Card Keeper / Secret Pal Gift

I've been working on a project for my Secret Pal. It's a Card Keeper!

At church, we have secret pals and our big "revealing" party is coming up in a couple weeks. This is one of the things I'm going to give to my pal. I think she'll love it!

I had made Card Keepers for myself and all the ladies in my TAC Stamp Club back in 2008 (HERE) but this one is much cuter! Sorry friends! :-( I got my inspiration from THIS tutorial.

The front and back covers are made from a cereal box that I cut up and covered with patterned paper. I put it all together with my Bind-It-All but wish I would have had some larger owires. The biggest I had was 1".

There is a pocket for each month of the year with dates/lines to write birthdays and anniversaries on. If you make or buy cards ahead of time, you can put them in the envelopes and even address them and place them in the month pocket where they belong. Then you can see at a glance which ones need to be mailed.

I went through our church birthday list and penciled in a bunch of random birthdays for my secret pal. I cut that part out of my pictures so it wouldn't be any clues as to who it's for in case she sees this!

I also made 12 cards to go with the Card Keeper to give her a head start. There's one card and envelope in each pocket.

I'll be showing you all of the cards over the next couple weeks. The cardstock and patterned paper I used on everything are both Colorbok brand from Walmart. I don't normally like bright colors but really love this paper!

I haven't had any card-making-mojo for a LONG time! And these cards were a real challenge for me which I think is just what I needed to start creating again. They were challenging because I wanted to keep them simple and flat with no bulk. No dimensional layers, sewing, ribbon, buttons, flowers. None of that! Didn't want to make the Card Keeper too bulky or make things that would require extra postage when my pal mails them.  Guess I just needed a change of pace!

Ok, so check back in a couple days for the first card! Tootles!


Diana said...

These are definitely easy and fun to make. Yours is very colorful :)

Kristie said...

Your pal is very lucky, this is awesome!! I think I need to make one for myself :)

Tina said...

Oh Vicki-I'm so glad you're creating again! Your card keeper is so bright and beautiful! I'm sure your secret pal will love it. Looking forward to seeing the cards. How did your contain yourself from the layers and embellishments?

Amy S. said...

What a wonderful idea for gift giving! I will keep this in mind for Christmas gifts! Thanks for the inspiration!

Bridgett said...

Oh super idea! I have been saving ideas for Christmas gifts that I am handmaking this year and what a wonderful way to start a new year...right? I love your card keeper! It's beautiful! Glad to see you crafting again!
Big Hugs,

Karen said...

Can I ask....if you were to sell this, how much do you think you would ask for it...with the cards in it?

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