The giveaway is this Papermania Noel paper pack containing 20 12x12 sheets of 10 designs including 8 glittered. The packaging also has 30 toppers on the back for an added extra.
I also promised to share the files for the inside pages of the planner and the silhouette files for the titles... and I certainly will but with a twist. (twist makes it seem planned and exciting rather than the arrgghh moment that I am in right now.
Last weekend seems an awfully long time ago because this has been a long week. My 78 year old Dad had an accident on the farm where he works while using a bench saw. Thankfully he hasn't severed anything but he came close. He has to have plastic surgery on his hand this week to reattach the tendons in his right hand so he is having to learn to live one handed. He has Parkinsons and diabetes and he is 50% deaf and a stubborn old goat so things have been a little.. ahem... stressful. It meant that I didn't have the time I wanted to work out how to attach files within a blog post. So, if you would like the word files for the inside pages or the Silhouette files for the titles, please leave a comment where I can get back to you and I will e-mail them to you. Alternatively you can Google anything like "Festive Planner pages" and scroll through the images to find a range of things that might suit.
I started my planner by deciding on the size. I wanted something that would fit in my large handbag but that would be easy to print things for. In the end I went for inside pages that were half A4 so that I could get 2 from a standard A4 sheet. Then I added an inch to 2 sides to get the dimensions for the cover.
I cut 3 pieces of sturdy A4 card in half to make the dividers (that's the green pieces) and then the slightly bigger versions in very strong card for the covers (the cream card). The I chose coordinating papers for the front and back knowing I would have to use 2 pieces of A4.
For the inside of the front cover I attached a cut off rectangle on the bottom and edges to make a pocket for receipts. I also added a little border at the top. On the back cover I used a strip of sturdy card covered with green paper and attached with eyelets to make a hanging area for a small notebook.
I didn't like my eyelets showing so I did a bit of flat embellishment on the back cover.
My next job was to cover the divider cards. This was strong card that I picked up from The Paper Mill when they had shops (sniff) and it was green on one side and white on the other. I decided to only cover the blank side and leave the green side as the reverse because less layers means less corners to lift up and get caught in things.
I decided what I needed in my planner ahead of time and then I cut out the right amount of tabs for the sides of the dividers. You just stick these together on the top leaving the bottom edge open to stick both flaps onto the document or embellishment or whatever. Using my Silhouette Cameo I typed in the names for the dividers and then merged the letters together to create a continuous font. I cut it once for the brown labels on the fronts and then cut it again but just half the size to go onto the dividers.
I adhered the printed planners onto the inserts once I had decided what I needed on them. I embellished the front and Mod Podged everything to within an inch of its life so that it would stand up to being handled and carried in my busy bag.
I then hole punched everything using the first page as a guide and decided on where I wanted things to go. I went for the diary pages first because that tends to be the bit I refer to most! Everyone will be different in their needs and the beauty of using book rings is that you can change it and add to it to suit you and how things change for you over the years. You can see that I also added a little pocket at the front for stamps which is just a rectangle attached on 3 sides with a half circle punched out of the middle along the top edge.
Just leave me a comment that will cheer me up after my stressful week, maybe something that you like about my blog, and I will pick a worldwide winner at 10pm next Saturday British time.
Time to make some more Christmas cards I think!
Bye for now