My sister recently celebrated her birthday. I wanted to make a special card for her because she was turning the big "6-0"! (Remember when you were younger and that age sounded soooooo old?!) Well, I must say, my sister is one bad ass babe. She teaches children with autism full-time, and for kicks, teaches snowboard lessons twice a week at the local ski bump in MN. I wanted to make a card that reflected her personality and her life. That's why an accordion card is perfect because it's like a mini scrapbook or photo album. There are plenty of on-line tutorials to help you actually make the blank accordion card. Pinterest has great tutorials also for card templates. (See one example here.) Fortunately for me, I bought this blank card several years ago and it came in its own tin case. (Sorry to say I can't find who made this one.) I used StazOn Solvent Ink Pad in Jet Black and rubber stamps to personalize the cover of the tin. The fun part of making this card was its gradual evolution. Every few days I would look through my bag of tricks (i.e., my drawers of odds & ends, ephemera, photo albums, and so forth), and add to the card. I used photos, rubber stamps, a tiny calendar, a scrapbook page with text from Little Women with Beth & Jo's name (my sister & me!), washi tape and more. After I made my sister's card, I decided to make another accordion card for my friend in Chicago. Her card was on a smaller scale to go with a tiny gift I sent her. On the backside, I left space to write a birthday greeting. Useful tools for this project include a paper cutter, a bone folder tool, a ruler, different patterned paper, a glue stick & your creativity.