Hi everyone and welcome to my little blog. Hope you are all enjoying your day.
Well, I can't believe it .. I have actually started on my Christmas projects and it's only the beginning of November!!! I have actually made my first Christmas card!! Not showing that just yet but it's a total miracle!! I have amazed myself .. crikey, I might even get everything done before the end of the month!! Whoops!! I might have just jinxed it all by saying that. LOL!!
Anyways, as the Title suggests I have a simple Christmas Planner to show you. Having never had one of these before (I just wrote everything down on some spare bits of paper which would inevitably get lost and then I would have to start all over again and try to remember what was on the original list!! LOL!!) I wasn't really sure just exactly what I wanted. I knew I wanted something simple that would keep my lists safe and secure and which I could use from year to year. Well, of course, the first place you look for inspiration is on the web but I couldn't find one that I thought was just right for me so, using some different ideas from different places, I came up with this ..
As I said, Clean and Simple!!! The papers I've used are from Kaisercraft's 'Holy Night' 12" x 12" Paper Pad and this is how the Planner opens up.
Might seem a bit strange having the pages open out this way but I will explain shortly.
There is a small elastic loop attached to the spine to hold a pen or pencil and each of the inside pages is a pocket.
The left hand side holds a Card List and a Gift List ..
.. and the right hand side holds the Menu with a shopping list underneath and also an envelope for receipts, etc. Any recipes, ideas for cards, ads for pressies I may be interested in, can all be slid into the pockets behind the lists.
The lists themselves I actually created in Excel. There are three to a page so, after printing them, I just have to cut them out and staple them together. Easy peasy!!
The reason why I positioned the pages to open from the inside out was so that I could see all of my lists at once without having to turn pages to get to the next one. 'Cos I'm lazy!! LOL!! Actually it just seemed more convenient that way. (My story .. sticking to it!! he! he!)
This is how it looks without the lists in place.
The back of the planner .. the elastic band is the closure. Wish I had used something prettier but I was too impatient to get it finished and this was all I could find.
The book is small, only 5" x 7", so it will easily fit into my handbag. One of the reasons I didn't do much in the way of embellishment is that I knew I would want to carry it around with me and it would all just get damaged. Or, of course, I only need to take out the relevant lists when I go shopping.
So, I now have all my Christmas info in one place!! Now all I need to do is NOT lose this book!! LOL!!
If you like this project, I will be posting a step by step tutorial on its construction in the next few days. Would love to have you back to take a look and, maybe, construct one of your own.
Thank you so much for visiting and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.
Happy Christmas crafting!!!