20 February 2012
So, if you’re a newsletter subscriber, you might remember that two years ago I sent a newsletter saying that in next month’s newsletter, the ATC revolution was coming. I’ll show you today what I was going to show you in that next newsletter – before I said to myself “self, no one is going to want to scrap this way”. Ha! Note to self: bad call.
As you might already know, I scrap mostly ATC-sized. If you scrap ATC-sized as well (and I know a lot of you do!), then you probably do what I do – you put your cards in a 9-pocket page protector. However, I don’t like to stick to an album full of only ATC’s. I sometimes scrap 12×12, or 8×10, or even 4×5, and I want those in my albums as well. So, what I’ve been doing is creating my own multi-pocket page protector sleeves by altering a standard 8.5×11 page protector with my sewing machine. Like this:
You can see (or maybe you can’t – terrible photo) that on the right, there’s a store-bought 9 pocket sleeve. But on the left, there’s a custom altered sleeve sized to hold a square page and three ATCs. It’s also got a cute little strip up the side since there was leftover space. These are my albums. Looks kind of familiar right? Darn. Should have sent that newsletter! Here’s another configuration I use, for my 4×5′s and my 8×10′s:
I *think* you can buy the 4-pocket page, but I’ve always just sewn them. Easy. Want to see how? Once you know, you’ll be able to create pages with any configuration of pockets. Then you just need a binder to store them in, and you’ve got your own handmade Project album. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I made the page with the giraffe, up there in the first photo.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A note about the above photo: you’ll want to make your cut lines slightly higher than the card you intened to put in there. For example, ATCs are 3.5″ tall, and my cut line is about 3.6″ from the bottom.
Next, slide your cardboard into the sleeve, making sure it is snug to the bottom, and straight:
Here’s where your pre-drawn lines come in handy, because now you can just line a ruler up and slice. Don’t press too hard! You want to preserve the cardboard for future use.
This next photo shows two steps in one. First, it shows where to sew your horizontal line, just above the slice. Now you’ve got a new space up top to put photos. To separate the spaces further, sew some vertical lines. Here, I’ve sewn two lines to separate the bottom section into three pockets, and I’ve sewn a space up top to hold a 12×12 that I’ll print as a 7×7. The extra space on the side is a good place for a month marker or some such. Don’t forget to remove the cardboard before you sew!
Here are a couple of tips about the sewing:
- First, to prevent the sliced page protector from being all slippery as you sew, just hold onto the far end of the slit, and pull it slightly taut and straight, as you sew. This should keep everything together and straight. So, for example, if you look at the photo below, I started sewing on the side with the holes, and as soon as I started, I grabbed the other end, by the word “remove”, gently pulled it straight, and held onto it the whole time I was sewing. I just let the sewing machine pull it through while I held it. Hopefully that makes sense.
- To get straight lines on the vertical, I simply folded the page protector where I wanted my lines to go, pressed with the back of my fingernail to make a crease, and that gave me a guideline along which to sew.
That’s it! It’s so easy, and for a multi-format scrapper like me, it’s been so useful. I must say that I am loving seeing all the Project Life stuff out there – it’s given me so many ideas for recording our daily lives. My binder albums were previously really only receptacles for my many-sized pages, but these days I am definitely inspired by the Project Life approach. It’s inspired me to always keep a bunch of blank journal cards in the binder (see below), so that my daughter can grab one whenever she’s got something to contribute.
Perhaps you’d like to keep some on hand too? I have no idea if these will fit with any of the Project Life stuff – they are ATC-size (2.5×3.5) and will fit in any standard 9-pocket page though. I’ll have more of these in the shoppe this week, but for now, here’s a printable page with one style (the “awesome”one). This is also the current fan freebie on my Facebook fan page, but will only be there for another day or two.
And…pssst…keep an eye on my fan page for another set of these that will be an add-on to my Daily Digi featured kit in a few days. More on that later. (In two days – not two years)