Scrapbooking With Old Christmas Cards 2

Do you ever feel reluctant to throw out all of those touching photo holiday cards and Christmas cards that your friends and family send each year?  Some Christmas greeting cards can be really personal and beautiful, and it seems like such a shame to send them to the waste bin after your loved one put so much effort into designing and making it.  At the same time, all of those holiday cards quickly build up into an unmanageable pile if something is not done with them.  They go to waste just sitting in a box, and the refrigerator only has so much space to pin new cards on.  This is why many people have turned to scrabooking their old Christmas cards as a way to preserve these cherished memories in a way they can be enjoyed rather than just stored.

There are many different ways that people like to scrapbook their old Christmas and photo holiday cards to preserve them after the seasons is over.  Some of these ideas are functional, such as putting them in a 3 ring binder, and others are highly artistic and take a great deal of effort, like laminating them into a coffee table.  However there are two great ideas that you can use to store your old Christmas cards.  They are practical, affordable and easy to do, making them wise options for anyone looking to save the most precious cards they receive each year.

First, the most common tactic is to take the best Christmas cards from each year and preserve them in a handmade scrapbook.  Photo holiday cards, touching messages written in a store bought card, and very personal handmade creations make great entries into the holiday card scrapbook.  Start off with a well made book filled with blank pages and a bottle of good glue.  Take your favorite cards and then decide how you want to arrange them in the book.  Some people like to cut out selections from each card, others are more fond of collecting the entire front covers of the cards to get a sense of the whole design.  The cards can be stored any way you choose.  Then simply glue the card to the pages of the scrapbook and add some notes or a title to complete the picture.  Remember that holiday cards are printed on sturdy card stock, so putting too many cards on one page may make it hard to turn the pages of the book.

That thick card stock is enough of an issue that some people have actually gone in an entirely different direction and decided to make digital scrapbooks with their favorite holiday cards.  These scrapbooks are made by scanning the holiday card into a computer or flash drive.  The digital image of the card is then uploaded to scrapbooking software or the design tool of a website like invitations.michaels.com, where the images are arranged and the scrapbook designed.  Digital scrapbooks allow the original card to be preserved, and also provide greater creative flexibility to the designer.  The card can be digitally cut up to use only certain sections in the scrapbook without damaging the original, and even resized to be smaller or larger to emphasize some cards and fit more into the overall book.  Once the book is complete it can be printed out to be kept on a shelf along with other family memories.

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