Photo and Page Planner Folio

April 23, 2017

Good Morning,

I have a new project to share today I am calling a photo and page planner Folio/Organizer. The basis for this idea came from my needs for storing larger pictures with standard size pictures, my notes and page layout ideas for each project.

Years ago Creative Memories had a fantastic 12×12 photo box with a pouch on the lid to put larger photos and memorabilia, but they stopped offering them.  Since then I have tried many methods, but always run up against an issue with larger photos. If my picture issue was solved, I then had a problem with keeping all the memorabilia, notes or ideas for pages altogether.

Hence the inspiration for this tri-fold folio for the month of January. I didn’t have many pictures from this past January, so I made the folio with less depth than I would typically need.  The Folio/Planner measures 9.5 x 11. I wanted this to be reusable and sturdy to hold the weight of the pictures, so I used chipboard then covered it in black cardstock. Then decorated it using a mix from older Simple Stories Collections; “24/7”, “Daily Grind” and “Snap! Color Fusion”.  These collections offered monthly calendars, 4×6 and 3×4 cards as well as some matching pre-made pockets.  However, I had to be careful as I didn’t have the depth to use a lot of embellishments. I think the next one I create will have at least a 2-inch depth to allow for more pockets, flaps, and content.

Let’s get into this project…

The Front Cover

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The cover is made out of chipboard and covered in black cardstock with large magnets used as a closure.  On the cover is a couple different papers, I used the 6×12 from the 24/7 collection and then a 12×12 sheet of the brown grid from the same collection. For embellishments, I added the “January” from the sticker sheet, a 3×4 card for the camera and some ephemera pieces. Then added some red grosgrain ribbon from my stash. This opens to the right to reveal the second panel.

2nd Panel of Tri-Fold

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This panel has the opposite sides of the magnets hidden under the papers. The “snapshots of our life” is a 6×12 cut out as well from the 24/7 collection, matted on the brown grid paper.  For continuity I added more of the grosgrain red ribbon, I also like how it hides edges and calls out the red in the camera paper. This panel opens to the left to reveal the center panel and inside of the folio.

The Center Panel with the half page with a flip

The center section holds a half page layered on top of two large pockets. The front of the half page has the general January calendar in which dates can be circled in pencil to keep track of events that happened.  The calendar is a hidden flap with a magnetic closure. It opens to reveal a January card for notes that is also a pocket. The pocket holds 3×4 cards for more notes. For embellishments, I added a 3×4 card “Insta Love,” for additional color, on the pattern paper.

The Center Panel – Half Page Backside

 

The back side panel was created out of several 6×6 papers including this note paper found on the “b side” of the solid  “Snap color fusion” 6×6 papers. Given the busier titles, I only added a couple of chipboard embellishments for decoration.

 

Pockets and Insert

 

I made two pockets layered one on top of the other measuring 7×11 and 8 1/4×11.  The first pocket will hold scrapbook page or project ideas. The second pocket is to hold my larger photos. To protect the pictures, I made a file folder insert for the pocket measuring 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.  The only embellishments are the pattern papers.

 

Left Side of Tri-Fold

 

On the left side, I made a large pocket to hold more page ideas or ephemera from the month. The “Daily Grind” Collection had calendar papers that broke the month down by week. I liked it for a guide to remind myself of what I had and what I didn’t have to finish the month.

For embellishments, I added some chipboard tags and one of the pre-made pockets. It is a little smaller than 3×4, but I think it would be perfect for 2×3 photos.

Right Side Panel of the Tri- Fold

 

The Right side has a pocket as well as photo sleeves stacked in a waterfall design. This area is a quick visual reference to each event of the month. I used adhesive photo sleeves from Simple Stories to create the waterfall. This allows for (2) 4×6 or (4) 2×3 pictures in each sleeve.  To the side, I created a long shallow pocket on which I wrote my panel title using the 12 x12 sticker sheet with different fonts along with chipboard stickers from the Daily Grind collection.

Thank you for stopping by and reading the walkthrough.  If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment.

Until next time….

 

 

P.S. I am not compensated by Simple Stories, just a big fan of their products.  If you are interested in learning more about them you can check out the company and their products here Simple Stories

 

 

Organizing for Christmas with Doodlebug “Here Comes Santa Claus”

November 18, 2016

Good Morning,

I can’t believe how fast the holidays are coming this year.  While I love this time of year, I also struggle to get everything I want to do finished. Those of us here in the U.S. have Thanksgiving coming up next week. For me that means doing all the cooking, then we start our Christmas prep but at the same time plan for my son’s and my husband’s birthday within the first two weeks of December then jump back into Christmas prep.   Every year I have big plans to stay organized, do more fun events, etc., etc.  The past few years with the addition of the little one, I just can’t seem to stay on top of things. I sometimes feel like I am the only Mom who can’t get it together.

