After I made my Christmas Card Mini-book (found here, inspired by Pinterest), I decided, "Why not make one for all of my other cards I've been saving forever?". Yep, I'm a saver. When people give me cards, notes, etc., I throw them in this box. I have cards from when Russell and I first started dating (from 1994).
In fact, this is what Russell sent to me for our very first Valentine's Day ever. He used a package of kiddie Valentine's cards, wrote something on each one, and sent it to me in the mail. How thoughtful and sweet, right?
So I started sorting, birthdays, Mother's Day, Valentine's, Christmas cards from Russell and of course, all of the cards Sophia has made for me. Plus, there is a stack of miscellaneous ones (notes from friends, students, my dad).
I cut chipboard down to size. I used scrapbook paper to make covers and used my Cricut to make titles.
I started out using 3 rings but found it easier to turn the pages when I used one in the upper left hand corners.
I was really inspired by my friend Kristy's blog post all the way back in September found here at Next to Heaven. She made a super cute Rolodex that she keeps all of her important numbers in, for quick/easy reference. I loved everything about it. The design, the idea....so I kept it on the back burner until recently.
I came across this little black box at Joann's in their clearance section ($4). And I had a ton of scraps and embellishments just laying around. The thing is, we still have a land line (I'm still not sure if 911 would find us as quickly via cell phone) and I don't always have my cell phone near me. And since I don't have most numbers memorized, this is a great thing to have handy (I always have my "I need to call so and so moments" in the kitchen). Plus, if we ever have a babysitter at our house, it's a must!
So basically what I did was stamp some white paper with a lined stamp. Then glued that onto scrapbook paper. I used a paper edger to add variety to the end of some pieces. I also inked all of my edges (do it! It makes a big difference).
I used some twine and leftover bits of fibers to attach this bunting to the front. I also added some number charms that I strung on the twine since I didn't have a charm that had the # sign.
For the beginning of each letter of the alphabet, I trimmed the top at angles to make a tag and used charm letters I had leftover from another project with embroidery thread to attach the letter.
I also mixed it up by using some papers that already had ruled lines on them (so I can add to this number tray with either). The first tag is one that has the fire, police etc. on it.
This little box would also make a great recipe box holder. Good thing I bought two!
So my new favorite app is Instagram! And while we were out at lunch this weekend, I couldn't resist taking a pic of Sophia and the lunch/cookie she's saving for later all over her mouth. It's been a hectic week. Can't wait until Spring Break! Only 4 more days!!!!! But who's counting??