Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

While I hate spending big bucks on adorable office supplies, I love when my office organizing can also be PRETTY. Sometimes it feels like a catch 22, right? Fortunately, we’re smack dab in the middle of our paper organization series, where we’re showing you practical solutions to your biggest paper clutter challenges. These labeled AND colorful binder clips will be a perfect addition to all your paper organization needs!

 Supplies for Colorful Binder Clips

Instructions

Remove the tops of your clips by pinching the silver arms to remove each side.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Grab your favorite spray paint cans! I highly recommend a GLOSSY spray paint for this project. It makes the binder clips really pop with color. Are you new to DIY spray painting projects? Take a look at my top 10 tips for spray painting before you get started!

I spray two light coats on each binder clip, drying at least one hour in between. I also let them dry overnight just to be sure they’re completely dry.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

My absolute FAVORITE organizing supply is this Epson label maker. It was well worth the investment. Its small so that means portable, which is probably my favorite part. I typically don’t do my projects in our office (which is where our printer is). So I was constantly be running back and forth between the computer, printer and my project to get labels created. Yes, I burned a couple calories walking up & down all our stairs, but having a printer that I can carry with me is SO much easier.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Regardless of what labeling tool you use, you’ll want to label both the front and back of your binder clip so that means making 2 of each label. I chose to label my binder clips as: Mail, To Do, Bills, and Taxes. Now I never promised you that this would be the most EXCITING items to organize, but at least now when I’m looking at my tax documents I’ll have a pretty pink clip on top.

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included! Get your paper both organized AND pretty with these decorative binder clips! It only takes 5 minutes... step by step tutorial included!

May even your most boring paperwork be BEAUTIFULLY organized 🙂

 

 

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Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

One of the most important paperwork in your home is medical paperwork. And it’s likely the most confusing, right? While I can’t claim to decode medical terminology and insurance billing, I can help get these very important pieces of paper organized so that they’re easily accessible when you need them! A medical binder is essential for each member of your family and so easy to put together.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

As many of you know, Joe & I got a new member of our family last winter: a very energetic doberman puppy! Reagan had an overwhelming amount of vet appointments in her first couple months of coming home to us. Being totally new to doggy illnesses & lingo, I was constantly confused and definitely wasn’t getting the most out of our vet appointments. Adding to my confusion, we changed vets after a couple months and my new vet had lots of questions that I couldn’t remember the answer to. After months of feeling like an awful puppy mom, I needed a solution.

Not only is a medical binder great for each PERSON of your family, it can easily be adapted for the animals in your family! In it, you’ll find:

  • all medical bills & paperwork
  • an overview of each doctor (vet) appointment
  • important contact information and insurance numbers

I take Reagan’s with her to all her vet appointments.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!Supplies:

The first step is to decide HOW you want to label the folder tabs that will hold medical bills, notes and paperwork for each appointment. A couple options:

By Date: For Reagan, I opted to have one tab for each month. This may be a little overkill for many of you. Reagan was going to the vet almost every two weeks, so having all her records sorted by month was really helpful. As she gets older and has less appointments, I’ll plan adjust the tabs to quarterly. Within each month’s tab, I put ALL vet bills and any paperwork I receive from the vet, and medicine instructions.

By Type: In addition to having your paperwork sorted based on WHEN the appointments happened, it may be helpful to sort some of the paperwork based on a particular situation. For example, all Reagan’s paperwork (vet bills and all documents) for her spaying go in it’s own tab regardless of which month the appointments took place. This could be a good way to also organize medical information for people surgeries 🙂 !

By Insurance: If you’ve transitioned insurance companies recently, you may want to keep your information stored based on which insurance provider was covering the medical expenses.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

I used a combination of these folder tab options when creating Reagan’s binder. Here’s how I created her folder tabs:

Months: As I mentioned above, I’m starting out sorting Reagan’s paperwork based on month since she’s had a lot of vet appointments lately. As she gets older (and hopefully less prone to finding herself at the vet), I’ll likely switch these to quarterly or even yearly for the older paperwork.

Spaying: We’re getting ready to spay Reagan and our vet supplied us with LOTS of informational pamphlets. Since this is a big surgery, I like keeping all this information (plus corresponding vet bills) in its own tab. All the paperwork will be sorted based on date within the ‘spaying’ tab for easy access.

