21st Birthday Card with Bunting Tags!

I wanted to create a really special card for my sister for her 21st Birthday, so I came up with this one. It’s not just a card, it’s also a mini-book and birthday decorations all rolled into one!
(Scroll down for a slideshow with close-ups of each page.)
The front of the card looks simple enough:

But the photo comes off to reveal writing on the back of it, and a ‘Happy Birthday’ message behind (photo of this in the slideshow below). 
And then the card folds out to form an accordion book:

I made the base of the book following the same principles as the credit-card sized mini I made here, but I cut the rectangles a lot larger – 6×12″ – before folding them, corner-rounding them, and sticking them together.
Each of the tags sits in a little pocket which I made by sticking ultra-strong double-sided tape to three sides of a piece of paper, before adhering it to the card:
So that each tag can be taken out of its pocket, one at a time or all together, to read the writing on the back:
And then they can be used as bunting for a birthday decoration:
After the celebrations, they can all be tucked back into the card, to be kept and perused like a mini-book.
Here’s a slideshow, with close-ups of each page, and a picture of the envelope I made for it too:

I used mainly Crate Paper supplies, from a mix of collections. Punching lots of butterflies (using the Martha Stewart Classic Butterfly punch), and using little bits of border stickers, meant I was able to use up lots of scraps. It’s cleared some space for me to order in the new Crate Paper Little Bo Peep and Little Boy Blue collections – yay!

See you again soon! x

23 Comments
  • Oh how neat! She’s going to love this!! Great way to make good use of your work! LOL! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration :)Happy 21st birthday to your sister!!

    June 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm
  • Oh Wow!! It’s gorgeous!! Your sister will love it and treasure her book!! x

    June 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm
  • Love that idea, makes an awesome card.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm
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    What a wonderful card/mini album! I love Crate Paper! I’m going to order the new collections too.

    June 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • It’s a beautifully put together gift – she’s bound to love it and treasure it. It’ll be tucked away safely long after the event!

    June 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • What a cool and clever idea! She’ll LOVE it!

    June 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm
  • Super cool idea, looks terrific!

    June 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm
  • What a brilliant idea..I’m sure you’re sister will love it!Alison xx

    June 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm
  • your sister will love it….a lovely keepsake x

    June 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm
  • Such a great idea to personalize a card with photos. Great job.

    June 14, 2012 at 10:39 pm
  • I love all of the interactive elements and how the tags can become a decorative banner! This is wonderful!

    June 15, 2012 at 12:11 am
  • I love this what a clever idea! I love it when you can use something twice! Love Penny

    June 15, 2012 at 12:33 am
  • Now that I love!! Your sister can put up the bunting on her birthday and keep the album as a wonderful memory. Such a brilliant idea – and what a lovely sister you are. I would LOVE a sister who made me a keepsake like that.You’ve also given me an idea for a mini album. I am running a residential workshop at the end of this month and wanted something different. We are on the river surrounded by boats and your bunting reminds me of the flags hung on their rigging. Hope you don’t mind if I use your idea? Obviously I will credit you for any posts that I make. Hope your sister loves her brithday!

    June 15, 2012 at 9:10 am
  • Brilliant idea! LOVE it!!!

    June 15, 2012 at 10:45 am
  • What a great gift and such a fun idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I’m a new follower!

    June 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm
  • Totally fun!

    June 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  • How smart is this? Love it, and what a great gift for your sister!! Fantastic job!

    June 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm
  • It’s absolutley lovely- she will treasure it 🙂

    June 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm
  • this is so fun!

    June 15, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • Such a thoughtful gift, you can seen how much time and love went in to it, I’m sure she will treasure it for years to come.

    June 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm
  • This is such a clever idea :)I am sure your sister will treasure it forever.I love that you can hang the photos up and then put them back in the mini album 🙂

    June 18, 2012 at 12:31 am
  • Awesome project!! The front looks great, but the inside is such a great gift.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:01 am
  • Amazing cards design, very creative nice collection for 21st birthday cards. Thanks

    December 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

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