The PaperTrey blog had a post about getting ready for all those birthdays that seem to creep up on us each year. Essentially, the idea is to have a system in place at the beginning of the year that will remind us what to send, to whom, and when. The idea is to keep a birthday list in the same place with suitable cards, along with a list of addresses, a pen for addressing the envelopes, and the stamps to put on them. Several of the contributors shared their versions of birthday organization, but none of them seemed exactly right for me, so I went hunting.
In the Splitcoast Stampers gallery, I saw quite a few versions of this box, originally designed for stationery. (Not sure who the original creator was, so sorry I cannot give credit). Anyway, I looked at a few ideas, made some changes, and came up with my own interpretation of the various designs to make it work as a 'birthday card box'. Instead of an address book, I made a birthday list book, using month stamps from Purple Onion designs, and the journalling page corner from my Halloween LO. This book sits in the inside front pocket, right next to a spot for address labels. My plan make address labels for the entire year, so that when I have the card ready to go (with matching envelope), I can simply grab and label and stick it on....no looking up the address, hunting for the missing postal code, etc.
Here's what the box looks like opened: