I've made a New Year's Resolution to do better at sending out cards. I love making cards, but the last couple of years I've usually run out of time or made other excuses not to get out birthday cards for everyone on my list. But hopefully this project will help me improve on getting cards out if I put in a little effort to make cards ahead of time.
I got this original idea from a fellow student a while back during a Jessica Sprague card-making class. I created this template from scratch so you can print it on white (or any color) letter-size cardstock. (Click here to download.)
1. Print on one side of letter-size cardstock, then trim off 1/2" on right edge, so the final dimension of each page will be 8" x 11". You only need to print on one side for each page.
2. Score a line 3" from the bottom so the portion with all the numbered lines will be 8" and the pocket when folded on the score line will be 3".
3. Fold the short flap under to create a pocket on the back side of the numbered page.
4. Do the first three steps for all 12 pages.
5. Put your pages in order (and double check!) so the months on facing pages match.
6. Use any desired binding system to punch holes on the right side of the numbered pages and bind together. I used a Cinch tool. (There is no front or back cover.)
7. After binding, add some adhesive to the outside edge of each pocket to seal that edge.
8. Fill in your card-worthy dates and put cards in the pockets so they're ready to go!
Note: This card organizer uses letter-size paper for simplicity, but you could use longer paper to increase the depth of the pocket. It also has reminders for the U.S. holidays of Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents' Day. If you're outside of the U.S. and have Microsoft Publisher, I can send you the Publisher document to manipulate for your own paper size and holidays. Just send me an email if you want the Publisher file instead of the PDF (see the About Me tab under my blog header).