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One of my 2011 New Year’s Resolutions is to send out handmade birthday cards to all of my friends and family. And get this – I’m planning to do it IN TIME for their birthdays. I am notorious for giving Christmas/Birthday combo gifts to people whose birthdays are in May! It is not a cute habit, and I’m bound and determined to do away with it in 2011!
Enter: The Birthday Binder: A place to record birthdays and organize cards for mailing.

I am certainly not the first to do this project, but I am excited to share my own Damask Love interpretation!
The kraft binder from Papertrey is the perfect blank canvas for this project. I ordered one way back in November and we’ve been having quite the stare-down for the last two months. The possibilities for decorating it are endless, which worked me into a bit of an anxious-crafty-tizzy. Finally, it was time to conquer the kraft binder – and here’s what happened…

I added some bright colors and of course, some damask-inspired paper to the front of the binder, transforming it from paper-bag-drab to swirly-girly-goodness! I’m really happy with the result – it’s right up my alley!

I used quite a few PTI stamps including Guide Lines for those decorative squares that are on either side of the “2011” label. I also paired the “Birthday” sentiment from Giga Guide Lines with the “Calendar” label from Calendar Basics. I thought the sizing of these words worked really well together.

Now that you’ve seen the front – just wait ’til you see all the fun going on inside!! 
(No, seriously – you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see it:-). 

Until then, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)
Paper: K&Company Black and Ivory Fusion Designer Paper Pad, Ripe Avocado cardstock
Stamps: Calendar Basics, Guide Lines, Giga Guide Lines, Everyday Treats, Faux Ribbon
Ink: True Black, Stampin’ Up Rich Razzleberry
Other: Kraft binder, Limitless Labels dies, purple rhinestones

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7 thoughts on “Birthday Binder Project – Part I

  1. I was so excited to check your blog this morning to see what you had in store for us today. Absolutely gorgeous and such a great way to stay organized!

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