Eveleen: A Photo Clutch Card

Ever thought of making a card with a zip without a sewing machine? Will like to share with you what I did recently. Eveleen, a beautiful pharmacist/ keyboardist was planning to go back home to Malaysia. This time it was different. It was not for a holiday, but instead she felt it was time to return. She works hard and always make time for others. Thus, I wanted to make something special for her, different from what I have made in the past.

But was the idea of using paper and a zip for this card possible? I printed some photos and was thinking how I could make a little pouch/ folder to store the photos inside in the little time that I had. Not quite entirely sure if it would work out nicely, I ended up making 2 attempts to get it to one I was happy with. I ditched the first one, but the second was a success: it opens and close nicely. It is a little tricky to attach the zip to it but once you get it measured right, it does not take much time to finish the rest. Unfortunately, I did not take photos of how I made it; but hopefully my explanation and finished shots will give you a rough idea.

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Fold an a4 cardstock in half and paste the photo on the front cover. Then, cut the two corners to give them a rounded edge. This will enable the zip to open/close smoothly.  

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Place the zip upwards and double-side both sides of the zip. *tricky bit comes next* Leave  about an inch and from there paste it along the edge of the front cardstock.  

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Repeat the same thing with the cardstock on the back. At the other end of the zip, trim the edges neatly and sew it/ tape them together. It works very well and feels almost like a clutch!

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You can slot in anything that you want. I had everyone write their messages inside and popped in a few photos. She then has to open to find out what's inside. I personally like the use of the zip because it adds a nice touch to it and it is really not something you would expect in a card.

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Other simple ideas you may find useful for cards are buttons and office clips. They are great ways of adding a nice accent to your cards - very affordable yet interesting! :)