each year, i try to make a small holiday planner for my purse. 

nothing special.  just something to keep lists organized and receipts handy.  

sometimes i add more embellishments, but this year, i decided to be simple. 

that way, if it gets banged around in my purse, i won’t be too upset. 

here’s what i did. 

  • take an old (or new) notebook. 

  • trace around the cover and cut out paper the same size.  cardstock can be used to make it sturdier. 
  • i chose to run mine through a sticker maker.  the adhesive completely covers the back and ensures a good hold, however, you could use an adhesive of choice.

  • now, i like to divide the notebook into sections and i like quick access to those pages.  i chose to take a few pages of the notebook paper and enclose it in holiday paper.  (it makes it thicker, than just attaching it to one flimsy sheet of paper.

  •  obviously, you could ‘go to town’ decorating and embellishing each divider and cover.  i simply titled each section and added a ribbon as a tab.

  • this is the view from the top.  i love ribbons.

  • my planner holds includes Christmas present lists (of wants) and lists of have purchased, a list of gifts that i would like to make, personally for people, including food gifts also, a pocket for receipts (which usually over-flows by mid-december), and a list of holiday recipes that i would like to try for holiday parties and get-togethers.  i like to keep my planner smaller.  you could alter a larger notebook if you would like, but i prefer to keep mine with me at all times, so i want it to fit comfortably in my purse.

  • here’s the finished product.  like i said, this year, i went with a simple look.  so, i had found this starbucks Christmas tag in my stash, (you know how i love starbucks) and also attached a jingle bell, ( i looove the sound of jingle bells at Christmastime).

so, that’s it.  it was quick and simple and now i feel like the holiday season can begin!!!!  after all, it is november 1st today!  time to get busy!

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11 comments on “simple holiday planner {altered notebook}”

  1. OMGosh! This is the CUTEST THING EVER! I love the organization of it all! I really could use something like this so if it’s ok with you, I might scraplift from ya! 😉 GREAT JOB!

  2. This is terrific!! I love the idea and I so need this. I was just thinking last night on how could I alter a notebook for my holiday organization, this is the answer.

  3. I did it! I made my own planner and I LOVE IT! Thank you thank you thank you so much for the idea! And for the way better directions that I linked to instead of writing my own 😉 lol

  4. I am trying to think about making this planner, it is beautiful. Did you take sections of the paper and put IN the tabbed sections, or did your “divider” go on ONE sheet of paper, so you had separation. Just trying to figure out how you access the paper if it is IN the cardstock/paper divider. Any help to make me understand a tad more what you did, so I can hopefully make one for me.

  5. Since I knew I had plenty of paper in the notebook, I took a few pages at a time and placed the cardstock divider around it, making a thicker divider. You could use one page or whatever you think would work.

    Hope that helps explain it! Just kind of go with the flow! Whatever works for you, just give it a try!

    Let me know if you have any more questions!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    ~krista :blush:

  6. I love how creativly you made this….right up my alley. I was looking for something that would fit in my purse. And I think I am going to make them for my SILs this year!

    Thank you,
    Cindy 😀

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