Thursday, April 7, 2011

Household Binder: My Divider Misadventures

Remember my Household Binder Challenge that I was following along with at IHeartOrganizing?  If not, you can see the post here.

Well, I'm putting the finishing touches on it, but it's pretty much done!  I'm planning a separate post featuring the finished product, but wanted to tell you about my misadventures with the binder's dividers!

Remember when I said that I wanted my binder to be "pretty"?  Well, that also included the dividers for the binder.  Sure, I could have taken the easy route and purchased dividers that would have worked, but NOT meeee!  In my defense, I thought I was saving money by using what I already had on hand.

I already had some cheapo dividers in my office.  But they were flimsy and NOT "pretty".  So I had the brilliant idea of taking some scrapbook paper and cutting them to size with the dividers.  I would make them sturdier by laminating the divider and the scrapbook paper together.  Awesome idea right?

Pretty too!

Well, here's the problem.  When I started inserting my documents into the page protectors, the dividers weren't wide enough!  And now you couldn't see the dividers at all!

Now I was MAD!  Because I liked my pretty dividers and I spent alot of time cutting and laminating them!  I didn't want to give up.  I WASN'T going to give up!

Then I thought, "hey, could I fit the divider INSIDE the page protector?"  I could, except for the tab!

I was determined now!  I would make this work!

So I lined up my page protector and my divider to figure out where the tab would be located.

I cut a slit the width of the divider tab.  Then I cut along the edge of page protector to create a space for the tab.  Hopefully, you can see the page protector in this picture.

Then I gently slid the divider in the page protector.

And the tab popped right into the space I had cut for it!

Now you can see my dividers and the page protectors weren't covering them up!

And I have pretty dividers!  Okay, now that I think about it, I'm not sure if you really needed a tutorial on "Creating Dividers the Hard Way".  But I'm really proud of my dividers and their "prettiness"!  Thanks for looking and indulging me!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Easy Magnet Board Idea

I've been meaning to post this for a while and finally getting around to it.  If your kid(s) are anything like Little Muon, she LOVES to be in the kitchen when I'm cooking.  She gets under my feet which could potentially be dangerous.  What better way to occupy her then magnets!  Unfortunately, my appliances are stainless steel so magnets don't stick AT ALL to stainless steel.

So for a long time, this is where Little Muon played with her magnets.

Yup, that's the side of the fridge.  The very small part that sticks out far enough for her.  It wasn't working.  The space was too small and cramped and I'd usually find magnets all over the floor rather then on the fridge. Plus, every time I opened the fridge, she would have to move out of the way or the door would hit her.

I was on Facebook looking at some of my FB friends photos when I saw one with a magnet board stuck to the side of a kitchen cabinet.  Well, why didn't I think of that!

During a trip to one of my favorite place on Earth, I picked up this Spontan magnet board for only $12.99!

And voila, we have this!


I used Command Strips to attach the magnet board to the cabinets.  That way, we could remove it without damaging the cabinet.  I had a bucket from the dollar bin at Target laying around, so I used that to contain the magnets.  I used the Command Hooks to keep the bucket in easy reach. 

And now Little Muon has her own space where she can safely play with her magnets, while still being in the kitchen with me!

My next project, this awesome alphabet magnet tutorial from NiceGirlNotes.  Much nicer then those cheap plastic ones.

Aren't they cute?

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NiceGirlNotes came up with this idea to prevent this from happening:

I had to include her cartoon drawing because this happens to me ALL.THE.TIME! 
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