Hello and Merry Christmas from poki! The holiday season is upon us with full force! Everyday our mailboxes are stuffed with more beautiful cards from family and friends. Most years, I just can’t seem to bear getting rid of all those beautiful messages and images (you never know which ones might be useful later for re-cycling/re-using or just for inspiration in your own card crafting. I have a friend who has made 100’s of tiny origami boxes from her Christmas card collection! What a neat project that was!) In order to keep my cards organized, I have made a card book for each year since 2006, which holds all the cards that I received in that year! At the beginning of each new holiday season, I pull out all my old books and display them in my living room! Here is a photo of several of my card keepers (including this project) on display in my living room!
This year, I made my card keeper using Kimeric Kreations A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
I love working with Kim’s products. They are easy to use and full of lots of great papers and elements. A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS was no exception! Fun and versatile!
I started my process by creating the “papers” and “elements” I would need to make the book. I started with the cover papers. The one for the front says “CARD KEEPER” using Kimeric Kreations adorable peppermint alpha in the collection. Here’s my front cover
and my back cover to match
I created a bookplate – which contains lined paper to record the names of family and friends who sent and received cards this year. I printed two, one for the inside of each of the covers of the book.
I also made pocket labels and a date card with paper to cover a chipboard dateplate.
All digital images were printed on either white cardstock (bookplates, elements) or HP Brochure paper (cover papers).
TRADITIONAL SUPPLIES used in this project include
* chipboard – 6″x8″ (two pieces to make the covers) 1″x3″ (to cut the dateplate from)
* white cardstock – 11″x11″ (3 pieces to make the pocket units)
*Zutter 1″ binding rings in red (2 sets – each set has 6 prongs, which is the maximum number that a Zutter Bind-It-All will cut and install at one time! I used two sets to bind this book.)
*VersaMagic Red Brick ink (it’s a brownish-red, to distress the edges of the pocket units)
* Gold colored brads (2 pieces to hold the dateplate in place)
*TOOLS: Scor-Pal, Zutter Bind-It-All, Xyron 150, Big Shot and bookplate #2 die, paper piercer, scissors, straight edge cutter, and adhesive.
Create date plate – Use Xyron 150 to add adhesive to the red strip of paper, then attach paper to small chipboard piece. Use the Big Shot and bookplate #2 die to cut out the dateplate holder. Trim date card to size, and set aside until later in the process.
Cover chipboard – Cover the two 6″X8″ chipboard pieces with the cover papers. Adhere the trimmed date card to the front cover (it says CARD KEEPER) near the bottom right corner. Then, place the chipboard dateplate over it, pierce holes through the front cover, and attach the dateplate with two brads. After the dateplate has been attached to the front cover, you can add the printed (lined) bookplates to the inside of both covers (these will cover up the edges of your cover paper, as well as hide the back side of the brads). Here is an image of Sizzix bookplate#2 complete and installed on the book cover.
Create pockets – Using Scor-pal (or scoring tool of choice) make two score lines on the 11″ square cardstock. First score at 5 1/2″ (which is the middle of the 11″ paper) then turn the paper 1/4 turn, and score at 8″. This will create a 3″ deep pocket on both the front and back of the pocket unit. In order to leave room for expansion (to put in all those lovely cards I receive!), I don’t add any adhesive on these pocket units. The binding rings will hold them closed. I distressed (smudged) the edges of the pocket units with Red brick ink to match the slightly distressed look of Kimeric Kreations kit! Attach the pocket labels (Family, Friends and Photos) to the front of each pocket unit. (You will be looking at the front pocket of the unit when the open side is on the left, and the folded side is on the right!)
Completing the book – Use Zutter binder to cut two sets of binding holes (6 holes each), one at the top of covers and pocket units, and one at the bottom. Insert binder rings and clamp shut with the Zutter Bind-It-All. You can add ribbons to these binder rings to dress them up if you want.
And here is my completed book!
and here’s a peek inside to see the pocket units and bookplate in place.
If you are inspired to make your own Card Keeper, be sure to load it into the HYBRID GALLERY at The Digichick. We would all love to see it!
Other Articles by poki04:
- "Family and Friends" mini pocket book - September 29th, 2014
- It's SPRING and almost Easter! - April 18th, 2014
- It's almost BIRTHDAY TIME in my family! - February 21st, 2014
- Fussy cutting project ... long time coming! - January 31st, 2014
- Altered Canvas: Seek-N-Find Puzzle - November 29th, 2013