This is a set of Thank You cards and portfolio I made for my SIL to use for her Baby Shower gifts. I thought she could later use the portfolio to hold keepsake cards from her gifts. I used Washday Wheel and Tag Alphabet for Cards, then I noticed that the clothes on the line resembled the clothes on the Baby Time babies so I decided to incorporate both wheels. I cut out some of the babies from the wheel to decorate the front of the portfolio.
Date: Monday, October 9, 2006 GMT Views: 5045
I'll post the directions here in case someone else wants them, too. I’m sure this is going to be as clear as mud, but here goes anyway. Cut cardstock to 12” x 61/4”, score and fold 5 ¾” from each side leaving ½” in the center for binding/spine. This is the base. Cut a slightly smaller piece of stamped cardstock to form the lining and score ½” in the center for binding/spine. Create 2 pockets by cutting 2 pieces of cardstock 6 ¼” by 4 ¼”. Lay one of those pieces of cardstock with the 6 ¼” side running horizontally and then cut out a square that is 1” x 1” from the bottom right hand corner. Score at ½” intervals twice from bottom edge (you should now have a scoring line right at the top of the 1” cut). Do the same on the right hand side of the same piece. . Round the corner of the top left side. (TIP: You can get a nice gentle curve by tracing a portion of a small plate or saucer.) Repeat so that you have a mirror image for the opposite side’s pocket. Assuming you have already glued in the lining you can now glue in each pocket by applying glue to the first ½” folded section of each pocket and sticking to the inside of the portfolio. The 2nd ½” fold is going to serve as a gusset to allow space for the thickness of the cards and envelopes.
To attach the ribbon tie, cut 2 lengths of ribbon that are an adequate length to tie a bow or you can run an entire length around the portfolio allowing length for a bow. I would suggest the latter because it will ensure the ties don’t come off and provide a stronger tie. Using glue dots attach ribbon so that it is in the center (top to bottom) of the portfolio and then cover ribbon with a length of stamped cardstock that is 12” long x 2” wide or whatever width you find visually pleasing – (rule of thirds would be a good guideline). Score before attaching so that you have ½” for the binding/spine as you did for the outside and lining pieces. That’s it, you’re done.
The piece of cardstock running along the spine is to cover an oops, so it isn’t necessary. Feel free to PM me is you have any questions.