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  • Terra

    I usually collect them, and then cut out parts from them and collage them. Then I can either make it into a page… Or I can arrange it into a rectangle, and laminate it and use it for a placemat. One year, I had my grandmother send me loads of her old cards that she had saved (but weren’t anything she couldn’t stand to lose) and created a whole set of placemats for her. She uses them every holiday season!

    January 16, 2013
    • Back when I just got the “old school” photo cards – you know, the ones that are a regular 4×6 with the extra block at the bottom where the greeting went? – I used to cut off the greeting block and just slide the images into a regular photo album. But eventually I got lazy about that, and now most of the photo cards are the elaborate press-printed ones with multiple photos.

      January 16, 2013
  • I’ve seen pics on Pinterest of mini books made of the cards, held together with rings. It looks nice, but then again, even the book needs to be stored and I ask myself if I would ever flip through a mini book with cards from seven years ago? I think probably not. So I toss.

    Also, with the pathetic amount of cards we get a book like that would be wafer thin so there is another reason for me to just not bother.

    January 16, 2013
    • We get enough cards to make a little mini-book, I bet, but you know what would paralyze me? All the different sizes! I would have to get over my need to have everything line up. I sort of wish I had a Cinch right now. LOL I saw one at CHA and that would be a quick way to bind them all.

      January 16, 2013
  • I usually scan them, file them away on my harddrive, and then shred them. I just don’t have the space to keep the physical copies!

    January 16, 2013
    • Oh my gosh, I really love that idea! I hate scanning but it would be worth it for these cards – they’re all so pretty!

      January 16, 2013
  • AshleyM

    I collect them and pack with the Christmas decorations and then the next year we can reread them and see how everyone has grown! Love it!

    January 16, 2013
    • Beth

      I do something similar — just throw each year in a gallon-sized Ziploc baggie and then take a walk down memory lane when I unpack the decorations each year. It’s simple but doable.

      January 16, 2013
    • What a fun idea! What do you do with them after that, though?

      January 16, 2013
  • Sue

    Take a look at this post from eighteen25.

    http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-card-books.html

    Yes the cards are different sizes, but I think it looks just fine.

    January 16, 2013
    • Amy

      Last year after reading the eighteen25 post I hole punched all of mine and made a little book with the year as a cover (I had a few years backlogged). I always make our card the first page and my closest family and friends photocards next – then the more distant friends and relatives at the end. I also include a copy of my mailing list for that year so I can remember who I sent to, even if they didn’t send back to me. When I first did it I wondered if it was worth my time but this year when I opened that box and saw them, it was fun to look back and see everyones photocards. It was also nice to see the handwriting on the cards from family members that have passed away. I am going to continue this.

      January 16, 2013
    • I have an industrial-sized 2 hole punch somewhere, I think? I just stacked up my cards and they’re actually all very similar in size. I may have to give this a try.

      January 16, 2013
    • Amy

      i just use my office three hole punch. one hole doesn’t get used but the rest always line up.

      January 18, 2013
  • Alanna

    I taped them all together on the backs to form a collage (showing mostly photos) and then hung it on the side of my cabinets.

    January 16, 2013
  • Barbara

    Hi, Peppermint! It was SO nice to meet you in person at CHA. You were very gracious with my star-struck goofiness.
    I’ve been keeping my cards in mini books with book rings for a few years now. I love it. I used to put them in my scrapbooks each year, but that took us so much space. They now live happily on the bottom shelf of my coffee table, and yes, they DO get looked at from time to time. Especially if I’ve forgotten someone’s child’s name or age; viola’! it’s right there in the Christmas letter! Here’s a link to a rather blurry photo I took to show someone else:http://instagram.com/p/UU0Rv8D-BQ/

    January 16, 2013
    • Well isn’t yours just stinking adorable? I love it. I just buy these book rings at an office supply store, I assume?

      It was great to meet you too, Barbara! And I wasn’t at all aware of your star-struck goofiness. You held it together pretty well! LOL

      January 16, 2013
  • I scan them with my Fujitsu Scansnap. It took me 5 minutes to scan them all, double-sided. Best paper-clutter-busting thing I’ve ever bought! :)

    January 16, 2013
    • I need one of those. I would love to be paperless like you. I’ve been looking at the “Neat” system, actually.

