Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project}

Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project} | Our Rosey Life

This is a project I’ve been thinking about for a-g-e-s and I am beyond thrilled to share it with you today!

After the new year begins and I de-Christmasfy our home, I always struggle with what to do with our Christmas cards.  We receive such lovely cards and I just can’t throw them out.  I just can’t!  So for the last four years, I’ve been stashing them in plastic bags, while waiting for an idea to strike.  This year, the lightening bolt struck.  Sha-zaam!

Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project} | Our Rosey Life

I decided to create a Christmas card memory book to hold all the cards we receive.  Next Christmastime, I’m going to display the books on the coffee table.  Because we receive many cards with family portraits, it’ll be neat to see how everyone changes throughout the years.  I decided I’m also going to put our family’s card in the book, because it’ll be fun to see our Christmas card through the years, too.

So how did I make my Christmas card memory book?   It was easy and you probably have most of the supplies already in your stash.

SUPPLIES

  • Card stock
  • Ribbons
  • 2 circle book rings (I used 1.5 inch like these.  The size depends upon how many cards will go in your book.  Any office supply store will have them.)
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Embellishments
  • Silhouette Cameo

INSTRUCTIONS

1)  Select the book cover shape.  Look for book cover files in the Silhouette store or create your own.  This is the file I used “Page Dividers #39304” – click here.

2)  Resize the book cover to fit your Christmas cards.  My book cover is 7.75″ x 5.5″.  I measured my largest card and used that as my guide.

3)  Cut 2 sets of mirror image covers out of card stock.  For extra strength and support, at step 6, you will glue the first set together for the front cover and the second set together for the back cover.

Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project}| Our Rosey Life

4)   Punch 2 holes, centered, in each Christmas card.  I used one of the book covers as my guide to punch the holes.

5)  Cut 2 pieces of 12″+ ribbon.  Glue each ribbon in the center of the book page on the wrong side of the page.  Staple the ribbon for extra strength, as the ribbon tails will be tied together to close the book.

Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project} | Our Rosey Life

6)  Glue two book covers together, with one ribbon sandwiched in between the two.  Do this twice – for the front and back cover.

7)  Decorate and embellish your cover.  I cut the circles and the numbers with my Silhouette.  The font is Casual.  For the inside cover, I cut the angel with my Silhouette and added a strip of washi tape.

Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project}| Our Rosey Life

8)  Slide the circle rings through the holes in the back cover.  Layer each Christmas card on top.  Then place the front cover on top and close the rings.

9)  Cut 2″ strips of ribbon and tie them along each ring.

10)  Tie your book together.  It’s done and ready to be displayed.

Christmas Card Memory Book {Silhouette Project} | Our Rosey Life

I was originally inspired by this post.

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  1. Ok, I totally love this idea! I’m like you and can’t just throw away all the cute and sweet cards that are sent our way. We’ve been packing them away with the rest of the Christmas decorations for years and years. I LOVE your idea of including your family’s cards as well….what a great keepsake! I’m starting to send out Christmas cards now that our son is here, and I may just have to start doing this for my own family. Thanks so much for the great idea and the awesome tutorial!
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    • I wish I had thought of the Christmas card memory book years ago. I’ve already gone back and completed 2 more years. Our kids are loving flipping through the books and seeing “OLD” pictures of family and friends. Thanks for saying hello!

  2. Great project! I started doing this a few years ago and now I’m on my fourth book. I love looking back at the old cards every Christmas.
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  3. Hi Michelle, I’m new to your blog. I found it today perusing one of the other blogs I follow. Your Christmas Card book is a great idea. I have been looking for someway to organize and display old Christmas cards for a while. I’m so glad I stopped by…I’ll borrow your idea, if you don’t mind.

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