December 30, 2011

What to Do with Christmas Cards?

As I've mentioned just a few times, I love getting Christmas cards. I can never bring myself to throw them away, and always have good intentions of doing something with them. But alas, they typically end up in the great photo box of doom, never to be seen again. I vowed this year would be different, and I'm happy to report that thanks to Pinterest, I have 2 fun new ideas for my Christmas cards! So I thought I'd share these with you today before your cards get lost in the post-holiday chaos.
Eighteen25 shared about turning your Christmas cards into a little book, and I thought this was perfect! I like this idea for a couple of reasons. First, there's very little cost involved. All you do is print your cover, then get some book rings to hold them together. I also like this because unlike when you put them in a an actual photo album, you can still see the front and back of the card, as many people are now using double-sided cards. Oh, and also? This idea works well because cards come in SO many different sizes that it's hard finding the right photo album to put them in. So yeah, I think I've made it clear that I think this is a great idea. :) I love that it also took me only about 10 minutes to do this. For the free printable and full tutorial, go here.

The other fun idea I came across via Ashley Ann Photography is to take photos of your Christmas cards with your phone, then assign that picture to that person's contact info. Then when they call, their cute Christmas card photo will be displayed. I've loved doing this just because I don't have photos for most of my contacts, plus these are usually everyone's favorite pictures, so I'm sure they'd love that their pictures are getting used for this! :)

Do you do anything special with your Christmas cards? I'd love to hear about it if so!


  1. I saw this on eighteen25 too! I need to do it. I have a pile of old Christmas cards that I just didnt want to get rid of!

    Great idea about the photo's too!

    Happy Friday :)

  2. Great ideas. I like the idea of taking a pic to make it their contact photo

  3. I've been thinking about what to do with them too. These are cute ideas.

  4. love this! we do this with our christmas cards and libbi loves looking through all the books and naming people. i just wish i could find a more "durable" solution for little hands....
    i'm totally taking pics for my phone contacts though - great idea!

    this year i think we're going to save ours and pick out a card each day at supper time and pray for that family. i read about this on someone else's blog and thought it was such a great idea! :)

  5. These are both great ideas. I saw the first one on pinterest too, but never thought of the phone contact idea--thanks for sharing!

  6. You are always full of great ideas!! Happy New Year, Martin Family! If I head back to Dallas this year, I'd love to meet you, given that you can come to Dallas that weekend, too!! Much happiness and love to you in 2012! This is going to be such a big year for you and your family, and I look forward to following along!!! Xo

  7. I always enjoy your blog! I am going to make this Christmas card booklet. Thanks for sharing your great finds! I hope you are feeling well and enjoying your pregnancy! I don't think my comment will link you to my blog but it is if you are ever interested in stopping by!

  8. I love the phone contact idea :) Thanks for sharing! Happy new year!

  9. I need to do this too! Something friends of our's do is pick one card to pray for together each night at dinner!

  10. we made a blessing ring with our local MOPS group that I have kept all the cards on. I am thinking about keeping it around until next year, and adding a divider of some sort on the ring that way I can have both years together.


  11. I usually send them to St. Jude's ... they recycle them and it helps support their ranch- which is a treatment center for children :)


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