Today is the first day of Spring 14 semester! I’m excited because this semester, I’m officially accepted into the business school, beginning my Marketing classes (yay!). I like to start off each semester with a clean slate…all my old notes and books filed away, fresh binders, and new binder designs! Last semester, I shared my Lilly Pulitzer binder covers from Jessica Marie’s blog. I love them but am ready for a change, so I decided to visit the Jessica Marie Design blog once again. I found out that she has an Etsy shop, and for just $7, you can download the most adorable polka dot monogrammed binder covers. That’s what I chose, and this is how they turned out.
I’m so pleased with the way they turned out. The download comes with the front and back covers. I simply printed out an extra back cover to create the polka dot spine for the binders. Since mine are 1.5 inch binders, I measured the back cover at that width and cut a strip that size. If you do this, make sure to cut it long ways! I also added some grosgrain ribbon and a bow with a hot glue gun, because everything is better with bows!
I also want to share how I organize my binders. Pocket folders are a life saver! I have one in the front, and that is where I always keep the syllabus and any important handouts for the specific class. Then I have paper for notes. After that, I add in a divider. This section is where I hole punch and keep the study guides I make for each test. I also have these nifty envelope folders in the back of each binder. This is where I keep each test or quiz I get back.
Yay for fresh beginnings and fresh binders! If you’re starting a new semester, best of luck to you. Oh, and just in case you’re interested, here is a link to my favorite study tips. Wishing you a great start to a new week!