Notes: From time to time our vet supplies us with handouts on good-to-know puppy information. Instead of pitching it and promising myself I’ll remember it, I store it in the ‘notes’ tab.

Breeder: Our breeder gave us a packet of information when we picked up Reagan (AKC registration, lineage info, etc).

Instructions

Making Folder Tabs: Using my decorative label dicut punch, I punched out enough dicuts for the number of tabs that I want in a variety of colors.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

My absolute FAVORITE organizing supply is my Epson portable label maker. There’s even an app so I can literally label on the go 🙂 . Life. Complete. I printed out a label for each of the tabs using their clear label tape on black ink.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

I adhered each label to the top half of the dicut. Next, using scrapbooking tape (regular scotch tape would likely work fine), I placed two pieces of tape on the bottom quadrants of the dicut.

Using a full size (8 1/2 by 11) card stock paper, I turned the paper sideways (landscape) and taped the dicut in the middle. In effort to make it even, I chose not to eyeball ‘the middle’. Instead I measured out the half the width (which is 5 1/2 inches) and made a small mark. Don’t worry the mark won’t be visible as you’re putting your label right over it!

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

I really LOVE using these clear reusable envelopes, as they’re easy to grab and throw in my bag without taking up a lot of space. Realistically I knew I wouldn’t carry around a 3 ring binder in my bag. Using these clear thinner envelopes really makes these medical binders PORTABLE! (which was the goal!)

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

After putting all the folder tabs in the envelope, I went through the huge stack of Reagan’s medical paperwork. I placed each document in the appropriate section.

As I sorted through all the paperwork, I filled out this Doctor Visit Tracker. The goal was to be up to date documenting all Reagan’s appointments. I found that having one sheet listing all her appointments (and some basic details) was incredibly helpful. This sheet goes right in front of the folder tabs for easy reference.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

The final item added to Reagan’s medical binder was the Important Information Card. As you probably guessed, this card lists important information that I may need when making appointments and talking with the vet. It includes Reagan’s birth date, Breeder information & contact information for our vet.

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

Any time we’re off to the vet, this binder comes with us!

Now if someone could just teach us how to read those insurance bills 🙂

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

Keep all your family's medical bills organized with this easy to make portable medical binder. Even fits in your purse to take with to doctors appointments!

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Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Every couple of months I decide to go completely ‘paperless’. I spend hours uploading all my documents to the latest and greatest in online technology. Luckily some of my systems have worked well for me. Yet no matter how hard I try I can never seem to remove paper from my home. So instead of trying to fight it, I’ve learned to embrace it. Enter PAPER ORGANIZATION SERIES. Each week, I’ll be tackling a different area of paper clutter around my home. This week you’ll need to pull out your three ring binders because we’re working on some pretty binder labels for all your 3 ring binders!

Now you may be thinking …. 3 ring binders? Am I back in high school? As much as I wish I was back to the carefree days of my teens, I don’t miss the binder filled homework! Those binders have now been replaced with important home owner documents, coupons, and wedding planning. Three ring binders are an easy to find and label paper storage solution. Perfect for all those documents that you can’t throw away!

At our house I have 4 different binders: warranties/home owner documents, couponing, taxes, & current projects (which is really a catch all for a lot of stuff 🙂 ).

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Supplies

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.Instructions

The first step is to cut your decorative scrapbook paper to fit the size of the clear side label pocket of the binder. I always cut the paper slightly smaller than the clear side pocket opener, because I HATE trying to push the paper through the opening. Here’s my rule of thumb measurements to cut your paper:

2 inch wide 3 Ring Binder =2 inches wide & 11 inches tall, so cut your paper to 1 1/2 inches wide & 10 1/2 inches tall 

3 inch wide 3 Ring Binder =  3 inches wide & 11 inches tall, so cut your paper to 2 1/2 inches wide & 10 1/2 inches tall 

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Now you’re ready to type the wording of each label. Instead of buying lettered stickers, I opted to print out the letters to save a little money. I love the look of the black wide font on top of my colorful scrapbook paper. I typed out my label wording for each binder with the largest font that would fit my cut scrapbook paper. This took a little trial and error. I printed the labels with different size fonts and measuring it up to the scrapbook paper.  For my 2 inch binders, 120 size Segoe UI Black font was my best option. Printing on thick card stock as opposed to regular printer paper gives the illusion that the letters actually ARE stickers!

