Reported By: Tami Bayer
I am so excited to tell you about this Card Keepers album kit sized just right to hold A2 cards. At first glance, you might just brush off this product as nothing special. It is pretty basic including 2 metal rings, 2 pieces of very heavy chipboard with holes punched in them and 10 card sleeves. What makes this product unique is those perfectly sized crystal clear sleeves.
Most albums are sized for scrapbooking in the standard 6″ x 6″, 8″ x 8″, or 12″ x 12″. Occasionally I find albums in 4″ x 6″ for photos, but they are not right for our 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cards. If you have a Bind It All or know how to do book binding you can make albums of any size. The part that’s tricky is the sleeves.
I wanted a book to keep my growing gothic arch collection together, while preserving the integrity of the arches by not punching holes or adhering them to something. This little card keeper kit is perfect for that. I can add sleeves as needed and even change around the order of the pages. I just love the way they all look together in this book.
I can imagine lots of uses for this product. It would be a fun way to display card creations to show customers or students in a class. It could be a portfolio of your work to present to shop owners for teaching classes. Most of all, what a beautiful way to display those special cards that are sitting in a box somewhere.
This is the front cover of my cardkeeper after I altered it. It was a fun project to put together. I used glossy cardstock for the front and back covers that I covered with alcohol inks. I stamped on some sentiments that with Staz-on ink, keeping the covers simple. The Crop-A-Dile is the perfect size to punch the holes that match those already in the cover.
Here is a peek at the inside of the front cover and the first page. For the inside covers I used regular cardstock colored with Distress Inks and sentiments stamped with Staz-on ink. I adhered the cardstock to the covers with a layer of Mod Podge and used a brayer to smooth the paper down. You can see the first page in the album here with my most recent gothic arch.
I love that this product is the perfect size for card makers, and that it is expandable. The kit comes with 2 covers, 2 rings and 10 card sleeves for $6.99. You can buy additional or just the card sleeves in quantities of 10 for 2.99 or 100 for 29.99. This is available online at a small company called Card Keepers . The flat rate shipping fee is discounted to new customers. I plan to buy more of the sleeves since I only have two left from my original kit, and I just know I’ll want to add to my album.