We all have our pet peeves, and greeting cards happen to be one of mine. Why? Because I hate to see money spent on things with such a short life expectancy. In my experience cards are given, read and then promptly thrown in the trash. Is that worth the $3.99 or whatever that someone spent on the card? Some would say yes, but it just doesn't sit well with my savings-oriented brain.
When I receive a card, I immediately start thinking about all of the things that could have been bought in its place. It's not that I don't appreciate the gesture, it's just that I appreciate the value of a hard-earned dollar too.
And that's why I like to find uses for the cards that are given to me. Turning them into gift tags is one idea, but there are also lots of other things that can be made out of greeting cards. My latest creations? Christmas card coasters and placemats. Both are easy to make and help to keep cards out of the trash--now that makes me feel a bit better about the tradition.