I was busy yesterday afternoon creating an altered folder/smash book/journal book using a Project 365 kit (January) by Digilicious Designs and it was a real joy to work with this.  This kit is so adaptable and particularly good for hybrid crafting!  I used the full pack (the preview is linked to the store) although you can buy the kit separately:

I didn't actually use the alphas but concentrated on the journal pages as I thought they would make great pages for the folder.

I started with a plain black A5 folder (8.3 in x 5.8 in) and covered it with papers from the kit which I had printed on plain copier paper.  This is the front and back covers, with a photo from above the folder and one of the first page and inside cover:

I wanted lots of pockets and inserts in the folder, so you will see I added a pocket to the inside cover and put the January dates on the first page along with a tab.  The idea is that I will add the different months as the year progresses but whether I actually get around to that or not, who knows?!!!  Also, see the 3D flower on the front cover?  This was made using flowers from the kit.

These are photos of four of the inside pages.  You can't really tell from the top photo, but the flowered part on the left is actually a flap from the right hand page, which opens up to reveal a triangular pocket which holds tags, etc. The orange flower is from the kit and was cut out and folded slightly before being stuck to the page.  The quotation marks are also an element from the kit.  Of course, if I had been thinking properly, I would have reversed one of them so I had the proper 66' and 99's.. hindsight is a great thing, isn't it?

Four more inside pages.  Again, there is a pocket on the right hand page on the bottom photo with a tag inserted:

And I just love the butterfly from the kit.  How could I not use that?!!!

I had to use it on the inside pages though as I thought if it was on the outside, I would be sure to catch it on something when using the folder and it would be torn off.

And here are more pages, with another flower and another pocket insert

The right hand part of the photo here is the back inside cover, with a different flower and another pocket added 

More pockets and the top right part of this one shows the pocket between two pages:

Here is a another pocket between two pages:

The idea is that the pockets can hold tags, photos and suchlike but nothing too bulky as I am sure my double sided tape would not be up to the job!

I was really pleased with how this turned out so if you are looking to make something similar, this kit is ideal.  It is also a great relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon and evening!

Happy scrapping!