For the past few years, I've been saving the cards rather than throwing them out. I'd bundle them up with a rubber band, slap on a post-it denoting the year, and tuck them into a small storage tote. But those days are over.
I found a better way to store them on Pinterest: punch holes in the cards and secure them with clasping rings to make a fun Christmas card book. This idea is from Michelle Allen at Close to My Art, and it's a brilliant one!
I took it a step further and made a front cover for my Christmas card book. The snowflakes were made using a Martha Stewart Crafts punch, and the year is stamped on. So crafty!
The clasping rings I got for this project are too big, but I'll swap them out for some smaller ones before I tackle this year's cards.
Using two hole punches was sufficient for the cards. Now I have all the cards, pictures and even Christmas letters secure for next year.
To include the Christmas letters, I folded them in half with the writing on the outside. This way I can turn the page and not have to undo the clasping rings to read the whole letter.
I am really happy with how this project turned out. It was really easy to do, and the clasping rings only cost about $0.50 each at my local Ace Hardware. This is going to make a great coffee table book for next year!