Pocket Planners

The WOW Factor: Monica's Christmas Planner

Sitting right at the WOW point between pretty and practical, you'll find this Christmas planner from the U.K.: Monica's Christmas Planner.

Layered embellishments spark up a simply-constructed pocket planner, yet leave plenty of space for hard-working planner inserts.

Using printable pocket planner pages for holiday tasks, Monica's planner zeros in on holiday to-dos, while retaining loads of eye candy appeal.

If you live in the U.K., you can purchase a kit from Monica to create this planner yourself. Lovely!

Monica's Christmas Planner

Pocket Planner Tutorial: Stampdoc Rocks!

Wondering how to make a Christmas pocket planner? Go from zero to sixty with this video tutorial from The Stamp Doc.

This Christmas pocket planner is built using a simple pocket folder, decorative paper and stamped embellishments. Back-to-school promotions are underway now, so check around to find pocket folders for as low as ten cents!

Then stock your planner with right-sized printable Christmas pocket planner pages ... and get organized for Christmas!

Lean and Lovely: Laurie's Christmas Notebook

christmas plannerBig binders aren't the only way to go when it comes to creating a Christmas notebook. Check out this slimmed down version from Laurie, who blogs at Thru My Cottage Door!

Built from a simple colored file folder, Laurie's Christmas planner features dimensional embellishments, patterned paper and perky ribbon loops. She's scaled her notebook to take Christmas pocket planner pages from Organized Christmas--and brought a whole new meaning to lean, mean holiday planning!

Take the tour:

Laurie's Christmas Notebook

Fabulous Faux Leather Christmas Planner

christmas plannerThink all Christmas planners have to be girly or cute? Guess again ... and check out Lorrinda's fabulous faux leather Christmas Planner!

On the outside, it's svelte and swanky with an easy faux leather finish; on the inside, it's a hard-working tool for Christmas organizing. Along with gift lists, card lists and menu planners from Organized Christmas, Lorrinda's added grace notes like a Post-Its pad and pen holder.

Best of all, Lorrinda's Isn't That Sweet blog offers a fully illustrated tutorial to help you create your own version of this clutch-purse holiday organizer.

Fantastic job!

Isn't That Sweet? Fabulous Faux Leather Christmas Planner

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Tasty Trio: Lisa's Pocket Planners

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What's better than a fresh, new Christmas pocket planner? Three of them!

Check out this trio of inspiring Christmas planners from Lisa, blogging as Melt Your Heart Greetings. Coordinated patterned papers and luxe embellishments lead to three very different approaches to the Christmas pocket planner concept.

Lisa used a software program to create her calendar and gift list inserts, but to make it simpler, grab the Christmas pocket planner forms from sister site Organized Christmas ... and get creative!

Lisa's Christmas Planner 1

Lisa's Christmas Planner 2

Lisa's Christmas Planner 3

Tutorial: Basic Black Pocket Planner

pocket planner tutorialAren't these colors lovely? They almost remind me of a stained glass window!

Today, papercrafter Martha, from the StampArtPapel blog, brings us a tutorial for a simple--but sophisticated--Christmas pocket planner.

Using a black pocket folder for the base makes the holiday colors and patterned paper pop!

With step-by-step photographs and clear instructions, Martha's tutorial will have you crafting up to speed in no time. Get organized for Christmas ... or for Christmas giving!

Martha's Christmas Pocket Planner Tutorial

Make an Easy Christmas Pocket Planner!

christmas pocket plannerHere's a pretty entry in the Christmas pocket planner category: a multi-year planner from Louise at the Home is Where My Craft Room Is craft blog.

This elegant planner sports a distinctive color scheme using coordinated patterned papers. Inside, I really like the labelled pockets; no confusion about what goes where!

Best, the project is easy enough for this crafts-challenged editor. And while Louise used a commercial digital product to print out her lists, it would be just as easy to use the free Christmas pocket planner pages offered over at Organized Christmas to fill pockets with printed forms.

Crafty Lou's Christmas Planner

The Cutting Cafe Holiday Planner ... and A Giveaway!

Humble beginnings--think manila file folder--don't hold back this ultra-creative holiday planner from papercrafter Daniel Dobson! Blogging as For The First Time, Daniela's got a sizzling entry in the Christmas pocket planner category.

Sewn and stamped, inked and embellish, this Christmas pocket planner is a knock-out. And don't miss the clever use of small binder clips as both embellishment and structural device. It's a stunner!

Better still? Free stamp sets! Hurry on over to Daniela's blog and leave a comment to be entered in a November 15 stamp set give-away (and tell her Cynthia sent you!)

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The Cutting Cafe Holiday Planner

Holiday Planner: Lynn's Long, Lean List Machine!

holiday plannerHere's a fresh entry in the Christmas Pocket Planner category: this pretty vintage holiday planner from blogger Lynn at Millers-Ink.

Starting with Nicole Heady's free pocket planner template, Lynn added custom-cut tags made with a Cricut Personal Electronic Cutting Machine. These tags can be circulated to friends and family to gather gift suggestions for the big day.

With a vintage color scheme, stamped accents and smartly-embellished front cover, Lynn's planner is a long, lean home for lists and planner pages!

Lynn's Holiday Planner

Fast and Fun: Stash-Busting Christmas Planners

When it comes to making a workable Christmast planner, embellishments, stamped designs and lavish ribbons are nice to have, but simple's good, too! And when the Christmas planner project helps empty the craft stash and make good use of small scraps of paper? It's a stand-out project!

Check out these designs from blogger team Karen and Martha from Scrappin' Our Stash 2009. Using inexpensive pocket folders from the office supply store, these clever, sustainable folder-based planners are fast to make, fun to use.

Great job!

Christmas File Folder Planners from Scrappin' Our Stash