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.
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
Here are a few things you’ll need to get you started:
[col1]My favorite scrapbook paper sheet set:
[col2]You’ll also need:
- Vinyl Pencil Holder with 3 ring
- Avery Index Maker Clear Pocket Dividers
- Mod Podge, gloss finish
- Alphabet gold adhesive rubs (mine was purchased at Target, but this is a great alternate if you can’t find it)
[col3]You might also want:
- 2″ Post-it Notes
- Post-it Page Markers
- Post-it Adhesive Roll
- Mini Colorful Pencils
- Jumbo Gold Paperclips
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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. 😀
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! 😉
Beautiful and amazing idea. I love yr crafts!😃
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?
Hey, What is the binder that you used called? I love this idea and I’m planning on using it for school.
hi carmona I love your bight ideas can you make a binder about schedule management.
How thick is the binder that you used?
This one is a nice big 3 inch binder.
Was it just plain brown, no colors or anything? Or was it colored?
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!!
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?
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.
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!
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.
Where did you get the index pocket dividers??
HI Ursula, I love the look of your binder. Where did you find it?
Thank you! I bought mine from Staples. 😉
I love this idea. I love the binder even more. What kind is it if i may ask.
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!!
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!
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!
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins
Adore a good binder and I love the cover!!! Super cute and definitely a way to update my boring home management binder. Pinning!
Thanks so much Stephanie!
Pink and gold wonderfulness. Love it all!