Once printed, I then cut out each letter using my scissors. TIP: Using a more plain font makes cutting out the letters MUCH easier, as opposed to a more cursive style font.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Using either regular scotch tape or scrapbooking tape I put a little tape on the back of each letter before pressing it onto the scrapbooking paper. TIP: line up the letters on top of the scrapbook paper WITHOUT tape first to make sure they’re spaced out evenly before applying tape.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Slowly push your label inside the pocket. I like to read the label from bottom to top so I put my label in the pocket accordingly. TIP: Open up your binder to allow more room inside the clear side pocket before inserting your label.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Keep all your paperwork in 3 ring binders organized AND pretty! Step by step tutorial to make decorative 3 ring binder labels.

Now when you’re organizing all your papers, you’ll have something pretty to look at!

I’ll see you NEXT week more tips on organizing your paper!

 

 

 

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Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

I’m thrilled to be joining 19 AMAZING bloggers in a monthly challenge where we transform a thrift store item into something for our home. Naturally, I’m taking this challenge with organization in mine. My love for organizing is only met by my obsession for saving money, so this monthly series right up my alley! Make sure to stop by the b log on the third Thursday of every month to see what new organizing challenge I’ve tackled at thrift store prices!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Chelc| Inside the Fox Den    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day    Sara | Twelve on Main
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Marie | DIY Adulation    Lindsay | Crazy Organized    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Julie | Live From Julie’s House    Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things    Channell | Hobnail House
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea    Sherry | Savvy Apron    Stacy | Anastasia Vintage

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


Cords cords cords literally EVERYWHERE. Joe & I have more electronics and gadgets than we likely ever need. Our counters and night stands are filled with electronics and cords… to the point that I don’t even know which cord is for which gadget. I’m convinced we have cords sitting out that don’t even fit anything.

So this month we’re tackling phone cords with a

 ||| DIY Phone Charging Station |||

Supplies

THIS is the box I picked up at the thrift store hoping to solve all my phone charging problems!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

The first step after deciding how many electronics you’re going to store (I’m fitting 5 in this box) is to drill the holes. I first took a marker to denote where the holes should go. No need to use a pencil because you’ll be drilling through your marks (and painting). I didn’t feel like measuring was super important as it was pretty easy to eyeball.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

No joke this was the first time I’ve ever used a drill. Obviously not an expert, but a couple things to remember:

  • Drills need to be charged ahead of time! Charge overnight (NOT 5 minutes before you need to use. Lesson learned.)
  • Once you’re finished drilling the holes, test out your largest electronic cords and make sure they fit through the hole. I eyeballed this when I did it and it wasn’t large enough. I then had to re-drill the holes AFTER I had already painted. Another lesson learned.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Once the holes were drilled, I sanded the entire box, including inside each of the drilled holes. Since this box hadn’t been painted before, the goal of sanding was to create a smooth surface. If you’re using an item that has been painted, stained or spray, the goal will be to strip away the previous application to ensure your paint will be able to ‘grip’ on to the wood. In general a light sanding will work for both. It’s human nature to oversand (is that a word?).

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Paint away! I used paint from an old paint sample from our laundry room, but acrylic paint would work just fine as well. You’ll notice the bottom isn’t painted. I’m going to place some fun colored contact paper on the bottom to serve as a ‘place-mat’ so why spend time on something that will go unnoticed??

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Two coats of paint later, we’re ready to accessorize!  To add a pop of color, I put a piece of contact paper at the bottom. If contact paper throws you for a loop and you’re nervous about laying down contact paper due to potentially bubbling, you could skip pealing and just place inside. Yes, it’s kind of cheating, but who’s keeping tabs? OR you could just use standard scrap-booking paper and tape it down. I PROMISE no one is keeping tabs!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Now you’re ready to charge! Like I mentioned above, I spent some time figuring out what the best placement for each of my electronics would be. I strongly recommend doing this step BEFORE putting the washi tape labels on. Putting the larger electronic cords at the ends worked better for this size box, but it will take a little trial and error to see which ones fit best.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

I’m a sucker for labels, but even more for this label maker. It’s portable and has an iphone app (doesn’t everything nowadays?), making it really easy to make labels. No need to run to our office to print labels on my computer. (Joe didn’t necessarily share my excitement in my new found ease in labeling 🙂 .)

