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Christmas Card Booklet

January 11, 2012
by thenestinggame

So after the whole never-ending story of the bed frame, I was hungry for a quickie little project.

Enter, what else? Pinterest.

I had pinned this idea a few weeks back. (Originally from here.) And on New Year’s weekend when I took all the decorations down, I wasn’t quite ready to get rid of my refrigerator full of smiling faces.

It was a little neater in the prime of the season. My double stick tape lost one-quarter of its stickiness.

So, I stopped into Office Depot (Office Max? I cannot tell the difference.) and picked up six years worth of supplies.

I guess it’s Office Depot because that’s what the packaging says.

Then I stacked up all my cards and chose my smallest (funniest, creepiest?) card so I could figure out where to punch the holes. I used some scrap paper to make a template.

The Paper Pro hole punch I bought billed itself as “50% easier to use than regular hole punchers.” Not sure how they figure that, but you know what, it was! The puncher never got stuck and all of the little dots stayed collected in their little cubby.

Then I grouped my cards by size and orientation so you don’t have to keep changing directions while you look through it. I also tried to avoid punching a hole directly through some sweet child’s head.

The post-it on the back of the photo is blocking the double stick tape I used to hang the photo on the fridge. This way it won’t stick to the card behind it.

Then I had my artsy husband draw a cover for me. I think you could also easily use the front of a non-photo card you received or put your own family’s card as the cover.

And now I have a little book I can pull out every year to thumb through.

It would also be fun to make one of these each year with wedding invitations, birth announcements, party invitations, cards and particularly charming thank you notes.

Seriously, twenty minutes. ARE YOU LISTENING, BED?

Do you save your Christmas cards?


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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    January 11, 2012 10:25 am

    What a fun idea! Wish I had thought of that years ago!
    Like you, it is difficult tossing those picture cards with favorite people!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 11, 2012 9:36 pm

      Your basket of cards inspired me too. I love looking through it at your house.

  2. Martha Hopkins permalink
    January 11, 2012 4:35 pm

    I want an artsy husband.

  3. January 12, 2012 2:24 pm

    I absolutely adore this idea! I took down my holiday cards the other day and didn’t really know what to do with them but I think that problem has been solved. Thanks for sharing!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      January 12, 2012 4:37 pm

      Glad I could spread the word. I can’t take credit for the idea, but I loved it so much I had to do it myself (and of course blog about it).

  4. January 19, 2012 1:00 pm

    what a crafty, handy-dandy idea!!! I might just do that… I have all my Holiday cards saved from the last few years…

  5. Fiona permalink
    January 24, 2012 10:02 pm

    1. Delighted to see we made the fridge.
    2. I do save my cards and agonize every year over throwing them away. Clever book idea. Do you think you will keep them every year, though?
    3. I would like to be friends with the people who sent you the creepy card.

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