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#SimplyG45: DIY Notepad Organizer

Posted by Graphic 45 05/15/2019 30 Comment(s) #SimplyG45,


Hello, G45ers!

 Get organized in style, today on the blog we have a DIY Notepad and Calendar Planner.  This beautiful and affordable organizer was created by Brand Ambassador, Glenys Vidal.  Glenys used some chipboard sheets and our Flutter collection to create this #SimplyG45 tutorial.  So grab some paper and start creating with Graphic 45!


DIY gifts for the stylish Graphic 45 mom


Glenys Vidal


“Hello G45ers, I am so happy to be back today to share with you a new project. This month we are celebrating Mother’s Day, and I wanted to create a simple, fast, and inexpensive gift to give to all of our stylish G45 mothers: a personalized portfolio to keep our mom organized at all times.




As some of you already know I was just picked for another year as a Brand Ambassador for G45 and I was so excited! Right away I started brainstorming and thinking of all the projects that I wanted to create for the upcoming design team term year. My first initial thought was that I needed something to jot down all of those ideas that i was brainstorming up – and being that this month is both Mother’s day and my birthday, I created a little gift for myself for my first project in celebration of all the month’s festivities.



My challenge for this project was to create something beautiful and functional, but very cost effective. I used only four items that are all easily purchased at many locations: two legal pads of different sizes, a small calendar or agenda (I found mine at the dollar store), chipboard and some papers to decorate my portfolio.



I started by cutting three pieces of chipboard in sizes (2)  9”x 12” and (1) 1”x12”. Then I used black cardstock to cover the edges of the chipboard.




After that, I created pockets for the inside of my portfolio using more black cardstock. I made an expandable double pocket on one side and attached the legal pad on the other.



Then the real fun began when I started using papers to decorate the portfolio. For this project, I chose papers from the Flutter collection. I love floral images and the Flutter collection has no shortage of them. I used black cardstock and a black striped paper to balance the floral papers and not try to not overwhelm my project. I just love how the dark colors contrast with the floral images.



G45tip: Use a strip of paper to decorate your legal pads to cover any plain designs that were on the legal pad.


I wanted to make pockets for my portfolio to hold different items that I would need: one for a smaller writing pad and/or post-its, and one to hold business cards.



I even created a pencil holder by using two strips of paper nested in between the pockets.



I also made some cuts with my Silhouette to personalize my portfolio and decorate my agenda.



With papers from the collection, this dollar agenda had an incredible makeover.



I am very happy with my new portfolio and can not wait to start using it to organize and plan all of my projects for this year. I hope that it gave you some inspiration to create your own or to make one to give to your mother as a gift.


I want to thank the Graphic 45 family for trusting me with another year of Brand Ambassadorship, and to all of you that have left comments with good wishes for me. I do really appreciate them! Happy Mother’s Day in advance! I will see you all very soon with more projects. Stay tuned!” ~Glenys


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Flutter 12x12 Collection Pack

Kraft 12x12 Chipboard Sheets (10 pack)


Wow!  Big thanks to Glenys for sharing this beautiful gift idea.  We want to thank you as well for stopping by and for joining in the fun!  Have a wonderful day, and as always...


Happy Papercrafting!

30 Comment(s)

Carole Lohr:
05/15/2019, 10:42:25 AM

Now that’s what I call a delightfully “girly” portfolio! Thanks for the excellent design and instructions, Glenys.

Terri Williams:
05/15/2019, 10:56:40 AM

Beautiful. I would love to see something like that in the monthly Graphic 45 kit!!

05/21/2019, 06:44:06 PM

I agree, this would be a wonderful and very useful Graphic 45 kit!

Brian Poteraj:
05/15/2019, 11:41:00 AM

That would make a great gift, you are right. It is something that everyone can use. I should get started now for Christmas.

Sharon Gullikson:
05/15/2019, 12:05:42 PM

Your organizer is very pretty. I like the bold papers you chose for it. Nice job.

