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DIY: Cards and Photos Memory Book

It's impossible for me to throw announcements, postcards, and holiday and birthday cards away.  Unfortunately we're running out of room on the kitchen walls and I needed to do something about storing whatever I wanted to keep.  I saw a couple ideas on Pinterest and yesterday decided to hit Michael's for supplies. The finished product is a clean and simple way to keep cards organized and also make it easy to flip through the collection - kind of like a memory book.


  • chip board or matte board for front and back, cut so they're slightly larger than your biggest card
  • (2) hinged binding rings - Michael's only had 2" rings, smaller would be better
  • grommet kit (sold at Home Depot or other hardware stores)
  • hole punch
  • large rubber band (sold with scrapbooking supplies)


  • Follow instructions on grommet kit and punch holes in chip/matte board and insert grommets (best if you do this on cement, you need to hammer it hard.)
  • Line up your cards on the boards and punch holes in your cards so they line up with the grommets.  
  • Connect everything together with the hinged rings
  • Wrapping with the jumbo elastic will stop the cards from flopping around and slipping out of the sides of the board

    Reader Comments (3)

    I can't bring myself to throw these things away either. Great idea!

    August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn

    This is fantastic! I have every card my husband has ever given me over 22 yrs. - shoppng bags full of cards! I am going to make these. Thanx for sharing. I have not seen this idea on Pinterest yet.

    August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

    great idea - I, too, have baskets of old cards, overflowing; don't want to throw them out, but never go looking at them as they are now.

    August 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbecky

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