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Rolodex Reminder Album

Scrapbooks etc. Contributing Editor Leah Fung will show you how to create Rolodex cards for different holidays and events, as well as a cover and tab cards for each month.

Sat, 26 Jun 2010|

Hi everyone this is Leah. Thank you so much for taking my rolodex reminder class. I hope that you're as excited to take this class as I am to teach it. Now this maybe silly, but truth be told I love office supplies. I like reams of white paper, freshly sharpened pencils, spiral notebooks you name it. So, it's no surprise to know that I like rolodex cards too. I like to think of rolodex cards as mini scrapbook pages. Just like any scrapbook page, you can use your favorite paper, add photos, journaling and embellishments. And it's a much smaller size which means you can make a few of these in the same amount of time it takes to make a traditional scrapbook page. And there are lots of cool things that you can do with rolodex card files. Fun albums that you can make for yourself or as gifts. At the end of the class I'll share with you a few of those ideas. I made this little rolodex reminder to remind me of important holidays and events, and to add color and cheer to my desktop. Now before we get started, I recommend that you first print out the instructional PDF that comes with this class. You'll find it by clicking on the downloads button below. It has more detailed information and step by step instructions for making the project. If you look at my supplies list, you'll see that I used lots of different papers, tools and embellishments to create my rolodex. But the truth is you can make a rolodex album using just a few simply tools and supplies, like a rolodex card file, a rolodex card punch, cardstock adhesive, a paper trimmer and a pen or some other means for journaling. For example, I like to use my computer for journaling. And there are all kinds of rolodex card files; they come in different sizes and styles. You can find them at office supplies stores and also online. This card file is a mini rolodex also called a petit rolodex. And it can hold all 24 cards that we'll make in this class; plus it can hold maybe a dozen more. I love mini card files like this; they're my favorite because they're cute, and because they're great for gifts. But if you have a lot of holidays and events that you want to keep track off then you might prefer to use a larger flat rolodex or a rotary file like the one you see here. This blue rotary file is pricey, but it can probably hold over 200 embellish cards. So, if capacity is important to you then you might want to consider one of these. Before we get started, let's talk about making my project become your project. I hope this class will inspire you and show you how to create a rolodex reminder album, but I want this rolodex to be yours and to reflect your style and personality. In creating this rolodex you can keep it as simple or as decked out as you like. You don't have to do what I did, not by any means. If you love clean, simple cards and no embellishments, go for it. I like that look too. And if you like inking, tearing and distressing paper, well that would be cool on this rolodex. Just have fun and make it your own. As I teach this class I'll be mentioning very specific papers and embellishments to use, but feel free to use completely different papers and embellishment. It doesn't have to be what I used. I'll also give precise measurements; that's just me and how I scrapbook, but you can just eyeball everything if you like, it doesn't have to be precise and it will still look great. I also love sowing; love it. But not a single stitch in this project is required, the sowing is purely decorative. You don't have to sow, you can skip it altogether or experiment with ribbons, pens or stamps that look like sowing. Now the journaling in my rolodex was all done in my computer. You can find the labels and titles in the PDF that you downloaded. If you like, you can do it just like I did and print out all the labels and titles using my PDF, but it might also be fun to use ribbons, stickers, and handwriting instead. I should also mention that even adding photos to your rolodex is optional. I put a lot of pictures in my rolodex, but you'll see that not all of my cards have photos. In fact you could make a rolodex file without any pictures at all. It might even be fun to use memorabilia or magazine clippings in place of pictures. It's totally up to you. To make a rolodex album, cardstock is needed because the rolodex cards need to be sturdy. You can always apply pattern paper on top of plain cardstock. I do that sometimes but I like using PADO cardstock, because it saves me from having to do that extra step on every card. For this rolodex all the pattern cardstock that I used is made by Chatterbox. I also used 2 gingham pattern papers, one made by Making Memories and the other by Packets of the View. You'll find those in my supplies list. And each chatterbox pattern cardstock has its own name and is double sided. It has pattern