DIPLO DIY: Organizing TD’s ID souvenirs

My hubby is a simple guy with few and basic belongings. When we moved to Jakarta most of the shipment was mine (about 90%). So it’s not that hard to clean up after him. Except for his work stuff. He brings a lot of work home and goes to many conferences and meetings. Which means tons of documentation papers and also tons of IDs, which he likes to keep as souvenirs. They have been all over the place – some in the office, some here and others hanging there. They really are quite an eyesore! Gaah! So we gathered what was here at home in one of my endless containers and it looked like this.

I finally figured out what to do with them when I encountered this post in the iHeart Organizing blog! Below is my inspiration from the post! I don’t have a cute box yet but my plastic box will have to do! Boxes are insanely expensive here so I refuse to buy em! =P Perhaps one day I’ll do it myself! LOL.

I love her colors but since this is for my husband I needed a less girly design. I’m not that great at photoshop yet so I just found an image for a index card tabs somewhere (sorry I can’t remember!). I used one of the designs on this free printable for the scalloped outline. Then I got the yellow pad image here. And  put them all together in a simpler design. My color swatches were gotten from these Manila Tags.  Maybe you’ve noticed by now that I am into neutrals and two-toned themes. So here is what I came up with:

Backside view of sample sizes of different IDs

Printed out tab dividers with the year and our location

How did I do the sizing you say? Like iHeart Organizing I just inserted the finished on Microsoft Excel and then did a test print. Cut out/fold the test print and tested it inside my container. I made sure it was half a cm smaller on all sides so that I can laminate these tabs. There was a lot of trial and error going on – “tedious” was what iHeart Organizing called it – but I’m happy with the results!

The tabs after I cut them

Laminated tabs inside the plastic box. Notice how little space the IDs take up now!

I also added earlier years and others for IDs I no longer use but would like to keep. How about you? Do you keep old ID’s as souvenirs? How do you organize them? I’d love to hear it!


Remember the ID lanyard holders or ID strings (See topmost photo) I removed from the IDs? I had about 50 of those! I had 2 options, to donate it to public school kids or to donate them to our building admin for the staff to use with their staff ID. I asked our building admin first and they gladly accepted them. These ID lanyards/string go for Rp 25,000 or USD 2.50 each at Ratu Plaza. Can you believe? So if you have lots of these lanyards or ID holders give them away to people who might use them instead of throwing them away.

Lovely comments

    • says

      Hahaha! Well I have a few myself. I don’t think I can throw away his IDs… he has so many fond memories of the meetings he wore them in. On his last meeting he saw Hillary Clinton. Can you imagine?!? Maybe one day I would even go so far as to digitize them so it no longer occupies any physical space =P Remember I like to “scrapbook” everything! hehe

  1. New@this says

    My hubby has a lot of those, at his parents, in our house back home, and he has collected a few since we have moved to Jakarta 3 months ago. I have ‘organised’ them (if you can call it that) in a shoe box…

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