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.
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:
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!)
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 😉
Check out more of my DIYs here!