$5 photo book tutorial
{from simply kierste}

by @according2kelly on November 29, 2012

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.

& the holidays are coming a wee bit earlier for a few lucky readers, thanks to our three amazing giveaways. be sure to head over to today’s featured blogger simply {kierste} for a chance to win a silhouette portrait, decoart paints & stencils, and michael’s gift card.

so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects.

rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

& to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the kierste of simply {kierste}. kierste writes…

Hello everyone! I’m Kierste, from simply {kierste}, and I am THRILLED to be a part of the Holiday Craft Along. It’s one of my favorite series during the holiday season, with so many fabulous ideas from super talented bloggers.

We all love to give gifts to those we care about and appreciate, but being on a budget is part of my life, as I’m sure it is yours. I”m going to share with you one of my favorite gifts to give, and not only is it absolutely darling and super easy to make, it cost me less than $5! It’s a purse-sized photo holder that’s the perfect size to tuck into a purse or diaper bag, and everyone you give it to will love it. Think teachers, mothers, grandmothers, friends, and more!

There are very few supplies that you need, and it comes together pretty quickly. They’re so fun to personalize, both with different papers and monograms. The book is made up of clear name badge holders, held together by a silver book ring, and embellished with ribbon and scrapbook paper. LOVE!!!!


-name badge holders (2.55 x 3.35 horizantal)

-silver 1 inch book rings

*You can find both of these items at Walmart, in the office supplies section. I’ve also had luck finding them at Target. Funny enough, I first checked at Staples and OfficeMax, and neither of them carried this smaller size. They did, however, carry the next size up–I think it was around 4×3–and if you wanted to do a slightly larger size, it would be cute too.

-scrapbook paper, cardstock

-desired embellishments

-distress ink



1. Cut 2 pieces of scrapbook paper to fit the front and back cover.

2. Embellish as desired. I used coordinating scrapbook paper for the piece along the bottom, and used a stamp to add the monogram. I distressed all the edges using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).

3. Insert front and back covers in name badge holders.

4. Stack together however many name badge holders you would like for the photo book, making sure that the front and back badges are facing the right way. Slide them on the ring, and close.

5. Tie 4-5 pieces coordinating ribbon on ring.

Ta-da!!! Darling photo books that make the most perfect gifts!!! The name badge holders come in packs of 12 (at Walmart), and cost around $3.50. Add in one book ring, scrapbook paper scraps, and a few pieces of ribbon, and you’re around $5. It’s easy to make several of these at a time, because the book rings and name badges come in packs. You can make at least 6 books out of one 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper, and ribbon scraps are perfect for this project!

bake craft sew {giveaway}

ready for an amazing giveaway worth over $700? head on over to today’s featured blogger simply {kierste} for a NEW chance to win.

really want to win? every day you’ll have a new chance to win on a new blog. so be sure to come back tomorrow.

& make sure to visit skip to my lou & a southern fairytale for even more giveaway opportunities!


for more great ideas be sure to visit kierste her blog simply {kierste}, & follow her every move on Facebook & Pinterest.

about kierste: {Hello!} I’m Kierste. My blog is a place to find DIY projects of all kinds–my favorite things! I’m a simple girl, and I believe it’s the small and simple touches that make a huge difference. From crafts, to food, to home decor, I hope you enjoy what you see, and that you’ll visit often!



baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #bakecraftsew.


Kelly-- Will you please e-mail me? I've been trying to track you down about the giveaway! Thanks!

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