Monday, January 6, 2014

New Semester, New Look!

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!

Stay Tuned!


  1. I love your binders and your organizing tips!

    Prep on a Budget

  2. Ohmigoodness - these are the cutest binder ever! They are stunning!

  3. These are super cute! :) I start back Wednesday and I just bought a bunch of new binders and was looking for a way to make them cute :)! Thanks for this!

    -Brooke Dean

  4. Your binders are all so cute! It's something so simple, but I had never thought to add ribbon to mine!

  5. Just curious on what you use for a schoolbag! Right now I have a Lilly Pulitzer tote but I am wanting to change things up.

    1. I'm using a monogrammed nylon tote from Marley Lilly! Here's the link to it :)

  6. Too cute! Almost makes me wish I was back in school (almost, but not quite!).



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