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Organizing Greetings Cards

organized greeting cards
It may be February, but we’re still chugging along on that organizing train. With the big ticket Hallmark holiday on its way and a whole year of celebrations in store over the next 11 months…. let’s get those greeting cards organized!
organizing greeting cards
Everyone can appreciate a cute card every once in awhile, but if you’re anything like me, you canNOT appreciate the price tag that comes inside that envelope. Rookie budgets do not support $4+ greeting cards, regardless of how fabulous the celebration is. My solution? Stocking up on greeting cards on sale so when the time comes to celebrate- I’m ready (and don’t have to break the bank)!! You’d be surprised, I have come across quite the selection of cards at going-out-of-business sales, estate sales and even the occasional garage sale. Plus, there’s a local card shop where I check out post holiday sales.
box and paper
Now that you know my secrets, let’s get down to business. To kick off this project, I bought this polka dot box for $3 at JoAnn’s (bring your coupon!) and picked up a few pieces of HEAVY card stock. If you want more than 8 categories of cards, I’d advise buying MORE paper.
template
I used some grid scrapbook paper (note: the stains are part of the design) to create a template for my dividers. I measured the size of the box to make sure the dividers would fit and I made three tabs on top so I could use this same template for each of the dividers.
trace
I traced the template and simply cut along the lines.
greeting card box
Before long, my dividers were ready to greet their counterparts.
greeting cards
Cards… lots & lots of cards. Holiday cards, birthday cards, valentine’s cards, cards just because, blank cards,  animal cards– you name it, I got it.
organizing cards
Before you jump right into adding your cards to the box, I have one tip for you. Rather than wrapping the envelope around the card, tuck the envelope INSIDE of the card instead. This will help you see each card in the box more clearly and will help reduce paper distraction while flipping through your cards.
card organzing
Categorize the cards and label your tabs. My labels were:
Birthday
Holiday
New Baby
For Him
Congratulations
Just for Fun
Blank Cards
Thank you
(Rookie Tip: I know a label maker would make this project far more attractive, but I’m keeping it real here. As much as I’m all about a pretty label, I know that when I see pretty labels on the blogosphere, I often feel intimidated and don’t complete the project because I don’t have the tools/machines to create the pretty label. Anyone else guilty? You have no excuses here! Just a plain pen and paper is all you need to get this done. You can do this!!)
extra stationary
In the back of the box, I put some random stationary and tiny cards that wouldn’t quite fit like the others. I used the bottom of one of the old stationary boxes to hold the notecards and tiny thank you notes. I also added stamps to the box to make sure I had all of my snail mail essentials in one place.
mini thank you's
holiday cards
Last but very not least, a tiny little label. Like I said before, a label maker would make this far more attractive. But for the sake of keeping it real (and not having the equipment to make those professional labels) my 5th grade art skills will have to do. So, I slapped on an envelope (a rectangle plus a triangle… I know you can draw that too) to complete the box o’ snail mail.
See, organizing isn’t so bad is it? Paper, scissors, and a pen can really do some damage around these parts. No label maker, professional glitter machine, or high end slicer necessary. #inmydreams
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  1. Alex

    So cute! I love this idea! Can I ask what size box you used? Can’t tell by the picture. Thanks!

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    1. Alex

      Thanks! Now that it is summer vacation (I am a teacher) I can finally get around to this project. 🙂 I was looking at joanns, and their boxes look awful short, and would not allow for a five inch high card to stand upright. How tall is this box? Thanks!

    2. DIY Playbook

      Congrats on your summer vacation! Being a teacher myself, I completely understand what it’s like to FINALLY be able to get through your looming to-do list now that school is out. As for the size of the box– I used a pretty shallow box too. If I buy large cards, I just don’t put the lid on the box. This was annoying when I first created the box, but not I actually like the lid being off so the cards are easily accessible and I always know what cards I have. Good luck!! Have a great summer =)

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  1. Alex

    So cute! I love this idea! Can I ask what size box you used? Can’t tell by the picture. Thanks!

