I love receiving holiday cards in the mail, but I've always wondered what people do with their cards after Christmas. While I enjoy every card our family receives, I must confess they end up stuffed in a drawer after the holidays until I feel detached enough -- usually by March or April -- to put them in the recycling bin. (Please tell me I'm not the only person who does this...!)
At a crop last January, I saw a lady putting all the cards she received that year into a scrapbook. My girlfriends and I actually balked at this idea -- we were struggling just to keep up with our kids' scrapbooks, much less other people's cards! -- but the more I consider it, the idea is interesting. Scrapping every card may be excessive for the average person's schedule and storage capacity, so I searched the web for another solution.
I found an awesome blog post by Ali Edwards about her seasonal tradition of scrapbooking the cards she receives. Instead of keeping each entire card, she uses a square punch to cut out photos, kids' artwork, handwritten messages, and beautiful images. The effect is stunning and makes quite a beautiful page:
Ali's 2004 Card Mosaic
Ali's 2008 Card Mosaic - with flap to accommodate more punched images
Since we all love our Cricuts, here's a few ideas on how to customize Ali's idea for our special obsession:
- Make a facing title page (like the 2004 example) with the year and a favorite image cut from a Cricut font or shape cartridge.
- Make a scalloped background with a cartridge like Elegant Edges or Fancy Frames.
- Receive handmade cards and can't bring yourself to cut them? Take a photo or scan the card, print a copy, and make a punch to include in the mosaic.
- Full pages too big? Adapt Ali's idea to work as a mini-album.
What do you do with your holiday cards? Keep them? Toss them? Make something with them? Leave a comment with your creative ideas!
Have a happy, scrappy weekend,