Desktop File: Inspiration

Alrighty, it’s the second day for a group post for Papertrey Ink’s June release. Today, the team is featuring “Desktop File: Inspiration” to share products on how to organize a creative process. Really, really cool! I had a great time assembling my reference point, an acrylic rolodex from The Container Store. I purchased the lone floor model and the cashier sold it to be more about 20% off because it was missing an address index file (it didn’t matter I didn’t plan on using it , right?) and the dowel was cracked. I pulled out all the inserts, added some glue to the dowel, and refilled it with some plain rolodex cards! It’s super clean and contemporary. Although I love all things vintage and rustic, I always will have an appreciation for modern elements, so I indulged this time.

Anyway, I wanted to share a short highlight of myself assembling my rolodex so I can have a place to organize my inspirational elements. Thank God for my husband who was willing to lend a helping hand in recording and editing the video! It helps he has an interest in videography.


Here are a few still shots of my desktop inspiration filing system.

Here is the rolodex partially full. I can’t wait until I fill it up with inspirational ideas, techniques, and concepts!

Using the rolodex dies, I cut the index tabs from cardstock and organized my desktop file into categories that fit my needs (for now)! The great thing about this product line is that if I ever have a change of heart, I can always change it up – even if it’s just to re-design it in a new color palette!

Each section includes inspirational ideas. Here, you can see a color combination I want to remember and use when I need that inspirational jolt.

Sketches are so great. I love that I can jot these down at work (or even on the go – keep a few in my purse), the simply add them to my rolodex. I’m always using random pieces of paper and losing them. Problem solved with Desktop File: Inspiration! YAY!

You can organize it in so many ways – front/back, left/right – stamp the coordinating images and get those ideas down.

Flip through with ease and get inspired!

You can even stamp elements for a layout/sketch! Just love all the details.

That’s all from me today! I’ll be back tomorrow with my remaining projects to share. Thanks for visiting me today. Make sure to stop by the rest of the team to see what they’re up to as well.
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  • June K - Great video, Ashley (be sure to tell your DH).ReplyCancel

  • Amy Papale - Love the video. It is always fun to see you in “Action” I love your videos! Just wondering where you got the clear case for the stamp set you were using. It looks nice and thin but larger than a CD case. I would love to know since I have some larger sets that don’t fit well into the CD cases. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Linda in Aus - Wow Ashley I love it and the video.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy H - Amazing! Love the Rolodex and the videography work your sweet husband did. Great video!!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle Flanders - Great video, Ashley!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam G - I was VERY impressed with your video. Extremely professional and the music was lovely. Nice inspirational rolodex.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon W. - Your hubby is so talented! Loved the video! Of course it helped that he had such an interesting subject. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Chris - Wonderful ideas. I am going to be so broke this month.ReplyCancel

  • pamela - SUPER video!! Loved it ?ReplyCancel

  • McArthur Newell - Oh my gosh, you can tell your husband must REALLY love you! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • conil - Truly inspiring. Love the organization capabilities cuz I’m kind of a “neat freak”.Your husband did a terrific job on the video. Also, you’ve got great handwriting and stunningly, beautiful hands.ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - This a neat project! Nice reference tool. I’m wondering … where did you get the index cards w/the appropriate categories printed on them? Or is it a stamp set? Thanks for letting me/us know. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Queen Mary - Ashley, I am so happy you showed this — I was missing the whole point of these cards — I wondered why I’d want to go back to a rolodex! But that I see how you used it, I realize I probably hadn’t read whomever’s blog I’d already seen so I was lost! I am loving this – especially the color combos – right now I have them on my computer, but being able to see them in front of me would be extremely helpful! Quotes too! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Lee - Ashley this is a fantastic video. I had no idea how you made the colour combo cards until I see in the video there is a little rectangle stamp in the set that you can use to do it. Well done to your husband too for the great video!ReplyCancel

  • candy - You hold your pen the same way I do!!!!
    great ideas, thank youReplyCancel

  • Mary Davis - Love this idea. The possibiities are endless.ReplyCancel

  • janet Wilson - Wonderful, beautiful font on the headings:ReplyCancel

  • Wanda McGhee - I loved the video Ashley. Helped me to make up my mind about ordering that set of stamps and the dies. You are so talented. Thanks for sharing!!! Be blessed…ReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Haha! Ashley, ignore my ? I just watched the video so I have the answer! As I was reading the post, I was so caught up in the rolodex and your bargain and the pics, that I thought this was separate from the PTI release products. When I re-read it just now (you didn’t change it, did you–heehee!), I realized it was clearly a new PTI release. Whoops! I guess everybody has their “dingy days,” right? Hee! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lori A - I’m loving this new release and what you’ve done with it! Also… great video (thanks hubby!) I’m looking forward to getting my own system started 😀ReplyCancel

  • Lee Ann Fay - Ashley What did you USE for labeling your Divider cards? The FONT is fabulous and I want to use that too. It looks like Rub on’s or a stamp set… Thank you so much for your wonderful video and still shots… I can hardly WAIT to get my stuff in from PI… LeeReplyCancel

  • Jeni - I’ve looked all over for the clear rolodex card holder. Do you remember where you got it? I like how clean it looks.ReplyCancel

  • angel - Wow great video!! loved all the different angles and shots, your husband is so talented! reminds be of the cain’s arcarde documentary.
    I really like the holder and style you created for the desktop file.ReplyCancel

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