In my last post, I shared the idea of using the 9-up plastic sleeves designed for baseball card storage to organize and preserve the little school photos you collected as a child, or your children/grandchildren have stuffed in their “keepsakes” boxes.
I quickly discovered that the same process works very well for memorial cards, too.
My mother collected memorial cards – those little cards you receive at a funeral, which has lots of good information about the deceased on it – for her entire adult life. At some point she gave me an entire shoebox of memorial cards. Some were friends, but the overwhelming majority were family members.
Then recently a cousin shared with me a similar archive created by her mother. My collection was now growing.
These cards are just amazing. Aside from the beautiful images and the wonderful information (birth, death, pall bearers, church, celebrant, burial location), some of mine are actually in German. Talk about a window into the past.
Organizing the Memorial Cards
So again, I’m faced with a shoebox, and envelope, and a rubber-banded stack of cards and the same question of how to organize them.
While some of the cards are a wee bit taller than the pockets in a 9-up card sleeve, they still fit pretty well. I can put the cards in the sleeve, the backside with all of the good information is still plainly visible by simply turning the page over. If I have multiples of one card, I can keep them in the same pocket, which makes it super, super easy to quickly know if I have “extras” to share with a family member. I can put them in alphabetical order, or I can group them by nuclear family.
It’s an excellent tool for photo organization. The plastic prevents the cards from being “handled” and damaged, but makes them very accessible.
As I mentioned in the last post, I found these pages at Office Max for $3.49/10 packet. And you want to be sure you get the ACID FREE sleeves.
Here’s a Sample Page