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Thursday, October 15, 2015

GIU Day 3, card organizer

It's day 3 of my Growing in Unity week!
 I'll be posting 5 projects this week using Unity Stamps. And you can be 1 of 2 winners at the end of the week to win a bag of 25 stamps from Unity! Just comment on my posts for your entry every day.

Today I have a card organizer I made. It's a 6"x8" spiral notebook that I use to organize my greeting cards by month. I think I've shared different versions of this twice before. Somehow I gave them all away and finally decided I needed one for myself!

The cover was decorated with some leftover papers I had lying on my desk.  I used the Wildflowers and Wings stamp set and blended a couple gelatos on with a water brush.

Here's a look into the inside:

I used the Here's the Ticket stamp set to stamp the month on each page and just drew a few lines to add some dates to. On each month I add in any birthdays, anniversaries and holidays that I want to mail cards out for. If I make any cards ahead of time, then I store them in the pocket of each page until it's time to mail.

Here's a quick little tutorial in case you'd like to make one.
You'll need 6 sheets of 12"x12" patterned paper plus two 6"x8" pieces of paperboard for the covers (I just use the piece of  heavy paper that comes in some paper packs like Stampin Up's packs).

Score each paper horizontally at 4" from the bottom and vertically right down the middle at 6".

 Fold up from the bottom and then in half so the pockets are on the outside.

Do the same on the other 5 sheets. Stack them up with the covers and bind with your choice of machine (I use a Cinch). The folds will be on the opposite side of the spine. I recommend making the binding wire at least an inch wide to allow enough space for cards on the inside.

Then I just added white cardstock to the pocket fronts to keep track of dates.

Edited to add: This organizer was not my design. I first made one many years ago with directions from an old Stampin Up demonstrator. I've also seen it on the SplitCoastStampers forum. Decoration and paper choices were my own however.

Thanks for stopping by today!

16 comments:

Team Clark said...

What a SUPER idea! I just love this, how very cool! Thanks for the folding tip. :)

Kris B said...

What a great organizer! Thanks for the tutorial!

Amy Williams said...

This is great, Amber! Adorable and thanks for the tutorial!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Wow - thanks for the step by step! I think I need to do this as I have all my cards all over the place. haha Yours is lovely!

sharon g said...

I love how you put colors and patterns together. What a great look!

Gaylynn said...

This is an awesome project. I've purchased one in the past but lost it. Thanks for sharing how to make one. Yours is pretty.

Tami said...

WOW what a great idea!!! I am a member of some birthday groups so this would be great for organization.

Lagene said...

Great greeting card organizer, thanks for the details!

SHartl said...

What a great way to organize and keep your handmade cards. Mine are all stuffed into a drawer and sometimes get bent. I also love that you can use up extra paper scraps on this and it's so pretty!

Sweet April said...

Love it...love it...love it...what a wonderful idea,so practical! I'll have to start very soon with your great and marvelous creation! Liove the way it looks!

Carolyn Johnson said...

I had never thought of making a card organizer before. Had one years ago and hadn't seen them recently. Thanks for the tip!

Ruby said...

This is a great project. Thanks for sharing this with us.

ionabunny said...

Lovely idea. Great gift for christmas. Hugz

UTs Hobby Time said...

Wow!! What a great idea. Never thought of it. Thanks for the short tutorial. I am definitely going to make this one. It should perfect for organizing CAS cards.

Kenneth Simmons said...

Lots of really helpful ideas. Love this idea.

Sue D said...

Beautiful way to organize your cards.