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Monday, December 3, 2012

Festive Christmas Planner

Hello!  It is Lori from the Singing Shell.  Today, I have a Christmas Planner for you using cuts from the Folk Art Festival and Holiday Frames & Tags cartridges.

My husband is the type of person that remembers everything.  I, however, am the kind of person that really needs help remembering things.  This is where the Christmas planner comes in.  The great thing about making your own planner is that you can customize it.  My planner has the following tabs:
  1. Card List
  2. Gift List
  3. Recipes
  4. Holiday Ideas
  5. Shopping List

These are some other ideas:
  • A calendar
  • A pocket for receipts
  • A pocket for coupons
  • Menu
  • Decorating Ideas
  • To Do List

Here's how I made mine:
1.  I bought a small lined journal from Michael's for $1.50.  It measures 7 x 5 in.  I have seen many different types of books and even binders used.  I chose this particular journal because it was small enough to carry in my purse.

2.  From the Folk Art Festival Cartridge: I cut the bird on page 40 at 2 in.  I cut the letter "C" on page 58 at 3/4 in.  I cut the labels on page 69 at 3 in and 3.75 in.  I cut the "2", "0", "1" at 3/4 in.
3.  From the Holiday Frames & Tags Cartridge: I cut the tag from page 55 at 3 in.
4.  I covered my book with an eggshell colored cardstock and then put a taupe colored fabric on the right hand side.

The binding is from DCWV Fabric Paper

5.  I wrote "hristmas" and the words on the tabs by hand.

I have five tabs for my planner.
But you can have any number of tabs
to fit your needs.

6.  I assembled my labels and numbers on the new cover. I added my tabs to the planner.
7.  I added a handmade red square with the letter "C" to the handwritten "hristmas".
8.  I distressed the bird with the Fired Brick Distress Marker.
9.  I added the bird to the labels and then colored in the negative space with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Smooches.
The heart is from a stash of unused cuts.  
Hey, you never know what you can use later! :)

This will keep me nice and organized.  I can also keep it for the upcoming year and easily make changes to the card/gift lists.  I can also refer back to any decorating/recipe ideas I did not get a chance to use.

I wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday :)

Designed by ~ Lori Sjogren
Machines Used ~ Cricut Create
Supplies used ~ Folk Art Festival cartridge,  CM Holiday Frames & Tags,  paper from my stash, DCWV Fabric Paper, Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Marker, Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Smooches


  1. Great idea to stay organized Lori!! Love it!

  2. This is a great project, or even a gift. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I need all the help keeping organized that I can get! Beautiful cover Lori!

  4. What a great idea for staying on top of it all. Great work.

  5. Beautiful planner. Much nicer than my many scribbled notes on yellow lined paper that get shoved in my purse. Thank you for the idea.

  6. Cindy and I use the same planner. I was just thinking I need to be more organized the other day. Lori, you planner is a great inspiration and will definitely be working on one for me.

  7. Beautiful project! Love the colors!

  8. Too cute. Love the idea for making a little book. What a great find and repurpose.

  9. Good idea, I love and use lists all the time.


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