You will need:
- 4-5 greeting cards (purchased, handmade, etc...) of the same size, and same theme. It seems to work a little better (technically & aesthetically) when they are vertical cards with the fold on the left.
- 4-5 envelopes to match cards - they will be slightly larger than the card, but that's okay.
- Sticky strip or adhesive. (For sticky strip, I buy from pennywisearts.com, they seem to have the most sizes.)
- 1/4" hole punch. Hand held, or a 3 punch with resizing options.
- Book rings. (Office supply store, or office supply aisle of a local "everything" department store.)
- Various bits of card stock, patterned paper, ribbons, staples, brads, etc. to decorate your envelopes & tags.
- Photos - sized to fit your tags & envelopes. I used all wallet sizes - 2"x3".
- Hold your card with the folded side on the left. Use sticky strip or glue to close the bottom & right side of the card. Be sure to leave the top open. Do this for the rest of your cards.
- Use a 1/4 inch hole punch to put holes, evenly spaced, in the left (folded) side of the cards. Line up one of the hole punched cards with your envelopes & punch holes opposite the opening.
- Make tags to slip into the top of your cards. On the tags you can do journaling, pictures, or reminders from an event (ticket stubs, notes).
- To finish the envelopes, glue the flap to the inside of the envelope. Lick the glue strip like normal, but instead of gluing it closed, fold it into the inside.
- Put your additional photos or tags into the envelopes.
- Stack your cards and envelopes so you have a card first, then an envelope. Alternate until finished.
- To secure, use book rings in the holes. You can usually find them in the office supply areas.
I hope this makes sense without pictures! And I will get those up soon. (Hopefully!) I thought this was a cute idea b/c I end up with a LOT of cards being sent to me that I love & want to save...but then end up with a stack of cards that I can't do anything with. And I know my friends have put so much time & effort into them! Or I make cards...but don't send them. I'm really a bad pen pal. I did not use store-bought envelopes for this project. I made my own with a template...so the paper of the envelope matched my cards.