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Make It: Greeting Card Keepsake Book

Birthdays, holidays, just-thinking-of-you-days . . . we give and receive greeting cards throughout the year, and often they’re too meaningful to simply put in the recycling bin. I have some cards that are over a decade old that I’ll likely hold onto forever, such as the congratulatory ones sent when each of my sons was born. That’s why I love Lee Steiner’s idea for turning a random, messy stack of cards into a single collection of paper art, giving the messages an even more special status.

I discovered Lee’s paper art project in a back issue of Pages, which is available at the Interweave Store. It includes a wonderful variety of magazines, featuring step-by-step lessons in paper art, mixed-media, collage, and more. To celebrate, here’s Lee’s article from Pages Volume 1-4.

“I’ve accumulated boxes, zipped bags, and envelopes stuffed full of greeting cards,” Lee says. “I’ve found a great way to reuse forgotten images, and collect mementos–binding the cards together.

Turn your neglected piles of past greetings into a treasured hand-held collection. With a slotted spine, each card is sewn in separately so you can add more cards and even remove a card without unraveling the rest.”

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  • Greeting cards
  • Ruler, metal
  • Pencil
  • Folder, manila
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Bone folder
  • Paper, lightweight, for the cover (I use wrapping, kraft, and decorative papers.)
  • Glue stick, acid-free
  • Weight
  • Cardstock
  • Awl
  • Embroidery floss
  • Beeswax thread conditioner
  • Needle, tapestry
  • Scissors

Paper Art Project: Greeting Card Keepsake Book by Lee Steiner

Making the cover

1. Stack your greeting cards. Measure the front of the largest card to determine the size of the front cover. Add 1/4″ to the height, double the width, and then add 1″ to the width for the spine.

Tip: Choose cards tall enough to reach all four sewing holes. Avoid cards with large cutouts, three-dimensional materials, or tri-folds. A 1″-deep spine can hold 12–16 greeting cards.

2. Trace your cover measurements onto a manila folder and cut out. Mark and score the 1″ spine.

3. Cut a piece of paper to cover the outside of the cover plus a 1″ allowance all the way around.

4. Apply an even layer of glue stick to the manila cover, and center the cover paper over it. While the glue is still damp, bend the book back and forth along the spine folds to ensure the cover will open and close neatly once dry. Fold the overhanging cover paper to the inside and glue in place. Go over the cover with the bone folder to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles.

5. Cut another piece of paper 1/4″ smaller all around than the cover. Apply glue to the back of the paper, and center it, top and bottom, on the inside of the cover. Smooth the paper with the bone folder. When you reach the spine, fold the book back and forth. Check the corners and the spine area to make sure the paper is glued evenly.

6. Place the book cover under a heavy book or other weight until dry.

7. Create a jig with cardstock for binding. Cut a piece of cardstock 2″ wide and as tall as your cover. Fold the jig in half lengthwise and mark one end of the jig the top with an arrow. Measure and mark four evenly spaced holes along the fold of the jig for sewing holes/slits. (Figure 1)

8. Lay the cover flat on the cutting mat with the outside of the cover facing up, and line up the jig vertically on the spine. Make light pencil marks as indicated on the jig across the spine. Cut the four slits with a craft knife and a metal ruler, being careful not to cut into the front and back covers.

9. Center the jig inside each card, and poke four holes. (Figure 2)

Sewing the book

1. Thread the tapestry needle with about 18″ of embroidery floss. Run the floss through beeswax to keep the thread strands together and prevent tangles while sewing. Position your first card inside the cover, making sure the holes in the card line up with the slits in the cover.

2. Begin at the bottom hole, and sew through to the outside, leaving a tail of about 2″ inside the card. (Figure 3) Bring your needle and thread around the bottom of the spine to the inside, and tie the thread onto the tail with a square knot. Do not cut your thread yet.

3. Sew through the second hole (from the bottom) to the outside. Then from the outside, sew into the third hole (from the bottom) and out the last hole. Arrive on the outside at the top. Bring your needle and thread around the top of the spine to the inside, and loop the needle under the last inside stitch. Pull gently to draw up any slack in the thread and knot by looping your needle under the stitch again, and through the loop, pulling it tight.

Cut the thread, leaving a 1/2” tail.

Note: The slotted spine stitch will show three long stitches on the outside cover. Inside, you’ll see four stitches with a blank area in the middle. You will have a small knot at the first and fourth holes.

4. Stitch each card in the same manner repeating steps 1–3.

Tip: The outside spine stitches are a decorative feature of this book. Alternate the thread colors, and textures, or stitch with two or more colors of embroidery floss twisted together. The long narrow eye of the tapestry needle can hold several threads at once.

5. Trim the greeting card you have chosen for the front cover and glue it on the cover. Use the bone folder to smooth it flat and let dry. ~Lee

Lee Steiner is a Texas book artist who enjoys turning past paper keepsakes into unique books for today.

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DIY Wedding Card Keepsake Book

Hello! Here we are, the final day in our week of wedding posts! This has been so much fun to blog about and I am definitely in the mood for wedding season! Today’s post is about a great project to do after the wedding – in my case four years after the wedding! I have had a box of wedding cards sitting on a shelf for the last four years and I am very excited to now finally have a nicer (and more compact) way to store them!

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There are lots of fun ideas on Pinterest of ways to save your wedding cards.  Some of my favorites involve a metal ring in the corner which allows you to flip through all the cards. While I really liked this idea, I wanted something that could sit on a shelf next to my wedding photo albums. I decided to use a mini-binder which was the perfect size for cards and easy to customize to match my wedding colors! While the mini-binder has the perfect dimensions for cards, it is important to note it can only hold so many. Depending on the size of your wedding or how many cards you received you may need to make two!

Below is the tutorial if you want to create one for yourself! The best part of this project was going through the cards and reading them – I hadn’t looked at them in a while and I am so glad I saved all of them!

Supplies Needed for DIY Wedding Card Keepsake Book

  • Your wedding cards!
  • Mini Binder (mine was from Target, a 1″ binder that measured about 7″x9″
  • Decorative papers – Two for the outside and two for the lining
  • Decorations for the cover
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Paper cutter

Step One:  Cover the top of the binder. The first thing to do is cover the binder. I chose to use two different sheets of paper to cover it – mostly because I didn’t have two sheets of the floral paper! I like how it turned out, though, using two different sheets and would do it this way again even if I had more paper! If you do it this way, you will need one 8.5″x11″ sheet for the cover of the binder (my periwinkle paper) and a 12″x12″ sheet of paper (my floral paper) for the remainder of the binder.

The solid periwinkle paper covers the top of the binder. The piece of paper should be 5/8″ larger than the top of the binder on the three outer edges. This is so you can wrap the edges of the paper around the binder.

I wanted to mitre the corners of the paper.  To do this, I marked 1.25″ in from the edge on the side of the binder.

Cut out the squares on each corner.

Score the paper along all three edges and fold them in.

Step Two: Glue cover to the top of the binder. Using your glue stick, glue the paper cover to the binder starting with the top and bottom edges. When you get to side of the binder, fold in the corners along the diagonal line you drew in the step above. Hold edges down until they are secure!

