Thursday, March 12, 2020

how to store your handmade cards

I've been making handmade cards for years now, so I've collected quite the stash. They come in super handy when I have a birthday, wedding, shower, etc to attend, and I love having them available so I don't have to spend so much money on a store-bough card. I've figured out a storage and organization system that works well for me, and hopefully it will inspire you to get your completed handmade cards organized so you can benefit from your own hard work and creativity!
Create custom tabs to keep organized with the Word Punch Board. Aly Dosdall shares how.

My favorite container for storing and organizing my handmade cards is the We R Memory Keepers Card and Craft Organizer. It's a clear plastic box with a hinged lid. I love that I can see what's stored inside and I don't have to worry about misplacing the lid. It also comes with 6 sturdy plastic dividers to help keep my cards organized and easy to find. This handy 11x9x8 box sits on a shelf in my craft room closet so I can access it whenever I need it.Word Punch Board Tabs by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers.
I organize my cards by theme in a way that works for me based on the type of cards I give away most often. Here's how I divide them: YAY=cards for celebrations (birthdays, showers, weddings, graduation); HELLO=all occasion cards (friendship, hello, thinking of you, etc); CMAS=Christmas cards; FOR YOU=gift tags/cards, and sympathy cards; THANKS=thank you cards; and SEASON=all other holiday and seasonal cards (Easter, Halloween, fall, spring, etc). You might need to divide your cards into different categories based on your needs.
Of course as a crafter I had to make some cool tabs for my dividers! I pulled out a couple of We R tools to help with that--the Word Punch Board and the Tab Punch Board.
Make custom tabs with the Word Punch Board and Tab Punch Board
I started by measuring the width of the tabs on the plastic dividers. Then I trimmed my gold foil paper to 4 1/2 inches wide to fit the tabs. I figured out that I could fit 6 Word Punch Board letter inserts into the 4 1/2 inch limit, so I selected my letters and centered them in my Word Punch Board punch guide and punched my word. (Be sure to save the leftover letters for another project!) After punching the word I used the Tab Punch Board to punch the corners to make tabs, and then I trimmed the tab to 7/8 inch tall to fit in the plastic divider tabs. 
Word Punch Board Tabs by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers.
I backed each tab with a strip of plain white cardstock, trimming it to fit the gold paper tab and then adhered the finished tabs to the dividers in the bin with some double sided craft tape. This is a great way to use up paper scraps!
Word Punch Board Tabs by Aly Dosdall for We R Memory Keepers.
The Card and Craft Organizer is the perfect storage bin for completed cards. I promise you'll be so glad you got one! The Word Punch Board is a great way to customize labels and tabs for just about anything you want to organize. You can use the letters that you punch out, as well as the paper you punch them from. Get the look you want with your choice of paper and colors.
Thanks for stopping by, and happy organizing friends!

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3 comments:

LB said...

I cant wait to do this. I have everything so this will be fun.
Thanks Aly

Aly Dosdall said...

You're welcome! Happy organizing!

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