This summer, I’ve been kickin’ tail on the many organizing and sorting projects that await me among all my childhood things. I’ve been reading about the practice of minimalism, but I don’t think that I could ever fully go for it… I’m just so sentimental! One of the hardest things to sort through has been the mementos I’ve kept from various celebrations and activities I’ve experienced.
For example, I graduated from Liberty University last year, and my parents came out to Virginia for graduation.
When we came home, we had piles of event programs, magazines, photos, and cards.
So, so many cards.
I normally throw away birthday/holiday cards after I’ve read them, unless they have a very sincere, sentimental note inside. (My mom thinks I am a heartless person for this.) And I definitely throw away envelopes.
But many of the graduation cards I received were really special. These people watched me go through college, said something kind about my future, and wrote a sincere blessing and congratulations. I can’t throw those away!
So instead of letting them sit in a pile in a box, I decided to do something with them. I’ve seen this project on Pinterest plenty of times, and I finally decided to do it for myself! Here’s an explanation of what I made. It was so easy, I think it’s the best way to store greeting cards.
Greeting Card Booklet
These are about 20 cards that I received upon graduating college (and with my MA graduation coming up this year, I’m sure I’ll collect just as many more).
The hardest part was digging up the materials from my dad’s office: a 3-hole punch and two silver rings. We have tons of these around the house, but they can be found at an office supply store.
After I threw all the envelopes away (which is my very favorite part), I spent about 10 minutes punching two holes in each card. I tried to keep them centered so that they’d all fit neatly, despite their varying sizes.
A few cards were so thick that I had to manually use a single hole punch, but I used the three hole punch to make a dent in the cards where I needed to punch.
Then I slid each card onto the rings, and I was done!
I’m so happy with how it turned out! I plan to collect various groups of cards–birthdays, holidays, and even just correspondence–so I can create more. 🙂
Now that I’ve taken a craft break, I have to go tackle more piles of stuff… Wish me luck!