Reported by Maria Del Pinto
I enjoy finding new and interesting storage products for my finished projects. It is even better when the product has problem solving applications like the Card Album. At first glance, it is not very impressive looking. However, Stefanie Girard (designer & patent holder), who is a friend of mine, is pretty patient, so she took the time to explain how the Card Album works and the reasoning behind the design.
The Card Album was created for people like me who like to make their own cards. In the past when I made a card I would stick in a file or in a drawer. More often than not, the handmade card would get squished, bent, or even misplaced. To avoid this type of disappointment, Stefanie Girard (author of Sweater Surgery ) created a special elastibind construction on the Card Album to hold greeting cards and other projects for crafters and artists alike.
She wanted to create an organized solution for folks to be able to store their handmade greeting cards without having them become damaged or misplaced. She also recycles envelopes and uses them in these binders to hold an assortment of different items.
The Card Album holds up to 24 of 5″x7″ cards even if you have a variety of different sized handmade cards. I like how easily this systems allows me to keep my cards organized and accessible.
You insert the finished or even unfinished card through the band and its stays in place until you need it again.
The fun did not stop there! I attended a “Card Album” decorating class at the winter CHA show, and we decorated the outside of these cool card albums with die cuts, stickers, buttons and other ephemera. Since the decorative craft class was offered at the CHA show, there was an amazing assortment of items (both cool tools, fun decorative embellishments, and other tidbits) available to use.
Stefanie showed us how we can uses our altered art supplies, scrapbooking supplies, etc. to decorate the outside of the Card Album to reflect our own artistic style. If you can not attend one her classes, she does have a blog (The Card Album Blog) where she often posts card making ideas.
Rubber stamps work great on these. The stamped image, on the above Card Album is done using StazOn ink which works great on so many surfaces. The next album I decorated I wanted to have a Halloween theme. I found some cool templates on the Martha Stewart crafting site to use. I printed out the witch silhouette and used it as a template. The templates have some really convenient measurements so you can adjust the print to the size you need (on your computer).
Then I used a glue stick to attach the witch to the book cover. It stayed on really well, which surprised me since glue stick glue does not always hold well on plastic. I also used my Martha Stewart punch around the page crackle punch to outline the cover. I love her punches and will use them in any craft I can.
It was a simple craft project that did not take a lot of time or supplies. I only used items that I had on hand and I was pleased that it came out just the way I wanted it to. Now I can store my Halloween-themed cards in this book.
I have a tendency to save the special cards that friends have made me over the years. Each one holds a special memory for me, and I treasure these mementos. So I also made one that is just for those cards, out of leftover bits and pieces.
The card album offers me a great way to store these cards, yet have easy access to them when I want to look through my collections. All in all, I really like this Card Album. Stefanie was happy to sell me a few to hold my favorite treasures. At a price of $9.95, it is an affordable way to display and hold both my own handmade cards and those given to me.
- Holds up to 24 cards of different sizes
- The designs of the books makes it easy to access my cards
- Great way to show off handmade cards at Gift Shows
- Very affordable at $9.95
- Only comes in two colors
- I wish it came in a larger size to hold some of my larger projects
- Only available online
Do you make handmade cards? What are some of your favorite cards that you have received? How do you store these treasures?