Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Scrapbooking Old Cards; Tips for Preserving the Cards You Can't Throw Out!

It occurred to me today (as I got my first Christmas Card) that the holiday season is upon us again and by then end of this season - we get a LOT of old cards we don't want to throw away.

So...what do we do with them...

Well here are some ideas...

  1. If you don't want to throw them away because they have sentimental value, keep them just as they are and make a Scrapbook devoted to their preservation. Glue the backsides direct to your Scrapbook Pages and place a journaling piece (the same hight as the card) right beside the card.
  2. If you don't want to throw them away because you wish to reuse the covers...bring out the Fiskars Trimmer or Xacto and Cutting Mat and start slicing! Then store them in your organizer for use when you are ready.
  3. Then when you are ready to use the covers...but still want to differentiate them a bit...why not turn them into backgrounds for shaker windows. (Here's how: Create a frame for each card (with a window space large enough to see the best parts of the card); glue acetate to the frame, edge the entire frame with double sided 3D foam tape, toss in a few of your favorite christmas confetti's or beads and then place the card front on the back).
  4. And finally - if the sentiment is the most important - you can trim the cover and toss it, then scan the inside message - and use it however you like on your Scrapbook Pages. (My favorite way to do this is to size them down (to approx. 3"w x 3"h) and then (after gluing them in a tiered (slightly overlapped) fashion to a 3"w x 10" h strip of card stock) create a waterfall effect with them. This way..they can be condensed - and read - all in one place.
Happy Scrapping!

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