i know some mothers are able to make the most amazing scrapbooks of the baby cards they receive, but i'm under no illusion that i would NEVER get around to doing a scrapbook (even with the best of intentions). and so, here is my time and space saving solution for baby cards. i like it and maybe you will too.
one:: make 4 markings across the spines of each of your cards.
two:: starting from the outside, begin weaving your thread in and out of the spine of your first card. repeat the same, weaving your way back UP the second card.
three:: whenever you reach the centre binding, hook your thread through the centre binding on the previous card. this will help hold your cards together firmly.
four:: also, every time you reach the last exit point on your card, and before you add another, hook your thread through the binding on the previous cards.
when you reach the final hole, tie off the end of your thread around the binding on the previous cards.
it should now look like this:
you really can make a cover however you like, but here's what i used:*
the cover i made was very basic - time is very limited at the moment! - i just spray-glued some ribbon and fabric onto the front of a cereal box to cover the writing. on the inside i used a picture from one of the boys' favourite books that had come apart (sad face). once i'd covered it, i simply glued the back cover of the last card onto the inside back cover of the folder.
and now i have a tidy, compact keepsake in really no time at all.
(*of course another option would be to bind a front and back cover onto your cards as you go and have the beautifully bound spine visible.)