Saturday, January 1, 2011




Collaged file folders

Living lavishly is easier than you think. It doesn’t require a lot of money but it does involve imagination and ingenuity. You can start by taking mundane items in your home and kicking them up a notch.

I must admit, I hate to file anything. I really hate filing bills and medical documents in file cabinets. It’s as though I have a mental block about this, even though I know how supremely important it is to have a good filing system. (It’s also a good idea to have a high quality filing system on your computer, but that’s another story.)

I used one of my stories, the banner for my blog and lots of metallic thread on this folder

When I read an article in Somerset Life Magazine, I knew immediately that I wanted to make my own version of Lisa Guerin’s file folders. The ones I created look completely different from Lisa’s but that is always the idea in art. When artists are highlighted in craft magazines, they are there to show an example of “how to” make their creations, not to be copied exactly.

With that in mind, here are some of the folders I am getting ready for my new 2011 filing system. I’m hoping they will encourage me to be more organized.

On this one, I used a digital print from my Celtic Woman and one of my mosaic labyrinth from my laundry room

I used digital prints of my paintings and sculpture on cloth and paper. I added paper, lace, embroidery thread, text from old and foreign books, sequins, etc. I added stories from my books to some of the folders as well. I embroidered around these pieces using intricate stitching and also added some free motion stitching. If you double click on the folders, you will see the elaborate stitching in metallic thread

This collage has a heavily textured background and a face from one of my paintings

These artsy file folders are extremely addictive, sort of like potato chips, you can’t eat just one. You can’t make just one of these once you get going on them. I made so many that I decided to sell them in sets of 5 for those of you who don’t have the time, inclination or even a sewing machine with which to make them.

The girl is from my painting "Mesmorized" and I used several textured cloth pieces from an old purse

Here are some examples of labels you can give them. Of course, it will vary from person to person. I will leave the labeling to you.

Medical bills
Water bill
Gas bill
Cable TV, Phone HS
Electric bill
To Do
Blog Post Ideas
Dynamic ideas
New Year's Resolutions

A face from my "Doors" series

This one was inspired by a really cool card and gift from my friend Dian-oh so French

At some point I may list these sets on Etsy but for now, if you’d like a set of them to get you going in the right direction, just e-mail me and I’ll ship them off to you. I’ll choose a variety of themes and colors for each set. We can use Paypal or I also take checks.

I have priced them reasonably at $35.00 for a set of 5. Shipping to the UK France and Australia is $9.00. Shipping to Canada is $6.00 and anywhere in the United States is $5.50. I hope they get you started on the path to a lavishly lived new year.

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  1. Cheryl, You are so creative! Your folders are beautiful. Such a great idea.

    I believe my medical bills this year would have to be in one of those expandable files though,LOL.
    I have a motto: "File Not Pile". Now if I'd only follow it! LOL.
    hugs Lynn

  2. Cheryl your file folders are wonderful, must now be a pleasure to archive papers/bills, happy new year.

  3. Those file folders are great. Something for me to look into.

  4. I hate filing too - it brings me out in a rash! These are rather lovely though, but would distract me from the filing job even more, I'd either spend too much time looking at them or get inspired and dash off to make art!! I do so love pretty stationery though - why have plain when you can have something so beautiful?

  5. Hi Cheryl, these are fabulous!Happy New year.

  6. Happy New Year, Cheryl! Oh, these are lovely! I think it wise to make those every day duties a little more delightful! I find these bits of whimsy add sparkle and posh to the mundane ... and we can all use a dash of those!

    May the coming months fill your heart with untold happiness and may each day shine luminously bright! Hugs to you, my friend!

