Tutorial plus Printables from Eighteen25 Cynthia Ewer Tue, 10/19/2010 - 15:16

Ten steps to an easy Christmas planner? You bet ... with this new tutorial from the Under the Sycamore blog!

Written as a guest post by three sisters, bloggers from eighteen25, this illustrated tutorial will take you step by step through creating a pretty Christmas planner.

A bonus: free printable labels and decor elements to spark your project!

Start with a simple composition book, then layer patterned paper, cardstock and labels to create a custom cover. With inset calendars, dividers and tags, this is a pretty--and practical--planner project.

eighteen25's Christmas Planner Tutorial and Printables

Cardsister's Deluxe Die-Cut Holiday Planner Cynthia Ewer Fri, 10/01/2010 - 13:04

christmas plannerLavish and layered and oh, so glorious: check out this Christmas planner from crafts blogger Cardsister!

Sure, she's started with a simple composition book base, but this combination of coordinated patterned papers and layers of lavish die-cut elements is a knockout!

Add the sophisticated color combination, ribbon and chipboard letters, and you have a Christmas planner to die for.

Zowie ... where are my Tim Holtz dies for the Sizzix Big Shot?

P.S. This Westie owner ADORES Cardsister's profile pic!

Cardsister's Holiday Planner

Dollar Store Delight: Janelle's Photo Album Holiday Organizer Cynthia Ewer Thu, 09/30/2010 - 15:43

photo album holiday organizerStart with a simple photo album from the dollar store. Add patterned paper, index cards and a bit of creativity, and what do you get? This delightful Christmas Planner from blogger Janelle at the Arizona Families blog.

What we love about this? Simplicity! Using an inexpensive photo album as the base, users add standard-sized index cards to photo pockets to create a durable holiday organizer.

Don't miss Janelle's advice about adding tabs. Using a paper punch makes it easy to make as many tabs as you need. Since you create your own planner, your tabs will be as unique and individual as you are!

Simple, inexpensive and creative: a winner!

Arizona Families Craft: Holiday Organizer

Creative Christmas Planner: Scrappin' Cat's Altered Journal Cynthia Ewer Mon, 09/27/2010 - 07:52

christmas plannerWhat's the secret to Scrappin' Kat's elegant--and easy--altered journal Christmas planner? Combine coordinated patterned papers and cardstock, add an inexpensive composition book, and voila! A dashing entry in the Christmas planner field!

The organizer in me loves her abundance of pockets. With four sections to the planner, top tabs--a real innovation that should avoid the "dog-eared" look!--and the appeal of simplicity, this Christmas planner glows!

Nice job!

Scrappin' Cat's Christmas Planner

Kickin' it With A Kit: Vicki's Christmas Planner! Cynthia Ewer Thu, 09/02/2010 - 16:07

christmas plannerThink you've got to have a scrap room full of papers and tools to make a splash with a Christmas planner? Nope!

Take a look at this vibrant Christmas planner from Vicki, blogging as Angel Stamper 2. Built from a scrapbooking kit from Colorbok, Vicki's planner rocks!

Layered self-adhesive embellishments make the cover special, while a simple--yet colorful--interior is laid out for efficient holiday planning.

Vicki uses small clips to attach gift lists to the planner pages, and tucks receipts inside a dedicated envelope on the cover.

Great job!

Vicki's Christmas Planner