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.

Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

How to Make a Sweet Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

using the Donut Box Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The perfect gift card/money holder for that special someone with a sweet tooth.

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How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

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Mini Donut Box Gift Box Holder

Directions:

  • Cut the Donut Box using the Crossover II Die-Cut Machine and the Donut Box Die Set.
  • Cut two scalloped rectangles using the Donut Box Die Set.  I like to run the paper through the Xyron Create-A Sticker Mini to add adhesive to the back of it before die-cutting.  It makes the scalloped rectangle a sticker which makes it so much easier to adhere to the box.
  • Remove the protective coating off of the acetate and adhere to the backside of the box opening.
  • Remove the backing off the “rectangle sticker” and place one on the front of the opening and the second onto the back of the opening.
  • Cut a small piece of acetate slightly larger than the opening on the Donut Box.
  • Gently fold Donut Box on the score lines.  Glue the side tabs together to form the box.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Cut the donuts out of cardstock.
  • Use the light tan Tombow Maker* around the edges of the Donuts to give them a “baked” look.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Place the “sprinkles” paper into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of adhesive to the paper.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder

  • Cut the “icing for the donuts” out of the “sprinkles” paper and place it onto the cardstock donuts.
  • Cut a small 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle tray to fit inside the donut box.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares to the back of the donuts and stick them onto the tray.
  • I added two braided loops and taped them under the tray with regular tape.  I cut a second 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of decorative scrapbook paper and adhered it under the donut box tray with the thin 3D foam squares.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

  • Cut a small tag using the tag die that comes with the Donut Box Die Set.
  • Cut two small flowers and two leaves using the Petite Flowers Die Set.  Add pink to the edges of the flowers using the #800 Pink Tombow Marker.
  • Carefully scrunch the flower with your fingers to give the flower shape.
  • Glue the flowers and leaves together onto the tag.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box

The Donuts look good enough to eat.

How to Make a Mini Donut Box Gift Card Holder.

Hide a gift card to your favorite donut shop or money under the donut tray for a sweet little surpris