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DIY Greeting Card Keepsake Album

*Jamie is our resident mommy blogger, here at West 5th Love. Her articles cover anything from nursery organization to DIY Baby Projects! Check out some of her most recent work here and here.*

Going through all baby Noah’s stuff, I came across the huge pile of greeting cards we’ve received from baby showers, welcoming our baby boy into this world.  Knowing that I could never part with them and needing to do something to keep them all together, I started looking for inspiration. Then I remembered a great idea I saw awhile ago, on how to create and present a greeting card memory book. The best part being that I could pass it down when Noah got older.  
 

Endless greeting cards!

So I started my project by buying metal rings to start building my special book.  We found these rings at Michael’s but I know you can buy a bigger pack from Staples.  Depending on how many cards you need to keep together, you can buy different sizes.  We bought the 6 cm size but there was 4 cm available as well.

 

To make the book our own, I asked Noah’s daddy to draw the cover and back for me.  Sticking with our Winnie the Pooh theme, we came up with a design and got to work.


The draft and final cover.  Now I get to feel like a kid again and COLOR!!

 

Front cover is colored, now time for Daddy to draw out the back cover.

 

Back to coloring!

 

Getting there….


Just the presents left to color….

 

Once I was done coloring, I decided to laminate the front and back to make the covers a bit more sturdy.

 

Now that the covers are finished, I took all of Noah’s cards and cut them in half.  This was so when you open the book, it could lay flat.


 

 
With all the cards cut, I then punched two holes into each card.  I only had a single hole punch tool, so I would recommend using a 2 hole punch to make the job a little easier.
 
 
With all the cards punched, I put the covers and card on to the rings and VIOLA, a keepsake Noah can show his children years down the road.
 

 

 
 
I would like to make more of these for each Holiday, year after year.  Its such a joy to be reminded of the ones who are part of your life sending love and best wishes.

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