November 11, 2011

Wow, do I have a long – but fantastic DIY post for you today! Today is November 11th… and it’s my 5th wedding anniversary – as well as my parents 33rd wedding anniversary. We are celebrating on the beautiful island of Catalina, where we got married, and I’m typing this as I’m looking out at the beautiful scenery!

//////////   THE GREETING CARD MINI-ALBUM   //////////

This album is perfect for any type of special cards that you receive and want to keep – especially great for wedding cards, shower cards… or christmas cards! The beauty of this album is that you can completely open it to read every single card!

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Two pieces of cardboard and a little glitter, hold tight your treasured memories.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

SUPPLIES:

  • paper trimmer
  • hole punch (preferably the Crop-a-dile)
  • Making Memories Tag Maker and tags
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • E600 glue
  • pencil and pen
  • scrap cardboard (like from a cereal box or new sheet set)
  • large ribbon
  • cute wedding stamp
  • stamp pad
  • couple brads
  • Glue Dots adhesive
  • large album ring

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We will start by gathering your all your greeting cards, shuffle them together to find the largest card of the stack.

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The size of your album will depend on the largest card in your group. You will need two pieces of cardboard, mine was saved from my last sheet set that I bought – always save good cardboard!  From the cardboard you will make the front and back pieces of your mini-album. Measure about a quarter of an inch past each side of your largest card.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Trace a your measurement and cut two pieces – one for the front and and one for the back.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

CRAFTER’S TIP: If your cardboard edges are a little rough after you cut them, use a nail buffer to sand down the edges and smooth them out.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

For your cover you can choose anything! A wedding picture, the date, your initials…

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Now we will work on the album covers. You will need three pieces of patterned paper that all complement each other (forgive me – I lost the picture of the papers together). Based on the design you choose for the front of your album, measure and cut your desired papers. My favorite paper trimmer is from Martha Stewart of course.

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Inking the edges of your paper is a technique used to add dimension, just dab/swipe your ink pad across the edges of the paper.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Next, work on your second piece of patterned paper. If you are following my design, choose a plain paper – one that doesn’t overpower your chipboard initials.

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Now for the backside of your album, trace the back panel and cut your choice of paper to cover it.

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I choose to stamp a cute bride & groom on the backside, the stamp is from Paper-Source.

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Attaching your cover patterned paper to your cardboard: using Glue Dots, press your paper firmly to the glue dot roll and peel off. The glue dot will come away from the roll and be stuck to the backside of your paper, do this all along the edge of the paper – leaving and inch or two in between each dot. They are very sticky. Then apply to your cardboard base.

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Use the same technique for the front. I wanted the flower pattern paper to cover the teal paper so I attached the teal paper first and then the flower paper.

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Remember to firmly press your paper into the glue dot, if you don’t, when you pull the paper away from the roll it could tear your paper.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

There you have it, the front and the back!

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Next, the wrap around bow, this part is very important. When tied, it is what holds your whole entire album together. You will need about 30″ of your desired ribbon. I wanted my bow to tie directly over the line of my two patterned papers on the front of my album so I measured accordingly. My teal square was 4″ long, so on the back album cover I measured 4″ from the top. Put a mark about one inch in from each side – this is where we will attach the ribbon.

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Placing the ribbon over your marks, stab through the ribbon with scissors or an Exacto knife to create a hole for your brads. It is best to do this on a spongy surface like a foam board or a couch pillow that you don’t care about. Make sure the holes go all the way through the ribbon and the cardboard.

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Once your holes are ready, put two large brads through the ribbon and cardboard and secure them on the backside. Now your ribbon is completely attached.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Now we will cover the inside of your album covers. Trace your cardboard and cut out your choice of paper to cover the inside of the cardboard covers, attach with glue dots.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

It is important to do this step after the ribbon is attached so that the paper covers the brads that come through the backside of your album.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Now for some embellishments. I created a tag using the Making Memories Tag Maker, to say ‘Our Wedding Cards’. The tag maker kit comes with metal rims, templates, and the tag press. Trace your choice of template to match your tag rim. Cut it out and make sure it fits within the metal rim.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Then write your desired saying onto your paper, I always practice, then write in pencil, trace in pen, and then erase the lingering pencil.

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Place your paper inside the metal rim, at this point the edges of the rim stick out – once punched it will lay flat and the paper will be completely encased within the metal rim.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Place inside the tag press and press firmly. Voila! A perfectly pressed tag.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Now attach your tag with glue dots to your album cover.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Next up, the initials. You can buy chipboard (fancy name for embellished cardboard pieces) alphabets anywhere and everywhere. I attached mine with E600 because I don’t like using glue dots with chipboard, the layers of chipboard will easily peel away from the Glue Dots. Chipboard (or cardboard) has many layers – and like I said when pulled from the glue dots roll, sometimes your paper can tear. This happens a lot with chipboard, you press it down, pull away, and are left with part of your chipboard on the glue dot still attached to the roll. Glue is just easier. Glue on your initials.

