Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Studio Calico Documentary Folio

I love to travel, and when I do I like to document the places I visit by collecting brochures, business cards, maps, tickets, and other mementos. I decided to plan ahead and create a travel folio to take with me on  my next trip to corral the piles of memorabilia that usually end up in a crumpled heap in the bottom of my purse!

The Documentary collection from Studio Calico was just the ticket for a Destinations Travel Folio.

The collection includes 6 travel-themed pieces of 12 X 12 cardstock. I wanted the dimensions of the folio to be 8 1/2  X 11, so I started the project by cutting one inch off the bottom of each piece of cardstock. I wanted to have lots of pockets, so I scored each piece of cardstock at 8 1/2 X 11 on the right side of each piece, except for the cover. That's scored on the left so that the pocket is in on the inside. I also scored each piece at one inch from the left side to make it easier to open the folio once it's bound.

Fold each piece of scored cardstock and add adhesive only on the very top and very bottom edges of the folds to create a pocket. I used the GlueArts Glue Glider Pro, my favorite tape runner, to assure a strong bond.

Next, I used rub ons and some small paper bags to create extra pockets for the folio. Quick tip: I wanted to use several of the phrases in a cluster, so I cut them out together and applied them to the bag as a group. Much easier than trying to place them individually!

I punched a hole in the left side of the paper bag and threaded the binding string through it when I bound all the pages together.

I used May Arts Brown/Copper/Gold satin string (SY73) to bind the folio together. I  punched two evenly spaced holes on the left side of each page, and then threaded the sating string through and tied in a double knot on the front.

Quick Tip: I wanted to add a button to the binding string, but it was too thick to go through the shank. So I just added a jump ring to the button shank, threaded the string through it and tied it in a knot to secure.

I jazzed up the cover and the inner pages with the stickers, rub ons, and FabRips (sticky back adhesive fabric strips) that are included in the Documentary collection. The Destinations title was made with the packaging from the rub ons and some letter stickers. I made the flower by punching out 9 circles (2 inch) from paper bags, stacking them together, stapling in the center, and then scrunching all the layers to form a blossom.
I can't wait to hit the road and stuff my new folio full of travel memories!


  1. Love the travel folio idea- and that collection is PERFECT for it!!! :)

  2. Wonderful project - THANKS for all the pics!

  3. Another great idea. I hope to absorb some ideas from you soon.....

  4. very cool project. love those paper bag envelope pages!

  5. Loved this! What a great idea to already have one done for my next trip. Loved the project and the papers are to die for! tFS