with my daughter Emma. We took an ordinary white pocket folder and turned it into a cool scrapbook! As you can see, this project is using many retired products, but I just love this idea and am glad to have found it in my stash. (We do have one with pictures, but this was my sample for the Mom and Me class I did that summer.)

I'll provide the product list at the end of this post.

To make the scrapbook, just take the folder and fold it inside out so the pockets are on the outside. Then fold the front left edge over to the right, touching the center fold. Flip it over and do the same with the left side.

For this one, I actually glued the folder together so it doesn't open accordian style, but I have done them where we have Designer Paper and photos/journaling on the backside as well. The ribbon closure just doesn't get glued down on the back for that style.

As you can see, the inside was stamped with different colors and patterns and then I lined the inside pages with Designer Series Paper. The pull outs are cardstock with tabs. These are perfect for photos and journaling.

The front is actually featuring an Altered Item as well with the On Board Chipboard flower covered in Designer Series Paper. The leaves were punched out of a piece of crimped cardstock that had been folded in half to make the seam.

These are a great way to use up leftovers from a pack of Designer Series Paper and even our Simply Scrappin' Kits - I have one of those too that I can show you, maybe on Sunday! Just be prepared - it has photos, but no journaling - a scrapbookers lament! Always unfinished projects!

Be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge Players this week. I know they will have fun projects to inspire your "Alter" ego! LOL!

Here is the supply list for this project. Any item in Bold type is still available for purchase!

Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisley, Office Accoutrements, Best Friends Alphabet, Totally Tabs

Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Old Olive, So Saffron

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Old Olive, So Saffron, Whisper White

Designer Series Paper: Petals and Paisley

Accessories: On Board Chipboard flower, Ticket Corner Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Round Tab Punch, Large Oval Punch, Crimper, Mini Glue Dots, Anywhere Glue Stick, Regal Rose Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponges

Remember, you can shop from my website for all these products and more 24/7! Just go to and click on the SHOP NOW button in the upper right corner.

I'll be back tomorrow with the sketch card for the Stamping 411 Blog! Be sure to check it out - there is going to be cool blog candy there this week!



  1. Very cute and clever too. Love the pretty colors.
    See I am just not that inventive.

  2. This is just WAY TOO CUTE!!! Love it!!!

  3. It's darling Robin! Cute project to have done with your daughter!

  4. Ahhh, I did mine a week or so ago, so I don't think it matters WHEN you created it - just that you did!!! Adorable project! I love it!

  5. Fun scrapbook!!! Love how it turned out

  6. What a fabulous mini book! Love the design and bright color scheme, too.

  7. I have a whole stack of folders to alter...I love yours!

  8. What a great idea! In fact, I have a couple of gifts to make for coworkers and I think this idea will be perfect! TFS!

  9. What a great project - I am glad you shared it with us!

  10. I don't care when you created it -- it's darling and I hope to case it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Who cares when you made's fantastic!!! tfs

  12. This is too cute!! I have always wanted to try my hand at one of these!!!

  13. Zowie--your project is GREAT!


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