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Now for the album ring. Draw a little dot where you want to punch your hole, I did it about a half an inch in from each side. Place your album covers together, insert into your trusty Crop-a-dile hole punch and chomp away. Crop-a-dile’s cut through cardboard like butter, this tool is a must for this project.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Now stack your cards together and in sets of four to five, punch the same type holes. For ease I set the correct measurement on my crop-a-dile. Punch every single card.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Now you will need a large ring, mine is from a scrapbooking store and it is specifically for albums. Open it up, insert your album cover, then all your cards, and then finally your back cover!

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

Close your ring and you have yourself a card album! The next step is tying the bow, from the backside – around your album. Trim the edges up nice.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

My album ring had a little loop for a charm, so I decide to add a cute little cross to it.

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

There you have it, lots of work – but SO worth it!

Wedding Card Mini-Album from SomethingTurquoise.com

As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 // DIY: Jen | Something Turquoise // Ribbon, patterned paper (brand Wild Asparagus), brads, pen, chipboard initials, and glue dots: Scrapbook Daisies // album ring: scrapbooking company - 7gypsies // bride + groom rubber stamp: Paper-Source // Stamp Pad: Stampin Up! // Crop-a-dile: We R Memory Keepers // Tag Punch: Making Memories // Glue: E600 // Cross charm: Ruby Tuesday Bead Company // Paper Trimmer: Martha Stewart via Michaels // My nail polish color: Turquoise & Caicos by Essie

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I actually created this exact album (only for christmas cards) and it was published in Fast & Fresh Scrapbooks, a special edition of Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Magazine, a couple of years ago. Isn’t it a fantastic idea to make one for each year’s christmas cards!!?? Here is the spread:

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Vivienne @ The V Spot
November 11, 2011

Genius, as usual. Gonna pin, tweet, fb and stumble. Brilliant.

Diana
November 16, 2011

stumbled upon your blog today (via pinterest). great project ideas and helpful tips! it also made me happy that we are wearing the same nail polish :)

Lorina Daiana
November 19, 2011

what a brilliant idea! :]

Hannah
November 19, 2011

I haven't been able to find a way to save my cards-this is perfect! Thanks so much for the idea!!

Brie - BreezyPinkDaisies
November 19, 2011

Love this so much! Thanks for sharing! I found this on pinterest today and spent all night making my own!!! You can see mine HERE at Breezy Pink Daisies!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 19, 2011

    Great job Brie!!! That was such a cute album you made! I'm SO glad you enjoyed my tutorial!

Alison
November 28, 2011

Found it on Pinterest and made my own too! Thanks for the great idea!!! http://foryoubylove.blogspot.com/2011/11/wedding-cards-keepsake-book.html

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    November 28, 2011

    I love it! Great job! I'm glad you enjoyed my tutorial!

Caitlin Gray
December 2, 2011

Made one today for my wedding cards! Thanks for the genius idea. :) I had to use a 3 inch ring...lol. It's huge. :)

Denyse
December 28, 2011

I love this idea!!!!!!! I made one for my boyfriend as an anniversary (3 years) gift. I put all the cards I gave him during this past 3 years (Anniversary, St. Valentines, B-day and Christmas). Also, for every year I added pictures of us! It looks really nice! I totally love this! Thank you for the idea!!!!! Look at it here! :) http://pinterest.com/pin/235102043017283133/

Angie B.
January 1, 2012

I just got married in November and I couldn't figure out what to do with my wedding cards! This is brilliant and beautiful! Thank you so much for you detailed instructions! I can't wait to make this! :D

Kathryn K
February 6, 2012

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea. I have all my cards in a box and would love to do something like this. This is perfect in every way!

Splendid Little Stars
February 23, 2012

excellent tutorial! Thanks!

Meg
March 9, 2012

Made one today for our wedding cards (we got married in Oct 2010) - such a great idea and the directions were magnificent! Only piece missing was I was not able to find the tag maker at Michael's or JoAnn's, so I'll have to figure out something else because it needs just that extra little touch. I think this may kick my crafting back in to gear - it's been awhile. Beautiful all around - thank you!!

saracharly
April 3, 2012

Wondering if you can point me in the direction of where you got the album ring? I'm having a hard time finding one with only one craft store in my town! Thanks!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    April 4, 2012

    Hi Sara! If you google 'album rings' or 'scrapbook album rings' you will find multiple listings for different size rings - from Amazon to online scrapbooking stores. Hope this helps!

    Jen | SomethingTurquoise
    April 13, 2012

    Hi Sara! Update on the binder ring, the brand is 7gypsies and they are a scrapbooking company. I am having trouble finding any of my exact ring sold online... I'm still searching though...

Splendid Little Stars
April 17, 2012

great idea! wonderful tutorial!

