Ok. I have to start this post by saying that I was so touched by your sincere comments after my 2015 goals/word post! Honestly some of them made me tear up. So kind of you all. I have an e-mail folder full of blog comments and e-mails I’ve saved over the years that have meant a lot to me. I call it my “rainy day folder” and I turn to it whenever I’m having a bad/hard day for a little pick me up. :) Most of the comments on my last post are now in that folder. Thank you! Truly. Your love and support mean the world to me.
Talking Christmas cards today! Do you still have yours up? I might be a little crazy, but I usually keep my cards on display until after January (sometimes through February!). They make me so happy and I’m never ready to part with them right after Christmas. Here are a few pics of how I displayed them this year. I had grand plans of displaying them in a fun way on a blank wall near my office and then just ran out of time to put it together (maybe next year..). Instead my kitchen pantry door frame became the landing spot! I used painters tape to hold the cards up and they’ve all stayed in place. YEA.
For fun we stuck one of our leftover cards from this year on the pantry door. Love seeing those three faces smiling at me every time I walk in the pantry. :)
As the month went on and we started getting more cards I could tell I was going to have to use the door frame on the other side of the butler’s pantry.
And eventually I started sticking them on the door molding in the hallway. I created a sort of Christmas card lane without really trying to. :)
Speaking of our butler’s pantry this is how it looks right now. I took out some of the Christmas stuff, added a few heart shaped bowls and called it Valentine’s day decor. :)
I’ve loved having my cards displayed here because this is an area of our home we are in and out of so much of the day. I can’t think of a more often used door than the pantry! Wonderful to be greeted by so many smiling faces I love on my way to grab some pretzels or cereal. :) Speaking of being in and out of the pantry all day – I caught a quick blurry shot of my little monkey trying to be sneaky. His latest trick is to tip-toe into the pantry when he thinks I’m not looking and then get into the chocolate chips. I need to just move them up where he can’t reach, but I kind of get a kick out of watching him. :)
For those of you who are newish to my blog (hello and welcome!) I thought I’d share what I do with my Christmas cards after I finally do take them down… in March. ;) (Full post here.) I chose a handful of cards for the year, cut the family pictures out, and create a very simple scrapbook/collage page. Only one page per year. I try to mix it up so that I’m using different families each year. That way eventually I’ll have all of our friends and loved ones in my album.
What album you ask? Well my Christmas album of course! The one that has been on my to-do list to finish for the past five years. :) Someday! Until then I’m just going to keep my Christmas card layouts up to date. I may put them in an album all on their own at some point. Such a fun thing to have displayed on the coffee table every December for all of us to flip through!
I need to get going on that.
TO DO #356,473 on my list this year.
16 thoughts on “Displaying and Saving Christmas Cards”
Happy new year Erin, for you and your family. You are such an inspiration to me. Maybe this year, that my twins are older i reach to display my Christmas cards through the house just like you :) it´s an amazing idea.
I´m always looking forward to every new post, they always brighten my day! Thank you for your kind words!
Thank you Vanda! So sweet of you to say. Happy New Year to you too! xo
Wow, to get THAT many cards! We are lucky if we receive 15. It seems to dwindle each year. What a pretty idea to showcase those that took the time to send greetings!
I was thinking that exact same thing – SO MANY CARDS!
You are very, very loved :)
I think we got 6 this year….
I didn’t send out any this year – I only gave to a few friends who I was going to see around Christmastime because our postal system was on strike.
I store mine in a binder ring book. One day when my basket gets too full I’ll have to start keeping only some of them – for now, I keep them all. http://takechargesolutions.org/blog/2013/01/09/my-christmas-card-storage/
Love, love, love how you displayed your Christmas cards! ALways fun to see friends and family at the holidays! I’m like you — I hate to throw those cards away. Am putting your ideas (I do copy you all the time) on my list of things to do too!
Thanks Janet! :)
I love how you display your cards! We plaster ours all over the windows in our kitchen, but it makes our kitchen so dark! Maybe next year I will follow your lead and tape ours around the door openings. We have been creating scrapbook pages with our cards for a few years now – we LOVE to look at the pictures each December. Have a great day!! xo
Wow, and I thought WE got a lot of Christmas cards! I love how you displayed them. What did you use to stick them to the wood door frame? tape? or something else?
And I LOVE the idea of cutting our the family photos and making a collage! What a great idea! I always feel SO BAD when I have to throw cards away each year. In order to cut back on my never-ending clutter, I cannot keep them all. So your idea is an awesome one. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Katrina! I just used painters tape. Worked so well! :)
Ooooh… Sneak peek into your pantry. Could we have a post on how you organize it??? :)
And I love the idea of “Valentine” decor!!
I love the scrapbook idea! Its brilliant! I usually just stick the photo cards in a photo album, but each card takes up one page and cards are getting so much bigger now…so cutting out and saving only the pictures is such a smart idea!
I still have mine up too! I love how you display yours, and think I may spy some folks I know and love! :-)
Wow! That is a LOT Christmas cards. I keep ours out for awhile too. We use painters tape to either hang off ribbon on the sides of doorways or bookcases or to put directly on the wall in our entry/living room.
I love reading your blog – it is such a positive space. In the UK we send and receive lots of cards at Christmas but very few families personalise them with their own photo. It looks like this is the norm where you are – how lovely.
What a wonderful idea Erin! I love the idea of putting them around doorways to see them when passing. Also, what a great way to keep the pictures throughout the year.
I save ours in a book, too! I used a composition notebook…you can see it here: http://www.thesweetoliviablog.com/2013/12/how-to-save-christmas-cards-and-letters.html
Your little guy and mine would get along. He’s always trying to sneak something :)