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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

60 thoughts

  1. Jennifer

    2010-03-24 10:19:52 -0400

    That is such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing it!

  2. Colleen Sheehy

    2010-03-24 10:26:13 -0400

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try it. :)

  3. ciacchina

    2010-03-24 10:55:16 -0400

    bellissima idea!

  4. Dianne

    2010-03-24 11:25:47 -0400

    I love this idea! So simple yet so creative! Thanks.

  5. Nancy G.

    2010-03-24 11:40:57 -0400

    This would be great for toddlers to carry around as well since it has the plastic cover! I think I look more at the little books I've made for my grands than even my own.

  6. nitasha

    2010-03-24 15:10:47 -0400

    This is a great idea! I actually have everything I need to make one of these cuties! Thank you for such a great idea!

  7. Claire

    2010-03-24 22:22:51 -0400

    Fabulous way to do this little album. I did one before and while I resized the pics I scrapped the layout. This is so much easier and fast and still looks great!

  8. gashuttergirl

    2010-03-24 23:32:10 -0400

    What a great idea. I love it!

  9. Lori Northon

    2010-03-25 00:00:37 -0400

    This has got to be one of the coolest ideas ever! I love that it's small and totally portable. Thanks, Ali, for hosting Katie Pertiet. Way to go, Ladies!

  10. Sherry G

    2010-03-25 00:50:10 -0400

    The 12 pack of badge holders was $5.49 at the Office Depot here.
    Now that I have it I need to make something fun with it.

  11. Monika Wright

    2010-03-25 04:33:53 -0400

    I bought some at Wal-Mart in January and I believe they were cheaper...just and idea for next time. Have fun!

  12. ReNi

    2010-03-25 22:00:11 -0400

    Looks great, thanks for sharing!

  13. sue

    2010-03-26 11:02:14 -0400

    What a great idea and it could be used with many themes.

  14. RScrapIT

    2010-03-27 10:07:09 -0400

    Love this idea! I will be using this one for sure! Thanks!

  15. Lee Harker

    2010-03-30 13:37:43 -0400

    Katie: I love your projects and have gotten quite a few of your products on DesignerDigitals....I got acquainted with your work when I did Jessica Sprague's online class "Up and Running with Photoshop". As a new digiscrapper I love the looks of your designs---they are fun and classy and pair up super well with Ali's stuff....together you both INSPIRE me to be creative---thanks SOOOOO much.

  16. Basic Bookkeeping Online

    2010-04-03 14:33:41 -0400

    This is an awesome idea. I would try this one out for my visit in Korea. I love the idea of traveling light even when keeping good memories.

  17. Basic Bookkeeping Online

    2010-04-03 14:56:53 -0400

    I like your blog! unique ideas :)
    Photos are interesting and inspiring.

  18. MaryShannon

    2010-04-04 09:56:25 -0400

    Thank you SO MUCH Katie & Ali! I've been trying to find an idea for a cute little brag book to keep in my purse for months & months. Something crafty, but something that can be tossed around & won't get messed up; this is "THE" PERFECT solution! I bought the badge holders & will be working on my cute little book tomorrow, I'm SO excited! Thank you again!

  19. Stephanie

    2010-04-14 18:12:55 -0400

    Hey Katie/Ali - great idea...I had one question...when you mention that you "scale the overlay to 55% to fit on the badge" do you do that? When I click image>resize>scale and then enter 55% in the width and heighth - it comes out way to small. I have been eyeballing it - but wanted to know if there was an exact science to it. Thanks so much! Stephanie

  20. Peg Graham

    2010-08-31 12:22:23 -0400

    I did this 2 years ago, so I could keep photos of my kids in my purse without bulk. LOVE IT!

  21. Katrina

    2010-10-09 08:47:50 -0400

    Our company is planning to conduct a training this month and I was assigned to work on the participants badges. I am working on the design now and hopefully my design will be acceptable. I will try to inject your idea to make my design better.

  22. Victoriag

    2010-12-01 16:09:04 -0500

    This is fabulous! How did I miss it? Love it, love it...will start a little vacation book right this very minute!

  23. lynnette

    2011-01-11 15:43:29 -0500

    what kind of printer do you have?? i think it's time for me to purchase a new one and your pictures look great printed!

  24. lilou

    2011-08-17 06:43:08 -0400

    I bought this a loooong time ago and had them in my stash for a while... didn't know what I'd do but sure it would be something's great... I was right!!!
    -_- excuse my bad english: I'm french!!!

  25. Carolyn HP

    2012-02-25 13:23:59 -0500

    I love guest posts, what a great idea :)

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