Badge Holder Minibook

by Sarah Moore

Use badge holders to create a darling mini album.


  • Badge Holders (Can be found at Walmart or major office supply stores in a horizontal or vertical layout)
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Crop-a-dile™ (or “industrial” style hole punch)
  • Binder Clips (clothes pins or a rubber band will also work)
  • Loose Leaf Binder Ring or Small Ball Chain
  • Ribbons
  • Scrapbooking Materials ("Party Pieces” Simply Scrappin’ Kit by Stampin’ Up! used here)
  • Stamps
  • Ink and Markers
  • Photos


  1. Step 1

    Decide how many pages the Minibook will be; 4-6 pages thick is recommended. Use binding clips (or other clips or rubber band) to hold all the badge holder sleeves together securely.

    Punch extra holes (2-4 holes depending on the style of sleeve) on each edge of the badge holder sleeves.

    Tip: A Crop-a-dile will punch holes in up to 6 sheets at a time. Set the depth alignment on the Crop-a-dile to insure holes match up.

  2. Alternately, create holes with a hand held punch, using a ruler and a permanent marker to mark the hole placement on each sleeve.

  3. Step 2

    Use a paper trimmer to cut inserts for the sleeves. The size of the insert will depend on the size of the individual sleeves purchased. In the sample shown, the inserts are 2 3/8” X 3 1/2”.

  4. Step 3

    Add photos to pages and embellish with favorite materials. Even thin 3D embellishments like buttons, brads and ribbons can be used and will fit nicely in the flexible sleeves.

  5. Step 4

    Insert pages two at a time to prevent sticking into sleeves. Secure sleeves with clips. Thread ribbon through all holes, and tie to bind book. Experiment with various colors, styles and materials of ribbon. Even fabric scraps can be used! Use a square knot (right over left, left over right) for a secure knot.

    Tip: A drop of adhesive inside the knot can help keep the ribbon secured in place.

  6. Step 5

    Affix a loose leaf binder ring or ball chain to your project and your Badge Holder Minibook is complete!

    This project is wonderful for a mommy’s brag book (clip to a diaper bag), a book for children to show off pictures of schoolmates or family, or even to create a toddler’s “busy book”.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Badge Holder Minibook. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Great way to use the badges you collect when you attend meetings and/or travel. Can be an add-on brag book, good way to keep the on-the-road friends abreast with what's happening with your family.
Sandy K  |  Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 3:58 AM
This is the perfect for my daughter to keep all of her classmates school pics in. She can clip it to her bookbag. Thanks for the cool tutorial!
MarshHen  |  Wed Mar 19, 2008 at 5:06 AM
This is such a cute idea. This would be a great "grandma" gift for a grandma's brag book! Think I'll make a couple.
Beth  |  Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 4:52 AM
I don't know how I missed this incredible idea before. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
Anne L  |  Sat Aug 2, 2008 at 7:07 AM
wow...this is awsome....and to think it turned up when i typed in the keyword "lip"...i was looking for lip balm
danelover  |  Mon Sep 1, 2008 at 4:53 AM
this is great i was looking for a cute album for our grandchildren's visit with grandpa & grandma. thanks so much for the repeat.
PEGGY  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 8:38 AM
Love this idea and can't wait to make one! (or two or three!)
Denise G  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 8:57 AM
This idea is adorable. Can you use a dremel drill to make the holes?
Janice Sapp  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 3:04 PM
I love this idea-great to make and send to the grandparents living 8 hours away!
Rhonda  |  Wed Sep 3, 2008 at 6:21 PM
Seeing this tutorial listed in this week's issue of the e-newsletter reminded me that I've been wanting to get to a project for Rolodex art. While cleaning out my desk at home I found a package of business card sleeves for a Rolodex and decided to "repurpose" them. My original thought was that it would be nice to have a bit of art in the office Rolodex, just something to bring a smile as the fingers are frantically "tickling" through to find a number. Seeing this particular tutorial reminder got me to wondering if a Rolodex form might be a good base for a book? sab
Shirley Bartell  |  Thu Sep 4, 2008 at 2:28 AM
Holy COW! Recycle, reuse, reduce! Great project for the procrastinating scrappers! Great make n take too! Thanks. New to this site and have passed it on to MANY of my scrap happy friends. Keep em coming.
Charlene Milloy  |  Fri Sep 5, 2008 at 7:22 PM
Walmart huh? I go to dental conventions and was contemplating throwing away all the sleeves I've saved up! Hope they all match - or at least 6 of them!!!
Ginny  |  Sat Sep 6, 2008 at 1:20 PM
Super cute idea!!! I cannot wait to try this one!
audrey  |  Thu Nov 6, 2008 at 6:34 AM
splitcoaststampers is the most inspiring site I`ve ever been on !!! everytime I log on this site, there's not just one project that inspires ; but numerous projects !!! I don"t have to keep searching the web to find inspiration . I just got my pc in March of 08 just for this purpose . It was accidental I even found this site ; since then ,rather than look for sites I keep coming back to this site . This site can keep your interest flowing !!!
msj  |  Wed Nov 26, 2008 at 5:25 PM
Hey, has anyone ever found these badges in a larger size? I would love to make this book, but I'd like it to hold 4 x 6 photos.
Beth  |  Sun Mar 8, 2009 at 8:50 AM
hi beth

maybe you could try clear envelopes instead of the badge should be able to get a 4x6 in them...
lindsay  |  Sun Mar 8, 2009 at 10:35 AM
This is great i was looking for a cute album cute love quotes for our grandchildren visit with grandpa & grandma. Thanks so much for the repeat. Thanks for the list. Some great stuff listed.
cute love quotes  |  Mon Jun 8, 2009 at 11:37 PM
I bought a packet of badge holders today, but now I've opened them they have slits on the back for pins to go through. Have I bought the wrong kind? Would love to make some of these.
Pat  |  Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 1:25 PM
That has just given me a wonderful thought for a 50 th birthday gift to be made for January.
Thank you smile
Kduff  |  Fri Oct 23, 2009 at 6:20 PM
This project is wonderful. I am going to try and make them with my grade three class (fingers crossed) for Mother's Day. If I precut all the paper the kids should have fun decorating the paper and knotting the ribbon!
Teresa  |  Wed Dec 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM

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