Christmas Card Binder. Organize the Christmas and holiday cards you want to save in a discbound notebook to preserve your favorite memories.
Preserving memories is so important to me. I am a sentimental person. This is partly because of my personality, but also because I lost my mom at such a young age. Usually, after Christmas is over and it is time to take down the holiday cards we received, I usually just put them all in a Ziploc bag, label it with a year, and call it good. I am saving them, but not really doing anything with them or enjoying them.
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I wanted to figure out a way to display the cards year after year and have a way of looking back at them. I originally thought I would put them in a scrapbook album. However, this option could take up too much space and was more work than I wanted to put into it. Instead, I decided to create a Christmas card binder using the ARC System from Staples.
I use an ARC binder already for my blog planner. This system is great because it works like a traditional notebook where you can flip the front pages around to the back, but you can also add and remove pages, like a binder. It is the best of both worlds of both a notebook and a binder in one.
Christmas Card Binder Organization
- Arc Notebook, Junior Size
- Levenger Circa Punch
- Arc System Pocket Dividers (optional)
- Cricut Machine
This project is really easy. Start by purchasing an ARC or discbound notebook. You need the smaller, junior size (6 3/4″ x 8 3/4″) for this project. Take out all the pages the book came with.
Punch each Christmas card you want to include in your binder.
Note: The ARC punch is expensive if you don’t use many discbound notebooks. I purchased this smaller one from Amazon, and it has been working great. However, it will only punch one card at a time or about 2 standard sheets of copy paper. You can also purchase the Happy Planner punch for less.
Add the punched cards to the binder.
I was left with some holiday cards that were not photo cards, but regular greeting cards. I wanted to save some of these with special messages, too. My punch wouldn’t go through that thick of paper, so I simply added a folder pocket divider in the notebook in the back to hold all of them.
My binder can easily hold two years’ worth of cards. I will probably add one more year as I dig them out of the storage box in our shed. I plan to make more of these binders for all the cards I have saved.
So we can easily identify what cards the notebook contains, I created a vinyl label to say ‘Christmas Cards’. I used my Cricut to cut the words out of red vinyl.
I also cut out the years included in the binder with gold vinyl.
Helpful Tip: When using Cricut Design Space to cut out vinyl, create a square or rectangle around whatever you are cutting out. Attach the rectangle to the layer of your image or text.
This makes it much easier to weed the vinyl.
Once you have the negative vinyl weeded, use transfer tape to move the image or text from your paper backing to your project.
It will be fun to look back at all the photo cards year after year to see how everyone has changed and grown-up over the years.
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