DIY Holiday Planner

DIY Holiday Planner

Creating a Holiday Planner…

It’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays.

So…when Xyron asked me to do a Christmas in July project using the Xyron Holiday Bundle,

of course, I said YES!

To be honest, my first thought was to run over to my local scrapbook store

and buy something new to use in my project.

Christmas is my weakness, and I have so much leftover from previous years.

I decided to “Scrap my Stash” instead. In the end, I used paper from 3-4 different collections.

(I’m so proud of my self-control.)

My Holiday Planner measures 6″ x 8″. 

It is big enough to write in but small enough to grab and go.

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Creating a Holiday Planner

Materials Used:

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Xyron Creative Station

DIY Planner Details:

  • Cut two 6″ x 8″ pieces of decorative paper for the front cover and two 6″ x 8″ pieces for the inside front and back covers.
  • Lay the paper into the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* design side up. Crank the handle of the Creative Station* to run it through the machine. As it goes through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper. No electricity needed, easy to use.
  • Peel the decorative paper from the protective liner and place it onto a 6″ x 8″ piece of chipboard. Cover the front and back sides of the chipboard.
  • I love using the Xyron 9″ Creative Station* when I make albums.  I get complete coverage and everything lays smooth, no wrinkles.
  • I like to use a craft mat and craft knife to trim away any excess paper.
  • A sanding block is great for smoothing out the edges of the covered chipboard.

Xyron Disposable Sticker Maker

  • Cut decorative strips to add the front and back of the planner.  If you’ve never made a planner/album like this, you’ll want to give particular thought to the placement of the strips on the back cover to make sure they line up with the front of the planner.
  • I used coordinating decorative scrapbook paper to create a frame for the front of my planner using the frame die from The Maker’s Movement.

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DIY Holiday Planner Pages

  • I created several different types of pages using a word program for the inside of the planner.
  • As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy.
  • Once you get your cover finished and your inside pages created, you’ll want to bind it all together using a binding machine.  I used an old Bind it All Machine.  You can also use The Cinch Book Binding Machine*.

Holiday Planner-Calendar Pages

November and December are the crucial days when planning the Holidays. 

I printed out two calendar pages from SaturdayGift.com and sized them to fit in my planner.

On the inside of the front cover, I created a pocket for lists and coupons.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Gift List

I am that person.  I write down everything I buy for Christmas.

If you want to know what I bought you five years ago for Christmas, ask me.

DIY Holiday Planner

Christmas Card List

Do you still send Christmas Cards?

I love getting and sending Christmas Cards over the Holidays.  (sometimes I even make them)

I don’t get as many or send as many as I used to, but I love hanging them on display.

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A great way to be prepared for the Holiday Cookie Exchange. 

Creating pockets are a great way to keep organized and the perfect place for

blank Holiday recipe cards.

DIY Holiday Planner

Favorite Family Recipes…

I have several family favorite recipes that I make every year.

Several years ago, I typed them all up and saved them on my computer.

It was easy to reprint them and add them to this year’s Holiday Planner.

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Notes and Stuff…

These pages are for writing down special memories, tips of things that worked that’ll you’ll want

to remember for the next holiday get-together, or the other room mom’s phone number.

There’s so much that we need to remember during the holidays.

And don’t forget to save those receipts for easy returns.

I added a thick buffalo plaid zipper bag in my planner to hold those receipts.

DIY Holiday Planner

Jingle All The Way… 

Create another pocket in the back to tuck in pictures and invitations.

I can never have too many pockets to help keep me organized.

The nice thing about Christmas in July is that by the time the Holidays do arrive,

I’ll be almost ready.

Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die

Vintage Flower Truck

I’m excited to share with you Eileen Hull’s New Vintage Truck Die*

that is part of the New Chapter 3 Release Dies from Sizzix.

It is one of the cutest dies for so many different Holidays.

Can you imagine it as an old rusty pickup filled with miniature pumpkins? 

And of course, think of all the cute things you can do for Christmas.

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Here’s What I used:    (*affiliate link)

Tips:

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Cardinal on Wreath Ornament

Another project made using the New Chapter 3 Dies is this Simple Holiday Ornament

using the New Ornament Box Die*  and the Wreath and Snowflake Thinlets Die Set*.

There’s a limited supply of these dies currently, so make sure to get yours today.

Eileen Hull/ Sizzix Chapter 3 Dies

Eileen’s Teams have joined together to give you even more ideas on these creative New Dies.

LET’S GET GOING ON OUR RELEASE PARTY BLOG HOP…

Click on the next link below to continue on your way. Comment on each designer’s blog post to be eligible to win a prize!  (see Eileen’s Blog for details)

Eileen Hull Designs
Julia Aston
Madeline Arendt
Jennie Atkinson
Sue Eldred
Maggi Harding
Lisa Hoel
Elizabeth Robinson
Tonya Trantham
Pam Bray
Jenny Marples

DIY Double Sided Sign for your Patriotic and Olympic Spirit

DIY Patriotic Sign

How to create a double-sided sign to show off your Patriotic and Olympic Spirit.

I picked up this wood star sign at Dollar Tree* to make something for the 4th of July.

