Hello all! My name is Autumn Baldwin, and I’m here to talk about the ever-versatile wallet-size photo. I love using wallets so much that I wrote an article for the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, where I showcased five ways to use wallet-size prints on scrapbook pages. Because printed wallets usually come in a pair, today I want to share some of my favorite ways to use the extra wallets that don’t end up on your scrapbook pages. Here are a few ideas:
1. Give extra wallets to your children along with some of your excess scrapbooking supplies, and then let them create right along with you one afternoon. My oldest son Jackson had a great time making this layout about him and his baby brother, James.
2. Personalize a child’s favorite book, a new school notebook, or a binder with a recent wallet-size photo of him or her. This way, everyone can tell at a glance whom the item belongs to, which is a definite plus when you have multiple children with similar items.
3. Use wallet prints to make very simple, small chipboard albums. I made one for each member of my family using just wallet photos and triangles of patterned paper, and then I hung them from a mirror in my living room.
4. Use a wallet print to “date” a picture or writing sample from a child. I like to save a couple of drawings a year from each child, like this one where my two year old was convinced he’s been writing the letter A over and over. In the years to come, it’s going to be fun to see what he looked like at the time he drew this picture.
5. Use wallet prints to create a memory/matching game with people in the family. You can use either matching sets of wallet photos, as my sister Brittany Perkins did in this memory game for the cousins, or two different photos of the same person to make a match.
6. Make personalized “ability cards” for your children (think baseball cards or Pokemon cards). Use a wallet-size print to make a card for each—simply add a small label that details the child’s powers, points, or statistics. My son Carter can’t wait to use his very own “Carterrific” card next time he plays Pokemon with his friends.
But you don’t need to stop here—wallet prints work for all kinds of projects. I was inspired by this layout from Jody Wenke in the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes to make a wall hanging for my son’s bedroom. Jody’s grid-like layout inspired me to steal a card sleeve from my son’s Pokemon collection. Wallet-size photos fit perfectly in card sleeves, which naturally break the full page into a clean grid.
“T” by Autumn Baldwin. Supplies: Patterned paper: Pebbles, Making Memories, and We R Memory Keepers; Ribbon: Berwick Offray; Rickrack: May Arts; Letters and tag: Making Memories; Punch: Fiskars Americas; Other: Adhesive, monogram, staples, and tab.
Using the card sleeve makes the page come together quickly because you don’t have to worry about the entire page design at once—you really have only to design one rectangle at a time. I used six photos from a recent photo shoot, leaving three more spots to fill.
I opened up my file of paper scraps and found papers that worked well with the pictures to fill my three extra spots. To quickly embellish the extra squares, I added other elements, such as translucent white tags, rickrack, a border punched from patterned paper, and a tab with the date on it. I finished with a sheer ribbon placed through the binder holes, and then I used binder clips to attach it to a square of lightweight pressboard I happened to have at home. It could be clipped to a clipboard just as easily. I can hang the clipboard on a couple of nails in my son’s room for him to enjoy. When he gets tired of it, I can use the pressboard for another project and add the card sleeve into one of my three-ring scrapbook binders.
This project was so easy, and it ended up looking so clean and organized that I think I’ll steal a few more card sleeves from my kids to use in my scrapbooks. It’s the perfect way to include lots of extra pictures from an event or multiple portraits from a photo shoot, as I did. It would also be a great way to store one wallet from each year’s school portraits to show progression over the years.
I hope you’ll give the wallet size a try the next time you’re printing out photos. I think you’ll love using them as much as I do. Have a great weekend!
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