Thursday, December 15, 2011

Getting Organized

Do you need some last minute gift ideas, here is a little tutorial to make an organizer for take-out meus...could be for other 'loose' papers, you know the stuff in your your kitchen or home office drawers that becomes a dumping ground for all things miscellaneous?   All you need are some office folders with pockets, pattern paper and embellishments.   

I use double pocket folders from Staples, they are inexpensive and come in many colours. 
Take each folder, measure from the right edge and trim it to 6 ¼ inches wide.  Tip: if your trimmer cannot cut through the double thickness of the folder, open up the folder and trim each pocket page individually.
You will end up with  two pieces from each folder and the open end each pocket page is on the spine side of the album.   Save the scraps from the file folder cuts to punch out tabs that are adhered along the side of each pocket page before adhering your pattern paper.

In my example, I chose to use pattern paper on both the outside and inside of the panel pages.
On the inside panel pages,  I used 2 papers- the top portion measures 6 x 7 ½ inches and is tucked just under the pocket.  The lower portion measures 6 x 4 ½ inches.  If you are using a different brand of pocket folders, these measurement may vary. Raid your stash and use up all that beautiful paper and trims you have.

I bound the album organizer with the Zutter Bind-it-all.  I love that all my ‘stuff’ is neatly filed in this organizer.  Take-Out has never been so easy! You can make all sorts of different themed organizers- think recipes, school schedules, inspirational clippings from your favourite magazines etc. 
Have fun!


  1. That is very cool, I am totally going to have to make one of these! Thanks!

  2. This is really beautiful! I've been wanting to make something like this for a long time... thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Great idea and beautiful results.


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