Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blast from the Past...Christmas Style

So yes I know it's January...almost February but I'm behind in my blogging.

What else is new lately??

First off, Thank you for your well wishes. I am feeling back to normal...whatever normal is!

I don't know about you but I still have my Christmas cards still up in my kitchen. The rest of the decorations are all packed up but the cards remain.

WHY?? You ask?

(there's more to the right of the door)
Because I'm a procrastinator.

And the fact that I am S-L-O-W-L-Y taking all the cards we've received over the years (yes I've kept them!!) & I'm turning them into these.....

Books of Cards. Card Books. Mini albums of sorts. Whatever you want to call them!

(Yes I know there are only 3 years worth of cards but I ran out of binder rings that I hold them together with & only had small rings at home. Will be making more albums once I go shopping!)

I take the cards & put them in the order that suits the voices in my head. Then I take those chipboard sheets that come with my patterned papers orders to keep from getting mangled, & trim them to size about a 1/2 inch larger than my largest card.

I covered the chipboard with my ginormous stash of Christmas paper & line the inside of the covers as well. I even remembered to use some of my old embellies & charms to dress it up. Love using up my stash!

Now I have a Bind it all.....I've had every intention of making these books with that little gadget BUT since so many of the cards we get are photo cards I have a problem punching through the tops of family & friends.

I have issues, yes I know it!

So I took ordinary office supply page protectors, fit the card inside & cut off the tops leaving room for the hole punches.

I really eyeballed the hole punches. Whenever I had a small card that wouldn't fit the holes I'd attach it to a trimmed piece of cardstock like this.

I really like how it looks with all the cards layered in different sizes with a photo card here & there. I plan on displaying them in a basket during Christmas. It's been fun seeing all the kids grow from card to card & I'm sure the girls will like flipping through the books too.

What do you do with your cards? I LOVE LOVE LOVE Laura's idea of saving cards too.....maybe once I get over my phobia of cutting the photo cards I will try that!! LOL!! (BTW-Check out those 2 CUTE girlies in the top left hand corner! hee hee!!)

ETA: I hope this post makes sense since I am so tired from a few late nights. Will have to read it over once I get a few more hours of sleep! ;)


Suzanne said...

Your post makes sense! LOL I love your idea! I have not done anything with my cards. They are sitting in a large container. May have to scraplift your idea! Always a list of things to do! Have a great night!!

Carla said...

OK, I love your book and I've been thinking about getting a bind it all. I made something similar to this for my kid's first birthdays. Now that I think of it, I should do it for my wedding, baby shower, and new baby cards too.
...with that being said, off to buy a Bind it All. LOL!

jediflame said...

Oh, AWESOME! I may have to do this with a bunch of cards I have filed away. Much cuter than my usual way of scrapping them. :)

Heather Ruwe said...

great idea!

Valerie said...

What a great idea - I'm definitely go to do this. I feel so guilty throwing the cards out (and punching holes in peoples faces and bodies -lol) Thanks for this excellent idea!