Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Sorting birthday cards

Over the weekend I was finally able to tackle a little project that was well and truly over due  - organising Cruz's birthday cards. A year over due to be exact. After Cruz's first birthday I put all his cards into a little basket in our office and then didn't look at them again until his second birthday when I added his new cards and the cards started to overflow. I had visions of our office starting to fill up with birthday cards as the years progressed, looking more like a greeting card store than a home office.
So, I headed to the Newsagent and bought a plain white A5 file and a sheet of wrapping paper that Cruz chose. We cut the wrapping paper to size and added it to the front sleeve of the file. 

We used a three hole punch to punch holes into the side of each card and then added them to the file. At the moment it looks like one file will fit all of Cruz's cards for 3 years, maybe 4. He had a really big first birthday party so there were a heap of cards from that party. In future years I am hoping we might fit 6 or 7 years of cards into a file.

Cruz loves looking through all of his cards and enjoys hearing which card came from Oupa and Gran as well as seeing all the cards that his friends drew or 'wrote in'. It was an easy organising project, but one that meant that I had another free basket in the house, a tick off the to do list and a new file to add to our office shelves, out of the road and off the floor.

Would you believe that one of the things still left to do on my list is Cruz's baby book? Yup. He is two years old now... and I am still looking for inspiration. I think it might be time to start.


  1. I love this idea, We have so many cards here, I just never know what to do with them. Thanks for the idea

  2. What a great idea!! Ours are all in boxes here but I like the idea of being able to flip through them like a little book.

  3. That is seriously an awesome idea. I have been using A5 plastic pockets but this is soooo much better! And even better...I have a few spare A5 folders lying around too :) :)

  4. I just did this the other week after I saw it on Pinterest! Just have to find some cute wrapping paper for my son to put on the front of the binder.

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