My mom and I were talking about business cards the other day. I spend my days taking care of my 2 girls, my 5 year-old Mims, and my 91 year-old Mema, and my mom is a teacher, so we do not have any call in our normal lives to need business cards. Yet, every once in a while, it would be really helpful to have a way to give someone my contact information without having to fish through my purse for an old receipt. But that's not really a good enough reason to order 500 business cards, even if (as my awesomely supportive mom suggested) it would be fun to make a cool case for them.
I have seen, in a very expensive (for my budget) catalog, some personalized 'business cards' that were actually 3x5 cards. Now, this company was offering them with embossed printing on high end cardstock in 3 different designs, which would be perfect for a business professional to show how successful and important they are. I am a stay-at-home-health-care-worker, I am all over the DIY version of this!
Supplies for Personalized Business 3x5 Cards:
A $0.49 package of blank 3x5 cards
15 minutes to figure out Word (there's a 3x5 template, btw)
2 minutes to print a fat stack of them out! Done!
The advantage to this, besides being cheaper than dirt, is that I have a ton of room to add a note, or to jot down a commission estimate, or add some other detail that might not be appropriate for every situation. Plus, I printed some on plain index cards, and a few on the back of lined index cards, giving me more options for my business contact needs...
So now that I had my new fancy-shmancy business cards, I had to make a cool case for them. I wanted something that would hold them together, but would also give me a surface to write on, in case I was out in the world and needed to write on the fly. I had an index card holder made of an icky rubber plastic when I was in college that I based this design on, but I made mine out of cotton and it feels divine. Plus, it holds, like, 30 cards. I am set for the next 10 years!!!
Update 2/07/13: Want to make your own holder? Check out the pattern for my Index Card Holder HERE!!!