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My Blog Becomes Official ~ Or Making a Business Card Holder

Recently, I made myself and this blog feel all official. I designed and ordered business cards. Then I made myself a business card holder
I was headed to a blog conference and knew that there would be plenty of networking and need for business cards. I also knew that I wanted something cute and pink in which to store my business cards. I set out to find a free pattern that was possibly a little different and would reflect both me and my blog.
Business Card Holder
What do you think? I love how it turned out. I found a free pattern and have some tips for you on making your own business card holder. 

I got the free pattern from the Amy Butler site. {Amy Butler Business Card Keeper Pattern} I had not discovered Amy Butler prior to this. Oh my! I love her fabrics. I tried to find some locally with which to sew this business card holder, but I couldn’t find any in the colors I wanted. I made due with one fabric I had (do you recognize the fabric from my recent office organization?) and one new one that I found. 
Being my first time to work with her patterns, I would say that they are quite wordy. Sometimes I had to read through the pattern directions a couple of times to understand what they meant, but I managed to figure things out. This pattern was fairly easy to put together, though my seam ripper did get a little workout. In the pattern they give you only one piece from which to cut your fabric. They only give the piece for the flap. Since I don’t have a rotary cutter, I pin and cut. I made a file with all the correct sizes to use to cut your fabric. 
You can print your pattern cutting pieces, there are 2 pages.

I also made one mistake that may have been in the pattern directions, but I didn’t understand it. You can learn from my mistake.

Business Card Holder
When you cut your flap pieces, you need to cut one piece with the wording facing up and one piece (probably your lining) with the wording facing the opposite direction and down. I cut both of my pieces with the pattern piece facing the same direction. As you can see above in the top left picture, my two pieces were then identical. When it was time to pin the exterior and the lining right sides together, it wouldn’t work. Time to use the good old seam ripper and try again. I tried to take pictures of the correct way to cut out your lining, so maybe it would help you when you make your business card holder. 
After that snafu  it was pretty straightforward to put together. The hardest part, to me, was putting the Peltex into the little secret opening and getting it in the right place. The Peltex goes in as one of the last steps and serves a support for the back of the business card holder.

Business Card Holder
All done! I love how it turned out. The only thing I don’t like is that for some reason, my Velcro doesn’t seem to want to stay closed all the way. I have no idea why. 
I love the fun design and the fabrics I picked. 
Business Card Holder
The next thing I had to do was to actually order business cards. Which means, I needed to design my business cards. I found this great post with 5 tips for Blogging Business Cards. It was so helpful and gave me a visual idea of how to get all the necessary info. onto the card. 

Business Card Holder
My business cards arrived and I have to say, it was a moment of feeling very official at this blogging thing! Even though I have been working my tokus off for over a year now, seeing the business cards sure make it all feel so much more official. 

Business Card Holder
The cards fit perfectly into the business card holder….phew! For a moment, when I was almost done sewing it, I thought maybe it was going to be too small. I made the business card holder pink because I like pink, but I also knew it would match my cards…ohh la la!

Business Card Holder
There you have it. I’m all official now! It is the little things along the journey that seem to help me fell official…apparently all the hundreds of hours I have put in to this blog don’t make me feel official, but order some business cards and make a business card holder….that does it for me. Go figure! You can feel official too, by making your own business card holder and ordering some business cards. Amazing what a little project can do for ones psyche.  
Have you ever made a business card holder? Any tips or advice or other free patterns? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Lisa - June 6, 2013 - 1:55 pm

    I’ve already shared how much I love your card holder! So glad I got to see it first hand! Congrats on making yourself official! :-) ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 6, 2013 - 4:20 pm

      You are so sweet! You are also my first comment in almost a week. I was so busy I didn’t notice that somehow blogger turned my comments off…so thank you for proving that all the work I did to fix them this morning worked! How are you doing? I hope you are doing really well.
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    • Lisa - June 6, 2013 - 4:52 pm

      Well, now that makes sense. I tried to comment a few days ago…I think? But couldn’t figure out how. LOL! All is really good here. Busy. But I never have known a time when I wasn’t so. I kinda like life in the fast lane. :-) I finally got another post up. Seems the days are coming faster than I can write. Haha! By the way, I just noticed your AH-mazing 4.17 mile run!!! Woohoo! I so want to be a runner. Guess the only way to become one is to get moving. Hmmm…novel concept. Ha! Thanks for always commenting back. Happy Thursday, dear lady!
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    • KC Coake - June 11, 2013 - 2:42 pm

      Sorry about that Lisa! I didn’t realize that the comments had been turned off. I need to head over and read your new post. I thought I was following you, but I’m not sure I’ve seen it in my feed yet. I need to fix that. Yes, the only way to become a runner is to start moving….lol! I ran 6 miles in the nasty hot humid this morning. Summer running just stinks, but since I have a half marathon in September, I get to do it. The medal sure is going to be great at the end of that race! Take care and have a fantastic day!
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  • Virginia Megin Gallagher - June 6, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    Super cute, KC! I love the pretty fabrics, too.
    I’m visiting today from Shabby Creek Cottage. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I’d love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party
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  • Jane - June 6, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    Wow, those are beautiful business cards, and I love the holder too. Fabulous!!

