Friday, August 19, 2011

DIY Binders

Long before I started blogging, bookmarking, or Pinteresting, I've had a love affair with magazines.  The beautiful photos, fresh new ideas, recipes, trip reviews, information, etc...they are tremendous eye and brain candy for me.  But what to do with the ideas from magazines that I want to keep?

Enter DIY binders.  I gathered some 3 ring binders that had clear pockets on the front.  Create a fun title page to slip into that front pocket, and then fill it with dividers and clear plastic page protectors.  Ready to go!  I love to find a quote for the front of each binder that makes me smile and gives a hint of what is inside.

Over time I have made a variety of binders, including one for  Decorating Ideas and Teaching Children.

This recipe binder was my first!  Isn't that quote so cute and true?

After making and loving the ease of using the recipe binder, I made one for general Ideas.  I love that quote too!  This binder has sections for party ideas, things to make, good-to-know articles, etc.

For this post I will take you on a tour of two of my binders, and will do the others in a subsequent post.  I started the recipe binder with breakfast items and appetizers.

I am inspired by recipes with photos, which works out perfectly for a binder.  I made that chopped holiday salad for a bridal luncheon a few years ago.  So pretty and good.

This section is for main meals.  I can stick in 3x5 card size recipes or whole page ones.  Things from magazines or printed from the internet.  I never fail to be inspired in cooking when I get down my binder and go through all the ideas that have looked good enough to make it into my binder!

This is from my Ideas Binder.  As I was helping plan our daughter's wedding, I began seeing the benefit of collecting photos and ideas of decorations, menus, and centerpiece for all kinds of parties.

I have articles showing how to fold napkins prettily, to how to make DIY votive candles, to how pretty it can look to just put hosta leaves in a white pitcher for a centerpiece.

There is the all-important To Make section in my Ideas Binder.  Anything that I think I might want to make in the future, I tear out of a magazine and put in this section.

It's also a great place to keep those little DIY instructions I bring home from JoAnn Fabrics!

This article inspired me to actually make a Travel Binder and use parts of an old map for decorating it.  See that post here.

The last section in my Ideas Binder is for good ideas that are rather miscellaneous in nature...such as helping aging parents with their finances, or

Keeping a cute haircut possibility  on file.  I have articles in this section on fun games to play with a big group, the warning signs for when your aging parents should stop driving, and what foods to eat in order to stock up on certain nutrients.  

The DIY Binder has been a great help and benefit to me.  Now I can read my magazines, pull out the ideas I might want to try, and then pass on the magazine to someone else before it hits the recycle bin.  And my ideas and recipes have an automatic home to go to, rather than be stacked in the kitchen or bedroom.

Visit again soon for Part 2 of DIY Binders.
Have a wonderful day!

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  1. Yep....I have several file folders overflowing with magazine clipped articles and pics.....all good ideas or recipes, and they are just jammed into files that I never look into! Thanks for the inspiration to get a couple of binders (on sale right now cuz of back to school! Yay!) and I'm going to make them pretty, too! Love your quotes on the fronts! Thanks!

  2. Love your DIY Binders! I do the same...I have a decorating and travel binder.
    I am following you now :)

  3. So organized! I have so many clippings and tear sheets lying around loose.
    I am going to take inspiration from you and organize in binders. The quotes on the front are a great idea.

  4. I made a recipe binder for my Mom for Christmas because her recipe book was just an old school scribbler and it was a mess. I'd love to do the same thing for me because I'm constantly printing new recipes off the internet. I'd love to make one for craft ideas as well, since I've been finding a lot of ideas for those as well - including this one for the binders themselves haha.

  5. I found you on Tip Junkie, and I just LOVE what you did. I have several of these binders, just not as pretty. I know what I'm doing this weekend!

    By the way, I am hosting a giveaway right now & would love to have you check it out!

    Your newest follower!

  6. Oh my funny. I just spent the last hour organizing all of my torn magazine pages into binders. As a reward to myself, I thought I'd check out Tip Junkie. Go figure that I'd find your idea! Many blessings to 3 angels are up and ready to roll! Renee

  7. ohhhh how I love a gal whom loves to be organized!

    the miller's
    prezidential life

  8. So much cuter than the three file folders I have all put together for my "binder". Maybe it's time to invest in some real ones...

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Krista @ While He Was Napping

  9. Donna, love the binder ideas, but where did you find those amazing dividers--always help to have cute things!


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