Friday, January 10, 2014

~2014 Receipt Envelope Album ~

Red Gingham Receipt Organizer

A place for all our receipts ~ nice and neat, handy.

How good it feels to get another little project checked off my craft room 'bucket list' ~ starting off the New Year on the right foot. Yay! It's all good.

After the closet make over, I came across a few items that I had stored away and didn't realize I had ~ like the envelopes I used for this little project.

 5 3/4 X 4 3/8 inches
I chose papers from Glitz Paper Pack Cashmere Dame, and a few from DCWV Everyday Stack and Girl Stack. Easy Peasy and the bird cage on from Victoria Park lily bee design ( thanks to my win over at The Memory Nest ~ love the paper Leslie)

The paper stacks were the 6 X 6 inch pads so not much work in cutting them down to size for the project...I simply cut down the one side of the 6 X 6 inch paper so that it would fit into the envelope with the top of the paper sticking out past the top of the envelope flap ~ traced the opening of the envelope out slightly larger than the opening itself, and cut out all 13 papers. (13 because one is the back cover page).

The tops or the 'flaps' are then turned and pasted to the inside of the envelope so that it gave my page a two~tone matching color scheme, finishing the page nicely....and so little scraps left over. Another plus for this project.

You can find free calendar downloads at or just google and find a template that you like. I printed them up, matted them on black card stock and faux stitched...yes, faux stitching again, but this time it was simply because this receipt book is going to be used a lot and sometimes, less embellishment on items that are going to be handled a lot...well, less is best....for me...for this project.

Once that was done I went a head and dressed up the pages! Glued on the little calendars, faux stitched and scored the flap at the half way mark on each envelope ~ to make a sturdy spine. I stamped the corners of the calendars mostly to add just a little something since less embellishments ~ and stamps don't fall off no matter how many times they are handled ;)

I brought out all my scraps that I had cut into different sizes, and cut out diagonals to place in the corners of the back of each envelope to make a pocket.

Found some recipe cards that I plan on using to keep track of miscellaneous spending throughout the month or make little notes for myself.

Naturally, I wanted the back page to be a little more sturdier so I cut out two pieces of white card stock to the exact size and shape of the envelopes, glued them together and covered them with matching papers, using the flap cut out as a pocket for extra recipe note cards.

I loved the idea of having a spiral spine because it gave me the option of leaving the little book open to the exact month for easy access, so out came my Bind It All by Zutters. To be honest, I had to watch a little video to refresh myself on how to align the spine...been a while....but it worked beautifully.

So all in all, this was a fun, easy, cute little project and it will be used to keep track of all those receipts in one neat place. Check mark 2014 Receipt keeper off the craft room bucket list!! On to my next project...which one will it be?

What's on your list?

Happy Days for 2014 to one and all!