UPDATE: a couple of you asked what the ‘charger’ was. We have a portable charger for when our phone battery is running low and we’re not near an outlet. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Before applying the labels, add washi tape around each cord. I cut the ends at a diagonal and attached my clear labels on top.

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Now that my electronics are organized, let’s hope I remember to CHARGE them! 🙂

Check out how my fellow bloggers transformed their thrift store finds!


Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

Too many electronics cluttering up your night stand or counter? Make your own adorable phone charging station! I even found my supplies at a thrift store!

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No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Too many gift cards and not enough organization?

I WISH I had that problem! Fortunately my sister, Whitney, did (and took some pictures of her solution). After recently getting married, she had TONS of gift cards. Nice right? Well she came up with this easy & quick way to keep her gift cards organized ….

Supplies Needed for Gift Card Organization

  • Hole punch (either a single or a 3 ring punch)
  • 2 inch book rings
  • Permanent marker
  • Gift cards!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

BEFORE punching a hole, locate the bar code on the back of the gift card, aka the black thin strip. Make sure to punch your hole on the OTHER side because punching on the bar code will prevent the card from working at the store. The last thing we all want is a gift card that doesn’t work!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Others might look like this….

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Using either a single hole punch or even this 3 ring binder one, punch a hole at the edge of the gift card, aiming for 1/2 inch space on the side. No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Before placing your gift cards on the ring, write the current balance on each card with your permanent marker. I’ve even noticed some stores nowadays will write an updated dollar amount on the gift cards after each use!

Now all you need to do is place your cards into the book ring. Whitney opted to put all her wedding gift cards together in one book ring but the options are limitless 🙂 .  If you’ve got lots of gift cards, you could organize by type of store (department store, drug store, etc). I’m one of those people who worries that I’m going to lose my gift cards, so I’d realistically place all my gift cards on one book ring. Then when I’m planning on running errands, I’d remove the gift cards of the stores I plan to go to and place those on a separate ring to take with me.

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

May you be lucky enough to need to organize your gift cards!
No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

No need for a complicated or expensive system to organize your gift cards. All you need is 5 minutes to make this easy gift card organization system!

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Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Although I could spend days organizing (loving every minute of it), it’s an awesome feeling to organize something in a mater of minutes. I’m not talking about picking up or simply moving clutter in to a container, but actually create a system to keep something organized.

That’s why I LOVE these cord organizers. Plus now I have a legit reason to hold on to toilet paper rolls 🙂 .

Hopefully I’m not alone in having WAY too many extra cords around the house. Admittedly I HATE getting rid of stuff, so keeping my belongings in a clean organized fashion is even more important. Well, extra cords were not high on that list. Jumbled in a container out of reach and out of site, I forgot we had so many extra cords and mistakenly bought more. Lesson learned. That was definitely motivation for me to get these organized.

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

All you need to organize cords

  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Washi tape
  • Your extra cords

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

This is SOOO incredibly easy it barely needs a tutorial. Simply ‘decorate’ your toilet paper rolls with your colorful washi tape in any way you want! Some washi tape is stronger than others, so if it doesn’t stick to the cardboard toilet paper roll, just add a bit of clear scotch tape to the ends.

Roll up your extra cords so that they’re a little longer than the toilet paper roll. And stuff them!

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Simply place them in a Tupperware container. No more untangling or taking up too much space!

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Now just don’t forget about them!

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

Surprising way to use toilet paper rolls to organize cords! Add a little washi tape for a bunch of color to this easy organizing trick!