This year after admitting the problem I came up with what I hope will be a solution. I thought if I create something that colorful and fun by the door then perhaps I will have a fighting chance. Doodlebug’s countdown paper from the ” Here Comes Santa Claus” collection inspired me to create a box with 24 file folders so each tradition and event can be planned ahead. I will know what is happening for that day and if I need to prep ahead of time instead of the usual mad dash.

Here is my crafty solution:

I used white card stock cut to  6 1/2 by 9 then did an offset fold. I used the rest of the collection papers, stickers, and Doodlebug’s new Silhouette cut files to decorate them.

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For me, color and fun design make me happy which means I am more likely to stay on track. I tried to do each file a little different to keep the interest up.  I used the border scrapbook paper on all the files then decorated the front with  4×4 and 4×6 cut-a-part sheets, 12×12 stickers and the icons stickers.

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Some of the folders depict actual events that are part of our family traditions such as writing a letter to Santa, getting the tree, looking at lights and of course baking. Please understand I am not any way shape or form professing to be good at baking. It is more about spending time with my boys in the kitchen. I am happy they still like to help out with the cookies.  For the set above I used their cute mail truck border along with the letters to Santa stickers.  Given my new love of interactive elements, I had to make a belly band and a pocket out of the heart paper both with removable tags.

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This set and the one below shows some of the silhouette cut files. I love the milk and cookies, it was so easy to piece together. The gifts on the gingham paper are also part of the cut file. Of course, I had to use the Tim Holtz “dripping” die to give that snowy feel with a little bling.

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Speaking of bling, I found these clear stars in my stash that worked well for the ornament string.

To hold all of these cards I made a chipboard box. I thought at first, I could do it on the silhouette, but the chipboard was too thick for the machine.  After sitting there staring at my machine willing it to take the chipboard, I finally accepted I would have to do it by hand.  I struggle enough with getting things straight with my trimmer; now I am adding super thick chipboard. UUGHH! A couple of different tries and a now dull blade later, I came up was this chipboard box covered with a white card stock base for extra support. I  finished it with the red snowflake and the hearts scrapbook paper from the collection.

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I wanted to give the look of the snow dripping from the eves of a house. I pulled out my trusty Tim Holtz “dripping” die to create the snowy border then used my new Wink of Stella Pen in silver to add some subtle sparkle. I then worked on decorating each side with some gems, the large sticker sheet, and Icon sheet from the collection.

While I figure there is probably a better method for constructing the box, I have to say I feel pretty good for my first time out. All I have to do now is plan out this month’s events and then it is just a matter of each day going through the box.  I think I can..I think I can..

I am interested to hear how all of you stay organized during this busy holiday season, please share in comments your best practice. How do you fit everything into your schedule? Or maybe you are more like me which I would be thrilled to know, perhaps we can develop a support group. (FYI-“Support group” is code for sharing chocolate or about finding good chocolate)  🙂

Thank you for stopping in and I look forward to hearing from you.

Until next time….

 

 

 

A Sneak Peek of a New Holiday Project Using Doodlebug “Here Comes Santa”

November 6, 2016

Good Morning,

I have been in my craft room all weekend finishing up older projects and this new one I am sharing about today.  I needed something to help me plan and keep track of the Christmas season events. Here is a sneak peek of a project coming this week.

Doodlebug recently came out with their new Christmas line titled “Here Comes Santa Claus” and I love the bright colors and icons. This collection is fun plus they have joined the Silhouette community, I have been going crazy buying up the designs.

No matter how much I vow each year to be better organized for the December Season I end up falling hopelessly behind. What usually throws me off is the two birthdays our family has right at the beginning of the month. Hopefully my new idea of an event box, daily countdown…not sure yet on a name….with daily plans will help.  The goal being to outline the month so more gets done in smaller steps. I made these file folders 4 3/4  (5 1/2 with the 2×2 square countdown tab) by 6 1/2, so I could put notes in them as well as pictures. Hopefully, it will help later as I go to scrapbook the season. Once I finish the last set of tab folders, I plan on decorating the file fronts as well.

I created the file folders using 8 1/2 x 11 white 80lb cardstock.  Then used Doodlebug’s 12×12 gingham and linen paper (their version of  a solid)  to cover the front of the file. As I started to adhere the tabs I caught myself forgetting to account for the middle and right side tabs luckily the count numbers  I had done and multiple of 3’s worked out.

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Next,  I used one of the collection papers that has borders. Along with the border strips, I also used the border stickers to supplement.  Being a color motivated person, I thought pops of colors peeking out of the file would be more enticing.

Inside each folder, I will be adding a card detailing a to-do list or event for the day along with any notes of funny antics happening along the way. I am planning using the gingham-linen 6×6 pad that goes with this collection to create the cards.

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Aren’t these colors yummy?

Finally, I am working on creating a chipboard box to hold it all and place near my front door, so I remember to look in it daily.

I am hoping to have this finished in the next couple of days and do a reveal. (Hopefully, my local Scrapbook store will still have the paper in stock.)  Stay tuned for more project details coming soon.

Thanks for taking a look, until next time….

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