Sunday, 1 December 2019

Christmas Planner for Mini Album Makers

Hello Friends

The first of the month means it is time for a new challenge over at Mini Album Makers!  Our rules are quite simple,  you can find all the details here.

I love planning for Christmas, and even though I seem to do less and less each year I still like to make a planner to keep Christmas gift ideas, and my all important card checklist.

I started by cutting black mountboard/matboard to 7.1/4" x 7.1/4" for the covers and 7.1/4" x 1.1/4" for the spine.  I used tape to join the three pieces together as shown below.
Next, I added a Tim Holtz ring binder.  It is best to do this before decorating the outside as the pins will not show then.
I used a (very old) Sizzix die to cut tab dividers for the inside of the planner and then cut lots of ruled pages to go inside each of the dividers.  I have not decided how to decorate them as yet...
Using some brick paper from my stash, I covered the front, side and spine.
 I 'built' the snowman using Tim Holtz's fabulous new Colorize Mr Snowman (Sizzix 664230) and used Tim's Wreath & Snowflake die by Sizzix (664210) to create the wreath.
For the door I cut up some greyboard to create the door frame and the door and then gessoed the pieces in black.
I wanted the door to be bright red so I painted it with DecoArt paint in Pyrole Red.  For the frame over the door I used one of Tim Holtz's On the Edge die (Sizzix 656628).  I also created a 'step' for the door using brick design paper from my stash.
All that remained was to add some Idea-ology pieces, over the door and the number 25 and finally some 'snow' to give a wintry feel.
So, there we have it, I am all set up now to get my Christmas plans underway!

Our lovely Sponsor this month is:
 Lindy's Stamp Gang who are offering a  $25 Gift Voucher to one lucky winner.

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Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Oh Anne this really is delightful, I love how you created the doorway into your Christmas organiser, no better colour than red for the coming season. Beautifully embellished with that quirky element it will make your planner a pleasure to plot and keep track on all those tick lists.
    Wishing you a super Sunday, Happy December & the warmest of Hugs Tracey xx

  2. What a fabulous idea Anne. I adore your door and that red is perfect . Beautifully decorated project ❤️❤️❤️

  3. What a wonderful festive scene. Your glossy red door is completely brilliant, and I love the brickwork too. You've shaded that snowman to perfection for maximum dimension. This is a treat of an album!
    Alison x

  4. Fabulous.....Love it and a planner such a useful idea. Thanks for showing it Axxx

  5. This is absolutely gorgeous Anne! The brick wall is perfect, and you must be instantly in the Christmas spirit everytime you see your planner. Have a very happy week, Sue xx

  6. This looks fab ..... I love the jolly snowman.
    Sounds like you're all organised for the festive season ..... I wish I was!! Happy December xx

  7. What a lovely jolly Christmas planner Anne! The decorated front cover is fabulous with the door, snowman and wreath on the brick paper. Gorgeously painted snowman too. Happy Christmas planning!! x

  8. OMG this is so darn lovely, Redanne! And gorgeous red door!

  9. I love the idea of a Christmas planner! And oh, I love how you decorated the cover with the beautiful front door, Mr. Snowman (so perfectly shaded) and wreath to welcome your Christmas guests. This is just wonderful, and I'm sure you will be excited to use it! I love a useful project that's gorgeous, too! Sending hugs!

  10. This is pure delight Anne! Your front door is Gorgeous and I love the adorable snowman! Stunning Christmas Planner!! Wishing you and your family a Joyous Christmas and all the very best for the coming year. hugs xx

  11. Brilliant make Anne! Right up my street! This is the first Christmas in about a decade that I've not purchased any Christmas themed crafting ingredients - sign of the times alas. If I were crafting however that snowman would be the second on my list (after the matching Santa). He looks a very happy snowman indeed. Nicola xx

  12. Now that my cards are done, I can visit again! I think this is a brilliant idea for keeping one's head on straight with all that needs doing at Christmas time and the keeping track of cards! It can get overwhelming and even a bit boring at times, so to have it all written in a cheerful little album like this must keep you smiling, Annie! Who couldn't smile seeing that snowman?! And who wouldn't want to live at this address?! Happy Holiday Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  13. You have so much more patience than I do! The details you add to every project are amazing. This book is just a treasure!


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