File folder games were popular or at least this brand (see Amy from the Idea Room), when Munch was little. I made a set for her and during the course of children and giving things away because we have been done having children so many times I have no idea where they ended up.
When I learned that our church was looking for file folder games to fill current needs I cringed just a little. Not because it's not a worthy cause, but because did I really have the time to color and cut out all those pieces again. Then someone (who will remain anonymous because they REALLY DON'T LIKE it when I talk about them on the blog) suggested using the die cut machine she gave the girls for Christmas.
We can make numerous folders in record time and they look darling. Then one day as I was cleaning the bat cave (the girls have affectionately called our basement sewing/storage room the bat cave because of it's deep recesses in our home) I found the last remaining bin of old die cuts that I had given the girls to play with.
I ran up stairs (okay I hobbled up the stairs, but someday soon it will be a run) in my excitement to show the girls how we could add to our project. We started sorting the different die cuts, copying the items when we didn't have a matching pair to complete another folder.
Fred has been an amazing helper in cutting and creating these games for children who live in orphanages around the world. We've talked about who these children might be and the idea of living a life without parents or siblings.
Look at this cute folder she made with all the flowers. She even outlined the flowers and centers so they would stand out better.
Arnold and I have been cutting late at night while we watch a movie. They still take a bit of time, after laminating, cutting the pieces, and finally adding the velcro, but it's easy work and time well spent.
I only wish I had kept more of the diecuts over the years. I was too quick to give them away in my rush to "dejunk" and clean. I know I'm not the only scrapper out there with excess product. Here is a great way to give back. It's such a lovely thing to think that we are adding to someone's life, even if it's small.