Monday, February 22, 2010

A brain to carry around with me...


Blogging has become a very large part of my life. I am thinking about this blog and my blog friends, and new posts, and swaps, and the Where Bloggers Create party coming up this summer all the time!

I really needed something to help organize all of my thoughts and ideas in one place. So I made my Blog Book. It's just a 3 ring binder that I slipcovered! I have sections for post ideas, great blogs and websites, the WBC party and several others. I used scrap fabrics that I had laying around and used Lisa's idea to print images on printable fabric sheets. It's really easy to make and if you don't sew you can (almost) fuse everything together using iron on hem tape. Just hand sew the top and bottom of the pocket where the book slips into. You can do this while the notebook is in place. I even sewed a small pocket for a pen that runs along the spine. I love having everything together in one place. Organization is creativity's friend!!!!


And, since I will probably carry this with me wherever I go, I added a little pocket to hold calling cards with my blog address on them!

49 comments:

Norma said...

Wow, what a great idea. My 2010 academic year starts shortly (in Australia) and I'm SOOO bored with my plain old ringbinders - now you've got me thinking about slip-covering them! :)

Jackie said...

That is such a great idea!!! Looks purdy!

Terri Gordon said...

Love it, it is really beautiful and what a wonderful idea. Love to visit your blog, you always have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Peridots Garden Blog said...

What a wonderful idea! I love the look and I especially got a laugh when I re-read the title! I tend to be the eccentric artist always looking for my glasses - and when I scratch my head in frustration....I find them! But I will endeavor to become more organized...

Thank you for sharing!

Sandy

debi said...

What a wonderful idea! Your book is sooooo pretty!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

What a lovely way to remember things.....I really need a daily planner myself and yours is so great! I have the fusable tape but have not tried it yet.

Organization is the key to creativity....I am so disorganized right now that I have NO time to create. I am getting there though :)

Lovey said...

Sooo very pretty!

~Tonja~ said...

And what a lovely brain you have there...that is so cute....
Have a Blessed day...
Sweet Blessings...
Tonja

Collected Treasures said...

What a wonderful idea...I would just have to remember where I put it!! :)
xojana

Alissa said...

what a beautiful book!

The French Bear said...

What a gorgeous idea, you really are clever!! That is the most beautiful blogging journal I have seen.
Hugs,
Margaret B

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

What a wonderful ideal, and so pretty!!! What a great way to stay organized.
Daphne

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Karen, this is so pretty. I have a blog notebook...it is a mess! I tried to make sense of things, but alas...it is a sad affair! I really love your idea and the pen attached is brillant!

NicNacManiac said...

Fabulous Karen,
This is an excellent idea and so beautiful to look at, I think I just might have to 'borrow' this idea from you, then maybe, just maybe some of your creativity might rub off on me!!
Happy Tuesday!! xOxO Nerina

Linda K. said...

My Blogger Book has been on the back burner for too long, now you have gone and done it again. Given me the motivation to start it and finish. Very nice, very neat. You're the friend I need! Just like you did with My Creative Space last summer. Thank you again dear lady. We need to go out for coffee sometime. Don't know about you, but I love this weather. Guess cuz I'm a Wisconsin girl livin' in the southwest. It'll be nice soon and we can enjoy our desert spring!

Linda Lou :o)
Robin's Egg Blues

Esther@fleurcottage said...

nifty!

BellaRosa said...

Karen amor, absolutely beautiful :) what a wonderful idea, my blog stuff is all in a 99 cent spiral notebook....this is sooo much lovlier and inspiring :) Besos, Rose

Charlene said...

ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so very clever! Lisa is a wiz at that image transfer stuff & it looks like you have the hang too. I have a 3 ring binder but, had not covered it. YOURS is much prettier. I need to win some of these giveaways where everyone has yummy lace & buttons to add to something like this. HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY SWEET FRIEND.

Liz said...

Lovely! I think I will have to copy you! Clever girl! :)

~Liz

Kells said...

Love this idea!

What other subjects to you have on the tabs?

Blog post ideas
great blogs
websites
WBC party

I would also add--
craft ideas
To-Do

I'd love to hear other suggestions from you, Karen or others.

This is definitely something I'd like to create as well. I had never thought to do it. Thanks for sharing this!

best,
Kelli

ProudNana said...

