Card Organizer

Dear Fellow Journalers,

The biggest “thing” in organizing cards is sorting them. This goes for store-bought or handmade. Now some people may argue that you should sort by month(like you Aunt Mary’s  birthday is in June and your Dad’s birthday is in May. What happens if your spouse asks you to buy/make a retirement card for a co-worker who is retiring in August? You buy/make the card and file it in the August slot and forget about it.

I find that it is easier to file cards by categories keeping the everyday events separate from the holidays. So my division of cards looks like this: Anniversary, Baby, Birthday (women, men, children), Friendship, Get Well, Sympathy, Thank You, Thinking of You, and Wedding.

I sort the holidays by theme: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother+s Day, Father’s  Day, Patriotic, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Some tips:

  • Be sure to place each envelope so that the flap covers the card itself.
  • You can also address the envelopes ahead of time.
  • Colorful envelopes add pizzazz!
  • Decorate the envelope with stickers or make liners. Envelope liners can now be made with a die-cut machine. I used to make them years ago. For more information, see below.
  • Use a decorative shoe box for sorting.

Sentiments are hard to get “right”. You can spend hours in a Hallmark store trying to get the right picture and then the inside wording is all wrong. If you make your own cards, there are a dozen sites to use. I keep a folder divided by theme for my inside greetings ( see for more ideas. Sometimes the store-bought card is really perfect, but the inside greeting is all wrong you can take a blank cardstock, write you own message and it on top of the pre-made greeting.

In any case, greeting cards are an important element in gift giving and finding the right one and knowing where it is, can help your recipient enjoy a memorable day.



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