DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder is what we have for you today.  This is the perfect project for you to create to tuck in your purse, backpack or briefcase. With all of the pictures you take from the holidays, this would be a great way to send those wonderful memories to your friends and loved ones. EASY RIGHT? Let’s get started!

This is our project we are going to create. Super simple and cute as well as versatile!

Supplies Needed for the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project

12 x 12″ piece of paper (I used double sided card stock)

Stampin Up Paper Trimmer with Scoring Blade


Coordinating Ribbon

Bone Folder

Take out your decorative paper and paper trimmer.

Line up your paper to 4″ on the paper trimmer.

Score your paper at 4″ with your scoring blade.

Take your paper out from the trimmer and fold at the score lines.

Pull out your bone folder.

Using your bone folder, push down on the crease to ensure a crisp fold on your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

You can then either turn your paper 1/4 of the way and score your paper at 6″ or you can just fold your paper in half as shown above.

Once again, use the bone folder and press down on the fold to ensure a good crease.

This is what the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project looks like once it has been folded and creased.

Check to see where the fold is. You want to be sure you punch a hole above the folds.

Punch the hole in your paper through all four layers.

This is what it looks like once all holes are punched through.

Take out your ribbon and trim off approximately 8-12 inches for your DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project.

Put the ribbon in through the first hole,

Pull the ribbon all the way through all four layers.

Tie your ribbon in a bow.

You have completed your project! Think of the endless possibilities! You can use this creation for different themes, celebrations, holidays and so much more!

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and the Spellbinders Aristocrat Die Cut set.

The winners are  Kim Miller and Malika!

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Thank you for joining us for the DIY Planner, Card or Photo Holder Project. I hope I have inspired you to create something that can be given as a gift or used for yourself! BE SURE TO CHECK BACK!

Have a wonderful week and thank you for going on A Creative Journey with Melissa.

16 replies
  1. karenladd
    karenladd says:

    Hope you had a great Christmas Melissa, and that the New Year is a healthy and happy one. I love the simplicity of this project and the fact that it only uses one sheet of paper! These would be great to store gift tags, little notes, or cards to give as small surprises. I follow on Bloglovin’, email, You Tube etc. as karen ladd, kladd94803

  2. shartl
    shartl says:

    What a simple and pretty project. I think I’ll make a couple of these as notecard holders for little teacher gifts, or for birthdays. I don’t usually use my 12×12 papers because I mainly make cards so this would be a great use for them. I follow on Bloglovin, email and Youtube!

  3. Becca Yahrling
    Becca Yahrling says:

    This looks like a great project, thanks for the tutorial. And I think I know
    just the project I want to use it for. 🙂

  4. Carla Hundley
    Carla Hundley says:

    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Great idea and I would staple
    the folded up sides to hold
    the pictures in. Could also
    staple in pages.
    Carla from Utah

    • A Creative Journey with Melissa
      A Creative Journey with Melissa says:

      Hi Carla, Thank you for your input and great idea. For my project, I didn’t want to use staples as they aren’t acid free and if this is used as a keepsake, it could damage the pictures. I used the ribbon to keep the pictures in by tying it and having the ribbon keep the pictures in place. You could add pages and create a scrapbook too as I mentioned in the video. Great minds ❤

  5. Barb macaskill
    Barb macaskill says:

    Love this fun DIY project! I am going to make a few of these as special date reminders! In the front will be some Stamps, a pen or two and printable labels for addressing the envelopes. Then, there will be a two page spread for each month to place cards to fill out or to keep until mailing. Thank you for the inspiration! 🤞✨🤞✨🤞

  6. Sarah Biswabic
    Sarah Biswabic says:

    This looks like a fun project to make. You could add pages to it for more pictures. Thank you for sharing how to make this planner or photo album.


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