Vintage Memo Board Tray

We are so into memo boards right now – creative ways to keep us organized in our studio, offices or the kitchen.  This 7gypsies tray is perfect for making memo boards with lots of great spots to keep it all straight.  We had fun with fabric, paper and the sewing machine to bring these vintage elements together.  Let us show you how we did it.

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What you will need:

Tools:  scissors, hole punch

Let’s start start at the top left corner and we will walk you though what we did….


To help with measurements use this for a guide – you can design your tray to be vertical or horizontal to fit into the perfect spot.

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We stitched pieces of vintage fabric to the cards to give them some fun personality – you can do a stack of them and slip them into this space – Chocolate e-flute is the the background.  If you choose to make more than one card, you can add a piece of cardstock at the bottom of the opening to create a pocket that will hold them in.  To finish the top corner off add the burlap flower with trails of fabric and the bird charm from whimsy.

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Moving down the tray, we added a piece of found fabric to a piece of foam or cardboard box to fit in the space – this creates an automatic pin cushion or corklike board where you can pin things into place.  The tray label just slips onto the divider and you can add paper, a saying or a piece of fabric and tie a charm.  The next section is filled with ivory burlap and one of the atc size file folder, glued into place they make great pockets.

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The lower left corner was created with layers of paper, burlap and fabric to create a textured area with lots of vintage color.  Pin the optical lens in place after adding a photo, vintage picture or saying.

View More:, slip over to the bottom center where we created a mini journal by punching holes in one or more of the 4×6 file folders and then punching holes into the tray to line up and secure the journal into place with the rings, you can add pages to our journal for notes, phone numbers, appointments, etc.

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The top section features a 4×6 printed folder that is glued on the sides to create pocket for business cards, appointment cards, etc.

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The top right is actually a burlap pocket made by folding the burlap in half and sewing it to make a sturdy pocket and then glued into place.

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Fill the final boxes with the fabrics or papers of your choice and then add another atc file folder to the front of one of the openings to create one more pocket.  Add fun sayings, quotes, words, etc. to you your board, the Gypsy Moments Collection is filled with so many fun photos, quotes and words that make it fun and easy.

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Now you are ready to fill you memo board with all those important notes, phone numbers, appointments, menus, etc.  This tray is easy to move from place to place or hang it up for all to see.  Consider creating custom memo boards for Christmas gifts, personalizing each one to match the style, color palette or theme for each person.  To make each memo board unique finding vintage fabrics, trinkets and papers is always great, so be on the lookout during you next flea market or garage sale adventures.

Happy Creating!!!!!



Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

This blog is a compilation of inspiration from the Canvas Corp Brands family including Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels and 7Gypsies.