Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DIY: Personalized binder

I´ve always loved all sorts of notebooks, binders and organizers...let´s put it this way: I´m an office supplies freak (and proud of it, by the way). That´s the only reason why I loved "back to school" time, when I could buy (almost) whatever I wanted (because it was for school, really). I´m not a student anymore, yet I still love this particular kind of shopping. 
Then again, I´ve really been into upcycling recently, and I simply love the idea of giving a new life to something old (and maybe uninteresting at first sight, as seen here and here). This simple black binder was literally screaming for a makeover. And it was more than simple. Want to try it on your own?

You´ll need: a binder, decorative paper (I used this one, because I´m still pretty in love with the colors and the pattern), adhesive and scissors. 

Cut the paper according to the size of your binder, while adding 1/2 inch at the top and the bottom, and at least 6 inches on left and right.

Fold the paper and attach it to the binder with the little pieces of adhesive.

Don´t pull too hard on the paper, it could crack while you close your binder (been there, done that...)

And here you go! This project didn´t even take me 10 minutes and now I have a pretty and unique binder that holds all my to-do lists.

Happy crafting!


  1. Wow! This binder looks incredible! Way to go girl!


    Erin @

  2. It looks real nice! It reminds me of how my mom used to wrap/ cover my school books when I was little :)

  3. Wow Nice Tip! This Binder Seems perfect for official use!!

  4. I used to do this at school for all my books and files, I loved being colourful and different.

  5. I really like your blog and this nice diy, I follow you .. do you follow me?

    Like this


  6. Cute! I'd totally make one. xoxo

  7. Wow very cool. It looks really good!


  8. Great idea! Thank you for sharing :)

  9. What a fun idea!! That would be cute for a holiday binder of some sort, even a scrapbook with christmas paper! thanks for sharing!

  10. That's a great idea! I made a collage for my binder once! It's perfect and original! :)


  11. I remembered wrapping all my binders with beautiful wrapping papers in high school. Some of my friends would pay compliments and asked me where I got them!

    Ivana, yours look fabulous, by the way!

    Have a great day!


  12. Thanks so much for sharing this, I love all the DIY posts! :D I hope one day to write a proper one too, but at the meantime, I'll just support others doing a great job :) That binder is so cool! xoxo

    And yeah, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog ;)


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