I am a stationary hoarder. I've been told the first step is admitting to an addiction, so there you have it: my admission. I love new cards, old cards, fun cards, sad cards....but especially meaningful cards. Brandon and my wedding cards are so special to us - I cried multiple times reading through them - so we wanted a way to keep them all. Without the mess. Alas, a neat and crafty card book was born!
Step one: Choose a medium size card and measure halfway down the card on the left side. This will be your guide card.
Step 2: Work your way through hole-punching all your cards by placing your guide card on top and lining up the bottom left corner. Punch through both cards to keep your holes aligned.
Step 3: Make piles based on size of cards. My four piles consisted of small, medium, large, and tall + skinny. Then, arrange those piled of cards from smallest to largest in one large stack.
Step 4: If you choose to include a cover, measure the height of your card stack (from step 3). Use your stack measurement to determine your binding width. Center the binding on your cardboard and score vertically to create bends.
Step 5: Align your guide card up with the bottom left corner of the cover and use your hole punch to punch a hole through the front and back covers. Begin threading your embroidery thread through the back of the cover, through all the cards (beginning with the large cards and working your way to the smallest cards), and continue out the front of the book.
Step 6: Tie off your thread and trim off the excess ends leaving approx 3" -5" on either side.
Step 7: To create the pom-pom, wrap the embroidery thread around your fingers multiple times. Roll off your fingers (keeping the loop intact) and double-knot your excess ends around the center of your pom-pom loop. Slip your scissors through either loop, cutting the loop in half. Fluff pom-pom and trim any uneven pieces.
Step 8: Decorate your cover or leave as-is for a minimal and neat memory book to share with friends and family.
This little book is such a great reminder of our wedding and all the loved ones that joined and sent us cards from afar. I think I'll be repeating this process for the abundance of birthday, bridal shower, graduation, engagement, and all other cards that I've been collecting all these years!
Are you able to throw away cards, or do you hold on to them forever too? Please tell me I'm not the only one!