Greeting Card Organizer {Stocked with Hallmark Value Cards}

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The last couple of years have been just plain crazy, and I let that craziness take over any forms of organization that were in place in our home. I’ve been working really hard to reclaim a sense of organization for 2014. I’m excited to be bringing you several posts over the next couple of weeks that will hopefully inspire you to do the same. Having less stuff and keeping it in an organized way helps life feel just a little bit more doable. I’ve been tackling anything from big projects like getting the garage back in shape, all the way to smaller items like creating a better system to get our bills in the mail. 

Sometimes getting organized can help us with other things in life that we want to do better. I’m not that great at getting cards out to people. I love to give gifts and send notes of encouragement, but I’m usually scrambling at the last second to get a card in the mail. Many times I just forgo the card all together. When it already feels like your to-do list is a mile long, it’s sometimes hard to add even the tiniest thing. And have you seen the price of cards lately? Many are running for $6-7! Eesh! 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

I set a goal to be better at loving on people through the written word. I wanted to at the very least make sure each birthday is remembered, and then to send out encouraging notes here and there throughout the year. My other goal was to do this affordably! 

Enter : Hallmark Value Cards. While picking up a couple of things from Walmart, I stumbled upon this section of greeting cards. Hallmark Value Cards are all less than $1 – either 47 or 97 cents! Hello. That is one fourteenth of what a normal birthday card will run you. So I did what any normal human being would do and I grabbed every single card I liked. I stocked up for the year and more. The cards are cute and simple. That’s the other thing I struggle about with cards — the long cheesy poems full of things I would probably never say. It’s rare to find one that makes me thing “Yes! Those are all of the things in my heart ready to burst from my heart to birthday card!”. I appreciate a card with a simple saying, and plenty of space to write a meaningful note. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

{You can also sign up for the Hallmark Rewards Program. You earn a reward for every 5 Hallmark cards purchased — and they’re really fun rewards, too! You can sign up online or download the app onto your phone. Easy!}

Hallmark Value RewardsGreeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

This is a small selection of the awesome Hallmark Value Cards I was able to stock up on

So, to actually accomplish this goal of mine I knew I needed to get a good system in place so these cards would actually be filled with kind words and placed into the intended recipients hands. I decided to put together a greeting card organizer using a mini-binder. Mini-binders are awesome and will make your life 10 million times more awesome. It’s science. 

To make your own card organizer, you’ll need a mini-binder, dividers, sheet protectors, pockets, and of course…your stash of cards.

Supplies needed to make a mini-binder greeting card organizerI labeled each section by category : Birthdays, Anniversary, Thank You, Holidays, Sympathy, Get Well, and Blank. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder -- fully stocked with Hallmark Value Cards (they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)Behind each tab divider is a pocket. This is where I keep the cards. Simple as that! 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)To further my organization, I created a perpetual calendar where I can keep a list of everyone’s birthdays and other important dates to remember. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)At the beginning of the month I can flip to these pages and see what cards need to be sent out. I go ahead and write a note in the cards and stick them in a stamped and addressed envelope . I put a sticky note on the outside of the envelope with the date the card needs to be put in the mail and then it sits on our outgoing mail envelope until it’s time. No more last minute scrambling !

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)I’ve made the binder cover and perpetual calendar available to you as free printables! You can click on the PDF download links at the bottom of this post. 

Greeting Card Organizer using a mini-binder (fully stocked with Hallmark Value cards - they run at 47 and 97 cents a piece!)I’m excited to have a good system in place to send out cards this year! I feel like I’m killing three birds with one stone – I’m getting myself a bit more organized, sending out notes to my loved ones, and saving money while doing it. It feels awesome! :)

Make sure you check out connectionsfromhallmark.com to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other bloggers. Join in the #valuecards conversation on Twitter!  

Free Printables: 

Greeting Card Binder Cover

Perpetual Calendar Jan – June

Perpetual Calendar July – Dec

As always, I’d love to see photos of your own if you decide to attempt this project! 

Have an awesome day! 

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