Christmas Planner

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Handheld Holiday Organizer Updated for 2013

holiday organizer

Fans of "small and simple", rejoice! AmberLee, from the GiversLog blog, has updated her popular Handheld Holiday Organizer for 2013.

We love this free printable. The small form factor makes it portable, and AmberLee's clean and pretty graphic design makes it easy on the eyes.

This year, as always, there are two versions of this printable to choose from: pre-filled, or blank. Get it ... for an organized Christmas!

GIversLog: 2013 Handheld Holiday Organizer

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Fresh and Pretty: 5 Free Christmas Planner Pages

Printable Christmas Planning Page

Oooh ... these free Christmas planning pages from Botanical Paperworks are fresh, pretty, and free for the printing.

With five bright planners, you'll be on top of holiday prep from gifts to cards to Christmas dinner and traditions. The calm color scheme and beautiful headers make it a joy to get organized for Christmas!

Check them out here:

Get Organized With Christmas Planner Pages

Or download the .PDF file:

5 Free Printable Christmas Planner Pages

Planning Pages

Erica's Ring-Bound Christmas Planner and Free Printable

Ring Bound Christmas Planner

Small, sweet and colorful, we love this crafty ring-bound planner from craft designer Erica's Doing Something Else!

Erica used commercial scrapbooking products to create her little planner. With simple ring binding, pretty dividers and a free printable for small-sized planner pages, it packs a lot of organizing power in a tiny creative package.

Better, this would make a great "scrappy" project to use extra chipboard and bits and pieces of holiday-themed scrapbooking paper to good effect. Add some down-sized planner pages from Organized Christmas, and you could create your own planner for pennies .. or less!

Nice job!

Erica's Christmas Planner

Creative Planners

Smart Christmas Planner Solution: Duo Multitasking Organizer

Duo multitasking organizer

It's a binder. It's an accordion file. It'll supercharge your Christmas planner to create a place for receipts, recipes and tear files along side your gift lists and menu plans: the Duo 7-Pocket Accordion File Binder.

This bright idea combines the efficiency of a standard three-ring binder with the convenience of of an expanding accordion file, making it perfect to house your Christmas planner.

Whether you're stowing receipts or checking your gift list, this binder is a one-stop option to get organized for Christmas. Two elastic closures keep papers secured, but give easy access to either notebook or file as needed.

duo binder

Transparency note: the folks from Duo Binder sent me one to evaluate. And I fell promptly in love, thereby breaking my personal rule about not writing product reviews. But when you get something that is just this useful, it's time to share!

duo binder

Check it out ... to stop the Christmas paper chase cold!

Duo 7-Pocket Accordion File Binder

Christmas Notebooks

Helpful How-To: Amanda's Christmas Planner Tour

Amanda's Christmas Planner

Wondering how a real-world Christmas planner looks--and works? Get inspired by this story from blogger Amanda at the Small Home Big Start blog.

Moving step-by-step through her planner, Amanda shows how she uses it to organize holiday preparation, gifts and decor. Without going "over the top", her planner tour focuses on usability. And with links to her favorite printables, she makes it easy to follow her lead to create a personal planner for Christmas organizing.

We love it!

Christmas Planner: Keeping Organized Over the Holidays

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The WOW Factor: Monica's Christmas Planner

Sitting right at the WOW point between pretty and practical, you'll find this Christmas planner from the U.K.: Monica's Christmas Planner.

Layered embellishments spark up a simply-constructed pocket planner, yet leave plenty of space for hard-working planner inserts.

Using printable pocket planner pages for holiday tasks, Monica's planner zeros in on holiday to-dos, while retaining loads of eye candy appeal.

If you live in the U.K., you can purchase a kit from Monica to create this planner yourself. Lovely!

Monica's Christmas Planner

Pocket Planners

Digital Delight: My Christmas Planner

My Christmas Planner

Looking for an easy way to bring designer dazzle to your Christmas planner? Take a tip from craft blogger Paper Pile Kitten, and tap digital resources to create your holiday organizer!

This pretty, practical planner incorporates hand-written notes, digital scrapbook downloads, stamps and stickers to create a one-of-a-kind holiday planning powerhouse.

We love the strong red-and-white design, the eye-popping embellishments, and most of all, the simplicity of using a digital template to create a Christmas planner.

My Christmas Planner 2012

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Pretty Menu Printable: This Designer Cooks

Jump to the intersection of cooking and creativity, and you'll find this pretty holiday menu planner from blogger This Designer Cooks!

With a serene color scheme, sparkling graphics and an efficient layout, this free printable will help you plan and organize holiday meals.

When visiting the site, do follow blogger Stephanie's instructions to download this image for printing. Because it's not shared as a .PDF file, you may need to use a helper application like Microsoft Word to print this image at the size you'll need.

Printable Holiday Menu Planner

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Flexible and Fabulous: Cassadiva's Christmas Planner

Comb Bound Christmas Planner

Want an easy way to assemble a Christmas planner? Take a tip from blogger Cassadiva!

