Time to Get Organized

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Peg Rounds

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DIY Cinch Organizer with Your Favorite Paper

The start of the New Year means it’s time to get organized.  We often purchase new containers to store our craft supplies in and organizers for other things, but what about the cards we make or even the photos we have developed, but not yet scrapped?  This pocket organizer is just what you need for that!

You can choose to use card stock or patterned paper to create the pockets.  Have a favorite double sided paper?  You can use that.  Is your favorite paper only one sided?  That’s ok; I’ll show you how you can use that, too.

Begin by choosing 6 sheets of patterned paper ( Best of K & Co. used for this) or card stock that measure 12” x 12”.  Score each of them at 6” using a scoring board (Martha Stewart’s used here).


Rotate it one quarter of a turn and score it at 2” if you are using a single sided paper and again at 4”.  If you are using a double sided paper score it at 4” only.  You will have a deeper pocket than if you were using a single sided paper.  Repeat this step with all of the papers.


Fold each of the score lines.  Remembering to fold the 2” score line down to hide the white back.  Do this with all of the papers.


Fold All

Your page should now look like this.

Folded Page

Add some adhesive to the inside of the pages and fold them closed on the 6” score line so that the patterns are facing outward on both sides.  If you are using card stock, at this point you can stamp your favorite images onto the pages for some decoration to the page.

All Pages

Here is what your pages will look like when you are finished.  Don’t they look great already?

Add Paper

Take 2 of the Cinch 8 x 8 Chipboard Covers and trim them to measure 6” wide by 8” long.  Cover them with patterned paper.  Remember to also cover the insides of them.

Cinch Binding 

Place the first cover in the Cinch Binding Machine making sure to follow the instructions with the machine.  Punch the first set of holes.


Move the scaled slide on the machine all the way to the left and then move the cover over against it.

Push Tab

Push the black tab that is on the side of the machine down into the second hold from the right.

Second Hold

Following the chart that is on the Cinch, pull the tab out that is associated with the size of book you are creating.  In this case, the chart says to pull out tab 4 for an 8 x 8 book size.  Pull the handle down to create the last set of holes.  Repeat the above steps for the back cover of the book.

Pull Tab

You will be able to punch 3 of the pages at a time following the steps you used for the front and back covers.

Punch Pages

Choose the binding wire you will be using and count the number of loops upward that corresponds to the total number of holes that were punched into the book covers and pages.  In this case, there were 15 holes punched so there needs to be 15 loops.  Cut the wire  with the clipping tool in between the loops as shown in picture on the left.

Open Wires

Hook the wire on the right hand side of the machine and the place all of the pages on the wire.  Next, place the front over on facing up and then the back cover on facing down.  NOTE:  The patterned paper which will be on the outside of the cover when finished should be facing one another at this point.

Add Pages

Remove the wire with the entire book from the hanger and place it on the back of the machine according to the directions and pull the handle down to close the loops.

You now have a bound organizer.  Turn the back cover so that it is facing correctly at this point.

Bound Organizer

Now, here comes the next fun.  Time to decorate!  Punch letters from card stock using the Martha Stewart Alphabet Punch or use dies and a die cut machine to decorate the cover.  You can, also, choose to use such things as stamps, embellishments or whatever you like on it.


Tie strips of ribbon onto the wire loops to cover them and add more design to your organizer.

Take the time to get organized.  Add the months to each of the pockets and use them to help organize the cards that you will need to send for that month.  Place pictures in the pockets to help organize them and remember when the event happened as you scrap them.  The organizer can also be used to organize all those receipts you need to keep track of for the year.  There are so many uses for this cute little book that you will probably want to make more than one.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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