A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Monday, May 23 News:  It's time to vote!  Which Craftster member rocked dollar store crafting?  Cast your vote here!
Total Members: 305,634
Currently Running With Scissors:
363 Guests and 2 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: 1 2 [All]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: The Board of Health  (Read 10683 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
Offline Offline

Posts: 93
Joined: 04-Mar-2008

I wanna be a professional grandma

View Profile
« on: February 05, 2009 09:10:34 PM »

Hooray! I got finished - JUST under the wire!

So my resolution this year was to take better care of my health. I've got a few, um, intensive health concerns, and I'm terrible at making and keeping doctor appointments. In addition, I'm a brand-new stay-at-home dad, who needs to schedule for a 6 month old, a 10 year old, and a wife.

So, I decided to make this:

Our Board of Health!

This is the before picture. With a gratuitous helper kitty.

Started by cutting off the border from an old corkboard my father had made me.
(note: my father was the king of wood glue. If he COULD glue it, he WOULD, with nary a care whether he SHOULD glue it. This board was no exception.)

Cut off a side of a cereal box and painted it with chalkboard paint (my favourite craft supply ever.)

Made two zippered books/pouches with ziploc bags for pages (a la [a href="http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283977.0"]zuliblu[/a]

One is for storing various medical related receipts for insurance filing and taxes.
The other will be for organizing other medical papers - references, letters, etc.

They tuck nicely in this pocket on the upper left of the Board:

I then covered an old mini-binder I was no longer using (*shudders* had to hand stitch it too -  if I had dismantled it, like I normally do when recovering, I would have lost use of the hardware I needed)

This will be my portable Book of Health. It has our doctor's numbers, our various health conditions and information, our medications (names and dosages), and also our health cards (Very important to Canadians!). Also, lovely top pocket for carrying random stuff like meds, prescriptions, etc.

A shot of the inside, with our health cards tucked neatly in there.

The Book of Health is held nicely in place by a tether, right on top of the filing pouches

On the right side of the Board is a calendar (always useful), and the blackboard, for reminders

In the middle and lower left of the Board is our doctor's cards. Note the amount. I've been collecting them for awhile, but keep losing them. In place of the ones I'm missing are some misprinted business cards of mine, backwards. They're holding down the fort until the real deal shows up.

I didn't blur these out 'cause I can't read 'em. I hope no one does anything crazy if they can read them.

So, yay! I now have all our medical information in one spot, it's right by the computer so I can't 'forget' to call (plus the numbers are, like, RIGHT THERE), plus I can grab the Book on my way out the door and never again sit with one of my kids at the pediatrician's trying desperately to remember at what age they had had a kidney infection.
« Last Edit: February 06, 2009 07:45:59 AM by degenecle » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009 09:20:05 PM »

I need one of those!  And I'm loving that fabric...too cute!

It seems that different people have an idea of what I am, and what I should be. And then there's me.
Offline Offline

Posts: 690
Joined: 27-Sep-2007

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2009 11:03:42 PM »

This is a great idea, especially to keep track of all those cards.  I love the fabric too!

Offline Offline

Posts: 218
Joined: 08-Dec-2003

I'm a seamonster!

View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2009 05:04:05 AM »

fantastic idea, amazing execution! 

« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2009 05:34:45 AM »

Wow that's an excellent idea!  I need to make myself one of these hehe!

« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009 06:48:17 AM »

Yay for gratuitous helper kitty. There are so many shots of cats on half-finished work on Craftster; they'd make a good coffee table book.

Well done on the board. It looks great.
Offline Offline

Posts: 93
Joined: 04-Mar-2008

I wanna be a professional grandma

View Profile
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2009 07:54:19 AM »

Thanks for the kind comments!

Yes, it really is helping already. I've made an appointment for my son's 6-month checkup, and have also called Dr. W (like I reminded myself on the chalkboard)

Lol at the fabric - I had bought this with some vague intention of making a first aid kit, but when I started this challenge, it was hijacked Smiley I'm in awe of just how far 1 metre of quilter's cotton stretched in this project.

I would buy a coffee table book with gratuitous helper kitty photos. I had put down the board, turned around for the camera, and kitty was in the shot. At least that time he wasn't ON the project, like he usually is.

There was almost a pic of a gratuitous helper baby as well, as my son kept trying to grab Daddy's fun new toy. And also refused to nap while I was crafting.

Best part of this craft: My wife loves it. She even loves it while half the house is covered in craft-related tools, scraps, and refuse. This does not happen. Ever. I'm basking in it Smiley
« Last Edit: February 06, 2009 08:01:31 AM by degenecle » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009 10:05:16 AM »

This is a great idea, and as already mentioned, the fabric is too cute!  I'm glad it's worked out for your family.

P.s. I love to see projects by fellow Saskatchewanians Tongue (especially ones as awesome as this!)

50 Crafts in 2010 27/50 http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332114.msg3973417#msg3973417

« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2009 04:07:45 PM »

i just adore it!  when i worked in a group home, each individual had their own medical binder, but i think something like this would be 800 times better!
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

crazy crafty momma
Offline Offline

Posts: 11756
Joined: 04-Sep-2008

'darn kids, they were pesky from the start' D. Lee

View Profile WWW
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2009 12:14:48 PM »

this is brilliant!    And *wave* from a fellow Saskatchewanian.... I recognized some of the cards.  No I cant read em, but even blurry symbols are recognizable.

« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2009 08:05:17 PM »

 Cheesy thats wonderful!!! a real good idea adding pockets and using the chalkboard paint to remember about doc. appointments, i always forget to make mine >.<

"thats not flying, its falling with style."
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2009 12:28:06 AM »

wow...this craft totally beats my stuffing everything into an envelope in the back of my planner...and it looks like you put a lot of time into making this...good job!
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2009 09:27:51 AM »

really cute and practical idea!

check out my website www.ohsosuite.com!
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2009 09:41:02 PM »

I need one of these STAT.

"If you aint havin a good time , you are wasting your time." -RZA

Offline Offline

Posts: 93
Joined: 04-Mar-2008

I wanna be a professional grandma

View Profile
« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2009 04:28:06 PM »

I'm very flattered that you all like it Smiley
Offline Offline

Posts: 137
Joined: 16-Jun-2008

Crafting is my passion!

View Profile WWW
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2009 05:44:44 AM »

Very well done! I like the fabric.
« Reply #16 on: February 22, 2009 11:08:01 AM »

Great idea and job. I know just what you mean about forgetting appointments. Add more kids to the pot and it just gets worse. Good luck on being a SAH dad, those toddler years are a whopper. They can make anyone dream about going back to work.

handmade is cool.
Offline Offline

Posts: 93
Joined: 19-Oct-2006

View Profile
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2009 07:24:11 PM »

OMG! I just love your portable book of health and nice fabrics!

personal/craft blog

« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2009 06:04:09 AM »

Oooh!  I love it!  Patent it and commercialize it, I'll buy one (I don't see myself making such a good one).  And the fabric is just right for it.

50 projects for 2011:  15/50
Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 2 [All] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

How-To Videos
How to make Egg Rolls
How to make Loaded Potato Soup
Chicken Wellington on fixmyrecipe.com
How to make Cranberry Sauce
How to Make Catfish Po-Boy Sandwich
Latest Blog Articles
Tute Tuesday: Painted Background
Easy Summer Salads
Meatless Monday: Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Comparison Shopping

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.