    Jane
    FFReplyCancel

  • Ruth Soukup - June 6, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    Love the fun fabrics KC!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Carter - June 7, 2013 - 7:43 am

    This is such a fabulous design, I love the curved fab and the pink fabric definitely adds a touch of femininity!!
    I actually just made one last night as fathers day gift! It’s based on another blog tutorial and is very different to this. Hopefully I can find a reason to make a more girly one now using your tutorial :-)

    Thanks very much!!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 11, 2013 - 2:44 pm

      Thank you! I love the curve as well. That is one of the reasons I chose this pattern. What a neat Father’s Day gift!
      Take care,
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  • anastasia anezinis - June 7, 2013 - 8:25 am

    wolderful card holder!!!Well done!
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/ReplyCancel

  • Julia Chang - June 8, 2013 - 2:40 am

    So neat! I just got a deal on a ton of vintage fabric scraps and now I know what to do with them! I love that stylish curve on the flap!
    http://www.handicraftiness.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 12, 2013 - 1:22 am

      Thanks! I love the curve at the top as well. I bet this would look really good with vintage fabric. How fun!
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  • Gina Wamsley - June 10, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    K.C.,
    This is such a cute pattern. I have read some of Amy Butler’s books and I really like her patterns. You did a great job with the fabric choice (love pink!) and with this tutorial. Thanks for sharing! Your cards look pretty cute too, from what I could see of them. :)
    Saw you on Craft-O-Maniac. I posted something, as well. I’d love for you to stop by if you have time. New follower on GFC and will head on over to Facebook and follow there too.
    Gina
    http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.comReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 12, 2013 - 2:32 am

      Gina, Thank you! I found another pattern of hers I want to try. It is for a purse. I just need to find the time to make it…it should be super cute though!
      Take care,
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  • Anonymous - June 10, 2013 - 11:26 pm

    Really cute!! Great gift idea!! C3ReplyCancel

  • Huckleberry Love - June 12, 2013 - 5:05 am

    This is really professional looking! I love the fabric that you chose!! :)

    If you get a chance, we’d love for you to share this over at Much Ado About Monday. We also have a really fun fabric giveaway going on right now, too! http://www.huckleberrylove.com/2013/06/much-ado-about-monday-no-13-and-giveaway.html

    ~Emily
    http://www.huckleberrylove.comReplyCancel

  • Pam @Threading My Way - June 15, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    The curved flap makes your business card holder quite distinctive. Looks great!ReplyCancel

    • KC Coake - June 24, 2013 - 3:18 am

      Thanks! That curved flap is why I picked this pattern. I really like it!
      Take care,
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  • Creative M - June 19, 2013 - 2:48 pm

    This is beautiful!!I just saw it on Link Up Tuesday with Pink Cricut! It was Featured!
    Congrats! New Follower.
    Have a wonderful day,
    Migdalia
    ♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
    ♥ 2 Creative Chicks ♥
    ♥ Silhouette Challenges ♥
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    • KC Coake - June 26, 2013 - 1:19 am

      Thank you so much! I enjoy seeing the card holder in my purse…fun!
      Take care,
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  • Lisa Howard - December 12, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    HI there KC! Just letting you know I’m linking this post to one of mine tomorrow. I also “stole” an image of your business card holder to include in the post. I truly hope you are okay with me doing so. If not, please let me know before 6:00 am tomorrow and I will remove the links before publishing the post. I hate to contact you this way but I couldn’t find your email address here. I’m sure I’m looking right at it and just not seeing it. I do have your business card but it is at home and I’m at work. I’m trying my best to get this post written during my late lunch hour. :-)

    Hope all is well and you are gearing up for a Very Merry Christmas!!!ReplyCancel

    • KC - December 15, 2013 - 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Lisa! I appreciate the share and for letting me know. Things have been topsy turvy lately. My Aunt (whom I had talked with you about and gotten ideas for her care package) just finished her chemo and radiation. The following day she took her dog for a walk and was hit by a car and killed. My girls and I went home for a week. It just sucks. I thought of letting you know since we had talked about her. Anyway, I hope your are having a great Christmas season.
      Take care,
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