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I have a handful of fond memories of my Dad that I treasure. Things like donuts with him on a Saturday morning. Going to the bookstore. And Hallmark cards. You see my Dad was very passionate about sending handwritten cards to loved ones on special occasions. I remember vividly going to the Hallmark store and helping pick out the most beautiful (or handsome) card for my Grandmother’s birthday, my brother’s birthday, Mother’s Day or just because. Cards carefully selected to fit the recipients personality and special occasion. And not only does my Dad never forget a birthday (don’t know how he does it!!) but he also sends out cards just because! To this day my Dad still mails out some of the best cards!
There is just something so magical (especially in this day and age of electronics and social media) about getting a special card in the mail (like a little ray of sunshine amongst all the bills and the junk)! This love for handwritten notes and carefully selected cards is something that I definitely inherited from my Dad! I am obsessed with cards and try to send them out to family members and friends for birthdays and various holidays throughout the year!
To get organized (organization…. one of the many things I am working on for 2014!) and make sure I never miss a birthday, anniversary or holiday this year I created a greeting card mailing station, packed with greeting cards (in honor of my Dad, Hallmark of course) and all the tools to mail out those greeting cards; including a free birthday and anniversary calendar printable.
To get started I actually headed to Walmart to stock up on Hallmark greeting cards. Greeting cards can get expensive, and I knew I wanted to have a large selection with a variety of cute cards. Walmart has a huge selection of $.47 and $.97 cent cards. Yes, that’s cents people! What can you get for pennies these days? A Hallmark card that’s what!
And did you know that Hallmark has a rewards program? With the Hallmark Rewards Program you can get rewards for every five cards you purchase, rewards like a Starbucks or Nike gift cards. The best thing about this rewards program is that you can get rewards points for every Hallmark card you buy no matter what store you buy it at! Just enter the UPC in online or using the easy Hallmark Rewards phone app, and BAM! you are on your way to spreading good cheer AND earning a little something just for you! So Make sure you check out connectionsfromhallmark.com to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other bloggers. Join in the #valuecards conversation on Twitter!
Are you ready to stock up on greeting cards and make your own greeting card mailing station? Here’s how I made mine! Plus don’t forget to check out the free Birthday and Anniversary Calendar printable that I made just for you! All you have to do is print and write in all those important birthdays and anniversaries!
1 (5 ½ x 8 ½ x 12-inch) decorative paper box*
12-14 tab dividers
Birthday and Anniversary Calendar printable (click to download)
Return mailing address labels
Paper trimmer or scissors
Assorted Hallmark Cards
*Note: You will want your box to be at least 5 ½ inches deep and 8 ½ inches wide to fit most standard sized greeting cards. A deeper or wider box would also work if needed.
1. Gather supplies.
2. Using paper trimmer or scissors, trim tab dividers to be 5 ½ to 8 ½ inches to fit into the box.
3. Write card categories on tabs. Different categories you might include: Birthday, Children’s Birthday, Thank You, Congratulations, Bridal Shower, Wedding, Baby Shower, Holidays: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
4. Sort cards and arrange in box.
5. Print off the free Birthday and Anniversary Calendar printable. Fill out with friends and family birthdays.
6. Place other mailing supplies (pens, stamps, return mailing address labels, address book, completed Birthday and Anniversary Calendar) in remaining open space in box.
7. Shop your personal home Hallmark store and send out those greeting cards to your friends and loved ones.