Updated: Nov 4, 2022
The only way to stay on track & ahead of the game at this time of year is to plan! All well and good, but the lists can get out of control quite quickly, and if you’re like me, you’ll lose them all the time…..lol.
A few years ago, I attended a stamp camp, and we made a Christmas Planner. I’ve never looked back! I like to use a little note pad, and I keep them so each year I can look back to see what cards I sent, gifts I gave etc.
This year, it’s time for a new one (I got about 5 years out of the last!), so I thought I’d share it here because it makes a quick and easy project, will keep you organised, or you could gift it to someone who also needs help with their festive plans!
Notepad from the Reject Shop – mine is roughly A5 size Card Stock Thick cardboard for backing – our packs of Specialty DSP usually come with a 12 x 12 sheet, so keep them because they come in very useful for projects like this. Evening Evergreen – 15cm x 11 cm for the detail die cut Basic White – 5.5cm x 7.5cm Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) Item #156292 Stamps – from JDMC2022 Merriest Moments Item #156353 Merriest Frames Dies Item #156385
Ink Real Red Cherry Cobbler Evening Evergreen Embellishments Iredescent Rhinestones Item #158130 Tools Paper Trimmer Stampin’ Seal Tombow Liquid Glue Paper Snips Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
1. Cut a piece of thick cardboard to strengthen the back of the notepad & adhere using Tombow Liquid Glue – yours may not need this, but mine was quite flimsy, and I want the planner to last a few years.
2. Measure the pad and cut a piece of Designer Series Paper to cover the front of the pad – I like to wrap the DSP over the top of the pad and secure it at the back using Tombow.
TIP - Be sure to get the adhesive all the way to the edges so it doesn’t lift with use. It’s best to use an old plastic card to spread the glue thinly so it doesn’t ooze out and make a sticky mess!
4. Use the detailed die to cut the frame from Evening Evergreen cardstock. Cut the centre using the stitched rectangle from the die set.
5. Decorate the centre panel with stamps and ink. Attach some rhinestones and adhere to the frame. Adhere the whole piece to the front of your notepad.
Voila! Start planning.
I have separate pages for cards sent – I keep local and international lists separately. I also use it for a gift list – this helps if you like to buy Christmas gifts throughout the year and can help duplicate buying…hahahahahaha!
Don’t forget your menu planning as well. Might as well keep everything in the same spot!
I hope you like this project and that it inspires you to get organised this year.
For more tips and tricks, why not attend a card making class at my place? Dates in the calendar page.
If you would like to buy any of the products I have used to make this project, you can shop here and please select me as your demonstrator by using the monthly host code at the bottom of the page.
JDMC2021 January-December Mini Catalogue 2021