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Which Paperwork To Focus On – Deal With It Folder

(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)

Good morning! I’m going to start the day off today with something I am terrible at, because it’s boring… sorting out paperwork! Tell me I’m not the only one who leaves it building up into a big tottering pile?

Well, now I’ve made myself a pretty folder to hold the important paperwork that must be dealt with…

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My problem was that when I did sort paperwork, I’d just make it into new piles. So there would be a pile of stuff that needed dealing with, but then more new paperwork would get put on top of that pile, and the stuff to be dealt with would sink and sink, until 2 months down the line when we’d get an overdue notice for a bill we hadn’t paid…

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I’m hoping that by putting the papers that need attention into this pretty folder it will remind me which ones to focus on, and help de-clutter our house a bit too!

I started with this blue card folder. It was a little bashed at the edges but I didn’t want to go and buy one when I already had this:

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I drew around the flap onto the back of two pieces of patterned paper (one wasn’t big enough on it’s own), making sure I gave them some overlap in the middle. I didn’t want any blue poking through at the join:

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After cutting the patterned paper out I adhered them to the flap. I also added a strip of glitter tape along the ridge at the bottom of the folder. Now it doesn’t look so bashed any more:

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I could have stopped there, but I decided I needed an encouraging statement and a few pretty things, so that I would be really happy to leave it out on display:

Which Paperwork To Focus On - Deal With It at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut the corner out of a chipboard frame so that it sits nicely with the alphas. I also added a speech bubble as I realised the little point on it acts like another arrow, pointing at the word ‘deal’:

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With the words ‘Deal With It’ shouting at me from this jazzy folder I think I’ll get better at sorting my paperwork!

Be Inspired:

Alter a folder, binder, or other office item

Cut the corner off a frame

Use the point of a speech bubble like an arrow to point at something important

Do you have piles of paperwork like mine in your house? Tell me I’m not the only one!

I’ll see you again at 11am!

Jennifer x

  • Linda Reilly

    Great idea but it still wouldn’t make me want to deal with it LOL xx

    May 17, 2015 at 10:04 am
  • another fabulous transformation! Makes dealing with the paperwork so much nicer!

    May 17, 2015 at 10:06 am
  • Julie J

    I don’t have a pile – I have loads of them spreading out and taking over the house. I’ve tried this method before and it doesn’t seem to work for me. I now pay everything on direct debit – it’s the only way…………………

    May 17, 2015 at 10:07 am
  • This is such a neat idea……& the best bit is the title, to me! LOOOVE IT!!!!

    May 17, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love it…especially the title on the folder!!! LOL Will suggest it to my daughter who has lots of piles!!!!!!!!!! Rofl

    May 17, 2015 at 11:13 am
  • Dawn Cheshire

    I have a huge pile, every now and then I’ll sort through it and get rid of anything I don’t need any more, but then the rest of it gets left in a pile, rather than being filed as I run out of time/motivation. Love your bright encouraging folder, hope it works for you!

    May 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  • We all have these items that we just need to deal with….you made a fun reminder file!!! Hopefully that works for you!

    May 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  • Annie

    yeeeuuucccch I HATE paperwork! Just last week I had to go through a giant box I had stuffed with paperwork to sort through later, because I needed to find a particular document – well, by the time I had sorted through it all there were only about six things that needed filingk the rest went in the bin, but it took me well over an hour! This is a great way of recycling rather than buying something new, brilliant idea :o)

    May 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm
  • Ugh, piles! hmmn, I have them… not sure why they accumulate… I pay the bills and yet there is the rest of the ‘stuff’

    Love your title – very true!

    May 17, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  • jengd

    Fun folder for such an ucky pile… or several piles in our case. 🙂

    May 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm
  • I love this, I was just thinking I need to sort through my pile of mail today!

    May 17, 2015 at 2:16 pm
  • have to sat these days I’m much better and most bills are on DD so that makes life easier. I also have a pretty file box which I put everything into
    Jo xx

    May 17, 2015 at 2:24 pm
  • another good idea. I have a draw i shove everything in and then can’t find that important document when i need too!

    May 17, 2015 at 3:01 pm
  • Janet

    Lots of great ideas here. I love the cutting the corner off the frame.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Sharon

    Being a PA means that I actaully like paperwork, although by the looks of my desk you’d never think so! when it comes to scrapbook layouts, I have a few issues with matching different papers, but I do get there in the end!

    May 17, 2015 at 5:57 pm
  • Emily

    This is a great idea! I love the colors that you used as well as the embellishments.

    May 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm
  • haha, i like your firm words to yourself to ‘deal with it’ LOL1
    but you are not alone, so many bits of post get dumped on my desk ‘for later’….and it never happens, and the piles get dumped into a draw. Its the bain of my life

    May 18, 2015 at 11:24 pm
  • karenladd

    Oh, I’m not quite sure that putting all that paperwork in a pretty folder would cause me to deal with it but it would be much more fun to look at in the meanwhile…haha!

    May 19, 2015 at 3:05 am
  • It looks great…and very pretty….better than my pile….though it is one thing I’m fairly good at dealing with.

    May 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  • Frances

    As usual Jennifer really appreciate how you use what you have and create something new.

    May 19, 2015 at 2:23 pm
  • LeAnne S

    Several piles LOL

    May 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm
  • I am definitely not a paper pile-er – I stand by the trash can, open the mail, sort everything, then put the other paperwork that needs to be dealt with in a tickler file. 🙂 I love that you used the folder you had on hand; I re-label & re-use folders all the time.

    May 21, 2015 at 4:09 am
  • My house is engulfed in mountains and heaps of papers……….from my craft stuff….to newspapers…to mail waiting for hubby to get back from his current trip….to my granddaughter’s drawings….to my church music stuff….AND THIS IS JUST MY LIVING ROOM!!!! lol….. A good stiff breeze coming through the window would make a fine jumble of everything. Hahahahaa…….EEEK!
    My motto: “Cleaning house won’t kill you, but why take the chance.” 🙂
    Your folder is really cute and will be a fun way to keep your papers!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    May 23, 2015 at 10:02 pm
  • KT Fit Kitty

    I don’t have piles of paperwork – I seem to be able to keep up with that – but I have piles of operating manuals and warranty information that need to be sorted and filed. Every time I go looking for something in the pile, it takes forever! I love your gorgeous folder – I am thinking about how I can incorporate this – thank you!

    May 24, 2015 at 3:48 am

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