Monday, February 22, 2010

Portable Inventory

Hi everyone!! I'm so excited because I have a great idea to share with you today! Have you ever gone to the store and found a great deal on crafting items but couldn't remember what you had at home? I've encountered that with brads, rhinestones, punches, etc. So I came up with an idea that I'm hoping will help me (and you!!) out - a portable inventory/notepad holder.

Here's what the finished product looks like:

Now for all the details, so you can start making one of your own!

You'll need:
- A sheet of cardstock
- Coordinating designer paper
- Your favorite Rubber Romance image (I used my favorite - Melanie the Shopper)
- A mini legal tablet
- Red line tape or scor-tape
- Inventory sheets (see below)
- Embellishments

Step One:
Trim cardstock to 8 1/2" by 10 1/2". Score at 5 1/8" and 5 7/16" along the long side. Crease and add mini legal pad with red line tape.

Step Two:
Add a strip of designer paper to the top binding of the legal pad. I used some dp from Basic Grey's Origins collection. Also create a pocket from a triangular piece of designer paper. Just glue on the two legs of the triangle not the hypotenuse (betcha didn't know you'd get a little geometry today, did ya?). I added this so I could tuck stuff here - specifically my Copics color chart that shows what markers I already own.

Step Three:
Time to add the inventory sheets. I created inventory sheets, so I could list the stuff I already have. This way I won't be buying duplicates when I go to the store. So far, I've made sheets for brads, buttons, gemstones, inks, felt, punches, Nestabilities, Cricut cartridges, and embossing folders. I made two different sheets - one allowing for two lists and another allowing for one longer list. I simply filled out my lists, stapled them together, adhered them with one strip of red line tape at the top, and covered the staples with a strip of designer paper.

Here's a photo of the inventory with two short lists:

and the inventory with one long list:


Step Four:
Dress the cover of your portable inventory/notepad holder. I added designer paper, ribbon, buttons, and this fabulous Rubber Romance image of Melanie the Shopper....I even paper pieced one of her bags as you can see in this close up:

So there you are...a portable inventory/notepad holder! I'd love to hear what you think of this idea or see your versions!

Have a great day creating!


  1. Cute project for any kind of list, I really like this, thanks!

  2. I just found your website. I've ordered 5 stamps and can't wait to get started. Great designs.. great ideas. Thanks.
    Paula from MA.