Tuesday, April 24, 2012

For the Record

I love to pick up old binders from thrift stores and give them a make-over!  I just finished this cute binder to record my daily efforts to exercise, take my vitamins, read my Bible, etc.  Echo Park Paper Company has this pretty collection called For the Record.  It's bright, funky and fun!
You can do this with any size binder.  I simply take an exacto knife and strip off all of the vinyl cover.  That leaves you with three heavy chipboard pieces: front, back, and spine.  Then I carefully put the binder back together after covering all of the pieces with scrapbook paper.  I use Thermo-Web adhesive sheets to attach the covered spine, wrapping the paper around to the front.  The adhesive sheet adds strength.
It's fun to embellish the front of the binders.  I try to keep them fairly flat.  If I glue big flowers on the front and they get caught on something, they can easily get torn off, leaving a mess behind.  I used crochet lace, stickers and chipboard pieces on the front to add some texture and interest.  Here's a peek at some of the dividers.

The cute little tabs are from Basic Grey.  Love these!

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