Mixed Media Altered File Folders

Last week I watched a video on YouTube about altering file folders. I know I’ve done it before a long time ago but the video gave me a desire to make some again. I decided to try using up some scrap papers in the process as my stash is getting out of hand.

First I just covered the two file folders with strips of scrap paper cut in various widths and lengths.


Then I scraped on some white paint with a palette knife to mute the colors.


I stamped doily patterns on both folders using different colors.


I chose three colors of paint for each folder and randomly added them also using a palette knife.


Next I put on the focal points by using masks I made.

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Finally I added some embellishments, stamped some script and did some finishing outlining with my Pitt Big Brush Markers.





These two folders have already been put to good use holding images I have cut out of magazines that I will use in other mixed media projects.

If you have some ordinary manila file folders hanging around, give altering them a try. You’ll end up with some happy storage for your office or craft room papers!


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