Thursday, June 26, 2008

I made it!

I made a cutesy craft thing...I will give the instructions for it now, and hopefully figure out how to do some pictures of it later. But for now, if you want to make a mini-scrapbook out of cards & envelopes...

You will need:
  • 4-5 greeting cards (purchased, handmade, etc...) of the same size, and same theme. It seems to work a little better (technically & aesthetically) when they are vertical cards with the fold on the left.
  • 4-5 envelopes to match cards - they will be slightly larger than the card, but that's okay.
  • Sticky strip or adhesive. (For sticky strip, I buy from pennywisearts.com, they seem to have the most sizes.)
  • 1/4" hole punch. Hand held, or a 3 punch with resizing options.
  • Book rings. (Office supply store, or office supply aisle of a local "everything" department store.)
  • Various bits of card stock, patterned paper, ribbons, staples, brads, etc. to decorate your envelopes & tags.
  • Photos - sized to fit your tags & envelopes. I used all wallet sizes - 2"x3".

  1. Hold your card with the folded side on the left. Use sticky strip or glue to close the bottom & right side of the card. Be sure to leave the top open. Do this for the rest of your cards.
  2. Use a 1/4 inch hole punch to put holes, evenly spaced, in the left (folded) side of the cards. Line up one of the hole punched cards with your envelopes & punch holes opposite the opening.
  3. Make tags to slip into the top of your cards. On the tags you can do journaling, pictures, or reminders from an event (ticket stubs, notes).
  4. To finish the envelopes, glue the flap to the inside of the envelope. Lick the glue strip like normal, but instead of gluing it closed, fold it into the inside.
  5. Put your additional photos or tags into the envelopes.
  6. Stack your cards and envelopes so you have a card first, then an envelope. Alternate until finished.
  7. To secure, use book rings in the holes. You can usually find them in the office supply areas.

I hope this makes sense without pictures! And I will get those up soon. (Hopefully!) I thought this was a cute idea b/c I end up with a LOT of cards being sent to me that I love & want to save...but then end up with a stack of cards that I can't do anything with. And I know my friends have put so much time & effort into them! Or I make cards...but don't send them. I'm really a bad pen pal. I did not use store-bought envelopes for this project. I made my own with a template...so the paper of the envelope matched my cards.

1 comment:

Shawna said...

Those sound pretty neat! I'm not normally a papercrafter (I tend more toward yarn and beads), but I also save cards. Why, I have no idea! I'm such a packrat...lol I look forward to seeing pics!