DIY: Family Flash Cards 2.0

Me being the crafty individual that I am (LOL), I thought I was so clever creating my flash cards and thought they were perfect. But I had to take them and level up.

I have a small group of mom friends from my due date group, and we live all across the country. I wanted to do something special for our baby’s first birthdays. And as a person with a supply chain background, I am always trying to make things better.

Enter, flash cards 2.0. I decided to take these up a notch by backing the cards with random pieces of colorful scrapbook paper and using color photos this time. Well, colorful except for one mama who is obsessed with black and white. She got black and white cards.

I printed the photos and peeled off the sticky back and applied to an unlined 3×5 card. I also hand cut all of the scrapbook paper to 3×5 using my handy Fiskars paper cutter (this took forever but it was so worth it). I then affixed it to the back of the index card with some double sided tape. Laminated as usual, and then used the paper cutter to cut the cards out. And then I used this handy dandy corner rounder that I found on Amazon to make the cards more professional -looking.

They turned out perfect and every time I see a photo of their baby playing with the flash cards, I tear up and get a huge smile. We have to come up with creative ways for our sweet little COVID babies to get to know their friends.

Please point me in the direction of some other (doable) DIY projects that I can do with or for my toddler!

DIY: Family Flash Cards

If you know me, you know I am not a DIY kind of gal. Never have been. Never will be. However, this was a DIY project that I was really excited about! One that you can’t really mess up. Family flash cards for Theo!

Supplies: a photo printer (I used the HP Sprocket), index cards, a sharpie, and a laminator.

I first found headshots of all of our loved ones – the higher the resolution the better, but really any photo will work, even if borrowed from social media. I cropped them to my desired size, and then applied the black and white setting in Lightroom.

For printing, I used the HP Sprocket. It’s an inkless device that prints 2×3 photos like a Polaroid. Also, the pics have a peel-off backing that reveals a sticky side, so you can easily apply the photos to any surface. I also use this printer for Theo’s baby book.

Then I took each photo, peeled off the backing, and applied it vertically to a 3×5 index card. Underneath each photo, I wrote that family member’s name. It’s literally as simple as that! You could decorate each card with more stickers or a cute drawn on border, but I am not that crafty or creative. I’m keeping this as simple as possible.

I bought an Amazon Basics laminator so that I could do this specific project. I laminated all of the cards, cut them up, and voila!

I think this will be a great way to keep Theo familiar with faces of loved ones that he doesn’t see every day. I can’t wait to watch him learn everyone’s faces and names!

Now, what else can I do with my laminator?!

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