When my son graduated years ago, I ordered an "advice for the graduate" jar where guests at his reception would post messages on scraps of paper and put them in the jar. Since my daughter is graduating, I wanted something similar but couldn't find anything I really liked. I saw several altered Rolodexes and card files on Etsy but they all were for weddings and showers. I actually asked a seller if she would be willing to sell just the cards with "graduate" instead of "bride and groom" but never heard back from her so decided to create my own.
I decided to go with a file box but finding the right one was a challenge. Hobby Lobby didn't have anything that would fit 4 x 6 or 3 x 5 cards so I went over to Office Max. They had the perfect little tins! They hold 3 x 5 file cards and come in black or white and actually have a closure on them. I bought 2 of them and some blank 3 x 5 cards and set out to create a cute little box.
I used scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and using Mod Podge, decoupaged it to the box. Then using Microsoft Word, I was able to recreate the advice cards only in 3 x 5 format. Figuring out how to print them was also a challenge ... it took me a while to feed them into the manual feed of my HP Laserjet 3050 all-in-one but finally I located the manual feed and by printing 10 at a time (the max it will do), I got a bunch of cards printed up.
All in all, I'm pleased with the results. I debated putting a bow and charms (grad hat and 2011) on top but decided to go with more of a minimalist approach. I'm planning on doing another one for my Sisters on the Fly table for the sisters that go to the events I go to to leave their contact information. Haven't found the perfect paper for that yet but I'm looking.