File Folder Art Journal [VIDEO] How to Tutorial

August 4, 2016

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During a recent art therapy supervision session, I was re-introduced (thanks Mary!) to the technique of taking a basic file folder and re-purposing it into a mini book that could be used as an art journal.  I wanted to remember the folding sequence and steps involved, so I decided to do a quick, short how-to video and thought other creatives would also be interested in trying this fun, easy, and inexpensive idea.  Materials you will need to get started include a file folder (with side tabs, not a middle tab) and some glue:

Here’s some written steps:

1. Start with the tab in the upper right hand corner.

2. Fold the folder up from the bottom straight across so the tab curves line up.  This will create four pockets inside of the journal.

3. Next start with the right side and begin to fold this into the middle, making sure…

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2 Responses to “File Folder Art Journal [VIDEO] How to Tutorial”


  1. Thanks, Gretchen. This is the most straightforward tutorial for one of these file journals I’ve seen.


  2. Thank you for sharing this. I love this idea!


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