Everyone should know by now my affinity for all things Christmas. I could listen to Christmas music every day. All. Year. Long. It’s only September, and I am itching to get into my Christmas boxes. I mentioned to Jeremy that since it is in fact September, it gives me the right to start my decorating process for fall time. Right? Last Christmas was tough for me. We were having serious trouble with unemployment, and we had literally zero money to spend on gifts for people. I didn’t even have money to make gifts to give people. It sucked. Now, I know that gift giving isn’t what it’s all about, but I like to give to people when I can. This year though, I have high hopes. I’ve started planning for Christmas early instead of waiting until the last minute. I’m sure this little bundle of holiday fun would have helped me last year in a big way.
I now present to you, the Christmas planning binder-
I bought a red binder from Wal-Mart, a fun pack of Christmas scrapbooking paper from Archiver’s with a 43% off coupon, and made sure I had my double sided craft tape handy. For the cover I chose 3 pages whose colors matched in a quirky way, cut and pasted them together to make the background, then I added the Christmas and Joy stickers. I finished off the look with the Christmas tree. All of these stickers came with the scrapbook kit.
I cropped the pages to 10”x 11” so they would stick out a little bit from the binder when I hole punch them. I wanted to be able to see the page tabs sticking out of the binder for easier access. For the tabs, I cut the extra paper into rectangles, wrote the section name, and then laminated it on my creative laminating machine. I then used really good quality packaging tape to tape them onto the pages.
For the tabs, I cut the extra paper into rectangles, wrote the section name, and then laminated it on my creative laminating machine. I used really good quality packaging tape to tape them onto the pages.
I searched on Pinterest to find pages to go with each section, and really they are SO easy to make on your own computer that you can make your own.
The sections I made are:
*Card distribution list
*Ideas and cut-outs
Viola! The finished product-
The tabs look a little crooked, but it’s just because I have the binder standing on its side.
On a side note….I’m still working on taking good pictures. At least with these I’ve posted, I actually used a real camera and not my cell phone. We’re getting a newer digital camera soon, so hopefully that will help with quality.
Now for your viewing pleasure…..a Christmas song and video by my second favorite guy, Michael Buble.