by Eileen Weber
Honestly, I gave a valiant effort at ignoring them. But when they asked one another if they thought I might be awake in a soto voce “whisper” (note the quotation marks), I thought it best to open my eyes.
I found a stack of cards. One of them, as my oldest proclaimed with verve and gusto, was the “biggest card ever!” Yes, yes it was. It was about the size of a Lexus. It probably had its own zip code. In fact, I would hazard a guess that there are some third world countries that occupy less space than this card.
My first thought was, “This isn’t going to fit nicely into the recycle bin.” What do you do with old cards? It seems a bit ridiculous to throw them out. There must be something creative you can do with them. After all, they are made from paper.
A cursory search on the web brought back a number of sites that gave the same inspiring concepts. Many of the sites focused on Christmas cards. But the same process can still apply with more generic holiday and birthday cards. Hopefully, you will find one or two that work for you:
• Use them in scrapbooking.
• Make gift tags out of them.
• Cut them up and use them as postcards.
• Use them in decoupage.
• Make new cards of out of them for someone else.
• Take some of the cards with more attractive designs and frame them. Instant art!
• Cut them into long strips and use them as book marks.
• Cut into circles, laminate them, and use them as coasters. No more drink rings!
• Send your cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. (Check their site for details.)
• Don’t give paper cards in the first place. Use e-cards!
For all the moms and moms-to-be, Happy Mother’s Day!