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Goodbye Old Friend

It is with great sadness that I have to say goodbye to the companion I have had with me everyday for this last year. If you check my blog post from exactly one year ago titled, “The Humble File Folder” from January 5, 2014 you will see the organizer I made for my coupons, bank deposits, shopping lists, to do lists, etc..

 

Pretty brand new organizer

Pretty brand new organizer

Sadly, she has become a little tired looking and worn around the edges over the past year (but  haven’t we all?)

Just tired

Just tired

Ripped embellishment

Ripped embellishment

Bent side from elastic closure (which went missing).

Bent side from elastic closure (which went missing).

I even felt bad using it, sort of like wearing old worn out undergarments, if you know what I mean. Well with a new year ahead of me and an urge to “scrap my stash” I made this little beauty last night.

Brand new organizer with charm and elastic!

Brand new organizer with charm and elastic!

Inside pockets full of deposit tickets and note pad.

Inside pockets full of deposit tickets and note pad.

I mixed up all the papers to keep it interesting although they are all from Crate Paper. So today my new organizer went out with me and we accomplished everything on our list without forgetting a thing. If you would like to make and organizer for yourself, there are instructions on my original post as well as video how-tos on YouTube. 

I confess that I did throw out my old organizer in the trash and then fished it back out because I have become attached to it. I will use it at home to organize other paper items. I will treat it with kid gloves as it has been my faithful companion for the last 365 days!

The Humble File Folder

I assume most offices don’t rely on paper filing systems anymore with technology what it is. I really don’t know since I am self-employed. I do remember when I did work in offices that we dealt with the metal file cabinets and the humble file folder like this.

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Nowadays I’m sure file folders are all virtual which leaves these poor paper guys out of a job. They abound at  yard sales and thrift shops sadly waiting for someone to purchase them. Well, I will be buying a lot of them now as I came across yet another “day late and a dollar short” craft. Um, yes, I’ve been on Pinterest again!

folder1First you unfold your folder, like this.

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Then you fold it up this way and that until you get something that resembles this. (If you’re really interested in how to do this, you can check out Pinterest or Youtube.

folder3 You should end up with something that looks like this. It should have a page in the middle and 4 pockets.

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Ta da! I covered it with patterned card stocks and papers, added an embellishment on the front and tied some soft pink elastic around it to keep it closed.

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Now I have something to put in my purse that will corral my to-do lists and receipts.

folder6I even have some blank pockets I haven’t used yet. I guess I’d better go shopping now so I can collect some more receipts!

So the next time you see those poor humble file folders sitting in a pile looking forlorn, remember that you now have the power to give them new life!