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diy thursday: accordion scrapbook and cards

by Grace Bonney

lauren and derek are off this week so i thought i’d share a little diy craft project i finished yesterday afternoon while listening to the sweeney todd soundtrack (if you haven’t seen the new version, drop what you’re doing and go. tim burton is such an amazing filmmaker).

i thought it would be fun to keep the handmade gift theme going with my thank you notes so i decided to use some colorful tags, ric rac and buttons to make thank you notes. then when i was picking up supplies at be crafty i saw their cute accordion scrapbooks and decided to make one myself, but to store themed recipes instead of pictures.

i didn’t have a “recipe” stamp so i made this sample as a thank you book but you could decorate the cover in a million different ways. it would be a fun way to group pictures together for an old friend, remember a weekend trip with clips and photos or collect details like stamps, cards and labels. the instructions for all three projects shown above are right here, after the jump. enjoy!

Accordion Scrapbook

What You’ll Need:

-2 sheets of flat gift wrap (you can use gift wrap rolls but they’re easier to cut when they’re flat). I used this style from Paper Source
-Ric Rac or Ribbon
-Hole Punch with small opening/setting (I used a 1/16″ setting)
-Stamps or pens for decoration
-Pinking Shears (or pre-cut cardstock with decorative edge)
-3 Small sheets of cardstock

-First you’ll need to glue the two pieces of gift wrap together, pattern side out (so you see the print on both sides). I find it’s best to let these pieces sit together for a bit under books or something heavy to let them full dry before you move on to the next step.

-Once the pieces have dried together cut to your desired width. I cut my sheet in half so I could create two folded strips I connected to create a scrapbook with more “pages”. But if you’d like a scrapbook with fewer pages you can cut smaller strips. Keep in mind it will need to be wide enough to fit the card stock you use on the cover and inside the book.

-Fold each rectangular strip in half so this it is half as long (not half as tall/wide). Then continue to fold each half in half again in an accordion style so that you end up with two accordion-folded strips. Glue the two strips together to create one long accordion book. I attached the last sheet of the first strip to the first sheet of the second strip with glue and let it dry, under heavy books, for 30 minutes.

-Now that your book is connected you can go about decorating and strengthening the back and front. Take two sheets of card-stock (you can cut the edges with pinking shears if you’d like a decorative border) and glue one on the inside of the front cover of the book and one of the inside of the back cover of the book. Once these dry you’ll have a stronger surface to hold onto when you open and close the book.

-Once the cardstock is dry you can each sheet blank, use it to dedicate the scrapbook to someone or continue to glue more sheets onto each page if you’d like to add writing or something that needs a blank background.

-If you’d like to add a decorative cover you can glue cardstock to the front and add a name, title, or decorative stamp.

-To create the button closure/detail just use a hole-punch with a small opening (I used a 1/16″ punch from Michaels.com) to create two small holes side by side. Run thin ribbon or string through your button and tie a tight knot by threading the string through each hole and tying on the back side of the page. You can later cover this with a sticker or decorative piece of paper (or not at all in my case).

-Once the button is secure on the front repeat the steps above on the last sheet of the book and thread a piece of ric rac or ribbon through the hole so you can tie it to the front. You can knot a loop into the page so you have something to slide the button through or you can leave it loose and tie a bow around the button for closure.

Thank You Note/ Place Card

What You’ll Need:

-Cardstock (two sheets in contrasting colors)
-Pinking Shears (or sheets that have decorative edges already)
-Stamps or Markers/Pens to decorate and personalize each note (I bought my stamps here)
-Small tags (I used these)
-Hole punch with small opening (see link in project above)
-A thin piece of ribbon or string

-Cut one sheet of cardstock to your desired size and fold in half. Cut the edges with pinking shears if they don’t already have a decorative border (or leave plain if you’d prefer).

-Cut the second sheet of card stock slightly smaller than the first so you can fold it in half and glue it to the first sheet. If you’d like something more colorful try using a sheet of printed gift wrap instead of a white sheet of cardstock. Just make sure the writing or stamp will still show up.

-Once the glue has dried use your stamp or a marker to personalize the card with “thank you” or a name/phrase of your choice.

-After the stamp has completely dried punch two small holes next to each other in the center of the card. Loop a small string or ribbon through a button and the colorful tags and secure them to the card by tying a knot through the two holes. You can cover the knot on the other side with a sticker or piece of cardstock.

-This sort of project is wide-open when it comes to personalization so have fun using different papers, combinations of colors and stamps.

Small Accordion Booklet

What You’ll Need:

-Just the scraps from the first project above, the Accordion Scrapbook

-Using the excess giftwrap I cut for the larger scrapbook I made a small book sealed with a button and gift tag (see the card instructions above for gift tag sources).

-I thought this would be fun to fill with small photo-booth sized photos and give as a gift to friends, or keep as a special reminder of a trip or fun night out. AC and I used to eat at Enid’s in Williamsburg a lot and I was always begging to use their photobooth in the corner. It would be fun to group pictures like that together as a way to remember a Sunday morning tradition or perhaps celebrate an anniversary.

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  • These are so cute! You did a fantastic job. I love doing paper crafts but seldom find the time. It’s so nice to put a personal touch on things like this, though. It’s always nicer to receive a handmade card!

  • Darn but wow! The Impress rubber stamps site looks dangerous – they have too much fun stuff! Thanks for sharing…

  • What sweet projects — thanks for sharing!

    I love the pinked edges. I think I need to add that to my crafty New Year’s Resolutions: pink more!

  • these are a cute idea. btw, sweeny todd was an awesome movie! my boyfriend got me the soundtrack for christmas and i absolutely love it. mmmmeatpies…

  • Adorable. My craft room is in total disarray but I did drag everything out into the library so I could make scrapbooks for my sister and sister-in-laws as Christmas gifts. Every year I make them new pages of their children as a gift. It’s a great way for them to see how the children have grown from one year to the next and when they are 18 they will have a book of their whole life all in one place.

  • Well look at the beautiful chair!! It makes the perfect backdrop for a cozy stay-home and do it yourself project such as this.

  • Lovely cards grace! I hope polka dots never go out of style. I had the same idea as you; keeping things handmade even after the holiday. Now my only problem is writing the notes…

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