Friday, August 12, 2011

GlueArts U Cut It Adhesive is Sweet, Sweet, Sweet!

Our fabulous Glue Arts U Cut It Foam Adhesive can be cut, die cut, stacked, glittered, foiled, colored, you name it! It's amazing!

You'll love the Recipe Accordion Folder that Designer Grace Tolman made.  It's so cute and SO dimensional!

Recipe Accordion Folder
GlueArts Designer: Grace Tolman

Designer Tip: In this project, I altered an existing folder where I used the U Cut It Foam to create dimension in my project. 

Glue Arts U Cut it Foam
Glue Arts Extreme Squares
Glue Arts Mini Squares
Pattern papers- SEI
Chipboard letters- Doodlebug Design Inc.
Border punch- EK Success
Corner rounder- Marvy Uchida
Circle punch- EK Success


 1. Gather your supplies.
 2. Pick the papers that you want to cover your folder with. Since the folder is wider then 12 inches, I used three so I can add borders on the edge of the folder.
 3. Punch out a decorative border from pattern paper.
4. Adhere this to the stripe paper and trim to about 1 inch.

5. Make a template for the middle part of the folder flap. I didn't want to waste my pattern paper since it's a bigger area to work with, so I made a template first. Mark the hole where the circle enclosure will go and punch that part out with the circle punch.  
6. Using the template, make the same markings with the pattern paper.  
7. Adhere the border papers first, using Extreme Squares. I chose to use the Extreme Squares in this project because I want it to last. You could use the GlueArts Hot Glue Gun, but I didn't want the bumpy effect of it. 

8. Adhere the middle paper.
9. Do the same procedure to cover the back, working with the borders first and then the middle paper.
 10. I measured the inside pocket and cut a piece of paper to cover it. I then clamped the sides so I could trace the curved top edge. I trimmed the top to match the pocket and then adhered it with more Extreme Adhesive Squares.

11. I measured the sides of the inside pocket and cut out my papers to match the inside measurements. Then adhered with Extreme Adhesive Squares. 
 12. I then cut a piece from the same paper to go underneath the pocket. I didn't want any of the original pink to show. Since it is a smaller piece, I used the Mini Adhesive Squares to adhere.
 13. Next I worked on the top pocket covering it with more paper. 
14. Next I cut a piece of paper and adhered the letters using GlueArts Mini Adhesive Squares. 
 15. I cut out more strips and punched a decorative border on one side.
16. I added the punched strips around my title to create a frame around it. 

17. I used Extreme Squares to connect the paper strips. 
18. Then I added my GlueArts U Cut It Foam to the frame. I love how the foam adhesive helped me create a dimensional frame for my title.
 19. I then added some flowers to the corners for a finished look.

  20. Last I hand cut some flowers from my paper. I added the GlueArts U Cut It Foam to two of the flowers. To create a layered look, I added two layers of the U Cut It Foam to two of the flowers to provide more depth.

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  1. I love love love this idea! I have lots of these little accordian folders, and now I know how to repurpose them!! Thanks!!

    amyis300 AT hotmail DOT com

  2. super cool and great tutorial. perfect timing for back to school too.this would be so handy.

  3. LOVE this Grace and what a great idea!

  4. Fabulous!!! I lvoe the project.


  5. Very cute project.

  6. Such a cute project. Thank you for sharing it and how to make it.

  7. I have one of these plastic folders - can't wait to do this to it! Great idea and it looks so nice. TFS!

  8. Cute idea. So many different ways you could use an embellished folder. I could use a hundred of these!

  9. Great idea!! I have so many of these folders and I'm going to make them purrty LOL

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carmen L

    cal8007 at aol dot com

  10. WOW!! LOVE this project idea!! I like seeing all of the ways to use it!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  11. super cute project~

  12. nice

  13. Wow... what a beautiful work! Love such folders... Thanks for the great Tutorial!

  14. What a great idea!!!!!! Love the refashioned folders:) THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  15. Great idea for floders before school starts. Glue Arts rocks!!

  16. You have some great ideas!!!

  17. This Embellishment Kit Looks Amazing. Do you sell these? Beautiful Projects......