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

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It's a pleasure to find someone who can iedtnify the issues so clearly
Voncile  |  Sat Jun 2, 2012 at 6:42 PM

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