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DIY holiday planner and free printables

I love everything about the holidays: the decorating, the baking, the shopping and most importantly, spending time with my loved ones. But how can you juggle all the activities around the holidays without getting stressed out? That is the million dollar question. This year I’m trying to plan the more I can in advance so that when the holiday rush comes I (hopefully?) be well prepared.

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I created a simple DIY holiday planner with items I had in my craft room and a set of custom printables that my daughter created for me. The printables are available for you to download and print in case you want to create something similar.

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For my holiday planner I used a simple binder that I purchased from Target for just $5.99. I am loving the 6×8 size of this binder. I find it so portable, that I carry it with me everywhere. I decorated the cover with a wood veneer sign I found at Michaels. It was white but I wanted a more festive look, so I used green paint to change the color.

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The printables include sections for gifts, card mailing, menus, and shopping.

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I inserted various post-its from the Target Dollar Spot and Michaels to have more room to make notes or lists. They are so adorable!

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I made a few pockets to keep cards, stamps and mailing labels. I also made one to keep recipe cards that I want to try this year.

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I love using my planners as inspiration. Way before Pinterest and Smash Books I loved to clip photos of stuff that I loved. In this holiday planner I used blank pages to add clippings from magazines with photos of beautiful items that I want to incorporate in my holiday decor.

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On the back of the planner I used a simple plastic pocket where I’m going to keep my receipts from holiday purchases – just in case I need to exchange or return items after Christmas.

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Here is the link for all the printables I used in my planner. Feel free to download them for personal use. I hope you like them!

Thank you for reading and remember, “Keep calm and be merry but plan your Christmas!”

 

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My Stationery Collection

Everyone knows I have an obsession with the Target Dollar Spot. I love pretty stationery, especially if it’s at a good price that doesn’t break the bank. After cleaning out my Ikea Raskog cart (that’s where I store my collection) I started taking pictures and wanted to share some of my finds with you.

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I have been collecting Target goodies for over a year now and I am constantly rearranging my stash to accommodate newer items. My obsession started with a set of two pretty pens that during this year alone have grown to about 50 pens from different collections.

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But not only do I collect pens, I am also absolutely in love with their folders which I use not only to file papers, but to make scrapbook folder albums.

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And how about the mini binders? They are perfect for scrapbooking your photos.

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There are also the most amazing clipboards. They have been sometimes the inspiration for my home office decor.

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Just recently, they have started releasing the cutest pencils. Here are two versions of them:

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Aren’t they adorable?

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Collections are rotated about every few months. Here is a look at what is currently in stores, just in case you want to start collecting too!

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Thank you for reading! Ill see you guys in the next post.

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Creating Mini Albums from boxes

One of the things I love so much about crafting is that you can make beautiful creations with inexpensive materials. I have used through the years lots of different options to make mini albums where I store all my photos, but one of my favorite ones to use is cardboard boxes.

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Cardboard boxes are very easy to use, they can be easily altered using paint, paper, fabric and lots of other material. But let’s face it, what I like the most is that they are free. As soon as I have an idea in mind I look around my pantry to see what can be the perfect box for my project.

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Then I trimmed my box to the size I want and begin its transformation. For the mini albums I use mini ring binders from Tim Holtz to hold my pages, but there are different binding methods that of course can work.

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After I trim my boxes comes the fun part: altering them. One of my favorite methods is using pretty scrapbook paper. To attach the paper I use quick dry glue, but any adhesive will work fine.

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This is an example of how I turned a little box into a Mother’s Day mini album. I took advantage of the premade opening and just embellished it a little bit.

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This travel album is one of the biggest ones I have created and it holds a large amount of pictures. At the time, I was a little worried that the cereal box wasn’t sturdy enough to hold the weight, but adding extra paper inside the box actually makes the box stronger.

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This one is a recent completed project and is one of my favorites. I barely used embellishments on the cover. The amazing design of the paper makes it.

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This one holds a dear place in my heart. It is a story of myself and it took me awhile to complete as I had to ask family members for pictures that I didn’t have. Now my own children can look at it and see where I came from and my story.

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This box was an altered one that I gave as a gift to my daughter for her birthday and it serves as decoration in her bedroom book shelve.

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And of course my December Daily albums for the past two years have been altered boxes and are my prized possessions.

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I hope that you can get inspiration from this post and start creating. Look around you, there are lots of raw material waiting to be used. The most important part is to have fun while doing it.

Thank you for reading!

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Free Printable: Fitness Planner Inserts

For the past three months I have been following a new, healthier living style by exercising, planning my meals, and controlling my calorie intake. This has helped me, (little by little) to achieve my goals. But I am still a long way to go. Because of this I created a new fitness journal to accompany me on this journey.

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I wanted to have something where I could write not only my daily meals, but also my exercises, water intake and other forms of weight-loss motivation. I was using a small, plain notebook to write my progress but I felt I needed something more “pretty” to look at.

This week with the help of my daughter I created new inserts and used my Webster Pages planner to create my new fitness journal. The idea is having weekly inserts to write your daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There’s also an area to mark your 8 servings of water that are needed daily.

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We also created a weekly insert that records my progress, workouts, meal prep ideas, and also houses a grocery list area.

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Way before Pinterest existed I used to cut and paste into journals every image I found from magazines and newspapers articles that caught my attention. I still use this method of inspiration to this day. For this journal I created a section where I can put clippings from fitness magazines that I have purchased.

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I use this section to journal my feelings, achievements, and both the good and the bad moments of this journey.

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I also have a wish list section that helps me plan ideas, and a section for all the good tips I find on the way.

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At the end of the planner I have extra paper and sticky notes for when I need to add more content.

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And of course, no fitness planner is complete without a mission statement.

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We wanted to share the printable daily, weekly and monthly inserts. Here are the links:

 

We hope that you guys like them. Feel free to use and share them.  (For personal use only!)

Thank you for reading!

 

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