One Sheet Pocket Book

I'm on a roll! TWO tutorials in a row! Actually, I have several things ready to show you. Some of them I've had done for awhile, and some I just made. Since I have the time today, I will be scheduling several posts to automatically show up on here over the next couple weeks. So keep checking back! On with today's tutorial.....

I have seen different variations of this, but I call it the "One Sheet Pocket Book". It's made out of one sheet of 12" x 12" paper and ends up with 8 pockets. The pages are 4" tall and approximately 2 5/8" wide (after binding).
This is such a cute size! It's definitely purse-size and can be used for holding so many different things.

In this picture, I have put some stamped images in the pockets. Wouldn't this make a great gift for a stamping friend?! Once they use up all the images, they can re-use the pocket book for something else. Here are some other ideas I've came up with for this little book:
Use it to hold
* gift tags *
* business cards *
* ATC's (altered trading cards) *
* wallet sized photos *
* phone numbers/addresses *
* credit cards *
* gift cards *
The possibilities are endless!
One 12" x 12" sheet of paper or LIGHTweight cardstock (I used double-sided)
1/2" O-wires for the Bind-It-All
Paper trimmer or scissors
Stamps, ink, ribbon, etc.

1. Using the Scor-Pal, score the cardstock at 6" (red/orange line in diagram).
2. Turn the cardstock over and score at 2" and 10" (blue lines in diagram). The reason I say turn it over is with the Scor-Pal, it is recommended that you fold your score lines with the bump on the INSIDE when possible. The indentation should be on the outside. It has to do with the way the scoring divides the fibers in your cardstock.
3. Now turn the cardstock 1/4" turn and score at 3", 6", and 9" (green lines in diagram).
4. Place adhesive as shown by the aqua lines in the diagram in four places. Fold at the 2" and 10" score lines, adhering them closed at the ends.
5. Using a paper trimmer or scissors, cut on the FIRST 6" score line made in step #1. You'll cut from the 3" score line all the way down to the bottom edge (orange line in diagram).
6. Accordian fold each side until it looks like the picture above. Obviously in this case, all of your folds will not have the scored bump on the inside/indentation on the outside. But you will have a general guideline for folding. Also, as you can see - my ends have not been glued together yet in this photo as I've instructed to do in step #4. So do not be confused, LOL!
7. The two pockets at the bottom in the picture above will be adhered to each other, back to back.
8. The entire book is too thick to fit into the Bind-It-All at once so you have to punch the holes in stages. First of all I punched holes in the two center folds at the same time.
9. Then I punched each of the other two folds, one at a time. Make sure you're punching all of the holes on the same side of the book, with the pockets all on the same side.
10. Insert the 1/2" O-wire with the Bind-It-All. Usually when binding books, they recommend that you flip the back cover around to the front before putting your O-wires in. But you can't really do that with this little book. So the ends where your binding wires meet each other will show on the outside.
11. Embellish as desired with stamped images, ribbon, etc.

I did not add a cover because I used lightweight cardstock. But you could add a cover if you wanted, and also use alternate binding (ribbon, staples) if you do not own a Bind-It-All.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Sonja said...

What a great project. I was thinking I might make one for my duaghter's birthday (thank goodness that's it October..I might actually have time to get it done...hahaha). I usually get her gift cards from several of her favorite places (Starbucks, Sonic, etc). Each pocket could hold its own gift card. Thanks for the wondeful idea.

Patti said...

Awesome Vicki!! You did a great job on the project and tutorial!!

Hilmarose said...

what a great project! Thank you for the instructions!!!

Angela K said...

This is wonderful, thank you for sharing!! The tutorial is great!!

Jewels said...

This is really neat! I picture it with the Soar With It collections, since they have so many tags. I hadn't seen this one before. TFS!

mel4christ said...


I'm DROOLING over here!!!!! Love it and of course you know I just love the image on the front. Great job with your tutorials. Some of my friends visited your blog today and loved it. I pray that you are blessed in your business and thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas with us!

Did I mention I LOVE THIS!!! lol


Leonie said...

Oh wow Vicki what a great tutorial and how gorgeous is this little book?? thanks so much for sharing and I think I'm off to make some more ;) thanks again ... Leonie

Lisadwb said...

Thank you Vicki. You always come up with the cutest projects.

made by fifi said...

wow thats fab - thanks for posting the instructions - i might have a go when i have some spare time! XX

Chris said...