side and a more subtle tone side. With so many different papers you used and each having 2 sides, it could be difficult to keep track of them all. So in your PDF I included a table with all of the papers, with each one and each side numbered. So, you may for example, hear me say; cut and adhere the orange dot cardstock number 13. And if you're not sure which one that is, you can find it in my PDF, cool? Okay, get out those paper trimmers we're going to have some fun cutting cards. Out of every sheet of 12 X 12 cardstock, you can cut 12 rolodex cards. I like to first cut my cardstock into strips, where each strip is 4 inches by 12 inches. I suggest you cut just one 4 inch by 12 inch strip for now, then cut more later if needed. And I should mention that if you're using striped or lined cardstock as I have, you may want to cut the cardstock vertically into strips as you see in this figure. Cutting in the cardstock this way will give vertical stripes and lines in the final cards. If you [unk] a rolodex card file, just any standard rolodex card file. It should have come with plenty of rolodex cards. Take one of these out and we'll use it as a template to make where you should punch your notches. First lay one of your patterned cards on the table. Next, lay the standard rolodex card on to your pattern card and trace the bottom of those notches with a pencil. After tracing You can set aside the white rolodex cards to use later on other cards. Next, lay rolodex card punch on your table top, then place your card on it and align your pencil markings with the 2 holes in the punch, just like you see in the picture. Keeping the card aligned, close the card punch over the card and press down firmly until both notches are punched. At this point I should mention, if you don't have a rolodex card to use as a template, it's no problem. Just use your ruler and pencil to mark the center of the card, that's just 2 inches in. Then center the pencil marking between the 2 holes and the punch. I should also tell you that if you don't have a rolodex card punch, all you have to do is trace all of both notches on to your card, then cut out the notches with your scissors. The first card we're going to make is the cover card. I wanted a cover card to be lots of fun and full of color. So I used 6 different patterns of cardstock. All of these are listed in your instructional PDF. The first thing you'll want to do is print on the title on blue diamond cardstock number 11. You can find all the titles to print out and step by step instructions for printing on your cards at the end of the PDF. Now, as I teach this class I won't always mention the specific measurements that I used, but you can also find those measurements in your PDF. Once you've printed your title, trim it to fit on the card and cut off the bottom using wavy deco scissors. If you don't have wavy deco scissors, you can use whatever deco scissors you have or just leave it as a straight edge. The base of the card that is a card upon which everything will be layered, is a blue striped cardstock number 12. If you're using the chatterbox papers as I have, this striped paper is just the backside of the blue diamond cardstock number 11. In this picture you can see it's blue stripes along the top of the cover card. For now set the base card aside and let's cut 3 other cards. Take one of your black gingham cards and from it, cut a 1 inch by 4 inch strip. The width of the card is already 4 inches, so you just need to cut 1 inch off the top of that card to get your strip. Adhere the strip of gingham paper onto the blue striped card 1 quarter inch from the top. Next, cut the pastely cardstock number 2 card and the orange dot number 13 card, both 2 inches square. The pastel will be adhered to the left side of the card and the orange dot to the right side of the card. Once you do that trace and punch notches in your card as I had described earlier. After you've punched your notches, adhere the title block to the center of the card and machine stitch right along the top of that if you like. To embellish the card I used white iris sequence to give it some fun and sparkly texture. And it's easy to do, just squeeze very small dots of clear drawing liquid glue onto the card and place a sequent on top of each. I like to do just a few at a time and I try to space them out evenly if I can. To finish the card, punch a flower shape out of the red cardstock number 5, then adhere the punched flower to the card right on top of the I in reminder. Then punch a hole in its center and add a white islet with your islet setting tools. Another option for the flower is to just use a sequent at its center. And that's it, your cover card is done. Now comes the tab calendar cards, these are really fun to make. Your rolodex reminder album will be categorized by months where each month is unique tab card. And although they're all based on the same composition no 2 are identical. One thing cool is that your reminder album can be used year after year, and every tab card there will be slots which will hold the current calendar