Monday, September 3

A Stylish Budget System

Almost a year after reading Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover," Joshua and I are finally cracking down on the budget and using the cash envelope system. Rather than purchasing his envelope book or using ugly, boring envelopes, I decided to make my own fabric envelopes! Now, I made some last winter when I thought we were going to start the cash envelope system (and we didn't). They were my VERY FIRST sewing project ever. I was pretty proud of them. But I figured my skill level has probably (hopefully) improved since then, so I wanted to make new ones. I didn't really go with a color scheme because I used this project as an opportunity to use up some of my scrap fabric. So I just took what I could find.

Let me just say, while these fabric envelopes are some of the easiest things I've ever made, they are very unforgiving. I mean, if you don't sew a perfectly straight line, it shows in the finished product. Being the perfectionist that I am, it's quite irritating. As I was making them, I was thinking, "Man...I don't know if these look any better than the ones I made a year ago! I stink!!" But since these envelopes are just for my personal use, I figured it didn't really matter. (Joshua will be using them too, but he doesn't know the difference! Heehee!)

Once I got them all finished, I decided to pull out the envelopes I made last year (which I haven't looked at since last year) and compare them with the envelopes I made today.

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yes, that is what I said when I pulled them out. They look pretty rough. I mean look at those corners and those crooked lines! (Click on the pictures to get a better view of the hideousness.) I was pleased to see that my skills definitely have improved. Phew. Maybe I'll just give these ghetto ones to Joshua. ;)

Aaaaaaanyway (anyone out there watch My Wife and Kids??)... I'm excited to start using these envelopes! Surely having cute envelopes that I made will make budgeting much more fun, right? Right??? Maybe not. We'll see.

Well, I hope you're having a happy Labor Day! I'm off to change out of my pj's, put makeup on, and fix my hair. Yes, at 3:30pm. Clearly it's been a good day for me. :)

See ya!

1 comment:

  1. He he he. I have three of the same prints in my fabric. I'm designing my own wallet and envelope system. Great job.