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Crafting an Effortless Accordion Pocket Folio with Floating Embellishment: A Step-by-Step Guide
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  • Writer's pictureLily Bell

Crafting an Effortless Accordion Pocket Folio with Floating Embellishment: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

pinterest pin graphic with text crafting DIY accordion pocket fold folio

Folios are a versatile addition to your planner, junk journal, or scrapbook album. It can be a focal point in your layout design (themes) or even an extension of pages that add interest. I love making them. I hope you will too.

In this tutorial, there are many ways to make it functional. All you have to do is glue the pieces you want nothing to do with and their functions and the rest not glue at all to make it functional. Whichever you place fold or pockets it is up to you to decide how you want this folio to look and its functions as long as the prints are in the front if you do not use a double-sided pattern scrapbook paper.

My video tutorial on YouTube

Here is my video tutorial on YouTube. I might have jumbled the explanation up, LOL! I was kind of all over the place. If you did not catch the video tutorial and it wasn't clear enough for you. At the bottom of this video is a text tutorial with photos to make it easier for you to understand what was going on in the video.

As I said this folio is small but it is special because of the hidden clip attachment. So, apart from being versatile in function and décor for your scrapbooking needs you might as well can insert it on any page you like. Whether extension to a page, adding interest, and a little splash of color on the page it will be useful.

I have been inspired by other tutorials in making this part accordion and pocket fold folios on YouTube. So, this is my take on it. I will make it right if it seems not understandable on this photo and text tutorial now.

Let's Begin!

Crafting an Effortless Accordion Pocket Folio with Floating Embellishment: A Step-by-Step Guide

What we need:

Patterned paper




ATG (Scotch Advance Tape Glider)

UHU glue stick

Paper clip

Paper cutter


Scoring board

Washi tape

Start with 8.5" x 11"' of scrapbook paper. Double-sided print works best or you can also use single-sided print too. You just have to embellish it after which works fine. Pretend this yellow box is your 8.5" x 11" scrapbook paper.

8.5" x11" mock paper

The next step is to cut paper in half and measure 4" width on each and trim.

cut 2 pieces of paper forming 4" width each

Next is to join the two pieces together. And measure the length to 14.5" or 14 1/2" and cut the excess.

illustration joining the two pieces of 4" together

Step 4 is to follow these scoring measurements:

score measurements to follow for tutorial

And you are done with your accordion fold pocket folio. By gluing the folds together. deciding which pocket are you going to make functional is up to you. You can add embellishments as you would like. I liked mine simple but with a little flare as I used some simple paper prints and some with busy paper prints. I also used vintage ephemera in some cases. I think that has an old, vintage, even grunge feel to it. Makes it look like a worn-out keepsake as a focal point or adding interest to my album.

The list of materials that are mentioned is all you need. Now was that easy? If you already have the materials on hand without planning ahead in doing this craft, the better. For me, when I see I want to do this out of someone's project as my inspiration it brings a sense of accomplishment that I can also make it myself if not adding my own touch to it. I am wowed by the one who has the idea and I make it my own flare. Oh yeah!

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