Monday, January 25, 2016

Holiday Card Storage

Do you send out holiday cards? I love the tradition—it warms my heart to see photos of friends and family but, what do you do with these after the holidays? This is what works for me ....


Make a book.
Every year, at the end of the holiday, we gather all of our cards and make a book in this way.
Each year, we bring out the books from the years before. 

All you need is a key ring, a hole punch and you're good to go.

To Do: 
Gather cards. Punch hole in upper corner.  Thread cards onto the key ring.  Voila.  A very personal holiday book!

I've been thinking a lot about the little things; small golden nugget. So often, these small little routines or idea are what make the different. Do you have something similar you do?

This system is one that's worked for me for years for many reasons.

One of the biggest reasons, in addition to being crazy-simple,  is that I can add on continuously.  While in Sweden, most cards are mailed before December 16th, friends and family who are in France don't mail a card until January --- factor in holiday travel --- and  these card don't get lost in the old newspapers but, instead become a book that we enjoy and will again, by pulling prior years out again next year.

The book format can never be under-rated, either.  Last night, one of the kids picked up this book and took the time to carefully read the cards, one-by-one;  noticing things like how much a cousin Audrey resembled her mother. On many other typical days, it's most likely , that although this would be interesting, he walked past the neatly displayed photo garland with holiday cards and bee lined it straight into the refrigerator, rather than looking at cards on it's door.  So, 3 cheers for book formats that really invite both reading and conversation, too.

I'm over come in January with the idea of tidying and organisation. What about you? I feel like I can hardly start "the next things" before I have a handle on what I have. (But, I do; I always do!)  Is this universal? How do you store your holiday cards? Do you keep them from year to year or throw them away?

I can't imagine that you missed these beautiful origami stars, right? These arrived in a beautiful card from Natalie of Schaeresteipapier in Zurich, Switzerland.  I love them; have made some and want you to be able to have the chance, too.

Click here: STAR ORIGAMI TUTORIAL at Schaeresteipapier.

What about you? Do you have a good card storage tip?

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  1. Love this idea...thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you Gina!! My mom keeps all of her xmas cards and actually completed her first craft project ever, inspired by this great post!! You are truly magically inspiration!! Kramar, Oona

    2. Is this "my" Oona! Oh, this makes my day! What a beautiful collection she must have! Sending you all lots and lots of love! xoxoxo

  2. I love finding the "right" paper for specific origami forms. I saw the geometric gift wrap and knew it was for the five pointed star :-)
    Thanks for sharing and the link!
    Best, Natalie

    1. Natalie, you have a wonderful eye! These are so beautiful and your attention to detail lifted them, all the more. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to share your beautiful work.


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