On Saturday, Jann McCollom will be one of the card makers around the world who will celebrate World Card Making Day.
"When you give somebody a handmade card, it's really giving them a part of you," McCollom said. "That's something they are going to cherish and hold on to."
Last year, organizers celebrated the first-ever national card-making day, set for the first Saturday of each October. This year, it has expanded into a worldwide celebration.
Fellow card-lover Leslie Bumgarner said World Card Making Day is an opportunity to share time with fellow card makers and introduce the hobby to those who haven't done it before.
She said in this busy world, it's important to take the time to share our feelings with each other.
"We are pulled in so many different directions every day, there's just very little time that you can spend doing something creative," she said. "We need to discover our creative outlet and find something to do with that."
Bumgarner said the sky is the limit when decorating cards, as long as they still will fit in an envelope.
"It's all just a matter of taste," she said. "But, sometimes the simplest card is the one that's the most elegant. When you send somebody a handmade card, you'll get a telephone call and a thank-you. You usually don't get that with a store-bought card." "Lisa Janssen