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What I Did With the Christmas Cards

Hey, everyone!  Why am I talking about Christmas cards, you might ask?  I know you've probably already packed them away (if you can't bear to part with them, like me) or you've been a "practical-minimalist" and discarded them.  Well, I've always been somewhere between the two.  I usually keep them until I scrapbook a few pages of our Family Christmas, and use them (or parts of them) in my page layouts.  This year I decided to do something different.  This isn't an original idea; I saw it on Pinterest, I think....lol!  I created a little booklet that I will display next Christmas, somewhere in my holiday decor.  It's super-easy!  All you need is some kind of hold puncher, some metal rings, & ribbon.

Oops, forgot to show you the rings.  I had them already, but they are kind of large for this project, so I may change them.

I punched 2 holes in a few cards at a time.  Some small cards only got 1 hole.  If there were photos with the cards, I either kept them aside to scrapbook on our family pages or I punched holes in those, too.  A lot of our cards came with letters, so those just got tucked inside of the appropriate card.

I added a cute little tag that I already had & wrote the year on it.

I simply tied it all together with some red gingham ribbon (because I had it) & that was it.  I look forward to making these each year from now on & pulling them out to reminisce over the past years.  Simple, easy and a sweet memory keeper!
Hope you enjoyed.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
CAS 

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15 comments:

Joani said...

So cute. And, where oh where do you put all of these things? Such pleasant memories to save. Hugs.

Blondie's Journal said...

These are darling...very creative of you, Cas!

XO,
Jane

Traci said...

I'm somewhere between the two. If you send me a regular card it gets trashed after Christmas, if it's a photo card I save it. This is a cute idea.

Gina said...

This is a super idea! It turned out so nicely too.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi Cas! I always keep them too, they are all so pretty and I hate to throw them away!

Decor To Adore said...

Love, love, LOVE this idea!

Toni said...

Great idea! I too have a hard time throwing cards away. The big rings might be good - just keeping adding to your book each year.

Diane Writes said...

How nice! Another great idea to use cards and now your post makes me want to have Christmas again!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Very clever idea, CAS! I love it!

Suzy said...

What a wonderful idea! I usually only keep the ones from close family members, but this has certainly caused me to rethink my ways!

Suzanne said...

That's such a cute idea Cas!

debbie refresh restyle said...

I love this idea! Thank you!
Debbie

Shabby Marilyn said...

NICE, I never throw any away, and have made one special craft for family members with them for years now. Yes, I need to share it, taught to me as a child by my grandmother, I am trying to share it on blogland but can't let go of it yet, silly huh? Maybe this Christmas I will???? Love your new look on the blog, I am scared to try changing mine.

Gina said...

This is so cute and such a creative idea.

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

This is a great idea Carol! We get so many photo cards these days, I just don't want to throw them away. This would be a fun way to save them and look back to see what everyone looked like! Thanks for the link!!! Excited to find your blog! Merry Christmas

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