month. The calendar months are available on your PDF, all you need to do is print out the PDF on white cardstock and cut out each calendar month with your paper trimmer. Be sure to cut just within all the black lines so you won't see any of the lines along the edges. Also in your instructional PDF you'll find a page with labels for the months and 2 templates for the tabs. Print this page onto white cardstock, then cut out the round tab and the rectangle tab. Both of these will be used as templates for all 12 pattern tabs. 6 will be rounded and 6 will be rectangle. So, here's how you create the pattern tabs. Using a pencil, simply trace around the tab template on the back of your cardstock, the cut out the pattern tab with scissors. Once you've traced and cut out all 12 tabs, you will take all 6 rectangle tabs and round the top 2 corners using a small corner rounding punch, so that it looks like the blue tab in this picture. Now that your tabs are labeled let's make a tab card for the month of January. While every card is different, all the tab cards have the same basic composition, that is 3 different papers, 2 slots punched in the card and at the top of the card is an index tab which we have already assembled. The base of this card is a blue striped cardstock number 12 card, and everything will be layered onto this striped card. To create the tab card first cut the orange cardstock number 13 card to 2 and 1 quarter inch height by 2 1/2 inch width, and adhere it to the top right of the striped card. Then cut a blue diamond cardstock number 11---- it's the same height, but only 1 1/2 inch width and adhere it to the top left of the striped card. Once these are both adhered then you'll want to trace and punch notches at the bottom of the card as done before. Next will be the slots. Leave a January calendar in the center of the orange block and mark with your pencil where to punch or cut the slot. The picture shows exactly where I marked the dot with my pencil. After marking with your pencil at opposite corners, remove the calendar block and punch your slots. For my rolodex, I used the making memories slot punch, but if you don't have one no problem. Just cut your slots using a crap knife and ruler, or skip the slots altogether. Once you've punched or cut the slot, slide your calendar into the slots. If you like you can add a little bit adhesive behind the calendar to keep it secure over the ear. At this point you can add machine stitching if you like. So, once your calendar is in place adhere the January tab to the upper left of the card. The bottom of the white label should be in line with the top of the card. To finish your tab card, staple the center of the tab then punch a flower shape out of the light pink cardstock number 25 and adhere it to the card. Punch a hole in the center of the flower at a white islet using your islet setting tools or simply add a sequent. And your January tab card is done. So, here's the February card and it's assembled very much like the January card. The base of this tab card is the biased plant card number 8. Once you find it set it aside and grab a pastely card number 2 and a pink dot card number 7. Take the pastely card and cut it to the dimensions I previously described that is 2 in 1 quarter inch height by 2 1/2 inch width. Then cut the pink dot paper to 2 and 1 quarter inch height and 1 1/2 inch width. Just like you had done for the January card. Adhere the cut papers to the plant card number 8 that you had set aside. Then trace, punch notches and add your slots like you had done before. After, insert the calendar go ahead and add machine stitching if you like. Once that's done adhere the February tab to the top of the card, 1 inch from the left. And again, the bottom of the white label should be in line with the top of the card. Next, punch 3 holes in the bottom of that tab. Add your islets and not a threaded button using adhesive squares or glue dots. And that completes your February card. For the March tab card, you pretty much follow the same steps as described for January tab card. You will however use different card stock all of which are given in your PDF, and you will adhere the March index tab at the top of the card 1 inch from the right. After you adhere it and staple the tab you will cut a small flower from cardstock number 16. Remember when cutting---- I think it's best to move the paper and not the scissors to cut the shape. You want to then adhere the flower to the lower right of the index tab. To finish it off add a small dot of glue and a sequent to the center of the flower. And with that March is done. Now I want to mention if you don't have this paper, or you don't want to take the time to cut out flowers you can use any flowers or other embellishments that you like. Creating the April card follows the same steps for the previous tab cards, but uses different papers and a brown button to embellish. Another different is that the index tab for April is located on the top right corner of the card, and once again keep the bottom of the white label in line with the top of