card keeper book tutorial

In one of my very first posts ever I showed you the little books that I made to organize all the cards and letters we had gotten through the years.

I made them before I started blogging so I didn’t think to take any how-to pictures (not that I do a great job doing that now when I make crafts!).  I promised I would show a tutorial next time I made a book – yesterday I made my card book for 2012 and so I tried to take lots of pictures to use for a tutorial.

supplies needed: cardboard for the front and back cover (I used the very thin cardboard pieces that come in packages of scrapbook paper to protect them from getting bent – also, I only needed 1 square of the cardboard), scrapbook paper (I used 2 matching pieces for the front and back, and 1 complimentary piece for the insides), another color paper for embellishments, glue of some sort, paintbrush (not pictured), paper cutter, ruler, hole punch, binder clips (those silver rings), and my hole punch template (the cardboard piece)

start by cutting the cardboard for the front and back covers – my rectangles were 6 in x 9.5 in

once your squares are cut, lay them on your paper (whichever one you want to show on the front and back of the book) and cut a rectangle a little wider/longer than your cardboard piece (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger on all sides)

squirt glue on the cardboard piece and then spread it out with a paintbrush (you could also use modge podge instead of glue)

glue the cardboard piece to the paper

put a thin line of glue along the edge of the cardboard

fold up the paper (you may have to hold it for a few seconds to get it to stick) – do this on two opposite sides (I did the top and bottom first)

fold in all four corners, then fold over the sides that haven’t been glued and glue them down like you did the top and bottom

your cardboard should then look like this – what you see in the picture will be the inside of the front or back cover

Here’s where I sort of quit taking pictures…so just imagine with me

cut your contrasting paper into rectangles that are slightly smaller than the piece of cardboard – glue to the inside part of the cover, leaving a little border of the other paper showing

punch holes along the side – I created this template the first time I made these books; I just decided how far apart I wanted my holes and punched them into a piece of cardboard.  I marked the middle of my template so then I can line it up with the middle of my cover or my card (either by eyeballing for the middle of actually measuring) and then just punch through the holes

once the holes have been punched you can put the binder clip in

I used the Cricut to cut out the numbers and glued them on the front.  You can see the different ways I embellished my other books here

Since it’s the beginning of 2012 and I don’t have any cards yet (feel free to send me one – I love getting happies in the mail!), this little guy is empty for now

But just in case you’re not sure what to do once you’ve made your book…

I’ll show you what I did with all our Christmas cards

you can see how my template matches up with the binder clips

I just eyeball where the holes should be on each card (I try to make it pretty much even on each side, but sometimes I will off-set it a bit to avoid punching through part of the message)

then I just hole punch through the template and the card

and it’s ready to be put into the book

some people create books just for their Christmas cards – I use the books to store all the cards we get all year long

I used the 1.5 inch jump rings on the 2011 book and it wasn’t quite large enough – you can see that it won’t close flat, but the 2 in ones are harder to find so this will do for now.

I hope I’ve made that clear enough, but feel free ask questions if you have any.  Happy crafting!

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  1. Great idea! I have been wondering to do with all the cards my son has received for Baptism, Christmas, when he was born, etc… Now I have a super cute way to store them. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I have so many cards that I haven’t had the heart to throw out. I’m definitely making these.

  3. very neat! I’ve never felt the need to keep cards but maybe one day I will! And maybe if I had a cute way to keep them before then I would have. I just hate the clutter!

  4. Clever idea.

  5. Adorable! What a great idea! And I love hanging them with clothespins too!

  6. Doing this now with my wedding cards! Great idea!

  7. I’m storing my cards in a box in the basement. I like your idea because it reminds me of a “smash book” but just for cards. Thank you for sharing


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