In Good Things in our October issue I showed how I use these presentation binders, one of my favorite items from the office supply store, to organize my piles and piles of paper. These books are perfect for filing visual items like images torn from magazines and catalogs and also for paper keepsakes. I prefer them to file folders; I like being able to flip through their clear pages and like that precious papers are protected and contained in sleeves.
I color-code big categories such as Kids, Travel, Food, Holidays, and Home using these labels on the binder spines. Then I write sub-categories on each:
- birthday party ideas
- school info
- toy instructions (I could fill one with Lego alone!)
- cards (keepsakes)
- special papers (sweet and funny notes from the kids)
- weekend trips
- summer vacation
- day trips
- living room
Holidays (decorating, recipe, and gift ideas)
- takeout menus
On our Crafts Dept. blog, I posted about using these same binders to make school memory books for my kids. I save so many papers of all sizes from school, but the most important are their class pictures and report cards, which are always lost in the piles. I also added these tabs to the pages for each grade.
Now that I have these books ready to go, I’ll drop papers in as we receive them. School just started, so it is a perfect time to start!
How do you file your inspiration and ephemera?