I know y’all may be saying, “Not again!” But, I have a different way to store greeting cards. I have shared several different ways over the last couple of years, but I had to share this final one. I guess you could say it is the most personal way (to me).
My husband and I have been together since my sophomore year in high school (16 1/2 years to be exact), and I have kept a lot of the cards and letters he gave me since that time. Ok, I will admit. I madly tore up some when we broke up one time because I was very angry at him and wasn’t ever talking to him again. You have been there, right? Ahhh! Those high school days (insert laughter).
These cards are the most personal ones I have, so I wanted them to be easy to access and look at. I want my kiddos to be able to flip through and look at the sentimental things that their parents shared before they were born.
Side note: I am really big on messages in greeting cards. I like to purchase blank greeting cards and write my own message. So, Nathan has tried his best to write sweet messages in my cards.
Before I started this project, all of my cards were in a box. Then, I took all of the cards and separated them into two boxes: mine and my husband’s.
Here is what I used for this project:
1. Avery 1″ Mini View Binder from Staples
2. Avery 5 Write-On Tab Mini Dividers from Staples
3. Staples 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Sheet Protectors, Set of 25
I ended up purchasing enough materials for 4 binders: two for myself and two for my husband.
I plan on taking out the green 1998 – 2009 label because my OCD doesn’t like it. Everything needs to be even, and that one IS NOT! It is throwing my brain off. I have to keep going with this post now because I can’t get it off my mind.
I used Microsoft Word with WordArt and scrapbook paper to make the front covers and sides.
Then, I placed a set of tabbed dividers in each binder and labeled them accordingly (I moved one of the dividers from Binder 2 into Binder 1 because I had extra space):
- 1998 – 1999
- 2000 – 2001
- 2002 – 2003
- 2004 – 2005
- 2006 – 2007
- 2008 – 2009
- 2010 – 2011
- 2012 – 2013
- 2014 – 2015
- 2016 – 2017
I will purchase additional dividers and binders when I need them in the future.
Then, I made sure that all of the cards were labeled with a date, put them in a protective sleeve, and placed them behind the correct year tab.
And, that is all. Easy and very accessible, which is exactly what I wanted.