I like to send cards, but I like to send thoughtful cards for the most part. I like to send cards that we have picked out with a particular person in mine or at least something that is particularly funny for a certain event. It was with that in mind that I knew we were going to need a place to store my ever growing collection of cards and this tutorial was born.
A few weeks ago, we were trying to buy furniture to organize my office, which involved a trip to Ikea. The best thing about Ikea is that they always have cheap solutions to problems you didn’t even know you had. Okay, so maybe I can get a little carried away in the store sometimes, but you can’t really go wrong with the build your own organization boxes, or I suppose the correct word is assemble. The only other things needs for this project were scrapbooking paper and a sharpie ultra fine tip retractable.
I started by assembling the box! This is probably the best place to start, because you can see the exact size of the box you’ll be using. Mine was not tall enough to stand the cards up, but I was able to lay them on their side perfectly.
I cut the first piece of paper to the size of the box and then used it as a guide for all the other pieces of paper. I had about 4 different patterns of light pink paper to choose from so I tried to vary it from piece to piece. The scrapbook paper I had looked like something made for a baby shower, but you can play around with whatever you have laying around the house.
Now it’s all about labeling the sections for the people you intend them to go to eventually. This is important if you’re not buying generic birthday cards although I have a section for those because you never know when you’ll get invited to a last minute birthday party for a friend, and you want to have something ready to go!
This project makes me happy though, because I know that I can walk into my office and look in the section marked for each type of family member and locate cards for my mom, his mom, aunts, uncles, or friends with just a few flips. Plus my card collection is ever growing!
What kinds of cards do you like?