Scrapbook Cards Without Cutting or Pocketing
For scrapbookers looking for a way to mount their cards in a scrapbook without pockets or folders, there are still good options.
If you just want to have the essence of the card without having the card itself in your scrapbook, consider scanning all faces of the card and including the images in whatever manner you'd like in your scrapbook. A collage of photos is a surprisingly elegant and creative way to display every page of a any card, whether tri-fold, multi-page, or oddly shaped. That tri-fold card from your Grandmother-in-law with the touching handwritten note on the back of the front-cover morphs into the most creative baby scrapbook page in the whole book when arranged as a wonderful storyboard of her sentiments when photos of each part are pasted across the page in a touching collage.
Skilled scrapbookers can make use of a simple, but often overlooked, technique to use photo mounting squares on two facing pages such that the fold of the card folds into the binding area of the scrapbook itself. The key to this method of mounting cards on scrapbook pages is that if the scrapbook opens flat, or almost flat, like most post bound scrapbooks, then the card's fold will need to stick out of the stack of pages of the scrap book when closed. Otherwise, opening the book will cause the card to stretch across the seam pulled up off the page -- if you're lucky -- or ripped or pulled lose from its mounting, if you're not. Fortunately, most scrapbook designs like this have a hollow area between the pages and the binding when the book is closed. The secret is to mount the card so that it fits in between the posts and into this hollow space.
A more advanced way to scrapbook a single-fold card is to use see-through pages or scrapbook pages with a window. If the scrapbook is bound the right way and you exercise enough care, you can actually incorporate the fold of the card itself into the fold of the scrapbook. Obviously, this method will not work with scrapbooks that are bound with rings or posts, or where the book's pages separate when opened fully.
Also check out these tips for creating a scrapbook of thank you cards as a keepsake of a hard-worked and well received effort.