Today I am showing you an expanding tag that can be used in a variety of ways. My way of using it was to help out my son-in-law, Jarriet and his family. But first let me give you a little background.
This tradition began many years ago, long before he met my daughter. One Christmas, one of Jarriets relatives put a gag gift in a box. Wrap it and it became a gift for a game. They all thought it was such a great idea that they wanted to do it every year. As time went on, the box got larger and larger, because each of the items put into the box, stayed in the box. Well they began to dread getting stuck with the box.
Since he was the lucky recipient of the box the year before, he decide he wanted to do something different. so he took everything out out of the box and informed his family that he was doing something different for the next Christmas.
He asked me if he could buy one of my Christmas albums. ( Buy ??? No, I'll give you one for your box.) So last Christmas, out came the dreaded box. However, instead of it passing it around, Jarriet opened the box and showed everyone the Christmas Photo Album and informed them that each year the album would be passed to a different member of the family and they were to place a photo or two, of the current Christmas, on the next page until the album is filled with all the memories from the previous 11 years. Naturally everyone loved the idea and the album. Since it was Jarriets idea, he would be the one to start the album.
Now here's where this technique come into play. Jarriet wanted to put 10 pictures in the album. Guess what, each page will only hold 2-4 photos. So I came across this idea by Joanne Bain and it was the perfect solution to Jarriets problem. Here is the link to the SnapQuide tutorial.
https://snapguide.com/guides/create-an-expanding-mini-tag-album-by-joanne-bain/ Warning the dimensions are metric, I'm only good with decimals and fractions. But there a many cheat sheets on the internet to convert the dimensions. So Thank you Joanne Bain for your tutorial, it has saved my son-in-law.
Here is it. A tag pocket on the back cover for all the extra photo's family members want to add to the album and don't have enough room on their single page.
So here are my instructions.
This is designed to hold 4" x 6" photos.
You will need
(2) pieces of chipboard 4-1/2" x 6-1/2"
(2) pieces card stock 4-1/2" x 6-/2"
(2) pieces of card stock cut to 4-1/2" x 12"
(1) piece card stock 4-1/4" x 3"
(1) piece designer paper 4-1/2" x 6-1/2"
You will notice that I used plain card stock for the insides of my tags and for the accordion side but you can use either plain or designer paper.
Lets start with the (2) pieces of 4-1/2" x 12" card stock. You need to score these every 5/8" across the entire 12" length
This is what you will end up with after you fold them to create the hills and valleys.
Now take the (2) 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" chipboard and card stock pieces and glue the card stock to each of the chip board pieces.
Glue one of the scored strips to the back side of one of your chipboard pieces.
Now do the same to the other piece of chip board. Here is the back view and front view. You will notice that I did corner cut the tops of my chip board pieces.
Now attached the other strip to the other side. Yours should look like this now.
The little 4-1/4" x 3" piece of card stock needs to be scored 1" from each edge. to form a channel. You want to glue one of the sections to the bottom of your front tag pocket.
Now glue the other side on.
And this is what you'll have.
The (1) piece of 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" designer paper is what I glued to the front of my pocket.
I hole punched both pieces of chip board at the top and treaded ribbon through the back hole and knotted it so it would not come out.
With the extra photos tucked nicely inside the pocket, I ran the ribbon through the front hole and tired a bow. Then I glued it to the back inside cover of the album.
Now there is plenty of room for each of them to add extra photos for each Christmas yet to come. This album should last them for 11 Christmas celebrations. And YES, my son-in-law is to be the last one to add photos to this album and it is his to keep and pass on to his children.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you get a chance to make one of these for an album of yours or even a card.