I was doing my grocery shopping when I noticed a lady who had busted out her recipe box in the seat of her cart. She’d refer to it and take things off of the shelves. That is something that I never, ever thought of. I just had my raggedy list in my hand (and a photocopy of it in my purse for when I inevitably lay the original down somewhere and have no clue what else to buy or where to locate said shopping list).
My categories include a tab for:
- Blog posts that need to be written.
- Blog posts in the works but require one or more materials to complete.
- Blog posts that need photos.
- Blog posts that I need outside assistance (e.g. power tool work).
- Craft ideas that I think will be quick & easy projects.
- Craft ideas that I think will be more involved and time-consuming.
- Pattern ideas for embroidery, freezer paper printing, sewing.
- Blog posts that have made it through everything and are published.
- Completed blog posts scheduled for the current week.
- Completed blog posts scheduled for the next week.
Each card has written in large letters in a bright color on the front the name of the project. Then on the back I make notes about my progress, what I need to purchase, exactly what I need assistance with, what day I’ve scheduled the completed post for, etc. So, if Russell is really bored and keen to bust out a power tool, but I’m not around, he can get into my box and see exactly what I need his help with.
Plus, I can take my pimped out box with me down the aisles of hobby stores and while thrifting to help keep tabs on good purchases. After all, nothing ticks me off more than starting a project that I have been planning and knowing that the materials I needed were 50% off the week before. BUT, I didn’t buy them. Now I can look through things and compare to what I see on sale or clearance at the stores!
So far this little baby has been priceless to me. I’m not naturally the most organized person. I really, really have to work at it. Now that I’m crafting for two blogs and still making personal things that I don’t intend to put online, I really need to get my act together. A huge notebook with 47 (yes, I have 47 pages of craft ideas) was just not cutting the mustard anymore.
Wanna make your own box? I say get creative but, if you want a box like mine, I’ll walk you through it.
You will need: index card box, spray paint in two colors, masking tape, strong glue (like E-6000), rhinestones, wooden skewer
To make your own dividers you will need: heavy paper (I used file folders), colored paper to differentiate tabs, Mod Podge, cheapie foam brush, scissors
STEP 2: Spray paint your box the base color. I used navy blue and it took about 6 coats to cover the Campbell’s bright colors.
STEP 3: Tape up some crazy jaggedy lines and use paper to completely seal off the top portion. My lines were totally random; I just had to work a bit to make the last and first peaks match up… Spray paint with your secondary color – mine was gold.
STEP 4: Squeeze a little bit of heavy duty glue onto a piece of scrap. Use a disposable wooden skewer and dip into the puddle to get a tiny bit on the tip. Toss your rhinestones on your workspace. Some will come out with the bottom facing up. Use your glue to pick one of those up. Roll the skewer to spread the glue on the backside. Turn over, place the rhinestone where you want it and pull the skewer out. Apply a little pressure to fully attach the stone. Continue placing stones in lines randomly placed around the box.
Allow to dry fully and toss your organizers. You can start making your index cards prepare for a much easier life of crafting… Happy Hump Day, I hope all things go fantastically well for you today!