      January 16, 2013
    • I looked into the Neat scanner system also. As far as I could tell, the scanner isn’t nearly as robust as the Fujitsu Scansnap. But I do like their document archiving software. I just use folders on my computer. The search in Windows 7 is robust enough for me to find most things.

      January 19, 2013
  • Jenifer J

    Growing up we always had a peg board in the entry way where we hung the pictures. Each year, as we got new ones, we took down the old ones and replaced w/ the new ones. I do a similar thing now. We have this ugly closet door in our entry way so I tape them collage style to the door until next year. :)

    January 16, 2013
  • Todd

    At first glance I thought the partly-visible card on the left was a couple strangling each other. Not a traditional Christmas sentiment but perhaps more honest for some families.

    January 16, 2013
    • Well, a hug is just a strangle you haven’t finished yet, Todd. ;)

      January 16, 2013
  • Re-Cycle them. Mine went on January 6th

    January 16, 2013
  • Jenn Vaughn

    I have a nice basket out on a shelf where i file/stash them. I save all photo cards there, since I also get photo thank you cards, photo invitations etc. throughout the year. It’ll be a LONG while til i fill up that basket and I or guests can leaf through them all year round. People get really excited that I save them!

    January 16, 2013
  • Tracy G

    I use the mini book idea from eighteen25. I only save the photo cards and usually a good sturdy (and beautiful) card to use as the one at the back. I also include our Christmas photo card as I think it’s cool to be able to see my kids in comparison to all our family and friends’ children. For any of the Christmas letters or small photos that are too small to hole punch, I slide them into a 6×6 page protector (think mine are We Are Memory Keepers?) and then put a cute decorative clip on the top to keep them from falling out. I bought a box of 100 1-inch rings from Office Depot for about $6-8. I have about 8 years worth in one of those cardboard Christmas boxes that sometimes come in sets that nest in each other. I set it out on my coffee table for Christmas and then put it on a closet shelf the other 11 months of the year. My girls loved looking back at themselves and their cousins. My chronically disorganized mother loved the idea and wants me to help her make some. I’m afraid to think of how many years she might have squirreled away somewhere!

    January 16, 2013
  • Katie (sakura-panda)

    I put mine in a plastic baggie with the year written on the outside and I stick them *somewhere* to “be scrapped someday.” I don’t get a lot of photo cards so I figure I can do one 12×12 pages for each year, but I don’t ever seem to get around to it. I’m not organized enough to put all the baggies in one box either, including this year when I bagged 2011 and 2012 at the same time (in separate bags.)

    I love this project: http://sharyntormanen.typepad.com/be_good_/create/

    She used a Zutter Bind-it-all to make a book of all of her cards. I don’t get enough cards to do it, but I love the looks of the different sizes and styles all bound together!

    January 17, 2013
    • Part of me thinks that a binding machine would be sort of like a label maker for me – indispensable. LOL I would be binding everything together.

      January 19, 2013
  • Stevie C

    We do the hole punch and ring to make them into a little book. I about lost it when I realized how chaotic it looked with everything being different sizes at first, but it’s very endearing to me now. And yes, we look through it regularly during the Christmas season so it’s worth the storage space.

    January 17, 2013
  • Peppermint – I got the idea to use my punches and make a layout of them from Ali Edwards years ago. It’s still my favorite layout to make every year – I have them in their own album with a copy of our card on the opposite page. You can see more on the one I made this year here: http://allthingsvo.blogspot.com/2013/01/2012-holiday-cards-page.html

    January 18, 2013
    • That is so super cool, Heather. Thanks for sharing it!

      January 19, 2013
  • liz

    Hey there’s my card! :) I hope you saved the envie too. RIGHT??

    January 18, 2013
    • That IS your card! I figure I may as well make it an annual thing now – the Tamanaha Christmas card on my blog.

      I did not save the actual envelope, but I immortalized it on Instagram which is almost better. Right?

      January 19, 2013
  • I kept cards for 15 years and they kept stacking up and then this year I did a bunch of project with them. I made a tree garland from the card art, I realized I had a history of some families and their kids growing up, so I made them a mini-memento books of all those Christmases, I made ornaments, and I used pieces of them in my scrapbooking (strategic cutting to get signatures of grandparents we’ve lost, or a nice note from someone). I still have cards left so next year I can find some other projects to do.

    January 28, 2013

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