I didn't derive any inspiration from anyone else for this project- everything just came together in my head over a few days! (which can be pretty rare) I experimented with cutting and folding basic folders and eventually decided to put pictures inside rather than words. Another neat thing about this project is that the card stands up well because the folder is naturally pretty thick, so the pictures can be displayed wherever the recipient chooses!
Since I went with a pictures theme, I knew the front of the card had to honor that, so I came up with this design:
I had to trim a few centimeters off the bottom or top of a few of the pictures to get them to fit vertically, but the integrity of the photo wasn't compromised. I used a glue stick to adhere the photos onto the folder.
I didn't take a picture of the red folder that I actually used, but I had a black one lying around so I thought it would be beneficial to make sure you guys knew exactly which folder I used since there are a few different types.
My ruler and pencil were the most helpful tools for this project. I used the ruler to help guide where I would cut off the uneven folder ends (where you'd usually label what is inside the folder) so the ends would look straight. After that, I folded the folder in half hot dog style and cut where I folded. (did anyone else learn that in grade school?! If not, it means fold horizontally(: ) It should look like the card above in size. You'll be able to make 2 cards from one folder if done this way. You can also choose to make a larger card by not taking the easy way out (like I did) and by measuring what size you'd like with a ruler. I like folding it in half because I think it's a good card size.
From here, I just folded in half again from one end to the middle (where the natural crease of the folder is) and then again on the other side to the middle crease. Now your folder should look exactly like the picture above! (:
I went through my computer pictures and found an assortment from different vacations or just random family pictures that I thought my dad would enjoy.
I ordered the pictures from PostalPix as usual, and I'm always pleased with the results. I chose the 2x2 grid and ended up with 36 pictures, which was more than I needed, but it doesn't hurt to have some lying around (: You could also just order 3 of the 2x2 grid instead of 4, like I did. If you do that, you'll only end up with 3 extras instead of 12.
After I cut them, I arranged them how I liked onto the accordion. You can fit 6 snugly or arrange them however you like to make room for words, drawings, etc.
I'm so pleased with how this turned out, and I can't wait to give it to my dad! I'm also taking him to the movies and treating him to concessions (so naturally, I will be broke come Sunday). What are you guys doing for Father's day? If you replicate this card, I would LOVE to see yours! (and I would greatly appreciate a link back as well, if you do a post on it!) (:
Blog posts from 2014-2015 were transferred from my original blog on blogger, Oshiro Design, to my updated website, oshirodesigns.com