getting crafty: a wedding card booklet

21st March 2012

So if you’ve gotten married, had a big birthday, or celebrated any other type of occasion, you’ll know that you can end up with a stack of cards after the fact. Since we got married last August (you can check out all the details of the day here), I have been keeping all of our cards in a drawer. In a big messy drawer, and it just wasn’t cutting it. The cards are lovely and have such sweet messages, so I wanted to make sure I did something with them so they didn’t get lost of damaged over time.

I wanted to do something simple, so I decided on just binding the cards together. The first step (not pictured since I didn’t have enough hands..) was to 2 hole-punch all of the cards on their “spine” end (so that you can still flip through them). To do this I used my 3-hole punch, but just made sure to use only 2 of the holes (none of the cards would have been big enough to hit all 3 anyway).

I grabbed these book rings from Staples for about $5. It was a mixed pack since I wasn’t sure what size we would need (I ended up needing the biggest ones). Then I just threaded all of the cards onto two rings.

I realized I wanted a front and back cover to make sure the cards were protected, so I grabbed some white foam board from the dollar store and cut two pieces to size (one for the front and one for the back).

Then I hole-punched the covers to match up with the rest of the booklet. The foam board was too thick to get into my 3-hole punch so I had to use my single one and just made sure to mark the spots first.

Then I grabbed some gift wrap I had and covered the two pieces. I wrapped them just like a present and used some double-sided tape on the front so that the paper would really stay in tact.

Then I re-hole punched (to make holes in the paper I just wrapped), threaded the two new pieces on to the binder rings, and added a little title place card. The end result is actually pretty cute!

What’s nice is that it’s super easy to flip through all the cards. That way, 20 years down the road, the hubs and I can still flip through for a little trip down memory lane.

And that’s it, folks! Just an easy little craft project for your Wednesday afternoon… and only 7 months overdue (we got married in August – eek!).

What about you guys? Done any crafting lately? Had any brilliant ideas about organizing your cards? Do tell. 

  • Melanie

    LOVE this idea!! My husband and I are two short weeks of our 1 year anniversary and I still stare at our pile of wedding cards wondering what to do with them, this is it!! Thank you!

  • http://gratedexpectations.com katrina

    that is a really really really good idea. totally copying this.

  • http://www.thesocialhome.blogspot.com Jen O

    I LOVE this idea! Our stack of wedding cards are in a ziploc bag in a rubbermaid container in our garage. I might just have to dig them out to do this! And if it makes you feel any better, we’ve been married for 3.5 years and I JUST ordered a photo book of our wedding pictures. Yikes!

  • http://thisdustyhouse.com Jeanette @ This Dusty House

    We got married almost 2 years ago and our cards are all sitting a big jumbled mess in an Ikea box marked ‘Cards’. Original, I know. This is such a good idea. Perhaps I need to do this… Or, you know, get some wedding pictures on the wall. Or in some way acknowledge that we got married…

  • http://www.eventaculartexas.com Eventacular Texas Wedding Planning

    What a great idea and I would display it as part of my wedding so guests can enjoy the cards, too. Such a simple project that adds that personal touch to your wedding. Thanks of the article.

  • Lisa

    We got married years ago and it took me more than years before I did anything with the cards, but this is what I did. Using a pair of decorative scissors which gives you a beautiful pattern on the edge you cut, I cut out the beautiful verses, the names and signatures of the guests as well as any other parts of the cards which I really liked. I put them all in a scrap book mixed with extra wedding photos. In fact, I had so many extra photos of the wedding from friends and family, that I made an extra scrap book/ photo album for my parents. My Mum was thrilled to have it and proudly showed it to all her friends.

  • Lisa

    We got married years ago and it took me more than 2 years before I did anything with the cards! With a pair of decorative scissors which gives you a beautiful pattern on the edge you cut, I cut out the beautiful verses, the names and signatures of the guests as well as any other parts of the cards which I really liked. I put them all in a scrap book mixed with extra wedding photos. In fact, I had so many extra photos of the wedding from friends and family, that I made an extra scrap book/ photo album for my parents. My Mum was thrilled to have it and proudly showed it to all her friends.

    • gemma

      Sounds lovely, Lisa!! Isn’t it nice to finally do something with the cards? I was so happy to get mine out of our drawer!

      xo,
      gem

  • Pingback: Clever Cards « David Tutera Wedding Blog • It’s a Bride’s Life • Real Brides Blogging til I do!()

  • kelli

    I LOVE this! I just did the same thing with my baby shower cards but had not put a cover on them yet. Your cover is beautiful and so creative. I’m going to be copying it! Thanks!

  • Sarah

    This is lovely! I can’t wait to do it! We have all of our cards still in the original card wedding box – this is so much better! I think in the front, I will also put my bridal shower cards in it also! Love this!!

    • gemma

      Great idea! Have fun with it, Sarah.

      xo,
      gemma

  • Stacy

    My 25th anniversary is this July and my daughter and I are going to get creative together! Finally!! Thanks for the great idea! Stacy

    • gemma

      How wonderful – congratulations, Stacy!

      xo,
      gem

  • Mrs. LeVine

    This is such a perfect idea! It is the day after the wedding for me and I am sitting in my bridal suite looking at the stacks of cards on the table and the pile of gifts with the paper only torn on one side. I am planning on taking bits of the wrapping paper from each gift and some of the left over tissue paper to make my covers and putting the cards inside of a book just like this one.