Simple information folder

August 19, 2010 at 6:22 am | Posted in crafts | Leave a comment
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I make some of the printed materials that our church uses.  I was price shopping for visitor information folders, and they are expensive!  We only needed a small amount, so I designed this little folder using 8.5″x11″ card stock.  It holds a DVD or CD, as well as a 6″x5″ tract and other information.  4″x6″ photos would also fit inside of this folder.

To start with, score the card stock at 5 1/2″ from the side (right in the middle) and 2 1/4″ from the bottom.  I have a paper trimmer with a score blade.  You can also use a straight edge, and the rounded end of a paper clip inserted into a craft knife handle.  Your folder will look much nicer if you score the folds instead of just folding them – it is worth the effort.

Next, trim a small triangle out of the center of the pocket.  This will help your folder close flat.  In order to cut an even triangle, trim one side first and then fold it over to use as a guide for the second side.

To get nice, crisp folds, use a bone folder tool to fold your paper on the scored lines.  If you don’t have a folding tool, use anything smooth and plastic – scissors handle, empty tic tac box, clean spice jar (you get the idea.)

Use a glue pen to add glue to the sides of the pockets.  Quickly fold the pockets up to glue in place.  I use a zig 2 way glue pen – you want to use a permanent glue that dries quickly and isn’t thick.  You could also use double stick tape, or a glue runner.

After the glue is dry, you can insert your dvd and other information.  I designed a tract that measures 5″ x 6″ to fit in the pocket using Publisher.   If you want, before you begin folding, you can print on the card stock to have a decorated folder.  I used Photoshop to create a blank page with guides to center my logo and other text on the card stock.  The paper I used was just standard weight card stock from the paper aisle at Walmart – if you can find a heavier weight paper it would hold up better.

This folder can also be used as a card – I am always trading pictures with my out of town family around the holidays, and made from decorative card stock this folder would make a lovely gift item.

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