24 August 2009

Mind Your Own Business Cards

Hello there Everyone! I hope the weekend was especially good to you.

This week, I've geared up for my very first blah to Tada! challenge
. Marti e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago to ask for some help: "Hi! I was curious if you have any thoughts on creating a business card holder from recycled products. I am currently using an old loose leaf note paper box that is falling apart."

Marti even sent a photo:


I must agree, it's looking quite blah so I have some suggestions that I hope Marti will like. Thankfully this challenge came along, because I realized that my own collection of business cards needs a home, too!

Here's my first suggestion:

Blah: Plastic tubs that once contained strawberries,
walnuts and grape tomatoes.


Tada!: An instant business card holder!

I did not spend anything, absolutely nothing, for this.

The dividers are old cardboard boxes (ex. cereal), measured to the size of a business card plus a half-inch added to the height. After cutting the cards, I covered these with colorful pages from a magazine and then glued on the letters (printed out from my home printer; calligraphy will also work). I also decorated the cover of the plastic box with a fun print I got from a school catalogue and a label "Business Cards" that I printed myself.

Here's a version using the box that
once held grape tomatoes.


Just add your business cards in the corresponding slots!

If you have a growing collection, you can have several of these small boxes organized to your liking. For example, Box #1: letters A to M and Box #2: letters N to Z. You can also categorize by year or by "personal" and "business" contacts. You can easily stack these boxes on top of each other.

Or you can use a bigger box like this one
that once cradled strawberries.


Easy business card organization, right?
Please come back tomorrow for another idea!

19 comments:

  1. Good morning Curious Cat & Ruxandra! Thanks for the early morning Monday visit =)

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  2. Wow- what a great blog you have here! So creative and fun! I love it!

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  3. Wow, I like this one! Not only did you use the container, but also old boxes too - double whammy! :)

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  4. Hello Pretty Day & PemperingBeki! Welcome to my blog & thanks for your visit =)

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  5. Hello Christina!The more stuff we're able to recycle, the better...woohoo!

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  6. Very cute and love the cheerful colours!

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  7. OOOOOH this week sounds very interesting indeed! Cant wait for the rest of the ideas, first one was great Claire!

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  8. Thanks so much! I love it! I am so happy you took on my challenge! I am off to pilfer through my recycling container. I think I'll actually divide mine by category instead of alphabetically. Since, I can't always remember who, but I usually can remember a category that I am searching for.
    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
    Marti

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  9. Wow! That is such a great idea... for free!

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  10. Hi Ashlea! Isn't FREE a nice word ;-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. You are very welcome Marti! Thanks for the challenge!

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