I've posted about this before a long time ago, but after re-organizing mine the other night I wanted to post about it again--it was that fun. I have to tell you how much I love having all my design ideas & inspiration in one tidy, accessible book! I'm so grateful to my sister for sharing this fantastic idea with me.
When I see something I love (whether it be a paint color, a layout, a color scheme, a piece of furniture, an overall look, etc.), I tear it out, trim it up, slide it into a clear page protector and place it in my binder. About once I year I go through the binder and purge. In the past (pre-design binder days!) I'd see something and think, "surely I'll remember that...I love it!" but alas, I did not. Now I have this binder and I never have to worry about forgetting a great idea ever again. It doesn't take long to put together and the pay off (like the recipe binder) is awesome. I used a simple Office Max binder and then put a portion of the "101 Decorating Makeover Tips" from House Beautiful inside the cover to give it a little personality. Inside I have the pages sectioned off with tabs (bathroom, kitchen, foyer/mud room, etc.). It's a fun project and super useful as well. Give it a go!
P.S. Little S. excitedly rummaged through the pages of my binder in hopes she too would find some excellent design ideas for her future "big girl" bedroom. I'm sure she found something but since she can't communicate past "mama", "papa", "love you", or "uh-oh", I have NO idea what she wants. Perhaps we'll do this again in say...8 years? :)