by Rena Klingenberg.
A jewelry travel organizer is easy to make with some clear plastic pocket pages and a 3-ring binder.
These pages are actually designed for displaying collections of coins, postage stamps, baseball cards, postcards, etc.
But they’re also ideal for displaying or organizing jewelry.
Pocket pages are usually made to be very sturdy, archival quality, and acid-free. They’re also completely clear, so your jewelry is perfectly visible through the plastic.
A binder for your
jewelry travel organizer
Since pocket pages come 3-hole punched, you can simply put them into an attractive binder.
I would use a binder with a built-in zipper around the edge to keep the dirt out and your jewelry in.
You could even decorate the binder cover to customize it for your jewelry business, to make it a really professional looking jewelry travel organizer.
Common pocket page configurations
that work well for jewelry:
* 20-Pocket Coin Pages
pocket size: 2-1/8″ x 2-1/8″
* 9-Pocket Baseball Card / Trading Card Pages
(shown in the photo above)
pocket size: 2-5/8″ x 3-5/8″
* 4-Pocket Postcard Pages
pocket size: 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″
A portable jewelry display
you can carry nearly anywhere
You can actually fit quite a lot of inventory into a three-ring zipper-binder.
You could even place each jewelry item into a mini ziplock bag before putting it in the pocket, to keep it shiny longer.
To show and sell your work, you can simply pull your jewelry travel organizer out of a backpack or tote bag – and flip easily through the clear plastic pages.
Fantastic idea! This has been one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Thank you!
Oh my gosh, so easy, keeps items clean and fairly inexpensive…this is one tip I’m using.
Now to design those cards…
by: KP Designs Handcrafted Jewlery
What an awesome idea! I’m often asked to bring some of my pieces to show, this is a perfect solution. and all the different pocket sizes will fit, my charms, earrings, bracelets & necklaces.
Very Good Idea!!!!!
by: The Jeweler
I am always happy to find simple and effective ways of moving and presenting jewelry. This has given me one way of packaging and displaying my work.
Thanks for sharing….
Amazingly simple, awesome idea!
Why didn’t I think of that?????
LOVE this idea!
Love this creative idea!
by: Lisa Metzler
What a GREAT idea for things like earrings that are small and easy to misplace or lose. You could even use this as a display by just putting it out and calling it an Earring Album. I’m headed to the office supply store today!!
Pages to store Pearls??
What a great idea! The only problem I would have doing this is that my jewelry is fresh water cultured pearls and they shouldn’t be stored in plastic. The pearls need to breath. Is anyone aware of a product like these plastic sleeves that aren’t made out of plastic?
I Work With This Stuff…
by: Michelle from SC
every day as a secretary. Do you think that ONCE I thought about this? Never in a million years! This is a really great idea! Thanks!
P.S. I love, love, LOVE your site, Rena! Thanks, again.
Love this idea!
Recently all my outdoor craft fairs have been so windy, and chasing earring cards is not my idea of fun! This will be a great way for people to view earrings easily and quickly on a windy day.
Fabulous idea! I’ve been racking my brain trying to come up with something like this…you’d think after all the baseball card books I helped my sons with over the years I’d have thought of it myself!!
I’ll be at the office supply tomorrow! My only concern is, I wonder if a piece could slip out the top of the pocket…I’m thinking maybe a velcro dot to hold it shut might be helpful. But I haven’t assembled one yet so perhaps that’s not even needed, but just a thought…
Thanks so much!
That is a fantastic idea, I was looking for an economical way to take my product to the stores, thanks so much!
Continuously amazed at all the wonderful ideas and inspiration that I find at your site! This travel idea rocks!!! Thanks Rena!
Jewelry Travel Organizer
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments! :o)
And your great additional inspirations for this display / storage idea!
I love the “Earring Album” title idea.
Regarding making the pockets “breathable” for your pearls – what if you perforated the plastic using a small hole-punch (paper punch)? You could make these “air holes” on the front or back of the pocket – or both. I don’t know of a non-plastic pocket page where the pockets are transparent.
Regarding whether the jewelry could slip out – Your velcro dots are a good idea for added safety. I’d recommend keeping the binder upright as much as possible after the jewelry is in the pockets. Also, using a binder with the zipper all around the outer edges would keep any pieces from getting lost if the binder got turned upside down.
And I love the idea for using this jewelry travel organizer as a display at windy shows! Customers could easily see your jewelry, but none of it could blow away.
by: Sally V
What a wonderful idea! I’m so glad you thought of it I will definitely borrow this idea!
OH RENA, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Your words and tips are always so inspiring and useful. I am truly grateful for this tip!
That’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing Rena!
