Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What to do with all those Christmas Cards?

We were going to keep this until after Christmas but of coarse LOTS of Christmas stuff (stickers, paper etc are on sale now  - so we figured it would be good to give everyone their shopping list so they get started on it.

Now many of you joined in Jazzi's pawsome Christmas card swap this year (Thanks Jazzi's Mom for all the hard work she did on that) - but what to do with all those cards after Christmas is the question?  Well here is a simple idea that will let you use them to make a special Christmas Photo Book out of them.

What you will need

All your old Christmas cards
Some Christmas stickers if you have some - but you can print them for free online too. All the craft stores have them on sale now and you can get them at Walmart too.
Some Christmas printable pages - like a Letter to Santa, some puzzles etc  (just search "free Christmas printables" on google images - there are gazillions of them.
Some bits of old Christmas wrapping paper to make the blank pages look pretty
A hole punch - what ever kind you have will work
Some Binder rings - you can get these at any office supply shop or walmart
Some glue and sticky tape
Some ribbon cut in 6" lengths - it is optional - I just think it makes the rings look pretty
Some scissors
1 piece of heavy cardboard to make the back of the book. What I did was made it the same size as the BIGGEST card I had - which I used as the front cover.
Photos you have collected over the last year

How to
1.Start at the back of the book with the sheet of cardboard. Punch 3 or 4 holes in it for the binder rings depending how many you want to use.
2.Pop the open rings in place and use these as a guide for the holes you punch in the cards
3.Stagger the cards from top to bottom as you keep adding adding them
4.Add in some blank pages or some printables you have found
5.Use the biggest card you have as the front cover.
6.Close the rings and then start decorating and adding your photos.
7.Add some ribbon to the ring binders and you are done.

Here is an example of the one we made from last years cards. I made the entire thing yesterday afternoon so it doesn't take long to put one together.

24 comments:

  1. What a wonderful idea guys! I'd love to commemorate all my beautiful cards and friends and this would be perfect!! Thanks for passing this project along! :-)

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  2. That is great and it will go perfect with MOM and I do with our cards. Which is we normally place them in a basket and each day throughout the year we pull one out and we pray for the person/dog that sent it to us.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  3. Woof! Woof! Exactly what my mom did. We saved all of the cards ever since we joined DWBcards (before Jazzi did it). LOVE the video and Golden Thanks for sharing. We are delighted to receive many Holiday cards from our bloggie friends. Wishing you Happy Holidays. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  4. Very clever. It's fantastic!

    XXXOOO daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  5. Great idea guys, Mom said OK and dad made a spreadsheet of all the info for each card recieved!

    Your Pals
    Susie & Bites

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  6. That is the coolest idea ever. You guys ae so clever......
    Bert

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  7. Adorable! You are so creative.

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  8. Wow! That looks awesome! Mom's been wondering what to do with all of them so we will for sure share this idea with her!

    Sam and Pippen

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  9. Your mom is so unbelievably clever, guys! What a fabulous book to have forever and ever!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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  10. So that's a little more festive than the gallon sized zip lock bag that mom put all of our cards n last year!

    Bart and Ruby

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  11. Very nice idea. Mom says that looks like a great project for her and the little bipeds to work on. Thanks for sharing.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  12. What a great idea! I've been wondering what to do with all our cards and now I know.

    Cindy & Millie

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  13. That's pretty darn creative.

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  14. What a great idea. Mum is so clever. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  15. What an awesome book for your cards! thanks for such a wonderful idea!

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  16. That's a pawsome book! What a wonderful idea!!!! We need to get on the Crispmas (Can you tell I was just over a Ludo's blog) I mean, Christmas Card list -- next year!!!!

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  17. LOL. You just read my mind. I was thinking of what to do with them... aside from hanging them in a clothesline. We do hope that one of those hanging there (in your previous post)is ours LOL.

    We got your pretty card. Dorkie looks especially pretty... of course, Reilly was the most gorgeous of them all. LOL.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee of my dogs love me

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  18. Great idea! We have saved all of our blogville cards from the last several years :D

    Wyatt and Stanzie

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  19. Thanks guys! I sure hope you guys and your pawrents have a

    HAPPY

    HOWLIDAY!!!!!

    woos and hugs, Tessa

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  20. What a wonderful idea! Your mom is so clever and creative. It's really much better than storing those beautiful cards in a big box like my mom.

    Merry Christmas to you guys and your family!!!

    ~Eva

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  21. What a fabulous idea!

    Freedom, Casper, Nikki & Twinkie say "Thank You" for the adorable card you sent them.

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  22. That hat was beautiful. Much better than tossing them into our decoration box. Loved the video.

    Kisses,
    Dexter

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Thank you for woofing at us - we read each and every one of them