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Holi-DIY Card Exchange

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One of our favorite parts of the holiday season- snail mail. Yup, those fabulous holiday cards filled with a collage of family photos, annual updates on old friends and Christmas well wishes. Who doesn’t get excited to check the mailbox every afternoon in December?
Well… if you love holiday snail mail as much as we do, we have just the opportunity for you! We’re honored to be teamed up with the pretty ladies at Happiness is Homemade, Eat Drink Eat, and Craftbaby to bring you the chance to get even more glamorous snail mail throughout the month of December.
This is how it works- sign up, receive a list of 15 fellow blog-lovers via email, send 15 envelopes full of holiday cheer, and wait by your mailbox for a flood of love.
What do you say…Do you want to join our Holi-D.I.Y Team?
 Meet the captains – HeidiKelley and Liz & Candie.

Holi-D.I.Y. Card Exchange Details

The exchange is open to anyone (U.S. only, sorry!).  Having a blog is not required.

If you’d like to send out some holiday cheer to fellow DIY-ers across the country and receive the same amount of snail mail back,  follow this link.  Note: your address will be shared with the fellow participants but will NOT be posted on any of the blogs publicly! 

Even though this swap has “D.I.Y.” in the title, you do not need to create your cards. Any kind of happy mail is welcome here!

If you sell something (any Etsy shop sellers in the hiz-ouse?), feel free to share a business card, coupon code, or your shop information in your envelope – if you’re anything like us, we need some holiday gift ideas!

Sign-up ends Saturday, November 30th.  We will email you a list of who you will be sending and receiving from December 1st on.

All cards must be sent by Monday, December 9th. < – – all these deadlines, you would think one of us is a teacher or something?!

Signing up for this exchange means you know that postage costs money and you agree to mail a MAXIMUM of 15 cards. (we’ll cap each list @ 15… hel-lo holiday budget)

Please share this exchange with your friends, because let’s be real…. who doesn’t love holiday mail, especially from creative peeps around the country?

If you follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter… be sure to tag your mail using the hashtag: #holidiy

Fellow rookies…. are you on board or what? If you want to make someone’s December a bit brighter with a little snail mail and receive some extra holiday cheer in the mean time…… Sign up here!!

PS. Here’s a #holi-diy banner to spread the word. 

 

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  1. liz@craftbaby

    Woohooo! Already have some peeps signing up who are on-board with the holiday spirit 🙂 Never too early, right? So fun to be hosting with you ladies!

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  2. liz@craftbaby

    Woohooo! Already have some peeps signing up who are on-board with the holiday spirit 🙂 Never too early, right? So fun to be hosting with you ladies!

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    Woohooo! Already have some peeps signing up who are on-board with the holiday spirit 🙂 Never too early, right? So fun to be hosting with you ladies!

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  2. liz@craftbaby

    Woohooo! Already have some peeps signing up who are on-board with the holiday spirit 🙂 Never too early, right? So fun to be hosting with you ladies!

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A Mailbox Gets a Bright Makeover

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(Disclaimer: We were given a free HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer in exchange for this post. The information and opinions expressed are 100% our own and are not influenced by HomeRight.)

Right now, I’m paying “rent” to my roomie via DIY projects. It’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. (More on that here)

So, I’ve been slowly taking inventory at Janimal’s house and seeing what I can transform to make it even more fabulous.

Jan's Yellow Front Door
Yellow Front Door

My mom recently painted her front door a bright and cheery yellow. We are both obsessed with it, and it really transformed the entire front of her house. It’s happy, welcoming, and friendly…just like my mom! (She also made that burlap bubble wreath using Bridget’s tutorial.  It’s safe to say that she may be our only reader that actually recreates a majority of the projects we put on the blog. Way to go Janimal!)

Anyways, my mom had some leftover yellow paint from her door project and I figured I might as well put it to good use. When I spotted her mailbox…I instantly knew that the yellow paint would go towards giving that bad boy a makeover.

Mailbox Before
Black Mailbox Before

Her mailbox wasn’t too horrible. It just didn’t really have much personality. Also, it was rusting and the painted wood was a chippy mess. Time for me to step in and bring this bad boy back to life!

I came up with a quick gameplan, consulted my roomie, and got to work.

My first order of business…take those rusted address numbers off of the wood base.

