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Mariko has been married for 28 years to master carpenter "Bob the Builder", who she brags "really can fix anything". She home-schooled three kids K-12 and is now mother-in-law to two more, with one incredibly adorable grandson. They all ...

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Here is a fun, little DIY project for all my Type A sisters out there, or anyone who could use a little more organization at home on the kitchen counter or sitting on your office desk. This is a handy linen message center to gather a notepad, pencil, picture or coupon. The handy little chalkboard pocket just ups the fun factor.
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  • Picture frame of choice — mine is an 8 x 10-inch IKEA frame
  • Chalkboard fabric half the size of your frame and 1 inch wider
  • Fabric for back pockets and backing — I used a scrap of linen about 10 x 27 inches
  • Hot glue gun and scissors
  • Backing cardboard or stiff mat board



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Start by cutting your mat board or cardboard to fit into your frame. Next, mark lines where you want to place your pockets. I chose to have a front chalkboard pocket and 2 more fabric pockets.


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For each fabric pocket, using your lines as a guide, cut an inch wider than your frame, plus half an inch longer than the pocket so you can fold it over the top and glue or sew. For the chalkboard pocket, cut it right on the top line and an inch around the other 3 sides. There is no need to fold it over and glue or sew.


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Here you can see each of my pockets laying on top of one another.


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Next, cut your backing fabric an inch wider than your backing mat or cardboard on all 4 sides.


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I chose to sew the tops of my fabric pockets, but you can fold over the edges and glue them if you don't sew.


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Next, I'm marking where I want to put my pencil so I can sew another little pocket on the chalkboard. You can skip this step if you don't sew and have one large pocket instead. I also chose to sew (glue will work) around each side edge and bottom so it would hold together easier in the next steps. Again, I used my marks as a guide.


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You can sew the chalkboard pocket on top, trimming the edges to the exact size of your frame insert so that you don't have to fold over the thick chalkboard material. If you don't sew, simply skip the trimming and fold over instead. Or course, I always add my cute little Bee Curious tag.


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Now we can hot glue the whole organizer to the backing board, starting with the bottom corners first.


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Glue the sides and the top next.


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Flip it over and it looks like this.


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Insert it into your frame and add a bead all around of hot glue if you need it to keep it in place.


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Pop in the original back piece with its stand and we're finished.


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Gotta love all the little pocket spaces!

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