Hey y’all. I’ve been working on our home office again, namely my craft-splosion, and what I’ve discovered about myself is that I love paper. And I mean love paper. It’s everywhere. Ev-er-y-where. Scrapbook paper, craft ideas, sewing patterns and on and on. It’s a bit out of control. I’ve gotten a new tool to take care of the more “home office” type of paper (ie: bills, manuals, etc), but I when considering the paper I have for craft projects, scrapbook layouts, and sewing – I really can’t go paperless. I mean, I can’t sew without pattern pieces. When considering that I have quite a few hobbies, I knew I needed a cute, organized way to store all of it that would be handy when I needed something, but streamlined and easily stored when I didn’t.

Enter Hobby Binders!

I created six colorful binders that would hold information for each of my six(!) main hobbies. Let’s take a look at each one. I’ll do my best to mention what paper and embellishments I used to make ’em pretty.

Family Tree/Genealogy – I use this binder to store all of my genealogy resources and worksheets. It makes for a handy reference.

Paper: From the DCWV Main Street Stack (last I saw, this stack is on clearance right now at JoAnn’s!)

Gardening – This binder houses my gardening guides and any helpful tips I pick up/print out.

Paper: From DCWV Lemon Flower Stack

Cooking/Recipes – Obviously, this binder holds our recipes. It’s an ongoing project. I also use it to store cooking reference materials. Our grocery store (Wegman’s) is wonderful for giving out free cooking guides and recipes. We use these resources a lot!

Paper: This paper is also available from JoAnn’s but it’s loose and not part of a stack. I’m not sure of the brand. They still have it. 

Crafts/DIY – This is basically a catch all for the craft inspiration and instructions I print out or pick up.

Paper: From DCWV Mod Retro Stack – The top picture does not do the color justice. The bottom picture is a much better representation.

Scrapbooking – I haven’t added much to this binder yet, but I plan to pull out the layout guides from my scrapbooking magazines to create a reference manual and then recycle the rest.

Paper: From DCWV Ultimate Premium Stack
Letters: From JoAnn’s – Possibly a Colorbok dollar package.


Paper: From DCWV Mod Retro Stack (I love, love, love this stack! It’s a favorite.)
Letters: A Colorbok dollar pack from JoAnn’s (it’s older, but they have some similar I think)

Here’s what the sewing binder looks like inside. I’ve really only put tab dividers in my cooking/recipes binder to keep things organized. The rest aren’t organized inside as of yet. I’m still wading through paper so I wanted to wait and see what I had before I added any sort of dividers.

I keep my Sewing Skills Progress chart in front. It’s a neat checklist from Penn State 4H (I’m not in 4h, I just found it via the internet). You can find it by clicking here. 
I have a habit of picking up or printing out free project sheets. I store them in page protectors. It works great.

In the front pocket I store my sewing and embroidery CD/DVDs.

I’m truly pleased with how these turned out. When I finally have a craft room these will look as pretty as they are functional sitting on a shelf. I love them!

If you have any questions about how I have them set up or any of the other supplies I used, please leave a comment and I’ll do my best.

Do you use binders to organize things? I’d love to hear how you use them!

 Disclaimer: DCWV has NOT, in any way, compensated me for mentioning their product. I just really happen to like DCWV paper stacks. They don’t even know who I am, but I wouldn’t mind if they did. 😉

This post is partying at these, very organized events:

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