Make your own journal or photo album!

So I don’t know about you guys but for me part of healing is writing.  It’s natural for me to want to put down what I think and feel during times of stress but I’m terrible at consistently journaling, like every day.  I like to use more smaller journals instead of less bigger ones, that way I actually fill up the journal I’m using instead of having dozens of half empty journals laying around.  That’s why I love little journals like this, they’re cute and easy to fill up.  And bonus!  This journal could also be used as a cute, portable, photo album to slip in your purse or pocket to take your pictures with you places.  (Or maybe that’s just an idea that appeals to me because I’m old/old-fashioned.)  Want to make a photo journal?

accordian photo album

This project is super easy and super cheap.  To complete this project you will need the following:

  • a set of note cards about 4×6.  (I think 3×5 might be a little small, and 5×7 isn’t exactly pocket sized.)
  • a roll of clear cello-tape
  • an x-acto knife
  • ribbon of your choosing (really you just need a scrap)

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I picked up some cute printed note cards in the scrapbooking aisle at my local Walmart for approximately $3.  The rest of the supplies I already had at home, but in total this project shouldn’t cost more than $10-$12. The first step is to remove the notecards from the packaging they came in, mine were glued into a temporary booklet, so I carefully tore them out one at a time.  Then I stacked them neatly in the order I wanted them to be in in the accordion.

accordian folder step 1

Then all you have to do is tape the cards together on alternating ends to create the accordion.  I put a piece of tape on both the front and back of the seam to make it nice and secure.  Here’s a picture of how I tape them together:

accordian photo step 2

And here’s a picture to show the accordion effect and where exactly to tape the cards:

accordion photo step 3

Continue taping until you’re out of of cards, or you are happy with the size of your photo album.  Once you’re done taping, as a finishing touch, tie the ribbon around the journal to keep it from flopping about.

finished accordion album

If you want you can glue the ribbon to the back cover so that it won’t slide off or get lost when you open the journal.  I chose not to do that to this journal because I am still deciding if I like the black ribbon with these colors or not. And that’s it.  Now all you have to do is journal, decorate with stickers or stamps, and/or add the pictures you’d like in there.  These are also really fun to give as personalized gifts, especially to older relatives.  Print off pictures you think they’d like and put them in the photo album as a gift.  These are also a great project for teens to make to record their high school memories in. One photo album could be made for every year of high school to keep pictures and special notes and memories.

Love Always,

Lizz

P.S.  Isn’t the sentiment on the cover card just perfect?

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