How to Customize Your Budget Binder Printables

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I’ve had some requests to provide customizable options for my original Budget Binder Printables

I’m honestly blushing. In just a few short months, my budget binder post has been seen by thousands and thousands of people. It’s on the top page of Google searches for budget binder printables and it’s all over Pinterest! I’m so thankful it’s been a resource for people.

So because the public demands it, I present to you customizable sheets.

Below you’ll find two types of downloads for each blank page: PDFs and PNGs. Here’s the super technical low down on the downloads: PDFs are larger files. They’ll always be crisper, which is why I only have PDFs of the original budget binder printables. The only problem is that unless you’re using Adobe Illustrator, you can’t modify PDFs. Use the blank PDF pages if your plan is to write in your headers by hand.

The next set are PNGs. These are image files like JPEGs, but PNGs work best for images with straight lines and text (JPEGs work best for photos). Use PNGs for creating your very own customized budget binder sheets. But how? I’ll show you below in a step-by-step tutorial.

1. Pick Your Download.

You’ll find a section that looks like this at the bottom of the post.

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 2. Save the File

Right click on the image and select, Save Image As. Save the image somewhere easy to get. I made a folder on my desktop.

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3. Insert Image.

Open a new Word document. Under the Insert tab, select Picture, and then Insert Picture from File.

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4.  Select File.

Use the dialog box to select your file and insert it.

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5. Format Image

After the file is inserted, click on it. Then click on the Picture Tools header that will appear. Next find the Text Wrapping box. It has a picture with a dog silhouette. Select Through (you may have to push More to find Through). This will let you move the picture around the document as needed.

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6. Stretch Image

I’ve already formatted the budget binder sheets with a margin for binders, so all you need to do is stretch out the binder sheet to the edge of the page and it will fit perfectly, margins and all.

Remember to push shift while stretching the image so it doesn’t become disproportional.

If you don’t push shift, the image will get all wonky and distorted within the actual file. You’ll need to delete it and re-insert. And if you were in the design class I taught in grad school, I would take off an entire letter grade…if I was in a generous mood. Otherwise, I would fail you.

So really, push shift.

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7. Under the Insert tab, add a text box.

Customizable Budget Binder 7 | Accidental Okie8. Insert your content.

Move the text box to the bottom of the page and insert your content. I created a budget sheet for school supplies.

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9. Format Text Box

Right click on the text box and select Format Text Box, and select No Color for the fill and line colors.

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10. Format Text

Chose your font and size. I used AlexandriaFLF font from the original post so it would match the rest of the budget binder series. But you can use whatever font you want!

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11. Create Headers

Create more text boxes and format them the same way you did before. Name your headers whatever you want and center them above each section.

You have three columns to do with whatever you want. I decided this budget sheet is for someone in England.

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12. You’re Done!Customizable Budget Binder 13 | Accidental Okie

Below you’ll find templates for everything – binder cover, section covers and budget sheets! If you want ideas for what I did for each item, make sure to look at the original Budget Binder Printables Post!

I would love to know how you use your customized budget binder! Make sure to post it in the comments.

PDF’s

Cover 
Yellow Cover | Yellow Budget Sheet 
Turquoise Cover | Turquoise Budget Sheet 
Purple Cover | Purple Budget Sheet 
Coral Cover | Coral Budget Sheet 
Green Cover | Green Budget Sheet 

PNG’s

Cover 
Yellow Cover | Yellow Budget Sheet 
Turquoise Cover | Turquoise Budget Sheet 
Purple Cover | Purple Budget Sheet 
Coral Cover | Coral Budget Sheet 
Green Cover | Green Budget Sheet 

AlexandriaFLF Font Download

Kitchen Mini Remodel

We haven’t done a lot of home renovations since our week-long blitz after buying our house.  We were blessed to find a house at an incredible deal two years ago.  It’s only 1500 square feet, which is actually pretty normal for our town.  It needs cosmetic fixes, but apart from that, it is sound.  It did have an aging roof, but a stout hail storm took care of that for us.

