Accordion File Folder

by AJ Otto

Turn a file folder in a beautiful tag book.


  • File Folder (8.5" x 11"), left tab
  • Three 3 1/4" x 7" pieces of cardstock, Vanilla Cardstock used here
  • One 3 3/4" x 7" piece of cardstock, Vanilla Cardstock used here
  • Three 3 1/8" x 6 7/8" pieces of colored cardstock , Burgundy and Sage Cardstock used here
  • Patterned papers
  • Die cuts (optional)
  • Corner Rounder
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Bone Folder
  • Embellishments to decorate


  1. Step 1

    Open the file folder so that the tab is in the top right corner. This is important!

  2. Step 2

    Fold the bottom of the folder up about 4" to create the pockets.

    When you fold the bottom up, the left side of the folder must match up with the cut out tab.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the left side toward the center until the straight part touches the center line.

    Important: The tabbed portion will overlap the center line. It's okay!

  4. It should end up lining up like this.

  5. Step 4

    Fold right side over to the left side until the "binding" matches up.

    It is very important that the binding of the book lines up evenly.

  6. This is how the spine or binding should look.

  7. Step 5

    The folder completed and laid out flat ready to embellish.

    Notice the farthest right panel is larger than the others. This is how it should be.

  8. Step 6

    Decorate the inner pages.

  9. Step 7

    Decorate front of folder.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Accordion File Folder. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is fabulous AJ! I've been looking for something more simple than what I tried to do. This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing.
Kim Kramer  |  Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 7:26 AM
This is just the cutest album ever....would be great for gifts! The embellishments are perfect. I would love to see a tutorial for this.
Patty Tate  |  Fri Jul 9, 2010 at 9:17 AM
Iwould love to see the full video of how this is done. It is very cute and i just love it. Thank you for sharing. Please let me know if you do the tutorial so I can be in the front roll. LOL
Diana Beckham  |  Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 11:12 PM
I can't thank you and SCS enough! Very grateful for expertise and great ideas.
Charlene :D
Charlene Andrews  |  Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 10:34 PM
Just made one of these after watching you. Love it. Thank You.
Bambi Pro  |  Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM
Is it possible for you to send me the measurements on the tags and etc.?
That is just beautiful. I would like to make some as Christmas gifts.
Thanks a bunch
jackie Simmons  |  Fri Nov 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM
I forgot to put my email. sorry....
Jackie  |  Fri Nov 5, 2010 at 3:23 PM
Thanks so much, for sharing this tutorial! I bought some decorated manilla folders, waiting for someone to show how to make a book out of them. It's just the project that I needed!
Lorna  |  Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Www splitcoaststampers.. Retweeted it smile  |  Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 12:58 AM
This is wonderful! Thanks for the great idea!
Lesli Keith  |  Thu Jun 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM
I have decided to make one of these today as a Mother's Day gift for my granddaughters to give to their other grandmother... and let them each "decorate" the inner tags.
Andrea Friedell  |  Thu May 10, 2012 at 8:04 AM
this is very cute, and pretty! your are talented!
[email protected]  |  Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM
What a great idea, thanks for sharing.
Marylou McKay  |  Sat Dec 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM
Haven't read other post so may repeat, but that is so cool and practical for lots of things. Wish I was that creative. Good job!!!
hope wilkes  |  Tue Jan 20, 2015 at 6:02 PM
Love this file folder accordion book. Thanks for sharing it at Splitcoaststampers. I know it has been a long time since you posted it. Some things just don't go out of style or they come around again. Either way, I do love that you have posted this beautiful, fun tutorial.
Edie  |  Fri Apr 10, 2015 at 2:31 AM

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