11.23.2010

Mail Organizer

This is my personalized mail organizer
and this is what it originally looked like:
I found the folders on sale at Target a few weeks ago 
I bought three of them (they're sold separately & link together)

I was planning on using them near my Homework Bulletin Boards,  but decided this would be a better, much needed use for them.

The top folder is for incoming mail 
middle one holds outgoing mail 
and the bottom one is for outgoing misc. (movies that need to be returned, etc.)
Steps on "Cutesifying" the Labels:
All the shapes were cut using my cricut (I LOVE that thing)  with the Accent Essentials Cartridge.  I typed the words on my computer, printed, cut-out, laminated and  hot-glued them onto the files and  simply cut and  hot-glued everything else and... 

I just had to add some ribbon (I LOVE Ribbon)
I wanted to bring some color to the folders and also wanted them to hang apart from each other, so I used the ribbon to connect the folders.

The side by side's:
The finished piece . . .
. . . totally & conveniently located!


To view the tutorial post on HOW to hang this mail organizer GO HERE


AND get your printable labels in my Etsy Shop HERE

:)

35 comments:

  1. Will you make me one ;)That is really nice looking! Where at Target did you find those?

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  2. They were on a sale rack near stationery, but that was a few weeks ago... bet any office store has something similar.

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  3. OOHH! I love it! It looks Fabulous! Gotta love Target finds, eh?
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  4. I like what you have done with that, so pretty now!

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  5. You had me at "organizer!" That is fantastic. What a great find and I love what you did with it.

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  6. I love your idea. Hey, come over and link up at my party at iheartprettystuffs.blogspot.com

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  7. So pretty! Great idea for the ribbon. It really ties it together.

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  8. OMG, I LOVE this!!!

    I've seen those at Target, but hated the blue label holder. How ingenious to change it! I have a Cricut...why don't I think about stuff like this. This is why I'm a great copier of ideas and not so much original. ;)

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  9. I love this! It is genius!
    I hope I can attempt this project soon! Thanks for sharing!

    http://thestewartestate.blogspot.com

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  10. Love it. You did a beautiful job!
    Toni

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  11. SOOOOO cute! I have been totally stalking your blog and when I saw this I drooled all over my computer screen. I LOVE IT!

    Jennie {Cinnaberry Suite}

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  12. What a great idea!! And you made it SO cute!

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  13. I love how you made it look so much cuter with your own touch. I don't have a cricut - I have heards lots about them, but am not sure I would use it as much as some {since I just really don't scrapbook}, but the label part of it makes me drool a bit! Very organized AND pretty!


    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.blogspot.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  14. One more thing I need to get. I've looked at the magazine organizers in Ballard Designs, but this looks to be more within my budget. I would kill for a Silhouette or Cricut.

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  15. That is so neat! I just have one of those and wish I had bought more at Target when they had them. :(

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  16. We are constantly trying to find a mail system that works in our house and now that we are in a new home, it has not been established at all as of yet. Piles end up on the dining room buffet or on the office desk. I am so determined to do something similar this weekend. You have made me determined now. Love it!

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  17. You are a genius. I think your work is absolutely adorable!!!
    Do you remember what the what the file pockets were called? I can't find them anywhere, not even online.

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  18. I know they are made by real simple. I have searched for the same ones & can not seem to find them anywhere either.
    DaNita

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  19. Right now I have a counter covered with papers that need some action to be taken, papers to be filed, papers to recycle, papers to read... Thanks for the great idea! (Linked here from the feature at about.com)

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  20. Ok this may be a silly question but exactly HOW did you run the ribbon through and how much did it take? I love this idea and I have all of the supplies but I just can't seem to make the files hang correctly. Is it one continuous piece of ribbon or is it cut and attached on the back in some fashion?

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  21. Anonymous... not a silly question at all!! It took me a while to figure out HOW to do this, but YES, it is one continuous piece of ribbon. (I bet I used the entire spool) Give me a little bit and I will post photo's of the back.
    DaNita

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  22. Awesome. so much prettier than regular hanging folders!

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  23. where can i find folders like the ones you used here?

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  24. I also can't find anything like them anywhere, but I love the mail organizer and would love to make one! Did anyone have any luck finding them or something like them?

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  25. I just found something like these at my local target. DaNita, I really want to know how you strung your ribbon :) I can't wait to get mine made and hung :)

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    1. Debbie, I shared the how-to a while back, here is a link to that post:

      http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/06/mail-organizer-tips-on-hanging-more.html

      DaNita

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  26. The cutest way to organize mail that I have seen so far. Will be looking for these! Great job.

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  27. does anyone know what these folders are called? I can't find anything like it.

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    1. I'm not sure that Target has them anymore. They are made by Real Simple.

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