7.30.2008

Name badge protector scrapbooks

Don't you hate it when you come up with a concept that makes you feel like the most innovative person ever, only to find out that it's already been done? It sort of leaves you feeling deflated and questioning if you could ever come up with anything that is truly unique (or am I the only one with Dramatic Eeyore Syndrome?).
 
Which leads me to my latest craft...
 
I have been wanting to make a mini scrapbook out of name badge protectors for a while now (I had never heard of them before; it was all my own idea!), and tonight after putting a simple one together, I did a google search to see what was out there. Let's just say, I am not all that avant-garde
 

But, we are going to pretend that I was the first person to come up with this idea, ok? Thanks!

Here's another tip that I didn't come up with - if your paper cutting blade is dull, run it along some foil to sharpen it. 


I do love my paper selection; cherries and strawberries get me every time. As do polka dots and scallops. 


I haven't filled it yet, because I am trying to decide how to use it. I think I will create a mini family album for my 2 year-old (another quiet church activity). She would love flipping through the pictures, and the plastic will protect it from her grubby little fingers


When my oldest was just a toddler I created a similar album with pictures of various animals so that we could teach her their names and sounds - sort of a custom picture book. I might have given it to her a little too young though, because she mainly used it as a teether

 
Another idea is to use this same concept as a portable idea journal. It could hold paint samples and fabric swatches, so that anytime you are out shopping, all of your ideas are already in your purse


I'll be sure to keep those recycled ideas comin'. 

34 comments:

AmyDe said...

I think it is an adorable idea - even if it's not totally original. For me - the paper addiction leans to stripes, plaids and polka dots - it's a sickness isn't it?

Tanna Clark said...

I love that! Kristin I adore your ideas, I think I might have to run out and get some today.

Those would be amazing for little chore cards for the kids. I was making some and was going to hang them on hooks. But I think you just changed my mind. hmmm.

Julie said...

Love this!!!!! I might just go out and get some today. I am addicted to every paper ever. It's disgusting.

Rose said...

When I was in grade school I "invented" the apple corer, so I feel your frustration! LOL!

At least you're actually working on your album, I bought a digital version to print forever ago and still haven't done it!
http://www.theshabbyshoppe.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=243

Andrea said...

Love this idea! Why didn't I think of that? I like the idea of using it for an idea "book." Little bits of fabric and paper always get lost in my purse! I also seem to buy duplicates of thread & would like to carry a list of the colors I have so I don't rebuy it.

TONYA said...

What a fabulous idea. I think I might make a few of these for the kids and maybe do some with photos too.

Mandy said...

Well, I hadn't heard of any of those, so thanks for the great ideas!:)

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

OKay now that is just too darn cute. I need to pick some of these up and try them. :)

Mikki said...

well...regardless. I think it's a fabulous idea, and as far as I'm concerned it was yours. I would never have found out about it if you hadn't blogged about it.
Very, very cool!

Gretchen said...

To me it's your original idea because I've never seen it before. Bill Gates had to start small too. My youngest granddaughter would love this and I do too.

Gretchen

Rachel said...

I think these are adorable, and a great "recycled" idea. :) I will have to try this!

Kristy said...

Such a great idea!

My sister has this great card she received at a baby shower for my nephew five years ago. The poem/saying on it is just beautiful, and we both "found" it when I helped her clean out a closet a few weeks ago. I want to make her something with it for Christmas, and have been trying to figure it out.

This is such a fantastic way - and I wouldn't be biting off more than I can chew, as I often do with scrapbook projects (I am definitely not a scrapbooker).

Thanks!

julie said...

OK! I thought I came up with this idea! I made these for mothers day for my mom and mom in law! I was so proud of myself for coming up with something so cute! Another reason I should have a blog maybe I could of gotten it out there sooner! Oh well! I do love your paper! I just found some myself from Joanns! Keep the ideas coming! Julie

Holly said...

Oh! I like the idea booklet idea!

Jodie Allen said...

i LOVE the idea of a church book! that's got to be original! :) where did you get the name tag protectors? this might be my weekend project! thanks!

Lacy said...

I once thought there needed to be a lysol bomb. The kind like a bug bomb that would cover every surface in your home after a family illness......I thought I was so creative and told my husband over two years.....we should look into it.....turns out I am no inventor either....But they sure arent in Walmart or Target to buy!!

Anyway, I love this idea and will definatly be makeing some for my classroom and own children. Did you buy the namebadges at an office supply?

Tausha said...

What a fantastic idea! I found your blog and just had to keep looking and looking at the great stuff that you have created. You aer one talented little chicky!
Jealous that you can sew. So jealous! All your creations are great. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
Please stop by my blog and say hello. I would love to make new friends with such a talented gal.

Jill said...

This is the first time I've seen one of these, so, in my eyes, you are the first one to come up with this idea...lol! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I think I'll have to make myself one.

Jill...:-)

Jill said...

I've never seen anything made like this before, so in my eyes, you are the first one to come up with the idea...lol! Now I'll have to make myself one. Thanks for sharing with us.

Jill...:-)

Natalie Jane said...

Okay. Your site is AMAZING! If you ever want to do a little trading (a few of your creative lovelies, so a few of my handcrafted jewelries) let me know!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

What a NEAT idea!! Seriously, I've never heard of this before, so who cares what Mr. Google says! This is a great idea!

Thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

What a nifty idea, may have to do that the next time I have a pampered chef party or jewelry party. Thx for sharing.

muralimanohar said...

OMG I *love* you for that foil tip! My cutter is getting dull, and I wasn't happy with having to buy a whole new one already. :D

And..um..yeah...I used to make those kinds of books for my kids when they were little, and so did a lot of my friends for their kids. It's a great idea, huh? :P

aj said...

Too cute:) I could totally handle making one of those. Great idea YOU came up with;)

Pam said...

I love it. I made one of the little ones in my family that I kept in my purse. Thanks for the idea of the foil. Now I won't have to just go buy new cutters.

DM said...

I know I'm just a dad, but that's some good thinking there. I think maybe Nanny and Papa could put together a little photo book for the grandchildren to carry around.

Hannah LaRue said...

Love the ideas. I think you would love my giveaway I am having now. Check it out.

Jenny said...

Of course, I LOVE this idea as much as all of the others. I amstarting to get worried...where are you??? HA HA! Just got back from CA and thought I would give you a shout!
jv

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Well it is original to you and that is all that counts. That is a very cool idea. I am a sucker for polka dots and cherries as well. I am gonna try the tin foil trick...didn't know about it. cherry

Tammy and Parker said...

Where did you get your name badge protectors, etc.

I could make up several of these to help my little guy with special needs pass off some of his IEP skills!

Garden Gal said...

This is a great idea for brag books! Thx for the tip!

Amy Jo said...

I'm enjoying your blog! This is a great idea. Fun papers you've got there!

dyceedo said...

I'm having trouble trying to find the colored binder rings - I can't find them anywhere? Let me know your source. Thanks again, and your writing is also hysterical!

Tina said...

I'm making some of these right now! I found your blog when I did a search on badge albums. I was going to do the scrapbook thing with some pages I bought brom Shabby Princess (and still might), but these are going to be a set of quotes on top of photos for gifts. I was going to put a cord to hang and some ribbons, but after seeing yours, I think I'll try the rings and some ribbons on the middle hole. The rings would work better. Thanks!! I am using half of my own photos and half photos I bought from Dreamstime.

Tina