DIY: Christmas Card Album – Directory of Family and Friends

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I have always struggled with what to do with Christmas cards after the holidays.  We love sending and receiving cards from family and friends and I have kept them.  I recently found a great way to store them, that I want to share – I  love this idea for what to do with cards.  Using scrapbook paper and some cardboard, you can create an album!  Here’s a picture of mine with some of the photo cards we received.

We send photo cards and so do many of our friends and family.  My favorite thing about this project is using those photo cards to create a sort of directory.  I’ll mention a family member or friend and my daughter (5 years old) says “Who is that?”  I can say, “I’ll show you!” and I pull out this easy-to-make album of Christmas cards.

How many times have you struggled with remembering the names of someone’s children?  I can quickly grab the Christmas Card Album and… voila!

Okay, okay, on with how to do it.

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of strong cardboard
  • 4 pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • Glue Stick or Double Sided Tape
  • Hole Punch
  • 2 Rings
  • Addtl 12 x 12 scrapbook paper for pages ( yields two pages per sheet of paper or # of pages/2 = pieces of paper needed)

Making the cover:

1.  Cut cardboard to 9 1/2 x 6 inches.  (By the way, I use the cardboard that comes when a get a photo, it’s the perfect thickness.)

2.  Cut one piece of the scrapbook paper to  12 x 8 1/2 inches.

3.  Glue the cardboard to the center of the paper – you should have 1 1/4 inches of paper around every edge of the cardboard.

4.  Miter the corners of the paper.  Crease vertically, crease horizontally, then in a triangle.  To get the perfect triangle, the line from your other creases, should be even with the edge of the cardboard (see arrows).  Glue or tape down.  It’s not a big deal if you don’t get the corners perfect – we are going to cover them :)

5.  Cut a piece of of the scrapbook paper to 9 x 5 1/2 inches.  Glue on to cover the edges and corners you just made, to create a finished cover!

6.  Repeat steps 1-5 to create a back cover.

7.  Punch holes – 1 inch from each side and 1/4 inch down for the rings.  Insert the rings and your cover is done!


Making the pages:

1.  Cut scrapbook paper to 8 1/2 x 6 inches, as many pages as you need (1 for each card).

To complete, glue the cards on the pages.  Enjoy!


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    Nicole Mealing says:

    <3 this! have to Start one after the Holidays this Year! Thanks for sharing! =)

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