Portofolio Re-Do: An Upcycled SWAG Project

Portfolio RedoWhile working as an Architect the sheer quantity of SWAG I received was RIDICULOUS!!!  Product reps, general contractors, sub-contractors, etc. all giving you miscellaneous STUFF.

Swag can be great (ex. I love having small notebooks around to jot down notes) but the shear quantity of not-well-made, soon-to-be tossed, be-labeled junky, junk can be overwhelming.

Side note:  Favorite swag I received?  A Sigg water bottle!!  It had the company name on it, rather subtly, and it is great.

So, I learned to pass on most stuff.  Some though can be re-purposed, as is the case with this project.  This swag was actually from my Mom but you get the point:)

I’d been using the portfolio for all things meal planning  – menus, freezer inventory, grocery list, etc. – and was VERY tempted to get something cuter.  In fact, I looked at Target and found some cute ones.  But I HATE tossing stuff like this (its pretty well made) and I doubt any one is going to buy it from a thrift store SO I decided to re-purpose it…

Bee Happy

The wood sticker was the cake topper from Loodle’s Honey Bee Party.  The rest was drawn with black and silver Sharpies.

I’m not overly happy with the text BUT I get a kick out of the saying.  Makes me smile when I see it – and when you’re trying to meal plan/grocery shop to save money a little pick-me-up probably just might help!  It saved me at least $15 – which was what the one I liked at Target would have run me:)

How about you?  Got a ton of swag lying around??  Ever re-purpose it?

Thanks for taking a look!

Blue Skies & Blessings,


I anticipate linking this project up to some (or all:) of these LINK PARTIES:

I {heart} Nap TimeImpatiently CraftyUnder the Table & DreamingI should be mopping the floorMaking the World CuterThe Trendy TreehouseSewing BarefootReasons to Skip the Housework Sun Scholars, Fingerprints on the Fridge, Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Krafty Kat, Ginger Snap Crafts, Sugar & Dots, The Thrifty Home, Lil’ Luna, Th 36th Avenue, My Repurposed Life, A Creative Princess, Beyond the Picket FenceBe Different, Act Normal,  Classy Clutter, Flamingo Toes, Tater Tots & JelloToo Much Time on My Hands, Craft Envy, Blissful & Domestic, Cheerios & Lattes, Fine Craft Guild, The Dedicated House, C.R.A.F.T, Today’s Creative Blog, WTFab, Brassy Apple, DIY Home Sweet Home, Pin It Wednesday, Navy Wivey Peters, Fall into the Holidays (Horrific Knits), The Gingerbread Blog, One Creative Mommy, A Lived in Home, Sugar Bee Crafts, Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk, Gingerly Made, Diane Rambles, Western Warmth, Serenity You, Homemade Ginger, Project Inspire, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, Sew Much Ado, Easy Living Mom, Fluster Buster


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