Step Three: Cover the remainder of the binder with the second sheet of decorative paper. Prepare the piece of paper in the same way you did the first sheet. I cut mine so the paper would wrap around the binder and show 1.75″ on the top of the binder. Make sure if you have a patterned paper your paper is going in the right direction – you’ll notice in one of these pictures my pattern is upside down! (I had to redo it, luckily before it was stuck down!)

When you are ready to glue the paper to the binder, start with the edge that shows on the top of the binder. Glue this down in place. Then move on to the three outer edges and glue them down the same way you did the first piece of paper. While the glue is still wet, close your binder – waiting to do this may cause your paper to tear. 

Step Four:  Add the decorative ribbon. If you plan to add ribbon to your cover, this is the time to do it! Doing it now will allow you to hide it on the inside under the lining.

Step Five: Add the lining. I love this part because it makes everything look so neat and crisp! Measure how large your lining should be. I used two sheets and slid the one edge under the metal binder rings. I marked where the binder folds so I could score and fold my lining along that line as well. This was necessary to keep the lining in place and intact when you close your binder. I created the lining to show 1/8″ of the cover paper along the edges.  Glue the paper down using your glue stick. Push the lining into the fold line and close your binder as you press it down. 

Step Six: Decorate the cover! I used some adorable bride and groom cupcake toppers left over from my wedding shower.  

Step Seven: Add your wedding cards!  I created a template on a piece of card stock to help mark where my hole punches should go.  I placed my hole punches 1/8″ in from the fold. 

**Update: I used a single hole punch to manually punch all of my holes. You could use an adjustable 3 hole punch, as one thoughtful reader pointed out, to make things easier. This would be especially helpful if you have lots of cards!

The best part of this Wedding Card Book is that it can sit on our shelf next to our other albums! I love the floral paper and how easy it is to flip through all of our cards!

So this post wraps up my week of wedding posts! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! Now I am in the mood to go to a wedding!! Hope everyone has a nice weekend and I will be back Monday with a fun DIY project with a free printable!

How to DIY a wedding card keepsake book

We got a ton of wedding and shower cards and I’m sooooo not the sort of person to keep cards around, but pitching them just seemed wrong! I didn’t want them to just sit in some box so I decided to turn them into a book that I can flip through and enjoy memories whenever I’m feeling sentimental (so about once ever four or five years).

This project was actually pretty easy to execute. Luckily, my two largest cards were about the same size so I used them for the front and back “covers” of the book. Also fortunately, one of the large cards was in my wedding color, powder blue, so it worked out as a great front page!

Here’s how you can make a card keepsake book of your own…

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Step 1:
I sorted the cards by size and then purposefully mixed them up so that there weren’t too many small ones together or large ones together. I didn’t want any “holes” in the book.

Step 2:

I carefully arranged the “spine” and bottom of the book so it was as flat as possible then vice-gripped them together. Then I just took the magic Sobo craft glue and applied a thin layer of glue to the spine, about 1/8″ thick. That’s about as thick as you can get it and not have it dripping down the sides. Then I just set it as level as possible and let it dry for a couple days until the glue was completely clear.

Tip: The vice grips left dents in my top card that don’t seem to be going away, so I would advise you to put some sort of cardboard under the grips to protect your top and bottom cards.

Tip deux: It’s important that the spine is as flat as possible before you apply the glue. A couple of my cards didn’t get glue on them and are falling out of the book. So be sure to keep them all straight and flat before you glue!

Step 3:

Then I took some rice paper in the dark purple that was our other wedding color and cut it just a smidge wider than the spine width so that it would wrap over about an 1/8″ onto the front and back cover. Then I put a little more glue on the spine and smoothed the paper down.

Tip: Because not everything is the same height, the book is a bit narrower at the top than the bottom. You can custom cut the rice paper to kind of hide it. It’s also one reason I put the pattern to the inside. I’d stay away from rice paper with any kind of stripe or obvious pattern because this will point up any inconsistencies with the width.

Since not all the cards are the same height you can see a bit of the paper from the inside of the book, but the thing about rice paper is it looks pretty on both sides. I actually put the printed side of my paper to the inside so you can see it from the inside of the book, which I thought was a nice touch.

I also plan to put some kind of title on the spine like “Katie & Jake, March 28, 2009” but I think I want to do it in gold rub-on lettering. You could also use vinyl lettering, collage the title, hand paint it or print on the rice paper before you adhere it to the spine. The options are endless!

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Making Memories Last: A DIY Keepsake Book

Although the holidays are behind us, no one wants to let go of the sweet memories from 2012. So, we’ve come up with a clever craft that allows you to preserve the cheer of the year and the great holiday cards sent by your family and friends. Instead of tossing the paper and packaging you’ve collected over the last month, upcycle the materials to make an easy DIY book to store those cards and other mementos. It’s a great winter break activity to do with your kids—together you can reminisce about all the family fun you had during 2012.




  • Holiday cards, photographs, and/or other mementos
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon, twine, loose-leaf rings, or whatever you have on hand to bind your book
  • Card stock or flexible cardboard (department store or cereal boxes are a great option)
  • Glue or tape


1. Gather all your holiday cards from 2012, photos, or keepsakes that you want to save.

2. Sort your cards and other items so they face the direction you think is easiest to view them when flipping through your book. Set aside your family’s holiday card to use for the book cover.

3. Measure the biggest card you received and then add one inch to the height and width. These will be the dimensions for your front and back covers.

4. Measure and cut 2 pieces of card stock according to your dimensions.

5. Adorn the front cover of your book with your family’s holiday card using natural glue or tape (decorative washi tape could be a fun addition).  If you don’t have a family holiday card, you can decorate the cover with a favorite greeting card, festive paper, fabric scraps, an inspiration quote, your children’s artwork, or whatever you like. We chose to mount our favorite holiday card on white waffle paper using an eyelet in the top right and left corners so we can still open the card.

6. Hole Punch your cards and any other inserts. You can either hole punch your cards once in the top left corner or hole punch your cards twice at both corners depending on how you want to open your book.

7. Use ribbon, twine, or loose-leaf rings to bind your book of cards together.

8. Have fun, personalize, and make this yearly tradition your own! Consider adding a family note reflecting on the year’s shining moments; a quote from each family member; or random facts about the family’s favorites for the year. It’s a great time capsule to look back upon year after year.

How to Re-purpose Holiday Greeting Cards into a Holiday Keepsake

By //  by Melanie

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Hi There!  Don’t throw away those holiday greeting cards yet!  Try this tutorial and re-purpose them into a family keepsake!  This is a VERY EASY Re-Purpose/Recycling Craft project for those Holiday Greeting cards that you may not know what to do with!

If you are like most people, you probably feel guilty throwing away greeting cards from loved ones.  Check out this tutorial to create a Holiday keepsake using those cards – I’d love to see pictures of your finished project if you try this out.  We made one in 2014 and now our 2015 Holiday Greeting Cards!

