Sometimes crafts happen because you own something ugly but don't want to throw it away. Take this binder for example. It is horrid. It is huge, puffy, and godawful marbled brown. It may be an eyesore, but it is perfectly good. It would be a shame to send it to a landfill, and not even poor people would want to be given this.
I have no redeeming qualities
Luckily for this binder, it does have one redeeming quality: it is utilitarian. There are lots of things I could put in a binder such as this. I happen to have a lot of cards and letters I can't bare to part with. This binder, with a little overhauling, would be a perfect home for these keepsakes. So using felt fabric, a hot glue gun, glue dots, felt stickers, ribbon, some more glue and paper I created this:
I swear it lit itself like this
Sexy side view
This project from start to finish took under an hour. First, I cut the fabric to fit around the binder. Using hot glue I secured the felt directly to the binder. It takes a few additional simple cuts to get the corners to overlap nicely and to get the fabric to fit around the metal inner-workings. I glued decorative paper over the exposed felt edges to cover up my handiwork. I added a ribbon border (totally optional.) I had a few felt flower kickin' around and added those to the front for decoration. It was almost too easy...
I keep cards and letters in this binder, but there are tons of options: Photos, scrapbooks, recipes, notebooks, speeding tickets, etc... The options are limitless!