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Friday, April 27, 2012

Business Cards

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!!!
When I showed it to Jake, he immediately declared that I needed to make one for him. He outlines his novels on index cards and has to tote them around on his travels, in case he gets an opportunity to work, so they are constantly getting mixed up and abused.  He has requested a less colorful version.  I think that he will get what I make for him and be grateful. Ahahahaha!!!
xoxo

Update 2/07/13: Want to make your own holder?  Check out the pattern for my Index Card Holder HERE!!!

12 comments:

  1. I love this idea -- you can add extra information, or even sketch out a design! Index card holder idea is genius.

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  2. Do you have a pattern for this holder?

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    1. Nope, not yet! You are actually the first person to ask about it. I am happy to write it up, post holiday crunch... Thanks for asking! It made my day!
      xo Jaime

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  3. WOW! I can't believe no one has inquired about a pattern. I just got business cards and I think this would be the perfect holder for them.

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    1. Actully, Sonia, this holder is for 3x5 cards, so I'm afraid it would be way too big for business cards, unless your business cards are 3x5 cards like mine were. I do have a couple of 'normal sized' business card holder patterns that I did a couple of months ago (you can find them on the My Free Patterns page, the button is on the right in the sidebar).
      xo Jaime

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  4. I would also really like the patern for this holder. My mom/photographer/seamstress/crocheter "business" contact cards are 3x5 and right now they're in a plastic snap case that cracks really easy in my purse/diaper bag (I'm a mom of four little ones).

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  5. Hi Swel Mel! Okay, you tipped it over. I will write this pattern up! You are too cute! If anyone deserves a medal, it's a mom with 4 kids. Since I am fresh out of medals, the pattern will have to do. Look for it sometime in January 2013!
    xo Jaime

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    1. Thanks for the "intent of a medal", but the pattern would be enough! One of the greatest rewards of having four small children is that I get four times the kisses and snuggles!!!

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    2. I think that you'll get your wish by the end of the month. I'm writing up the pattern and it will be on the blog as soon as it is perfect.
      xo Jaime

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  6. I love index cards - This is perfect and the biz card idea is fantastic. I also use different size cards, I love the the 3 x 5s cut in half for a 3 X 2.5. I write my affirmations on them and carry in a small crocheted bag. I am going to try a mini version of your pattern for them.
    Thank you!!!!

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    1. Hi Shorty! I love the little half cards!!! I think it would be really easy to just stop at R20 and have a half sized holder. How fun!!!
      What a great idea!
      xo Jaime

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