Purse Papers

by Maureen Plut

Learn how to create a beautiful little folder of small note papers to tuck into your purse.


  • Purse Papers template

  • Heavy cardstock, white or colored

  • Twelve 3" x 5" pieces of paper, white or light colored

  • Stamps, Verve Stamps used here

  • Scoring tool

  • Scor-Tape, or strong adhesive tape

  • Sharp scissors

  • Ink

  • Ribbon

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Download PDF template file. Print onto heavy cardstock. Cut out template and “Purse Papers” frame, making sure to cut off black lines so they don’t show on finished project. Score template on dotted lines according to template instructions.


  2. Step 2

    Flip template over and add strong adhesive tap to flap.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp template with various inks and images of your choice.

  4. Step 4

    Fold folder on scored lines. Remove plastic liner from tape and adhere flap to back of folder.

  5. Step 5

    Lay out plain papers onto work space.

  6. Step 6

    Stamp various images and quotes to the top of papers using various ink colors.

  7. Step 7

    Stamp a sentiment onto the inside of folder. Tuck papers into folder.

  8. Step 8

    Decorate front of folder. Add embellishments if desired. Tie ribbon around folder using a flat knot so it can easily slide off and on the folder.


Your Turn

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

Great gift idea, can't wait to make some! TFS
Kris  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 5:53 AM
You can use ribbon like shown in the photo tutorial.

Did you score along the lines shown in the template. If you do that, it will definitely work.
Beate Johns  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 6:19 AM
Help!! Can't download Paper Purses template pdf and really would like to try this project. Anyone else having this problem? Thanks
Eli's Mimi  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 8:22 AM
No, I was following the written instructions on the template. I did a second one and followed the scorelines and it was fine! Thanks Beate.
muscrat (Kathy)  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Hi Eli's Mimi - that means your Adobe Acrobat is out of date. Just update to the current version and you'll be fine.

lydia  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 8:38 AM
Thank you for your Purse Papers idea. Very handy. However, I have tried for two days to download your template with no success. Please advise.
Also, where can I find the magnets you used in your sample.
Sandy  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Thanks so much for this sweet little folder. A super little gift idea which is sure to impress!
Sue W  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 3:04 PM
What a great idea. Thanks so much for the template.
Sandra De Palma  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM
Hi Eli's Mimi,
THANK YOU for your suggestion which did help. When I went to Firefox and used an updated Adobe Reader, I was able to download the template. Perhaps this will help Clarkieskc, too.
Jewelslady  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM
Wow! What a sweet little project. I have tried making two of these and they turned out okay, but I love the stamp set you used and don't have that. I also noticed you had to reduce the number of notes inside. Maybe if there was a small (maybe 1/8") gusset on the bottom and side of the fold up you could put more in. What were the colors of the Stampin' Up Ink pads, please!!!!
Deanna Collins  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM
thanks everyone!

I'm so glad Jewelslady was able to upload this! I sent you a PM, but I see you've solved the problem.

Deanna, that gusset idea is a great idea! I think it would be easy to add that in! The template was based on a real pack of Purse Papers I purchased a few years ago...it made me think, hmmm...I could make that! LOL I was able to fit in about 14 sheets of paper, but more would be better.

The Stampin' Up colours are Razzleberry, Kiwi, Bermuda and Pumpkin Pie
Maureen  |  Thu Mar 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM
Maureen, Thank you for your reply! Now I have to find a really pretty flower stamp set. I liked the one you used and will have to check that out!
Deanna Collins  |  Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 9:34 AM
the stamp set I used with the flowers is Verve's Great Friend smile
Maureen  |  Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 1:47 PM
Well Maureen, I have to send another thank you. I just purchased that beautiful stamp set and am looking forward to it coming in the mail. Now I will be able to make my Purse Papers look as beautiful as your!
Deanna Collins  |  Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Can you give me any ideas where I can locate the Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps, I have gone online but it seams everyone is out of stock!
Yolanda Rivera  |  Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM
LOL, I know, it seems like once a really cool item is used, everyone wants it! Like me! I have a set of the magnets in my shopping cart over at Simon Says Stamps. I put in Basicgrey magnetic in their search and they came up. I'm thinking the small ones are the ones in the video.
Maureen  |  Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 5:12 PM
This needs to be scored at 3-1/4" and 3-1/2" for it to fold correctly. That is where the score lines are, but they are very faint.
Golda Peterson  |  Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 8:37 PM
Love this! Thank you so much!
Verla Ruggio  |  Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I was wondering if you could help me? I saw the weekly inkling this week for the Purse Papers tutorial. Great Idea. Printed the tutorial and viewed the video. Now after I viewed the video I clicked on that video after it was over and other video tutorials showed up. There was one for a picture frame card. It was also a great idea. I watched that video and tried to find the written directions and supplies needed for that project. I could not find any information for the project! Is there any way I can get the written instructions? I would greatly appreciate any help you could give me!!

Thank you in advance, Sincerely Patti
Patti Ireland  |  Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM
Hi Patti!

All of our tutorials have directions and supplies. However if you were just viewing a non-Splitcoast video on YouTube we don't have any control over that smile

Here are some of our tutorials that involve frames:



lydia  |  Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 5:44 PM

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