January 3, 2013

Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. - Christmas Card Keeper

WHEW!

What. A. Weekend, y'all! Without recapping every single move I made (#boring), let's just say mine lasted Friday - Wednesday and to be perfectly honest, it was fan-freaking-tastic and consisted of not a single hangover. Hallelujah!

More 5 day weekends?
Less hangovers?
Yes, please!

This goes without saying I hope everyone had a happy, safe and hangover-free New Year's weekend! Cheers to a brand spankin' new year!

Anywho-while my partner-in-crime is out somewhere being a snow bunny (that jerk!), I promise I'll try to be today's hostess with the mostess! (However, I'll let you be the judge of that.) For those of you who are new or are visiting from Katie's blog, welcome! So glad to have you today for the very first Saw it. Pinned it. Did it. link up of 2013!! (Is it just me or does writing/typing a new year always take a while to get the hang of? No. Mmmmkay good.)

Moving right along...

So one of my absolute FAVORITE things about Christmas is giving and receiving Christmas cards. (Preferably the receiving part, but maybe that's just because I'm selfish.) However, once Christmas is over and all the decor starts to come down, I never know what to do with them and believe you me I'm not throwing those suckers away!

Oh. Hey there new kitchen!
(Full home tour coming soon....errrr-eventually!)
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Enter: the pin that changed it all...

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BAM. (Obviously you can use this idea for other cards, like weddings, but Christmas cards were more timely so I went with it.)

And here's mine:
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Here's what you'll need: 

A good ol' stack of Christmas cards (preferably the kind that come with adorable babies on the front)
Hole puncher
Twine (or ribbon)
Scissors
Two pieces of cardboard (cut out the same size as your biggest card)
Paint/paintbrush
Mod Podge

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Punch holes in your stack of cards and lace a piece of twine through them. I did two holes along the top/sides of each card but I've seen it where you can do one hole in the top left corner. Either way, make sure all your holes are lined up or it won't work out right!
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Next, use your paint to coat one side of each piece of cardboard. (This will be your front and back covers so make sure you go all out and date it so you know which year your book is from.) I wanted mine to look a little "unfinished" so I just used a cream coat of paint, avoiding the sides. I used some old red cardstock I had lying around and cut out the words that were on our Christmas card from this year. For the back, I used a heart stamp and wrote in the date with a red sharpie.
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Once you've spruced up your cardboard pieces, coat them in mod podge. I did one coat vertical, let it dry, and then applied a second coat going horizontally.

After it dries, place them on the front and back of your stack of hole-punched cards, lace the twine through the holes and tie it off with a pretty little bow!
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Aaaand if you're anything like me, you'll keep it out for a few weeks before you pack it up so you can still try to pretend it's the holidays. (When you DO pack it up, make sure you pack it with the rest of your Christmas decor so you remember to bust it out the following year! Makes for a great coffee table book and is so fun to see how everyone changes in just one year!)
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How do you savor your Christmas cards each year?! Link up with us and let us know!

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34 comments:

  1. This idea is amazing! I'm definitely one of those people who hates throwing away cards. They literally sit in a pile for months until I find somewhere hidden to stash them. I am absolutely doing this! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. Aw so cute! I've been meaning to do something similar to this!! Right now I just have little plies of cards! Whoops, ha!

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  3. New to your blog.... what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. This is super cute... yours came out just perfect!

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  5. Oh I love that idea! And I love the idea of keeping it on the coffee table, so you can flip back through it again later! So cute :)

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  6. this is so awesome! it turned out so well and I always hate throwing them away!

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  7. Ohmygosh, what a GREAT idea! I'm totally stealing this one <3

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  8. This is really cute - you are so crafty. How do you have all that time and you moved???

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  9. I love your Christmas Card book! I also never know what to do with Christmas cards...I love keeping them and looking at them. Unfortunately this year I didn't get very many (prob. a result of not sending many last year, ha!) Anyway. I linked up this week - finally! But it's a pinterest fail. Sadz. At least it ensures I come back next week to get it right ;)

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  10. That is SUCH a cute idea! I am determined to link up with your women one of these days but I am so NOT crafty...I may have to do a recipe or something.

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  11. This is a great idea. I still have all of this years cards hanging on my pantry door. I have the last several years in piles b/c I didn't want to throw them away but didn't know what to do w/ them! I think I'll have to make a few of these. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. LOVE THIS!!!

    does this also work for fridge magnets of awesome guys named Beau? Actually he should probably stay put on the fridge for all to see!

    I need to make it a point to SEND A CHRSITMAS CARD next freaking year. Maybe itll be a "WE"RE ENGAGED" Christmas card. YA RIGHT. I'll marry lil wayne before I marry kurty bear

    cannot wait for house tour!
    xoxoxo

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    1. LOL yes...actually I expect to see an entire book of calendar magnets with BBFT's face! HA! I can send you extras if you need more.

      And yes!!! Your card next year BEST say "We're engaged"...whether it's to Kurt or Lil Wayne. lol

      xoxo

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  13. This is such an awesome idea!!! All of my Christmas decorations are already down except for the cards! I will definitely be getting into this this weekend! Perfect solution!!!

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  14. Kitchen looks great cant wait to see the whole thing!!! That card booklet looks cute, even to do one of the cards you send out each year. Add a new card every Christmas and you have something to look back at, Cute!!!

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  15. SO SO cute! I need to do this with our wedding cards...it will happen...eventually!

    Happy New Year!

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  16. What a smart and effective idea!!

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  17. Such a great idea! Will be using this for my wedding cards.

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  18. This is too cute! Last year, I just poked a hole through the cards and put ribbon through the hole. This is so much cuter! I will be pinning this immediately and doing this with my cards! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Such a great idea. Love it and can't wait to do it next year.

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  20. Love this!!! I be all our cards! I manned to do this!!!

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  21. This is my favorite link up so I finally decided to join in since I did a million Pinterest inspired things for the baby shower I just threw! Also a new follower! Not sure why I didn't have you in my reader already since I follow Kristin and Katie and they talk about you all the time! Feel like I know you already! (longest comment ever and just realized I must love the (!) since I ended every sentence with it!!)

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  22. soo cute! Im totally stealing this idea for my Christmas cards.

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  23. I've actually thought about doing this with our wedding cards! They are still in a stack but I feel so bad through them away.

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  24. Cute cute CUTE! This is such a good idea- this was the first year that I had tons of Christmas cards pouring in. I feel like you're not really an adult until you start receiving Christmas cards. That seems like a fair assumption, no ?

    Loving the linkup!

    Corin :)
    http://corinbakes.blogspot.com/

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  25. What a cute idea! I just stuffed all of our Christmas cards from 2012 in the back of our desk drawer because I didn't want to throw them away...but didn't know what to do with them. I think I'll have to try this...at least it justifies me keeping stacks of cards from past holidays! :)

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  26. So thought of you when I was on Pinterest today! Think you may like this for somewhere in your new home....

    http://debbie-debbiedoos.com/diy-no-sew-burlap-kitchen-valances-made-from-coffee-bags.html


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  27. Best idea ever! I always wonder what people do with their Christmas cards after the holidays. :)

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  28. What a great idea! Love it! I guess now that it's January 6th I should remove all the Christmas cards from the fridge... now I have the perfect solution for safe keeping!

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