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February 21, 2013

Keeping Cards and Entertaining Babies

After last Christmas, I followed the awesome example set by Marcia and used binder rings to put together a keepsake collection of our Christmas cards.

The girl LOVE looking through it, and it's been such a great way for them to remember our friends, especially those whom we don't see very often.

I have had the 2012 cards bound for a few weeks now, but I hadn't come up with a cover design.  I recently ran across some Christmas trees that the girls had colored, and I thought that would be the perfect accent to our holiday cards.

I cut out the trees, glued them on to turquoise card stock, added "2012" [cut out on my trusty Cricut], and had it laminated for $1.79 at the office supply store.

While I was at it, I drew two simple (lopsided...don't judge!) flowers onto white card stock, and had the girls color them.  [That's Baby B's on the front; Baby A's is on the back.]  I added "2013", and I've started a collection of the cards the girls have gotten this date for their birthday and Valentine's Day.

The girls have already spent so much time perusing their collection.  I love the way it looks...and it's a whole lot better than having random piles of cards scattered throughout the play room (as we have had in past years).

Hooray for binder rings, lamination, and up-cycled artwork!!!


Anonymous said...


i always forget about this. i did save this years in a "special location"...maybe we'll do this, too!!

Kelly @ Here Comes the Sun said...

I did this with our 2011 Christmas cards but have not yet done it for 2012. I had never thought about doing it for other cards as well. I will have to dig them out!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

of course I love it!!!!

I do think it's the lowest-maintenance and quickest way to keep cards :)

PS i loved our email conversations last night - will reply to your long one over the weekend :)

cat said...

I love this idea of Marcia! Yours look stunning

Double the Giggles said...

I thought this was a fabulous idea when you posted about doing it last year. I still have my 2012 cards and I MUST do this! The boys will love it. Thanks for the inspiration!