I have a confession: I'm cheap...
I'm also creative... and a problem solver... which makes for an interesting combination. Sometimes I see things that I would really like to have but one glance at the price tag and... YOWZA!! Then the problem solving gears start turning and the creative juices start flowing.
This happened to me the other day while I was back-to-school shopping in Office Depot. I came across these great binder clip tabs but the price seemed a bit steep to me! That's like almost $0.70 each... for a binder tab! Crazy, right!?
I just recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo and thought to myself, "I can make these!".
I started by gathering some mini-binder clips I had purchased a few weeks ago for a couple of dollars and some random card stock I had gotten on sale at some point.
I measured my binder clips and my card stock to get an idea of what I was working with.
The binder clips were about 5/8 inch and my sheet of card stock was 4 1/2 by 6 1/2. I decided to make my tabs 1 in. by 1 in. square. Using my Silhouette Design Studio software I created the shapes you see below to be cut out.
I grouped the square and the slot that the clip will go through and then used the "row of..." option under the Replicate menu. I'm really new to using my Cameo, so I just happened upon this menu. It has a lot of great shortcuts!
As you can see, I had my tabs touching each other. If I had to do it again (which I will) I would not have them connected. The edges that were double cut didn't have the smooth cut I would have preferred.
I went ahead and cut out the tabs using my Silhouette Cameo.
I struggled getting the binder clips through the slots, and had to bend the tabs a bit, but I think they turned out pretty well!
There are a lot of great uses for these binder clip tabs!
I made 24 binder clip tabs for pennies! The cheapskate in me is doing a happy dance while the problem solver side of myself is patting creative me on the back.
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