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Old 07-26-2006, 06:14 AM   #1  
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Question 3-Ring Binder - Creative Ideas - HELP!

My DH's family is doing a surprise 60th b-day party for his aunt. She has is single with no children and they wanted to let her know that she is loved by all of the nieces and nephews (grands too) as well as brother, sisters and her mom.

I have been asked to put together a 3-ring binder with clear pages for people to put memories of Sandy. The reason for not doing a traditional SB is because my MIL thinks that several people will bring pieces of paper that are back-to-front. (Sticking them down would defeat the purpose.)

Being given this assignment, I was a little discourgaed. I know that I can decorate with ribbon and get the type of binder with a clear sleeve in the front to decorate. Any other suggestions? Do you have pick of something similar that you have done?

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Old 07-26-2006, 06:19 AM   #2  
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I've seen scrapbook albums that are 3-ring binder types. Maybe get one of those instead of an office one?
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I have done a 3-ring binder up as a "Family Stuff" binder. I used the binder with the clear pockets on front, back, and spine. I decorated paper to go indide. It looks great. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of it. You could do a SB type of page with pics of your aunt from when she was a child to the present. It could be an "Ode to..." kind of page that doubles as the front cover.
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"Indide" is supposed to be "inside". NO EDIT BUTTON!
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You need:
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2 coordinating fabrics
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2 pieces of posterboard (or more) slightly smaller that the insider binder covers
  1. Cut your main fabric 1.5 inches bigger than the dimensions of your open binder.
  2. Cut 2 pieces of this same fabric 1 inch wide and the height of your binder
  3. glue these 2 pieces to the inside of the binder, along each side of the rings
  4. Cut cotton batting to match the shape and size of the outside of your open binder and glue it on. I usually like to do 2 layers for extra fluffiness
  5. Lay large fabric cover good-side down and center open binder on top of it
  6. Start on the middle of each side, stretching fabric taut, glue it down on each side, folding in like wrapping paper with crisp corners.
  7. Cover & wrap one side of carboard pieces with coordinating fabric (no batting) and glue them in the center of each inside cover, covering the raw edges
  8. Optional - you can use another piece of poster board to make a frame, cover it, and glue it to the front. Embellish with lace, ribbons, etc.
Hope that makes sense!
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You could scrap/stamp several pages with quotes and/or favorite memories and place them throughout the other family members pages. Just a thought.
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Thanks for the great ideas.
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We did one of these for my grandmother's 85th birthday - asked each of her children and grandchildren to do at least 1 8-1/2 x 11 page; although instead of bringing them to the party, we had them mailed or e-mailed to my cousin, who put them together so we could present her with a completed book. My mother found a beautiful photo album/scrapbook that was meant for 3-ring binder page protectors. Handmade paper cover, and a frame on the front to slip a photo into.
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Awhile back I found at Target some nice 3-ring binders. They are cloth covered, almost a linen-type fabric. They came in several different colors...mine is celery. I think one of those with some added ribbon and maybe even a monogram would be beautiful.
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You could scrap/stamp several pages with quotes and/or favorite memories and place them throughout the other family members pages. Just a thought.
We had a few pages like this - the book was divided by family, so there was a section with my uncle's page, and followed by each of his kids' pages; then the next-oldest aunt, followed by each of her kids . . . a few of us did extra "generic" kinds of pages (I had one with an aerial photo of their farm that I messed around and colorized bits of and then wrote in all the reasons that their farm was the best place in the world to visit). My cousin used those pages to fill in spots.

This is a really neat thing you are doing. My grandma kept her book out where she could look thru it - she had 9 children and over 40 grandchildren and I'm not exactly sure how many great-grandchildren, so there were lots of pages. And we did it in the nick of time - she passed away before her next birthday.
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http://www.ssreflections.com/jill/jilljul06binder.html

You might be interested in the above link. Very nice, and made from a regular office supply 3-ring binder.

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I love that sample! How beautiful! Thanks for the link!
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You could still make a scrapbook of some kind, just have some pages designed with pockets so any two-sided pages could be tucked in there.
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Have a look at the new SU Holiday mini - they have the cutest 3-ring binders with page protectors rhey are perfect for decorating.
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