Monday, September 11, 2017

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Christmas Notebook Time! & a GIVEAWAY! (closed)

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to be planning for the Holidays. I had this laid out last year then got the job offer and in trying to get settled into the new position, Bob with his new job ... well, I was just very unhappy. 

The first thing we do at the beginning of the new Christmas Notebook (CNB) season is to evaluate last year and figure out what, if anything, we hope to improve upon.

Well, my evaluation was that my holidays were very unorganized, very non-decorative and depressing. I know that seems small compared to larger problems in the world.. but my house is my world most of the time and I love the Holiday season. Just 2016  season, not so much. During my evaluation I vowed that I WOULD enjoy the holiday season this year, doing the things Bob and I like to do for others and being able to absorb what should be the warmest part of the year. 

CNB begins September 1 with weekly assignments to help get us to our holiday goal of warmth & cheer. But we really begin in August putting our notebook in order.

I loved the Traveler's Notebook style that I showed you last year. I've been doing CNB long enough and it's only Bob and I so I don't need the big 3-ring binder with all the planning. This works for me.

NOTE: This post is picture-heavy. 
Because each require a small description, I opted not to do a video flip-through.

I've changed things a bit this year. Starting with a couple of extra signatures. Last year I combined Monthly/ Weekly pages in one signature as well as Room Pages/ Decorating in one. This year I decided to make each one separate. Here's a view from the top showing the signatures in place.

Four Signatures

I used a retired SU tab punch, Recollections cardstock and my label maker - small print.

I used all Martha Stewart Christmas Papers from my stash. I've had this paper pad (okay, I bought 4 on an after-Christmas sale at Walmart 11 years ago)

The Monthly signature is the bulkiest because I printed the monthly calendar from Scattered Squirrel (I think) and glued them to the designer papers so they'd be a bit heavier and pretty. Down the middle of the signature of each month, I taped in a Shopping List so I could keep a list in that month as things came to me in my planning:


Sun - Wed plus shopping list

Thur - Sat with notes column

My next section is the Weekly
(for both weekly & room pages as they co hand-in-hand)

Two - weekly Spread.
Each one has a note at the top as to what the assignment is about for that week.
I use a hair clip as a page marker.

Room Pages
I trimmed notebook paper down to fit
(I bought a case for .10 a ream last year after back to school)
Here, I will make note of what I need to do in each room to get it ready for decorating.
This includes cleaning/ removal of anything that will be replaced by a Christmas item.

Decorating Cover

I chose plain copy paper for this signature. I can make notes or I can paste in pictures of decorating ideas I want to try.

Cookie Tray Cover

Each year (with the exception of last year) I bake and we deliver nearly 100 cookie/ treat trays to businesses whom have served us in some way over the past year.
We live in a small community of  625 people give or take. Most of the surrounding communities with the exception of West Plains and Springfield are about the same size.
We get real hometown service from the business we frequent.
This is our way of saying Thank You!

I used three strips of the 1/2" wide super sticky tape, to add a notepad to the inside back cover of the final signature. ( the same one as used in the Monthly signature) 

And there you have my CNB 2017.  I'm a couple of weeks behind already in the planning but now that I have the new signatures in place, I can sit and get things rolling again.

Have you started your Christmas planning?
What if anything would you change from last year?
I'll pick one comment from the list to send a special Heidi Swapp Christmas Countdown Calendar!
You have until October 1st to Comment!

Merry Christmas!


  1. Wow, impressive planning in a fabulous notebook. My Christmas planning only extends to making sure I've bought presents for everyone!

    1. I don't have a lot to buy for. Bob, Sue and the girls. That's it. My big project is the Christmas baking and I LOVE to decorate.

  2. You could add me to that list if you would like!! Lol

  3. Kelly, this is just magnificent - what a wonderful way to stay organazed! And I love how you have made so many personal touches with the papers choices and little tabs! I applaud you for being so on point with your cards and mailing! Thank you SO much for the sweet Christmas card, too!

    1. Thanks, Kel. I'm finding I use the traveler's notebook size more than I did the big binder - which is a plus in staying ahead of things for Christmas. Creative Blessings!

  4. Kelly, your Christmas notebook is both functional and gorgeous! I love it!