I promised a long time ago I would make a video about how to make a file folder for your Traveler’s Notebook. Since the video isn’t realy coming along I thought a photo tutorial would be just as helpful.
So I set out make a file folder with the Traveling Dori, Mir Arhon watching my every move.
I’ll do my best to keep the instructions short and clear.
This is a folder for a Regular sized TN, but this can be adjusted to any size you need.
You’ll need 2 sheets of cardstock (or a file folder in my case) in the height you want. Since this is RS that would be 210 mm.
From 1 sheet you’ll cut 2 pieces in the with of your insert (110 mm for RS)
You score 1/2″ from the bottom and 1/2″ from the side on each piece, making sure you score them oppositely.
Then you will cut off the two corners of the non scored side… also mirrored for both pieces.
To make the slit for the card slot, you place the scored side against the edge and the bottom at 3″ (this goes for all sizes, as this will mark the height of you card slot). You slice through the card in the middle, making sure you make it approximately wide enough, but it doesn’t have to be exact, since we will use this just as a guide later.
Just make sure it isn’t too wide
Any rough edges can either be sanded down or sliced off with a sharp knife. I like making curly bits, so I slice them off.
Cut or slice the corners of the parts you are going to fold over.
Round the remaining corners, yes also those tiny ones…or you could just sand those down.
Fold on your score lines, making sure to reinforce those very well, this will make it easier later.
For the card slots you make two holes on the witdh you need for your card.
I use a big bite for this. Depending on the size you are making you should make sure it is wide enough.
Take your ruler and sharp knife and carefully slice from hole to hole to make the slot.
For the back of the folder, you take the other piece of cardstock and score the width of your insert, skip a bit and score again.
Measure the correct width and slice off the remainder.
Now you are left with this
Take the glue and generously apply it to the folds.
Place your File folder underneath something heavy and let it dry.
If you want, you can add pen loops to the folder.
Measure the with of the pen you want to use and mark that.
Glue the piece to your folder, making sure left and right side are on the same height.
Place it under something heavy to dry completely.
And you will end up with something like this
You can use it in your Taveler’s notebook or any other purpose you might find for it.
After this Mir Ardhon and I felt a little hungry, so we enjoyed a cup of soup together =)
and did some reading with wind and rain outside, nice and cosy inside. Look at the color of that fall leaf.
I hope my instructions were clear. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Have fun making your file folder and I wish you a wonderful week.