one of my absolute favorite things to do is poke around on the web and read my favorite blogs as well as find new ones. there is (and i can’t stress this enough) a plethora of projects and ideas being shared on the web right now, on company websites, on professional and independent blogs, and so on. well, i for one, take full advantage of this and spend (countless) hours on the web looking for new and exciting ideas.
my most recent inspiration came from a lovely lady named laura from follow the paper trail. prior to christmas she shared this really great idea for a shopping organizer that incorporated a book-binding technique to house an expanding file on one side and a notepad on the other, which is then used to keep track of shopping lists and receipts for holiday shopping.
well, i took this idea and ran with it! i thought it would be a great idea for myself, serving a similar purpose. since i always have a list of craft supplies that i either need or want, i decided my pocket organizer would hold my craft list and coupons for the various different craft stores that i frequent. i also made one for my dear mother as we are often doing our shopping together!
this is how they turned out:
i made a few changes to mine, for example the expanding folder was constructed much differently. it was a little more difficult, and a little more time consuming, but it allows the folders to expand a little farther and hold a little more. also, the flaps are a little different (to compensate for the accordion folds on each side) to hold it tightly shut. lastly, i chose not to create a band to hold the post-it pad to the back cover. (i am reconsidering this as the post-its are not as sticky as i first gave them credit for.) however, i may try a different type of post-it before i add a security band to hold the notepad in. i just like the versatility of not needing the securing straps that laura added in her project.
well, i hope you enjoyed, and thank you laura for the wonderful inspiration!!!