Use these ideas if you are working on one of our Learn 'N Folders TM OR if you are creating your own!!
Adhesives—There are a lot of great products to use to complete these projects. The one product that we have used that does not work well is Elmer’s White Glue. The new gel glue made by Elmer's does, however, spread well and will not be visible after the glue dries. Glue sticks work fine, but they are a bit messier than some other choices. They cause your fingers to get very sticky and can result in dirtying some of your small books. Photo mounts work nicely as well. Our favorite adhesive is an adhesive runner. One we use often is “Easy Stick” by Henkel. It is very clean and very easy. Double-stick tape is also very easy to use.
Papers– There are great choices in paper to choose from. Just about anything goes, except for construction paper. It does not last very long in the folders. The paper tears much too easily after it has been folded. Colored and plain copy paper, as well as card stock, does a good job. And for special jobs, you can choose papers found in the scrapbook section of craft stores.
Bone Folders—This is a very helpful tool found in most craft stores such as Michael’s and A.C. Moore. The cost is generally between $3 and $4. It is very useful in making folds neat and flat. It works very well on heavy file folders and other heavy papers. Using a bone folder helps to make the folders and the smaller books fit together much nicer.
Embellishments— This is the fun part! Add stickers and other theme-related items after your folder is completed to personalize it! When creating an original Learn ‘N Folder, colored papers, gel pens, stamps, edged scissors and any of your scrapbooking supplies add nice touches. If you find out that there is something extra that you wish to add to the book, do it! Add another flap. Flaps can be hinged to the top edge or the bottom edge. Be creative here also!
Special Notes– When creating the individual books, there are several things to remember. You should always place all of the books down on the folders before you glue to make sure that they fit. If an individual book doesn’t fold exactly right, trim it! If you use file folders to make the basis for the books, take note of one thing. The size of the small flaps on the sides will depend on where the tabs are on each file folder and how they are glued together. We may lay out a folder a certain way because it works with the way the small flaps are when we assemble the books. You may see that your area is not wide enough. If this happens, move your books around until they fit well for you. The order of the books can usually be moved around.
What can you use to make the foundation for the Learn ‘N Folder?
File folders do a great job, but there are other things you can use as well.
If it is a small job, a pocket folder works nicely. The individual pockets can be cut down the sides to create folding flaps. You can always cut apart other pocket folders or use card stock to create additional flaps. Attach with clear strapping tape. Posterboard can be cut and folded to make a Learn ’N Folder. Cardstock can also be taped and folded into a nice format. Whatever you use, be sure that you glue or tape the different parts together neatly. Also use your bone folder or other flat edge to make each fold very crisp.
How can I keep a large folder closed?
A large rubberband can be kept around the folder, but there are some other, more creative, ways to close your books. Small pieces of Velcro can be attached to both sides. That works very nicely. You could also attach a brass brad to the front center edge. Then attach string or ribbon and tie around the folder.
How can I protect them?
If they are going to be handled a lot you could have the cover or certain other parts laminated. You can also store them in something special to protect them. Very large ziploc bags will work, as well as bread bags. Office supply stores sell a very nice clear plastic envelope that they will fit in. One of the greatest things about these folders is the fact that they are very easily stored.
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