Luckily I discovered a solution that allowed me to haphazardly throw things into my backpack without them escaping: the common folder. Unfortunately with the discovery of folders, came the knowledge of their flimsiness. One folder could barely survive one semester, and having to replace what I considered to be such a young death was no less than tragic. So what could protect the weak exterior of my organizational tool? The answer for many a fix-it question: Tape!
Preemptively taping my folders not only increased their strength, extending their life, but also allowed the creation of some truly unique folders to show off on campus!
Step 1: Gathering Materials
1. A folder (I usually like picking up the 10 cent ones from places like Office Max around the back to school season, but any folder should do, cheap definitely welcome)
2. A roll of masking tape (the thicker, the easier)
3. An X-acto knife, or similar sharp object
4. A writing utensil (for writing)
Step 2: Design Your Folder
Designs that have larger pieces of connecting tape (or at least not a bunch of thin easily tear-able pieces) will help your tape last longer.
Try to pay extra attention to the middle seam and corners of your folder, as these are the areas that tend to get the worst of backpacks.
Step 3: Tape Over Your Design
Step 4: Cut It Out
Step 5: Color and Finish!
You could also leave it the natural shade of masking tape, or try this project using different colored duct tape.
This project should be fast and easy (I completed the whole thing between turns of Catan), and should cost very little if you already have masking tape on hand.
I hope this instructable helped you with your organizational needs (or at least gave you a creative outlet). Happy studying!