Once again I was inspired by an advertisement that was delivered to my e-mail. I made this for a fraction of the cost too, which is even better. I bought a plain black binder from Target today for $0.97. I took a piece of Baroque Backgrounds designer series paper that I bought back when I could pre-order it and cut it to fit the front of my binder. I noticed that the back and front covers both had different measurements, but I used a piece of 12 X 12 paper that I cut down to 11 1/2" X 10 1/2". I used the extra to wrap around to the inside so the edges are covered as well. To adhere the paper I covered the front liberally with Mod Podge and a paint brush. I thought I had some foam brushes left and I was too impatient and didn't have the energy to drag two kids to the store to buy some new ones. There are some brush marks, but up close they are very faint. When the paper was on I also coated the front with Mod Podge to protect it. This is going to be handled a lot and I didn't want it to get full of finger prints. After it was dry I added the 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon and the tag. I used my Define Your Life set for this since it's going to be an organizational tool for my household.
I found a 2008 calendar online by doing a Google search. I printed it out on Very Vanilla cardstock and then stamped the flourish from Baroque Motifs in River Rock and the flowers in Groovy Guava. I stamped off the Groovy Guava once for a more muted look before I stamped on my calendar.
For the "To Do" page, I stamped the letters from the Jumbo outline Alphabet and colored them in with my Versamarker. I stamped the flourish once, added a piece of designer series paper and my tab. This will be great for keeping track of all of the schedules the kids come home with. I can just punch holes and stick them in the binder. I won't have to go frantically searching for music schedules and the calendar for Colin's snack day.
The other thing we have trouble organizing are the many local restaurant menus we have lying around the house. We have been keeping them in a file folder and it gets stuffed and things are hard to find. This way I can have a section for them. I have already punched holes in them and added them to the binder. To make this page I stamped "favorite" from Define Your Life, cut it out and added it to a piece of HodgePodge Hardware before putting it on the page. I made my title the exact same way as my To Do page, except I used Old Olive cardstock instead of River Rock. The rest of the definition is then stamped on Very Vanilla and matted on Chocolate Chip. I again added a tab with the Round Tab punch and some more Baroque Backgrounds designer series paper.
I stopped after making these pages, but now I have ideas for more dividers running through my head. I want to add a section for the many restaurant coupons we get and can never find when we need them. I am sure as time goes on I will continually add to the binder as I need to.
Have fun making one for your home and if you do, post in the comments section so I can see it too.