My Christmas Gift to Mom - Multi-Purpose Tray Organizer

Merry Christmas, Mom!

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I grew up having our Christmas on Christmas Eve, so that means my Mom now has her gift, and I can post it...actually I scheduled it.

My Mom is writing her life story along with a little family history. I look forward to reading it even though I have heard some of these stories throughout my life. I wanted to make her something for Christmas that might help her with this project. I don't know how many chapters she will end up with, but this would be a start. I came up with a tray-organizer, and using the beautiful spring papers of Graphic 45's Sweet Sentiments, this is the result.

I used all but five sheets from the 12 x 12 paper pad, with some scraps enough to make a few cards as well. The project measures 12 3/8" w x 5 3/4" d x 9 1/4" h.

It starts with a chipboard base tray, and all of the parts that go into it are individual pieces that you can configure it in different ways. Here is the tray alone.

Here are all the parts!

You see 15 mini-magazine-like holders, a pen & pencil holder, and a compartment to hold notebooks and more. Here's a shot with the notebook.

Here is an individual little mini-magazine-like holder.

So when all the parts are assembled in the tray in the configuration you like, you have a useful organizational tool. In the YouTube video, I demonstrate some different uses for this project. But, first let's look at the loaded tray from all angles.

So that's it for the photos, but you can view a walk through video where I also share a few multi-purpose uses for this project.

What other functions for this project can you come up with?

Thank you for stopping by to share in my gift to my Mom. (Added late Christmas Eve: My Mom loved it!)


Four11Lady said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your Mom must LOVE it!

Four11Lady said...

Absolutely beautiful! Your Mom must LOVE it!

Unknown said...

beautiful! I love it

Sabrina said...

Thank you Four11Lady and a Heck for your sweet comments! Always makes my day. :)

Sherry said...

This caught my eye immediately when I saw it. I had to come see how you made it. It is absolutely beautiful and so well done. I'm sure your mother loved it. It's been a year, so can you share with us how she's using it? Again - fabulous job!

Brenda said...

I am in love with this! I think all the ideas you have for it are so fabulous. I bet your mother loved it too! Hugs, Brenda

uksu said...

I've just found your blog today and I'm now following you, your work is just beautiful and inspiring! Regards, Sue

Sabrina said...

I just came across your beautiful project and wonderful blog today!! I got such a kick and giggle out of your name. I'm a Sabrina too. I used to not hear my name hardly at all and now it seems like I am hearing it more and more. It's so nice to meet another Sabrina!! Great job on such a very beautiful project!!!

Marty C said...

WOW! What a gorgeous project! It would work well as a holder for sewing patterns and I wish, oh how I WISH! I had one of these! Your Mom is a blessed lady!

Jane said...

I would love to have the instructions for this. It is just such a great idea. I have looked at everything I can find on your website and cannot find out how to obtain the instructions or tutorial. Are they available?

Thank you,

Jo Williams Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator said...

WOW this is stunning!!!! I would absolutley LOVE to make this for my mom! She's an avid card maker who loves organization for the monthly birthdays! Can you please direct me anywhere that you may have the tutorial or step by step directions on this? Please?!!! Thank you!

Masquerading Crafter said...

I only now just stumbled upon this and I wanted to say a Huge Thank You for still having it here.

Your mom is so blessed to have such a lovely Daughter <3

One more thing I was thinking it could be used for is for Recipes or for Bill paying each month :).

daisylover said...

I want the directions to make this please.

Mimi said...

Directions and templates for this project for mom please.