Personal Christmas Folder - a must have record-keeping tool!

Today I am entering this 3D Christmas Project in the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge no.36.
You can find the Challenge by clicking HERE WW36.
5th Week Special...MAKE ANYTHING 3D CHALLENGE.
There really is no limit, as long as the project is 3-D.

What is a Christmas Folder???? They are my personal folders for Christmas Record Keeping.
You know...Christmas Card Lists, Present Lists/ideas, Food lists, Decorations, Parties, and best of all a place to file all the receipts!
 I have been making these little beauties for classes and personal use for over 6 years now and just love them (obviously!) hehe.

What I love is that they are easy and quick to make. You can personalise them to suit.
AND best and most important of all....
They have a place where you can keep all your receipts of Christmas present purchases so when something breaks or doesn't fit and needs returning...you know just where that receipt is!.
And I should know...I still have the receipts stuck in all my folders from all those years! haha.
Another bonus is that I have a file of all the gifts I have given over the past 6 years....so no double ups from me!
This shows the pocket inside for receipts. I have stuck some pieces of stamped cardstock in so you can see it.

You start with an A4 Envelope.And this is all it truly is. A decorated, pretty A4 Envelope! Now the secret is out!

 Fold it in half like this. The Flap will be to your right and side flap should fold over the front. Don't remove that sticky strip until you are ready to stick down a piece of cardstock over it. You don't want it sticking down to anything else. Cover the flap with a piece of card stock to give it durability on both the inside and outside. I used real red cardstock.
I covered the outside of my folder with card stock then some designer paper. Because the length is a bit more than a 12 x 12 piece I left a gap 3.5cm near the end where it opens and covered this with a different piece of co ordinating dsp, as you can see below.

The outside of the flap is covered in designer paper too.
You can decorate this folder any way you would like to. I usually use current Christmas Designer Paper and stamps to show of our Stampin Up products.

Here it is laid flat so you can see the outside pieces.


On the inside I cover the two pieces with cardstock slightly smaller than the envelope.




I have a pocket on one side that I decorate and keep pieces of card stock in.
These pieces of card become my Christmas card list, my present lists, my Christmas Day food list etc. etc.



 I haven't decorated the other side but I will probably add a small cheap notepad to make notes and ideas for food and gifts etc. Just haven't got any notepads in the house at the moment so will have to add that later.

Or you could add another pocket to the other side as well.



These Christmas Folders where decorated with Merry Moments Designer paper and stamps from Lots of Joy p.69 main catalogue. Some retired washi tape. Real Red and Smoky Slate Cardstock.

Hope you found this useful and maybe give it a go yourself. They are lots of fun and Oh So Handy Dandy to have at Christmas!!!
Thanks for stopping by. Vx

Comments

  1. Wow, Vicki! I love the concept, the instructions, and the step by step explanations you've offered. What a great tool for Christmas and, you're right, what a great way to ensure that those all-important gift receipts don't go missing. And it's gorgeous as well. Bonus! Thanks so much for sharing your project with us for this week's Watercooler Wednesday challenge.

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  2. Vicki this is awesome. I had to look up the dimensions for A4 but this is so creative, ingenious. What a great idea and then you can "file" the folders.... for 7 years LOL. Thanks so much for the very detailed instructions and photos. Have a great day! Louise (ON. Canada)

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  3. Hey Miss Vicki. Thanks for playing along with the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and providing such a fun project. Very timely for the approaching season. The A4 threw me for a bit and then I remembered that my Envelope Punch Board covers that and many more measurements for creating envelopes of every size. Now I have an excuse to make something out of the ordinary. Thanks.

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  4. What a great project and instructions. This will come in very handy in the weeks to come. Appreciated it.

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  5. Vicki, GREAT projects and directions. These Christmas folders are so cool and you did a wonderful job!

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  6. Great project, Vicki! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges. Marsha DT @ WWC

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