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Today’s DIY project created by the lovely Belinda.

For me, paperwork is the most incredibly dull thing EVER. I truly dislike it and avoid it at all costs, which isn’t so great when running a small business.

I do, however, love pretty stationery. So since I’m too cheap to pay for ‘designer stationery’ and I need to entice myself into action, I buy plain old bits N pieces and pretty them up myself.

It’s a whole lot nicer to sit down with a colorful folder in front of you to get organized when it looks good.

This is my latest attempt at getting my act together – a paper patchwork folder.

You will need:

  • Plain brown A4 ringed binder (got mine at Officeworks)
  • Set of white A4 dividers
  • Manilla folder in any color
  • Colorful and patterned papers
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge + paintbrush
  • Glue stick
  • Sewing machine (optional)

How to:

1. Collect all your patterned paper and cut out a bazillion little hexagons. I used a template approx 4cm wide and needed 72 hexagons.

2. Working from the edges, use your paintbrush with the Mod Podge to glue the hexagons onto the front of your folder.

3. Place colors and patterns randomly to create a nice patchwork effect. Glue them on and coat over the top of them as you go too. Mod Podge is a glue and sealer in one, super-easy to work with, dries clear, and gives a nice durable and varnished-looking finish.

4. Allow to dry before adding another coat of Mod Podge.

5. Use decorative paper to cover divider tabs for a co-ordinated look. Glue the colored paper onto tabs and cut around the tab shape for a neat finish.

6. Make pockets for receipts and small papers by cutting down a colored manila folder to measure 22cm x 15cm.

7. Sew around three sides of the pocket with a wide zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine. This is optional, you could just glue the edges together if you wanted. I like the homey feel of stitching.

8. Glue your pocket to the inside front cover.

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