How To Craft A Cute Binder

How to Craft A Cute Management Binder

Since I’m not naturally organized (or tidy), I have to work hard to keep myself motivated and on task. So I like to pull this little Jedi Mind Trick on myself where I make something so beautiful that I’m excited about keeping it up. I have to do this for my rooms, and I also do it when I want to employ a good new habit!

This week I was noticing that I haven’t been quite as faithful to use my home management binder to help keep life on task. I’ve lived and died by this baby for almost 4 years, but I’ve been slipping lately. You know what that means right? It’s time to give my little binder a makeover. When she’s all pretty and new again, I won’t be able to put her down! 😀

Know what I mean? Mind tricks. They totally work.

Household Management Binder with free printables

My home management binder contains my calendar, blog planner, menu planner, goal sheets, and more…but you can learn more about that in my Home Management Binder post. For now let’s just talk about creating really cute binders. Whether it is for your office, or a single great binder that keeps you on track in every part of your life, you want it to rock on the outside AND the inside!

Here’s What I’m Using To Beautify My Binder

Home Management Binder - Materials


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Here are a few things you’ll need to get you started:

My favorite scrapbook paper sheet set:


Just because I’m upping the style factor on my binder doesn’t mean I won’t still need the necessities. I will require post-it notes, writing implements, and dividers as usual.

Home Binder - Post its and pencils

There are a couple ways I can store necessary items in my binder. I can use baseball card holders to be a catchall for the small things.

Home Management Binder - Storage

Baseball card holders as binder storage

Or I can attach my sticky notes directly to the binder, and employ pencil holder cases. I also recommend using dividers that contain a pocket in the front. These elements add lots of storage to your binder and serves to catch papers you don’t have time to file away yet.

Don't forget to be awesome - Home Management Binder

This time I’m adding pretty scrapbook paper to my dividers. Who says function can’t be fully fashionable too? 😀 I love that they can be seen through the clear pockets and dividers I’m using.

Management Binder - scrapbook paper

You could probably find scrapbook paper in 8×11 sheets, but the ones I found that I ADORED were a much larger size, so I’m just cutting the sheets to size then inserting them into my dividers. I found this Mambi Sheets scrapbook paper book with tons of great designs at Pat Catan’s, but you can also find it online here.

Scrapbook paper

Let’s talk labels. I am using some translucent Avery dividers. I love that the Avery dividers come with an online template so you can design then print your labels. Much more tidy looking than writing it by hand, and much cuter than printing it out on my label maker.

Home Binder Avery Print Tabs

Home Management Binder - Avery Printable Tabs

If you prefer you can use Post It tape to write on the front of each section instead (or in addition to if you want…uh, that’s not redundant at all).

Home Binder - Labels

Speaking of labels, I also thought it would be nice to add our household name to the front of the binder using gold foil alphabet rubs. I adhered it to the front of my favorite piece of scrapbook paper.

Foil Alphabet Rubs

Next I Mod Podged the entire paper down to the front of the binder, then painted on two layers of Mod Podge on top to create a protective barrier. Just make sure you wait 10 minutes between each layer of Mod Podge for it to dry completely or it will create bubbles.

Mod Podge Binder Hey, I’ve got to protect the front, it reminds me to always be awesome! 😀 Plus I take my binder just about everywhere in this house, so it has to withstand whatever me and my kids throw at it. Wipe-able is a good thing.

Home Management Binder - creating a stunning binder

Super cute right? Well if you think this is great, wait until you see the inside! Yes, I wrote an entire post just on making your binder cute, but boy is there much more to come when I actually crack this bad boy open and show you what I use it for. 😀

How to create a cute management binder

What kind of mind tricks do you use to keep home and life successfully managed?

See what I use my Home Management binder for here! 😉

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24 Comments on How To Craft A Cute Binder

  1. Zunairah
    September 14, 2020 at 6:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Beautiful and amazing idea. I love yr crafts!😃

  2. Kim Perez
    January 20, 2020 at 12:19 am (2 years ago)

    Love this idea! I know you mentioned you bought the binder at staples but they seem to no longer have it. Anyone have had any luck finding something similar?

  3. Hannah
    April 21, 2019 at 6:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey, What is the binder that you used called? I love this idea and I’m planning on using it for school.

  4. kinaya
    December 12, 2018 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

    hi carmona I love your bight ideas can you make a binder about schedule management.

  5. Hannah
    April 13, 2018 at 11:27 pm (4 years ago)

    How thick is the binder that you used?

    • Ursula Carmona
      April 15, 2018 at 10:08 am (4 years ago)

      This one is a nice big 3 inch binder.

      • Zunairah
        September 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm (1 year ago)

        Was it just plain brown, no colors or anything? Or was it colored?

        • Zunairah
          September 14, 2020 at 6:16 pm (1 year ago)

          Just curious!

        • Ursula Carmona
          September 15, 2020 at 8:39 am (1 year ago)

          The one I bought was just plain brown…but there are other lovely options! Just go with what speaks to you! And thank you for the kind compliment!!

  6. Christine Simpson
    April 21, 2017 at 9:46 pm (4 years ago)


    I love your menu planner! Could I please use your templates? I signed up with my email address.

    Thank you much!

  7. Lisa Stearns
    March 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this idea and would like to duplicate. However, I can’t find a plain, paper covered binder like this brown one you are showing. Any suggestions?

  8. Ally Day
    January 11, 2017 at 6:00 am (5 years ago)

    Great work. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Thanks for sharing all the information.

  9. Shania
    December 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Wow!I love the idea!I think it is super creative. Also, I was wondering how much the total cost of the binder was?Thanks!

    • Ursula Carmona
      December 16, 2016 at 2:23 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you Shania! I don’t remember the exact cost, but I know the binder was only a few bucks, and then Mod Podge and a few sheets of pretty scrapbook paper is pretty cheap.

  10. Chendra Johnson
    September 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm (5 years ago)

    Where did you get the index pocket dividers??

  11. Lora
    August 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm (5 years ago)

    HI Ursula, I love the look of your binder. Where did you find it?

    • Ursula Carmona
      August 7, 2016 at 8:19 pm (5 years ago)

      Thank you! I bought mine from Staples. 😉

  12. Shalarria
    May 29, 2016 at 6:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this idea. I love the binder even more. What kind is it if i may ask.

  13. Jazmin
    May 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I LOOVEEEE this idea. I am such a hands-on/write everything down type of person so personalizing it will make it that much more enjoyable for me. This will actually motivate me to motivate me to organize my life COMPLETELY, thank you thank you thank you!!

    • Ursula Carmona
      May 10, 2016 at 9:13 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh I’m just like you, tactile and motivated when something is cute and I can write things down. 😀
      Thank you so much for such a sweet compliment!! I’m so glad you like it!

  14. John
    April 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm (6 years ago)

    Using a binder to keep your things/life organized makes things considerably easier to keep track of. Taking the time to personalize it and really make it your own just adds to the enjoyment and allows you to show off your creative side along with the organization. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins
    February 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm (6 years ago)

    Adore a good binder and I love the cover!!! Super cute and definitely a way to update my boring home management binder. Pinning!

  16. Maritza
    February 7, 2016 at 6:50 pm (6 years ago)

    Pink and gold wonderfulness. Love it all!


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