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Scrapbooking with Very 3D Objects

I love to scrapbook and I like to have my pages in the plastic sleeves, but 3D objects don't work very well in them.  Well, I was determined to come up with a solution so that I could put my baby girl's hat and id bracelet in her scrapbook.
First, I cut out a square where I wanted her hat to go out of some cardboard/fiberboard stuff. I also trimmed the top side and the right side a bit.  I would say it was about 5 mm.  I did this so when I slide this "thicker" sheet into the sleeve it has room.  The thicker you make it, the more you have to trim off the sides.
Then on a second piece of board I cut out strips of card stock (out of a hideous hot pink I hate and never use) and glued them on. I ended up using 3 sheets of card stock.
I cut out 12 strips and glued them together for the thickness I wanted. I added 3 squares to make it more sturdy and actually added one more in the lower right after I took the picture. You could lay down 12 sheets and just cut out the squares, but that would waste a lot of paper.
Then glue the top layer on.  Actually, you should cut out the squares on your top/cover paper first before you glue it down so you can make a nice hole.  I forgot to do it, so it made it a bit more challenging.
So to hide the layering, take a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper and lay it in the hole...make it a little bigger so it can go up and over.  Cut a small diagonal at the corners to help ya.
Press it down (I used a pencil to help) and it should look like this.
Then glue them down so it looks like this.
Here is a zoomed out shot.
Then take your top paper (that you hopefully remembered to cut the hole out of earlier before you glued the board on....unlike me) and glue it on.
Then place your object in.  Now my hat did stick up a little bit, but when it is in the plastic sleeve it squishes down perfectly.
It sits just right!
Then add those wonderful embellishments and put it in the plastic sleeve and you're done!  Now if only I could fit a blanket in there....hummmmmmm.

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