  7. I love some of me being on your water bill folder...and I am not even a Pisces or one of the water signs. LOL I liked the way you tied in the French thirst quincher and card with that particular monthly billing, Madame. Merci Beaucoup!See you, tomorrow for some serious joie de vivre. Diansique the Virgo

  8. Aha - I knew you wouldn't let me down, it's only New Years Day and you've already come up with an inventive and beautiful idea! I love the concept of 'living lavishly', and I'm going to try and increase the beautiful things around me, (despite the renovation work)! Thanks Cheryl - a fab start to 2011, may your creativity flourish even more ( if that is even possible!).x

  9. Lovely idea! I hope you get lots of buyers for these. Speaking of buying, the package I ordered from you arrived safe and sound...the same day that my step daughter and grand son were leaving to go home. I opened the package to peek and how lovely, especially with the gold netting for wrapping and the card, etc....just love it! I am now going to send it off to my step daughter and it should get there within two days since she only lives in Victoria. I think she will be very pleased. Have a great New Year Cheryl!

  10. Cheryl I love this! Thanks for sharing... I run an online "healing community".. each week I put out an art challenge. This year i am also leading a different life goal area each month. One month is organization.. I think this would be an excellent art challenge for us to do!

  11. Hi Cheryl your art folders are totally amazing, you are such a wonderful artist. But personally I couldn't waste them in a filing cabinet they would be pride of place framed hanging on my walls.
    Wishing you a happy and successful New Year. Hugs Annette x

  12. Happy New Year Cheryl,
    I have to say you never cease to amaze me. I love using file folders for mixed media work but I never thought to create them for use as actual files!!!!! Great idea using digital prints as the beginnings of each folder.

  13. As always, you bring beauty to the mundane. Such beautiful files. And so YOU. I must be the only person in the world who has gone paperless, preferring to receive all my statements online. However, if I ever file something again, I would want the folders to look as lavish as yours.

    Happy New Year, dear friend.

  14. They are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! Knowing me I'd file all my sewing patterns aways beautifully in them and still leave the mundane bills in a mess lol.....maybe the billing companies should print their bills on beautiful creations like these...then you might be happy to get them ;)

  15. Now these would definitely make me want to file things and get organized! Awesome!

  16. These are wonderful and they make bookwork so much prettier and personal. A beautiful lifestyle embellishment and you have inspired me to make some!

  17. "Living lavishly is easier than you think. It doesn’t require a lot of money but it does involve imagination and ingenuity. You can start by taking mundane items in your home and kicking them up a notch." - What a fantastic quote!

    These are absolutely gorgeous pieces! I love all of the different portraits and how expressive and powerful each woman feels!

  18. Artsy file folders indeed!
    What an artsy touch for an everyday (I guess it could be LOL) task ... makes even me want to be a bit more organized...dreaming here

    Happy Artful New Year to you!

  19. Now who would have thought this--You would actually enjoy filing--these are so beautiful--I would probably frame them--but then I'm missing the point :)

  20. Just look at all of these lovely comments!!! These are fabulous, Cheryl!!! Happy, Happy New Year! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  21. Wow I just stumbled across your blog and I love it!! These file folders are beautiful!! Happy New Year!

  22. Your folders are really beautiful. What a smart way to re-use your art and make it different. Filling simply has to be more fun with those beauties.

  23. HI are all spectacular..beautiful..and fabulous!! Shine on!! Thankyou for sharing your magical world, and it has been wonderful meeting you..wishing you a sparkling and beautiful 2011!!

  24. Leave it to you to bring beauty to such a mundane task! These are gorgeous and so YOU! I love them all, but my favorite is the one with the french postcard.
    Happy New Year and BIG hugs to you!

  25. Bonjour Cheryl !! Well, part of my new year goals is to keep up with my bog pals! I love your folder idea ! Very cool !

  26. What an inspiring way to be organized! These are lovely! Happy New Year!

  27. Absolutly impressive art works!
    Wish you a Happy New Year,
    hugs Anja

  28. What a wonderful idea and your interpretation is outstanding...they are wonderful.....

  29. I am terrible at filing too lol!! Though I must say your beautiful files would definitely inspire me.

    Happy new Year Cheryl.

  30. Well I still don't like filing however you've inspired me to at least make the folders! These are terrific and you're right about interpreting into our own styles. It makes it much more personal.

  31. Such a wonderful idea and a fun way to keep our bills...but i love the fact that you put Dreams at the top.

  32. Wonderful folders, Cheryl! It's always easier to organize by creating inspiring things to use!

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