I have a problem. Well, I have many problems, but today I'm just going to talk about the one.
I have severe compulsions to collect silly little things on trips and outings. I just recently threw away quite a bit of stuff that I've collected over the years and I still have two big boxes left. I did a little scrapbooking when I was a kid, but never really got into it. It just wasnt me. It always felt too formal to me and there was always so much stuff that didn't seem to have a place in a scrapbook.
This summer I've continued to collect random things from trips, but have finally found a way to keep them all together and not feel like I have to sit down and spend an hour to perfect a page for a scrapbook. I decided I'd like to make one each season. Of course, you could do one for just one trip, for a whole year, or for whatever!
As far as supplies goes you can really customize everything to your liking. I also have a envelope hoarding problem, so I used a few different tall envelopes to mix in with the pamphlets and other things I've been collecting so far this summer. I used some book rings you can pick up easily pretty much wherever office supplies are, and my brand new Cropadile (a birthday gift that I've been dying to try out!).
Collect together all the "pages" you want to use. This can really be anything, but it's best to do things of similar sizes to keep it looking somewhat cohesive.
Choose what side you'll "bind" them together on and make sure they're all even on that side (I chose the left), then clip them on the opposite side to keep them together.
To make sure your holes are evenly spaced out, just use a ruler and a pencil to mark where you should punch.
CRUNCH! Time to punch some holes :)
The great thing about the Cropadile is that it can punch through almost anything (and no, no one paid me to say that! hah!). If you don't have one of these bad boys you definetely can use just a regular hole punch, but you might have to do just a page or two at a time.
Now just slide your book rings through the holes and you're done!
Now let me tell you my million other reasons for adoring this little keeper (or whatever you want to call it!)
-You can add as little or as much stuff as you want. Getting too big?
Just switch out the little book rings for big ones:)
-Using envelopes for it is perfect since you can throw anything too little to be bound
with it inside the envelope and not loose it or wonder where it came from.
-ITS PERFECT FOR PAMPHLETS AND BROCHURES.
Seriously guys, do you know many of these things I have hanging around from trips? And they're impossible to scrapbook so they just sit in boxes. This is perfect for those things!
-Since the book rings are super easy to remove all you have to do is punch a few holes when you get back from a trip and PRESTO! You don't have to worry about them hanging around yoru house for months.
-Anything can be bound in it. I'm a napkin theif at cute eateries, and I can
actually bind those guys in there with everything else!
Okay, maybe that wasn't a million reasons. But seriously, guys, I'm in love:)
If you make one, make sure you link me to it, I'd love to see other peoples!