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« on: February 01, 2009 08:05:48 PM »

This financial tracking device will help me realize my New Year's Resolution to track my daily spending and reduce it. Okay, so it's not a high-tech thingy, it's a low-tech notebook with a high-style hand-crafted cover.

I didn't want to spend any money on the materials used for this craft as reducing my spending is the point, so everything I used are items I had on hand.

The base of it is a barely-used notebook I've had laying around for a while. It allows me to fit a lot on its pages and it has a neat pocket in the front.

I toyed with the idea of making a money collage with real paper money, of hot-gluing pennies all over the cover or spelling something out with them, but those ideas were a waste of money and not in keeping with my "theme."

Then I thought about the various green fabrics I have left over from a recent quilting project and the idea started from there.

First, one morning at work, I scanned the dollar bills I had in my wallet at the time. Luckily, I had gotten there early so I was alone and didn't have to explain myself.

Second, I ironed three fabric pieces onto one piece of freezer paper cut to 8.5" x 11" so it could go through the printer (inkjet) to print the money I scanned*. This is the first time I have ever done this technique and I am very impressed. It worked perfectly! I used the instructions found here: http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imagefabric.html

Next I used Heat-n-bond to affix the printed fabric to a piece of muslin so I could add some sewing embellishments. I sewed around the bills and I used the lettering feature of my machine for the first time ever.

Lastly, I hot-glued the fabric to the cover of the notebook and covered the frayed edges on the inside with a piece of paper to remind me what the book is for.

What a craft-o-rama of a project! Even though there is a thing or two I would have done differently to make it a little better, I am very happy with the end result and I love using it.

* There is something wickedly fun about printing money. I even felt a thrill just scanning it.

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009 08:19:50 PM »

this is a neat idea, making tracking your spending fun!

« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009 08:21:17 PM »

I really like how this turned out!  Now I want to try the freezer paper thing too...thanks for the link!

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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2009 10:42:40 PM »

LOVE this idea!! Great way to keep track of things - I keep losing my receipts! And the front of the notebook is awesome!

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2009 10:16:13 AM »

What an awesome idea/job!

« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2009 02:26:31 PM »

Aaaah I thought you'd sewn a real 50 onto it!
Apparently most scanners don't let you scan money, you must be lucky! Wink

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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2009 06:16:57 AM »

That's fun!

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2009 02:56:19 PM »

I love this. =)

I really need to do something like this to help organize myself.

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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2009 10:36:10 AM »

I thought you found fabric with money on it.  Looks so real!  I LOVE it!
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2009 02:54:10 PM »

I tracked my spending similarly a few years ago - you don't realize how much money you waste spending a couple of dollars here and there. Good thinking tacking the receipts inside, because then you always have them to return items back to the store which equals saving more money! hahaha

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