New uses for old things: I’ll fly away~ upcycling my Midori kraft file folder with airplane baggage tags

My obsession with my Midori’s Traveler’s note book is still going strong! I’ve been using this setup since August, and I’m still really happy with it. For 2015, I’ve decided to use the passport sized TN for my daily appointment book. To keep the leather cover from bursting, I’m going to limit the number of notebooks that I carry around to two notebooks (one year overview calendar, and one weekly view) a clear zip case, a kraft file and of course, my trusty plastic sheet, which makes writing on bumpier surfaces a breeze .


As I was cleaning out the accumulated bits and and pieces for the new year, I realized that my kraft file was looking a little worse for wear. This sturdy folder usually holds a few washi cards, some stamps, my plastic writing sheet, and some odds and ends (ok, a LOT of odds and ends!) such as business cards from places that I want to blog about, or shopping lists, or recipes that I’ve scribbled down.  I had the intention of decorating it, but I never got around to it.  But recently, I was inspired by Patrick Ng’s idea of making a bookmark from airplane baggage tags. You can see his beautiful work on his blog, Scription.


Of course, you never have a luggage tags around when inspiration strikes! I stuck mine from my most recent trip to Hong Kong in a scrapbook, without realizing their potential for utter usefulness!  I learned from Patrick’s blog and this article from Slate Magazine, that these sticky strips, otherwise known as “Automated Baggage Tags” are actually a combination of silicon, plastic and paper. Plus, they are resistant to heat, cold, sunlight, oil and moisture.  This combination is interesting to me, because in reality, a lot of my notebooks, or papers etc. are exposed to these elements on a regular basis (especially when I’m baking or cooking new recipes, I often inadvertently have to turn pages or write notes with a wet or sticky hand)  Luckily for me, my brother came back recently on a jet plane (I love that song, so I look for excuses to say “jet plane,” whenever I can) and he was nice enough to dig them back out from the recycling bin for me.


I had a fun half hour or so, on a rainy winter’s afternoon, up-cycling my kraft file folder.  It was fun to place the barcodes, which computerizes the task of matching every boarded passenger, to every piece of luggage loaded onboard the aircraft,  in different patterns on the folder’s surface. TPE is my favorite destination, so I featured it as often as I could! Hopefully my kraft file folder will be good for a few months with my little upgrade.  I didn’t have enough to cover the interior of the folder, but  that will change after the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays.


As I get older, I find myself being drawn to everyday items that are beautiful, yet durable and sturdy. And, I’m always happy to prolong their life by giving them a little upgrade.  If anything, I love them even more after the upgrade.





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s