We have all of our Wedding photos in an album and I kept many of our kids “firsts” greeting cards.  The number of Holiday cards that we receive has decreased over the years.  With stamps at $0.49, who wants to spend the money to mail even 20-40 cards?  Still, we received about 40 Holiday greeting cards this year and last year.  I used to toss the cards in the recycling bin, but these days I’m all about finding a new purpose for old things.   So I decided to create a Photo Album using the cards as my “pages.”

You don’t need any fancy equipment to create one of your own – just scissors, ribbon or book rings, scrap paper card stock, hole puncher (single hole puncher works best) and Alphabet/Numerical stencil (optional).

Start by sorting through the cards, I cut the greeting part from each of mine so it was just the front of the card left (no folded cards) and discarded it.  We received some Photo cards in in those cases I kept the photos – they are close friends and family and how great would it be to show them that you kept their Holiday card for several years!

Place the cards in order from smallest to largest – whatever size/length that makes sense to you as long as it’s clean looking like a book.

Use a hole puncher (I used a 3-hole puncher as well as a single hole puncher because of the different card sizes) and punch holes on the side of each card so they are aligned in a book format.  Once the holes are punched, cut some scrap card stock to use as the front and back covers for the book and punch holes in that as well.  I used my Cricut Paper trimmer to cut my card stock but scissors will do fine!

Assemble everything and use the book rings or ribbon/twine/string through the holes to hold the pages together.  Take your Alphabet Stencil sheet and be creative with the Album Cover.   I just wrote “Christmas Memories” with the year but maybe add a family name or something else fun for your family.

Insert your Favorite Holiday Memories from the past year (this will encourage you to print some hard copy photos).  Here’s one with my Mr. and Leela at her school making Gingerbread Houses.  I probably would have stuck this photo in a box and forgot about it if not for this Re-purposed Holiday Card Album!

I hope you were inspired to make an album of your own.  I would love to see your creations or if you have other uses for old Holiday Greeting cards.

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What To Do With Old Greeting Cards

Got a pile of cards that you don’t know what to do with? Learn exactly what to do with old greetings cards right here. Tips and ideas for how to recycle, reuse, and more!

Through each year, and throughout our lives we have lots of special occasions – birthdays/Christmas/wedding/new baby/moving house etc…, and one thing you can be sure about is that if there’s an occasion, there will be a card available to send to the right person with the right thing to say in it.

It’s great to be able to send something that can mean so much – and it’s equally fantastic to receive them on those important days. They mean so much as they show that people are thinking about us – and they mark a specific time in ours or a family members life.

They are special.

But when that event has been celebrated and a few weeks have passed, the question is what to do with old greeting cards that are now piled up and adding clutter to your home?

There are 3 categories that your cards could fall into at this stage:

  • CATEGORY 1 – To keep – for sentimental reasons
  • CATEGORY 2 – To keep – to re-use in some way
  • CATEGORY 3 – To get rid of completely

And in all likelihood, you’ll have at least a few in each of these categories when you sort through them.

So – let’s go through the steps you should take to work out what to do with old greeting cards that you get in the future (or any that you’ve already held onto…)…

Step 1 – Get rid of the obvious

It’s always a little daunting to see loads of piles of cards in front of you.

The thought of having to work out what to keep and what not to keep can feel overwhelming.

So – the first thing to do is to get rid of anything that stands out as a definite NO-GO to keep for any reason.

These are cards that are damaged, cards from someone you don’t know very well, or cards that don’t have a design that you love on the front.

These are your easy wins, and they can be put into your recycling bin and forgotten about.

That should have lightened the load a little, and got you motivated to carry on, so let’s keep going….

TIP – If you get rid of any cards – take a quick look at them for any messages that you need to make note of before they go. Things like a new address for someone, the name of a new pet, etc… – are often added by people when sending cards especially if they haven’t seen you for a while.

Step 2 – Ask yourself why are you keeping the cards?

It seems a strange one to ask, but so often in life we do things without really thinking about the results of our actions or the reason behind why we’re doing it in the first place.

Now – it’s not for me to say that you should absolutely get rid of all the cards because ‘why would you want to keep them?’

Far from it.

I keep certain cards that are precious in mine and my families life – and I love doing so.

Some that I’ve kept from a long time ago are so precious now as they are from people who are unfortunately no longer with us, and they are a little part of them that I treasure.

And this is where we tend to get unstuck first – because we think that we have to keep ALL the cards, so we don’t lose anything special.

Thing is – if we treat EVERYTHING as special, NOTHING is…..

So – be truthful with yourself – are you keeping the cards for a reason, or just because you feel you should?

Some examples where you may want to re-think:

  • You’re keeping the cards for your child(ren) – for sentimental reasons. BUT – will a child really want to be handed all the cards they ever received in their life on the day they turn 18? Are you assuming something that isn’t actually true?
  • You’re keeping the cards for yourself for sentimental reasons. BUT – when was the last time you looked through cards from, say, 6 years ago? Is it REALLY worth your time and space to keep them all if you’re not going to actually look at them again?

Sometimes we can think we are doing a great thing keeping everything, when actually we’re causing ourselves stress and hassle now and creating future potential issues as well.

So – take a little time and work out the reason you want to keep any at all. Whatever you decide is fine, of course – YOU DO YOU! – but you want to be proactive in why you’re doing anything, and not just do it because you think you should….

Step 3 – How many cards will you keep?

So, you’ve decided that you’ll keep some cards – but do you have to actually keep them all?

Keeping only a few is a great compromise between the harsh feel of culling them all and the overwhelm of keeping the lot, and it’s where most of us find ourselves ending up.

You can now give yourself permission to be selective, and go through your cards to decide which you’ll keep.

This of course comes with it’s own issues though, because who makes the cut? – whose cards stay and whose go?!

This can be difficult – just like getting rid of any sentimental items in your home – but always remember that the card has been given and received with thanks, so it’s done its part for the giver.

What you do with it after the event has passed is entirely up to you, and you alone.

As a rule – I tend to keep cards sent within our family (from me to my hubby, from hubby to me, and from us to our daughter), and a few others from other relatives/friends that contain a special message inside, or have a special picture on the front.

You pick the number/amount that feels right to you – and stick to it.

Step 4 – Where will you keep the cards?

Now – a few cards kept for each event in your life doesn’t seem too much at all, right?

But take a minute and think how many events there actually are in your life…. and in your kids lives….. and your partners……

They start adding up pretty quickly for sure!

So – it’s also worth bearing in mind the space you’re going to keep your cards, so that you only keep what you have storage for….

Having a specific place in mind will help you be able to rationalise how many you can have – otherwise you will start to fill every cupboard/drawer with them and you will start to resent them rather than treasure them.

TIP – Store ONLY the parts of the card you want to look at again if you’re short on space. Maybe you could just keep the inside of a card because the note from the sender is lovely, or the picture on the card is special in some way. Feel free to cut out the parts that are special and then you will save storage space as well.

Ways to store greetings cards that you want to keep

#1 – Put in an album / file / box

Nice and easy – but can get bulky pretty quickly. You could have a file for each member of the family, or for each year, etc….

