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Manila Folder Journal Craft - How to Make a Journal Using a Manila Folder

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By Kimi

Name of Project

Manila Folder Journal Craft

Ages This Project is Suitable For

8 and up

Approximate Time Required to Complete This Project

1 hour

Materials Needed

manila folders

pretty paper

lined or plain white paper


small clothespins








Cut the tab off of the manila folder. Use a hole punch and punch three holes at the folded side. Stack lined or white paper, cut if needed to exact size of folder and punch three holes in left side. Insert the paper into the folder, matching up the holes. Use raffia or ribbon to feed through the holes and tie in a knot or bow.

Your scrapbook/journal is now ready to be decorated. Use any pretty paper, ribbon, gems, floss, tags, clothespins, etc. to create a work of art on the front of the scrapbook/journal to disguise the manila folder

Tips and Tricks

  • Elmers tacky glue works well for this
  • I have also strung beads on floss and looped that through the holes.
  • I use the small clothespins, glued to the front and insert a tag into the pin identifying the owner of the journal
  • I have used fabric before to cover front and back and then added embellishments
  • I give these as gifts at Christmas and they are well received
  • I have made them theme oriented and also just plain wacky for the craftier/crazier people in my life

Sherri Osborn, About.com Family Crafts, says:

What a fun and easy personalized journal! TI bet this would be really fun to use as books kids could use to write and illustrate their own stories.

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