What a wonderfull idea. I usually store my earrings in a ziplock bag but when I want to look at them or find a particular piece I have to take them all out. I love this idea
What a fantastic idea. I just spent HOURS trying to find a way to transport my jewelry that would be easy for my friend and I to show customers pieces that might not already be out on display. Woo-hoo!
by: Lisa’s Tea Time Jewelry
Thank you for this idea. How creative is that?!!! I’m always looking for a way to travel with jewelry protected and easy to show. Great idea thank toy so much for sharing.
by: Elaine King
Thank you once again for sharing a fantastic idea. I always find inspiration and encouragement from this site. I can’t wait to get my jewelry organized in a binder full of pocket sleeves. Nearly all of my designs contain Sterling Silver so I try to keep a small sheet of anti-tarnish tissue on or around them. The sleeves will make this so much easier. I can slide the sheet behind each piece. I like to use 4″x4″ Anchor brand watch paper; it is lint free and non-tarnishing. It can be easily cut to fit in gift boxes or folded to make a tarnish-free envelope. I also save all of the one-inch tissue squares that arrive with my ordered components. They will work perfectly in the pocket sleeves.
by: Margaret Stanley (Gillieflour)
I did the same thing, but with pages made for slides. I put my earrings on my business cards, slide the card down in the pocket, and let the earring dangles hang outside of the pocket. Easy to see, easy to remove and replace.
Pocket Pages for Jewelry
I’m so glad to hear you’re finding this idea helpful. Great idea for the anti-tarnish, Elaine! And Margaret, I like your idea of hanging your earrings on the outside of the pockets too.
fab idea – will have to try this
What a great idea. Will have to try this as at the moment I carry everything in boxes which take a lot of space. How would this work for bigger items though like beaded necklaces and bracelets?
Helen – for bigger items
For bigger items that aren’t too thick, there are similar clear pocket pages that have fewer, larger pockets per page. For example, there are pocket pages some sized for postcards and even larger items – which would work well for larger pieces of jewelry.
(Assuming the jewelry isn’t too thick. Something like a chunky cuff bracelet obviously wouldn’t work well in a notebook.)
You can also get pages that have more, smaller pockets per page (perfect if you have small pendants, charms, rings, etc.).
There are really a lot of possibilities!
earing pocket pages
So many ideas have come through on this topic, it’s great. I will be putting them all to good use.
Now i’m thinking of how to utilise this idea for my fresh water pearls as mentioned earlier.
Thanks Rena. That is a great idea and is already giving me a new track to think along.
Elaine, you mentioned the Anchor Brand Watch Paper. Is the purpose of this to prevent tarnishing of SS, and how does it differ from anti-tarnish strips?
I have to get something and now sure what to buy.
so simple & brilliant!!
Love the idea!
by: Pam Older
I love this idea, but now how to refine it and make it a little more elegant?
A more elegant jewelry travel organizer
Pam, how about slipping an elegant jewelry card into each pocket behind the jewelry?
And decorating your notebook cover to give it an upscale designer look?
You could also make some 3-hole-punched section dividers with pretty cardstock or collage.
album pages for jewelry display
by: Elaine McNamara
This is a great idea! I just might have some pages from a never done project.
I have never learned of tarnish papers etc. Where does one find them?
BTW, I do not make jewelry, only sell it from manufacturers…animal themed jewelry for animal lovers. www.dazzlinganimals.com
This has been a ‘rockin’ e-mail.
Thank you, Rena!
Thank you, Elaine! Of course all jewelry people are welcome – thanks for joining us.
I’m so glad you’ve found this idea helpful.
You can find “anti tarnish” strips or squares at nearly any jewelry-making supplier or jewelry display supplier.
You have to change them every 2 to 3 months, but they do work wonders for keeping tarnish away. (Each time I change them I put a note on my calendar reminding me to change them 3 months later.)
For the lady who uses a lot of pearls, perhaps you could sew see-through material onto stock paper, that would allow air to circulate. And you could make the squares any size you needed.
This is a great idea. I was looking for a way that I can carry my inventory because I am constantly asked about seeing my jewelry. I started a photo album with pictures to show but when showing the real thing makes the sale. I plan to work on mine this weekend. I wanted a travel jewelry case that looked like a briefcase. And carrying a briefcase makes you look more professional. You can get those zipper binders with handles. FYI: One type of zipper binder you can use, is the one is a calendar portfolio binder, which comes with handles too.
Professional looking binder
Beverly, I totally agree – having the real jewelry in person is what makes the sale!
Thanks for your idea of using a calendar portfolio binder with handles!
Thank God for you, Rena…without all the input from so many talented artisans (you included!), we would be forever lost with finding new ways to do things. I burst right out laughing at the one comment about the gal that worked with this stuff every day and never thought of it. We’re all good at missing the obvious!
Thanks for always providing such new and fresh ideas, Rena. I’ve been at this for almost 20 years and I still learn from others.
Thank you, Cat, for your lovely compliment! I’ve also enjoyed learning some new tips and perspectives from you.
It’s fun to find a jewelry purpose for everyday items that were originally intended for something totally different!