Friday, 8 November 2013

Frosty Festivities 2 - Festive Planner



Welcome to my little part in Jennifer's Frosty Festivities weekend!  If you arrived as part of the blog hop then you should have reached me via Katherine.  You can find the next stop at the end of this post.
                                          Frosty Festivities Event at Jennifer Grace Creates
I always enjoy Jennifer's events and get lots of inspiration from the challenges she sets and from the other participants too.  I particularly love the Frosty Festivities event because it helps to get me in the mood for the season - which I love!!

Have you started planning for the festive season yet?  I started mine back in September because... well I'm a bit of a control freak if I'm honest, but also because I like to keep December as free as possible to really enjoy the fun stuff and not be worried about shopping and trying to fit things in.  Also this year as some of you know, Novrember is a busy month becaue I am taking part in NaNoWriMo which is where you write a novel / 50,000 words all in one month - yikes!  Just don't ask me how that is going...

So, back in September I made myself a little planner for the season.
I took lots of photos during the making process and I will be back in another post (with a prize) next weekend for anyone interested in making their own.
 I used some of my favourite Christmas papers and tried to make it quite sturdy so that I can just refill the inside next year.  It is all coated with Mod Podge which gives it a lovely sheen and helps to protect it a bit in my handbag...
 On the inside cover I have made 2 cute pockets - the larger one holds receipts for gifts and the smaller one is for stamps (note to self: buy stamps!!)  Then through the book there are dviders like this diary page.  The Silhouette files that I made for the wording will be available on the "How To" post.  I used one size for the main page and then made it slightly smaller to go on the tabs at the side of the page.
The inside pages then have normal printer paper pages mounted on sturdy pretty paper.  This diary page folds out for December and then on the reverse is November which is just as busy and we haven't really got going yet!  I love it!
The inside of the back cover has a strong strip attached for the little notebook to sit over.  No matter how well I might think I've planned my pages, I will always want more note paper!

I have printed sections for baking, meals, crafts, cards, presents and the diary pages.  I've included spaces for deadlines, notes on where to find instructions or recipes, a check box if crafts or baking items are gifts, 2 different sections in the cards for those that need to be posted as opposed to hand delivered, and a section in the presents to record when on-line purchases have been received etc.
I couldn't resist giving the back cover some prettiness too.
Don't forget to check back next week if you would like instructions, the files, or the chance of winning a Christmas pack of papers.  

Also, if you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at www.jennifergracecreates.com to let Jennifer know you've been all the way around, then you'll be in with a chance to win a jolly seasonal prize of Simple Stories December Documented and Elle’s Studio Noel items, worth over £28! 
                                           View Frosty Festivities Blog Hop Giveaway!.jpg in slide show
All entries must be received by Monday the 11th of November at 10.59pm GMT. Your next stop along the hop is... Meghann

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Bye for now
xx

48 comments:

  1. What a cute little planner and such a good idea!!
    Blessings ~~ dawn

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  2. Great idea for a planner - makes me think I need to get started

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  3. As well as being really cute....this looks like it will be so useful as well.

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  4. This is such a clever idea. Your planner looks awesome.Must make myself one of those.

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  5. What a super planner…I could do with being more organised and writing bits down.

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  6. What a great idea to keep organized during such a busy time!

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  7. What a fun little planner. Great idea too. Christmas is always a crazy time of year with so much going on. It is great to plan all of it out.

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  8. Very organised! However I know I'd start off with good intentions and then lose the blinking thing!

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  9. Having seen this in real life I know how absolutely gorgeous it is and it's on my list of "To Make" - so will look out for your instructions next week! xx

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  10. A gorgeous planner but I'm very much like you. I started in September too, as I love to have December free to really enjoy and yup, all presents are already bought lol

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  11. Oh, that is sweet. You are so organized. I only wish.

    Julie
    I Create Purty Thangs

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  12. Organized at Christmas? That is crazy talk! LOL Really fun planner idea!

    Bethany

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  13. That is amazing---maybe I should be making one, too, so I can try to less 'crazy' at Xmas!

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  14. That should keep you organized over the holidays for sure :)

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  15. Wonderful (& CUTE!) project, but now I am in a bit of a panic over the looming holidays! ;~)

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  16. You're well organised. Love your little planner.

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  17. Wow, you certainly are organised and know exactly what you need to keep track of, I'm impressed.

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  18. What a super idea!!!!!! Might just have to do something similar for my daughter...she likes to be in control too!! LOL

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  19. that is a really great journal and I love that you have designed it for use each year.. I also have some of those papers which means I need to use them up!

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  20. Such a pretty planner! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. You sound to be a very busy person so a pretty planner sounds just the thing!

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  22. Wow that is a great idea! we have little pieces of paper all over the place and to keep it all in one thing

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  23. Good for you for getting started early on Christmas! I haven't even thought abt it yet.... lol. What a festive planner. Great project.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

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  24. Beautiful and very inspiring, I might make one next week x

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  25. Love your Fstive Planner and totally empathise with the list-making compulsion! Thanks for a brilliant idea!

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  26. What a brilliant idea. So lovely, thanks for sharing

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  27. A planner is such a great idea! I love it!

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  28. Really like this. I would like to make books but often don't know where to start...will be coming back next week for instructions :)

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  29. Such organisation!....wish I was so organised!,
    Alison xx

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  30. Ooh, you have me wishing I had made a start on one of these months ago! It's lovely.

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  31. Go you, being so organised & what a lovely way to do it.

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  32. Go you, being so organised & what a lovely way to do it.

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  33. What a great, practical piece! It's so pretty I might just use it and I'm not a writer downer.

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  34. I have used a holiday planner for years now and it has saved me many headaches! I highly recommend it. Last year I made one that I could just swap out the pages of, much like yours. Love it!

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  35. this is what i need to keep everything together. A gorgeous project LJ X

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  36. What a useful and beautiful little project!

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  37. Great planner - great idea! My son is doing that writing project too!

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  38. Love your choice of background. Great LO.

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  39. this would make such a great present - mind whirring - pinning now so I don't forget. Great inspiration, thanks!

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  40. This is awesome, I love the pocket for receipts, I always lose those! The bingo cards on the covers are so cool. Thanks for joining in with the blog hop! x

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  41. love the details in your book! great inspiration!

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