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Page Protectors

This … might seem a little nutty. Maybe even a bit out there. But I love page protectors. So, please, indulge me as I talk about them for a little bit.

I’m sure I am re-inventing the wheel, here, but I use page protectors in my organization efforts pretty much daily – both at home and at work.

We keep statistics at work by hand for a number of patron activities. I stuck a stats sheet in a page protector and we tally them using a dry-erase marker.  The same can be done with a calendar – especially if you have multiple employees all needing to change their schedules (oh, the joys of working with students.)

I think there might be a laminator in the building, but if there is I a) don’t know where it is, b) wouldn’t know how to use it and c) would probably have to spend more time outside of the library than I care to fussing with it.

I also (when I think about it) will use a page protector to keep recipes safe while I’m working in the kitchen. I don’t cook from paper recipes that aren’t in books very often, but I have copies of a couple of my mother’s recipes that I keep safe this way. (Her macaroni and cheese .. yum! I should share that sometime.)

Those are the obvious uses for page protectors though, right? Essentially protecting pages from ink and spills.

I also use page protectors for keeping papers together. There is a limit to how many pieces of paper you can stick in one page protector, but the answer is not one or even two.

As we’ve touched on before, I get to be awfully creative at my job. And sometimes an idea is good enough that I want to save it for reuse. I was perplexed though – I have limited space in my desk drawers, so putting it in a file folder was, for the time being, out. I could put it in a binder, but then I’d have to hole punch things – making them less usable later on. I went looking for something to fix it in the supply closet, and that’s when I found the page protectors. Now extra copies of papers, flyers, signs and miscellaneous can all live together neatly in my binder titles “Library Displays.”

If you don’t get to do fun displays like I do, you can use this method if you have meetings where you’ll be handing out papers. (My boss could potentially benefit from this; he usually shows up with several file folders to each of our meetings.) You could use it to store extra copies of paperwork (like inventory sheets, time sheets, etc) that you’d rather not have holes punched in.

I also use this method at home for a variety of craft projects. My all-time favorite though is pattern pieces. I print a lot of doll clothes patterns, and the tiny pieces fit very well in the page protectors – but larger patterns would also fit. Let’s face it, those paper sleeves they come in won’t last forever.

I keep Ana’s “artwork” in them. (She’s only a year and a half, so it’s just scribbles right now, but I am sentimental and want to keep at least a few of them. )

I am sure there are other uses for them I am forgetting, but let this post be an inspiration – and feel free to add to their use in the comments!

DIY Jewelry Storage

Inspired by this post I found via Hometalk, which in turn was linked from Pinterest, I decided to make myself an updated jewelry organizer/ storage device. I have very little dresser space (since I share my dresser with my girlfriend) and a very tiny bedroom, so something that could hang was ideal.But, I wasn’t happy with the burlap, and I wanted to use as much stuff that I had at home as I could.

Enter an old corkboard that was no longer being used! (Feel free to skip to Project Summary, if you aren’t interested in my commentary.) I took that bad boy down from where it had been hanging in the office/writing room I never use, and painted the edge with some purple paint I had in the craft room. (In the interests of full disclosure, I did end up buying extra paint to cover up some mistakes.)

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After the edge was dry, I tacked a piece of scrap fabric (edges folded under) to the cork part of the board. Both the decorative tacks and the fabric were things I had laying around from other projects.

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Then, I had to actually buy some things: hardware. I bought handles and knobs from the hardware section of Wal-mart, and screwed them through the corkboard. As you can see, the knobs are for bracelets and necklaces. and the handles are for French hook earrings. Improving (in my opinion) over the original design, I also added scrap ribbon to either side to put post-back earrings on.

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In all, this project cost me $15.00 for the hardware, and may still cost me about $5 for another set of knobs (because I have too many bracelets!). I could have saved money if I had gone to a hardware store and gotten less expensive hardware. (For example, similar pieces would have cost me between $6-12 at Lowes or Home Depot, according to website prices). However, the corkboard new was a little pricey, so the project could have cost me more, too. The only drawback to this jewelry “box” is there is no place for rings.

Project Summary

DIY Hanging Jewelry Storage

You will need:

Cork board

Paint, for trim

fabric scrap cut to approximate size of cork, leaving edge to fold under

14-24 decorative tacks, depending on size of cork board

2 lengths of sheer ribbon, cut to desired size

2 drawer handles

4 drawer knobs

Directions:

1. Paint edge of cork board and let dry.

2. Tack fabric scrap (edges tucked in) to cork board

3. Screw handles and knobs through cork board in desired configuration based on your needs.

4. Add ribbon with tacks.

5. Hang and load with jewelry!