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March 24, 2010

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 8.5×11 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.


  • 1.
    Sherry G said…

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

  • 2.
    Susan said…

    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.

  • 3.
    Barb M. said…

    Wow! What a fabulous idea. Thank you!

  • 4.
    Jessie F said…

    Brilliant idea, love it :)

  • 5.
    Gabi said…

    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 :)

  • 6.
    Mary Ann said…

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

  • 7.
    Tara mck said…

    Awesome idea love love love

  • 8.
    Susan Dingess said…

    Love this idea!

  • 9.
    Madeline St Onge said…

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

  • 10.
    Mary Rogers said…

    fabulous project Katie!!

  • 11.
    kim said…

    Wow, that is so cute and easy! Thank you

  • 12.
    Amy said…

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

  • 13.
    Rachel Smith said…

    Love it!! I am SO gonna do this!

  • 14.
    Kelly Massman said…

    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!

  • 15.

    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).

  • 16.
    Molly Irwin said…

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

  • 17.
    Monika Wright said…

    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.

  • 18.
    christen said…

    very cute!

  • 19.
    Elaine Allen said…

    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

  • 20.
    Holly said…

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

  • 21.
    Dawn Nikol said…

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

  • 22.
    Tya said…

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

  • 23.
    Keri said…

    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!

  • 24.
    Rachel Wright said…

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

  • 25.
    Michele H. said…

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

  • 26.
    Betheroo said…

    What a cool idea Katie! That’s one that’s so doable, and great for gifts!

  • 27.
    Elizabeth said…

    Oh holy cow this is CUTE!!! I can’t wait to do this on our little spring break trip next week, yippee for easy, digital and macbooks that can go on vacation with us!!

  • 28.
    Yolanda said…

    This would also be very sweet as a going away present or a quick memento that you whip up after a party, shower, etc. Thanks, Katie!

  • 29.
    Denise L said…

    This tag book idea is brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing.

  • 30.
    Tona said…

    Love this idea!

  • 31.
    MichelleG said…

    Wonderful and simple! Thank you!

  • 32.
    Cynthia H said…

    so, so cute! what a good idea!

  • 33.
    Christi O. said…

    Awesome tutorial! This brings to mind the little business card holder I’ve had for eons…now I know just what to do with it! :)

  • 34.
    Carolyn HP said…

    Oh my gosh, so cute, can’t wait to make one :)
    Great guest post :)

  • 35.
    Deb Robinson said…

    Fantastic idea, thank you so much for sharing!

  • 36.
    Jennifer said…

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

  • 37.
    Colleen Sheehy said…

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

  • 38.
    ciacchina said…

    bellissima idea!

  • 39.
    Dianne said…

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

  • 40.
    Nancy G. said…

    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.

  • 41.
    nitasha said…

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

  • 42.
    Claire said…

    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!

  • 43.
    gashuttergirl said…

    What a great idea. I love it!

  • 44.
    Lori Northon said…

    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!

  • 45.
    Sherry G said…

    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.

  • 46.
    Monika Wright said…

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

  • 47.
    ReNi said…

    Looks great, thanks for sharing!

  • 48.
    sue said…

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

  • 49.
    RScrapIT said…

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

  • 50.
    Lee Harker said…

    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.

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