Thursday, April 10, 2014

Christmas Card Keepsake Book DIY

WARNING: Today's post is brought to you by my never ending love of Christmas. You've been warned.

Two things I'm crazy about is Christmas and receiving snail mail. Put two and two together and it's easy to figure out that I love getting Christmas cards each year. I don't usually hold on to the Christmas cards after the holiday comes and goes but since C was born I have. The cards we received from friends and family his first Christmas are packed away in his "baby's first Christmas" keepsake box. Christmas 2013 cards have been hanging out on my desk for months, waiting for me to decide what I wanted to do with them. After searching Pinterest, I found a few ideas but none that fit what I had in mind so I create my own simple Christmas Card Keepsake Book DYI.

Supplies Needed
Scissors
Card Stock 
Adhesive
Hole Punch
Mental Rings
Printed Christmas Themed  Design for Front Cover 
Christmas Cards

First, using PicMonkey, I created a Christmas themed cover for our book. I used some of PicMonkey's designs, personalizing the font, colors and adding a Christmas quote. I printed the 5x7 PicMonkey design out on white card stock and used paper adhesive to attached it to the brown card stock that is a little smaller than a typical 8x10. To figure out what size works best for you, measure your largest card and go a bit bigger to create the booklet. 

I decided to use both picture cards and the old fashion cards (you know, ones without photos) in my book. You may want to include letters, depending on your preference and what you consider a Christmas keepsake. I sorted my cards by size and hole punched 2 holes in each card. Using 2 metal rings, I bound the cards together.


I decided I am going to put our family card for the year as page 1 of each book. It will be fun to look at our cards as our family grows and evolves. And nothing is sweeter than this chubby little fellow looking up at you with his adorable toothy grin. 


There you have it. This will take all of 15 minutes, resulting in a keepsake to cherish year after year. For those of you who just happen to have your Christmas cards from last year laying around, HERE is the PicMonkey design I created. Feel free to use it to create your Christmas Card Keepsake Book. This would also be a perfect DIY for birthdays, weddings and other cards you receive year round. I'm currently putting together one for with CJ's first birthday birthday cards and look forward to sharing it with him one day. Here is the PIN for later, for those of you who don't do Christmas crafts the week before Easter.

Happy Crafting!
 

27 comments:

  1. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's really simple as well. And works with any cards you may keep!

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  2. That is adorable & do-able!! I think I just may try it this X-mas.

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    1. I'll remind you this winter since you know.. who is thinking of Christmas other than me right now? ;)

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  3. What a great idea! I always hate throwing away my cards!

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    1. Cards can be so expensive so I think it's nice to hold to them!

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  4. This is such a great idea!!!

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    1. The possibilities are endless really. Like I said, I have one of C's birthday cards as well.

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  6. This is such a cute idea. I always keep all the cards we get and Kristian makes fun of me, I need a good place to put them.

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    1. Create a book and each year, lay them out. It's fun to look back and see how much as changed in a year!

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  7. Never thought of using picmonkey that way! Awesome Idea!

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    1. PicMonkey is full of ideas. Google and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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  8. Great idea! I just plaster mine all over the fridge until the next year. Haha! This is MUCH better. :)

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  9. What a fantastic idea! I think I'm going to go back and do this for all of the cards from my wedding. Love it!

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    1. I thought about that too but ours is in a keepsake box and I would hate for any of them to get ruined somehow.

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  10. Gah! I wish I would have seen this right around January 1. I love Christmas cards something fierce, and I always hate taking them down and tossing them after the holidays (I know how much money some people spend on those suckers)! Tucking this away for the 2014 holiday season.

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    1. I wish I could have gotten it together earlier than now. I mean Christmas crafts in April? Only me!

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  11. I save my cards at least one year to look at again and make sure I send to all the people who sent me one. I love your idea, I will try this in December.

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    1. That's another great reason to do. I plan to just sent cards to folks who sent us. It might sound a little mean but those cards are expensive!

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  12. Love your idea! We keep them for a year and pray for the people who sent them to us. I keep the tops of cards that we can recycle into the girls making their own scrapbook cards. When I clicked on your link, it said that I needed to request permission to see it, so you may have to change your settings to anyone with the link can view it?

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  13. Such an adorable idea! Plus christmas?! I thought I clicked on the wrong thing but really theres nothing wrong with a great love of christmas

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  14. Love this!! I always hate throwing them away but at the same time don't know what to do with them if I keep them -- this is perfect!! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. This is perfect for a scrapbook project I wanted to do. I have collected holiday picture cards for the last 10 years or so. Been trying to figure out how to arrange them as a keepsake. Pinned! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I will have to save mine so I can make one this year. Especially the photo pics of family and friends, I feel so bad throwing those away.

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