While babysitting for some kids from church I picked up a Family Fun magazine that their mom had and saw this cute idea of what to do with all those cards you get through the year. I decided it looked like an easy way to store, organize, and display all those cards I had
shoved in a drawer organized neatly in my closet. This was created pre-blogging (which covers anything more than 2 days ago) so I didn’t think to take pictures as I was creating. I haven’t tackled the mass quantities of wedding cards we have yet, so when I do those I’ll do better about taking pictures and making an actual tutorial. It’s pretty easy though so I bet you smarties can figure it out.
I just cut out 2 pieces of cardboard (I used the thin cardboard pieces that sandwich my scrapbooking pages to keep them from getting squished) just slightly larger than the largest card. I picked out coordinating scrapbooking paper; one piece I glued to the front and wrapped around the back, the other I cut to glue on the inside to cover the rough edges. Then I used my hole punch to punch 2 holes in each piece as well as in each card. I then used those metal circle thingys (I think they’re called binder clips?) to put the book together. The smaller one needed a 1 1/2 in circle but the larger one needed a 2 inch. I used my Cricut to make the labels. Each one took less than 1 hour to make.
inside of 2009
view of the side and binder clips
this was the super fat one that needed the 2 inch rings
2011 – my favorite one
here’s the outsides of the 2011 book before I put it together
Family Fun calls these “card keepers”; I’ve been calling them “card book things” – any suggestions for a cute name for these little guys?
When I finally create these for my wedding cards I may use a stronger cardboard. I’m thinking about buying old textbooks from Goodwill and cutting and covering the covers so they will be more sturdy. I also may try sewing them together rather than hole punching. Not sure yet…I’ll let you know (and post pics!).
Making little card keepers works for me! (Linking up to Works for Me Wednesday)