Pulling address numbers off

I thought this would take me 10 minutes tops…boy was I wrong!

Those suckers didn’t want to go anywhere. That was their home for the past 15+ years and they didn’t feel like packing their bags.

After lots of prying, sweating, and maybe a bit of cursing I finally got each number off of the post.

Mangled number

My original plan was to reuse the numbers and spray paint them white. I moved to plan B after mangling those numbers up, and decided to buy some cheap new ones.

Spray painted numbers
Rustoleum Spray Paint

A quick coat of Rustoleum primer, followed up by a quick coat of Rustoleum satin spray paint (in white) and I had some new numbers all ready to go.

While those dried, I got to work on the actual mailbox.

New Gray Mailbox

My mom purchased a new one (@ Lowe’s for $11) simply because the current black one was incredibly creaky, old, and rusted. We decided the $11 price tag was worth it.

Now, I knew that I didn’t just want to use a paint brush to paint the metal mailbox because it could leave some noticeable paint strokes. Spray paint would give me the smooth, even finish I wanted…but there was no way I could match the yellow of the door to a random yellow can of spray paint.

HomeRight Finish Max

That is when HomeRight came to the rescue! They recently sent me a new fine finish sprayer to try out, and this project turned out to be the perfect test for this neat gadget.

I could use the yellow paint from the door AND have the even, smooth finish on the metal mailbox. #doubleplay

Valspar Yellow Paint

The paint is “Summer in the City” if you’re interested in a nice yellow paint.

Casey using HomeRight fine finish sprayer

I was a bit intimidated to try out my new toy, but it was seriously so easy. Tomorrow I’ll walk you through the steps and I’ll offer some advice on this handy sprayer (and I’ll be giving out a brand new FREE HomeRight sprayer to one lucky winner! So be sure to come tune in!)

3 light coats was all it took to bring this gray mailbox from blah…to bright and beautiful!

Wooden Mailbox Post

Next up, tackling that chippy mailbox post.

Palm Sander

I used my palm sander to get rid of the years of gunk and goo on the wooden post. Then I wiped it down really good before whipping out the white primer.

Zinsser Bullseye Primer

I used my favorite Zinsser primer and did a light coat all over the wood with a paint brush.

Primed mailbox post

After it dried, it was time to bring out the brown paint.

Clark and Kensington Paint in Bark Brown

I used the color “bark brown” and chose one that would last in harsh outdoor conditions.

HomeRight Fine Finish Sprayer

My HomeRight sprayer again came in handy for this part of the project. I was able to get a nice even coat on the entire post in less than 5 minutes. I’m guessing this part went about 3x faster using the fine finish sprayer. #lifesaver

Brown painted mailbox wood

The sprayer also helped cover all of the nooks and crannies on the post, without the paint globbing up and creating a thick coat.

Bright Yellow Mailbox

Then it was just a matter of attaching the new mailbox and hammering in the bright white letters.

Mailbox before and after

A pretty dramatic before and after, right?

Yellow mailbox in front of house

I love how the mailbox complements the front door. It makes the front of the house bright, without overwhelming it with color.

Yellow Mailbox Makeover

My roomie is definitely pleased with her new mailbox. I’m hoping this project buys me at least a few more weeks, before I’m evicted 😉

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Be sure to come back tomorrow and enter to win your own HomeRight Fine Finish Sprayer! 
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  1. Ray

    I agree…the mailbox compliments the door wonderfully. I also liked the brown for the post. Very near a stain color. Nice choice. However, to truly make the project into a rehab of the mailbox, you probably should have used an exterior polymer wood filler for the large cracks in the post. Then primed and painted. It would have restored the post and it wouldn’t look like a new box on an old post. Just food for thought on the next project. Great job, good luck.

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  1. Ray

    I agree…the mailbox compliments the door wonderfully. I also liked the brown for the post. Very near a stain color. Nice choice. However, to truly make the project into a rehab of the mailbox, you probably should have used an exterior polymer wood filler for the large cracks in the post. Then primed and painted. It would have restored the post and it wouldn’t look like a new box on an old post. Just food for thought on the next project. Great job, good luck.

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