Monday, September 23, 2013

Creative Compacting

Since I started compacting, I have really been trying to push myself to be creative.
We recently started doing Dave Ramsey's envelope budget system again and I love it.

I really wanted a nice wallet in which to keep all our envelopes.
But alas, buying a nice wallet for our budget system wasn't really in the budget.

I could have sewn one and found some good tutorials on Pinterest, but I never ever ever have fusible interfacing on hand. And to be honest, it was a bit too complex for as ADD as my mind has been lately.

And so when I was at Goodwill and saw this plain brown vinyl wallet, I went ahead and splurged the 49 cents, knowing I could do something with it... Even if I had no idea what.

I made some cute scrapbook paper envelopes and labeled them with my label maker (I have terrible handwriting and much prefer a nice neat label). The wallet has lots of slots to fit them all.

Fueled with a few sips of Papa's coffee (caffeine really affects me lol) I stayed up to the wee hours of the morn, trying to decide what to do.

I am not usually very good at painting, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Funky on one side.

And flowery on the other.
There is also a little bunny and squirrely on there if you look close.

A look inside the finished product!

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  1. I love your envelope system! It's awesome.

    Dave Ramsey has some pretty awesome/solid advice. Best wishes as you proceed!

  2. How appealing! Makes budgeting a little more palatable! I love the envelope system...we find it tricky because we get paid alternate weeks (my husband one week, me the next) but will get back to it when I return to work after maternity leave (he'll stay home, and I get paid on the first of the month... a lot easier to budget). Way to repurpose a plain old wallet!!

  3. Hilarious! I found the same wallet at a Goodwill for the same purpose. Mine's kinda boring, though, with no pretty painting on the outside nor pretty envelopes inside. I just wrote the budget category on the pocket side. I'll have to think about at least painting the outside to liven things up.

  4. This is such a clever idea! I love how you added the scrapbook paper envelopes with labels.
    Thanks so much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Have a wonderful day.