Card Keepers

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.

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8 Responses to Card Keepers

  1. Scrapbook Mama February 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    OH this would be so nice esp to display samples that I could make for clients and that way I don’t have to carry around a box I have them in. Hmm I like 🙂 thanks !!!


  2. ScrapMomOf2 February 25, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Wow, love this! I receive so many wonderful cards from blogging friends, and while some of them aren’t 4.25″ x 5.5″, the majority of them are that size, and I would love a place to keep them ALL! I’m off to visit the web site!

  3. Far North February 25, 2008 at 5:22 pm #

    A terrific way to keep cards made by our very talented friends!
    Thanks for the heads up to this new product!

  4. LostLuggage February 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    Great, Tami!!!!

  5. Kim H. February 25, 2008 at 10:04 pm #

    This is wonderful! Looks like a great product!

  6. Deborah February 25, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    Very cool product! I will have to keep my eyes peeled for this one! Deb

  7. Barbara Hagerty February 26, 2008 at 1:05 am #

    Thanks so much for pointing me in this direction from your Gothic Arch post! This is a wonderful way to keep and organize a variety of work! Thanks again!

  8. friedaquilter February 26, 2008 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks a million for that tip, Tami. I’ve placed my order for 3 so I can finally display my Gothic Arches in a lovely way!