Turn Christmas Cards into Photo Keepsake

Christmas Cards thumbnailI’ve spent the past month excited to open the mail. Rather than just bills, magazines and junk mail, I open the much anticipated cards from family and friends near and far. I love seeing their smiling faces, enjoying how much their kids have grown, and reading the highlights from the year. I’ll bet you feel the same way. But what do you do with your Christmas cards after Christmas? Do you toss them all? Do you keep them tacked to your wall or refrigerator for the year? Now that Christmas is over and the Christmas decor is safely tucked away {at least mine is}, I thought I’d share with you an idea of what to do with those adorable photo cards. Believe it or not, I actually save all of the ones I get from year to year. Yep, this organized gal who doesn’t keep much keeps those. {So there’s your incentive to send me a card!} Years ago I came across an idea for a photo keepsake book. The idea is simple: Take a binding ring (I found mine at a craft store), punch a hole in the corner of each photo card, and place into the ring. In about 10 minutes, you’ll have a neat little photo album.

Here are the rings I use:

Binding rings

This is where the cards go that we get in the mail: in a basket near our kitchen.

Christmas cards

Now comes the fun part. This whole project takes me about 10-15 minutes. I take the cards and separate them by similar size. If there are letters with the cards, I refold them in half so the type is on the outside.

Organizing cards by size

I then take a paper punch and punch a hole in the top left corner of each card, sliding it onto the ring. I place our family’s photo card on top.

Card book with letters

I finish the project off by tying a few color coordinated strips of ribbon around the ring, add a tag with the year on it, and voilĂ : a photo keepsake. I keep this in the basket on the shelves near our dining table, so we can pull it out and look at it as a photo album of our friends and family. I have a friend whose family chooses a card and prays for that family at dinnertime. I love that and think we’ll be adding that to our dinner routine!

Finished card book

I hope this inspires you to keep those cards as a fun reminder of the people you love!

Happy organizing!

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2 Comments on Turn Christmas Cards into Photo Keepsake

  1. Veronica
    January 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this because I too save cards!

    • Julee
      January 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Yay! I’m not a saver of other cards, just these. There’s just something precious about seeing the faces change from year to year.


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