Creating Space for Handmade Cards

January 15, 2012

in Card Ideas, Creating, Organization

What do you do with the handmade cards that you receive?

We all jokingly say that no one better ever throw away one of our cards that we so carefully make and then send off.  But after awhile, those heartfelt creations start to pile up.  Well, I have a system and I thought I’d share it with you.  And I’d love to hear your comments on what you do with yours.

I have two ribbon boards in my studio.  I put all the cards for one event on one of these boards.  For me, I mainly get cards for my birthday, at Christmas and then for Valentine’s Day.  So right now, one of my boards is filled with birthday cars:

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And then the other board holds my Christmas cards:

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To make room for the Christmas cards, I took down last year’s Valentine cards and tied them up with a ribbon:

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These I will save for a year.  After a year, I go through and choose one or two favorites which go in a wooden box.  Some may have a technique that I want to copy and they go in a special binder.  The rest get repurposed*, if they can be. Those that can’t be are thrown away making room for the new favorites. (It’s kind of like going through your closet and getting rid of the clothes that no longer fit, are worn out, out of style or you just don’t like the way they look.)  Now you have room for the new!

Let me know what you do with yours!

Marjorie

*repurposed: remove the card front and attach it to another card base making a new card which you can send to any number of organizations that collect cards – for families of the sick, for the military, etc.   At Creating Lasting Memories we have a monthly “Stamp Your Heart Out” class where we make cards for the military.  We often repurpose cards.

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