the card. Then add your islets to finish. The 8 remaining tab cards are made using the same steps and techniques as described for the first four tab cards. For the specific papers, embellishments used see the instructional PDF, and keep in mind you can always mix up or switch out the papers and embellishments however you like to make it your own. Okay, I hope you're having fun so far. Coming up next are the holiday and event cards which really is my favorite part of the rolodex. One of the cool things about making tab cards is that you get to make lots of holiday and event cards to tuck in behind them. We'll be making 11 more cards in this class, each with different themes. And the compositions of these cards are versatile, you can change the papers and embellishments on a card and use it for completely different holiday or event. Just experiment with different papers and see what works for you. Let's start with Valentine's Day. My little boy Andrew took this picture of my husband and me as we're walking out to the card one morning. It wasn't Valentine's Day when we took picture, but that's okay. Use whatever pictures you have that might fit within the theme of your card. To create this card, first print the title and the heart with the date on the pink cardstock number 7. Also cut or punch a 1 inch square out of the same cardstock. Then cut that square into 2 triangles. The next thing to do is to adhere a black gingham card on to another pink number 7 card. The black gingham will completely cover the pink card, I do this because the gingham pen and paper alone is not sturdy. And it just needs a cardstock backing. Next, adhere the pink title strip and the triangles to the gingham card. Punch notches at the bottom, machine stitch and add your photo. After doing that cut out the heart shape. Apply a little glue along the edge of the heart, let it dry for a few second and then add pink seed beads. I like to do this a little bit at a time so I put a very thin line of liquid glue on about a third or fourth of the heart, and I'll add the beads one at a time. I find that using a sharpened pencil for picking up and placing beads makes the process easier. After you've added the beads and given it a few minutes to dry, adhere the heart to the card as you see in this picture. If you want to use this card composition for other holidays and themes try different papers and replace the heart with a different shape, or try a theme sticker that would work too. Okay, let's make an Easter Card. I like Easter Sunday. This card is great for using any scraps you might have. All you have to do is cut 4 different papers, each to 1/2 inch by 4 inch strips. You can use any papers you like. For this card I used listing top to bottom, I used cardstock 14, 8, 18 and number 2. All of these were adhered on to card number 26 starting at the top. After doing that you can machine stitch along the bottom seam then punch your notches. For the title and dates print these on cardstock number 25. Cut the title block to fit on the card, adhere it to the card and staple at the top of the title block. To embellish cut 3 yellow flowers out of cardstock number 16. Adhere each to the card and adhere 1 sequent to the center of each flower. And that's your Easter Card. I also think with a picture in place of the title block, this card can make a pretty birthday card for a girl or for a woman. To make the Mother's Day card, print Mother's Day on the light beige cardstock number 23. Cut that to 2 inch height by 4 inch width with the title on the right side. Next print always the second Sunday in May on cardstock number 3, and trim that into a strip. The base card onto which you will layer everything is a red number 5 card, you can see part of it along the top and bottom of this Mother's Day card. For the blue floral strip across and near the top, cut a card number 16 to 1 inch by 4 inches, and adhere the strip to the red card 1/8 inch from the top. Adhere the Mother's Day title block 1/8 inch from the bottom of the card, and at this point punch notches in your card. After that adhere the journaling strip also 1/8 inch from the bottom of the card, and then punch notches again. After you punch notches, punch holes and add islets on the ends of the strip. Once the islets are added, machine stitch along the top of the title block then add a photo and 3 red flowers cut out off cardstock 16. Add 1 sequent to the center of each flower to complete the card. Before I talk about this Father's Day card, do you mind if I mention that pictured here are my greatest inspirations for scrapbooking. This is my husband and my 2 children whom I love very much, and whether I'm creating a rolodex card or scrapbook page, seeing these 3 faces inspire me like nothing else can. They are the reason I scrapbook. Okay, enough of that; let's talk about the card. To create this card put the title on the beige cardstock number 3, then trim it to 2 inches by 4 inches and have the title about 5 [unk] from the right. Just enough room to put 3 buttons. Adhere the title block on a number 10 card, and