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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.


  • 51.

    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.

  • 52.

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

  • 53.
    MaryShannon said…

    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!

  • 54.
    Stephanie said…

    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

  • 55.
    Peg Graham said…

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

  • 56.
    Katrina said…

    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.

  • 57.
    Victoriag said…

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

  • 58.
    lynnette said…

    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!

  • 59.
    lilou said…

    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!!!

  • 60.
    Carolyn HP said…

    I love guest posts, what a great idea :)

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