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Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hi there.

I send out a lot of cards. However, I’m not good about sending out birthday cards. I want to change that so I tried out a system that my mom has used for many years. It’s been working for me and I thought it might be helpful for you too! So… today’s video shares how to create a birthday card index box.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Affiliate links used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

This little box is helping me to stay organized… send more birthday cards… and makes me happy!

To create the monthly card dividers, I used the coming-soon Paper Smooches File Folders die and colorful cardstocks. I also decided to laminate the dividers by placing them in some laminating pouches and running them through my laminator. The pouches are inexpensive (I got a ton but you can get a small package) and I was able to fit four dividers in one pouch. I cut all the dividers apart, leaving a small border of lamination around the edges so that I wouldn’t break the seal it created. I labeled each month with my label maker. Man – I love my label maker! (By the way – you could save a lot of time by using store-bought dividers. But what fun is that?!)

I wanted a title card for my index box, so I stamped a sentiment and a balloon image from Paper Smooches Birthday Bash stamp set using black ink. I colored in the balloons with my Copic Markers to match my cardstock dividers. Since the balloons overlap, you get some fun blending in between each color. I also laminated this piece to keep it nice and durable.

I created my own birthday index cards that have all the information you need to stay organized with birthdays. (You can download it HERE.) This will be so helpful when it’s time to send out Christmas cards too. Oh, and I got the clear index box at Amazon… but it is out of stock so my friends at Simon Says Stamp have some on order and will coming soon HERE.) Isn’t if fun!?

Now I tend to go overboard… but there are ways to simplify this project. You can always use regular dividers that come in most index boxes and use regular index cards instead of the ones I created. You can also just stamp the months of the year instead of using a label maker or just use cardstock dividers without the lamination. Regardless of how you create it, I really hope the idea of a birthday index card box is helpful to you.

FREE DOWNLOAD

Click HERE to download my Birthday Index Card PDF. Just print on cardstock and cut them out!

PAPER SMOOCHES DESIGN TEAM BLOG HOP

It’s Pep Rally week over at Paper Smooches and today we are blog hopping to share with you a sampling of the NEW Paper Smooches MAY release! These products will be available to purchase on 4/30/15 at 8:00pmPST. Once the release goes live, you will find the new products HERE. I am a guest designer this month and will be sharing more cards soon.

The next person on the hop is outstanding JJ Bolton. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Paper Smooches blog.)

GIVEAWAY

Up for grabs today is a $25 gift certificate to the Paper Smooches online store. FOUR winners will be chosen at random from comments on any of the blogs on this hop. Be sure to comment by midnight PST on 4/26/15. Winners will be announced on the Paper Smooches blog on 4/27/15. For more details on the giveaway, head to the PS blog.

SUPPLIES

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Thank you to Paper Smooches for the stamps and dies for this hop!) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), Paper Smooches (PS), etc.

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651 thoughts on “Video: Birthday Index Card Box + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY”

  1. What a great idea Jennifer. I use the calendar on my refrigerator which works well except those birthdays that are right at the beginning of any given month. I think I need to switch over to this idea.

  2. This is a great idea. I used to use a calendar, but now I haven’t been sending too many birthday cards. But, I have been thinking about a way to get back into remembering to send people cards throughout the year. I love the acrylic box too.

  3. I made a box like this for my dad to help my mom. who has Alzheimers. I did it for birthdays and anniversaries. I also made and included all the cards she would need for each month. I’ve since had many requests from their friends.

  4. Thank you Jennifer! My box came today and I used your wonderful download to print. I love that you put the cute lines on the download , so easy to cut ! Darling project and I am starting mine today. Moms always shave the best ideas( you mom)
    Love this and the way you used the tab

  5. Awesome idea and I just bought some index tab dies! They would be perfect for this project and I’m horrid about remembering birthdays, too! Thanks Jennifer!! =)

  6. I am definitely doing this tonight! So inspired and this die is going to be a must have, and I’m going to order right now! Thank you for continuing to challenge me and help me come up with things that I know will work for me 🙂

  7. I love this idea and so colourful – gets your attention, serves as a great reminder to get those cards sent! I’ll be using your birthday template, thanks for sharing 🙂

      1. Linda: I found dies on the Paper Smooches website called “Toppers” that may do just as good. I’m going to try those.

        Good luck!!

  8. Jennifer: Thank you AND your mother for the great ideas!! I immediately went to Amazon and ordered the label maker, cord, tape and recipe box! I also downloaded the birthday index cards and saved it to my computer.
    Thank you for all of your videos and inspiration! I love making cards and with your help, I can’t do anything but get better!
    I am also going to make the Envelope Box Card Holder.

  9. Thank you so much for this idea, Jennifer! I definitely need something like this, and I also want to make one for a friend who sends many, many birthday cards and would love it. It makes a great birthday gift in itself 😉 !!

  10. Love, Love, Love your informational help. I am a beginner & your video’s are soooooo great. Very, Very helpful. Thanks & I am so happy to have found you. G-Ma Sandee

  11. I am making 3 Index Card Boxes-1 for me, my daughter & daughter-in-law. Can’t wait to get all my supplies & get started. Thanks again. G-Ma Sandee

  12. I just finished my index card box but I thought of something that would be a great addition: Could you adapt your template to be for wedding anniversaries? And maybe some blank ones with holiday titles, like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
    Thanks so much Jennifer! Love your work and ideas!!

  13. I have a typewritten list in excel that I use and it has worked for me for the most part, but I love this. I’m retired now, but when I was working part of my responsibility was to monitor expiring contracts. Contracts expiring in January would be put in my December “Come Up File” (items that were “coming up for attention”). When I was done with December that section was moved to the back and January was in the front – when I was done with January that would be moved to the back and February would be in front. What I like most about your cards is the section to cross off the year – I have on occasion looked at my list and thought, “did I do my cards this month?” But it would be so easy to KNOW, December is in the back – it’s checked – it’s done. Also, changing the “birthday” to “anniversary” on the top – easy. I can now keep track of my anniversaries or anything else for that matter. Put a card in the June file as a reminder that a friend is expecting their child in June. Put a card in May to remind you of a graduation coming up. I think I have a new system to keep track of my card making. Thanks for the great idea.

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