Folded Paper Frame

by Beate Johns

Create a paper frame out of a square piece of patterned paper.


  • 4 1/4" square of patterned paper

  • Scor-Pal™, or other scoring tool, ruler and pencil

  • Additional cardstock, to finish your project

  • Dimensionals, or other adhesive

  • Stamps, Taylored Expressions Animal Love Sentiments and Fish in Love used here


  1. Step 1

    Line two opposite corners of your 4 1/4" square of patterned paper up with 3" scoring line on your Scor-Pal.

    Score at 1" and 1 1/2".

  2. Step 2

    Turn your paper 90 degrees, line the corners up again with the 3" score line and score the next corner at 1" and 1 1/2".

  3. Repeat until each corner has score lines at 1" and 1 1/2".

  4. Step 3

    Fold the corners in towards the center of your square on your inner score line.

  5. Step 4

    Fold the corners out on the second score line.

  6. Step 5

    Unfold your corners and place your image in the center of the paper frame. Add adhesive to the inner sides of your frames.

    Foam dots were used here to give it a more 3D look.

    The center will be a 3" square. The black layer here is a 2 7/8" square.

  7. Remove the paper lining from the adhesive and adhere the sides of the frames to your image.

  8. Step 6

    Fold the tip of each corner back in.

    Add a dimensional to each corner.

  9. Fold back over to finish your paper frame.

  10. Step 7

    Use your frame on a card, box or scrapbook page.



  1. Don't own a Scor-pal™ or want a different size frame?
    You can use any size patterned paper square. Mark the center of your paper.

  2. Fold the corners of the paper over so the corner tip hits the center of your paper. Then fold the corners back out.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Folded Paper Frame. 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.

Thannks you so much for this very cute and easy idea

Thanks and many blessings
Janelle Matthew  |  Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 12:03 PM
This is a great use for double sided paper. It shows off both sides wonderfully. Thank you for your creative inspiration.
MissChef78  |  Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM
This looks like fun. I will have to try it later today. Thank you for the instructions
michelle  |  Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM
loved the card
MARIAN BALISKI  |  Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 9:40 PM
If you have the MS score board you can use the envelope template to score your lines.
Angie  |  Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM
I have the Crafter's Companion Ultimate and the Enveloper Score Board, is that the one you referenced?
I just made a center point as shown in the demo on Wed. I found that I need to use lightweight paper doing it that way. I used some scrap pieces to practice on and did it until I was happy with the results. Tomorrow I'll do the actual card. Thanks
Brenda Woods  |  Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM
Love it! I'm going to make a card with this technique this weekend for my DSS Little Sister! Thank you for showing us!!
Maggie  |  Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM
I did it!!!

You can see my card <ahref=""> HERE</a>

Thanks Beate for always being so inspiring.
ZacksNana  |  Sat Feb 13, 2010 at 12:05 AM
How stinkin easy you've made this!! And the Scor-Pal really makes it a piece of cake. The only thing I noted is that a double-sided printed paper really looks best if the print is small (i.e., polka dots, stripes, etc.), as the first card I made I used a printed, cute bird paper that was a bigger design and it didn't show up as well as I thought it would. Oh well, I just had to make another one! Darn! LOL. Gonna post my final card. Thank you sooooo much for your awesome tutorial!
StampinCatMom  |  Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 9:46 AM
What a neat idea! Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions and video.
maryanns  |  Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 10:42 AM
Absolutely love this card. Plan on trying it tonight probably with a bunny in the middle for Easter. Thanks for the great ideas.
Sassygram  |  Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 2:34 PM
Posted my card to my blog and the gallery. This was lots of fun. I really like the versatility of it and I am anxious to try it some more. Thanks for such a great and easy tutorial!!
Dori Shelton  |  Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 5:21 AM
The video was so helpful, especially where you showed how to make the box different sizes. Thanks!
Lisa C  |  Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 12:10 PM
Dear Beate,

Wow! This was a great project and SUPER tutorial! Thank you for showing me/us how to make this without a SCOR-PAL. Now, I can make these also!

Your videos make learning, so much easier for us visual learners!

He IS Able,
Traci S.
Traci S.  |  Tue Feb 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM
Fantastic frame. uber cute!
mydakota  |  Sun Mar 7, 2010 at 8:52 AM
That is so cute. I always look forward to receiving your blog. It's filled with so much useful information. Thank you for sharing your talent.
Mary Ann Huntington  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 12:50 PM
I so love how you made this, it looks great!! I just followed your tutorial which is fantastic, and made one, thanks!!
Brigit  |  Thu Jun 10, 2010 at 9:56 PM
I can't wait to try this either. Great tutorial. Thanks or sharing. Thats how we learn.
Nancy Beebe  |  Fri Aug 20, 2010 at 5:31 PM
Thanks for the instructions. I have been wondering how to do this. Can't wait to try it. I have some beautiful double sided paper.
Nancy Corbin  |  Mon Sep 6, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Just following along on the blog hop. I tried this fold using Martha Stewart punches on the corners. Became an elegant frame. Don't we all have fun being creative? I appreciate the sharing.
Beverly Baxley  |  Mon Sep 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM

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