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December is typically the most exciting mail month of the year, as beautiful photocards pour in showing faraway loved ones. Then there's January, which is typically the month of recycling those cards or stashing them in a box somewhere, likely to be forgotten. Here's a smart solution.

At the end of the holidays Michelle at Close 2 My Art compiles an annual holiday photocard book. She punches two holes through each card and uses metal book rings for a quick binding job. It's nice to bring the books out at holiday time to see how families have changed from year to year, and the books are great year-round for kids who will take pleasure in learning the names and faces of family and friends everywhere. Check out this project and others at Close 2 My Art.

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