Kate Spade inspired file folders

Kate Spade inspired file folders|Diamond White Daisies
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Ahhh, spring is finally here. And with the warm air, birdies chirping and flowers blooming comes the cleaning. For me, the first place I thought to start was the dreaded file cabinet. I have papers stuffed in there from possibly six or more years ago that I am sure I don’t need anymore. And the worst part is, when I go in there to find papers I know I put in there it is as if they have vanished into thin air.
So my mission is a two step process. Step 1: toss out the old papers and Step 2: organize the papers I need to keep into the correct folders. Ugh…I would much rather be sitting outside enjoying the nice weather headed my way 😉
To make this job more enjoyable I knew that I needed to brighten up those plain old manila folders- so that is exactly what I did. A while back I noticed Kate Spade sold file folders that came with gold stripes and gold polka dots…I loved them a lot, with the exception of the high price tag. But I knew they would be an easy thing to emulate. I started with the stripe ones. Kate Spade’s were just plain horizontal lines-I decided to make them a little more exciting I would make mine diagonal.

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I started off by taping off diagonal lines (don’t mind the red Christmas tape it is all that I could find at the time). I didn’t measure anything- I just eyeballed it.

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Then I used metallic gold acrylic paint that I had laying around from Christmas. I believe I purchased it in Michaels for about $1. And after 3 coats I gently removed the tape. There was a tiny bit of bleeding but it didn’t really bother me, since it is just going in the file cabinet anyway.
Next, I made the polka dots. I tried a few different ways to make these and none of them turned out right. But like they say the third time is a charm and finally, I found something that worked.

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I traced a regular water bottle cap in random spots on the folder and then just colored in the polka dots with Crayola metallic markers.

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It was super easy and came out really cute, I think. I made the first one gold and then decided to switch it up and made one a metallic pink and then a metallic purple.
Now all that’s left is putting them to use. Wish me luck…lol.

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