Bounces' idea is very good.
Also google "Greeting card book". You can take all of your cards, and make them into a book. This way you never lose any, and can look at them at any time. It's easier to store also.
As far as the photos go; you can put together a photo album until your scanner works to put them on a CD. I still look at my mom's photo albums from the '90s. I love the nostalgia! This makes them easier to access rather than just having them in a box or something.