Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Stationary Stationery

Look at that. A clever title and I can probably find it in the future. Okay. I have been trying to teach my children about the value of a written thank you recently. While I’m kind of obsessed with stationery, I have admittedly gotten away from using it as often as I should.

Thanks to winning a $50.00 gift card to Tiny Prints last fall, I was finally able to fulfill my return address label obsession. My husband sooo doesn’t get it, but I was as giddy as a school girl when these arrived the other day!

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I purchased 7 sets! I got everyday and holiday labels for us (hubs and myself) and for the kids. The only problem now was finding somewhere to keep all my paper goods so that I can’t use that as an excuse when it comes to sending out more correspondence. Enter Salvation Army, and my $2.99 cent organizer. Ewww.

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Wanna see what some glossy white spray paint and some cute paper can do for it? Ta da!

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I used my Silhouette machine (love her!) to cut out all the tab papers and the stickers! I have the address labels in front (the snowflake is for winter labels), and my stationery is in the back pockets.

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I wasn’t really sure how to label those just yet, so for now they stay blank. It’s quite girly and frilly, but it’s housed in my craft room--my girly and frilly room! I imagine you could go much more tailored with this as well. Decisions, decisions.

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She’s now stationed (stationed—hilarious) in her new home. On a gloomy day, I reached into my cheery stationery organizer and wrote my friend a note. Mission accomplished.

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59 comments:

Ashley Ann said...

Ooh so perty! I love it's makeover!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Very pretty and useful! I'm keeping an eye out for one of those.

chocoholic said...

I love it! You're so creative!

And I have a return address label obssession too! They're just so darn cute.

Janice said...

Just so lovely! Perfect!

Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

That is so pretty. I'm obsessed with cute paper and stickers and labels...too.

Jennifer said...

are you kidding me with this makeover? i love it! makes me want to rush to my nearest thrift store...

jen@eighteen25

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Pretty, pretty, Chris! I love it! What's in the middle part? Envelopes? I like how you made the dividers like that and you probably don't even need to label them. I love return address labels, too. Is it weird? Really? I hope not! Currently, I am content with my return address stamp, which has our monogram "P" in a pretty font and a lovely design. I bought one after I didn't win one last year.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful makeover project - thanks for sharing!

Nikki said...

Love it!!! And love that you are sending friends hand written notes...they are going to love finding such a surprise in the mail!!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love it!! What a wonderful idea!

Cap Creations said...

OMGosh I just saw that same organizer at my local thrift store and I carried it around and ended up putting it back. Bummer, I know it's totally gone now that everyone saw this post! lol!

Can you just do a makeover of every item I contemplate buying?

stephanie said...

That makeover is amazing...My mom had one of those on her desk as I was growing up and you have given it such a fresh look...Nicely done..

Julie said...

Holy coincidence, Batman! I found that SAME ITEM at the thrift store Used a different color for the spray paint, and used it for a similar purpose. And I even blogged it! back in June or July I think. I will die laughing now. Do we know how to score a find, or what!

Pricklybranch Manor said...

LOVE THIS!!!! Thanks for sharing ;)

Stephanie said...

Too darn cute! Makes you want to send out something doesn't it? Great project for $2.99!

Nikki said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Adorable. Seriously love everything about it.

Mrs. Dew said...

Awe that is SO cute!

Jill said...

What a perfect find!!

amycornwell said...

I'm amazed...you made that look so cute. It's beautiful! I need to put my "spray paint" glasses on before I go to the thrift store!

Andrea said...

I love it. I am hoping to make enough card this year for all the birthdays next year. That would be a cute way to house them.

the thrifty ba said...

LOVE THIS!

Jules said...

So simple, and cute. I have to remember I can paint things like that...

Richella said...

I'm not surprised to see that you bought that piece and painted it; I would have expected that kind of vision from you. But I am surprised that anyone would think to create such beautiful little dividers designed specifically for each cubby! That's more than creativity: that's the kind of right-brain-meets-left-brain stuff that just makes me stand back and admire. Really, really cool!