Being indecisive, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do that or make something for the

upcoming Olympics.  So, I decided to do both.

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DIY Patriotic Sign

Materials Used:

Directions:

  1. Lightly sand the wood star with the sanding block to smooth.
  2. Paint both sides of the star with white acrylic paint.
  3. To make 1″ stripes, lay the painter’s tape onto the surface, butting each strip up to the other. Remove the middle piece of tape.
  4. Gently rub the painter’s tape* to make sure the edges are securely down.
  5. Paint between the lines of the tape. Wait until the paint has dried before removing the tape.
  6. For a distressed look, gently sand the star to blur the paint lines.
  7. I used my Silhouette Electronic Die-Cutting Machine* to create the words and stars to put on the front and back of the sign.
  8. Apply the vinyl onto the star using vinyl transfer tape*.

DIY Patriotic Sign

I added my sign to the simple boxwood wreath on my front door. 

After the 4th of July, I will turn it over to show my Olympic Spirit.

GO TEAM USA!

DIY Patriotic Sign

A Coffee Gift Card Holder for Mom

a Coffee Card for Mom

How to make a “coffee-themed” gift card holder for Mom for Mother’s Day.

Do you have a Mom who’s a coffee lover?

Make her a cute “coffee-themed” card perfect for adding a gift card to her favorite store

or coffee place.

A Coffee Themed Gift Card Holder for Mom.

Materials Used:     (*affiliate link)

    

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A Coffee Themed Card for Mom

Directions:

  • Die-cut the pieces from the Coffee Die Set out of scrapbook paper using the Crossover II Die-Cutting Machine.
  • Assemble the die-cut pieces on a layered card front.
  • For the base of the gift card holder, I cut a piece of cardstock 5 1/4″ x 9 3/4″.  Score lengthwise every 3 1/4″.
  • Adhere a 3″ x 5″ piece of green polka dot paper onto the middle panel.
  • On the third panel, cut down the side approx. 2 1/2″.  Cutaway the remaining section of the panel on a diagonal to create a flap.
  • Adhere the bottom and the short side of the flap to the middle panel to create a pocket.
  • Decorate the pocket with a flower that was “fussy cut” from the floral paper.  Add a small strip to edge the pocket.

Die-Cutting letters using the Crossover II.

Directions Continued:

  • For the letters on the front of the card, I used gold foiled paper.  To make the letters stickers, I ran the gold foiled paper through the Xyron Creative Station*.  As you run the paper through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-Cut the letters to spell “MOM” using the Alphabet Die Set and the
  • Die-cut the gold foiled paper (with adhesive added to the back) using the alphabet die and the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*.
  • Remove the backing off the back of the letters and stick them onto the front of the card.
  • Tie gold thread around the front of the card and tie it with a knot.

LETTER ALIGNING TIP…If you’re a perfectionist like I am and want to align the letters as straight as possible. Use Gridded Transfer Paper* to help you line up the letters. Place the front of the foiled letters on the adhesive side of the transfer paper, remove the backing off of the foiled paper and transfer the letters onto the front of the card.

A coffee themed card for Mom

Now all you need to do is add a gift card for her favorite store or coffee place along with a sweet note.

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No Sew Bunny Gnome

No-Sew Bunny Gnome made using the New Xyron Glue Gun.

This Bunny Gnome was made using a couple of inexpensive girl socks from Dollar Tree.

The instructions for the Bunny Gnome are very similar to how I made the Valentine Gnome.

I filled the bottom of the sock with 1/3 cup of rice and filled the rest with poly-fil.

The top of the sock was tied tight with a piece of string and I added a small dab of glue from

my New Xyron Glue Gun to secure it.  I added a faux fur beard, a sock hat with a little

poly-fil added for shape and cute little felt ears.

No-Sew Valentine Gnome.   (click on picture for tutorial)

The Gnome is ready for Spring with his cute little felt ears and felt flowers.

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Xyron Mini Multi-Stick Glue Gun

Enabler Alert…

Xyron has come out with three New glue guns.  This one pictured above is what I used to create the No-Sew Bunny Gnome.  One of my favorite features is that you can add up to three glue sticks so that you don’t have to keep reloading while you work.  How cool is that?

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Simple Spring Place Card

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Add a little whimsy to your Spring Table with this cute little Bunny Place Card.

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Make it personal, it’s fairly simple and very inexpensive to make. 

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For the Bunny Place Card…

I used inexpensive wood bunny cut-outs from Dollar Tree* and scrapbook paper.

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Directions:

  • First, you’ll need to add adhesive onto the back of the scrapbook paper. 
  • I like to use the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to my paper. 
  • Put the paper design side up on the Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the backside of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need any electricity.

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  • Lay wood piece onto scrapbook and give a gentle rub to make sure everything is stuck down.
  • Carefully cut around the shape with a craft knife.
  • Sand the rough cut edges of the shape with a sanding block*.  You can use an Emory board to get into small places to sand.

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  • Tie a thin pink ribbon around the neck of the bunny.
  • Glue small flower embellishment over the knot of the ribbon.
  • Print names using a computer-generated font onto white cardstock.
  • Cut into strips and cut a small “v” notch out of one end to make a small banner.
  • Tuck and glue banner under the edge of the flower.
  • Glue a small white pompom for the bunny tail.

