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Altered Binders

March 15, 2008 Sarah Coggins

One of the challenges this month in the designing with 2008 calendar is to alter a binder. I had 2 binders in my kitchen that were functional, but ugly. One stores recipes I’ve printed from the internet, torn out of magazines, etc. The other holds menus from local restaurants. Yesterday I picked up a 2-pack of Avery view binders to alter and replace the old, ugly 2.

Favorite Recipes binder

Front of Favorite Recipes Binder

Spine of Favorite Recipes Binder

Front Detail of Favorite Recipes Binder

Supplies: Avery binder; We R Memory Keepers patterned paper; My Mind’s Eye “frame ups”; Making Memories TinyAlpha; QuicKutz Sunshine font; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; generic staples; white CS; black ink pad.

Menus binder

I was also inspired by Mar 12 of dw2008 for this design. The prompt was to print digital paper to use. I created my own paper by scanning some of the menus, “tossing” them around in Photoshop, and then printing on a marbled grey/white cardstock.

Front of Menus Binder

Spine of Menus Binder

Front Detail of Menus Binder

Supplies: Avery binder; Archiver’s black cardstock; misc “marbled” grey/white cardstock; Die Cuts with a View adhesive backed cardstock; QuicKutz Studio classic font.


  • Ter March 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    I really like these!

    I've been thinking of doing something similar. So do you just buy regular scrapbook paper and cut it to size? Or cardstock? How does it not wrinkle when you put it in?

    I have a recipe binder too. I need to update it, because some of the recipes we no longer make because we've found others we like better. I like your idea for putting menus in the binder too. I have mine in a magnetic letter box on my fridge. It works for me but needs some organization too I think.
  • jp March 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm
    What a great idea! The menu scans are really neat. Have a great weekend! jp
  • oceans5 March 15, 2008 at 5:43 pm
    Love them. I have a binder that I use to store my recipes too. I need to get going and do this with it too. Thanks for the inspiration:)
  • Cheri March 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm
    Your binders are way cool! You always have the neatest projects:)
  • Dana March 16, 2008 at 1:56 pm
    Love it!!!!!
  • Lida March 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm
    Oh I love it, you just inspired me to alter one of the binders I have laying around!
    Great job I love them both.
  • Shirley Fyfe March 16, 2008 at 7:38 pm
    Such a great idea Sarah . . . they look fantastic!
  • Linda March 18, 2008 at 11:39 am
    Love your binders!
  • Darcey March 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm
    Great Idea, Very Cool! TFS!
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