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DIY: Address Book (+ Giveaway!)

March 18, 2015

I am so excited to share my latest DIY with you guys today! For months I had been searching for a new address book but could never find one I really liked. Perhaps I’m an Address Book Snob (oh, you didn’t know that was real?) but I just couldn’t justify spending money on something that I wasn’t totally happy with. So what were my issues with all of the address books out there? Here are a few:

the book never stays open as I’m trying to write the address down – pages flipping everywhere!
the phone and fax options on each page… To me, these things are wasted space and without them on the page, I would have more room to write the person’s actual address. Plus, all of my contacts’ phone numbers are already saved in my cell phone. Second of all, fax machine?? If you have a fax machine, we can’t be friends. (Totally kidding.) (Kind of.)
my maiden name, married name, and my mom’s maiden name all begin with the letter C, so you can imagine how quickly the C section of the book gets filled up! There are never enough pages for all of my family members (plus, any friends who claim that letter too) so I inevitably run out of pages and end up using post-its that just get stuffed into the book (and then fall out).
keeping up with the ever-changing addresses without running out of pages, whoa! I could go on and on about how often my friends seem to move, but I am very much a part that club too. Within 3 years it seems that every page in my address book is crossed out or scribbled on, just trying to keep up with the changes.

SO, with all of my address book “conditions,” I figured I may as well just make my own. I knew I wanted to customize the pages and I knew I wanted a simple ring in the corner to hold all of the pages together. This way I’d have no problem keeping the book “open” while I refer to a page, and I could also hang it up in my office. 
MATERIALS / HOW TO
I picked up some 5×7 card stock at Michaels, found extra large metal rings at Target, and then of course went to my beloved PicMonkey for the designs of the covers and fillers 😉 Once I’d gotten them just the way I liked, I printed them out onto the cards, put a hole punch into each one and then clipped them onto the metal ring. EASY! (At some point I will most likely get letter stickers to stick on to the edges, making it easier to find the people I’m looking for.) (Does that makes sense? Does anyone know if those letter sticker thingys have a real name?)

**Update: I just realized the cards I used are 4.5 in x 6.5 in (not 5×7, although that size would work too!)
DESIGN
PicMonkey has so many graphics to choose from, if you don’t already have your own, and I really had fun going through a few of them and playing around with the colors for the covers. Remember THIS design I created for my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s bridal shower? She mayyyy be getting an address book with that design for the cover in the near future, I couldn’t help myself. (This is not a sponsored post, by the way 😉 I really do use PicMonkey for a ton of things.)
For the actual “fillers,”  I only put the important-to-me stuff: a space for the name, the address, and birthday. In the ‘other’ space, I like to write down the person’s favorite drink so that I can refer to this when this person comes over for a visit! Other ideas for this space could be children’s names, anniversary dates, or blog name 😉 

The great thing about these fillers is that if one of your contacts needs a new card, simply tear the sheet away and start a new one. What about when your girl friend gets married and her last name changes? Unclip the ring and move her card to the appropriate spot in the book. I told you this was easy! 
Today I am giving away one of the address books I made (cover design featured below) – the book will come with 80 fillers. Simply enter the rafflecopter giveaway by following the prompts; the giveaway will close Monday night of next week. Good luck!

*the Ember Grey watermark will not be on your address book 😉

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  • That is such a great idea. I have used the same (style of) day planner for probably 6 years and the craziest part is they do not increase the address book portion even though I have noticed they dropped some other sections. I have a very large family so my stuff fills up quickly too in certain sections. I have a recipe box for my addresses but if I take a card out I could lose it. May have to look into building one of these

  • That is such a great idea. I have used the same (style of) day planner for probably 6 years and the craziest part is they do not increase the address book portion even though I have noticed they dropped some other sections. I have a very large family so my stuff fills up quickly too in certain sections. I have a recipe box for my addresses but if I take a card out I could lose it. May have to look into building one of these

  • Oooh, such DIY cuteness! It’s funny, people say address books are obsolete now, but I find them useful, especially post holidays and birthdays for thank-you season.

    • Who says that?!?! ha 😉 I write hand-written letters/notes frequently so I tend to use mine often but yes- especially at Christmas time!

  • Oooh, such DIY cuteness! It's funny, people say address books are obsolete now, but I find them useful, especially post holidays and birthdays for thank-you season.

  • you’ve done it again with a super fun diy!! live these! the print is so perfect for spring! PS: what I love about spring is seeing all of the new growth. new flowers and trees!

