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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I Love Me Some Ombre

Two things I love:  Bower Power and YoungHouseLove’s Pinterest Challenge and DIY Ombre Art!  This is my first time participating in their challenge, but I have read about them since the beginning.

So here are my supplies:

Supplies

11×14 canvas, a large paint brush (I alternated between 2–a 1″ and a 1 1/2″), a tiny paint brush, a tube of color paint and a tube of white paint, something to mix the paint on, water, paper towels

The first stripe is just the color by itself without any white mixed in.

First Stripe

I did not measure out the width of my stripes; I just eyeballed how wide I wanted each shade of color.  Make the stripes much wideer than you think you should.  The stripe above is much too small in my opinion afterwards.

Then, I squirted a drop of green in seven different places on a painters palette extra lid from the kitchen.  I made all the squirts about the same size except the last two, which should be a bit smaller.  Then, I went back and squirted one drop of white paint on the first green squirt.  Then, the next green squirt, I added two drops of white and so on.

Colors Ready to Mix Colors All Mixed

I mixed each one with a smaller brush as I went along.  After it was mixed, I used a larger brush and overlapped the stripe over the previous stripe.

Mixing with smaller brush.

And here is the final project!!

DIY Ombre Art

It is going to go into the craft room, but not just yet.  I still need a few more pieces to go with it.

Budget Breakdown

  • 11×14 canvas (Hob Lob sells them in 2 packs for $7.99 and I used my 40% off coupon)–$2.50
  • a package of acrylic paint (I only used 2 tubes though)–$7.00
  • 3 paint brushes (1″, 1 1/2″, and a smaller brush)–already owned $0.00

Total:  $9.50

What do you all think?  $9.50 for a customized piece of art is not bad.  I love it!  Are you all participating the YoungHouseLove and BowerPower’s Pinterest Challenge?  You should do it!  No project is too big or too small and it will get you to stop pinning and start doing!  Have you ever made any of your pins?  How did they turn out?  Have you ever tried painting your own artwork?  Do you have any tips?

Oh, and here is the original pin.

And, this post has been linked on:  Young House Love, Bower Power, Decor and the Dog, and The Remodeled Life.