Friday, December 9, 2011

Keep it Together

On a recent trip to the craft store, I had a breakthrough. I keep buying variations of the same stuff...just ever so slightly different than what I've got in my stash. So I decided in an attempt to simplify the holidays this year, I'm going to use stuff I all ready have. Duh! But at the time it felt like a moment of brilliance. The last thing I need around here are more patterned papers or clips, another shade of glitter, or different types of glue.

I needed something to hold together the 2012 calendars I showed you earlier. So I came up with these spiffy little binder clips. I first tried covering them with fabric, but I think the paper worked better.

I kind of went overboard (are you surprised?) and covered every single binder clip we have in this house. And that's an embarrassing amount of binder clips.

But don't they look nice holding together a calendar? So much cuter than a cold, sad naked binder clip.

It's not much of a tutorial, but here's how I did it:

Step 1: Make a paper template that will fold around the surface of the binder clip.
Step 2: Coat the black part (not the rolled sides, though) with a THIN layer of mod podge. I tried both the matte and the glossy, and I liked the matte a little better. (See what I mean about not needing anything new? I've got all the varieties of mod podge, for crying out loud!)
Step 3: Stick the paper to the glue-covered clip. Hold the paper in place until it sticks.
Step 4: Spread a thin layer of mod podge over the paper to seal it.

Use these little puppies to hold together all the important and not-so-important papers in your life. Or package them up in a cute little box as a fun stocking stuffer. OOH! Or customize them with names or funny sayings for an even more personalized approach.


brett and nadine said...

Christina- I love looking at your blog and getting ideas from you. Thank you. How are you? We are doing great way up in Canada. Missing all of the SF girls and Ki's buddies but we can't complain about life as we are really close to family now. We need your new address so we can send you a Christmas card/ letter. My email is if you want to send it that way. Missing you and I hope all is well with you, your pregnancy and your family. Can't wait to hear from you.

km said...

Those are FANTASTIC!!! what a concept to use what we ALREADY have... :):)

beh1nd said...

what a lovely idea! u keep proving that simple things make our life so much more beautiful....

Wahzat Gayle said...

this is such a great idea love it!

Dark Heart 2011 said...

Happy Holiday !!!

Nice articles. I'm just blogwalking and very happy to stop here. And also give you some comment here.

Dont forget to give us some your comment into my blog too.

Brittany Coffey said...

I know you've probably been asked this a million times, but where did you get your calendar, or did you make it? It's really cute!