Saturday, July 24, 2010

Quick And Easy Project.....

I believe that a person must at all times surround themselves with things they find beautiful and that make them happy. Even when we do that just by adding special little touches to ordinary things we may use on a daily basis.

I stopped in a Michael's craft store today and found the most darling scrapbook paper. A shabby patchwork in the prettiest of colors. The paper is of heavier weight card stock and includes some actual stitching on it as part of the design. It was a bit more expensive than most of the papers, but still not too expensive.

Immediately, I knew what I could do with it.

I purchased just two pieces of the scrapbook paper and when I returned home, I used it to decorate a simple three ring notebook binder. The type that has the plastic pockets/slipcovers on the front, back and spine of the binder.

Trimming the paper to fit within the plastic slipcovers, I instantly transformed a plain simple white binder into something much prettier.

This would be a simple, inexpensive and fun idea to use for kids who are getting ready to go back to school and who may be required to keep a binder notebook as part of their school supplies. They could decorate them in any style they choose.

Digging through my scraps of paper I already had at home, I found the perfect paper to use in covering the spine of the notebook. Here again, I just trimmed it to size and slid it inside the plastic pocket.

A view of the front, back and side binder all in one.........

A fun little project for you to try if you so desire. Imagine a whole shelf filled with pretty "shabbified" notebook binders like these for your office or craft rooms. A perfect way to file away papers you may need or use on a regular basis. Just add some plastic sheet protectors inside to protect the papers and you're ready to go. This would even be cute used in the kitchen to file recipe's that you may have torn from magazines.

Well, now that I've finished my quick little project and shared the idea here with you, time for me to head out as I'm going to my sisters for a BBQ today.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll be back soon!!


Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh, I love this, Kim! I hope my Michael's will have this paper!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Love it too..great idea! You're so right about surrounding ourselves with things we love and find beautiful! Everything else just seems to takes up space. Glad to have found your blog.
Be blessed,

Unknown said...

What a beautiful piece to have, I love the paper designs.
Have a lovely weekend ~
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Unknown said...

Oh that LOOKS Fantastic! What CHIC and PINK idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

The Vintage Vignette said...

What a completely FABULOUS idea! I have several of these binders on my craft desk that hold my clear stamp sets and how cute would that be with them all decorated in this paper!!! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

A Southern Rose said...

This is a great idea! So pretty!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a great idea!!
Your binder looks so pretty!


Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Kim,

Love this paper. I love how the basket came out. sooo pretty in pink. I like the decal you put on the bottom too!


Tracy said...

What cute paper! Such a great idea! So perfectly shabby :)

Thanks so much for the kind words left on my blog. I really appreciate it!


Perri said...

Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
Happy stitching, P