In the last couple of days I have seen this birthday card book around pinterest quite a few times. I thought it was a fun little idea and pinned it straight away.
It was one of those things that I would normally pin and then forget about for 12 months or more. Well, in completely un-Tamsyn-like fashion I actually made me own version in the same week that I pinned it. Miracle!
I started out with basic supplies. I had everything at home already except for the folder (which was $2.49 from the supermarket). I used two types of fabric (both left over from last year's Christmas Tree Skirt), some card stock, ribbon, buttons, and my trusty glue-gun.
I decided to make a woven fabric cover for the front of the book - inspired by this pinboard from JDC. I started out by measuring out and then cutting my fabric into long strips.
Next up I glued the edge of half the fabric strips to the top inside cover of the the folder and the other half of the fabric strips along the spine of the folder. I realise that probably makes no sense! Hopefully the photo below explains it better... Then it was just a matter of weaving each strip along and then hot gluing it to the underside of the folder.
Once I had finished weaving and gluing all of the fabric I went back and trimmed up all the loose threads.
I added a piece of plain white fabric to the back of the folder, and covered the inside with white card to hide all of the raw edges.
After all of that the folder wasn't closing very well. If I laid it down on the table it would just sit there half open. It wasn't the look I was going for so I decided to add some little buttons and a ribbon to keep it nicely closed when not in use.
I simply hot glued some ribbon to the back of a large button and then glued that to the front of the book. Then I glued another smaller button to the back and made a hole in the ribbon so that I could slip it over the back button and secure it.
Last up I added the letter M (for Max) to the front of the book. I just hand cut it from some card stock and glued it straight on. Then it was just a matter of punching holes into Max's birthday cards, adding in some dividers (A4 card) and clipping them into the folder. Simple!
Now I have the perfect place to keep all of those birthday cards that I just can't bring myself to throw out!
Tell me, what do you do with all of your children's birthday cards? Do you keep them somewhere special or throw them out the minute the party is over?