So most years we get at least 50 awesome Christmas cards. I have tried saving them in the past and since it was not until recently that almost every card is a photo card, at bare minimum I would save the photo cards. However, I would say that this year a good 90% of the cards were photo cards and year after year, this can add up. I hate to just throw them away. Unfortunately they don’t all fit in my scrapbooks.The solution to my dilemma presented itself on a Pinterest browsing session. A Christmas Card Book. The one I saw was actually bound but that is not so DIY for me and I thought, “Boy that must cost a penny.” So here is my inexpensive version. I took me about an hour of my time…but I tend to be a little obsessive so it would take most people about 30 minutes. It cost me nothing since I already had the supplies. But the supplies are pretty inexpensive and can be purchase at the Dollartree or 99 cent store or office supply store.
- Christmas Cards
- Cover (about a 1/4″ larger than your biggest card)
- 2 – binder rings
- single hole punch
- paper cutter
Print out a cover. The one I did was a 6″x8″ card cover and I have a JPEG for you below. You then cut it to size. I recommend when you cut it leave about 1/4″ on the top and one side so it would actually be 6 1/4″ x 8 1/4″. Find your smallest card and center it on the back and hole punch both where you want your holes. Use the card cover (face down so you don’t accidentally mark on the front) to trace holes on the other cards for punching. This is where I would say I am a little obsessive as they had to line up with no overlapping and I split the cards so that like sizes were with like sizes. Hole punch each card and place it on the binder rings. I liked the idea and decided to put our Christmas card in the front. Add the cover and you are done!
Its perfect to have out and on display like any scrapbook and gives you and easy, organized and simple way to keep your Christmas cards you receive each year!