I have officially been married for three months now and I cannot decide if it feels like 3 days or 30 years. Probably depends on which day that you ask me 🙂 See some of my favorite pictures from our wedding day here.
We didn’t go on our honeymoon immediately after our wedding and we will be leaving for Jamaica for our honeymoon in a few weeks. I CANNOT wait! There have been a few other post-wedding activities that I have not been so excited for or just have not had the time for.
This weekend I finally got started on a few of those post-wedding projects. The week after my wedding I trimmed all of my bouquet flowers down. I stored them in glass storage containers covered in silica gel. The flowers have been sitting in said containers since then but this weekend I finally bought a shadow box that I plan to arrange them in. More on that how-to hopefully in a couple of weeks!
The how-to project that I am writing about today is what I ended up doing with all of the greeting cards that we received from our guests. While I haven’t saved all of them over the years, I am the type of person that saves my favorite or a few birthday cards from every year. So my wedding cards would obviously be no different.
The problem is that these birthday cards just sit in a box and never get looked at. I didn’t want the same fate for our wedding cards. We are blessed to have so many friends and family in our lives that helped us celebrate our wedding. I did not want these cards to get shoved in a box only to never see day light again.
I decided that I would create a wedding card book (or books in this case) to display these cards. There are tons of variations of how to do this on Pintrest but I found that this method is the easiest and still produced a beautiful result. The good news is that the front pages of wedding cards are beautiful so you don’t need to do anything to fancy up these books. Another benefit of this method is that you can always add more cards as you get them.
On a side note – this tutorial on how to create a wedding card book would work for any type of cards, not just wedding! I do plan to do this with those earlier mentioned birthday cards when I muster up enough motivation. And by motivation I mean wine.
Your wedding or greeting cards.
Single hole punch. You could use different shaped hole punches but you want to make sure that the holes are big enough for your rings to fit through easily.
Loose Leaf Rings (at least 1 inch) (see above picture on the left)
Pin or marker
How to Create a Wedding Card Book Steps:
1. Sort your cards. I sorted them by size and had categories of large, medium, medium & long (these are the ones with the money flaps in them), small and extra small (these are the tiny ones that are about 2 inches x 2 inches in size).
2. Find your shortest sized card. Punch two holes in the small card along the folded edge (the edge that doesn’t open) so that they are almost completely at the ends. You also want to make sure that the holes aren’t too close to the folded edge. This could cause the edge to break and the ring would fall out of the hole.
*You want to make sure that you use the smallest card that you have for this step. Doing this will mean that all of your holes can line up evenly. If you used the largest card then you might put the holes longer than the entire length of the smaller card.
3. Grab another card (it can be of any size) and line up the small card’s hole-punched edge with the new card’s folded edge. Try to center the small card so that it is in the middle of the new card length wise.
4. Take your pen and mark dots through the holes of the small card. You will be writing on the new card.
5. Repeat this step with the remainder of your cards and continue to use the smallest card as your guide. You will not use the guide card for your extra small sized cards. Simply punch one hole in those extra small cards near the center of the folded edge. Some of these cards will have a flap, which gives the card two folded edges. To punch the hole correctly, pretend that the flap isn’t there and punch on the other folded edge.
6. Once all of your cards are marked, use your hole punch to make holes in all of the cards where your pen marks are. This will ensure that all of your holes line up from one card to the next.
7. Now comes the fun part! Choosing the order for your books. You could order the cards by size or how I did, which was basically no order. The only planned order that I had was that all of my bridal shower cards went in one book and the wedding cards made three books.
I like the look of each book having different sizes of cards in basically no order at all. For the bridal shower book I basically stacked my cards so that the same sized cards weren’t next to each other. Open up your loose leaf rings and string the cards through the ring. I recommend doing the top holes first, close the top ring and then string the bottom holes onto another ring.
The only thing that I did differently for my wedding card books was to put a little more thought into which cards would go into each book. I chose three of my favorite looking cards and set them on my floor in three separate spots. These cards would be the cover for each book.
Next I took my pile of large cards to search for any duplicate looking cards. If I had any duplicates I made sure that they went into different book piles. This way there aren’t two of the same cards in each book. After the duplicates were pulled out and sorted I would then evenly distribute the rest of the cards between the three piles. I tried to make sure that if I had cards that had decoration embellishments on the front that at least one of those made it into each pile.
I then repeated this with each size of the cards. Once I had all of my cards sorted and into three piles I would string the cards onto the loose leaf rings. See the explanation that I gave for the bridal shower cards instructions.
*I was able to fit about 30 cards into each book. It will vary depending on the thickness of your cards as some are quite a bit wider than others.*
It would be really easy to shove these greeting card books into a box. So I decided to put them in a cute basket and store them on a bookshelf in our living room. This gives them a fighting chance to be read again 🙂