    • Yes to the new flowers! I can’t wait to start back up with my flower photography obsession! 😉

  • you've done it again with a super fun diy!! live these! the print is so perfect for spring! PS: what I love about spring is seeing all of the new growth. new flowers and trees!

  • SO cute!! You nailed it!

  • SO cute!! You nailed it!

  • I love the “birthday” line! I total feel your address-book-snob-pain! Mine carries over into planners, too. SO. PICKY.

    • So many of my friends use the address portion of their planners but here is my question- at the end of the year, what do you do?! Do you have to re-write them into your new planner? (Or is your planner detachable?) Honestly, keeping it in the planner would make sense- that way it’s always with me. (Clearly I put way too much thought into address books haha) 😉

  • I love the "birthday" line! I total feel your address-book-snob-pain! Mine carries over into planners, too. SO. PICKY.

  • I love this! Love how it’s set up as sheets on a ring like that, genius!

  • I love this! Love how it's set up as sheets on a ring like that, genius!

  • Ok first of all, this is a brilliant idea and So cute!! Bring on the flowers with Spring baby!!

  • Ok first of all, this is a brilliant idea and So cute!! Bring on the flowers with Spring baby!!

  • My favorite part about Spring is being able to photograph nature without it looking all gloomy & gray.:)

    • I BET!! I was just having lunch with a photographer friend the other day and she was saying the same. So glad you’ll have nice weather soon to adventure in and work!

  • My favorite part about Spring is being able to photograph nature without it looking all gloomy & gray.:)

  • So clever!! And cute, to boot 🙂 my address book always becomes a mess too. People move a lot more than they used to! And I don’t need a pager line any more than a fax line lol.

    • Don’t they though?! I mean, I’m one to talk- we’ve moved a ton and my poor Grandma is always asking, “So do I have your correct address still??” 😉 Wait.. you don’t have a pager anymore?! hahah 😉 (I totally had one in high school… those were the days!)

  • So clever!! And cute, to boot 🙂 my address book always becomes a mess too. People move a lot more than they used to! And I don't need a pager line any more than a fax line lol.

  • I love this idea! I must also be an address book snob because they never seem to have the right information for me, and they never leave enough “V” spaces for everyone in my family. Hopefully I’ll win yours, but if not, I’m heading to Michael’s and making my own! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Yes! Don’t they usually just group the last 5 letters together at the end? You poor V people! 😉 Hope you win! (If you do end up making your own, I was mistaken with the size… I had used 4×6, not 5×7 cards, although either would work)

  • I love this idea! I must also be an address book snob because they never seem to have the right information for me, and they never leave enough "V" spaces for everyone in my family. Hopefully I'll win yours, but if not, I'm heading to Michael's and making my own! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Oh my gosh, this is the cutest! I love that pretty flower on it! I’ve been meaning to replace my old address book. It’s about 6 years old and has scribbles on all the pages because people have moved a bunch of times since I’ve had it. lol

    • Mine was an absolute mess with sticky notes EVERYWHERE. And then I realized I had a few people jotted down twice, so I had no idea what the correct address was.

  • Oh my gosh, this is the cutest! I love that pretty flower on it! I've been meaning to replace my old address book. It's about 6 years old and has scribbles on all the pages because people have moved a bunch of times since I've had it. lol

  • So cute! I finally just started putting address labels over old addresses, but now my address book looks a little funny with random stickers everywhere. Love this idea!

  • That’s SO CUTE. I love PicMonkey! I saw the cutest ideas on how to use it for Christmas cards, too. (Oh, and I love your flower bullet points! Way too cute, too!)

    • LOVE PicMonkey! I hadn’t thought of Christmas cards though- I may have to do that this year!

  • That's SO CUTE. I love PicMonkey! I saw the cutest ideas on how to use it for Christmas cards, too. (Oh, and I love your flower bullet points! Way too cute, too!)

  • this is darling! love the cover and those are some of my favorite icons on picmonkey- the little roses are precious. thank you for the chance!! i love the sound of the birds chirping, the pink dogwood trees, and the smell of grass!

  • this is darling! love the cover and those are some of my favorite icons on picmonkey- the little roses are precious. thank you for the chance!! i love the sound of the birds chirping, the pink dogwood trees, and the smell of grass!

  • oh and sitting outside with friends having cocktails- that, too!!

  • Angela H

    My favorite thing about Spring is seeing all the buds on trees, flowers blooming and baby animals being born. I love your address books they are adorable.

  • Angela H

    My favorite thing about Spring is seeing all the buds on trees, flowers blooming and baby animals being born. I love your address books they are adorable.