Nicola said...

That is so cute - and usefull too!

Desiree @ Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Very cute! Gotta love spray paint and scrapbook paper :-)

-Desiree

Country Dreaming said...

Love it white.

Melinda

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

The white is perfect and I love how it looks with the wonderful paper! And I so "get" the return address thing:)

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That is is pretty! Nice job!

ugagirl30 said...

I have the same one. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jacky {The Sweetest Petunia} said...

I love this! Stationary is one of my favorite things, so maybe I can use this as inspiration for a holder!

Colleen said...

so pretty! love tiny prints. I also have a slight obsession with address labels for us and the kids too. last year I did the holiday ones for the first time.

Laura said...

Spray paint makes the world go round!

Kristen said...

Pretty! If I left that out there would be purple crayon all over those notes!

Renae said...

Oh my goodness, my parents had that EXACT organizer when I was a kid. Makes me wish we still had it!! Cute stuff.

Kelli said...

I LOVE those tabs. This makes me realize that I need to order some return address labels and send a few cards.

Rhonda said...

When do we get to see your craft room? I have been waiting FOREVER!!!! Love the peeks of it you showed.

Autumn Twig said...

now THAT is a super makeover. LOVE your idea

Blarney said...

So why aren't you over at my house helping me decorate again?!

Julie said...

Very cute makeover for your all "stationery" supplies... and because it doesn't move it's considered "stationary". A little spelling trick to help us all remember is: "stationery" has "er" in it just like "letter". :)

Kate said...

I love this makeover, but your photos really make me want a tour of your craft room. Is that a framed peg-board in there? Fabulous!

Dee said...
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Dee said...

I have a Silhouette but I would have never thought to make adorable dividers with it! Stationery is my favorite. I used to own a stationery company so I create my own! (It took me a few years to want to do it for fun again!)

The Crazy Crabb said...

Oh my goodness I want one! That is beautiful. Just found your blog, and I am loving it!

Angie said...

Love it! I, too, am obsessed with stationary and hand written notes. I just love them!

Angie said...

Love it! I, too, am obsessed with stationary and hand written notes. I just love them!

Sarah said...

oh my gosh, i think that used to be mine!!! I dropped it off at a Salvation Army not too long ago. That is hilarious!! :)

That looks so much better now and I would actually use it unlike before!!!

Renae said...

I had a thought (I posted earlier that I wish we still had this), I actually think we do, on my dad's desk! So mom's on the hunt for it. In the meantime, maybe you can do a tutorial for us about those tabbed numbers. Tell us about the application...can you only do it on the Silhouette. I'm thinking of getting one since mom has a Cricut. Thanks!!

Chic Mummy said...

I love return address labels, too, but I love your organiser even more. My Silhouette should be arriving any day now, so you can guess what is my first project!

Stacy@The Project Shoppe said...

So adorable & functional too! My Granny had that same organizer....hmmm....wonder if she still does?

April said...

I found that exact organizer thingy about a year ago at a thrift store- and yes, spray painted it white. I just shove my bills in mine and so it doesn't look quite as orderly as yours...but I'm working on that part of my life.

I never comment on this blog- but when I saw that we must think alike, I had to say something.

Do you know I mainly read your blog to see whatever funny thing it is you're going to write?

Laura said...

This is adorable. It's amazing what a little paint can do.

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Ooo, I love those papers! Super cute!

pinkpatrice said...

I wanna peg board. :)

April said...

So cute! I love the papers!

Terrell said...

Sooo darling!! I love the transformation! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and I'd love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! I'd also like to invite you to link your wonderful creations up at my weekly party, Fabulous Friday Finds, every Friday! Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Traci said...

I love it!! I have the exact same organizer, did you use spray paint that is for plastic? Thank you for inspiring so many.

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Ms. Martha Lilian said...

This is GORGEOUS! I'll definitely be on the lookout for a stationary organizer. As it is, all of my cards are thrown into one big basket, so this is a perfect solution.

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