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.

First Dance Art

I have seen this project idea all over Etsy and Pinterest and fell in love with it.  However, certain stores on Etsy were starting at $75 for the size I wanted or for around $25 you could get the print with the lyrics and your picture, but then you would have to go buy the frame still.  So I thought I bet I can do that for much less.

The first thing I did was pick out the frame.  I waited until Hobby Lobby was running their 50% off wall frames sale and then, I went frame shopping.  I thought a 16×20” frame with an 8×10” picture would be too big and I would not have enough lyrics to fill the mat, so I decided to go with this 15×17” frame with a 5×7” picture.

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Once I got home, I decided how big I wanted my words to be printed on the frame.  I decided about a ½ inch would be enough room for me to write the words big enough to read and enough to fill up the mat.  So, I marked each ½ inch all the way down the mat on both the left and right sides and down the middle very lightly in pencil.

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wedding, first dance, wall decor, diy, michael buble

Then, I started off writing the lyrics very lightly in pencil as well.  But I could quickly tell that plan was not going to work.  The pencil was smudging all over the place and once it smudged it did not erase as easily, so I scrapped that idea shortly into the project.

I erased one word at a time and then rewrote the word with a fine tip scrapbook pen.  Since it was a scrapbook pen, it was acid free and should not harm the picture over time, so my grandkids should be able to enjoy this little project.

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Here is a picture of the mat once I was done adding all the lyrics:

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I made so many mistakes writing those lyrics.  I had forgotten the word “falling.” However, I noticed it by the time I had only written one more word, so I thought it couldn’t be that bad if I whited out just one word.  And unless you get up close and personal with the frame, you can’t really notice it either.

Then, I missed the word “swimming.”  You think I would have learned my lesson after the first time!  But this time, I did not notice it until I had written, like, an additional 3 whole lines worth of words, so I decided to live without swimming.  We will just have to deal with, “You’re like a pool on an August day,” instead.  It is still the same idea and looks better than 3 lines whited out.

And, I am a little upset with how the lyrics written on the part of the mat where the picture is cut out turned out.  My straight lines get all sorts of funky during that section.  So a tip for those of you trying to recreate this project would to be mark ½ marks along the inside of the mat where the picture cut out is too.

And then, towards the end, the chorus repeated itself, so I got confused where my place was when I was writing the lyrics and wrote the wrong chorus, but it turned out for the better because it helped fill out all the mat with lyrics.

So after I finished with the lyrics, I taped my picture to the back of the mat with four pieces of tape.  I used scrapbooking tape because it touches the picture so you want to make sure your tape is acid free, so it doesn’t ruin the picture overtime and you can keep this project for years to come.  And then, I put it in the frame.

When I turned it around to look at it, I realized I had made yet another mistake and one that is definitely noticeable to everyone and not just those who know the correct lyrics!  I used the entire mat when writing the lyrics on it; however, a slim amount of the mat is covered by the frame when it is in the frame, so a part of my lyrics are halfway covered in certain spots!  So if you are going to try this project yourself, please mark how much of your mat is covered when inside the frame, so you do not make the same mistake!

So here is the finished project:

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wedding, wall decor, michael buble, first dance, diy

And here is the budget breakdown:

15×17” frame-$14, regularly $28, but they were having a 50% off sale

8×10” picture-$1.50

Scrapbook pen-free, already owned

Total: $15.50, much less than what they were going for on Etsy!

I am a little upset with how it turned out.  I still like it because it reminds me of our lovely wedding day and how much time we spent rehearsing our first dance, but I wish part of the lyrics weren’t covered.  If it starts to bother me too much, I can always go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby and buy a piece of mat board and have it cut down to the size I need and redo the project.  And even if I buy more mat board, it will still be less than what it would have cost on Etsy!  I think I will live with it for a while and see how much it still bothers me overtime before I redo it.

What do you all think?  Should I redo it?  What do you all do with your wedding pictures to display them?  Do you do anything special or just a wedding album?  What was your first dance?  Ours was Michael Buble Everything!  Love that song!

*You can check out how I saved sentimental items from our wedding and put them in a shadow box here

Making Sentimental Wall Art

So after our wedding, we had a lot of stuff I wanted to be able to keep and cherish forever, but I didn’t know how to do it without keeping it in a drawer and forgetting about it.  Until, I saw this pin on Pinterest.

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So, I gathered all the stuff from our wedding that I wanted in our shadow box and got busy.

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And here is the lovely Wilson with the shadow box.

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Then, I arranged everything just the way I wanted it and got it ready to be pinned with sewing pins.

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And here is the final product:

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And the budget breakdown:

  • Shadow Box from Michael’s–$20, I think it was around $40 with a 50% off sale
  • Sentimental Wedding Items–FREE

Total:  $20

What do you all think?  Did you keep some stuff from your wedding?  How do you display it?