Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Christmas Card Book

 If you have ever given me a card, it lives somewhere in my house.  Look, I'm not going to say I'm a pack rat....mostly b/c I'm still worried Hoarders will run out of story ideas and show up with the film crew, but it would be fair to say I'm very....very sentimental.  A few months ago I started seeing cards bound together with rings from birthdays etc pinterest, and I decided this year instead of storing my Christmas cards somewhere in the garage....which looks suspiciously like the first thirty minutes of Hoarders....never mind, anyway, instead of placing them in neat, organized, files along with all the the other carefully stored and filed items in my uncluttered house (bwa ha ha ha ha ha), I decided to bind my cards in a book. 
 
Stop the presses....I actually removed them from their envelopes and recycled these envelopes....right after I cut off the stamps to send to my friend Maurine's grandmother...who does something with these.....throwing away envelopes....kind of a big deal, I like envelopes b/c they have the date on them that tell you when the letter came, but that's another TLC show entirely....
I bought some cute scrapbook paper, because the 7,345 pieces of Christmas paper in my scrapbook supplies, obviously, wasn't going to work. 
 This is also an environmentally friendly craft BECAUSE I used scraps of cardboard from some Christmas gift that I cut down to 5x7.  I covered the boards with scrapbook paper, and added some doo dads, and then punched two holes in the sides of the covers and all the cards, and threaded them through and snapped them closed to form a book.  Look familiar, Heather?
 Here it is opened up.....you get the idea....
 ....but here is the additional idea I love and have to share.  My friend Mary told me last year she kept her Christmas cards out in a bucket all day (Mary is full of clever ideas).  She flips to a new one every day and prayers for this family.  I LOVE this idea.  I'm going to take a leaf out of her book, and you better believe I sent her a card this year....I thought about sending her 2...or 24 cards this Christmas to make sure I hit that prayer list a lot.  So, this year....this is my 2011 prayer binder, as well as a fun way to store the cards and letters I received that reflect a year in the life of my friends!  I'm planning on doing this each year because I can. 

6 comments:

Hartyboys said...

Hi Christy
What a great idea. I've stuck cards in a scrapbook before but it becomes really bulky and what do you do with cards that use all sides or even post cards? I will be doing this with sets of cards in future.
Hope you have a wonderful year
Sandra

tt.scraps said...

GIRL!!! I LOVE this idea!!! :) How clever! I keep all of my cards too. THis year, as I was putting them away and storing them with my Christmas stuff I thought i needed to do soemthing. My dad used to cut them up and make tags for next year adn sometimes even make his own cards with them, so I thought about that...but the thought of cutting them makes me a bit uneasy. Maybe I will try your idea first! :) Thanks!!!

Jennifer said...

Cute idea!!

I usually keep the front covers and use them for cards the following year!

Deb said...

that is such a cool idea...now I feel bad I threw my cards away this year....kept all the photos...but the cards were sent to recycling...from now on..I'm going to use your idea...

A party and A HALF said...

I did a similar thing with my wedding cards in October! I have a hard time throwing cards away too!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Christy...I hope I'm not gonna see you on Horders one day, LOL! I like the idea to bind them. I've did that for my daughter's first birthday cards. I used to add my photo cards to a scrapbook page but now that me friends and I have all "grown" up and have kid more are sending them and it's too hard to fit them on one double page 12X12.