Turning a Passport Cover into a Credit Card Wallet

I was asked by a viewer to turn the passport cover I received from Fansells.com (link) https://tinyurl.com/ybqdjcdz into a credit card holder.

The paper I used was from Love Nicole called Medallion Wallpaper and is 12″ x 12″ paper pad…Love Nicole was an AC Moore brand, and they’ve been sold to Michaels, so unless you find this paper on ebay or etsy, I doubt you’ll find it.

Start with two pieces of 5 1/8″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide score on the 7 1/2″ length at 3 3/4″. Score on the reverse of the paper you want showing.  To make this easier, (which I should have done with the first cut, but didn’t) lay the paper with the 5 1/8″ tall facing up, and make marks on the right side of the fold at 1 1/2″, 3″ and 4 1/2″ Then put the paper in your trimmer unfolded, with the marks you made closest to you, then put the mark in the cut line at the 1 1/2″ mark,  cut from a little past 1/8″ to about 1/8″ from the center fold. Then move the paper up in the trimmer about 1/16″ and make another slit the same length, then using scissors, snip the ends so you have an opening for your card. Move the paper to the mark you made at 3″ and repeat what you did at 1 1/2″ and then do the same at 4 1/2″. After you’ve made your snips with the scissors, make sure a credit card will slip in and out of the cuts you’ve made. If they do, go on to gluing it shut. If the slits aren’t long enough, take your scissors and snip a little longer until the card does slide in without a lot of effort. To glue it shut, use tear tape or some other type of non-wet adhesive. Wet glues are a mistake. (and I’m trying to save you from my mistakes.) Run a line of thin tear tape, 1/8″ if you have it, above each of your openings for credit cards and then around the outer edge of the side with the slits cut into it, then remove the backing and carefully close it so there aren’t any gaps.

You’ll need another piece of matching paper that is 7 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ tall scored on the 7 3/8″ length at 3 3/4″. You’ll have one end that is shorter and one longer. Glue the back of the longer piece to the back of the piece you’ve cut slits into with the shorter piece sticking out the left side of what you’ve glued together…Then cut angles off top and bottom of the left piece and slide it into the passport cover. If the cover doesn’t close, cut a little strip off the left edge so it slides into the cover further.

Taking the second piece of cardstock that you cut to 5 1/8″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide score on the  7 1/2″ length at 3 3/4″..cut a notch out of the center of the left edge with a round or oval punch, punching only a portion of the oval or circle. Then place a folded dollar onto the left side where the notch is, and put a line of tear tape below where the dollar is, so the dollar doesn’t go where you can’t reach it. Tear tape the center fold, the top and bottom edges, but don’t close it yet, as we need to add magnets. Put tear tape on the back of the right side of the fold (on the back, so it can be glued to the other papers) and glue it to them. Then add a magnet link: https://tinyurl.com/ydcct3vc to the top and bottom of the left paper that you cut angles and on the inside of the dollar holder. The magnet in the dollar holder has to be glued to the side with the circle notch, so it doesn’t glue shut the dollar bill holder. Glue the dollar holder closed.

If you want to make the credit card holder for the other side of the passport cover, the papers are the same, but everything is in reverse, as you need to slide it into the right side of the cover, vs the left side. You’ll need the same three pieces of paper, two that are 5 1/8″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide score on the 7 1/2″ length at 3 3/4″ and another that is 7 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ tall scored on the 7 3/8″ length at 3 3/4″. The first 5 1/8″ x 7 1/2″ is now going to be marked at 1 1/2″, 3″ and 4 1/2″ on the left of the fold, then open it and put it in the trimmer and cut like you did before. Once the cards fit inside, put tear tape along the sides and directly above each of the slits. Take backing off tear tape and close this and add tear tape to the back. Take the piece of cardstock that’s 7 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ tall scored on the 7 3/8″ length at 3 3/4″ and glue the longer side to the back of the piece with slits in it, with the shorter side sticking out the right side. Cut the right side top & bottom angles and make sure it fits inside, then add magnets close to the angle cuts you made..(other 1/2 magnets are below) Then take the other 5 1/8″ tall x 7 1/2″ wide paper, score on the 7 1/2″ length at 3 3/4″ glue the left side to the other papers and cut a notch in the center of the right side with a circle/oval punch, then lay a bill inside and put a line of tear tape below the bill, on the center and on the top and bottom, then add the other half of magnets to the right side where you laid the bill (make sure the magnet’s glued to the side with the center notch).

Add ribbon under the inside flaps of the passport cover and tear tape it under the flaps, making sure it’s long enough to tie in a bow.

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