#2 – Hole punch the corner of each card and use a ring clip to keep them together (again you could group them by year/event etc…)

#3 – Create a picture collage for your wall of the special parts you’ve cut out. This can be updated over time so you get a fresh look, and you feel like you’re still getting the most out of the card because you can keep it up in a way that works for your decor and not so it looks like you haven’t cleared them away since the event.

#4 – Frame the cards you love the picture of, so you get to see and enjoy them every day in your home (a great idea for cards that hold really special value to you, because otherwise you won’t see them if they are packed away, even if you keep them…)

But what if you haven’t got any storage, or don’t want to store cards at all?

Why not scan or just take a photo of the cards you want to keep (whether it be their words, or the front of them, etc…)

This means they are safely on your computer (backed up, of course), they will be preserved (because cards can get damaged and fade) – and you can actually recycle the physical card because you now have a digital copy to keep.

The beauty of doing this is that you can use the scanned pictures in Photo Books (as I do, mixed in with photos and scanned pieces of my daughters writing/artwork as she grows up, and pictures of our family each year), and actually have them in your bookcase so you can take a look whenever you want, and they take up a LOT less room this way.

I know in our family, even though we do have a handful of physical cards kept for sentimental reasons, we don’t ever look at these as they are stored away – whereas we look through our family photo books a LOT and LOVE that they have cards in them as well so we can see what we said to each other, what our hand writing looked like (great for the kids growing up) etc…

Thinking outside the box and taking pictures of the cards means you get to keep them without actually having to keep them – and it’s definitely a good idea to consider.

Step 5 – Can you reuse the cards you decide not to keep?

At this stage you may well have no use for ANY of your physical cards anymore (if you went down the digital route in step 4), or you may have a few cards that you didn’t get rid of in step 1, but that you now know you won’t keep after all.

What can you do with these?

Well – the obvious way to let these go would be to recycle them, but there could be a way that you can reuse them and save some money as well….

A great idea for these cards is to make the pictures on the front a gift tag for presents for people in the future.

Just cut around the design, use a hole punch, add some ribbon or string – and voila!

(You can of course recycle the rest of the card)

Tags can be quite expensive, so this can save you a few pennies over time as well!

So there you have it – the answer for that dreaded question of ‘what to do with old greeting cards’

I hope this has helped make your decisions easier, especially in that you can keep the memory of that Christmas card, Birthday Card, etc… without actually keeping the card…

The trick (as with most things) is to only keep what you truly want, and to try and enjoy what you do keep as much as possible – that way your cards will become a joy rather than a burden.


A few weekends ago, while sifting through an old closet,  I stumbled upon an old childhood memory box that my mom had kept for me through the years. She had thoughtfully stowed away anything she thought I might want, with the hope that I would appreciate and reflect upon all those precious memories once again.

Since these boxes had been lovingly added to for over 18 years, they were overstuffed with a sea of items I could barely remember. I knew that if I didn’t downsize and streamline this collection now, I’d one day look back at the overflowing box as a source of stress rather than joy.

The main culprit for the crowded boxes were old greeting cards: an assorted collection of birthday cards, party invitations, thank you notes, and graduation cards. Setting aside the other mementos, I pulled all the cards from the boxes and decided to take on organizing the old greetings.

As I sifted through the stacks, I realized that most of the cards had rather generic messages with little sentiment. At the moment, a card that says “Happy 8th Birthday! You’re another year older!” is lovely, but the truth is, the cards didn’t hold much meaning for me anymore unless they have a signed message or personal note.

Of course, I came across a handful of cards that had the most lovely messages from my family and friends. Those special cards earned a coveted spot in my greeting card box. The rest of the lot had to go.

After hours of reading, sorting, and organizing, I couldn’t help but think of all the time my mother (and I) would have saved if we had known the few pro organizing tricks I know now, rather than feeling compelled to hang on to everything.

If you want to avoid the hours and hours of sifting through paper, there is a really simple way to process and organize cards every time they come into your home.

Here are 3 simple tasks for keeping your card collection streamlined and organized.


This is the most crucial phase to master.  If a card doesn’t have a sentimental message that is unique to your relationship with the “gifter,” recycle, donate, or repurpose them. Yes, you can actually donate used cards that can be reprocessed for kids in need!

The card has already served its purpose: telling you that you’re being thought of, wishing you a happy birthday, or thanking you for the gift. Once you have read the note and have enjoyed the thought for a few days or weeks, it’s okay to get rid of it.

If discarding cards after you enjoy them is especially challenging for you, here’s something to consider: What is the maximum number of notes that you could enjoy reading in one sit-down session?

For me, I want a curated card and note collection that I can read in less than four hours. This means that if I take 3 minutes with each card, I can only keep 40 – 80 cards maximum. Obviously, this number can change and is personal to you, but it’s important to consider creating your own card maximum. This will encourage you to keep your collection to a manageable size.

How many cards are you limiting yourself to? 1 box? 2 boxes? Choose now. For reference, we recently collected all the cards from one of our clients’ entire life, in one of our large card boxes.


When you first receive a birthday, thank you, or greeting card, enjoy it! Put the card on display for a week or two. Post them up on a bulletin board, fridge door, or set them on a fireplace mantel. We’ve even had them framed!

Wherever the card is, make sure it’s in a high-traffic area of your home so that you can see it regularly and think, “how sweet!” The goal here is not to just set it down and forget about it, but to enjoy it! Think of the card as a floral arrangement: a decorative reminder of how loved you are.

I highly recommend choosing one location to display your cards. Make sure that the display area has a limited “capacity.” For me, I don’t allow more than about 5 cards to be on display at a time. This will encourage you to rotate cards out of the display phase as new cards come in.


The cards that bring you immense joy when you look at them, remind you of a special relationship, or are from a unique time in your life, deserve a special home. Remember that the more cards that you keep, the less time you’ll have to enjoy the most unique ones through the years. Keep ONLY the cards that will continue to bring you joy or gratitude.


Group your cards by occasion, year, person, or sentiment. Label your card categories with post-its or print labels.



The world is moving towards digital. It’s time your card mementos do too. Take a picture of the inside of your card to capture the note, and discard the paper. This will eliminate the unnecessary clutter in your home while capturing the sentiment. If you’d like a more professional-looking digital copy, scan it into your computer, and create a special “Card” folder. Make a routine of doing this process after your birthday or holidays. It’s much easier to flip through a digital file than to lug around a big binder or box.


Store your card collection in a compact and organized system. The Simply Spaced Archival Card box is a great option. These oh-so-special boxes are acid and lignin-free. Your precious contents are safe from dust, sun-damage, and deterioration – and did I mention how chic these beautiful boxes look on a shelf? These archival boxes are both functional and beautiful. To learn more about the perfect photo and memento boxes, check out this post.

Once you get your old card clutter under control, this step-by-step system will surely keep you on top of your paper mementos. Remember that experiences are far more important to collect than things. If you think of receiving a card as an experience, you’ll be able to appreciate it and let go of it equal amounts of grace and gratitude.


