Pocket Portfolio

by Dina Kowal

Create a presentation folder for cards, business info and more!


  • Cardstock (full sheet, 8 1/2" x 11”)
  • Scoring board and tool
  • Scissors or trimmer
  • Border die (Whimsy Stamps Stitched Border Die Trio used here)
  • Double sided adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: round label stickers)


  1. Step 1

    Position a sheet of cardstock on the score board with the long side at the top. Score at 4” and 8 1/2".

    The ‘up’ side of the cardstock will be the outside of the portfolio.

  2. Step 2

    Rotate the cardstock so the 4” scored section is at the top. Score at 6”.

  3. Step 3

    There are 2 ways to create the center portfolio pocket. One way is to trim the 2 1/2" scored section as shown, cutting away the outer sections and trimming the remaining flap at a slight inward angle.

    Save the larger piece that is cut away – it will be used!

  4. Fold the flap in and burnish the fold line. This pocket style allows for a little more flexibility in the thickness of your inserts.

  5. Step 4

    Alternatively, you can create a pocket in the center. Cut in on the score line from both sides, just to where the score lines cross. From the bottom edge, cut up about 1/2" outside the score lines of the center section.

    Save the larger piece that is cut away – it will be used!

  6. Fold the tabs in, and add double sided adhesive. Remove the tape liner and fold the pocket up to adhere it to the portfolio.

  7. Step 5

    Use a decorative border die to cut the edge of the wider front flap of the portfolio.

  8. Step 6

    Create a pocket for a gift card or business cards.

    This can be cut from the larger section cut away in step 3 or 4. Trim the piece to 2 1/2" x 3”.

  9. Score on 3 sides at 3/8”.

    Alternatively, a die can be used to cut the pocket - LF1558 Stitched Gift Card Pocket from Lawn Fawn is one example.

  10. Step 7

    Cut out corners as shown.

  11. Fold in sides and add double sided adhesive to tabs.

  12. Step 8

    Adhere the pocket to the smaller inside flap of the portfolio. The pocket will fit several business cards or one standard sized gift card.

  13. Step 9

    Fill the portfolio to fit your needs. For this sample, a thank you note is included with purchase and business information.

  14. For this sample, there is a hot chocolate packet inside, along with a gift card.

  15. Step 10

    Decorate the outside if desired.

  16. Seal with a sticker or other embellishment, or use a belly band or ribbon as a closure.


Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Love this tutorial, will help many people!
Helena van der Zouwen  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 3:22 AM
Love this tutorial! Thank you.
Carol Kruise  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 8:07 AM
Thank you for showing both pocket methods so clearly. Also appreciated learning that I can get a die for that gift card pocket. I like the idea of using this design for a card with a little gift included. Nice idea!
Martie  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 12:45 PM
This is so fabulous! Lots of ideas running through my head... thank you!
Denise Storck  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 1:25 PM
This is really clever and creative way to present gift certificates for my business. Thank you!
CSG  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 3:07 PM
Great tutorial! This gem has so many possible uses. I really love the dog stamp(s). I have lots of animal lover friends and its easy to find cute cat stamps but nice large dog stamps are rare. Can you share where I might find these?

Darleen Sherratt  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 6:24 PM
Darleen, I have them linked in this blog post: https://www.dinakowalcreative.com/2019/01/impression-obsession-spring-release-day.html
dina  |  Wed Jun 26, 2019 at 8:37 PM

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