Thursday, July 8, 2010

artful thursday - getting organized

two weeks? so sorry about the absence, friends! this is way overdue.

okay. so, no doubt, you have run across all the very cool blog posts and classes offered for journaling. i just have to tell you there is no way i am going to start journaling and here is why. i journaled regularly like in my twenties. then quit. found them later, read them, and promptly BURNED THEM! it was fun to look back and think - oh yeah, i totally remember that, but then i was all like -ohmygosh! what was i thinking??!?! for me...i do not want people reading my private secret thoughts no matter how long gone i may be. you all go right ahead. : )

HOWEVER. i do like a pretty portfolio to keep me organized. begin with the humble file folder.

using three folders, you can cut the tabbies off and shorten them to any width. i cut one folder to 6 inches, another to 7, and the last one to 8. then you glue them together creating the type of portfolio you are most interested in. this one has two folds, and three flaps. see?

this is what it looks like all folded up.

there you go. e.a.s.y. and then the super fun embellishing begins! i love little pockets and places to write my things to do and remember lists. this is my silver bella portfolio. the photo i used on the cover is of my great-grandma, her two sisters, and two cousins. they are dressed so lovely and are wearing these great hats! these women were all very artistic and talented. most definitely bellas.

i added pockets EVERYWHERE. this is the backside. i am crazy about crocheted lace. LOVE IT. i purchased the little button last year at vendor nite and decided to use it as part of the fastener.

here is the inside flap.

and here it is all open. you can see that there is one more section behind the smaller flap.

i used a light color of paper here so i can write notes or other important information right on the portfolio.

here are a bunch of detail shots.


  1. Gorgeous! I don't publish private thoughts from my journal. That's what the blur tool or the "oops my camera jiggled, too bad" tool is for :) Wish I was going to Silver Bella... maybe next year....

  2. Really beautiful; I think I will try this out!
    Thanks Lynn for the inspiration~

    I understand, but what about writing a poem or a memory, instead of all of your feelings. A reveal of maybe where your soul was at?! Insight that only you would understand and others would think okay, that is pretty~

  3. Lynn,
    I have missed your happy crafts. This is so beautiful!
    I did exactly the same thing with my journals..twenty of them. Never again!

  4. Wow - is all I can say. what a beautiful portfolio - what a great idea. Now I have one more thing to add to my to do list.


  5. Girl,
    You ARE my little sissy! There is NO way I'd journal anymore. Last year I did journal through my Dad's sickness. Last month, I sat and read was like reliving it all over again. Who wants to keep anything like that???
    I am so with you...where's the matches??!!!!!

    I love your organization "book".
    Love the pockets!
    And my the heck did you sew through that gorgeous book cover? You must have a heck of a sewing machine needle!!! hahahaha

    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend stalking those yard sales.
    Tell Karla I said hello :))))

  6. Well, you ARE ready for SB, aren't you! Ha! I have always kept a journal/diary and yes, I threw away the one from my late teens and early 20's. Ya don't have to write down everything, my dear! hee hee

  7. OH MY WORD!!! That is the cutest thing!
    Ida Mae

  8. This has gotta be the BEST idea ever!! :)

    Thanks for sharing! I'm adding this to my to do list, CLOSE TO THE TOP!! :)

    Hugs, Ashlyn

  9. Lovity love LOVE your portfolio! Absolutely gorgeous! :-)