The book “Springs of Memory” is a piece of artistic documentary comprehension of the heroic dramatic time of the Great Patriotic War

The publishing house “Mastatskaya Literatura” has released another book of the inter-publishing series of philokartic albums “In Search of the Lost. ” This time the project was supported by the Standing Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia.

In the collection of documentary stories “The Springs of Memory” by Alexander Karlyukevich, Vladimir Likhodedov, there is a story about the places in Belarus, which are associated with the destinies of poets, prose writers, publicists, war correspondents of Russia during the Great Patriotic War.The illustrations are old postcards from the collection of Vladimir Likhodedov, a laureate of the President’s Prize for Spiritual Revival, and today’s photographs from the BelTA archive.

Let’s take a look, for example, in the Minsk region. At different times, prose writer Anton Brinsky (1906 – 1981), literary critic, theater critic Leonid Afonin (1918 – 1975), poet and translator Georgy Alexandrov (1914 – 1990), screenwriter Ovidy Gorchakov (1924 – 2000) fought here with weapons and words with the German fascists. ), about which they say that he became the prototype of the legendary Major Whirlwind from Yulian Semenov’s story “Major Whirlwind” . .. Minsk July 1944 – in the poetic memory of Alexander Tvardovsky, whose poem “Vasily Terkin” was published in the newspaper of the 3rd Belorussian Front “Krasnoarmeyskaya Pravda “.The Russian poet and prose writer Vsevolod Sablin (1913 – 1952) was partisans in the Minsk region. In the partisan forest during the occupation, his poem book “The Avengers” was printed. Looking at the postcards in search of details, fragments of distant times, you involuntarily enrich yourself with real documentary evidence of what losses happened on the long-suffering Belarusian land.

Gomel. Monument to Soldiers-Liberators.

The book “Springs of Memory” is a piece of artistic documentary comprehension of the heroic dramatic time.The authors of the story open for the reader the names of the writers of Udmurtia, Kalmykia, Tatarstan, other regions and regions of Russia, representatives of the national literatures of the Russian Federation – Philip Kedrov, Mikhail Khoninov, Zaki Nuri … Some of them did not return from the battlefield and were buried in Belarus. “Springs of memory” is also a hint where, at what addresses to look in order to bow low to the graves and obelisks in honor of the defenders, liberators of Minsk region, Mogilev region, Gomel region, Vitebsk region, Grodno region, Brest region.Each of the areas is devoted to separate sections of the richly illustrated collection of historical and regional studies.

Vitebsk. The destroyed bridge across the Dvina. 1941 year.

By the way, in 2019 the famous collector Vladimir Likhodedov joined the series “In Search of the Lost”. In addition to the album “Springs of Memory”, books with reproductions of old postcards dedicated to Grodno, Novogrudok, Slonim and Smorgon were published. A separate album – “Mission of Mercy” – tells about the work of the sisters of mercy, the public movement of the Red Cross on the territory of the Republic of Belarus.With the project “In Search of the Lost”, which unites hundreds of publications in the Belarusian mass media, and also includes almost 30 (!) Philocart publications, the famous Belarusian collector was nominated for the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus in 2019. It should be noted that the educational work of the collector of illustrative artifacts was accompanied by various exhibitions, the creation of permanent expositions in schools, universities, libraries, museums and even Orthodox monasteries.


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Commemorative card with a printout from the electronic catalog of the Book of Memory with extracts containing information about the parents of Alexander Vladimirovich Tsimmermanov

Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery-Museum (St. Petersburg).
A commemorative card with a printout from the electronic catalog of the Book of Memory with extracts containing information about the parents of Alexander Vladimirovich Tsimmermanov: (Vladimir Semenovich Tsimmermanov (1878-1942) and Alexandra Matveevna Zimmermanova (1890-1942)). – Leningrad, [After 1960]. -1 postcard (with 2 inserts). –
Access mode: Internet portal of the Presidential Library.
Postcard from the Museum of the Piskarevsky Memorial Complex.On the front side there is a birch grove with mass graves, contacts of the Museum of the Piskarevsky Memorial Complex, in the upper right corner there is an image of “Motherland”, the cover of the Book of Memory, on the left there are inscriptions: “Nobody is forgotten and nothing is forgotten”, “The descendants owe their life To you”. On the reverse side – an extract from the Law of the Russian Federation “On the perpetuation of the memory of those killed in the defense of the Fatherland.
The electronic fund of the Presidential Library contains materials from Alexander Vladimirovich Tsimmermanov, the son of Vladimir Semenovich Tsimmermanov and Alexandra Matveevna Tsimmermanova.
Electronic version (3 files, 300 dpi, JPEG, 8.3 MB).
Copying by users is not allowed.
Tsimmermanov Alexander Vladimirovich, born in 1931 – resident of besieged Leningrad. The entire blockade was in Leningrad. After the death of his parents in 1942 (father – Zimmermanov Vladimir Semenovich, 1878-1942; mother – Tsimmermanova Alexandra Matveyevna, 1890-1942), he was brought up in the family of his father’s sister – Roskova Alexandra Semyonovna and her husband Roskov Panteleimon Vasilyevich. – The inserts provide information from the ISS Book of Memory of Mr.Petersburg: on dates of birth, place of residence, dates of death and burial places, link to the source of information (archive). The text is typed on a typewriter. – Tsimmermanov Vladimir Semenovich (1878-1942), place of residence: Leningrad, st. Rubinstein, house 30, apartment 22; date of death – January 1942; burial place: Bolsheokhtinskoe cemetery. Archive: ___; region: Nevsky; card 757. – Tsimmermanova Alexandra Matveevna (1890-1942), place of residence: Leningrad, st. Rubinstein, house 30, apartment 22; date of death – January 1942; burial place: Bolsheokhtinskoe cemetery.Archive: ___; region: Nevsky; card 756 …
I. Zimmermanov, Vladimir Semenovich (1878-1942). II. Tsimmermanova, Alexandra Matveevna (1890-1942). 1. Tsimmermanov, Vladimir Semenovich (1878-1942) – Documents and materials. 2. Tsimmermanova, Alexandra Matveevna (1890-1942) – Documents and materials. 3. Piskarevskoye Memorial Cemetery-Museum (St. Petersburg, city) – Postcards. 4. Memory of the Great Victory (collection). 5. People (collection). 6. Russia in faces (collection). 7. Great Patriotic War – Human losses – Leningrad, city – 1941-1945 – Documents and materials.
BBK 63.3 (2) 622.88Y1
Source of electronic copy: PB
Original storage location: From private collection

128M Rechargable LCD Video Greeting Card Memory Motion Sensor Video Promotion Book

7 Inch, 10 Inch Recargable LCD Video Greeting Cards, Video Promotion Book, LCD Screen Cards

LCD screen video card is highly popular for high grade promotion gift signs in 4S auto store or as promotion gift for jewelry, watch, diamonds goods etc. We can offer one stop service by according to your requests. Before contacting with our sales team, please read the product datasheet below.