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To make my bunny stand, I used a small wood piece cut from an old scrabble tray and glued it

onto the back using Dap Rapid Ruse All Purpose Adhesive*.

(Alternative suggestions would be a small kids block.)

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Now you’re ready to set the table using your good dishes and let the party begin.

Personally…I always considered these red toile dishes my “good” dishes and I only used them

for Holidays.  Now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to use them every day.  

Simple Easter Slimline Card

A Sweet Little Easter Slimline Card.

My favorite time of the year is Spring.  I love celebrating Easter and the new flowers popping out

of the ground and sweet little bunnies and chicks that fill Easter Baskets.

My Simple Easter Slimline Card was made using dies and stamps from The Maker’s Movement.

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Here’s what I used to make the card:       (*affiliate link)

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Making Slimline Cards are so easy with the Slimline Essentials Die Set
from The Maker’s Movement.  Perfect for layering and adding windows.

Just enough space for a simple stamped greeting in the center of the card.

Add a couple stamped and colored images to your slimline layers and you have a simple and quick card.

Pinch Proof for St. Patrick’s Day

Doing A little Pinch Proof Preparedness for St. Patrick’s Day.

GREEN is the color of the day on St. Patrick’s Day…

and, I’ll be the first to admit that I look horrible in green. (It’s just not my color.)

So what do you do when green is not your color and you still want to celebrate?

You get creative and make a simple “Pinch Proof” button so you can wear a little green

and keep those pinches at bay. (It’s kind of like cootie protection when you were a kid.)

To make my Pinch Proof Button I used:     (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Gently rub over the vinyl transfer tape using the squeegee tool to make sure all the image has transferred.   Remove the transfer tape.

Now you’re Pinch Proof and ready to Celebrate.

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Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with Vinyl

Creating Cute Valentine/Spring Décor with StyleTechCraft Vinyl.

Did you ever get a song stuck in your head while working on a project?

I’m showing my age here, but this Karen Carpenter song kept going through my mind while

I was putting together the Bird on the Branch and, I just had to create the words to go with it.

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I love creating projects for my home using vinyl. 

My favorite vinyl is the Glossy Craft Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.

There are so many great color choices to choose from.

Materials Used to make the Valentine Projects:              (*affiliate links)

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Project Details:

  • I used a 5″ x 7″ decorative piece of chipboard that I’d had around for a while.
  • I cut a piece of woodgrain paper a little larger than the chipboard.  
  • Place the paper in the Xyron Creative Station* design side up through. As you turn the handle, it runs through the machine and adds a complete layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

  • Adhere the paper to the chipboard and cut away the excess using a craft knife and cutting mat.
  • Use a fine Sanding Block* to smooth out the edges of the chipboard.

  • I used my Silhouette Cameo Electronic Die Cutting Machine* and the “Bird on the Branch” SVG file to create my design.
  • I sized the image to fit onto my chipboard and cut the various layers of the red in three shades to make a cardinal.  
  • After weeding the excess vinyl from around my images, I transferred them onto the chipboard using the Clear Transfer Tape*.
  • After having the song stuck in my head, I decided to create a few words for my sign.
  • For added detail, I went around the edge of my sign with a Silver Leafing Pen*.

  • I cut an extra little cardinal to fit inside a small circle frame and added small red hearts on the top and bottom.
  • To complete my decorations, I added my small faux heart topiary to a reddish metal and added the words “choose happy” in Olive vinyl.

I have Cute Valentines Decorations that will take me into Spring.  (and maybe longer)

Making Valentines with New Slimline Essentials

Happy Valentine’s Day Slimline Card

I’m jumping on the Slimline Card Craze with the help of the New Slimline Essentials Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

What’s a Slimline Card? 

Basically, a Slimline Card is a tall card that fits into a business-size envelope.

The Slimline Essentials Die Set takes all the guesswork out of cutting the layers and makes

assembling your card a breeze.

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post  for the Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product
and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.

Materials Used:   (*affiliate link)

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Directions:

  • Die-cut all the layers for the card using the Slimline Essentials Die.
  • Cut three white scalloped squares.
  • Center the small square die in the middle of the scallop square.  Put a small piece of washi tape over the die to keep it in place.  Die-cut to create a small scalloped frame.

  • Place a piece of double-sided craft foam onto the square foam cutter die to cut small foam squares to use under the scallop frames.

To Create a Center Shaker Element.

  • Adhere a small piece of clear acetate to fit over the opening of the frame.
  • Because the foam frames didn’t match the frame I created, I cut the foam frames on the corners and placed them over the acetate.
  • Using only red and white heart sprinkles, fill the inside of the frame with the sprinkles. Be careful not to overfill so that there is room to shake.
  • Remove the protective lining on the foam and place a small piece of scrapbook paper over the foam.

  • Embellish the front of the card using hearts popped up with double-sided adhesive foam and the word “love” die-cut using the “Special Delivery” die set.

I love a clean and simple monochromatic card.  (and so much fun to make)