I finally have an album to display my children’s Halloween costumes.
So you know those name badges with lanyards that people wear at conferences? Well they’re 3×4! (Project Life card size)! And they already have holes punched!
Basic 3×4 Name Badge Album (for any occasion):
Name badge holders and book rings. That’s it.
The horizontal badge holders I used are Staples brand. They come in packs of 10 for $5.29 each. I bought 4 packs.
Pros: 3-hole punched, clear, thick, and Project Life cards fit perfectly.
Cons: The vinyl/plastic can stick together, like bare legs on a hot car seat in the summer. I did not use any photos I printed at home because I was afraid the ink would stick to the name badge holder. Also, the lovely Staples logo is imprinted on one side.
For my purposes, however, these badge holders were great.
There are other styles and brands (such as Avery) available as well, often in larger packs. Amazon has several choices.
I used 1.5-inch book rings to bind the pages together:
Only three out of 40 of my pages are bulky (sequins), so if you like bulky pages, you’ll need fewer pages or bigger rings.
The total cost was about $25.
Now onto the Halloweening:
This is the front cover and inside back cover:
The back sides are black.
They are simply layers of cardstock and thin chipboard, sewn around the edges.
- Trim 2 pieces of cardstock/patterned paper and 1 piece of chipboard to the same size as the name badge holder. If you don’t have any chipboard, just use enough cardstock layers to make the cover sturdy.
- Punch holes in each layer, lined up with the name badges of course.
- Sew on strips of cardstock with the words.
- Layer the three pieces together like a sandwich and zig-zag stitch around the edges.
Paper: I used a Halloween paper pad from K&Company (found at Target) and black cardstock.
Letter Stickers: Recollections by Michael’s (white glitter) and BasicGrey (orange).
The Library Card
The first page of the album is a library card pocket from BasicGrey. I punched holes in it and made my own library card to fit. The card is like a table of contents, listing the year and costume. There is one card – front and back – for each child.
The album is divided into three sections: one for my daughter’s costumes, one for my son’s costumes, and one for everyone/general halloween stuff. I used American Crafts sequins (Target) and Heidi Swapp ghost letters (ghost letters!) from my stash, then sewed the name badge closed with invisible thread.
Also see: Clear Scrapbook Pages.
Behind each sequined divider is a journaling card with the “chapter:”
This part took the longest. I selected one costume photo from each year. The key to getting this album done was to use the photos I had on hand. Some years I didn’t have great photos, or I had trimmed one too much in a previous scrapbooking attempt, or the photo would have looked better if I’d just had it reprinted in a smaller size. But since the early photos were taken with a film camera, I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of looking through negatives. I used whatever photos I had.
I trimmed the photos to 3×4 and used a corner rounding punch.
One photo per name badge holder:
Then I selected patterned papers or Project Life cards to coordinate with each, along with any other embellishments I thought might match:
Each facing page contains a simple journaling card:
I won’t post all of them; you get the idea.
The last section contains a few photos of the kids with their trick-or-treat stash, pumpkin carving, and some extra pages for future photos.
I was also able to use a Polaroid photo from nearly 10 years ago. I trimmed a regular page protector (the corner section), and punched holes. I still can’t believe it fit.
And that’s my album. :)