Saturday, January 06, 2007

Dogs with Blogs Keepsake Album

Hey, my mom can be crafty! She made me the cutest Christmas card holder for all the cards I received. I'll share with you how she made it since I watched so carefully. I wish she had her camera so she could take some pictures. She's gotta hit that...

Here's what you need for the album:

2 pieces of matte board (pretty stuff since it will be your front and back cover)
2 - 1/2 inch grommets or larger
Xacto knife to cut the matte board, or something similar
Rubber cement
Single hole puncher
1 - 1 1/2 inch or 2 inch binder ring
All the Christmas cards you want to save

Step 1: Cut two pieces of matte board about an inch wider and longer than the largest card you received. Matte board can be found at your local craft / framing store. It's kind of hard to cut; mom had to use an Xacto-knife to make it through each piece of board.

Step 2: Get a couple of grommets and insert them into the upper-left corner of each piece of matte board. You can get grommet kits at your local material store and make sure to get a large grommet kit, say 1/2 inch or larger, so that the binder ring will thread through not only the grommets but all the cards in between too.

Figure out what side of the matte board will be your front and back, make sure to reverse the back piece of matte board so you have the side you want showing on the outside. Set your grommets about an inch in from the upper left hand corner of each piece of board. (be sure to follow the instructions in your grommet kit. Oh yah, and make sure your kit comes with the grommet setter and anvil, very important)

Step 3: Punch holes in each of your Christmas cards and pictures in the upper left hand corner.

Step 4: With the leftover matte board, cut down and make a label, and write your title on it. Mine says "Dogs with Blogs Christmas Card Exchange, Christmas 2006". With the rubber cement, glue it onto the front cover and let dry.

Step 5: Once dry, take your binder ring, thread the back cover on first, then all the Christmas cards and pictures, then the front cover. The boards should sandwich your cards and the ring will hold everything together.

I hope that makes sense. Mom swears she will post pictures of everything once she gets her camera back.

8 comments:

Charlie The Big Dog said...

Hi Boomer,

I love your Pimp Picture - you look very cool :-)
I think a lot of other DWB's might like to make an album for their cards to. Would it be o.k if we posted your instructions in The Bone Zone?

Happy New Year!

Luv Chuckles

Boomer said...

Hey Chuckles - you go right ahead and post away!

Joe Stains said...

wow! your mom is crafty. my mom just glued all of mine in a scrapbook and it doesn't close and looks pretty terrible.

Fu Fu said...

Woh Boomer, your mum is so clever and crafty. Hope you'll be able to post some pic of your album soon.

~ fufu

Marvin The Dog said...

hey Boomer! Have you heard about my Mama, Jeannie.....well she is what we call in Scotland "cack fisted" which means "totally hopeless with making any darn thing!".

Also she has proved a danger to herself with anything sharp. Like a Cow With a Gun her mother used to say!!

So although we both admire your Ma's crafty work, I think we will be putting ours in an album, she will probably get stuck up with the glue too knowing her when she sticks the cards in!! Hooooomans eh? love and licks Marvin xxxxx

Marvin The Dog said...

hey Boomer! Have you heard about my Mama, Jeannie.....well she is what we call in Scotland "cack fisted" which means "totally hopeless with making any darn thing!".

Also she has proved a danger to herself with anything sharp. Like a Cow With a Gun her mother used to say!!

So although we both admire your Ma's crafty work, I think we will be putting ours in an album, she will probably get stuck up with the glue too knowing her when she sticks the cards in!! Hooooomans eh? love and licks Marvin xxxxx

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BLU and Comet said...

My girl isn't crafty at all. She just stuck all of our cards in a ziplock bag and put them in the closet.