I'm one of those people who have trouble getting rid of cards. I swear I'm not a pack rat, just sentimental. I feel like if someone took the time to write something thoughtful in a card or make the card, it's worth saving. The obvious downside to this is keeping all the cards nice and orderly. Currently I have them stashed away in a hope chest along with a couple other places. But soon they will all be neatly organized thanks to a simple card keepsake tutorial I found on Kayla Danelle's blog. I've already started organizing the cards. Pictured above are some birthday cards I put together.
As suggested by Kayla, I decorated some chip board for the cover of the cards. I tried to keep the cover relatively simple. I made a little origami cupcake to decorate the front. I purchased the metal rings at Staples. I couldn't find them at any of the craft stores.
Here's a cover I made for all the cards my husband gives me. For the cover I used some paper from the wagashi packaging. The tan paper is mulberry paper and the gold loop/knot is made out of mizuihiki cord. As you can guess, that's a wedding picture of my husband and I.