okay, so here's the deal. I've been meaning to make this DIY project since after Christmas, but as usual, time slipped away. I couldn't think of the right way to execute it, so I kept putting it off. Well, I was sick of that, so I finally made a quick fix option in hopes of someone out there (you) lending a hand or idea.
I LOVE Christmas Cards. Who doesn't? I happily display them on my chicken wire wall until days after Christmas. But after that, they were just collecting in a pile in my coat closet. I knew that this year I wanted to create a book out of them. Each year, I'll add them to the book. I love being able to see all these precious Tiny Prints Christmas cards year round. I love seeing the families change and grow. I love praying over them with my family every night at family dinner. I DON'T love the book.
So, for weeks I tried to think of the best way to create this book. I searched for albums, I tried pulling an existing book apart to use the cover and back, and I failed. I was sick of the cards just sitting on my table waiting until I came up with a grand idea. I was babysitting my sister's kids long with watching C one day and decided amongst the chaos that I was going to whip something out. No matter how crappy or temporary.
So a few pieces of card stock, grey acrylic paint, and small wire later here it is!
^^I have to say these Tiny Prints & Shutterfly cards are my absolute favorite!
This is a great way to teach our son about praying for others, actually pray for others & I'm able to see the cards more:) win win!
It needs serious help. SO, anyone out there got ideas? Know of an album I could use? I'm thinking maybe clear sheet protectors of some sort so I can really protect the cards. I'd love a hard album so that over the years, it will last. This cardstock may last me a good 3 months at tops. If you have any ideas or links to any albums, PLEASE drop a comment.
I'd totally encourage you to make a book of your own using your saved Christmas Cards. I can't express how much I love the idea. I'm even thinking of adding birthday cards of friend's babies (and my kiddos) along the year too. Or birth announcements. Like I'm totally making and adding one like this to my book when we SOMEDAY get our match with our adoption!
Okay, people. Help me out! While this book is a great temporary fix, it's just that, temporary! I need ideas for something more permanent. And I've got major DIY writer's block.
I promise to do an updated post when I find a good solution!