Monday, April 16, 2012

Design Your Own Card Organizer!

Hi, Amber here today! Did you know the theme this week at SP is "Anything but a card"? Hmmm, so I had to come up with something fun to make that wasn't a card. How about a card organizer?? If you're like me, then you might make cards in advance to keep on hand. If that's the case, then you need a way to store and organize your cards. Here is one of the ways I like to do it:

 I make a notebook to store the cards in and organize them by month. Here is an inside page:

There is a pocket to store the cards and on the pocket I keep a perpetual calendar in which I can write holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries to remind me who needs a card and when to send it. I learned this a few years ago and make them to give as gifts too!

Here's how. You'll need 7 12"x12" sheets of cardstock or heavy patterned paper. One sheet will make your covers so just cut that into 2 6"x8" pieces (I used blue for mine). For the other 6 sheets (I used white) you will need to score down the sheet at 8 inches. Turn the paper perpendicular and score again at 6 inches:

Fold up the paper on the 8-inch line:

Then fold back along the 6-inch line:

Make sure you use a bone folder or other tool to crease all the folds so they sit flat. All you need to do now is adhere the calendar if you are using them and decorate. I created this calendar in Word. I'll try to see if I can share this file with you. Head over to my blog and if I have found a way then I will share it there!

A tip to make the cover stronger is to adhere the cardstock to some paperboard/chipboard. I keep almost all my packaging so I just dig through my stash until I find some big enough. The folds of the paper will be the outside of the page (away from the binding). Stack your pages between the covers and bind using any method you choose. I have a binding tool at home I like to use, but you could just punch holes and use rings or take it to an office supply store and have them bind it for you. My local store will bind with plastic bindings for only a quarter! Make sure you use a binding that is at least an inch wide so that you have room to fill this up with lots of cards!

Here are some of the inside pages that I decorated and the corresponding stamp sets:

 January - Falling Snow

March - Lucky Mini set

April - Easter Eggy
May - For Every Woman (Mother's Day)

June and July - Father's Day Fun mini (I drew stars onto the top hat to look like an Uncle Sam hat)

And for the cover I stamped the Large Polka Dot background stamp in clear embossing ink for a subtle pattern. Then I fussy-cut some of the banners from the Banners Paper of the EP Birthday Boy Mini Kit and randomly adhered those. I added some stickers so the recipient knows exactly what it is (that is if I can bear to part with this!).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you try this very easy and fun way to store all your handmade creations!

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