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Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

Right when I thought I had officially lost my mind for holding on to a couple Pringles cans in hope of a DIY inspiration for so long, it came to me (after months of sitting in my craft closet)! Thank goodness because that closet was slowly turning in to one of those rooms in the house that you pretend doesn’t exist when friends come over because it’s so embarrassingly messy.  Fortunately this DIY pen holder was serving three purposes: 1) getting rid of those Pringles cans that I insisted on holding on to, 2) making an quick way to find my craft pens, pencils and scissors & 3) the first step in my complete craft closet clean up (hey, pens have to be organized too). More to come on #3 in future posts!

Supplies:

  • Mini Pringles can(s)
  • Colorful card stock paper
  • Scissor & measuring tape OR a paper cutter (this one is my FAV!)
  • Tape (either scrap-booking tape or even regular scotch tape will work!)

This DIY is so simple, yet totally handy, you’ll be eating up your Pringles as quickly as possible. Once the cans are empty, wash them out with a damp rag to ensure all the grease is gone before jumping in to the DIY.

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

My mini Pringles cans are 3.5 inches tall. So I cut my card stock just a little shorter at 3.25 inches by 11 inches.

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

I placed scrap-booking tape on the back of both ends and middle of the card stock. Then I simply wrapped the paper around the can, making sure the paper stayed below the silver lip on top.

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

And … well that’s it! A completely simple, yet totally practical DIY storage solution. There’s not much that I love more than a FREE easy organizing solution!

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can! Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

Don't throw away your Pringles can! Turn it in to an easy yet effective pen holder storage solution. You'll never know it was a Pringles can!

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As more and more of our lives is online, Facebook, Instagram, even blogging 🙂 , there’s something I LOVE about mailing written cards for special occasions. To make writing a card just as easy as say sending a text, I put together a greeting card organizer sorted by month with my portable Epson portable Label Maker, which includes an iphone app! No more looking through my calendar to see if a friend’s birthday or special holiday is coming up. Each month I simply look for all the cards I’ve stored under that month’s label to fill out and send to my friends & family!

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

Before you get started creating your greeting card organizer, make a list of your friends & families’ birthdays. Whether this means pulling out your contact book, pulling up facebook or even sending a couple emails, make a full list of everyone’s birthdays who should receive a card. Next make a list of all the holidays that you’ll want cards for (Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Easter, graduations, etc.) AND who should receive those cards. I skip Christmas for this project, as we make special Christmas cards each year. Your finished product should be a master list of all the cards you’ll need for the year organized by person & month.

Now let’s create your organizer!

Supplies

  • Thick card stock in your favorite colors
  • Epson portable LW-600P Label Maker
  • Dicut tool in your favorite shape
  • Tape (I used a roll of scrap-booking tape, but you could even use scotch tape!)
  • A cute shoe box (I found mine at Joann’s)

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

Instructions:

Measure the width and height of your box so that you can trim your card stock accordingly. My shoe box was mine was 10 x 7 x 4, so my card stock sheets were a LITTLE less than 7×4 inches. I chose light but bright colored card stock so that my labels would really stick out!

Using my dicut, I cut out the labels that would be placed on top of my cardstock.

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

Now the fun part. I downloaded the Epson ilabel app that, once downloaded, automatically synced with my Epson Label Maker without having to register or sign up (just turn on bluetooth).

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

Using the Epson clear labels, all I simply typed out the label on my phone, choose the font & size, and hit the green printer button! No more running to my printer to make a label, as my battery operated Epson Label Maker comes with me everywhere, as does my iphone 🙂 .

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

I attached my labels to the top half of each of my dicuts.

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

After attaching tape to the bottom half of the card stock label, I taped my label to the middle of my card stock sheets. In effort to make it even, I chose not to eyeball ‘the middle’. Instead I measured out the half the width (for me it was 3 1/2 inches) and made a small mark. Don’t worry the mark won’t be visible as you’re putting your label right over it!

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

This made a huge difference and ensured all the labels were even right in the middle of the card stock!

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

Now all I had to do was file my cards under the appropriate month! I also placed a post-it on each card with the recipients name and date to help when I pull out the cards for that month. I store stamps & a pen in the back of my shoe box.

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

Never again will I have to resort to texting “happy birthday”!

Make your own adorable greeting card organizer with your portable Epson label maker with iphone app! Sort your cards by month for easy access!

 

 

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