Her comb-bound Christmas planner lies flat, yet is flexible enough to fold back for easy use.

Cassadiva's assembled her personalized organizer from holiday planning templates from OrganizedChristmas.com. Using a binding service from her local office supply store to build her planner, she's created an efficient and easy-to-make planner option.

Decorated with pretty cover pages, it's a functional and fabulous power tool for holiday planning. Good job!

Cassadiva's Comb-Bound Christmas Planner

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iMom's Money-Saving Christmas Gift Planner

Christmas Gift Planner

Need help keeping tabs on holiday spending? Check out this helpful Christmas Gift Planner printable from iMom.com!

Track your gift list, your budget and your actual spending with this helpful planner page. Bonus checklists for wrapping and mailing make sure your holiday gifts will be decked out and delivered on time.

An ink-saving feature: the site offers two versions of this printable gift list, in color, and in black-and-white. Take your pick!

Money-Saving Christmas Gift Planner

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Free Printable: Clean Mama's Holiday Shortcuts

Holiday Planner

Think the whole "Christmas planner" thing is a bit over the top? Here's a streamlined, all-in-one printable for Christmas planning: Clean Mama's Holiday Shortcuts Planner.

Designed to give you a quick grip on the most important holiday tasks, this planner would be right for singles, young families, or anyone who wants a single-page reminder of Christmas prep basics.

Pretty pink-and-green colors make it motivating!

[Note: this planner is shared as a printable image, not the more versatile .PDF format, and the page opens in a lightbox, which can be a bit confusing. Right-click on the image to save it to your computer for printing.]

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Tutorial: Christmas List Notebook

Christmas List Notebook

Small is beautiful, when it comes to this sweet notebook for Christmas lists! Pop this little sweetheart into purse or pocket to keep tabs on Christmas lists on the go.

Created by Lisa at the Poppy Paperie blog, this purse-sized project is easy to make with her photo tutorial. Based on an inexpensive mini-composition book, this project features vivid colors and sprightly design, right down to the secure closure and pen loop. Receipt envelopes and divider tabs complete the makeover, turning this tiny notebook into a Christmas organizer!

Nice job!

Christmas List Notebook from Poppy Paperie

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Christmas Planner to Christmas Album? Yes!

creative christmas album

What's better than a D*I*Y Christmas planner? A Christmas planner that uses scraps from the paper stash and recycles itself into a Christmas album after the holiday season.

Check out this example of a ring-bound Christmas notebook from blogger Monika Wright. During the season, stock it with with printable Christmas pocket planner pages, and you have a scrappy Christmas planner for your organized Christmas. At season's end, replace planner pages with photos and journal entries for a clever, creative Christmas album!

Monika's tutorial takes you through construction of this nifty entry in the Christmas planner field. Check it out!

Monika's Christmas Planner / Christmas Album Tutorial

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Perky Printables: Holiday Menu Planner, Shopping List and To-Do List

free printable christmas list

If you're looking for something a bit different to stock your Christmas planner, craft blogger Aly Stamps sparks Christmas cheer with these free printable Christmas lists!

Bright and colorful, they'll keep you on track for planning Christmas meals and menus, getting to don the To-Do list, and tackling holiday grocery shopping. (We love the "For Hubby to Do" entry on the To-Do list!)

Offered in .jpg format, you'll need to right-click each image and save it to your computer for printing--and be sure to have plenty of ink for these colorful creations. Check them out:

Some Christmas Lists For You

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Tutorial: Design Your Christmas Planner

christmas planner

Ready to make a sweet and creative Christmas planner with help from design blog A Cherry On Top? Check out this fabulous tool for an organized Christmas!

With a page-by-page tutorial, you'll be guided through each step of creating and assembling this little book. While the project uses a Zutter Bind-It-All to assemble the planner, the ideas could be adapted for use in a composition book or loose-leaf format, too!

Pretty and practical. A winner!

Design A Christmas Planner

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Pocket Planner Tutorial: Stampdoc Rocks!

Wondering how to make a Christmas pocket planner? Go from zero to sixty with this video tutorial from The Stamp Doc.

This Christmas pocket planner is built using a simple pocket folder, decorative paper and stamped embellishments. Back-to-school promotions are underway now, so check around to find pocket folders for as low as ten cents!

Then stock your planner with right-sized printable Christmas pocket planner pages ... and get organized for Christmas!

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Lean and Lovely: Laurie's Christmas Notebook

christmas plannerBig binders aren't the only way to go when it comes to creating a Christmas notebook. Check out this slimmed down version from Laurie, who blogs at Thru My Cottage Door!

Built from a simple colored file folder, Laurie's Christmas planner features dimensional embellishments, patterned paper and perky ribbon loops. She's scaled her notebook to take Christmas pocket planner pages from Organized Christmas--and brought a whole new meaning to lean, mean holiday planning!

Take the tour:

Laurie's Christmas Notebook

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