My obsession with Pinterest is finally paying off. Thanks to pinners ’round the world, I’ve found some ways to start organizing things that I can never bring myself to throw away, yet I could never figure out what to do with them besides toss them in a manila envelope and shove them on a shelf, never to be looked at again. Yes, I’m talking about cards.
I’ve been a compulsive card-and-letter saver since elementary school, when I wrote letters to my grandparents and various penpals around the world. I have shoeboxes full of cards and letters. So does my husband. (Secret: I love looking through his old cards and letters. Especially the ones from ex-girlfriends, they’re funny.)
And now that I have a baby, I’ve got even more cards to save.
Cooper recently turned one, and I knew I needed to find a good way to document his birthdays. Especially since his first-year baby book- I spent months obsessing over which baby book to buy, because it had to be perfect– has approximately three words in it.
Solution found, via Pinterest (Side note: I get queasy saying “found on Pinterest,” because I’m really careful about making sure the original blog gets credit. However, it is definitely true that the only reason I found this idea is because someone else pinned it to Pinterest.) This blog post, and this one, described clever DIY Christmas card books. I adapted the idea to fit a kid’s birthday.
Here’s what I did.
I already had some sturdy cardboard squares left over from some other project that never got completed. They’re about 6×6 inches. I covered them with scrapbook paper and decorated the front with stickers. (It’s embarrassing how much scrapbooking product I have in my craproom, I mean office, that hasn’t been used in years.)
I punched holes in the front and back covers. Here’s where I screwed up: I have a three-hole-punch, but I couldn’t get the cardboard in it, so I measured the spacing of the holes and then used an old anywhere punch (another scrapbooking tool that’s been lonely for too long), thinking I’d use the three-hole-punch to punch holes in the cards.
Wrong. I didn’t think this through, and the spacing didn’t work right. I ended up punching everything with a single hole punch. In hindsight, I should have bought a double hole puncher at the office supply store instead, or asked my husband to do it. He has a lot more common sense for this kind of thing. Don’t tell him I said that.
Anyway. The first “page” in the book is Cooper’s birthday party invitation, and I added a tab on the side with “one” on it to mark the year. Next, I added all the birthday cards, and finally, page that lists all of his party guests and birthday presents.
The book is held together with silver loose-leaf rings. I’ll add party invitations and cards to the book each year until it’s full.
Now, we have a cute little book of cards to look at and remember all the fun, instead of stuffing them into an envelope on the shelf!