One thing I didn’t want when house hunting was a galley kitchen.  And yet, our house has a galley kitchen.  The reason I was okay with it is that the kitchen is quite wide, with about seven feet between the edges of the cabinets.  I knew we could add on someday.  Also, we have a six-foot walk-in pantry. Be still my heart.

Here’s what our kitchen looks like now, so you can get the lay of the land.

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(We have curtains up now and there’s not a table in the middle of the kitchen anymore.  Oh and I removed the hideous backsplash.)

After saving and planning and deciding to tackle one project before we take on the more time-consuming project of procreation, we are taking the plunge and making a few changes to the kitchen.  Can I get a woop woop!  Well, I call it a few changes.  The Professor calls it a remodel.  It’s big changes or a small remodel, whichever semantical path you’d like to take.

When we moved in, half the kitchen was ketchup red and the other half was mustard yellow.  The cabinets were all brown.  And around the dining area was lovely half-peeling mauve and powder blue wallpaper.  I would show you the pictures, but sadly all our before pictures were lost when my mom’s camera disappeared.  It’s pretty sad really, because who doesn’t want to see that train wreck.

We painted the walls and the cabinets and covered the wallpaper with wainscoting.  It’s a thousand times better, but still needs functionality.  Right now, my largest counter top is only about three feet wide – not ideal, especially when there’s so much wasted space in the kitchen.  So here are our plans!

Wall Color

Approximately 51 percent of the time, I love our kitchen wall color.  The rest of the time, I despise it.  In the right light, it is classy and whimsical.  In the wrong light, it is fluorescent and silly.

I want to go with something tamer.  I hate sitting in our living room on our brown leather sofa in a pretty and calm room, glancing to my left and WHAM! turquoise!

Here is some inspiration I’ve cooked up.

Like maybe a lighter turquoise.

Photo via Bower Power Blog

Or maybe gray.  I am a sucker for gray.  But our bedroom is gray and white with rich woods.  Is it okay to have two rooms with such similar color palettes?

What do you think?

Counter Tops

This is where we struggled the most with taking the plunge on this project – the counter tops.  We couldn’t afford new counter tops, could we?  It turns out we can, if we get laminate.  We only need about 30 square feet, and if we – ahem, The Professor – installs them, they’ll only be about $350.  I wish we could afford Silestone, but I’m really excited with the new laminate choices out there these days.

This is Wilsonart Black Alicante.  It has large veining throughout.

This is Wilsonart Oiled Soap Stone.

And this is Formica Mineral Jet.

I love black counter tops, if you couldn’t tell.  I think they add a beautiful contrast to my favorite color: white.

Backsplash

Are you sitting?  I hope so, because you’re about to see the most beautiful thing ever.

Arabesque white backsplash, you complete me.

This sample is a bit bigger and fancier than we want.  But I wanted to show you the white tile with white grout look.  She’s a beaut!

Home Depot has a similar version for about $7 a square foot.  Score!

Sink and Faucet

The great thing about the project is that we’re paying for it piecemeal.  We bought the faucet last week after our faucet sprung a leak and started watering our curtains…and sheetrock.

Introducing our new faucet – the Delta Savile.  I love it.  The head pulls down, but clips back in magnetically.  It is very beautiful and I might name it Gregor.

Lilyfield Life

Speaking of things with funny names, this is the sink we’re getting.  It’s the Ikea DOMSJÖ double-bowl sink.  Fiona from Lilyfield Life has taken beautiful photos of her Ikea sink and written a review after a year of use.  She was nice enough to let me borrow a picture from her blog.  She’s nice, and she’s from the Antipodes, which makes me like her.

Isn’t this the most beautiful and classy and perfect sink you’ve ever seen?  Now take into account that most apron front sinks start at $1000, and this one is $300.  It just got prettier, right?

I went back and forth between a stainless and oil-rubbed bronze faucet and finally went with the stainless.  In every picture of kitchens I saw, they all had silver faucets, even if their hardware was oil-rubbed bronze like ours.  I finally realized it was because the faucet matched their stainless appliances.  Now we have no plans to replace our refrigerator or oven any time soon, but I figure as we do, we’ll have an aesthetic to shoot for.   Also, the stainless faucet was about $50 cheaper.  That sealed the deal.

