Thursday, April 24, 2008

painting, organizing, and notebooking

Before the weather became sunny and warm, I started working on the sewing room/office. The really inexpensive wood-look bookcases are being painted ~ green ~ and the cardboard backs are being replaced with a sheet of beaded board plywood. The beaded board looks much better, although it's impossible to see in the photo... Unloading the bookcase has forced me to weed out un-needed stuff and to get organized. A method I have found, that really works for me, is to keep all the information I love to collect in binders...knitting, project ideas, decorating, bookkeeping, homemaking, tutorials, sewing, etc. So easy to add or remove pages as needed! I decorated the binders with scrapbooking paper and made some P-touch labels...
If you are interested in notebooking, there's a great article here, by Cindy Rushton, that got me started.




21 comments:

  1. LOVE the notebooking thing!! Thanks for the link!!! I am totally checking that out! Thankyou! :)

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  2. The notebooks are sooo cute! I love them.Your book shelf also looks great.

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  3. That's beautiful!

    I just loved Cindy's self published books in our first years of homeschooling.

    I had two or three, which I passed down to my daughter when she started homeschooling her oldest.

    Yours is a work of art.

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  4. Deb, everything looks so fresh and neat. I love your notebooks and I'm going to pop over and read the article you mentioned. Thanks for the link. Linda

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  5. Love the notebooking idea.....I had started a house ideas one (as we are building a new home) but didn't even think to branch out with other ideas in other areas. That was also a great idea with scrapbooking paper on the spine of the clear binders.

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  6. Oh so organized. And pretty to, my kind of girl !!! Have you ever meet Cindy, she is very sweet. Clarice

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  7. The binder idea is a much more attractive alternative to file cabinets. I like the open, spiced up look!

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  8. Oh, that looks great. Will you come and organize my office now? LOL

    I just got a new desk/work station so I'm motivated to clear out the clutter.

    Kimberly :)

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  9. Wow it looks really great! It's so pretty and organized! I use notebooks for a few things and they are a good way to keep things organized.

    Manuela

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  10. This is a beautiful blog! I'll be listing it as a favorite if that's ok.

    Come by and visit.

    Janera
    www.mygardenhat.blogspot.com

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  11. I LOVE the color "green" you painted your bookshelves!...and the bead board is a great touch! I wish I could say my bookshelves were as organized & lovely as your's are!...Heidi :)

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  12. That bookcase is really beautiful. I love the color and how everything is all laid out so neatly. I'm going to check out that article. I keep saying I'm making notebooks, and have yet to do it. I get so overwhelmed, which I know is silly. Thanks for sharing some motivation with me.

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  13. Your binders looks so pretty Deb! I love binders for organizing. I'm going to check out the article you mentioned too.

    You did a lovely job painting the bookcases. I used a similar green in my baby girl's bedroom, and it's so restful. It's amazing what a difference a coat of paint makes.

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  14. I love what you did to the binders. Gave me an idea of what to do with all of mine. Thanks so much.

    God bless.

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  15. I love notebooks - I could get obessesive about notebooks - I love the way you have done yours - now where did I put those 40 3-ring binders when I was going to do this LAST time!!!!

    thanks
    Donna

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  16. I have got to get to organizing. I brought home a book shelf that I am going to paint. I can't wait to get started on it. Thanks for the motivation to get started. I love the notebook idea.

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  17. I do the notebook thing, too. You're right, it makes things so much easier. Thank you for sharing the link. I'll pop over there, too.

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  18. I love the idea for decorating the spines for the notebooks. I may just have to try that.

    The shelves look great. I had wondered if they would take paint.

    God bless!
    Laura

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  19. Thanks for the link, I'm going to check this out.......it looks like fun and I sure need some organisation in my craft room.

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  20. debra cooper1:52 PM

    oh, I love the idea of the beadboard backing! Great idea! I have that same Target bookshelf for our homeschool books and hate those cardboard backs! We are really into notebooking, too. Actually, I just rediscovered the site notebookingpages.com and downloaded a ton of templates to use in our notebooks. My kids are young (5 & 7) and they really like the already printed pretty pages. They've never particularly been afraid of a blank page, but it does feel like they are more "special". She's really got some great templates!

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  21. Great Idea!

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