Although some of us have turned the annual tradition of sending holiday cards into a modern one of simply emailing an attachment with a generic sentiment scrawled across it in a cliché font, there are those who still like to go the old school route with paper cards.

Personally, I don’t see the point in sending a card that will be displayed for a week or two, then discarded on December 26th, so I have long ago given up the practice. I can’t say the same for the majority of my friends and family.

Admittedly, I recycle almost every card I get once the holidays are over, but the handmade cards I receive stir something in me, and I can’t bring myself to throw them out. I literally struggle with this every year as I stand over the recycling bin trying to part ways with these one of a kind cards that are bursting with love and creativity. It’s exhausting to say the least. But since I live in NYC and my space for such emotional attachments is slowly depleting, I knew it was time to find other things to do with my pile of Christmas cards. So I asked one of my crafty friends, who sends me these types of cards every year, to give me some suggestions. Now I can turn these cards into something new, and I don’t have to struggle with the decision to toss or not to toss.