Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Craft: Ribbon-tied Brag Book

Well, this is the first time I've ever shown a craft on my blog.  I am not a terribly creative person by nature.  I'm more of a show-me-exactly-how-and-I'll-make-one-too person.  So, that said, please understand that I am taking no credit for this project -- only showing my version of it.  I believe that I first spotted the idea in a scrapbooking magazine.  I wish I could remember which one - so I could give credit.  If anyone knows - please leave me a comment, and I will gladly give credit.

The instructions are oh so easy.  I've been trying to work a few more hand-made gifts into my Christmas giving the last few years, and these were the handmade gift for 2010.

Here we go...

Supplies needed:
1 pack badge holders - found at office supply stores.  (Horizontal or vertical doesn't matter, however, it would be easier to get photos into the wider opening of the horizontal holders.  The badge holders I found were rather rigid.)

Narrow ribbon.  You can mix & match, have a theme, or stick with one particular type of ribbon -- totally your choice.

Line up your badges.  Each badge has a pre-punched hole at the top.  (You may have to poke the plastic tab out.)  It doesn't matter which way they face.  However, I do make sure that the front and back are turned inward - meaning the slot where you slide the picture in is facing the inside.  This way, no pictures can slip out.

Cut your ribbon, leaving it long enough to tie a knot and have some leftover.  Slip it through the hole in each badge, and tie that knot!  Please note:  tying the knot tightly insures that the book's pages will stay lined up neatly -- however, it also makes it a little more difficult to slip photos in.  Try a happy medium.  Do this with several ribbons, until you like the look.  Remember, you can use one type of ribbon, or a happy rainbow of colors/styles -- your choice.

When you're done - it should look something like this.  Leave the ribbons a little on the long side so they "flop" a little.  Then, trim the ends at an angle, or in a "V" cut - as you prefer.

TaaDaa!  A sweet little wallet-sized, ribbon-tied brag book.
Just the perfect size to carry in your purse.
OR leave it out on a table at home.
So cute either way.

Thirty Hand Made Days


  1. These types of brag books are instant gratification and appreciated by so many who receive them! TFS Sal! Already giving me an idea of one to make for my sis!

  2. I love that project! What a fun gift to give.....or like you said - to have in your purse. Thanks for sharing.
    p.s. I am also a show me what to do and I'll copy you exactly kind of girl!

  3. This is such an adorable idea! My mum would love one of these with her Grandkids. :) Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving me a comment. Hope to see you again soon!

    p.s. I am your newest follower. ;)


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