Staff Project: Adorable Christmas Portfolio by Chris!

Nov 13th

Welcome back, friends!

Today we have another inspiring post for you! Chris has been working hard on her holiday cards and projects, and this one is JUST SO ADORABLE. Simply looking at it makes me want to create one of my own!

Chris was inspired by the Tim Holtz folio to make a CHRISTMAS PORTFOLIO to hold letters, memorabilia, and photos. This is what the folio looked like before Chris started her project.

She also used a regular school-style folder with pockets inside the folio along with coordinating Christmas papers and embellishments. She added white duct tape on the ribbed part of the folio to cover the kraft color. See if you can spot it in the pictures below!

To start, Chris covered the front and back of the kraft folio with Christmas paper in coordinating patterns. She ran a ribbon around the outside, extending it off to the right with enough length to tie shut. Once the ribbon was in place, she added super-cute elements to the front cover, including a frame! What a fun way to tie everything together!

Now let’s take a peek inside! Chris also covered the inside of the folio itself with panels of of coordinating paper. Do you see the white duct tape? Awesome idea for covering the “bendy” part of the folio!

She added a pocket to the inside back cover, perfect for notes, photos, or holiday memorabilia.

She covered the outside of the red folder (both front and back) with holiday papers, then attached it to the inside of the folio with an elastic band. Because of the band, it’s easy to take out of the folio at any time.

Chris attended a class at Memory Bound awhile back during which she learned to make Midori-style notebooks. These small notebooks have a cover with simple pages (often used for journaling or list-making) and are held shut with an elastic band (even a hair tie will work!). Using the ideas she learned in class, Chris created Midori notebooks to slip into her folio.

These notebooks are small enough to slide out and tuck into your purse or bag when out holiday shopping then, because of the elastic band, they slip right back into the folio for safe keeping!

As you can see, Chris has created an adorable AND practical project which will be useful during the holiday season and serve as a wonderful keepsake in years to come! And her project could be adapted for any special occasion or theme throughout the year.


Are you inspired by Chris’ Christmas Portfolio? I sure am! If you’d like to get started on your Christmas projects, stop in! We have all kinds of ideas, DIY projects, and tons of supplies for holiday crafting. We’d love to help you find what you need to have a very crafty holiday season!

Thanks so much to Chris for sharing her beautiful work with us today!