January 8, 2012

Greeting Cards for the YEAR

This week I was able to work on all of ONE project that was not Christmas Gift related. But it was a great project and very organizational :) I bought/found/accumulated all of the greeting cards I need for the year, and organized them in my card holder.

The first thing I did was MAKE the card holder, you can find my tutorial {more or less lol} here. Next step is to take a notebook and as you fill in your calendar for the year with all of the birthdays etc, write them down in your notebook.

I organized it by month, and then by occasion, and included other card-related holidays like Mother's Day.

Then I took my handy dandy notebook to the store. You can do this pretty inexpensively and still be totally thoughtful. I usually hit up the dollar store and am prepared to spend a little time there. I like to find cards that fit the person and situation, and LOVE only spending $0.50 - $1 at most on them :)

So now that you have all of your cards, sit down with your card holder, calendar/list.

In my card holder, I have one side with occasional dividers for blank cards that don't yet have a purpose or person to go to. This way, when an occasion arises that I wasn't prepared for, I can look through my stash and see if I have a card that will fit.

On the other side I have dividers for each month. I go through my stack of cards with my list and I put each card in the month of the person it's designated for. I don't fill them out yet, I just write the address on the envelope so I remember who I chose it for.

And I do that for the WHOLE YEAR. EASY PEASY, I'm DONE! It does take a little time to get it all done but once you do, you have the card thing HANDLED :) You are ON IT, GIRL! And then even if you don't remember the person's birthday until say, the day before, at least you have the card already and it'll only be a LITTLE late.

Not that I've ever done that ;)

And now that I've got the greeting card situation HANDLED I can stop procrastinating and get back to making Christmas gifts ;)

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Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

What a great idea. Organization like this makes my heart go pitter patter. :)
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Third Girl From the Right said...

Very nice. This would work well for people who make their own cards too. After you're 'inspired' to make a Thank You card you could just pop it into that section of the file.

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

This is a great idea!! Stopping by from Sew Can Do linky party.

Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-first-amp-cover.html