adhere ribbon along the paper seam. Then punch notches in the card. After that cut a number 15 card to 1 and 3 quarter inch height, by 2 inch width. It doesn't have to be precise; basically what you're doing is cutting roughly a square that will be placed behind your photo. To finish the card adhere 3 threaded buttons using adhesive squares or glue dots. Okay, let's take a look at the card we'll be making for the 4th of July. For this card you'll want to first cut it 2 and a half inch by 4 inch card out of cardstock number 6, or cardstock number 28. Really most any striped card will do. And the stripes in this case should be horizontal. Once you have that set it aside and print the title on beige cardstock number 17, and trim that to a 1/2 inch by 2 inch strip. Next cut a blue number 15 card to 1 1/2 inch height by 2 inch width, then adhere it to the upper left corner of the striped card. Punch notches and machine stitch the edges of the blue square. After that adhere sequent and rows to the blue square so they look kind of like the stars on the US flag. Then the last step is adhering the title strip just below the blue square and staple both ends of the strip. Now, as you can see I decided to skip putting a photo on this card. I kinda like this one simple, but please by all means if you want to add a photo I think that will look great too. If you have a wedding coming up, or just have trouble remembering your anniversary---- I know I do---- but you can create a card like this so you won't forget. And you don't have to use a wedding picture. I used one of my wedding pictures because the truth is, I have a couple hundred wedding pictures which I've never scrapped. I've only made 2 scrapbook pages of my wedding and that's it. So, I'm glad I was able to use a wedding picture in this rolodex. Okay, on to making the card. To make the anniversary card, cut and adhere a number 20 card to the measurements given in the instructional PDF. This is the paper with the white roses. Adhere it to the centered left of a number 22 card, then punch notches and adhere your photo. Along the top seam on the card, adhere baby white regret using clear adhesive or thin line of liquid glue. Print the title on the light beige cardstock number 23, trim it to fit on the left and notch on cardstock number 19. Then, machine stitch the meta title block and adhere it to the card. And your anniversary card is finished. Here's a card for school. I think the black gingham and the red and blue colors on this first day of school card will work for almost any age. Definitely for children and perhaps all the way up to college years. To create the card cut a 1 inch by 4 inch strip of black gingham paper, and adhere the gingham strip to a red number 5 card 1/8 inch from the top. After that trim off the top of a blue number 15 card to give it 2 1/8 inch by 4 inch block. Adhere this block to the bottom of the red card, and punch the notches and adhere the photo. Next, print out back to school on cardstock number 3 and trim that to 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. If you want to include the date for when school starts for your family, you can write that in or use stamps, ribbons or your computer. Now punch 3 holes on the left side of the title and adhere it to the card. For embellishment adhere a threaded button And add a paperclip on the side, and that's the school card. I made this card for my son's birthday, but you can probably change it up some and use it for any fun event that you want to remember. Cut a red gingham card to 1 inch by 4 inch strip. Also, trim an orange number 13 card to 1 3 quarter inch by 4 inches. Adhere the gingham strip to a number 6 card, or any striped cardstock that you like, and do that 1 quarter inch from the top. Now adhere the orange block 1 quarter inch from the bottom of the card. Next [unk] the photo and punch notches. After that print happy birthday on beige cardstock number 17 and trim it to fit on a card as seen in the picture. Now, I rounded the corners with a punch and cut the bottom of the title block with wavy scissors just to give it a silly shape. You don't have to do this, you can cut it into any shape you like or just leave it as a rectangle. To finish the card add a threaded button and adhere sequent all over the orange cardstock. This is for Halloween card and that's my scary little dragon in the picture. To make this card, first print October 31st along the left of an orange number 13 card. Then trim it to 2 and 3 quarters inch width. Now just like you did for the Valentine card you will adhere black gingham card on top of another number 13 card, or it can be any card you like because a black gingham will completely cover it. Next adhere the title block in the center of the gingham card. Punch holes and add islets to the corners. Then adhere the photo and punch the notches in the card. After that print Halloween on white cardstock, cut out a curvy block with scissors, mount the block on 1 inch square black cardstock. Machine stitch the edge of the black square and adhere it to the card. And the