Father’s day is this Sunday, 21 June, and what better way to show your appreciation than a personalised gift wallet? When I saw this tutorial from Trimcraft, I knew it would be the perfect gift for our youngest to give to his Dad on Sunday.
I decided to use one of the boutique collab kits, Into the Great Unknown:
It’s gorgeous, isn’t it, and just perfect for this project. Since this is a masculine card/wallet, I really only needed to use some of the papers, the journal cards and a few embellishments. In addition to the kit, I also used the following:
- A4 card stock and paper (white paper and kraft card stock) for printing;
- Double sided tape, 3D foam pads/dimensionals plus PVA glue, Elmer’s glue, or similar);
- Washi tape (this is not essential, I just wanted to use this around the edges of the wallet but you could just as easily leave the edges bare; and
- Craft knife, trimmer and scissors for cutting out.
Firstly, I printed three sheets of patterned paper from the kit:
Then I selected the journal cards and typed on those the jobs our youngest was prepared to do for his Dad. Since he is 18 and has just finished his exams at college, he is now well into teenage holiday mode (i.e. get up late, do little or no work and spend as much time as possible playing PC or console games!!!!), I had to check with him first to make sure these jobs were acceptable!
Then it was a case of cutting the kraft cardstock for the wallet. The measurements are given in the tutorial but are as follows:
- Wallet – 9⅜” x 4″ (23.9cm x 10.3cm).
- Paper to decorate wallet – 9⅛” x 3¾” (23.4 cm x 9.8cm).
- Larger inner pocket (cut 2) – 45/16” x 215/16” (11cm x 7.4cm).
- Paper for large pocket (cut 2) – 41/16” x 211/16” (10.2cm x 6.4cm).
- Small inner pocket (cut 2) – 4″ x 2½” (10.2cm x 6.4cm).
- Paper for small pocket (cut 2) -3¾” x 2¼” (9.7cm x 5.9cm).
- Closure – 3″ x 1″, score at 1½” and cover with paper 3″ x 1″ (7.5cm x 2.5cm). You will need to add paper to both sides since the closure does open up.
- Closure fastener – 3″ x ½” (but a ¼” width works just as well) (7.5cm x 1.3cm or 7.5 cm x 0.6 cm). there are no instructions for this in the tutorial as this is something I added but further details are given below.
Hopefully, I have got all the imperial and metric measurements right 😉 . All you then have to do is follow the instructions in the tutorial.
Here is the card stock ready for decorating.
I folded the kraft card stock in half before I added the patterned paper as sometimes, the paper can bubble up on top of the card if you are not careful. However, I did make a second wallet for my Dad (with places I intend to take him to visit as he can no longer drive 😉 ) and didn’t fold the card first so as long as you adhere the paper to the card firmly, you should be OK.
I rounded the corners on the Kraft card stock and papers but added washi tape around the edge of the wallet.
I cut the corners off the inner pockets of the wallet. Whenever cutting something like this that needs to be symmetrical on either side, I have learned to cut the corner off one piece first then reverse that piece so the cut side backs onto the uncut card, and use it as a template for cutting the second card. Alternatively, reverse the cut corner and place that against the corner that needs to be cut on the second piece of card and use it as a cutting card. In that way, the corners of each pocket will match.
Maybe it is my OCD showing, but I get totally frustrated when things don’t quite line up properly 😉 ! Anyway, I hope you can understand what I am trying to explain, albeit in a garbled fashion.
Once the pockets have been cut and decorated, the next stage is to place double sided tape (or glue) on the sides of each pocket, making sure not to put the tape on the top. I used the red sticky tape as that is stronger than the white/clear double sided tape:
The closure fastener was not in the tutorial as this is something I added myself. You could use magnetic tape or magnetic fasteners underneath the paper on the closure and the wallet cover to fasten the wallet, but when you only think of this after you have almost finished everything, it would completely mess up the wallet to try and unglue the paper from the card stock! Can you tell the magnetic tape idea only occurred to me whilst I was adhering the closure to the wallet 😉 ?!!!!
The thin strip for the fastener needs to be placed near the edge of the front cover of the wallet so that the closure can slip underneath it to hold the wallet closed:
You could easily make one of these in an hour or two so if you are stuck for a last minute gift idea, this could be the perfect solution! If you do make one, please do come and post your creation in the gallery – we would all love to see what you make of this ;).
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Quick and easy gift box and cards - April 24th, 2016
- Simply Sunday: Mad Hatters tea party - March 27th, 2016