Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Christmas Card Project

About a month ago, I started on this project and just finished it. I am very happy with the results and I thought I would pass the idea along. I wanted a way to store all of our family's Christmas cards but also be able to enjoy looking at them every year. I am not a "scrapbooker" and I am sure many of you could (and will) come up with lovely and beautiful ways to do something similar. In my pragmatic mind, this is what I came up with.

I went to my local scrapbooking store and purchased an acid free notebook.



The picture doesn't show it's true color, which is dark green. (For obvious reasons, a Christmas color.)




In the process of doing this, I decided to add all of the Christmas cards from growing-up as well. I contacted my mom and she was able to get me originals and when needed copies of originals. During the family reunion, in August, I gathered everyone in the family together and one night, we compiled these.


This one is from 1982. Do you like the 80's hair and makeup? My sister, Goddess #3 I am sure will not be pleased that this picture is on-line. She is quite the beauty these days and does not have a short permed haircut anymore.





I then put everything in acid-free sheet protectors, in order starting from the 1st year my mom sent out Christmas cards (1963) until the present. I also have the Christmas cards that my husband and I have sent in order starting in 1999 until the present.

The plan is to bring out the notebook every Christmas season with the rest of my Christmas decorations. I plan on putting it on my coffee table and it will be a fun thing to look through as the years pass.

7 comments:

di said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!
what a fun project. i will have to copy you!

Paige said...

That's a fun idea!

love.boxes said...

Brilliant idea! I love this! You must be a true Christmas freak just like me.. :)

Melinda said...

Oh, I have wanted to do that for ages. Last year's Christmas cards are *still* in the dining room waiting for me to get off my butt. I think I'm officially inspired!

michelle said...

That is a great idea! Thanks for the encouraging words about micro-suede. I hope we are going to love it. It came form JC Penney. they have a home store out here that was bigger than RC Wiley at home!

di said...

janice--i did it! check out my little blog!

sara said...

good idea. i bet your siblings loved you for organizing that! maybe one of mine will do the same (carrie, hint hint).