So I have been hunting for US-style manilla folders for YEARS. The only ones I’ve found are at Amazon and the shipping is from the USA (about £60!) Recently we totally reorganized out home filing and I found a ton of old, tatty at the edges but mostly OK manilla folders mixed in with the hanging folders. I collected ALL of them up – I am quite happy to us the UK version to replace them, even if I have to trim each one to make them fit the US file cabinet.
Now I finally have them I can play with an idea I had ages ago. Thinking about the things I love, and at the moment that is mixed-media, scrapbooking (now and always!), printables and book-binding, I sort of wanted to combine them all in one project. Here is what I plan to do:
I am starting with a file folder. Each one will get one side covered with random papers, then gessoed to prep the surface. This will make the base more able to take all I will add to it.
I am using a combination of printed sheets and bits from my stash
and at least one photo
All the photos are ones I’ve done a proper scrapbooking layout for already, so I am not bothered about the longevity of the work or the fact there will be no page protectors.
The base gets the full mixed media treatment, with paint, inks, texture, etc.
Andin the end will look more like an AJ page than a traditional layout
My plan is to create a “scrapbook” by using the back-to-back binding method to join them all. I’ll then perhaps work out some sort of cover and sewn binding decoration for that. I’m planing on keeping the embellishments mostly flat (well -ish anyway) and some might be 1/2 the folder and some will cover the whole surface (this is a 1/2 one.)
It’s just a bit of fun for me, slightly experimental but I don’t mind that at all. And if it ends up as a disaster (which I think I will know within the first 4 to 6 surfaces) well then, so be it. But more often than not it’s about the process for me, not always the end result. I’m willing to spend the time just to see if it will work.
For a start, unlike my traditional scrapbooking style, for this project I feel I MAY need to rein in the grunge…..