I’ve never been able to keep up with all the sketch challenges out there floating around week to week, much less the tiny pieces of paper that I jot down sketches on.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  You got it!  I can’t remember anything unless I write it down. 

Ta-da!!!, a new sketch book.  I’ve put together several of these recently, but they did not work out they way I wanted them to.  The last one was too big while the previous one didn’t have enough room to write down the particulars.  So far so good on this design – this is a book that I can take with me or can leave laying open on my work table; it’s not too big and not too small.  At the top is the front cover and the picture below is the inside cover.













I started out with a notebook that I purchased at Target that was 11" tall x 5" wide.   Once I had the size, I drew the two types of pages I wanted in the journal and ran them through my printer, double sided.  Using my Bind-It-All for the first time, I punched the pages.  Then I pried open the o-wires and removed the contents of the notebook, covered the outsides of the notebook with design paper, inserted two dividers and reinserted the o-wire using the Bind-It-All to secure it properly.   The book is divided into two parts – the first for recording weekly challenges and the second part is for my own sketches.  The last embellishment was ribbon, two prima flowers secured by a K & Co button brad and chipboard letters. 

Maybe now that  I won’t have to spend too much time spinning my wheels, I’ll get to participate in more challenges!

  • Debbie OlsonApril 15, 2008 - 8:36 am

    Becca, this is beautiful! (I understand about the scraps of paper floating everywhere.) Have a lovely day!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideApril 15, 2008 - 10:37 am

    thats really nice. the rate your going you will fill that up in no time.!!

  • heather the mooseloverApril 15, 2008 - 2:23 pm

    Another wonderful idea expertly executed! I need to follow your lead and organize!ReplyCancel

  • sallyApril 16, 2008 - 7:28 am

    what a great idea :) TFSReplyCancel

  • Jamie W.April 16, 2008 - 8:05 am

    Wow, Becca, what an organizer you are! That sketch organizer is just beautiful! The applications are endless and I’m thinking it might be nice to do one for DP, a really fast way to look at paper without having to hand sift through it all. The thing would be to attach it with something temporary so it could be removed when the paper is gone. My word, you have got me thinking! Thanks for your inspiring ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer HodgeApril 16, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    OMGoodness what an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing….soooo organized.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia AndersonJuly 31, 2008 - 9:40 am

    Love your idea! VA in AZReplyCancel

  • Gay FerlandSeptember 13, 2008 - 3:37 pm

    Do you have copies of your sheets that go inside your book. I need help with all my stuff!! Please help!

  • NeenieJune 26, 2009 - 8:51 pm

    I spend a lot of my time copying/printing out all of your wonderful creations. I need to organize all of those loose sheets floating all around my crafting area!ReplyCancel

Previously I showed you the swatches that I use with Copics, Prismacolors and color samples of stamp pad ink.  For anything that I have a few of, as time permits, I make a list or swatch pages to help me with colors or to help me remember what I already have.  Well, for my ribbon outing, I was intent on not duplicating any ribbon I currently have (truth be known, I can look in my ribbon drawers and have three of several kinds – guess I really liked it).

This is a notebook that I carry with me in the car and then it goes back to my studio; it helps remind me what I have.  I’ve just added the ribbon swatches since I can’t really go by name.  In this case it doesn’t contain every ribbon I have instead it just covers the basics in satin, grosgrain, stitched grosgrain, dotted grosgrain and specialty series at Michaels where they have a spread of colors.  When I made my last ribbon purchase at Michaels, this little baby kept me straight.

I belong to a group of women who are “list maniacs”, it’s a good thing (LK are you listening?)  Many of them put me to shame and have gotten me over my “fear of listing”.  Seriously, the front end investment in time, keeps me from always hunting for things and in the end means more crafting time.  Who can’t use more crafting time?….I’m just sayin’.

I’ll be back later with some new organization I have developed for keeping track of challenges and sketches.

