DIY Hand-Drawn Doodles Paper Folders – a Fun Way to Store & Organize Paper, Documents and Other Paper-y Shit.
When I started the blog (and several months before that), I simultaneously started experimenting with new ways of getting creative. I started making different greeting cards (birthdays, holidays and so on). Then I combined the cards with watercolor, and boy was that fun (it still so much is, but beginnings, no matter which ones, are always fun in a unique, exciting figuring-out-shit way). Little boxes, envelopes, cocktail stirrers (in different shapes), geometric figures, and all kinds of paper crafts.
All of this is great, but it does come with a downside (like all things in life, am I right?). In order to explore and step up my creative game, I’ve bought and collected a shit ton of supplies. Like, all sorts of paper, jars, little boxes, and all kinds of other crafting staples, in all sizes. My “crafts cabinet” is literally that full, that when I open it random things actually just slide down the pile and fall in front of me. If I could just find a way to make exactly the thing I need at the moment find its way out, where I’ll just wait it with my hands ready, this will kick-ass. Which makes me realize, if I had super powers (any sort), man will I use them for all the wrong reasons.
Anyway, since there’s nothing I can do when it comes to magically solving this, I have to find a better way to store and organize my stuff. This will help me maximize my productivity (by not wasting 17 hours and energy on looking for something), and let’s not forget, it will prevent me from having my very own episode on Hoarders. I made several geoballs (and you can make some yourself with a little help from your friend me self here) which are great to keep the small stuff I really need.
But, why stop there? That’s not even remotely enough. (like I said) I have all kinds of paper, which I use at least 3 or 4 times a week on average. So, the best way to go about this would be to keep the paper on my reach, (stored and then) displayed on the open shelf in a fun and nice-to-look-at way, so that it motivates me to keep it that way. Win-win. Which is when the paper folders enter the scene. I know, the easiest way to do this would be to go in a store and buy some folders, then store the paper and done. But, where’s the fun in that? Head on below for the instructions!
Hand-Drawn Doodles Paper Folders.
While drawing the lines for the paper folder and then cutting it and folding it isn’t complicated like at all, the doodling does take its time. I’ve been doodling this (okay, I just realized… this “doodling” sounds wrong for some many reasons; naa, as long as we have a good laugh…) for several hours (for each day) 2 days in a row, so… But, it’s totally worth it, not just because of how awesome it looks when all-done, but also because it’s so relaxing and fun. And, of course, if that sounds to much to you, you always have the absolute freedom to chose a different way to style your paper folders.
– (larger sheet of) Cards-stock Paper (mine’s around 100 cm x 70 cm, so I can make several on that one sheet)
– Pencil and Eraser
– Drawing Pen/Pigment Liner (I use this one)
– Paint + Brush + Water Jar (I use Martha Stewart’s All Surface Satin Acrylics)
Now, below there’s this one photo that shows how to draw the paper folder with the exact measurements as mine, which you can of course, adjust to your need. I’m not sure if I did a great job with the photo, but you smart and you’ll totally nail this.
Given that my different-colored card-stock paper mostly comes in A4 sheets, I’ve made the paper folders so that the sheets fit in nicely. At first, I planned to paint it in different colors and shades, and I actually tried. But the end result was so, so ugly, so I decided to leave the painting for some other time, and try something else. So, doodles! I drew all the things I love (well, most of them), things that I find funny (hello pissed-off poop), or I use, do, and so on. Like I said, it’s up to you with the styling, as well as with the measures. I only hope that this little “blueprint” here’s easy to follow and helpful to you. Is it..?
I’d love to hear/see how you organize your crafting staples, so feel free to share in comments!