L-Shaped Counter Addition

This is probably the biggest of our changes.  I think it’ll be the most expensive, too.  We’re adding an L-shaped cabinet.


It will look a lot like this picture, but probably not as long.  The countertop will have a 10-inch overhang where white backless stools will live.

Hiding behind the stool legs will be a door in the corner of the cabinet.  That’s where we’ll put big platters and other things that aren’t used often.  The space will be 18 inches wide and 25 inches deep and as tall as the existing cabinet.  It will be amazing.  This also helps us use that corner area without ripping out the existing cabinetry.  On the other side will either be a row of four shallow drawers or one shallow drawer and two deep drawers, which will match the existing cabinet.

Someday

Someday in a long time after we’ve saved up lots of pennies, we want to put vinyl plank flooring in the kitchen and the rest of the living areas throughout the house – everywhere but the bedrooms and bathrooms.  Something dark like teak.  But that will be a lot of pennies.  So don’t count on that change any time soon.

Also someday when I get up the courage to refinish the kitchen table I bought on Craigslist, I’m going to stain it a dark brown black.  It will be pretty.  Maybe I’ll do it spring break.  As it is going to be my first furniture restoration attempt, I am currently paralyzed with fear.

The big empty wall above the sideboard will eventually hold a gallery wall with colorful photos from New Zealand along with pictures from our wedding and some other fun mementos.  The frames will be white with white matting.

So that’s the plan.  I’d love to hear your opinions and thoughts!  Tell me what to do!!!!!

DIY Wedding Flower Tips

This is my sister-in-law Beth – The Professor’s youngest sister.  Isn’t she beautiful!  Like the rest of the people in The Professor’s family, she’s incredibly tall, coming in at a respectable six feet.  Sometimes I want to hate her, but I like her too much. Plus I’m holding out that our children will get some of those genes.

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Although I can’t take credit for her radiant bridal beauty, I can take credit for her bouquet.

With a wedding on a budget, everyone in the family pulled together to help throw them a beautiful spring wedding.  I’m no flower expert, but I helped with wedding flowers once before, and I got tips from Teressa, one of my besties who also happens to be the mastermind behind Cashmere Floral Designs, a top floral design company in Seattle.  Seriously, she’s legit.

Armed with creativity, a few skills, a few tips, and my penchant for recklessly plunging into the deep end of projects, I volunteered to do Beth’s wedding flowers.  Do it yourself wedding flowers was an exciting experience, and I learned a lot in the process.  These lessons I am now going to share with you!

Disclaimer: This post does not cover how to actually make bouquets and boutonnieres, but explains the process of doing your own wedding flowers.  Once you decide what kind of flowers you want to use, look for tutorials that feature those specific flowers.

DIY Wedding Flowers – 10 Tips

1. Assemble your tools.

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  1. Floral Tape – black and green.  This tape gets sticky when it’s stretched and wrapped on itself, but doesn’t stick to anything else.  Use the green to wrap up bouquets and the black to wrap up the boutonnieres.
  2. Floral Knife – these inexpensive knives are great for de-thorning roses and trimming flowers.
  3. Flower Shears – many of the stems you’ll be working with are very thick.  And you don’t want a blister on your wedding day from manhandling a dingy pair of scissors.  The shears cut floral wire too.  Consider them a necessity!
  4. Ribbon and other embellishments – Make sure you have a lot of ribbon to wrap all your beautiful creations!  Get creative.  I found this beautiful pearl embellishment that I knew would be a great final touch to Beth’s bouquet.
  5. Green Floral Wire – you’ll use this to wire flowers before incorporating them into arrangements and to reinforce stems.  Really, this is just useful stuff.  I used 20 and 26 gauge wire.  Straight wire is the best.
  6. Buckets –  Lots of buckets.  I got a bunch from the dollar store.
  7. Pins (not pictured) – long pins go into the bouquets to hold the ribbon into place.
  8. Labels (not pictured) – label the corsages and boutonnieres.
  9. Flower food (not pictured)

Clean buckets, knives, scissors and shears with bleach water and soap before using them otherwise bacteria could get into your flowers, causing them to die!

