Quick and easy 12x12 pocket page for storing ATCS.
This was the example some of us were looking at: http://www.shopatron.com/product/product_id=LAI6524/303.0
[/quote] But we didn't want to spend $5 each page! SO, I came up with this simple version.
-1 sheet 12x12 cardstock paper (or a scrapbook page)
-1 sheet 4.5"x12" cardstock or heavy paper. If you use regular scrapbook paper, you'll need a 9"x 12" piece
-Taperoller (I used one like this: http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=157628&catid=50456&aid=335972&aparam=scotch_refillable_tape_ro
-Sewing machine (if you want to finish it like I did)
-Cards/ATCs or a ruler, to get the size right.
I used a 12x12 cardstock page, from an inexpensive scrapbook album. First, I layed out the cards, to see how I wanted them spaced: 3 rows of 4 cards each is perfect spacing, without overlap. If you want the layered look (as the example above), feel free to add 2 more 'pockets'.
(ALL of those cards are made by fellow Craftsters!)
Then, I cut my smaller piece of cardstock into 1.5"by12" strips. These will form my 'pockets'. If you wanted to use scrapbook paper for this, I would use 3" by 12" strips and fold them in half lengthwise, so they become 1.5"by12", but are still strong. You will want the fold at the top of the pocket.
Lay them over the cards to see placement.
This will cover up the bottom 1" of the cards. If you don't want to sew the pages, just use your tape runner to fix the sides and bottom of the pockets to the page. If you want to SEW the edges, just take the 'pockets' off the page, and sew one seam along the top of the strip. THEN, put attach them to the page with your tape runner, and sew along the sides and bottom of each pocket for both decoration and stability.
I also sewed along the sides and top of my entire page. When finished, it looks like this:
And, full of some of my vintage travel cards:
Hopefully my explanation makes sense. These are pretty quick to make (I did the whole page in less than 30 minutes, but it would go faster once you get the process down!) and they are quite secure, the cards fit snugly, even when turned upside-down. You can easily decorate the 'pocket's by using stickers, writing, or scrapbook paper, etc. They do look SO much better in here than buried under plastic in my 9pocket plastic pages!