Saturday, 12 December 2009

Christmas Planner

I just finished making this Christmas Planner for Mum. The construction is based on one I made with Dyan Reaveley at AFTH last year and it pretty easy to make. I thought I'd share information on how to make one in case anyone is interested.

You'll need:
-Some 6x6 Christmas papers (I used some old Papermania ones)
-A4 cardstock (I used Stampin' Up! Old Olive and Very Vanilla)
-Chipboard or mountboard - two pieces approx 6 1/4" square
-Bind-It-All and o-wire
-Optional: pearls, a holly stamp and swirl stamp, a computer to generate titles, border punch (mine is Fiskars), ribbon.

1 Cut covers 6 1/4" square from chipboard and cover inside and out with papers. As the book is slightly larger than 6x6" there is a border on the covers all the way around and I used two different papers on the inside cover.

2 Add a punched border, ribbon and computer-generated title to the front of the book. Don't add the pearls and bow at this stage - do this after binding.

3 Create the pockets from A4 card - you can get two pockets from each sheet. Cut in half widthwise and score and fold at the 5 7/8" point to make a pocket. I cut a notch from each to make it easier to get the notecards in and out (a tip from Dyan's class I referred to above).

4 Decorate the pockets. I stamped each of the pockets with a SU Rollagraph holly stamp and added a strip of red paper to decorate. The back of each pocket is covered with a trimmed piece of the 6x6 paper. Computer-generate titles for each of the pages (mine say cards, gifts, food, money, plans and misc) and add these.

5 Bind the book with an o-wire - I just punched once as it is lightweight and this saves on wires but you could punch all the way down if you prefer.

6 Make little pages to put into the pockets inside the book - the recipient will write their plans for xmas on these. The beauty of this is the tags can be replaced so the planner can be used over and over again. I simply stamped So Swirly (SU) over them in Old Olive ink and rounded the corners.

Eh voila! I hope my Mum likes it - it is at least useful (she doesn't always appreciate my crafty efforts...).

Also entering this for Charisma Cardz Challenge as it's red and green!


  1. Gorgeous planner this is just what I needed this year! So I must have a go so I can be prepared next Christmas.

  2. Just seen this and it's lovely.

  3. Katy, we loved your planner tutorial, so we've featured it at Christmas Planner

    Nice job!

    Cynthia Ewer, Editor
    Organized Christmas

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