Annabella Merlin
April 24, 2012

Thanks for such a nice and derailed tutorial! Wedding cards are very important pieces to remember the details of the big day and this is just perfect to keep them intact!

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Nicholle Montalvo @ Montalvo Country
May 18, 2012

How flippin cute is this!! Thank you so very much for the step-by-step photos and instructions. I actually believe I can do this to my stack-o-wedding cards! :D

Lindsay
June 16, 2012

You should sell these on Etsy...such a great idea!

May
June 17, 2012

This is awesome!! Thank you! :)

Ellya Brill
June 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing this ! What a great idea ! I have many of our (my husband and I) birthday, valentine and christmas cards that need to be bound like this one ! i definitely will try this ! Thank you !

Lynda
June 21, 2012

I found this a couple weeks ago, just days before my wedding. Today I did this with our cards and it came out great! I love it. Thank you so much for posting! I will definitely do this for Christmases, baby showers, and kids birthdays in the future.

Sandy
June 22, 2012

I am getting married on November 11th this year and will DEFINITELY be using this idea for our wedding cards. Could not be more creative and right up my alley!

Katherine
July 15, 2012

LOVE IT! I just created my wedding card book today. Turned out great! I was able to find the tag maker on ebay new for $6 and the crop-a-dile half off at JoAnn fabrics. Great new tools to add to my collection.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    July 16, 2012

    I love it!!! You are a super shopper!

amy
July 18, 2012

I love this! Thank you for the detailed tutorial. I just got married in March and was worried my cards would gather dust in their shoebox :). I made my own album and gave you credit on my blog. http://snappyamy.blogspot.com/2012/07/d-i-yeah.html

Falona
July 31, 2012

I love this idea! I just took out our weddingcards from almost 6 years ago to make a start and found a gift certificate we got on our weddingday. And it's still valid! As if it has been waiting to buy supplies to make this booklet of weddingcards.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    July 31, 2012

    Falona! That's awesome!!!

kelly
August 16, 2012

obsessed! having my little girl any day now, and am planning on making this for all her baby cards!

Melinda
October 17, 2012

Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I've been saving my wedding cards for close to a year, not sure what to do with them. But I love your idea! I'm in the middle of putting together my album right now.

Krista Bilbrey
November 9, 2012

I love this! So cute! I like that your nail color matches your card cover. :)

Rachel Vielee
December 20, 2012

Love this idea. I've always saved my cards but never knew what to do with them. I would show my picture of the one I made but I don't see an upload picture button on this comment box.

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    December 20, 2012

    Hi Rachel! You can send it to our FB page or email me at Jen @ something turquoise .com - We'd love to see it!

Jumi
January 4, 2013

I absolutely love this post and I just made an album with my cards. I will be making more in the future. http://www.girlitdone.com/2013/01/diy-wedding-card-album.html

Lauren Kanner
February 8, 2013

Hi Karla- I have many cards too- where do you buy a 3" ring? I can't find them anywhere! thanks :)

Katie Calahan
April 6, 2013

Thanks for your tutorial! I made one right after our anniversary. Here's how it turned out: http://www.disabledmom.com/2013/03/wedding-card-album.html.

Katie
April 6, 2013

I made mine right after our anniversary, it came out great: http://www.disabledmom.com/2013/03/wedding-card-album.html

Heidi
May 22, 2013

Hi, just to let you know, I love this idea! I found it on pinterest... I'm doing it for my first son's card that he got during his first year (baby shower, birth and baptism). I ran into a little problem, some of the cards he got were in a cutsie forms (not rectangle...) so what I did is I scotch taped a cardboard corner to the card. That way they all fit perfectly... Thanks again for you idea!

Noelle
June 10, 2013

Thank you so much for this idea! Also, I would love it if you'd share more ideas for post wedding DIYers! Do you do scrapbooking? That's next on my to do list. Thanks again, I love your website; It's just beautiful and your craft room is inspiring too!

Jennifer
June 12, 2013

I made this and I'm trying to put my shower cards and my wedding cards in one, but the rings aren't big enough and lacing string through doesn't look good. Any suggestions?

    Jen | Something Turquoise
    June 12, 2013

    Hi Jennifer! Unfortunately, I would just make two - unless you can find a giant ring. Another crafter used a ribbon instead of the ring - you could try that!

Paula Giardina
July 14, 2013

So cute!

Caroline
August 9, 2013

I love this idea!

Posted here: http://thekitchenfox.blogspot.com/2013/08/i-saw-this-thing-on-pinterest-card-mini.html?spref=fb

Linked back to this page. :)

Thanks! Caroline

Paula Giardina
December 4, 2013

So cute!

Amy T.
January 1, 2014

This post was actually made on my wedding day 11/11/11 and I just made my album. It looks great, so happy to be able to finally get all of those cards out of the box they were sitting in. Thank you!