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May 27, 2010

Coupon organizer

Hello everyone! This is TraciVee here from http://neverfullpricescrapbooking.blogspot.com/ . If you are a follower of mine, you might already know that I'm a penny pinching, coupon clipping, money saver. I thought it would be prudent to include my passion for saving money into my project. And so the idea of creating a cute coupon organizer was born....

Here is the 'recipe' :
2 pieces of Tim Holtz grungeboard
1 1/4 in Zutter o-wire
brown acrylic and metallic acrylic paint
10 5/8 in long piece of white elastic
Brenda Walton Brookfield Scrap Pad to go
two large eyelets
9 Prima-type flowers (mine were Paper Studio)
3 brads
adhesive
chalk ink

I first used my Gypsy to cut the rectangles used for the pages. I think I just used a rectangle shape from Plantin Schoolbook but resized it to 10 3/4 in by 8 in. Cut out as many of these as you wish. I like to have a lot of categories to sort my coupons into, so I cut out 10 of these, which will give me 20 pockets!


Here are all the pages after I cut them out. I really like this stack...it's full of homey earth tones-my favorite!





Next, you score each page halfway down the long way.....




...and about 3 5/8 in into the short way.





Then you fold each along the score lines as shown. You're gonna fold the short side up and then fold along the long side so that when you are finished your pockets are on the outside.







Here are all my folders all ready to go....







Next, I punched them all with my Bind it All...what a job that was!







Next, prepare your naked Grungeboard. I cut two pieces at 7 3/4 in by 4 1/8 in. Then I rounded the corners for a more finished look. Next, line up the Grungeboard with one of your coupon folders and punch holes.



Next, I painted my Grungeboard with dark brown acrylic paint.




After that dried, I lightly brushed some copper metallic acrylic paint on top, but wiped it off right away with a paper towel. Some of the copper stays on, but the dark brown still comes through. This technique kind of gives it a rustic kind of look. Very cute!
*Sorry but this photo is not terribly true to life in its color...but you get the idea....*




Next, I used my Gypsy to create the labels for my coupon folders. Cut as many shapes as you need. I cut 20 in cream colored card stock and then cut out another 20 out of coordinating paper in shadow feature.








After cutting them all out, I inked them using chalk ink and an ink blending tool.




Here are the shadows....




Now, I wanted a more finished look so I used my computer to print out my labels. You can just write them in if you don't feel all this is worth it. :)
What I did was print out my labels....





Then I used repositionable adhesive to stick them to the piece of paper that I printed them out on...I used Okie's method of doing this. She has a great video tutorial on how to do this- http://okieladybugsscrapnmore.blogspot.com/search/label/Video%20Tutorial%20-%20Printing%20on%20Cardstock%20shape





After I got them printed out, I adhered them onto the folders and put the whole thing together. Hello Mr. Bind It All!!!





Okay, so after all that I knew I'd need some type of closure so that my coupons don't fly out all over the place. What I did was punch a couple of holes and used an eyelet to hold my elastic in place. Be really careful when placing the elastic when you set your eyelet so that it won't come undone.










I looked high and low for colored elastic, with no luck! ... so I broke down and bought white thinking I could just color it with a marker...and that is just what I ended up having to do!
At this point, I just prettied-up the cover. I punch three holes and added my flowers with a couple of brads. Nice 'n' easy.....




I set my coupon organizer up for the way I shop...I always go around my Super WalMart the same way....Health and Beauty first...then my cleaners...then condiments...and so on and so on...I'm kinda ritualistic when I go grocery shopping, LOL.
I used that idea to order my coupon labels. Toiletries, Cleaners, Condiments, Canned Goods, Pasta/Rice/Boxed Dinners, Baking, Snacks, Beverages, Breakfast &Cereal, Paper & Plastics, Dairy, Frozen Items, Bread/Bakery Items, and Produce.




And-what would you know!- right after I finished binding my coupon organizer they went and remodeled my Super WalMart and now my book is all out of order!!! Doesn't that figure??? lol Oh well....




Oh...and last but not least...my FAVORITE coupon category...




Crafty Coupons---NEVER leave home with out them! :)
I hope you all enjoyed my project. Thanks so much for looking. If you have questions or anything, feel free to stop by my blog and I'll be sure to answer you! Have a great day!



22 comments:

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

What an AMAZING project! Your instructions are PERFECT and EASY to follow. And it is so BEAUTIFUL that everyone will want to make this and start pinching pennies with you..... more money for paper ladies!!! Thanks soooo much for joining us today and sharing this AWESOME Coupon Book with us!
Sheila

Debby said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this project. The colors are beautiful and the instructions are great. This is a great gift idea. I want to make several, one to keep and one to share. You have inspired me to craft AND to begin saving coupons again. Thanks for sharing!

DebbyS

Mandy said...

This is awesome!!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing. It has been really inspiring!

nikki said...

Awesome!!!! I absolutely love the colors. You're instructions are great! I'm definitely loving the idea of making these to give as gifts. How perfect would that be with a subscription to the newspaper for weekend delivery with all of the coupons! Thanks for sharing!

Java Jen's Creations said...

Fantastic job!! I love everything about this project!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!!

217 Creations said...

Great job! What fab idea!

DtsArt said...

=D> This is great you should have Traci Vee as a guest more often. Wonderful tutorial thank

Jo said...

This is a wonderful project and an awesome tutorial. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Jo xx

June said...

WOW!!!! Absolutely love this project and the step by step instructions are awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing and the inspiration!!!

Cin said...

Oh!! What a fabulous project..... Another one for me to put on my list......

RubyM:) said...

THIS IS VERY CUTE!! I think i need this.My coupons are forever scaterred in my purse.I like the crafting coupon ,"OH MOTHER DEAR" HE HE HE .Hello from ChicagoRidge,IL!!!!RubyM:)

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

wow! this is so cute.. Now I have to collect coupons just to make this project..

Dakota Bear said...

Oh! This is so good and beautifully done. I like the papers used and the distressing effects applied.

kgsilvashop said...

What a great project -- you did a splendid job on this. I want to give this project a try! Thanks for sharing your talent!

Karen (flywhistle)

Sharon said...

What an awesome coupon organizer! Would have never thought about that!! Wonderful!! :)

helloholley said...

Amazing project!!! You are very creative ;;) thanks for the tutorial....I have a BIA...but have never used it,LOL!!!

scrappyRN said...

Love it and your great directions make it easy enough that even I should be able to make something like this, maybe not so much for coupons because I hate shopping, but I could organize all the other little papers that are always mixed up in a basket on my table

Anonymous said...

Youare very, very, creative thanks for de tutorial it is just amazing sorry had to post anonymous becouse I realy dont know how to do it , the name is Sonia

love2create said...

great project and thanks so much for the wonderful directions and pictures!

latinacreativa said...

I really needed to smile today, and this post did it! Thank you so much for sharing not only your project, but your sense of humor, this really rocks!

TinklovesCupid said...

I can't wait to try this project! It is so cute and would make great Christmas gifts.

Sentimental Scrapper said...

I absolutely love the paper and colors you used on this project!