Need Help Staying Organized? Learn How to Make This DIY Accordion Expanding File Folder!

by Reiko Tsuchida

Hello, friends! It's Reiko here and for today's post, I've created a DIY handmade accordion file folder using the Live Your Dream 12 by 12 Paper Set. Why I recommend using this patterned paper is that the paper is thick and has an almost glossy surface. The paper set is good for creating DIY projects.
I can find this kind of expanding documents file folders from office supply stores, but I am sure that I love to have a prettier one for myself.
If you are not good at organizing scrapbook small materials like me, let's make this accordion folder now!
Usually, I throw everything away into this box after I finish creating scrapbook projects without categorizing or organizing them. But from today, I am so excited that I can sort my embellishments in my file folder like this!

Products that I used here are the following:

To create this accordion file folder:

  1. Cut a sheet of patterned paper into 12 by 10-inch, and score at 3, 3 7/8, 10 7/8-inch.
  2. Cut a sheet of patterned paper into 7.5 by 10-inch and score at 1 1/8-inch.
  3. Adhere two sheets from 1& 2 at 1 1/8-inch widths.
  4. Cut a clear plastic document folder into 6.25 by 9-inch, and score at every 0.75-inch.
  5. Cut two clear plastic document folders into four 5.5 by 9 7/8-inch parts.

I added a 2 by 10-inch paper to strengthen the folder.

That’s all for today! Thank you so much for visiting the Altenew Mixed Media Blog. I hope you enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to try making your own accordion file folder!
Until next time!



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PatriciaD July 7, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Is there a youtube video? I’m not following?

Cindy C. July 8, 2020 - 5:57 pm

No there is no video, she provided written instructions and a photo tutorial in the post.

Reiko Tsuchida July 17, 2020 - 7:05 am

I hope I can create video easily…!!

Cindy, thank you so much for your help!

Reiko Tsuchida August 4, 2020 - 9:38 am

Hope this helps! I added an additional backing for the file body.

Cindy C. July 8, 2020 - 5:56 pm

OH what a great idea!

Reiko Tsuchida July 17, 2020 - 7:02 am

Hi Cindy, Thanks!

Terrie D. (StarSpry) July 9, 2020 - 8:13 pm

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing how you made this. 🙂

Reiko Tsuchida July 17, 2020 - 7:03 am

Hope you can recreate the project for yourself!

Kimberly Ligocki July 24, 2020 - 3:44 pm

Gorgeous — but I need a video, too!

Reiko Tsuchida August 4, 2020 - 9:35 am


Here’s my tutorial video with Eng. sub. Hope this helps!!

tara prince November 11, 2021 - 9:43 am

lovely project


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