So it seems you, my readers, love organization as much as I do based upon viewing spikes in recent posts about my most recent craft room mini-makeover and how I organize my stamps! Today's organizational tip was inspired by my fellow stamping friend, Mari. At a recent shoebox swap, Mari was explaining how she uses a hanging shoe organizer to organize and sort her cards. She essentially labels each shoe "slot" with a month and then she places corresponding birthday or anniversary cards for her friends and family in that month's slot. I think she even said she has them all pre-written and stamped too, but WOW, let's try not to hate on Mari too much! This crazy girl also said she has NEXT YEAR'S Thanksgiving cards already made! Ugh. Totally hate her.
Since I send a lot of cards to friends and family I wanted to find a better way to organize my cards. Prior to my new birthday box, I printed out a Word document of all the important dates I needed to know and hung it up on my craft room bulletin board. Helpful? Yes, but capital B-o-r-i-n-g!
So, my resolution was creating this "birthday box."
I printed out the important dates on Whisper White cardstock using a simple Word based document:
I trimmed each sheet of Whisper White cardstock to 3 1/2" x 6 1/2 (knowing this would fit best in the box I had dedicated to this project).
I created a mat for the Whisper White cardstock in order to make it stand out a bit more. I used Basic Black cardstock cut to 6 3/4" x 3 3/4".
Then I ran each sheet through my laminator (longer lasting, but not necessary).
Find a shoebox or other sturdy box and begin placing cards behind the appropriate month. *Tip - for added Mari type organization - write inside the card, pre-label your envelope and add postage! Woohoo! All done!
P.S. - I did not do that. . .
There you have it! A simple no cost way to organize your birthday cards!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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