Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 System Revamp: Starbucks Binder*

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The final post in my 2014 System Revamp series is the one people have been waiting for.  I hope it’s not disappointing.

If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough, you are aware of my love for coffee.  You might also be aware that because of that love, I have a love for Starbucks.  I have created a Starbucks binder.  I am using a compact brown Regency for this purpose.


The deep and dark browns of this binder make me think of coffee, so it is a perfect fit!

Before I get into the details, I’ll tell you how the idea for this binder came about.

A while back, not long after our first trip to San Antonio, Texas to visit my sister- and brother-in-law, they sent the hubby and I Starbucks gift cards.  But these weren’t your run-of-the-mill gift cards.  This gift card was specifically stamped with traditional Texas icons.  We thought they were awesome—we had never seen a Starbucks gift card specific to a state.  We had seen a couple for New York City, but never a state.  Upon a little research, we found out that there are themed gift cards.  So the hubs and I decided to collect as many of these cards as possible.  (It would be great if we could collect these cards by traveling to these destinations ourselves, but as of right now, that’s not possible.  We had some help in this area.)

As with any collection, we needed a place to house the cards.  What better way than in a Filofax?


I started the binder with the New York City card because it’s our home city (we don’t live in the city itself; we are about 2 hours away, but it’s our closest city).  Then comes the Texas card since it was the inspiration for this collection.  From there, I continued with the city/state cards, followed by other generic cards we’ve picked up along the way. 

Thanks to J of the Crazy Life of J for sending me the Chicago card.


Thanks to my friend for sending me the Washington, D.C. card while she was there.



Each time we go into a Starbucks now, we check out the gift card offerings in the hopes of finding something new.  It gives us more fun to add to our pleasure of buying coffee.

At the moment, this is all I have in my Starbucks binder.  However, I’m contemplating adding lists as well, perhaps for coffees and espresso drinks I’ve tried and what my thought it on it was.  I could also add different Starbucks locations I’ve visited.  I could maybe even turn the binder into a generic coffee binder and open up my collection to other companies, though in truth, we don’t visit other coffee shops as often, and if we do, we usually stick with just plain coffee.

One list I will add to my binder is for my new collection of Starbucks mugs.  This is also a collection that began by accident.  My sister-in-law sent us out first mug from San Antonio.



We enjoyed this little piece of Starbucks memorabilia as well.  Then, for Christmas, my other sister-in-law gave me a mug from Alaska and one from Philadelphia; she picked them up when she visited each place.



My friend, too, bought me the Dallas mug for Christmas when she visited there.  (I don’t yet have that mug in my possession.)  Funny, how different people thought of different Starbucks city mugs for me.  I guess I am that easy to buy for!

Because we have collected so many mugs over the years, there was no place to put the Starbucks mugs in the cabinet.  We’ve decided to showcase them in our bookshelves instead.

So there we have it, the Starbucks binder.  Should I add anything to this binder, I will be sure to post an update.

This concludes my 2014 System Revamp series.  I do have other ideas—and other binders—for future specialty binders.  I will be sure to add those posts to the blog as well once they have been completed.


*Note: I am in no way affiliated with Starbucks.  I am merely a happy customer of the company.  All opinions are my own.

12 comments:

  1. You are very welcome! I'll have to keep your collection in mind - we live by Nashville now but I'm not sure if they have their own cards!

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    1. Yeah, I haven't seen that Nashville has their own card. But if you happen to find it, please let me know! :)

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  2. I LOVE this!! Starbucks always has fun cards, and I've always thought it was a bit sad to discard them after using them. What a creative way to keep track of these - it's like a small art collection!

    I had / have my own Starbucks mug collection that I started ages ago. I had to stop as the hubby was overwhelmed by the sheer size of my collection (easily a dozen). I gave some away, there is one at my mom's I have to collect, and I still have more than can fit one one shelf. Their products are just my style, it's so hard to resist!!!

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    1. Thanks! It's always fun to have a little collection going. The mugs (and dishes) are a problem in our house so I have to be picky about which ones I keep or even buy. It is definitely hard!

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  3. Wow! What an original collection! When I read the title, I thought it'd be a binder full of coffee drinks recipes and stuff like that, ha! I'm not sure Starbucks offer gift cards here (in Spain), or if they offer special/pretty ones, but I'll check it out! Would you like to add a Starbucks card from overseas to your collection?! To be honest, we don't visit Starbucks all that often. Spaniards like me enjoy actually sitting in cafés for 5-15 minutes in the middle of the morning -- it works as a psychological break in the work day, OUTSIDE from the office... But Starbucks coffee drinks are much better, ha!

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    1. Coffee recipes would be awesome, but I don't have a fancy machine to make them, nor do I know how to make espresso drinks. But it's not a bad idea! I would LOVE a card from overseas. I just won't ask for it since it would probably cost a lot to ship. I wish we Americans knew how to relax and enjoy the moment more. I could really use a rest in the middle of the day!

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    1. Collecting these cards has been a lot of fun! Enjoy. :)

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  5. lol i just had to do that for my SIL since her sister collects them too

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    1. How funny! I thought I might be the only one obsessed enough to put them into a binder. ;)

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