Monday, January 4, 2010

What To Do With All Those Christmas Cards?

Over New Year's and the weekend, we took down our Christmas decorations and I took down our Christmas cards. I always put the photo cards in my scrapbook...but I was also looking at the other cards and thinking "What can I do with these?"

A few years ago, I cut everyone's signatures out of their cards and put them into a scrapbook layout. I thought it was a fun way to capture people's writing, especially in the Internet Age, where almost NO ONE writes letters anymore!

This year, I decided that I was going to take some of my punches, and punch some shapes out of the cards. I looked through my punches, and decided to use my square maker to make some punch-outs:

I used these squares to decorate my scrapbook pages with the photo cards on them. Great, easy decorations for a scrapbook page! Sorry, I won't be posting the scrap layouts here, as I want to keep my family, friends and especially their children's faces "anonymous."

Another thing I did was to punch out some tags:

Just make sure that the section of card that you are punching out is blank on the back; so you can use the back side to write who the gifts are "to" and "from." The Creative Memories tag maker that I used also has the option to punch a hole on the top of the tag. You can then tie it to a package with ribbon. Save these tags for next Christmas!

Another option for Christmas cards is to send them to the St. Jude's Ranch for Children. This is an organization that helps neglected children. Children and volunteers cut off the fronts of cards, then attach them to new white or ivory cards, and sell the cards to raise funds for their organization. Very cool! They accept cards other than Christmas cards, as well. It says on the site that cards will be accepted this year until February 28, 2010.

What do you do with your Christmas cards? Toss 'em? Recycle them somehow? Share your ideas here!

Linking to: I Heart Naptime


Danni said...

I've been doing this for years now :) Last year I started the tags and actually reused them this year for gifts! FUN! And a great way to recycle!

Kristin said...

Oh, great ideas! A friend of mine did that with the tag -- so pretty. But I love your squares for borders idea and cutting out the signatures -- you are right, in this digital age, hand-writing is becoming quite precious. :)

Ilissa said...

This is a great idea! I will definitely be doing this in the future!

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