Monday, April 17, 2017

Make a Memory (Folder)

Hi, there!  Just got back from Denver visiting my daughter and granddaughter.  It was so hard to leave! We had a great time, it was Lauren's birthday and Easter.

I've created a memory folder around our 4 generations Easter basket.  But, what's great, is that this folder could be about any memory.  It could hold favorite photos or be about one day or stretched across the generations like mine.

For the cover, I die cut an egg out of watercolor paper and sponged distress inks on the smooth side.  The cute bunny and chicks are colored with copics.

Let's unwrap it.

When the folder is untied, there's a flap for decoration or a photo.   I think this bunny face is an adorable decoration!

After the flap is opened, there is my honey bunny, Louisa!  You can see the 4 generations Easter basket there to the side.

Just a little tug and there is my sweet girl, Lauren, and a photo of me from a long time ago.  
In each picture, you can see the Easter basket.  A little hard to see in mine, it's on the step behind me.  In Lauren's photo, it's front and center, holding that adorable real bunny.  

The back of the flap also has a space for decoration or a photo.  I've actually added a glassine bag which holds a tag about the basket.

I got a Typecast from WeRMemory Keepers. It's like an old manual typewriter.  I used it to create the tag and the labels for each photo.  I used a 28 lb copy paper so it would be a little nicer than just standard copy paper.  

You can see on the tag that the Easter Basket originally belonged to my uncle Eddie.  I wish we had a picture of it with him!

The memory folder is easy to make.  Here's how:

1.  Cut 2 pieces of heavy cardstock.  One at 4" x 11" and one at 4" x 6 1/4".
2.  Score the two pieces as shown above.
3.  Glue the 6 1/4" piece to the 11" piece overlapping by 3/4".
4.  At this point, I die cut the scallops on the front and on the inside flap.  Not necessary
     to do anything to the front, but the inside flap does need to be trimmed or die cut at
     least a small amount so that it is a little shorter and fits inside nicely.  I also placed
     the front piece inside an embossing folder for a little extra dimension.

5.  The pictures are on a Z fold.  It measures  5 1/4" x 11".  Score as shown above. (Hint:
      the last piece will be a little smaller than the others.)  If you want to add more pictures,
      just adhere another piece of cardstock and keep scoring every 3 5/8" and don't forget 
     to give yourself a tab.

My memory folder will be out every Easter from now on. Also, Lauren and I are both three in our pictures, so the plan is to clip into the folder 2 and 3 year old pictures of Louisa with the basket.  I just love looking at the sweet memories in this folder!

And yes, Mom, I've already started one for you!   

Maybe, you've got some sweet memories you'd like to hold in a memory folder.  So glad you stopped by!


  1. Such a fabulous memory folder, Lori!!! So so sweet, cute and full of love! Louisa is just adorable!! And love the cute embellishments on the cover and inside! Great folding, so elegant and sweet with the scallop cover and the little envelope with the tag! Thanks for the tutorial with the measurements, so useful!
    It's nice seeing your feminine generations at Easter, all with a basket full of eggs :) I'm four years oldest than you, and also my photos as baby were in black and white. We are a bit vintage, isn't it? LOL :D
    Waiting to see the others memory folders you will make!

  2. What a sweet idea! I love mini albums that cover one theme or event - yours is absolutely darling!

  3. This is just ADORABLE! Super sweet idea!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting with Creative M

  4. This is so cute! I will struggle with the inches measures but I will try :D
    Thanks for the tutorial

  5. Wow--what else can I say?! So creative & beautiful! Your decorations are just wonderful, as always, Lori, and the pictures are truly treasures! That baby girl is just too cute! Can't imagine how you feel leaving her each time, but it's good you get to visit often. Hugs, Greta

  6. What a sweet make. Love it.
    Toni xx

  7. Oh, what a fabulous idea to make a memory folder about the Easter basket, Lori!! Super cute with all the bunnies and tag with the chick! Such precious photos, so adorable!! Glad you had a wonderful visit with your daughter and granddaughter!!

  8. OMG, I want one of these Lori, its the cutest idea ever!!!!!! Your Louisa is just so precious!!!!

  9. This is sooo cute! That Louisa is precious in her bunny ears. Sweet way to preserve this lovely family tradition. hugs!

  10. This is SUCH a treasure, Lori!! It looks so sweet from the outside and is just a wonderful showcase of your special photos!

    So glad you had a lovely trip! I can only imagine that it would have been difficult for you to leave!

  11. what a beautiful way to keep memories about the Easter basket together!!

  12. This is beautiful and what a lovely gift idea. TFS

  13. So glad you had a great trip! And WOW! LOVE the keepsake you created for the Easter Basket... Wonderful cherished memories for all the generations to come -They'll see how special this basket is.... LOVE IT!

    Theresa’s Crafty Creations

  14. This is such a precious keepsake, Lori! Melts my heart, I just love it so much!

  15. Oh my goodness! This is fantastic and that you had those pics... and that typewriter... I've been looking at it... such a beautiful and wonderful creation this will be to look at each year...

  16. So creative and really pretty! How wonderful to have the same basket over generations. Beautiful keepsake Lori...


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