Deborah Anderson-Clarke:
05/15/2019, 12:10:17 PM

Wonderful way to personalize a multi-use planner on a budget.

Shirley Dillon:
05/15/2019, 01:13:42 PM

Thanks for sharing. This is something I can, and will do! Shirley

Barbara Daws:
05/15/2019, 01:17:19 PM

Nice job! Great idea for an inexpensive gift. Graphic 45 is wonderful to use in so many projects.

Regina Harrison:
05/15/2019, 01:28:56 PM

I love these projects that make dollar store things look expensive. I am constantly writing myself notes and could really use this. Thank you for sharing.

05/15/2019, 01:30:42 PM

Oooh, I love this much better than a regular planner - they intimidate the heck outta me! lol This looks fabulous and so very useful.

Barbara Millar:
05/15/2019, 01:39:39 PM

Great gift idea and nicely done with the awesome papers

Dawn Belger:
05/15/2019, 01:43:32 PM

So practical and cute. Very cool with Flutter. Thanks for sharing.

Helene Prevost Foisy:
05/15/2019, 01:54:38 PM

that is so cool idea thank you

Holly Hatch:
05/15/2019, 01:55:19 PM

What an absolutely beautiful portfolio, Glenys! G45, you certainly do choose the best ambassadors for your products.

05/15/2019, 02:17:45 PM

Congratulations Glenys on your beautiful folio which is such a wonderful idea. A superb gift to receive & look forward to more great projects to inspire us.

Glenda Buster:
05/15/2019, 02:37:37 PM

Love this project! It’s practical, beautiful and with your tutorial easy to make! ♥️♥️

05/15/2019, 03:20:15 PM

Brilliant. Gorgeous. Useful.Thank you.

Martie Rollin:
05/15/2019, 06:22:12 PM

Loved the bright and cheerful paper you have chosen for this project. Welcome back!

05/15/2019, 06:22:28 PM

Great idea! I just made something similar with my Little Women and Floral Shoppe collections for a graduate gift.

Diane F:
05/15/2019, 07:38:04 PM

Wonderful ideas, useful, budget friendly and beautiful too! Great project!

Beth M Beery:
05/15/2019, 08:44:10 PM

Great instructions!!! Love this project, will give it a try!! Thanks for sharing!!

Sue D:
05/15/2019, 09:43:24 PM

thanks for sharing how to make this!

Susannah Mcmanus:
05/15/2019, 11:04:21 PM,

Fabulous project, thank you for the information and inspiration.

Maryann Laursen:
05/16/2019, 01:20:30 AM

WOUW this really took me back to my early youth here, as I ran a craftgroup once a week under the local 4H group, which I´m sure most people know about, and we made one like this just from some thin leather leftovers, we got from a local factory, and it was pretty much like this just in different materials, but made almost the same way. I LOVE how you made this look and thanks soo much for refreshing my memory too, that was a fun trip down memory Lane for sure.

Dorothy McCarthy:
05/16/2019, 06:46:49 AM,

Thank you! This is awesome! I am going to give it a try!!

Sue MacFall:
05/16/2019, 08:36:13 AM

Now, that is what I call a project !!! Absolutely stunning and so useful too. Thank you, Glenys.

She Fowl:
05/16/2019, 09:35:34 AM

So cute...need one for that next meeting.

Glenda Buster:
05/16/2019, 07:58:17 PM

Great project and it would make such a lovely present

Sally Royal:
05/17/2019, 08:49:52 AM

I think I'll give this one a try today. It looks easy. I hope so!

05/17/2019, 05:12:24 PM

I can't wait to make this! And if you want to get more fancy, Staples has the notepads in colors. Whoo-hooo.

Jennifer Howard:
05/27/2019, 11:55:46 AM

How do you attach the two pieces of chipboard to the spine or middle piece of chipboard? I’m a beginner and still trying to figure things out. Thank you!

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