Welcome back to today’s Christmas in July Flashback Friday Holiday Planner post. Every year I have such grand plans to get my holiday chores done early, buying gifts and making and sending the Christmas cards. Most years I fall so far behind it’s crazy. The year, when I created this holiday planner I stayed on task and was able to truly enjoy Christmas with my family. Unfortunately, while checking the links that I shared in the original post I found the planner pages that I used are no longer available. I did use these pages as a template and created my own to share with you. I’ll have the PDF available to download at the bottom of today’s post. Now, let me show you the planner that helped keep me on track.
This holiday season I’m going to try to be more organized so I can sit back and actually enjoy the holidays without too much worry or stress. To help get me organized I altered two manila file folders into this adorable organizer. It fits perfectly into the outside pocket of my purse. The link to the directions show using only one file folder to make the planner. I chose to use two folders so I could add more planner pages to suit my needs. You could also add a third folder if you needed more room for receipts or such…the choice is yours!
I glued the back of the folder pages together to form a book rather than having it open all the way. It seems easier for me to juggle a book rather than something that would open wide while at the store. That would just be a disaster waiting to happen! LOL
I found the directions to alter the file folders on the Splitcoast Stampers Community Page. You can find the tutorial here: Accordion File Folder by AJ Otto.
I know I should have used something like “Planner” or “Holiday Planner” on the cover of this. However, the chances of losing this before next year are pretty high. I’m sure I’ll be making another one, so 2009 works for me. LOL
The paper is from a Holiday paper pack from Wal-Mart that I purchased about 3 or 4 years ago. I also mounted the calendars in the first pocket onto card stock. They were sort of narrow for that wide pocket and slipped around a lot. To close the planner I used eyelets on the front and back covers. I then threaded a piece of thin ribbon through them to tie it closed. Next time I may decorate a large binder clip to make it easier to work with on the go.
Thanks for stopping by for a look, let me know what you think, and I can’t wait to see your version of the Holiday Planner!!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Flashback Friday Holiday Planner post. As promised above, here is the downloadable PDF of the planner pages I created. I hope they help you as much as they do me.
Do you spend most of the holiday season rushing around trying to get things done? Or are you one of the super organized? Let me know if the comments below. Until then, have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back in the craft room soon!
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