Customized Binders

It’s back to school season again and this year my youngest Spawn needed a 3 ring binder. Not wanting to spend $6 on a zip up style binder we decided to get a cheaper, plain binder and decorate it ourselves. Here’s what we did.


  • Binder (any size), cost between $0.97 and $2 depending on where you shop.
  • Printed Duct Tape Sheets, cost $1.88 at Wal-Mart (we used 2)
  • Scissors and Markers


Remove any stickers or tags from the items. Be sure to rub off the adhesive residue well. Layout the design that you want for your binder. Cut as necessary to match the pattern or design. Peel and stick. When sticking you want to resist the urge to wrap the spine of the binder. Instead decorate the front and back and then cut a strip for the spine if you want to decorate it. If you don’t the tape will bunch when the binder is open causing it to loose its stickiness and eventually fall off. Here’s our finished design.

For our binder, we further embellished by putting my son’s name on the binder. He’s leaving the space at the bottom to write what it’s for once he finds out from the teacher. This was his design. You could use stencils, other stickers or Washi tape to design your binder. You could glue scrapbook paper although I haven’t tried that yet.


My Traveling Beading Bag

As crafting becomes more popular more and more people are looking for ways to transport their projects to various gatherings. There is no reason to go out and buy a specialty case for this. Just revamp what you have. This is my bag.

It’s actually a make up bag from 31. It was the free hostess item when I had my party. I had no need for it as I don’t usually use make up and what I have can fit easily in a sandwich size Ziploc if it really needs to travel. Needing to find a use for the bag I realized that my beading projects would fit nicely into it. The bag has an outside zippered pocket and 2 interior sections which can be accessed separately.

The first section has 2 clear zippered pouches which attach to the bag with Velcro. The one on the left has 2 stackable bead containers and the project itself. The other pocket has a variety of things that I would need for most projects. Headpins, clasps, jump rings, extra needles. All that fuss that you usually forget when your packing a project. There is also a flat pocket, not shown, that I keep a piece of folded up felt in. I use the felt as a bead mat. It’s only a few cents at the craft store and works just as well as pricey beading mats.

The second section has one large, clear zippered pouch that attaches with Velcro. This pouch is perfect for holding larger items like my sinew, Firewire, and threads. I also keep larger packages of headpins and findings here. The other side has a pocket with an elastic top. Perfect for my tools, grips and scissors. There is a clear flap that falls over the pocket to help prevent the tools from rubbing against the clear pouch when closed.

This turned out to be the perfect use for freebie bag that I would have otherwise put in the attic and forgot about. If you need a way to store your items go back through your collection of old bags and see if there is something that you can make work. Hope you enjoyed a look in my bag, be sure to share yours in the comments.