LCD Screen Card
Memory 128MB, 256MB, 512BM, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
Battery Lithium 320mA ~ 1500mA, standard equipped for video greeting card 2.4inch 320mA, 4.3inch, 5inch and video greeting card 7inch 1000mA, video greeting card 10inch 1500mA
Display 2.4inch, 4.3inch, 5inch, 7inch, 10inch
Switch Swikth magnet, on / off switch, light sensor, motion sensor, etc.
Function Video play, picture viewing, rolling titles while paling music or pictures, music playing while viewing displays
Text format TST
Aspect ratio JPEG, BMP, GIF, typhus, PNG
System Support Vin98 / ME / NT / 2000 / SP / VIN 7, etc.
Image Resolution 4.3inch & 5inch 480 * 272, 7inch 800 * 480, 10inch 1024 * 600
Paper card A4, A5 and customized size, 300g soft cover or hardcover lamination, 4K printing, glossy or matte
Boot time 2 seconds
Video Switch 1 second
New Features
1, Supports wide color digital TFT LCD display.
2, support all HD format video playback, 1280 * 720 video streaming without conversion, HP H. 264 high bit rate level decoding
3, support picture, music and txt view together
4, support maximum 10 buttons, button function could be: AB1 ~ AB9 (one button must be power on / off), play / pause, reverse, next, volume up, volume down, forward, rewind, power on – off, combination
5, Support TF card and SD card (128M ~ 32G)
6, support micro USB, it could charging when connect the PC.
7, support more than 5V / 1A adapter
8, support single speaker or stereo earphone


1. Industrial-grade design, heavy duty built for 24-7-365 non-stop playing loops.

2. Automatically download content to the player by simply inserting the USB drive.

3. Start playing automatically when open brochure

OEM / ODM Options:

Option 1: LCD Screen Size

2.4 “, 2.8”, 4.3 “, 7”

Option 2: Brochure size

A4, A5 or other

Option 3: Buttons

5 (default), 6, 7, 8 buttons

Option 4: Touch Screen

4.3 “touch screen, 7” touch screen

Option 5: Li-rechargeable battery

300mAh, 500mAh, 1200mAh

Option 6: Memory

128MB (default), 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB

Questions and Answers:

K. What is the button design for LCD video brochure for advertising?

It can be customized according to the functional requirements of the product. like: pause / play, previous, next, fast forward, rewind, volume +, volume -, video switch, on / off buttons or AB1 – AB9 button matches up to 9 different videos. The above functions can be combined freely.

Q. What is the function of the USB port?

Micro USB, it could charge the battery and connect laptop or computer with download video file.

Q. Does it support TST format? What is the video format supported?

Yes, when playing images, an audio file or text will be loaded and the game will automatically be

K. Can we use our own dsin?

Yes, we can send you a template at your request

Q. What is paper material and printing skill?

Standard 300g artpaper paper with 4K printing. Other materials and printing skills are acceptable upon your request. Such as 250g, 350g, 1250g Hadcover etc. Embossing & Engraving, UV, hot stamping, spot color printing, double side printing, etc.


Watch shop, 4S auto shop, liquor store, gift shop, jewelry store, party, meeting, wedding etc.

Dedicatory inscription on the book – examples

Here are examples of ready-made texts for a dedicatory inscription on a book.Most of the texts include wishes, they are quite universal and they can be addressed to both a man and a woman, as well as to a colleague, girlfriend (friend), boss, etc. All names are used only for convenience of presentation, do not forget to change them to the ones you need.

If you want to add even more wishes to the text, you can select them from a separate list.

Design guidelines are found at the end of the page.