Love it!!

DeeDee said...

what a beautiful book....and a great idea...

you sure do have nice fabric pieces laying around...lol

Myrna said...

OHMYGOSH! Karen! What a GREAT idea! Your design is so beautiful!
Love the notebook!
Hugs,
Myrn

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

That's darling, Karen and I love the pocket too! I can't wait for the party, I even find myself thinking I better get my studio in shape because the event will be here before I know it!
You've got some of the best ideas around & I could always use a brain to carry around w/me ;)

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Wow, what a gorgeous blogging journal..So Pretty!
I love visiting your blog, you always have such beautiful ideas!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Such a pretty way to stay organized. I so need that in my life. Loved all the beautiful items you shared in your previous post. You certainly were one lucky gal that day. Blessings, Tammy

Gerry said...

Can you believe it. I began a Blog Journal at the beginning of the year also.
So many subjects for posting, ideas for blog presentation, etc. Needed on place for all.

The journal has been convenient and we're just into February.

You've created a beautiful journal, Karen.

Hugs,
Gerry

Diana by Lagoa Design Studio said...

So great idea and beautiful piece!!

xoxo
Diana

Linens Lace and Lattes said...

Love the idea...I have a few 'random' spiral note books always strung around where I start thoughts and do not finish them. I think having a cute notebook like this would also prompt me to use it more to record my 'random' thoughts...kinda like drinking water out of a cute glass ~ for some reason I can get closer to the '8 a day' if I am pouring it into a cute glass! Have a wonderful day~ deb

Faerie Moon Creations said...

It's really beautiful, Karen! And I like the concept of it. :) Great job. :) Theresa

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is just beautiful, Karen, and much prettier than mine!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Karen....Great idea and I love the way it looks. You are so talented!~Hugs, Patti

Debby said...

Karen, what a great idea and it is truly a gorgeous book!
Debby

Beadwright said...

This truly is a great idea. I think you may have started a fad. I actually need something like this just to say organinzed.

Nicole/Beadwright

Yitte said...

So wonderful and a great idea!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Fabulous idea! And your's came out so beautiful! The tape measure is a very nice touch.

Lou said...

Ohh this is just beautiful! And so inspiring!
Hugs Lou xx

Thespa said...

It's lovely! And what a great idea! I need to do that. It would help get me motivated. Thanks and have a happy day!

Thespa
www.vintiquitiesworkshop.blogspot.com

Caleen said...

Great Idea.. So important to keep those special creative ideas.. Beautifully done :)

Doni said...

Oh what a gorgeous book! The pages in my little book are falling out and taped back in, sooooo.....I'm going to HAVE to copy you and make one of these for myself. It's just beautiful, and an wonderful job. Love your blog!
Doni

Atelier de Charo said...

So romantic book!!!

Tracey said...

I just love your diary it stunning.
I made a collage one a few years ago using paper its seen much better days now.I used it all the time.I think i shall have to have a go at a clth one now. see you do inspire me karen
have a gret week
love tracey

Caroline said...

I really like what you did with this handy little book. A nice way to personalize an ordinary agenda.

Artist Class said...

Genius! And so very pretty!!!

Michelle (Shell) May said...

A beautiful book! I'm looking forward to the next WBC party! Last year was sooooo much fun!
hugs and friends,
shell

Norma said...

Hi Karen, thanks for dropping by my blog. Yes I'd love some more info about the mini things you mentioned :) My email is normabennett@hotmail.com Thankyou!

Luv Creating Cards 'n' Keepsakes said...

Hello,
Magic Moonlight Studion kindly pointed me in your direction,(thank you MMS), and I have begun looking through your delightful posts. So far I've got as far as your gorgeous Blog Book folder. It is such a great idea and sooooo pretty. I love the gorgeous fabric tag style embelishment. I will have to see if I can find someting, here in France, so I'll be able to print onto fabric too.
I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts right after I've finished this little note.
Warmest best wishes,
Su
-x-

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

How clever and wonderful is that?! Way to go, and thank you for sharing, Karen.

JD said...

I have kept a 3 ring binder for over a year now printing off my blog pages...BUT mine book does not have a pretty cover like yours...You have inspired me to make a cover...TFS

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