A Cute Way to Keep Cards Organized

I love snail mail!  Everyday, I skip excitedly check the mail for cards!  I send cards for all family birthdays and holidays.  Bottom line…  Mail is the best.

That being said, I have a lot of cards just sitting around creating a cluttered mess.  I decided it was time to tackle those bad boys and get them organized!  First thing I did was to sort them into what year they were received.  I Anything earlier than 2011, I had a hard time remembering what year they were received, so I just put those all together.  I also separated all the cards from my bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding to put them in a book all by themselves.

Organizing Cards

I wanted the cover and the back of the book to be chipboard, so it would be hard and sturdy.  I searched Hob Lob  and Michaels for a pack of chipboard either 8.5×11 or 12×12, but I couldn’t find it.  So I used a couple of pieces from a pack leftover from one of our wedding crafts.  I cut each piece out into a 8.5×11; then, I cut it in half long ways.

Cutting Chipboard

Then, I used acid free double-sided tape all around each piece of chipboard I cut.  And put a piece of scrapbook paper over the tape and cut it around the chipboard.

Taping Chipboard

Putting Scrapbook Paper On

Then, I took a blue stamp pad and smeared it on the sides of the chipboard, so they were blue instead of cardboard color.  (If you do not have a day to let it dry, I would skip this step.  It takes forever to dry.)

Painting Sides of Chipboard

For the cover of the book, I took an “M” cutout and traced around it and cut it out to glue it on the cover.

Tracing an M

Gluing an M

Then, I took a stack of cards and punched a hole in them. I did it one card at a time.  I only used two of the hole punches. I just centered each card by eye balling it and punched the hole.

Punching Holes in Cards

Then, I took Binder Clips from Staples and put each cover and card through them.  The last step, I added some scrap ribbon to finish them off and viola, you have a cute book of cards!

Cute Way to Store Cards

Do you love snail mail like me?  Do you keep all of your cards or toss them?  I just can’t bare to throw them all away since I love mail soo much.

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