What a great idea - thanks for sharing - great tutorial, just wish the scor pal was readily available in the UK - its on my wish list!

Chris x

Kazza said...

I love it !!! and thanks for the instructions too :O)

Patty Bennett said...

FABULOUS tutorial.. you made it really easy to follow the steps!! Thank you! I made some today and they will be on my blog in the morning (Saturday 5/3). :) Patty

drmarty62 said...

Thanks. Its great. Can be used for ATCs too if you are careful.
Hope you don't mind, I posted a link to you on my blog.

Charmaine said...

Thanks for the great tutorial...hope to try it out soon.


Peggy said...

Love this idea - thaks soo much for sharing

VictoriaG said...

Had to make this as soon as I saw it posted! Darling! Easy to do and fab with 1 sheet of dsp!
Thanks so much!!!

Nancy Grant said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! It's a FunShop project for sure!!! Thanks for sharing!!!


stampersim said...

Love it! Now I need to get some 1/2" wires for my bind-it-all. Thanks to you for posting such a great tutorial ... and thanks to Patty Bennett for having one of these on her blog and a link to see your tutorial !!

Julie's Crafty Corner said...

These little books are fantastic, I love them! Great tutorial.


Barefootstamper said...

What a great project! I love this! I want to make a dozen :D You were the Featured Project for Tutorial Tuesday over at Card of the -- Check it out!

Jean said...

Thanks for sharing this, I will try one soon. Very cute, and your blog is great too!

Dina said...

I love this book - just got my bind it all this week.

I'll try this tutorial soon! Thanks

P.S. Isn't ATC's = Artist Trading Cards (or Altered??)

Dina in TO

craftyscot said...

this looks great, I must try it out this week
thanks Vicki

Lorie said...

THanks for the great tutorial! I made one yesterday and have put it up as blog candy on my blog! :o)

stampin_melissa said...

Wow, what a great tutorial! I'm going to have to give this a try, so often I don't try them because I'm a visual learning and I don't quite "get it" so I don't even try. This is a great project to break in my BIA (I won't mention I've had it for months already!) :)

Betsy said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful directions. Great project. You are creative!

Annette said...

Vicki - I have had these on my to do list since you posted them. I just got to do a few this week and posted them to my blog:
Thanks so much for such great directions. Love them and they were so easy to make!

Marion said...

What a wonderful little book. Thank you for a great tutorial and for sharing this fabulous creative.

Marion, UK

Creative Michelle said...

thank you thank you!
simple, easy to follow instructions.
how generous of you to share!
Michelle in Australia

Allison said...

What a great project and amazing instructions! This was my first project using my bind it all. Check it out at my blog!
Thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

All I can say is Wow!! Thanks for sharing this totally awesome idea!! I especially LOVE the idea of filling it with Stamped Images.

I look a few blogs a day....and this is the first one that I've left a comment that says something!!! Keep it up ;O)

Anonymous said...

I purchased the Bind-it-all the first of June and had not tried it yet. This tutorial made me want to get it out. So, I have used it for the first time (easy) and made the cutest little book!! I plan to make many more of these little darlings! What a great idea to fill it with stamped images. My friend, several states away, will be pleased to get this full of goodies! Thanks so much!

Mel M. M. M. said...

What a sweet little book and an amazing tutorial. Thanks SO much for sharing it! :O)

Christine B said...

Merci beaucoup pour ce super tuto !

Patricia45 said...

Thank you so much Vicki for adding a link on your blog to my French tutorial. I was rather successful with it today. I put a link to yours as well on my blog.

apron girls said...

LOVE IT! I just made one and it's great. I love mini albums. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

loopylou said...

wow, thankyou so so much for this vicki. i only just got my bind-it-all (yep, roughly a year since you posted this tutorial!!! lol !!) and i have been terrified to use it but have made my first little book tonight using your great tutorial, i will decorate it a bit and then post it on my blog in the next few days. thankyou again xxxxx

Jen said...

OH! My BIA has been collecting dust for some time. I think you've given me the inspiration to get it out and use it!! WOOHOO! THANKS!

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Carolyn said...

Hi Vicki,
Great tutorial - thanks. I am a bit behind the times, lol, but really enjoyed making this. Thanks so much for sharing on your blog.

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