I’m the Q-U-E-E-N of having extra cards. I mean, that’s my entire business model. Buying cards to fill my bi-monthly subscription orders means that I have extra papery goodies all over the place. First world problems for sure.
This got me thinking that if you’re part of the PbP paper posse OR you hoard cards (cuz who can get out of Paper Source without buying one of everything), then you have the same first world problem as me. Twinsies.
Before we get to the tips for what to do with all those extra cards you have lying around, for all you planner lovers, make sure to mark your calendars for October 27th when the Planner Pop-up Shop launches. Get on the list for sneak peeks, first dibs and special discounts for planner VIPs!
So, what exactly is one to do with all of these extra cards you have lying around?
We’ve got you covered with some ideas below to make use of those extra cards.
1. Give it away, give it away, give it away now
If you have cards that no longer fit your taste, or aren’t quite right for you, then gather up those babies and send them off to someone who will use and appreciate them.
Tie a pretty ribbon around them, or if you want to get even fancier, throw some pretty wrapping paper on first. For those of you who are super fancy, add them to a cute gift package with some yummies (a few of our go to faves are here).
2. Leave notes of encouragement everywhere
I’ve done this a number of times since we first issued a challenge like this in the #sendcardsspreadlove challenge back in April of 2016.
For major inspiration, you can read Josh Solar’s guest post on the power of writing and leaving letters for strangers.
Don’t know what to write? Jot down your fave quote, song lyrics or poem. Here are some resources on what to write that we gathered just for you in our 2017 #sendcardsspreadlove challenge. You’ll especially want to read Day 1 for reasons to send cards and Day 3 for resources on what to write.
If you’re crafty, you can stamp inspiring words, make a collage, drawing or fun doodles. I left these hearts everywhere. Tucked into books at Barnes & Noble, on coffee shop tables, in random aisles at Target and in the doctor office waiting rooms.
3. Frame and use as art
Grab a frame (Hello 40% off coupon at Michaels) and stick your favorite card in it, then hang on the wall. Easy peasy. Too lazy to do that? Grab some washi and tape it to the wall or pin it to your bulletin board.
I’ve had this card on my magnetic painted wall (yep magnetic paint really works) in my scrapbooking studio for many, many years because my husband has a beard and glasses, and supports me 110%.
4. Do your own self challenge
Commit to sending one card a week or one card a month. Whatever is do-able for YOU and then do it.
Need reasons to send cards? We’ve done all the work already and compiled a BIG list for you here. There are 27 different ideas, so that’s 27 weeks of cards, or 27 months. Do the math, that should keep you busy! AND here’s a post with helpful resources, like putting together a writing kit so you’re organized and ready to rock your challenge.
I hope these ideas inspire, motivate and help you get rid of those extra cards you’ve hoarded. Leave a comment below and let us know which idea you’ll be using or add your own brilliant ones.
Planner lovers, make sure to mark your calendars for October 27th, when the Planner Pop-up Shop launches. Get on the list for sneak peeks, first dibs and special discounts for planner VIPs only.
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