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Project

Holiday Card Scrapbook

Introduction

During the holidays, an almost daily influx of greeting cards and family photos can be expected. Don't leave them piled in your letter basket. Make a holiday-card scrapbook, and enjoy them long after the stockings and ornaments are put away.

Materials

  • Mat board
  • Grommet punch
  • Grommets
  • Grommet tool
  • Mallet
  • Rubber cement
  • Labels
  • Pens
  • Hole punch
  • Christmas cards and photos
  • 1-inch book ring

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut two pieces of mat board slightly larger than your biggest card (our mat board measures 7 by 9 inches).

  2. Step 2

    Working on a durable surface, punch a hole in the upper-left-hand corner of each board using a grommet punch; make sure the opposite sides face each other.

  3. Step 3

    Insert the front of the grommet through the hole in one mat board. From the back of the board, attach the back part of the grommet. Insert grommet tool, and connect the pieces by hammering with a mallet. Repeat on second piece of mat board.

  4. Step 4

    Using rubber cement, affix a label with the date to the mat board you're using as the front cover of the scrapbook.

  5. Step 5

    Using a hole punch, punch holes in the upper-left-hand corner of each greeting card and photo.

  6. Step 6

    Line up the holes in the mat boards with the cards in between, and feed the book ring through them.

Reviews (8)

  • SparkleByHope 14 Dec, 2010

    I used to keep the photo cards from each christmas in a basket. Since I have made this I have to say it has become one of my most treasured christmas decorations. I love adding to it every year. I only put the photo cards in, the regular christmas cards become next years tags. I used two punched holes instead of one to give it more of a book feel. I also used ribbon on the back cover to wrap around and keep it closed

  • citypixie 10 Sep, 2008

    Just one more comment -- if you punch your grommet [filtered word] and card holes on the lower-left-hand corners (i.e. binding the book from the bottom left instead of the top left), then these books can be stored like books on a shelf.

  • citypixie 26 Aug, 2008

    I think this idea works well for new baby cards too. I'm sure my daughter will really enjoy flipping through all of the "welcome to the world" greetings we received from friends and family when she gets older. What a pratical and pretty way to keep all of those cards organized.

  • etches 13 Jan, 2008

    This will be cool to keep each holiday card seperate. Birthdays, Invites, Christmas,etc. good idea!

  • DutchKathy 11 Jan, 2008

    I may use this to make an album of ALL the Christmas cards we've sent in 34 years of marriage. We've saved 1 each year, and keep them in a box, but an album would be better. Wonderful to look at each year, and a record of where we lived each year at Christmas - 6 homes - and the card we sent the year our daughter was born.

  • annabelle85 10 Jan, 2008

    I think these are also known as binder rings and are available at office supply stores

  • THEHARTOFJOANN 10 Jan, 2008

    A book ring is a ring that is used to keep papers together that have a [filtered word] punched in them. It is very similar to a key ring.

  • susanc03 7 Jan, 2008

    Hi, I'm wondering what a book ring is?