Christmas Countdown Has Started: Bekka's Pocket Planner

christmas pocket plannerThe Christmas Countdown has started, notes UK stamper Bekka--so she's made it easy to make a list and check it twice with a Christmas pocket planner.

Showcased at her Feeling Crafty blog, Bekka's clever use of specialty punches and scrapbooking embellishments makes this project a stand-out. The tall column with the scalloped notch makes a tidy home for holiday receipts, while the turned-down pockets to either side keep Christmas pocket planner forms handy.

Check it out--and while you're visiting, don't miss Bekka's offer to e-mail assembly instructions for this beautiful Christmas pocket planner:

The Christmas Countdown Has Started: Christmas Pocket Planner

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Holiday Planner: Pretty Composition Notebook Cover

holiday plannerIf simple--but pretty--is what you're looking for in a Christmas planner, check out this offering from FiskarCrafts.com.

Using a simple composition notebook, these clever crafters have added a pretty, three-dimensional cover. Stamped felt holly leaves form a pretty frame for a die-cut title.

We like the innovative stamping technique of running scrap cardstock through a crimper, then using it as a rubber stamp to create candy-stripe effects.

Holiday Planner

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Notebook Makeover: Jake's Christmas Planner

christmas plannerHow simple--and frugal--is this? UK blogger Just Jake does a creative makeover on an inexpensive ring-bound notebook to produce this bright and creative Christmas planner.

Finding her makeover material at the "pound store" (that's "dollar store" to us Yanks!), she's documented the before, during and after of turning a spare notebook into a work of Christmas art.

Innovation we love: a recycled clothes pin, or "peg" in UK parlance, stands in for a receipt envelope. Clever Jake!

Notebook Makeover: Jake's Christmas Planner

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Holiday Spending Planner For A Debt-Free Christmas

printable holiday budgetIt's a printable planner with a purpose: Credit.com's holiday spending planner.

Similar to our Holiday Budget worksheet, this two-page printable budget form lists holiday spending line by line. Comprehensive and complete, it'll show you the true cost of celebrating the season--and it's offered as a printable .PDF form or as an interactive Excel spreadsheet.

Add it to your Christmas planner to save money on Christmas. First, use this planner to estimate total costs for the holiday season, then consult it as you shop to keep spending within budget.

Give yourself the ultimate Christmas gift: no new debt!

Holiday Spending Planner

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Gift Lists: Colorful Holiday Checklists To Print

christmas checklistReady to get giving for the holiday season: Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanzaa? Print these colorful holiday checklists from HP.com!

Done up in gift-list style, these holiday checklists will keep tabs on the progress of your gift list.

Tuck one into your Christmas planner today! With versions for Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa, they've got your holiday giving covered.

Holiday Checklists

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Christmas Notebook: Fa-La-Luscious Holiday Planner

holiday plannerPlanning for Christmas? Who wouldn't love to store gift lists and holiday menu plans in this fa-la-luscious example of a Christmas notebook?

Crafted by blogger Nancy, it's a great balance of creative inspiration and solid notebook divider pages.

Better, her eclectic, colorful approach is a great way to use bits and pieces of scrap paper to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas planner:

Fa-La-La-La-La-La Holiday Planner

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Christmas Pocket Planner: Photo Instructions

christmas pocket plannerIt's pretty in pink--and illustrated with a thorough photo tutorial: Christine's Christmas pocket planner!

If you're intrigued by these slender holiday organizers, but need step-by-step instructions, blogger Christine has the right stuff.

Follow along as she creates a holiday planner from a manila file folder. Get inspired!

Christmas Pocket Planner Instructions

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