Accordion Fold Card Organizer

Hello WeR fans and welcome back to the blog today! It’s Chantalle back with you today to show you how a great way to organize your handmade cards and tags. I’ve had the joy of working with some amazing new release paper pads by DCWV these last few weeks and let me tell you, they are definitely worth adding to your stash! The two stacks I’d like to focus on today are the ‘Die Cut Shapes’ which features loads of die cut shapes and gold foil accents and ‘Just my Type’.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

This organizer was supposed to be a little card and envelope gift set for someone (and still could be if I can bare to let go of it lol!) but it sort of morphed into a bit more than that and now contains an assortment of little cards and tags that I can turn to when I’m in need of last minute gift tag or thank you note.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
The accordion fold looked simple at first. I searched the web for a suitable technique and will admit to struggled a bit in the beginning, fine tuning it for my purposes. Now that I know how it turns out, you will definitely spend less time on it if you wish to create a similar little folder for yourself!

The base for the folder is made out of 1 sheet of 12×12 paper. I tried cardstock and patterned paper but neither yielded the results I was looking for. I settled for a thinner paper and the perfect weight for this job was from a sheet of DCWV ‘Celebrations’ 12×12 Stack. The paper is single sided and folded really nicely.

I first tried ¾ inch score lines on my  Score Board but that width didn’t fold up quite as well on ½ an inch. I scored across the paper, every half inch and then rotated the paper anti clockwise and scored again at 3 and 9 inches respectively. I then folded the larger sections in towards themselves (see pic 2 below) to deepen the score line.

Folding the paper up into a long line once more, I then tucked and folded up the folds in the accordion. Watching a video will make this seem a bit less complex. Click here for some selections:

We R Memory Keepers Score Board

As you can see, I tried a couple of times to get the ends to stand up nicely so that I could add my cardstock dividers. A 12×12 sheet of paper created this folder which has 11 pockets and is 6 inches across and just over 3 inches high. This would be really great to organize project life cards as well!

In between the accordion pockets, I popped some printed cardstock dividers from the fabulous DCWV ‘Just my Type’ 12×12 Stack. This gorgeous pad is bright and beautiful and has awesome clear embossing elements! The dividers are just a touch under 6 inches across and 3 inches high. You may have to tweak them to fit perfectly, to suit your folding etc. 

The next step was to add tabs to the dividers, so I can see at a glance what each pocket contains!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

My Typecast Typewriter was perfect for this task. I typed my headings directly onto the patterned paper and then used my Tab Punch Board to punch out the tab shapes. These were then glued to the pockets.

We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Now that I had my folder ready, it was time to fill it with a selection of cards and tags!

I cut several pieces of Bazzill cardstock in various shades, each 3×6 inches across. I then use my Mini Score Board (heart eyes for this little tool, seriously!!) to score at 3 inches across so I could get a nice neat fold.

Mini Score Board

Embellishing my cards was SO easy, thanks to the Die Cut Shapes stack. This baby is packed full of various shapes and colors and all to use at the drop of a hat – simply pop out the shape you want and adhere! TIP: At times you will get the little ‘grips’ that stick around after you have popped a die cut shape out of the stencil. These are easy to nip off with a bit of fine sandpaper or another fave new tool, my little Detail Scissors.

Here are some cards I created using various die cuts, which I have just added some detail to with little embellies like enamel dots, glossy accents, ribbon or machine stitching.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers 

Unicorns for the win!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers
Some super quick generic cards. TIP: I’ve brought out a bit of detail on the flowers using some Crystal Drops which you can get in various shades online.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Cheerful notes sure to brighten someone’s day!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve highlighted the gold foil on the bird die cut with some Vicki Boutin Rub-Ons. I find it really annoying when a rub-on is difficult to, erm rub on. But these go on like a breeze! I used my Embossing Stylus to apply them.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Here are some larger tags I included in the set. They are also from the die cut pad. I’ve snipped the top corners off using my Tag Punch Board and run some ribbon through them so they’re ready to use. A bit of detail has also been added to them in the form of finding an ‘echo’ shape like the bigger bird or flower and adding it with some foam tape to the tag for some dimension.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I also created some mini tags from various shapes like emoji’s. This pad is so full of variety, I have no doubt you will find the exact shape you are looking for.

Lastly, I need some co-ordinating envelopes for these guys! I used my DCWV ‘Celebrations’ 12×12 Stack again as the paper is perfect for envelopes. To make these mini beauties, I used the oh-so-adorable Mini Envelope Punch Board. This little punchboard will create envelopes for cards up to 4×4 inches.

The cute baby brother to the Envelope Punch Board!

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

Mini Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers

A little random pocket I added was a ‘Bits & Pieces’ section. I’ve put some little embellies here like paperclips etc to adhere your card or tag to a gift. I’ve also folded up some cut ribbon sections and added some clear circular stickers.

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

I’ve already used one of the thank you cards for a friend of mine who recently went to Japan and brought me back of the most incredible handmade paper!

Typecast Typewriter and Cover by We R Memory Keepers

Don’t forget to keep your Typecast dust-free with the handy clear covers, which are now available!

DIY Accordion Card Organizer by Chantalle McDaniel for We R Memory Keepers

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Wishing you lots of happy crafting!

 

Chantalle

 

Materials Used:

 

DCWV ‘Die Cut Shapes’ 12×12 Stack

DCWV ‘Just my Type’ 12×12 Stack

DCWV ‘Celebrations’ 12×12 Stack

DCWC ‘Sweet & Sassy’ 6×6 Stack

DCWV ‘Traditional Holiday’ 6×6 Stack

Trim & Score Board

Tag Punch Board

Crop a Dile Eyelet Setter

Mini Score Board

Typecast Typewriter

Embossing Stylus

Pink Paislee Wild Child Puffy Stickers

Tab Punch Board

AC Wild Child Thickers

Bazzill cardstock

Mini Envelope Punch Board

 

One thought on “Accordion Fold Card Organizer

  1. Thank you Chantalle for sharing your tutorial on your gorgeous accordion holder, it would make a lovely but like you I might not be able to part with it.
    Have a lovely day.
    Monika O’Neill

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