2. Don’t do it yourself.  Assemble an army.  As the bride, it would be hellish to assemble bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages by yourself the night before the wedding.  Get a group of friends together willing to help.  Be a part of the planning and vision, do what you can in the days before, but don’t plan to do it all.  The night before your wedding, either hand the task off to your friends or have a flower assembly party with your girlfriends.

It also helps to have friends with various skills.  I was very comfortable making the bouquets but terrified of making the corsages and boutonnieres.  Beth and The Professor’s Aunt Patty, on the other hand, were corsage making masters.  Together, we made a great team!

3. Order your flowers in advance if you can.  Whether you have a friend who can order you flowers from a flower market or if you order them from an online wholesaler or club store like Sam’s Club, order the flowers if you can.  Generally they arrive unopened.  This means that you can schedule their arrival for a Thursday or Friday, timing it so they are at their loveliest during the big event.  Flowers from the store are usually at their peak on the day you buy them.

4. Learn as much as you can.  Which flowers will be in season during your event?  Did you know tulips never stop growing after they’re cut, which means they’ll be an inch higher than the bouquet if you assemble 24 hours before the big event.  You can encourage blooms of some flowers by putting them in lukewarm water and discourage further blooming of other flowers by putting them in cold water.  Certain flowers need specific temperatures.  You will need to reinforce some flowers with wire.  Research research research.

Before the wedding weekend came, I spent hours talking to friends, watching YouTube tutorials and reading everything I could about arranging the bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages in general, and working with our selected flowers in specific.

Photo courtesy of BenTakesPhotos

5. Be creative!  Use lots of colors and textures.  Just because you’re doing your own flowers, you don’t have to be limited to bouquets of solid red roses – unless of course you want bouquets of solid red roses.  Play with textures and colors.

Beth chose a bright and beautiful color palette of red and turquoise, so we worked to select red flowers that didn’t look Christmasy. We achieved this by using blue shades of reds, yellow shades of reds and some dark purple-hued flowers.

For her bouquet, we used red anemones, purple dahlias, red ranunculus, red tulips, red intuition roses (red and dark red striped), white freesia, white ranunculus,  black mini calla lilies, cream mini calla lilies and red hypericum berries.  For the bridesmaid’s bouquets, we saved money by using red tulips and red intuition roses.

The boutonnieres and corsages were made from the mini callas, ranunculus and some green leaves.

6.  Order more than you’ll think you need.  We ordered a lot of flowers – eight bunches of tulips, two bunches (eight each) of mini callas, 25 roses, several bunches of ranunculus, two bunches of anemones, one bunch of dahlias, two bunches of freesia and a bunch of greenery.  From those flowers, we made one bridal bouquet, four bridesmaids bouquets, one groom’s boutonniere, four groomsmen’s boutonnieres, and about 10 corsages and boutonnieres for parents, grandparents, the wedding planner, the pastor and various family members.

We used every last flower, including the roses we originally planned to use as rose petals on reception tables.  Plan for some flowers to be too bloomed, others to be broken, and one or two to be eaten by bugs.

7. Mix in a few high-end flowers for a dramatic punch. We used a lot of tulips and roses, which were very affordable.  But it was the mini callas that made the bridal bouquet and corsages and boutonnieres quite stunning.  Splurge a little on a few mini callas or orchids or peonies.

8. Flowers are expensive.  They just are.  Some of the flowers, even getting them at cost, were out of our price range.  Be prepared to spend several hundred dollars.

9. Manage your expectations.  I think Pinterest can be both a blessing and a curse.  Look online for inspiration and ideas, but don’t expect that you will suddenly bloom into a master florist.  On one hand don’t plan on creating a super technical bouquet and on the other, don’t become so paralyzed by fear that you assume you can’t do your own wedding flowers!

10. Have fun! After all, you are getting married!

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