  • chall1018

    This is awesome! Great job, Emily!

  • chall1018

    This is awesome! Great job, Emily!

  • Jen Mc

    This amazing – great job!

  • Jen Mc

    This amazing – great job!

  • Tori M

    I love how spring just makes you feel motivated! The sun starts coming out more. Flowers are blooming. Days are longer. It’s like the universe is screaming to get stuff done!

    • Yes!! It seriously does help with the motivation. (My house is always the cleanest in the springtime) 🙂

  • Tori M

    I love how spring just makes you feel motivated! The sun starts coming out more. Flowers are blooming. Days are longer. It's like the universe is screaming to get stuff done!

  • Let’s get business out of the way first…my favorite thing about spring is the blooming of flowers, the grass getting greener, the birds singing, and the freshness of everything. Now….this address book is wonderful! You are so creative. It’s perfect in every way. I agree with Liz….Etsy shop down the road??

    • The smell of the air in the springtime – you just cannot beat it! Our windows are open 24/7, it’s the best. I’ve been looking into the etsy shop thing – I have a few other ideas too! (Anne- won’t you write a tutorial on the etsy shop for me, please?!?!) 😉

      • Oh Gosh….Etsy is so FAR out of my league! I lack creativity to even make something rot go on Etsy! You my dear have a gold mine here!

  • Let's get business out of the way first…my favorite thing about spring is the blooming of flowers, the grass getting greener, the birds singing, and the freshness of everything. Now….this address book is wonderful! You are so creative. It's perfect in every way. I agree with Liz….Etsy shop down the road??

  • This is so perfect! I completely understand what you mean about one letter being full – I have a similar problem with my birthday & anniversary book in the months of July and October.

    • ohhh yes. Don’t even get me started on the amount of birthdays my family has in June and July- we always end up having one big bash to celebrate everyone. (Which is also really fun, too) 🙂

  • This is so perfect! I completely understand what you mean about one letter being full – I have a similar problem with my birthday & anniversary book in the months of July and October.

  • Liz

    You should totally start your own Etsy store. Seriously! It would sell-out in a heartbeat 🙂 You are so talented. LOVE this and know many other people who would too!! <3 xoxo

    • Liz you are so encouraging!! I’m seriously thinking about it, thank you for the push. I’ve been trying to educate myself on the etsy logistics, shipping, etc 😉 Thank you for your sweet words!

  • Liz

    You should totally start your own Etsy store. Seriously! It would sell-out in a heartbeat 🙂 You are so talented. LOVE this and know many other people who would too!! <3 xoxo

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    I love the warmer weather and flowers blooming ! 🙂

    • Me too!! 🙂

      • Ashley Bree Perez

        Spring weather totally beats winter weather in my opinion. xoxo

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    I love the warmer weather and flowers blooming ! 🙂

  • Lol, I am pretty serious about my address book, too! I finally found someone who’s also passionate (or I guess snobby) about neatly organized address book. Love it! Thank you for sharing !!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • Lol, I am pretty serious about my address book, too! I finally found someone who's also passionate (or I guess snobby) about neatly organized address book. Love it! Thank you for sharing !!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • I love the flowers in Spring. Unfortunately here in Australia it is Autumn going into Winter so less flowers.

  • I love the flowers in Spring. Unfortunately here in Australia it is Autumn going into Winter so less flowers.

  • I love the sun and the flowers and everything just comes to life.

  • Melanie

    I love the sun and the flowers and everything just comes to life.

  • I love the warmer weather and being able to go outside and start my garden.

  • I love the warmer weather and being able to go outside and start my garden.

  • Such an adorably beautiful idea. Thanks for this! I love all things handmade and unique x

    Louise
    http://louiseplace.com

  • Such an adorably beautiful idea. Thanks for this! I love all things handmade and unique x

    Louise
    http://louiseplace.com

  • I love this! I think it’s beautiful and practical. The handmade element makes it even better. It makes me want an address book!

  • I love this! I think it's beautiful and practical. The handmade element makes it even better. It makes me want an address book!

  • You are a creative genius. I have to ask do you print these on your home printer? I’ve never done anything outside the normal page size so I would never know how. You are so good though. oh, and my favorite thing about spring, hearing the birds in the morning!!

  • You are a creative genius. I have to ask do you print these on your home printer? I've never done anything outside the normal page size so I would never know how. You are so good though. oh, and my favorite thing about spring, hearing the birds in the morning!!

