By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
All of us have different ways of organizing the cards we’ve made, but what about having them organized as they are needed? This By the Month Card Organizer is the answer to that problem. Place the cards in the 12 pockets and have them ready to send as needed.
You will need to use a paper trimmer to cut 6 sheets of cardstock that measure 8” tall by 12” wide in the colors that you want to match your organizer. Pink, Tan and Black were used to match the patterned paper for this organizer.
Score each sheet at 6” on a scoring board and then fold them in half.
Add adhesive using a tape runner using the sheet in the color that you choose to be the first page and lay it on the scoring board which will help to keep all of the sheets even at the edges. The fold on the first page should be facing the 6” mark on the top of the board.
Next, add the second page in the next color of your choice. This time the open edge should be at the 6” mark.
Continue to add the adhesive and sheets alternating colors until you have used all of them.
These are the pages for the organizer. This is what they should look like at this point when looking at them from the top.
Cut a piece of patterned paper that is 3” larger on all sides than the cover and lay it face down on your work area. The Black Currant paper pad by Die Cuts With A View was used on this organizer. Center one of the chipboard covers in the middle so that you have 1 ½” extra on each side.
Trim the corners of the paper with a pair of scissors up to each corner of the chipboard cover.
Fold each of the corners inward and adhere them down with a piece of tape. After adding a strip of tape across the whole piece, fold it up and over the edge of the cover as shown. This will give the organizer a finished look on the sides. Repeat this until all of the sides have been done and then do the same thing to the second cover which will be the back of the organizer.
Find the center of the first page and mark it. Now, find the center of a piece of ribbon that measures 28” in length and glue it to the mark. The width of the ribbon is up to you. Add adhesive to the edges of the page and then line it up to the inside of the front cover. Repeat these steps with the back cover, as well.
Create the pockets for each page by cutting twelve pieces of patterned paper that measure 5 7/8” long by 4” tall and adding tape to all of the side except for the top. Secure them onto each page. For another look, use a decorative edge punch on the top edge or use patterned paper to match the month. For example, use a Halloween theme for October or holiday themed paper for December.
Add these great months stickers by SRM Press Stickers to keep you fully organized throughout the year.
Decorate the cover with your choice of embellishments to match the papers you used for your organizer. For this one, a black flower was layered on top of the Hot Pink Burlap Flower by Canvas Corp. and then a gem stone added to finish it off.
Stay organized with the cards you need to send all year long using this By the Month Card Organizer. Make them as gifts to help your friends and family stay organized, too. From now on you won’t miss sending out those cards for special occasions with using this!