So glad you could join us for the final day of Card Week. Today I want to show you some ideas about what to do with cards (handmade or not) from loved ones that we want to preserve. I guess this has been on my mind lately with all the Christmas cards we got during the holiday season. In the past I've just thrown them all away, but I've realized in the last couple of years that there are some aspects of these cards I'd like to document (names, signatures, photos, etc). First I'll share a few of my own projects, and then I'll share some cool inspiration from other crafters. Though all the examples I'm showing in this post are Christmas themed, you can use these ideas with cards from any occasion.
Christmas Cards 2010 Layout
This layout was included in the WCS December gallery, Holiday Homes. It was a great way for me to preserve the memory of our loved ones' holiday greetings without taking up all the room that saving each card would. I tried to punch mostly names, signatures, and fun design elements from each card. This was easy and quick, but it's one of my favorite pages to look at.
Double Panel Card Collage Layout
I scored two 12 x12 sheets of cardstock at 6 inches and then taped them together on the back.
Then I adhered a sheet of 12x12 patterned paper over the seam to cover it and add stability. Then I just trimmed parts of cards (names, signatures, fun design elements, photos, etc) and created a collage over the 24 x 12 inch area.
I added some paper, embellishments, the date, and title to the front of the panels so when the page is closed and in my scrapbook I know what it is, but if I want to look at the collage I just remove the page and open the panels.
Card Mini Book Layout
For this page I saved entire cards from family members and created a mini book that I included on the layout.
I punched holes in the stack of cards with my Cinch machine and then wound ribbon through the holes to bind them since the wire binding would have been too bulky in my scrapbook.
Pocket Page by Lynn Ghahary
I love this pocket page by designer Lynn Gharary that was featured on the Scrapbook and Card Today magazine blog. It's beautiful and a wonderful way to preserve entire cards in your scrapbook. Lynn shares full instructions on how to create a pocket page of your own HERE.
Below are some fun decor ideas for displaying cards.
Recycled Christmas Card Wreath
Scrapbooks, Etc shares how to punch or cut circles from your cards and create a wreath that you can hang as decor next year. This would be super fun for a birthday. How cool to see the cards you got the year before again!
Christmas Card Tree
Martha Stewart posted this project, which would also be adorable covered with Valentine's Day cards. Hmm...I think I feel a project coming on!
Thanks for joining me this week. I've enjoyed sharing my thoughts and projects with you. I hope these ideas have been helpful and inspiring. Don't forget to share your creations from this week in our flickr gallery. Happy cardmaking!