But if you put me in a stationary or office supply store, I start to swoon.
|These are my current notebooks, most empty or only just started|
I love blank journals and notebooks, and I will wander into a Barnes and Noble and come out with a blank notebook, instead of a book. I just like the thought of filling it.
The problem is, I don't ever use them to the very end. That largely has to do with the fact that I'm fairly unorganized with them--they become a dumping ground for whatever I need to write down at the moment and I never can find what I'm looking for when I need it.
So when Tracy of Shutterbean wrote about organizing her notebooks on Homefries, I wondered if it would work for me.
I gathered all my supplies and chose one notebook to use.
|A beautiful notebook from a food styling class hosted by FoodieCrush and taught by Helene of Tartlette|
I also went and got washi or crafting tape for the first time. I must say that I love it! I may need to get more patterns.
|Cute, cute patterns!|
I made an index of areas that I usually am making notes about, using the washi tape to differentiate.
Then, I partitioned out the pages. I am the queen of to-do lists, so I gave that section a few more pages.
With the first page of each new section, I taped and folded over the tape both on the top and bottom of the page.
|Before folding over my tape|
However, on the side edge, I didn't tape it flush to the paper, so that a small part was hanging over the edge of the paper. I was trying to make a small tab so I could flip to each section a little better.
|Overhanging bit of washi|
And there you have it!
|Cute AND organized notebook!|
That was easy! I feel more organized already.