  1. With love and faith in you, your abilities, your talents and your bright mind.
  2. Dear Sidor Sidorovich Sidorov in memory of a joint project to strengthen social ties between representatives of various groups. Best wishes.
  3. To a person with a capital letter, dear friend and like-minded person Kharitonov Kharitonov Kharitonovich. With wishes of longevity, success and happiness.
  4. Precious Alla Semyonovna from Irina and her family, as a sign of great respect and friendship.
  5. Accept this wonderful chronicle about the history of the Volga region from the creative team.And may she inspire you to new noble deeds, instill confidence in yourself, because a land with such a history really deserves a wonderful future.
  6. With sincere wishes for personal growth, development and new victories.
  7. To the distinguished chief from the team of the 3rd department with sincere gratitude for optimism, dedication, humanity and high ethical principles.
  8. This book is a sign of my admiration for your attitude to life, work and the world around you . .. Stay always the same thinking, sincere and inquisitive.And let your deeds tell about your merits better than you.
  9. May you always have the determination to change your life. Love your friends.
  10. Do not count the past years, better – re-read this book … and just go ahead without looking back.
  11. This book will make your evenings more comfortable and your inner world even deeper.
  12. I want your path to success to be easy and therefore I am presenting this book. It will help clarify some of the things that will help you make your dream come true.
  13. May all the doors you need always open before you, just as this book opens – easily and on demand.
  14. Let this book help you find your place in the sun and take it forever.
  15. This gift is a sign that I always remember the day you were born and I consider this day my personal, great holiday.
  16. Dear Petr Petrovich! I am delighted with your erudition and fantastic hard work. Respectfully yours and best wishes, Maria Ivanovna Sidorenkova.
  17. For outstanding academic achievement and exemplary behavior. Let everything that was conceived come true. Love, Mom.
  18. In good memory of the happy days spent together, in which there was time for everything.
  19. Please accept my sincere admiration for your culinary skills and this book, so that your talents develop further.
  20. Take this gift to your magnificent brain so that it always has food.
  21. Dear Ivan Ivanovich, with gratitude for your constant support.
  22. Alyonochka, with gratitude for the beauty, the warmth and joy of communication.
  23. Svetlanochka! This book is a gift from someone who loves you. I sincerely hope that you will like it and help you make your dreams come true. I put my soul and love into this gift … Accept them, do not refuse. Live happily. Your faithful friend.
  24. Let your life be like this wonderful fairy tale. Loving you, mom and dad.
  25. Dear Vika! We wish that the wizards whom you will meet on the pages of this book will teach you how to work miracles. With love, mom and dad.
  26. With gratitude for the friendship and interesting communication. Everything will work out!
  27. To his son Nikita from his father, in memory of Kamchatka.
  28. A daring, independent and stunning friend who has become a sister to me. With the warmest wishes of happiness.
  29. To the best friend, inspirer and mentor with gratitude to fate for our meeting.
  30. So that your life never has a heavier burden than this book.
  31. To a unique person, with gratitude for the good that I will never forget.
  32. I want your clear mind, broad education and unmistakable taste to be the judge of this book.
  33. The generosity of spirit shown by you has been of great support to me. This gift is a small part of my gratitude to you.
  34. “Let the thoughts contained in the book be your capital, and the thoughts that arose in you after reading — as a percentage of it” (quote: Thomas Aquinas).
  35. I am giving you this book because I want the food for your mind to be not only tasty, but also healthy.
  36. A book before your eyes is a guarantee that your brain will not dry out and age. I wish your sharp mind eternal health and longevity.
  37. Perhaps this book will become for you that shoulder that will help you realize yourself in the profession.
  38. My dear friend! Thank you for the long memory of spiritual beauty and kindness.
  39. Accept this source of invaluable emotional space as a gift and may it only bring happy moments. Enjoy reading!
  40. The stories in this book are amazing … But I wish you that your own story will surpass in brightness and beauty anything that has ever been described in books.
  41. I give you this book so that you always have something to replace communication with an empty person.
  42. You may not find anything new in this book, but know that in the book of my life, all the best chapters are about you.
  43. In gratitude for the presented unforgettable impressions, wise thoughts, grandiose plans, dreams of long journeys, for brilliant reasoning, magical moments and funny incidents. I wish that all of the above never leaves your life.
  44. I give this book to a rare person, meeting with whom I consider the most generous gift of fate.Reading is not harmful, it is harmful – not to read (Russian proverb)
  45. If this book does not teach you anything new, it will help you better discern what is already inside you … I wish that what you saw would please you.
  46. If you behave with a book, you will gain intelligence (Russian proverb).
  47. This is not just a book, but a magical tool for implanting wisdom. Use it to your health.
  48. I wish you not only to read this book, but also to chew, and then – to digest … It deserves it.
  49. “… A house in which there are no books is like a body in which there is no soul” (quote from Mark Cicero). Start small and accept this book, which will hopefully be the beginning of a large home collection.
  50. Reading an author who writes well, you get used to speaking well …
  51. This book is already ready to open a new era in your life.
  52. From the grains of what is read, knowledge is formed in the same way as molecules are made of atoms, and a ruble is made of kopecks.
  53. Read books adorn a person … I make my contribution and give you this injection so that your beauty becomes brighter and brighter.
  54. Scientific literature saves from ignorance, and elegant from rudeness and vulgarity (quoted by N. G. Chernyshevsky).
  55. This book will always give you kind and disinterested advice.
  56. This collection of Asian recipes made me dream of making them a reality and inviting me to a tasting session.
  57. This book, like any good literature, sharpens the mind, enlightens, strengthens the soul and dispels confusion in thoughts.
  58. In the book you will find what others have found with great difficulty in everyday experience.She will help to comprehend everything.
  59. This book will take you behind the scenes of the life you are interested in.
  60. I give you this treasure of wisdom. I wish to squeeze all the juices out of him, skim all the cream and get a fat profit for my inner “I”.
  61. This gift is a sign of my affection.
  62. This book is my compliment to your mind.
  63. One smart scientist said that only the Universe and human stupidity are endless … and I would add to his list the endless path of self-improvement.This book will help you on the path of internal transformations and make you even closer to the ideal.
  64. They say that a man’s chosen book is the surest way to understand his mind and character. Both are beautiful in you … Therefore, I am making my contribution to your collection and will leave a memory of myself in the form of this unusually interesting tome. I wish you to become good friends with him.
  65. Not every experience needs to be gained at the cost of your mistakes. Life is learned from books and art objects, perhaps more than from life itself … Use this chance, accept this book.She will explain a lot to you.
  66. This book deserves to be a heartfelt companion in life.
  67. When you read this book for the first time, you will realize that you have found a new friend. And when you read it again, you will see that you met an old friend. May each of your meetings be joyful and bring you new impressions.
  68. I am giving you not just a book, but an exciting journey … And most importantly, you can go to it without getting up from the couch … and return to the places you like again and again, at any time you wish.
  69. With the help of this book you will be able to talk with the best person of the past time, and at the same time he will tell you only his best thoughts.
  70. This book is a real savior. She will at all times console you if necessary, relieve boredom, save you from unpleasant communication, help you forget unpleasant people and laugh at them. But, most importantly, it will open the door to the wonderful world.
  71. The merit of this book lies in the subtlety of observing the nature of man and things. No matter how much you reread it, you will always find something new.
  72. This book has immortalized a lot of wisdom. I want her to share this valuable treasure with you, because it is important for me to know what you think about everything that is written in her.
  73. People who read books will always rule over those who watch TV … And therefore I wish you to belong to those who read.
  74. This book is your helper. He is beautiful:
  • is always silent;
  • is always ready to answer questions on your topic;
  • “falls silent” as soon as you stop needing it;
  • quietly lies on the sidelines without demanding attention and waiting to be remembered.

He is without lectures, without pretensions, with him you will not feel guilty if you forget about him, and most importantly, you will not get into trouble with him, but he will definitely bring benefit. I give it to you with the warmest wishes of happiness, love and success.

Design advice:

  • When signing a book, in addition to wishes, you can add words of parting words, congratulations on the holiday (if the gift is timed to any holiday), words of gratitude, something that will be interesting to read after many years.
  • You can use the texts from the collection not only for signing a book, but also as an oral accompaniment when presenting a gift.
  • At the end of each inscription it is customary to put the date and signature. The date may be shortened by leaving only the month and year of the gift delivery, or – only the year. However, if the gift was made on the birthday, then the date is not shortened, they write in full (date, month, year of delivery).
  • When signing a book with your hand, try to make the text legible (better – in block letters) … It will be a shame if the commemorative text turns out to be unreadable for the person to whom it is addressed.
  • When creating your own text, use the list of epithets, it will help you find the right description for your book.
  • If you have not found what you are looking for on this page, use the collection of inscriptions for any present.
  • If you are signing a gift for a leader (boss), you must follow the chain of command, avoid familiarity. Use “you” and do not use the word “beloved”, replacing it with “respected”. Avoid being overly flattering.
  • Before writing a message on a book, double-check and make sure that the text is not ambiguous for a particular person.

New Year’s card as a memory card

Text and photos: Dmitry Shevarov / RG

In the photo: V. Zarubin’s postcard

The other day I heard on the screen a phrase that reading serious books has become an aristocratic occupation these days, something like horse riding. What, I thought, could be compared to handwriting letters and New Year’s cards? Obviously with hot air ballooning.

Somehow, by themselves, two albums with New Year’s cards were formed in our house. We did not collect them, moreover, we did not collect them. It’s just that when old postcards fell out from somewhere, we did not throw them away, but put them in a regular photo album for 10×15 pictures. Then I had to make another album. Now I see that it’s time to buy the third one. Postcards, as if feeling safe, began to come regularly from the past.

Turning through them with affection in the evenings, you suddenly begin to understand that you are not just a set of glorious pictures, but a layer of an almost lost culture, a unique handwritten collection, a chronicle of kind-heartedness that our grandfathers and grandmothers, our parents, kept even in the most heartless times.And after them, we, only having learned to write, tried to participate in this New Year’s whirlwind of greetings, wishes, bows. We printed in block letters, being afraid to put a blot: “GREAT GRANDMA …”

Now everything is simpler – almost all postcards are sold with ready-made text. If you want – on behalf of a loving grandson, you want on behalf of a son, daughter or nephew. Podmahni and all the cases. Only who will get warmer from the replicated

sincerity? Previously, only party committees and trade union committees allowed themselves such things.”Dear comrade … congratulations … we wish you new successes … the trade union committee of the RSU No. 12″. So, after all, these pieces of paper were not valued dearly, and very soon they went to kindle or to the trash can. The current glossy formalities also disappear soon after the holidays. We get rid of them without a trace of regret. Our hand will tremble only when we see our native handwriting on the reverse side, and those only words that only one person in the whole wide world can write to us.

