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Handmade Card Organization + GIVEAWAY

Hello! I get a lot of questions about my handmade card organization, so I finally put a video together. I also share my favorite envelopes and more…

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Oh how I love to organize!

Envelopes & Envelope Organization

Let’s first talk envelopes…

Many people ask what envelopes I use. I mostly use A2 (4 3/8” x 5 ¾”) envelopes and have 4 favorites…

  • Gina K Envelopes – These are high quality, square-flap, and come in 36 gorgeous colors. (They look great with their cardstocks, too!) You can get them in packs of 10. I like the square-flap for stamping messages or adding washi tape. I use the Sweet Corn color the most.
  • Hero Arts Envelopes – I have used these for years and adore the decorative flap and white core. They come in packs of 12 . Very unique design and super smooth.
  • Cards & Pockets Envelopes – One of my readers told me about these and I had to try them. They have a large V-shaped-flap (Euro flap) and are available in MANY colors. You can get as many as you want of each color, but unfortunately the colors do not come labeled. (At least they didn’t for me. Was hard to guess since I ordered a lot of colors!) I do like their metallics (pearlized) envelopes.
  • Memory Box Envelopes – I also have used these for years and love the colors and white core. The rounded-flap is fun! However, they can be hard to find.

I also like several specialty envelopes, including Avery Elle Vellum Envelopes (you can mail them), Simon Says Stamp Wood Envelopes, and Hero Arts Kraft Envelopes.

Here are the look at the Gina K envelopes, and a few of the Cards & Pockets envelopes… (Click to make bigger.)

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is some info on my envelope organization:

  • I store A2 envelopes in the InterDesign Fridge Binz which snuggly fits A LOT of envelopes! This works great for me… and I use this container for many things in my craftroom.
  • Other size envelopes are stored separately.
  • In order to know what colors I may need to order more of, I created an envelope ring with each labeled. (Unfortunately I am not sure of the names of the Cards & Pockets colors as they did not come in a labeled package. The others do.)

Here are my envelopes in the InterDesign Fridge Binz container…

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Mailing Organization

I like to keep all my mailing needs together so that I can quickly get cards in the mail… and often! Here are some tips:

  • Laying in the top of my drawer, I have a zipper pouch holding various postage stamps and return address labels. Easy access!
  • In a (discontinued) 3-compartment container, I hold other various mailing needs, including pieces of padding for cards with embellishments, send-this-card-on post-it notes, gift cards, personalized stamps, and washi tape.
  • For super bulky or delicate cards, I use inexpensive, padded envelopes.

Here is the pouch with postage and such…

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

… and envelopes, washi and more…

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Handmade Card Organization

I find it extremely helpful to have my cards organized so that I can get them to loved ones quickly and easily. Here are the details…

  • I have each card and a matching envelope in a thin sleeve to keep them together and protected. (You can recycle these sleeves. They come in packs of 10 or 100.)
  • I store all my cards in the same InterDesign Fridge Binz container and have them divided into occasions. They fit snug, but it works for me! You could instead stand the cards up.
  • My dividers are made from cut-up plastic folders, with a label (I love the new model of my label maker!) and rounded corners.

Here is a look…

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Ohhh… the hours that went into making these cards. But think of all the smiles they will give!!

Handmade Card Organization Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This system has been helpful to me. I am hoping a few of the tips help you, too.

Giveaway

I am giving away a $50 gift certificate to Gina K Designs to a lucky winner! You can stock up on yummy envelopes. For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/4/16 telling me which color envelopes you use the most. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Giveaway is personally donated!)

Supplies

Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated Affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the pictures or the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.


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1,363 thoughts on “Handmade Card Organization + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I usually use a white or an ivory envelope because I find they go with almost any card and then I don’t have to stock multiple color envelopes as well.

  2. I mostly use white or cream colored envelopes. I would like to purchase some of the new colored ones for my fall cards. Gina K has new colors out that are perfect for fall.

  3. I also love to match a color from my cards to an envelope of a similar color, and it is difficult to find nice envelopes, so thanks for the tips. Of the Gina K Design envelopes I think that I would find myself using the blue and green envelopes the most. I will have to check them out.

  4. I use Mistly white and stamp them to match my handmade cards. I would love to have a large assortment of these!

  5. I know this may not get answered but I’m going to ask anyway. I organized my stamps buy florals, animals, sentiments and so forth, but a lot of sentiments come with images too and a lot of my florals came with sentiments. Whats some ideas on stamp type organization, I’ve got the storage down just not how to organize the different types

  6. So need help with organizing all my card crafting goodies! I spend more time searching and clean up than I do on the card! Oh goodness!

  7. I mimicked what you did but on a much smaller scale! Thank you for the tip. It also allows my husband to grab a card if he needs it. So handy! Will you please do a video on how you photograph your projects as well as how you record your videos? Where did you get your microphone? I just love your blog and videos though I usually comment on your Instagram.

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