Card Organizer

by Beate Johns

Make this organizer for someone special to keep track of their birthdays and store their birthday cards.


  • Binding system (I used Rubicoil™)
  • 6 sheets of 12" x 12" cardstock
  • 2 pieces of 6" x 7 3/4" cardstock
  • Calendar printouts (PDF, 36KB)
  • Paper cutter with scoring blade


  1. Step 1

    Take a piece of your 12" x 12" cardstock and score it at 4 1/4". Repeat with all of the 12" x 12" cardstock pieces.

  2. Step 2

    Turn your cardstock piece one quarter and score at 6". If you are using Stampin' Up! cardstock score at 5 15/16", because it's not quite a 12" square.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp the upper 4" of your cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Turn the cardstock over and stamp the lower 4" all the way up to the score line.

  5. Step 5

    Turn cardstock back over so you will see the upper part stamped. Now fold the lower part up.

  6. Step 6

    Now fold the cardstock in half. This will create two pages with pockets.

  7. Step 7

    Push your folded cardstock with the open ends all the way into your binding machine and punch holes. Make sure your cardstock is all the way in before punching. Repeat with all pieces of cardstock including your covers.

  8. Step 8

    Stack your cover, pages and cover on top of each other.

  9. Step 9

    Start inserting your coil into the holes manually. Continue to do so until you have the coil into four to five holes.

  10. Step 10

    Lay card organizer onto the Rubicoil so the coil is in the indentation.

  11. Now roll your fingers over the coil towards you until the coil is all the way to the end of the page.

  12. Step 11

    Cut extra coil off.

  13. Step 12

    Bend wire in to keep from unraveling.

  14. Step 13

    Take your printout calendar pages, center them and tape them onto each pocket.

  15. Step 14

    Decorate the front of your organizer.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Card Organizer. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

just great!
Brenda Gamble  |  Thu Jan 31, 2008 at 8:15 PM
Awesome way to keep your cards seperated. Really cute.
Would you have advice for binding if you don't have one of the machines.
Thanks so much for your wonderful creativity.
Sue L  |  Sat Feb 2, 2008 at 4:31 PM
How about adding binding holes with a crop-a-dile or other hole punch and tying the pages together with ribbon?
beate  |  Sat Feb 2, 2008 at 4:50 PM
Wow! Thanks for the advice! We just were in Arizona from our small town Canadian home and I bought one. I had heard of it before, but now I finally have one. It looks like it could have two uses though, I think it looks like a torture device as well as being heavy. LOL
Thanks again for your time and suggestion.
Sue L  |  Sat Feb 2, 2008 at 4:57 PM
What a GREAT idea! This will make a GREAT gift.

Thank you for your wounderful idea!
God Bless
AmandaW  |  Fri Feb 15, 2008 at 8:21 AM
I love this- I'm going to make one to put my coupons in and take to the grocery store!
Nancy  |  Sun Apr 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM
How Awesome!!! Now I know a really easy way to customize my Bill Organizer without having to buy the same boring ones every year! ***customized with the things *I* owe!!!
Liana  |  Thu Apr 17, 2008 at 2:01 PM
This is SO beautiful, and you make it look so easy! I think it would be a wonderful thing to donate to our church auction (with cards!)

You could also use a comb binding machine. Lots of offices have them.

Thanks for sharing.
Lisa Sargent  |  Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 8:29 AM
I can't get the pdf calendar to display at all. What am I doing wrong? I click the link and it just says "done" and nothing loads.
minerva  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM
Thank you for this tutorial. I've been wanting to make these for some time now. Could you tell me what size coil you used? I know it needs to be large enough, not only for the pages, but also for the thickness the cards will add. I don't have a clue of what to use. Thanks
Daria  |  Sat Jun 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM
oooooh! I REALLY like this!
Thanks to Lisa S for her suggestion about comb binding - yes, our office has of those! I can see making a bunch of these!
Valerie  |  Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 6:58 AM
Precioso tutorial, bravo
Monika  |  Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 12:55 AM
Would you please let me know the finished size and what size coil you used.
ScrappyDeb  |  Sun Jun 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM
This is really terrific, I could really use this item and so could all my sisters. Thanks for a great tutorial.
Jodi Moore  |  Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 11:35 AM
Thank you so much for this Beate!

Wonderful idea, can't wait to try this one. I'll be sure to share too ;o}
Gabrielle Madsen  |  Wed Mar 25, 2009 at 10:11 AM

I'm not quiet sure what you mean by turning your cardstock 1/4 before scoring at 6".
diane  |  Sun May 3, 2009 at 9:02 AM
Diane, in step one you are making a vertical score line. Turn your paper 1/4 turn so your vertical score line now lays down horizontally. Then score the cardstock at 6" as shown in step 2.
beate  |  Wed May 20, 2009 at 6:52 AM
i can't remember making something so satisfying as this little project. thank you so much for making me smile.
Sherry  |  Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM
I agree with told all above.
Jeanelle  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 3:56 PM
I am wondering what you used for the cover? IS c/s heavy enough? Or SU's DP?
This is fantastic!! I need to purchase a binder then I am going to have to make a bunch of these for gifts!!
Pamela  |  Fri Feb 5, 2010 at 10:58 PM

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