You go over the postcards and you open something that you never thought about before.Well, isn’t it surprising that people who lived nearby, in the same house, used to write postcards to each other! They saw each other every day, but at the same time they diligently wrote congratulations to each other, throwing them into the mailbox or bringing them on a New Year’s Eve on a silver platter along with gifts.

This is how our family keeps postcards written by our neighbor Zoya Stepanovna, who lived on the same site with us. There are cards from the Blank family addressed to my grandparents. And Sasha and Tanya Blanca lived in the next doorway.

It is revealed that in the 1960s – 70s remarkable artists worked in the genre of New Year’s cards: A. Kanevsky, V. Beltyukov, V. Chmarov, V. Voronin, L. Model, V. Zarubin. Very popular were postcards with dolls, not drawn characters (the authors of most of these nice postcards were the artists N. Poklad and B. Ruchkin). Well, the most artistically interesting postcards were issued by “Fine Art”.

It was this publishing house in the early 1980s that suddenly released postcards made in a completely unusual Bruegel style for a Soviet postcard (their author was the artist M.Matveev). On these postcards there are no attributes of modernity (rockets, satellites, airplanes …), no animals, not even Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden. Drawn just houses, courtyards, children. Here is a village, not a popular print or a tourist one, but

is the most common. Or here – a factory village. A factory chimney sticks out in the distance. Linen hangs in the courtyards. Some children make a snowman, others play a puck, and still others help adults decorate a Christmas tree in the middle of a hockey rink. The boy helps his mother knock out the carpet.The girl is skating, and her boots are on the bench next to her. The sergeant boy is on vacation. The two-story cottages, apparently hastily built in the 1950s, have no balconies, and New Year’s Christmas trees hang from the windows along with grocery bags. At the same time, there is gas in the houses, and a guy in a quilted jacket is carrying a red cylinder with the inscription “propane” on a sled.

On a 1973 postcard, Santa Claus walks across Moscow with an umbrella, which is very important for the current Moscow winter.In the mid-1970s, Santa Claus puts on a Bam helmet. And on a postcard from 1979, Santa Claus flies in a helicopter and drags … a high-voltage line support! In the same year, a postcard appears where Santa Claus, somewhat reminiscent of Mstislav Rostropovich, plays the cello under the tree. In 1980, the Olympic Bear is holding a Christmas tree in his paw. In 1981, Santa Claus walks through the forest with a radio set from the VEF plant in Riga (it’s scary to think how much businessmen would have to pay today to pay for such a phenomenal advertisement!).

But perhaps the most surprising thing that can be seen on some New Year’s cards, published in millions of copies in the most atheistic, it would seem, years – these are Bethlehem, and not five-pointed stars on Christmas trees!

For all its innocence and naivety, the New Year’s card mysteriously absorbed the intonation, the melody of the era, and when you hold such a card in your hands, you begin to hear it all. And combining with a unique handwriting, with written speech, this intimate melody sounds already in the whole orchestration of feelings. And so clearly you can hear: the tinkling of Christmas tree decorations, the rustle of gift paper, voices that are careful to our children’s sleep …

90,000 Postcards from the past about a happy and unhappy life –

The House of Jewish Books publishing house has published the second book dedicated to the Jewish postcard. In the first book “The Jewish World in Postcards”, which was published in 2002, the material was divided into thematic series: “The Circle of Life”, “In the Pale of Settlement”, “The People on the Way”, “Beyond the” Line “,” This the Russian word “pogrom” “, etc.The second book contains postcards from the Lebanon publishing house. This largest Jewish publishing house was founded in Prussia in the 80s. XIX century. At the beginning of the XX century. it opened its representative office in Warsaw, and then in Moscow. The publishing house existed until 1918, and during this time it issued more than 300 postcards.

It is quite obvious that the authors of the series, unknown to us, were supporters of Palestinian, Zionist ideas. The series includes portraits of most of the leaders of the Zionist movement, as well as religious and public figures, writers, artists who sympathized with the idea of ​​returning the Jewish people to their historical homeland.Paintings by famous European artists on biblical themes are intended to awaken historical memory. The few postcards depicting life in the diaspora (these are always reproductions of paintings, not photographs) pursue one goal – to show how painful life in Galut is. Among the more than 300 postcards issued by the publishing house, we will not find a single one that would depict the life of the town or monuments of Jewish architecture and art of the Russian Empire … Israel!

Unfortunately, very little is known about Lebanon itself.Although his postcards have long become a bibliographic rarity and are in great demand among collectors, a complete catalog of the company’s products has not yet been published. Although the publication of the House of Jewish Books does not claim to be complete, it nevertheless contains most of Lebanon’s postcards. The book is based on postcards from the private collection of the American collector Boris Rosenfeld.
The book can be bought at the House of Jewish Books at the address: Bolshaya Nikitskaya, 47 \ 3

90,000 Fantasy with unreliable storytellers | Blogs, Books, Book Reviews

The “unreliable storyteller” trick is not a new invention (Agatha Christie used it!), But it is still popular among authors who play with the reader’s expectations and try to shock him with an unexpected ending.The point of the technique is that the hero, on whose behalf the narration is being conducted, distorts (not necessarily deliberately) the idea or does not speak about important events, which creates a false picture of what is happening to the reader. The narrator may openly lie or embellish reality, suffer from amnesia, have a mental disorder or blurred consciousness, or simply deceive himself or perceive things differently, say, due to age.

Sometimes the unreliability of the narrator is clear from the very beginning, sometimes it is not immediately revealed. But even if such suspicions arise immediately, the main intrigue remains – how is everything in reality? Here are just a few examples of the successful use of the “unreliable storyteller” in fantasy and fiction.

Jacek Pekara, cycle “I, the Inquisitor”

In the brutal alternative Middle Ages, the Church and the inquisitors rule the world, burning out any heresies and witchcraft. So bequeathed the local Jesus, who descended from the cross and honored his executioners. Mordimer Madderdin, on whose behalf the story is being conducted, is one of the most successful inquisitors.Through cunning, intelligence and ruthlessness, he unravels complex cases and determines whether supernatural forces are involved in crimes.

Mordimer is a classic anti-hero, and although he can sometimes be sympathetic to, it shouldn’t fool anyone. He is a merciless and cold interrogator, devoutly believing in his destiny and in the right to torture and kill to achieve a goal, considering himself superior to most other people, taking advantage of his position for his own benefit. This is already a sure sign that Mordimer is very subjective and builds the story in such a way as to support his ideas and prove his case.Alternative points of view (for the time being) are somewhere on the scale from stupidity to heresy.

As the cycle develops, the inquisitor’s beliefs change, he learns information that makes him doubt the doctrine of the Church and his role in what is happening. And the prequels to the main cycle, in which we learn new facts from the apprenticeship and the first years of Mordimer’s work, make us look differently at some of the events and statements of the hero in the first books.

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