  • Heather the MooseLoverApril 14, 2008 - 6:35 pm

    This ribbon notebook is fantastic! So organized- and I see you are like me and that you sort by type and not by color- which is how I think too.ReplyCancel

  • Debra BarkerApril 14, 2008 - 8:48 pm

    This is just to much, I like it . Keep up the organization. I am loving it.
    This is a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynnette FlaglerApril 14, 2008 - 11:13 pm

    Great idea. Love the organizational ideas. Need all the help I can get.ReplyCancel

  • Savor the Journey * TexasGrammyApril 15, 2008 - 1:17 am

    No kidding!! You are so entirely organized!! Eeeek!
    Becca … you could package these up & sell them! Honestly!
    Way to go!


  • Mary KApril 15, 2008 - 11:47 am

    That’s a great idea. The last time Michael’s had a ribbon sale I bought 5 spools and when I got home I realized I already had all 5 of them. Your idea would’ve prevented that, but my sister-in-law might not like her free ribbon supply being cut off. I give her my duplicates. LOLReplyCancel

  • Linda KlebackApril 15, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    Yes, LK is still making lists! Now I want to create a list of all my acrylic stamp sets…ReplyCancel

  • nancy bApril 16, 2008 - 8:27 pm

    or you could package these and give them as Christmas gifts to your favorite RLs.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)April 23, 2008 - 1:50 pm

    Becca, this is awesome! It scares the daylights out of me to attempt this but I do love it!ReplyCancel

  • KathleenNovember 18, 2008 - 8:40 pm

    A woman after my own heart. My mum used to call me the list queen.
    I currently have a book for both the card and paper stock I have and how much of each (not patterned papers, just plain).
    I must make a record of the stamps, punches, dies and ribbon I have now!!

  • emilyApril 3, 2010 - 7:41 am

    Oh Becca, I always aspire to make beautiful cards like your, now I will have to aspire to be as organized as you, too??!? :D
    Found this on the Crafty Storage blog today so I had to come back and visit you twice. No problem with that at all!
    Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great Easter weekend! :o)ReplyCancel

  • Shelly B.April 3, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    I LOVE binders and notebooks for keeping track of what I have! This idea is great. I will keep checking to see when you post keeping track of challenges……. because someday I am going to enter one. :)ReplyCancel

On Friday, I happened to be in Michaels to pick up ribbon – it was on sale!!  Can you imagine my glee when I discovered this yummy satin ribbon at $1.00 a spool?  I splurged! 


It is called Simply Satin and my guess is that they are changing packaging because there are others on the shelf just like it except the label doesn’t say "Simply Satin".  The large rolls hold 4 yards and the smaller rolls hold 10 yards.   I use more solid colored ribbon than anything else and have simply fallen in love with the wide 1.5" width; this rounds out my "basics" quite nicely.    Who can’t use more ribbon?….I’m just sayin’



  • Heather the MooseLoverApril 14, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Luscious ribbon!ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideApril 14, 2008 - 7:41 pm

    oh so pretty oh so pretty guess u need to roll those on your cards for your ribbon drawers. im still working on mine.

  • nancy bApril 16, 2008 - 8:22 pm

    I’m just saying you need therapy!!! Thanks for our goodies today. It has been a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Austin (Willow01)April 23, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Oh Yum-O!! Gorgeous. Did you wrap it to store in your 12×12 drawers? I just shared your link of the ribbon storage on the Papertrey forum. I hope you don’t mind.ReplyCancel

  • Nina QSeptember 15, 2008 - 7:54 am

    Howdy, this is my first reply and I just have to say to a closet lister and obsessed organizer you make my heart sing. I am going to pick up my special order matt board today and get started on my ribbon. I got the matt board for 60% off with a Jo’s coupon, woohoo. Any way, would you show us a close up of the ribbon check list opposite the swatches? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Martha NicholsonSeptember 1, 2010 - 2:23 pm

    I hit the same sale. So many lushious colors. Now to put on matt board squares and organize with my ribbon stock.ReplyCancel