September 10, 2009

Photo Pocket Book

It's back to school time and that means picture day will be coming soon. If you're like us, everyone loves to receive new school photos of the kids, especially grandparents. Today I have a fun photo pocket book to show you to hold all those treasured memories.

I started out by selecting a combo of pretty patterned papers that are suitable for Fall. I used pieces from the Autumn Abundance and Green Tea Leaves paper pad collections.
Next, I used a 1-3/8" square punch to punch out lots and lots of squares.
I then stamped images from Borders and Corners Squares onto my punched images. You could also stamp the squares first, then punch...either way works. I'm going to set these aside but we'll come back to the squares later.
Next, I used two A1 Kraft envelopes to create my pocket book. Lay the envelopes down with the flaps facing each other like shown below. Tuck one envelope flat into the opposite envelope. There will be a flap left on the back when you turn the envelopes over. Go ahead and seal the flap. You should end up with the two envelopes folding together like a book, with a pocket on each side.
With the pockets facing down, stitch around the entire outer edge of the envelopes with your sewing machine. This is totally optional...if you're not into sewing, then forget about this part.
To embellish the inside of the photo pocket book, cut two pieces of patterned paper and adhere them to each side. Using Scor-Tape, adhere two strips of Bitty Dot Orange Zest ribbon to the pockets, then trim the ribbon edges.
I created two square embellishments by first punching out two cardstock squares with my Giga scalloped punch. I then stamped a square border from Borders and Corners Squares onto the punched pieces using Dark Chocolate ink. I stamped *memories* from Pine's Journaling Lines, green leaves from Borders and Corners Squares, and an orange heart from Borders and Corners Hearts. Can you tell that I love these Borders and Corners sets?
I then used Fresh Alphabet to stamp the letter *J*....then punched it out with a heart punch. I adhered this to my square with a pop dot. I adhered my square embellishments to the inside of my photo pocket book.
I then printed photos of the girls' first day of school using my Canon Selphy printer. I'll also add the school pictures once we get those. These will all be tucked into the pockets of the photo book.
Now here's where all those punched squares come into play. I adhered them to the front and back of the photo pocket book to make a quilted looking mini album. I'll tie my photo pocket book up with a pretty Orange Zest ribbon and it will be ready for the grandparents.

I'm kinda liking this little mini photo album so I think I'll have to make me one too. It's fun to have photos on hand of my cute reds! Hope you give it a try!

40 comments:

Paola said...

What a great idea, so effective and great to give as a gift too.

Renee V. said...

You are so clever! I love this idea!
Hugs!!

Cindy Jenkins said...

That's darling!!! Great idea!

resmith said...

This is a terrific idea!!

Neo said...

What a great idea! Thank you:)

Ann said...

A fabulous project - such a clever idea. And what a lovely gift idea - I can't wait to try it.

Karen said...

Love this project!!! I am not a scrapbooker, but this project is a great idea for a little gift. Thanks for sharing with us!!

Heather the Mooselover said...

Adorable project!

Shirley said...

Great idea! and I know who ever gets will cherish forever.
Thank you for sharing.

Lynn Mercurio said...

What an adorable idea! Love all the stitching!

Victoria Hassink said...

Wonderful idea Mish, I will ba making some of those for the grandparents!

Eveline said...

Looks good Michelle, the colors of the papers you used are lovely.
Eveline.

Kelli said...

How did you think of that? I love it and all of the colors. I don't know how to sew but I love the stitching around the edges...makes for a good touch.

diane said...

I want you to be MY daughter in law!!! This is FANTASTIC! Just adorable, and you are SO thoughtful. I have to beg for months for a photo...then I never get it! It's so sweet that you are thinking of others. . . typical Mish! :D THANKS!

Janet S said...

I love this idea. It is pouring rain here so I will go pull out some papers and make one right away on this gray day- it will brighten things up a bit. Thanks for the idea, love your blog and down to earth ideas.

Deanna said...

Shut up u r awesome! Love it!

Rose said...

What a precious little project! Can't wait to try that out!

Shannon Fralish said...

Once again we can turn to Mishie for an outstanding project that's both adorable and useful. Thanks for sharing this -- I'm going to put at least one together this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jodi said...

I love this idea! There are so many other uses for your pocket book and I am excited to start making my own. Thank you so much for posting the directions!

Jessica said...

Now isn't that brilliant?! Love that this just holds the photos instead of being more of a mini-book where they are more scrapbooked... much better for someone like me!

Kate said...

Adorable! Gotta go rummage for my square punch. =)

Tami McBeain (tmarie) said...

You are so creative, this is such an awesome idea!

Rita said...

So easy! So cute! So many possibilities! You're too cool, Mish. Love this idea...thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

This project really gets the creative juices flowing, thanks!

Jingle said...

What a neat idea! So cute!

wandykj said...

Cute idea! Gonna make a few of these this weekend!

Thanks for all of your great ideas-I've already started putting together my Christmas inspiration basket thanks to you:)

Hugs,
Wanda

ABCandE said...

Such a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing! Love it!

Debbie Olson said...

Darling, Mish! You ROCK!

Carol R said...

So cute and clever! I love the pattern paper and how you used it resemble a quilt. I just might present some Christmas gifts in something similar this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

quilter said...

I'm gonna ask your ma-ma if you can come over and play with me! Those are so cute, and I've enjoyed looking at your clever kits this month too. I just used one of the PTI cards I made at CHA, almost hated to part with it. So, I think you need one of the Photo Pocket Books to keep for you too. Blessings.

patriciad said...

Love this idea. And better still it even looks like something that I have half a chance of successfully making!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

what a fun idea! This is perfect for grandparents. I think this would be fun for the kids to collect their friends pics and have their own personal album.

Anthonette said...

Thanks for taking the time to take such great pictures of your amazing projects! I always love the attention to detail on your blog.

Margarita Ybarra said...

OMG! I LOVE your mini envelope album. I'm teaching classes at Hobby Lobby, and I've been trying to think of a away to do a quick mini album for a class. Thanks for the great idea. :)

Zarah said...

Oooooh! That's So pretty! (And I love the papers!)

Paula's Crafty Corner said...

I just love this....good idea, I am thinking of making one using a christmas theme, and then putting random pictures from through out the yr. of activities of the kids, and giving it to the grandparents for a christmas present.

Scrappinangler said...

Michelle,

This idea is so cute! What size pictures did you use? I was thinking of making this for 4x6 pics, but this won't work for that size! :) LOL!
~Tori

Roxanne M said...

Just love this beautiful little book Michelle. You are on a roll my dear. The hits just keep on a rollin'! :-) Thanks for sharing this super cute idea!

Kristie said...

How adorable and simple to make. I love this idea, thanks for sharing it.

Ted said...

Michelle, this is such a clever (and SIMPLE!) idea... and what a nice gift it makes. Thanks for the inspiration! :) Bookmarked!

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