Hey there, We R readers, Laura here today! I love binders, organizing, and planning. Writing everything out on paper gets it all out of my head and makes me feel like I have it all together. A few years ago, I created a regular sized 3-ring holiday binder. I leave it at home, but sometimes I need some of the information while I am out. I thought it would be fun to create a portable holiday planner I can take with me.
I started by using a Heidi Swapp memory planner. I took out all the months except for November and December. I added the dates to the calendar, so I can keep track of all our holiday plans for these two months.
Then, I created some dividers out of heavy cardstock. I used the tab punch board to create tabs on each one. I used the planner punch board to punch the holes in the dividers. I love that I can use the planner punch board for all my planners that each have a different hole pattern on the side.
I wanted the stability and weight of cardstock for the dividers, but plain cardstock can be kind of boring. I added some fun word art from the DCWV Christmas Stack. I adhered them using my tape runner and then added a little glitter tape for some sparkle. For the front page of the binder I also added the year with gold thickers.
I trimmed some plain white copy paper to size and then used the planner punch board to punch holes in the pages. The All in One Journal Tool is perfect for creating lists in my planner. I created a gift list using the checkboxes and lines. It is thin enough, I can slip it in the pocket of the planner for on the go.
I also created lined paper using the All in One Journal Tool and the gridded clipboard of the travel workspace to create some lined paper for my to do list.
For the gift section I thought it would be helpful to create a little pocket I could slip receipts into. I like to keep all my holiday receipts together, so I can track my budget, plus I have them in case of returns. I trimmed my paper to twice the width of a normal page in the planner. I used the trim and score board to score a line down the middle. I folded it in half, and then trimmed some of the excess paper along the top on the back to make it easier to slip the receipts in and out.
I used the hole reinforcer punch to create some coordinating hole reinforcements. This envelope will get more use than other pages, and this will help to keep it lasting all season long.
Each section of the planner has a specific purpose. The front calendar section will help me keep track of our holiday plans. I can also add dates as I get them, so I don’t overbook our holiday.
The next section is for to dos and lists. I always think of things while I am out and this way, I can keep a running to do list in one convenient spot.
I can add my gift lists to the next section, so I always have them with me when I am shopping.
The little envelope is perfect for storing receipts on the go. I love the little “Do not open until December 25th” card I found in the Christmas Stack.
Lastly, I have a place to keep my holiday menu plans and grocery lists. I am going to make another little envelope like the one for the receipts to hold coupons at the front of this section.
To label the tabs, I simply wrote on each one with a metallic marker.
I love that I can take this little planner with me. I can add to it all season long and it will be a helpful reference for next year to make planning for the holidays even easier!
DCWV Christmas Stack