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Saving Cards and Letters

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Saving cards and letters is a lovely way to save your memories through the years. This is a guide about saving cards and letters.
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By 4 found this helpful
July 13, 2007

Whether or not you are into scrapbooking, you should appreciate this tip. I use a fairly large (12 inch diameter), pretty basket, which sits in my kitchen. When I receive a letter from a friend, thank you, birthday, anniversary, invitation, etc., I drop it in the basket. Likewise, if I go somewhere special, I drop restaurant menus, ticket stubs, other mementos into the basket. Just before Christmas, I empty out the basket, seeing what I want to keep, reliving memories of the year. Some I place in scrapbooks, some I trash, but it is a wonderful way to "walk" through the year and great reminders when you are writing Christmas cards. You will be amazed at all the things you do throughout a year that you forget about. I love my Memory Basket.

By Misty from Hermanville, MS

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By 5 found this helpful
November 13, 2014

There is a site called "Snail Mail My Email". From November 10-16, they will allow you to type a letter to anyone you choose. After submitting it and confirming your letter in an email they send you, they will transform it into a work of art and mail it anywhere for free.

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They use artists to handwrite and add drawings on beautiful paper! They have even published a book showcasing some of the letters sent around the world. They are stunning!

I chose to write one to my daughter. She recently passed another milestone, and this will be a great keepsake. I will probably frame it after it arrives. These truly are beautiful works of art. Hurry, it ends soon.

Source: internet

Link: http:/snailmailmyemail.org/

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May 8, 2013

I've discovered how using a binder with a few simple office supplies and some slight creativity can be used to preserve greeting cards and special memories for years to come.

Total Time: 15 minutes or more depending on creativity

Yield: One Book of Smiles

Supplies:

  • Store-Bought Supplies
  • 1 3 to 4 inch, 3-ring binder (I found that the Binders with those clear plastic fronts work perfect for inserting your own paper with graphics or names to personalize it!) (Approx: $2.00 - $6.00)
  • 1 Comes with about 25 sheets per package Clear Page Protectors (Approx: $7.00)
  • 1 One package : Contains 250 sheets Cardstock Paper (Approx: $13.00)
  • Household Supplies
  • 1 One pair Scissors (Approx: $2.00)
  • 1 One dispenser Clear Scotch Tape (Approx: $1.00)
  • 1 One item Pen (Approx: $1.00)
  • Optional Additional Supplies
  • 1 One package Colored Gel Pens (to decorate) (Approx: $10.00)

*Prices estimated based on items found at Walmart.com

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Steps:

  1. Decide which parts of each card are a part worth keeping- be it a special printed greeting, a graphic, a handwritten note or a signature.

    ** Hint:
    I found it helpful not to keep the whole card but just parts so that the resulting book is not too bulky. If you are interested, you can later give it creative flourishes to the page or card border itself.
  2. Cut out the parts of the card that you want to keep, leaving room around the edges if you are interested in adding creating borders or flourishes to the page.
  3. Take the card and write somewhere on it (or on the page if you dedicate a whole scrapbook like page per greeting card) the name of the person who send it to you, the occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) and the date.
  4. Now is the time to figure out where you want the greeting card to fit on each page. When you have placed the segments where you want them to be assembled, tape them there with the Scotch Tape onto the Cardstock sheet.

    *Note: I tried this originally using normal computer paper but found it to be too flimsy to hold most bulky cards, hence the reason I suggested Cardstock which is a tougher and stiffer paper.
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  6. If you are going to dedicate a whole page to each individual greeting card, keep in mind that the binder will end up being very bulky so you may end up with multiple binders- you could have a different binder per occasion or per sender if that is what you are interested in!
  7. Now that you have taped your card segments (dated and such) into place onto your Cardstock paper, feel free to decorate it as you like- you can even fill it with photos of that person or event. *Note: If you do decide to use photos, make sure you do NOT use regular tape or glue! Use special "Acid-Free" photo tape to prevent damaging the photos!
  8. Insert the decorated greeting card page into a clear Page protector- this will allow you to view the cards without you having to worry about fingerprints on your photos damaging it or accidentally tearing the greeting card.

    When satisfied, add to your binder... Viola!
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  10. Now that you've successfully added one page to your Memento Book, continue with the same process to the next card!

** Hint: If you tend to amass these greeting cards or handwritten notes through the years as I do and don't have time to create a new page as soon as a new one arrives (who does??), you might want to consider having a separate storage space for greeting cards/etc that you want to keep. I use a hanging file folder labeled "Greeting Cards to Add" and put the greeting cards (whole and intact) in the folder AFTER I add the date and information so I don't forget later!

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By 0 found this helpful
December 14, 2007

The first year my husband and I were dating we were constantly giving each other love notes and cards. Though that has slowed down quite a bit I didn't want to lose these precious memories.

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September 14, 2012

My father-in-law passed away 5 years ago and my mother-in-law is now moving on and cleaning out the closets in their house. She has bags and bags of 30 years worth of greeting cards and love notes. She would never let me cut them apart, but I think it would be nice to have all of the little notes in one place for her to keep close. I can scan them, then what?

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October 6, 20120 found this helpful

Using a pretty colored paper, print out as many as you can on each page. It might help if you could put some kind of date reference on some of the pages. Then slip each page into a plastic sleeve and put them all in a binder.
As a genealogist, I see the cards and letters as history of part of the family that it would be a good idea to preserve. The lady at this website has lots of good information about archiving documents and photos. http://practicalarchivist.com/

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