  • Oooh! A recipe box is also a great idea!

  • Who says that?!?! ha 😉 I write hand-written letters/notes frequently so I tend to use mine often but yes- especially at Christmas time!

  • Yes to the new flowers! I can't wait to start back up with my flower photography obsession! 😉

  • Thanks, girl!! 🙂

  • So many of my friends use the address portion of their planners but here is my question- at the end of the year, what do you do?! Do you have to re-write them into your new planner? (Or is your planner detachable?) Honestly, keeping it in the planner would make sense- that way it's always with me. (Clearly I put way too much thought into address books haha) 😉

  • Thank you!! I like easy! 😉

  • Thanks, Kelsey! And amen to spring flowers!!!

  • I BET!! I was just having lunch with a photographer friend the other day and she was saying the same. So glad you'll have nice weather soon to adventure in and work!

  • Don't they though?! I mean, I'm one to talk- we've moved a ton and my poor Grandma is always asking, "So do I have your correct address still??" 😉 Wait.. you don't have a pager anymore?! hahah 😉 (I totally had one in high school… those were the days!)

  • Yes! Don't they usually just group the last 5 letters together at the end? You poor V people! 😉 Hope you win! (If you do end up making your own, I was mistaken with the size… I had used 4×6, not 5×7 cards, although either would work)

  • Mine was an absolute mess with sticky notes EVERYWHERE. And then I realized I had a few people jotted down twice, so I had no idea what the correct address was.

  • um, GENIUS. Seriously- that's such a good idea!!

  • LOVE PicMonkey! I hadn't thought of Christmas cards though- I may have to do that this year!

  • YES. FAVE!!!

  • I love the bird icon 🙂 (It's also my nickname from Christian, so it had to be used)

  • aww, yes! The baby animals – so cute!

  • Thanks, Crystal!! 🙂

  • Thank you, Jen!

  • Yes!! It seriously does help with the motivation. (My house is always the cleanest in the springtime) 🙂

  • The smell of the air in the springtime – you just cannot beat it! Our windows are open 24/7, it's the best. I've been looking into the etsy shop thing – I have a few other ideas too! (Anne- won't you write a tutorial on the etsy shop for me, please?!?!) 😉

  • ohhh yes. Don't even get me started on the amount of birthdays my family has in June and July- we always end up having one big bash to celebrate everyone. (Which is also really fun, too) 🙂

  • I LOVE this. My “address book” is currently a spreadsheet on my computer, which is fine for Christmas card time, but not so great for happy mail throughout the rest of the year.
    I love that it would be so easy to hang in our “organization nook”. There are quotes because it is still a work in progress 😹

  • I LOVE this. My "address book" is currently a spreadsheet on my computer, which is fine for Christmas card time, but not so great for happy mail throughout the rest of the year.
    I love that it would be so easy to hang in our "organization nook". There are quotes because it is still a work in progress 😹

  • Liz you are so encouraging!! I'm seriously thinking about it, thank you for the push. I've been trying to educate myself on the etsy logistics, shipping, etc 😉 Thank you for your sweet words!

  • Me too!! 🙂

  • This is the best thing I’ve ever seen!!!

  • This is the best thing I've ever seen!!!

  • Natalie Carlson Brown

    My favorite thing about Spring is that the Jacaranda trees bloom these beautiful purple blossoms/leaves. So pretty!

  • Natalie Carlson Brown

    My favorite thing about Spring is that the Jacaranda trees bloom these beautiful purple blossoms/leaves. So pretty!

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    Spring weather totally beats winter weather in my opinion. xoxo

  • My address book system is to basically text the person whenever I need their address…haha!

  • My address book system is to basically text the person whenever I need their address…haha!

  • Such a cute idea!! I keep all my address in my contacts in my phone too though. But I like the idea of having it at my fingertips on my desk.

  • Such a cute idea!! I keep all my address in my contacts in my phone too though. But I like the idea of having it at my fingertips on my desk.

  • I love that address book!! My favorite part of spring would have to be the flowers blooming 😀

  • I love that address book!! My favorite part of spring would have to be the flowers blooming 😀

  • Oh Gosh….Etsy is so FAR out of my league! I lack creativity to even make something rot go on Etsy! You my dear have a gold mine here!

  • This is SO adorable!! I’m sad I missed out on the giveaway…my week last week was cray-cray! But I might just have to get crafty myself. Bookmarking this!

  • This is SO adorable!! I'm sad I missed out on the giveaway…my week last week was cray-cray! But I might just have to get crafty myself. Bookmarking this!