Sunday, November 15, 2009

Holiday Planner Project - Tutorial

I'm joining the Metamorphisis Monday party today with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. 



As I mentioned a few days ago, I am looking for a way to ease into the holidays.  I intend to be ready with everything needed accomplished or re-evaluated and set aside if I cannot complete and a firm decision to not stress of what is out of my control.  I am a list person...I love lists and that is how I stay organized and function day to day.  I always carry a small notebook with me to make journal entries, sketch ideas, keep shopping items etc.  This manilla folder technique will help keep me organized and can be adapted to be used as a holder for photos, an everyday planner or a holiday planner, as I have chosen to do.  I love this idea. 

Directions for the accordian file project can be found on the Splitcoast stamper website.  I've included their video showing the procedure to create the base folder from a regular left tab Manilla folder.



I decided to make a Christmas planner using Christmas themed scrapbook paper and embellishments.  For my needs, I chose the following for the pockets:

  • Calendar
  • Shopping Lists
  • To Do
  • Receipts
I covered my folder with scrapbook paper and embellishments but that is a personal choice.  You can leave the folder plain or use a colored manilla folder...there are some pretty patterned ones out there as well. 

I covered the outside of my planner like a book, however, if you want to allow for more expansion in the accordian pockets, you would use a seperate piece to cover the front and back cover. 



Use scissors to trim your cover paper to fit nicely around the tabs.



Cut papers to fit inside 'pages'...be sure and leave room for easy folding...don't oversize your paper.  The paper size to cover the bottom of the pockets is approx 4.5x3.75 inches. 



You will end up with 4 interior pockets.




All the best,


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20 comments:

southerninspiration said...

I sure wish I lived next door to you...you always inspire me, and I could sure use someone in my life who tells me how to be organized! ;)

Suzanne
Love your folder!!!

marieDee said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

This is a great idea! I need to make one of these. I featured this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button. Driving traffic your way!!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

That look fabulous. PLEASE post this to my Its So Very Creative party so I will remember to make this,

Cheri

black eyed susans kitchen said...

You are so very organized!! What a brilliant idea this is.
Susan

Julie Harward said...

What a great idea..I could have used this as I was doing Christmas for my 8 kids..maybe I can use it for my grands kids! Come say hi :D

{ L } said...

Great minds think alike! I did a post about my holiday planner awhile ago here:

http://www.mooreminutes.com/2009/10/making-list-checking-it-twice.html

I just saw your feature too!! Congrats! And WOW. Your holiday planner is delightful. I love how you embellished it. Excellent tutorial too.

Tara said...

This is so cute. What a great idea. I need to do this I am soooo unorganized!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a wonderful idea...I have had so little time to do any blog reading and I have missed it...stop by my Christmas blog and leave a comment. The giveaway is a great Christmas CD to add to your collection.
http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com.

fiberdoodles said...

This is too cute!!

Heather@PixieDust said...

I'm totally obsessed with this project. I've been showing it to everyone and folding spare folders all day at work. I've started a few, but I'm waiting on an order of scrapbook paper to finish them. Thanks for this wonderful project!!

reilhoney said...

I love your cute ideas! The planner is great, that is on my to do list! Cant wait to see more christmas ideas.

Lara Harris said...

Very cute!:)

cynthia said...

Hi, Jammi! We liked your planner and tutorial so much, we've showcased it at Christmas Planner .

Nice job!

Cynthia Ewer, Editor
Organized Christmas

Keat said...

Sweet Christmas Planner! :) Love it to the max.

Kim Sandling said...

Thank you for inspiring me with this organization folder. I made it the same day I found it, and have wondered how I have ever done without my book. Thank you for helping me find a book that can help organize my hectic life! You are wonderful and so talented!

Scentease Candle Company said...

Love this planner. I just made mine and posted a link to the blog on facebook. I am going to add this little gem to my blog also at http://scenteasecandlecompany.com

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Michelle Hernandez said...

hello , i love this planner but cAN YOU TELL ME WHERE OR HOW YOU PRINTED YOUR CALLENDER INSERTS AND OTHER PAGES YOUR PLANNER IS THE PRETTIEST IVE SEEN THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WORK

Michelle Hernandez said...

HELLO, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW HOW YOU DID THE CALENDAR FOR THE HOLIDAY PLANNER OR IS THERE A SITE WHERE I CAN PRINT THEM !!! MY DAUGHTER AND I WANT TO DO THIS FOR HER TEACHERS
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WONDERFUL WORK