hello sierrarose! today I read your question and it reminded me on a project I did long time ago but I have no pictures and it was a present... So, to help a fellow craftster, I reconstructed the process for you - It's a kind of self-made binder for see-through plastic pages - or sheet protectors (I hope we talk about the same thing?), and it's rather cheap to make and you have nearly unlimited possibilities for decorating. so this is what I made:
you need two pieces of good cardboard (a little bit bigger than the plastic pages), power tape (strong, but flexible tape - I only had one in silver, but there are also black ones, which I would prefer) and some kind of clip (I don't know how it is called, but it's easy to get at office supply stores):
find the middle of one cardbord and the middle of the clip, and find out, where the clip for the pages must be, so that there is some space left on the right edge of the cardbord.
cut the clip, so that it will be within the cardboard and secure it with a small piece of tape
fold a piece of tape in the length of the clip (and do it without the crease, which I made, because I was impatient
), sticky sides together and bunch holes in it - put it on the clip
now take a look, that the second cardboard is absolutely parallel to the right with the clip (it helps to use the table as a guide). and then take the tape and put it on both cardboards from the lower end of the clip with a little bit space in between the cardboards (very important!--but be careful that the thing won't stick on your table!) - do the same thing on the upper side, let a little bit of the tape be longer and fold it back.
now you should have something like this, if you turn it around:
now you take a long stip of tape and press it all the way on the backside (again, fold over the edge to the front).
you can put the plastic-pages in it and you can turn them.
the decoration of the cardboard is up to you! (maybe a picture of granny? a collage? paint it with acrylic paint?) - maybe you should do the decoration first - I'm not sure which way is better... you could use some ribbon (cut a small hole on the edges of the cardboard to put the ribbon like those folders that artists have) to close the folder...
what I made for this post is only the frame to show how you can easily bind sheet protectors - the decoration of the cardboard is the secret that this folder becomes special
(and if you are careful - and don't try to take pictures at the same time as struggling with the tape - the whole thing becomes much more neat than mine...)
I hope this helps or at least give you some inspiration. And good luck with your present! It's a wonderful idea!