Halloween card is done. So, here's my Thanksgiving card. And there are a few cool things about it. To get the quoted look of the background first cut or punch 8 inch squares out of pattern cardstock. The list of the cardstocks you use are in the PDF. Adhere all the squares to a number 4 card which is the brown paper seen in the picture. Punch notches and machine stitch a zigzag stitch across the seams. As always this is optional. Next go head and print the Thanksgiving title on the beige cardstock number 17. Trim it to fit on the card and cut off the bottom with zigzag scissors. After that punch 2 holes at the top of the title block, then thread the ends of the piece of ribbon into both holes starting from the front of the card. Once the holes are threaded put each end of the ribbon back through the other hole, so the ribbon and on the right will come back through the hole on the left. And the ribbon in on the left will come back through the hole on the right. Once your ribbon is threaded, cut off any excess and mount the title block to the card. As an option you can punch holes through the title block and the card, then thread the ribbon through both. Behind the photo on the right is 1 of those important reminders that I need to hear whenever Thanksgiving comes around. It's no fun if the turkey isn't defrosted on time, so I keep that reminder right behind the picture of the turkey. To make this just print the journaling on the beige cardstock 17 then trim it to 2 and 3/8 inch by 1 1/2 inch width, and fold it in half. Then adhere the photo on the front of that folded cardstock and mount both to the card, and that's Thanksgiving. Last but not least, actually it's my favorite of the year. I love Christmas and I don't really need a reminder for Christmas; but I made this card so I can flip to it and enjoy looking at it during the holiday season. It's a simply way to add a little Christmas cheer to my desktop. Here's how you make it, the base card is the pasetely number 2 card and to that, you will cut and adhere a 1/2 inch by 4 inch strip of red gingham paper along the top. Next print the title and December 25th on the green lined number cardstock then trim the title to 5/8 inch by 4 inches and cut the bottom of the strip with zigzag deco scissors. Adhere the title strip one quarter inch from the top of the card and machine stitch along the top of that strip. Punch your notches adhere 3 photos, then adhere baby white riffraff just above the stitching on the title strip. To finish the card punch the December 25th with a 3 quarter inch circle punch and add an islet, and [unk] that to the card using foam tape. And that's it. With all of your cards done, you can load them up into your rolodex card file. That is if you have one already. With the petit rolodex card file, the 24 cards fill it up pretty well, but there is some room if you want to add more cards. And that's the cool thing about these rolodex albums, you can add new cards, photos, and embellishments whenever you like. Today, tomorrow, or even next year. I also like creating rolodex cards whenever I go to a crop, because they don't take much time and are easy to make. They're also great little projects to do whenever you're short on scrapbook time. You can also keep pictures and journaling of your favorite travels on a rolodex. This could be displayed on your coffee table, or put it on your desk at work for you to look at whenever you need a 2 minute vacation while at work. You can categorize 1 vacation by each day on that trip. Or put highlights from several vacations on 1 rolodex. As another idea, I think a wedding would be a great rolodex album for the coffee table. Your pictures can be grouped by the wedding activities. Try making a rolodex album which documents your baby's first 12 months, how about a recipe rolodex file, that would make a great gift for someone very special. You can use a large card rolodex file and you can use the front of the card to write the ingredients in the back for the instructions. If you have a picture of the food you can add that too. Create a rolodex album of a favorite pet over the years, from new born puppy to mature adult. Or make one which has all of your pets over your lifetime. As another idea, you can place school pictures of your children in a rolodex. 1 section could be 2007, the next 2008 and so on. Now this last idea is really fun too. Ask all of your friends to make a card for your rolodex album, a card all about themselves. This rolodex would also make a fun swap. Just ask 10 friends to each make 10 identical cards about themselves, then everybody swaps cards so that in the end everything has a unique set of cards from their friends. Well, that wraps up my class. Thank you once again for taking it. I hope that you had fun and if you have time to share with me the rolodex that you created, whether it's exactly like this or completely different, I would love to see it. You can post it in the scrapbook gallery. Okay friends have fun making rolodex albums. And remember when it comes to scrapbooking, just do what you love.