What to do with old Christmas Cards?

Any organizing resolutions out there? Any New Year’s diets kicking off today? Anyone putting the Christmas decorations away this week? Any I-love-these-cards-but-have-no-clue-what-to-do-with-them kind of people tuning in? Well, we have almost ALL of you covered today with this Christmas Card Organizing Tutorial. I can’t help with the diets, but the organizers…. I have your back!
The organizing train is about to leave the station…. ALL ABOARD!!!
Here’s your chance to save those adorable cards, stay organized, and create a coffee table conversation piece that will take you and your guests down memory lane year after year after year.
By the end of the season, our Christmas Card Shutter board was looking like this…
… full of lots and lots of holiday cheer! I definitely did not want to discard all of these adorable family photos and merry wishes, because let’s be honest here, looking back at those old school christmas card photos is the BEST! My solution?

Last year I started the tradition to bind all of the Christmas cards I received throughout the holiday season as a lil’ holiday flip book. This is definitely not an original idea (I see it all around the blogosphere) but I selfishly wanted to blog about it just to motivate myself to DO IT. Putting in a few extra minutes to create this book was not on top of my to-do list but I pushed myself to suck it up because I loved looking back at last year’s memories (and it’s only been a year!). I also loved setting this little cutie out for my holiday guests to enjoy. I can only imagine how much more my guests and I will cherish these books as time passes.

I just used whatever holiday paper and letters I had lying around the house to create my 2012 masterpiece. No need to go out and spend a lot of money on this simple project; heck, you could probably even repurpose one of your holiday cards as a cover if you’re really creative!
This year, I went with the same motto- no buying, just making do with what I had around. If you do need to buy material, here’s what you’ll need:
– about 4 large scrapbook pages (double sided offers more combo opportunities!)
– numbered stickers
– glue
– scissors
– hole punch
– ring (or two) to hold the book together [you can find these at office supply stores]

Rookie Tip: Make sure you purchase a ring(s) that fits the size of the stack of cards you want to bind together. Go with the larger ring if you have lots and lots of cards and a smaller one if you’re still new to the holiday card scene. I used a small ring and the cards fit perfectly.

To kick off this simple project, I stacked all of my cards by size (approximately). This is completely personal preference, but to me, it helped organizing the book by size.

I then hole punched each card and fished it through the hoop. #helloweddingnails

I repeated that two-step over and over and over again until all of my cards were clipped together.

I then used some light weight cardboard (almost like extra heavy cardstock) I had laying around the house and cut out a front cover and a back cover. I just eye-balled the size to make sure all of the cards would be hidden by the front & back covers.

I traced the cardboard pieces onto two sheets of paper. (one pattern for the front/back covers and another pattern for the inside of the front/back covers).

I glued the paper onto the cardboard, this way the front and back cover would be BOTH decorative and more sturdy.

I did that once again on the opposite side of both covers…

… and hooked the sheets onto the clip. Now all that was left to do was cut out some extra paper and add the 2013 number stickers.

To finish off the very non-traditional Christmas look, I added a pop of red washi-tape and called it a day.

In honor of the big wedding in ’13, I had to add a little “&” trademark onto the back of the book.

Now that all of my cards are bundled and organized, I’m excited to pack them away and pull them out next year as a quick reminder of how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family in our lives.

Plus, I can’t wait to lay both of my flip books side-by-side for my holiday guests to peek at as well.
I suspect organizing your x-mas cards may not be on the top of your priority list, but trust me when I say, I’m very grateful I pushed myself to get ‘er done. If you’re anything like me, let January be the kick in the pants you need to climb aboard that organizing train & get rolling…. it’s time.
Chooo-chooooo,

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  • What a fab idea!!

  • Love this idea! I’ll be putting away the Christmas decorations this weekend, so it’s perfect timing. I’ve also been meaning to do something like this with all the cards we got at our wedding. 🙂

  • Great idea!! Send us a picture if you end up making a flip book; we’d love to feature it on our Reader Rebound series. Happy New Year, Dana!

  • This is a great idea! Now i know what i can do with that big bundle of baby shower cards!

  • Ashley Chavez

    Nice post you have, I really like the ideas and for that I’m planning to consider this one for my old Christmas cards this christmas. Thanks for sharing . 🙂

    • Thanks Ashley! So simple and always fun to look back at year after year.