In the pursuit of organizing my home for the next school year, I made a “color blocked” folder binder, notebook and pencil-case. When things look pretty, it gives me the motivation to use them and keep them nice and tidy! All my three kids will be in school next year and school supplies shopping has been in full swing.
I was getting a little jealous of the fresh smell of brand new notebooks, pencils, pencil cases, etc. I asked myself, “why should they have all the fun?”. Along with crafting this for me, I put together a tutorial for you to show you how I made this. Take a look below and get started with your custom “back to school supplies” for any stage in life you might be in ;)
- Binder, notebook, and pencil-case
- Sticker letters are from Pebbles” ABC Stickers found at Amazon.
- Delta Soy Ink Paint
- Foam brush found at any craft store.
- Pink washi tape or any masking tape you’d like to use.
- Pre-cut bird: I made this with at Ben Franklin die cut center. I used white chipboard and created the “ombre” effect mixing water and the paint mentioned above.
- Waxed cotton cord 1mm in Turquoise from Jewelry Supply.com
- Fiskars hand punch, 1/8 inch circle found at Amazon.
How to make this:
The following photos mainly explain how much area to color block on the binder (7 1/2 inches of vertical space and for the notebook I a vertical area of 5 inches. Then for the pencil-case I painted the entire case with the same soy ink. You’ll notice that the binder, and pencil-case, have a pretty cord string wrapped around with ombre shapes I made before I delved into this project. In fact, these pieces inspired the color palette for this project.
The cord wrapped around the binder has a double knot that is adjustable. As your binder grows with more papers inside of it, you can adjust the width the of the cord. I focused on how to show you how to make the wrapped cord. The neat thing is once you know how to make the wrapped cord, you’ll know how to make a paper necklace as well! If you look at my jewelry post from a few weeks ago, I used the same system to create an adjustable necklace without having to use extra jewelry hardware. Well enough of “talking” and look at the photos below ;)
How to make an adjustable knot
I’m so excited to share my first tutorial with you! I hope these instructions explain well the adjustable knot system. I learned how to do this watching a YouTube video I found while researching how to make jewelry. Please let me know your thoughts! I’m SO happy when you comment and I always reply to every single comment promptly! Cheers!