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Guest Post : Making Memory Keeping Simple by Katie Pertiet

Sometimes there’s just not a lot of time to scrap but you want to have a little memento of your travels or a special day and a little badge book is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to do that!

You can pick up a package of plastic badge holders in horizontal or vertical format at your local office supply store for just about $3.00.

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Using either Word or an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop Elements, make a new document sized 3.5” x 2.375. Bring in your photo and scale to size. For my overlay I used Ali’s Travel Memory + Title Photo Overlays - scaling them 55% to fit onto my badge document.

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I changed the colors of the overlays to maintain readability over each photo (view a tutorial from Ali on how to do this in Photoshop Elements here) and added a little note about what we were doing in each photo on top of the overlays. I saved each page as a JPEG file and then created an 8.5x11 letter-sized document and arranged all the pages for printing.

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A nice thing about this type of mini book is you don’t need to have a large format printer. I can get 8 pages on one letter-sized paper.

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After printing trim your pictures, insert them into the plastic sleeves, wrap up with some ribbon and call it done! Simple as that! A perfect way to document your spring break!

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ABOUT KATIE : A professional graphic designer for over twenty five years, Katie Pertiet turned her passion for scrapbooking into a full-time business at DesignerDigitals, an on-line source for digital scrapbooking products. Her layouts have been published in Creating Keepsakes, Simple Scrapbooks, Memory Makers, Legacy, and BHG Scrapbooks Etc. Katie also designs products for Autumn Leaves, Creativity, Bo Bunny among others and licenses her designs in the home decor market. Her blog is called Cherish Each Day, her gallery can be found at DesignerDigitals, and her products are available at DesignerDigitals.

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  1. Sherry G says…
    03/24/2010

    I'm going to Office Depot today! I love this idea. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  2. Susan says…
    03/24/2010

    Thanks for the great idea Katie. I'm heading to the beach in a few months and was looking for a gift to give the family I will be staying with. This will be perfect and easy to mail. Thanks again and Designer Digitals rocks.

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  3. Barb M. says…
    03/24/2010

    Wow! What a fabulous idea. Thank you!

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  4. Jessie F says…
    03/24/2010

    Brilliant idea, love it :)

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  5. Gabi says…
    03/24/2010

    I made album like this with random photos for Christmas and everyone loved it! I like the idea of a certain theme. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Mary Ann says…
    03/24/2010

    Love this idea! Especially good for sharing pix with grandparents.

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  7. Tara mck says…
    03/24/2010

    Awesome idea love love love

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  8. Susan Dingess says…
    03/24/2010

    Love this idea!

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  9. Madeline St Onge says…
    03/24/2010

    Great idea. I have the paper version of this in my purse with all my grand children's pictures

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  10. Mary Rogers says…
    03/24/2010

    fabulous project Katie!!

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  11. kim says…
    03/24/2010

    Wow, that is so cute and easy! Thank you

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  12. Amy says…
    03/24/2010

    Katie - what a great idea - makes me wanna run right out and grab some badge sleeves! thanks!

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  13. Rachel Smith says…
    03/24/2010

    Love it!! I am SO gonna do this!

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  14. Kelly Massman says…
    03/24/2010

    How much fun is that? I have some badge holders just waiting for a project like this! Maybe this will give me the inspiration to do one!

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  15. [email protected] says…
    03/24/2010

    Can't wait to get some badge holders! I've been wanting to do a mini for my little granddaughter, and this is just the thing. Thanks for another neat idea, Katie (my granddaughter's name, by the way).

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  16. Molly Irwin says…
    03/24/2010

    this is my kind of project. Thank you Katie, and Ali.

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  17. Monika Wright says…
    03/24/2010

    Hi Katie! Love the mini. Any tutorials on your Designer Digitals site that might show us how to place that many photos on one sheet of photo paper to print? I use an Epson R1900, too.
    I made a paper version using some holders from Wal-Mart for our Mom's (and me) to carry as brag books, but I love this digital version for the journaling. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/living_wright/4342997991/in/set-72157623183551996/

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  18. christen says…
    03/24/2010

    very cute!

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  19. Elaine Allen says…
    03/24/2010

    What an awesome idea! I will be heading to Staples to pick up the badges. This would make a wonderful quick gift for a friend or family member.
    Elaine Allen

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  20. Holly says…
    03/24/2010

    Wow! This is too cool, I love the idea. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  21. Dawn Nikol says…
    03/24/2010

    This just goes to show my obsession with office supplies DOES tie in with my obsession/hobby of scrapbooking! ; )

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  22. Tya says…
    03/24/2010

    What a COOL idea. How simple is that? Thanks for the idea. I'm going to have to make some up. ;)

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  23. Keri says…
    03/24/2010

    This is SUPER-cool!!! I'm running out to get one of these for each child, so they can make their own mini-books with the photos they take from our upcoming get-a-way...thanks so much for this fabulous idea, Katie!

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  24. Rachel Wright says…
    03/24/2010

    Super cute. That is a great idea for a weekend trip to Duluth :)

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  25. Michele H. says…
    03/24/2010

    Totally going to make this! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration:)

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