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Folio A

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Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts has created a new folio that is easily assembled. It comes with pre-cut, pre-scored chipboard pieces that create a 6.5" square folio. The photo below shows 2 of the pieces: the main folio and a belly band. Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts recommends using a wide angled Sharpie to go around all the edges of the chipboard, saving a bit on cardstock. This photo shows the edges already painted with the black Sharpie.

Folio 1Referencing the photo above, fold the far right chipboard on the score lines to create a side pocket. Adhere the tabs to the base with adhesive.

Included with the folio kit is a booklet that will be assembled and slid into the pocket created above. This booklet has 2 pieces: one piece has a wider center spine. Using wet glue, adhere the skinnier spine on top of the wider spine, centering from side-to-side.  Let dry thoroughly before turning any pages.

Folio 2

Now it's time to decorate. I used a 6x6 paper pad from Mintay by Karola. This paper pad is called Dear Diary. For the cover, I found another piece I loved from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts called Scribble Frame Birds

Folio B

With a bit of acrylic paint, the frame & birds were painted and micro-beads added along with a nest of sorts.

Folio C

Swing the nest open and you'll see the inside cover. I left this panel flat so that the cover lays flat, adding a few stickles on the light.

Folio D

After opening the square cover to the right, I've created a flip-fold: one to the top; one to the bottom; one to the side.

Folio E

The edges of the flip were cut with a decorative edge for more interest with added photo mats:

Folio F

Folio G

I kept the edges die-cut from the flips and created a tiny pocket:

Folio H

This is the last panel in the folio. The right side is a pocket that will hold the 8 page booklet.

Folio I

Here the pocket is shown with the booklet inserted:


Folio J

The inserted booklet cover . . . 

Folio K

and inside pages:

Folio L

Folio M

The vertical belly band is the one that comes with the Gypsy Soul kit. I decided to use mine inside the booklet. But you can certainly use yours on one of the main booklet panels. On the right side, I've used another cast-off from the die cut flips as an inverted pocket.

Folio N

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Jennie Atkinson

What a fabulous folio kit Nancy and how stunningly you decorated it. It really is gorgeous! Happy New Year to you xx


Oh my goodness Nancy! This is so incredibly beautiful. I’m thrilled at the concept of this ready to make album being offered by GSLC and couldn’t love how you’ve altered this one any more! A gorgeous use of these papers and lovely focal cover embellishment. Happy New Year and hugs, Autumn

Anne R

Nancy, you have certainly done the folio justice, your little album is beautiful - I really love those wonderful papers you used and the decoration on the front of the album is gorgeous! Happy New Year to you! Anne xx

Heather Maxwell

This is so pretty Nancy! I'm in love with your choice of paper and all the sweet details. I need to know which die you used for the decorative edge - must have! All so beautifully crafted.
~ Heather


Oh Nancy how clever to use the nest as the closure such an inspired creation. Beauty is colour and nature ... Amazing!!
Creative Wishes Tracey x

Margaret Mifsud

Hi Nancy! I love your album .. it is so gorgeous! The base is a really clever design and I love the papers used to decorate it! How clever to use the birds and frame to as the closure to your booklet .. it looks fabulous! Absolutely love this!! hugs xx

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