Thursday, July 3, 2008

July Challenge #1

Creating a Christmas Notebook

Are you ready to get organized?! I know a lot of you may cringe at the thought of organizing. I promise you though, that if you take these few steps it will save you so much time and money when it comes to Christmas. Of course you can use these same steps to organize all your gift giving. No pressure though:-)

1) Grab a 3-ring binder. Most of us have one laying around. If not, lucky for you... school supplies are in abundance this time of year, go pick one up. I prefer one with the clear cover so I can add something pretty.

I made a new cover and am more than happy to share with you!! Feel free to snag it and use if for your own notebooks.

Click here to print.

You can use any sort of notebook. I think binders are the best because they last forever and you can easily add or remove from them. So if you're looking to make a permanent Christmas notebook definitely go the binder route.

I would love to see what you guys come up with.

2) Next, we need dividers. Pick some up when you're buying that binder. Or if your feeling crafty, make your own.

Here is a LONG list of ideas for sections in your notebook:
  • Calendars
  • Gift Lists
  • Christmas Cards
  • Budget
  • Meals and Menus
  • Entertaining
  • Recipes
  • D├ęcor
  • Traditions
  • Advent
  • Craft Projects
  • Recipes
  • Inspiration and Faith
  • Poems and Stories
  • Music and Carols
  • Movies and Books
  • Web Sites
  • Ornaments
  • Collections
  • Storage
  • Christmas Past
What would you add?

I have created a couple pages you can use in your own books. I will be making more in the weeks to come. If you have any requests please let me know!

Card List
Click here to print.

3) Additional items you may want:
  • pencil pouch
  • pens, pencils, highlighter, eraser
  • calculator
  • paper, lined and unlined
  • favorite Christmas poem or scripture to include in the front of your notebook
Our July challenge is to create your own notebook, in any form you desire. We will share them at the end of the month, through our flickr group and someone will win something!! I can't tell you what yet, mainly because I have no idea what we're giving away yet!!

This first week, let's work on gathering our supplies and brainstorming about our own books. Be sure to leave plenty of room, because we will be adding lots. Next week we'll start to put them to use! If you plan on participating in our challenges, blog about each challenge and come back here and add your post to Mr. Linky. Be sure to link to the post related to the weeks challenge.

I will close today with some links to inspire you:
Organized Christmas
Christmas Organizing
Christmas Notebook Tour
Holiday Grand Plan

Let the organizing begin!


Wonderfully Sew Knit said...

It looks great!!!

roseylittlethings said...

I love this idea, Wish I would have seen this before I went to wal mart for school supplies today:)

roseylittlethings said...

I made a binder, and I blogged about this site! Can't wait for the next part of the Challenge. I will upload my binder photos to flicker next:)

Raesha D said...

I uploaded my notebook to flickr - quick and easy:):) Next task is to gather all the previous years gift and card lists and add them to the notebook.

Rebecca said...

omgsh.. I wish I had seen this months ago!... I love it!. I can't wait to start my pages tomorrow :)

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I created a folder, and I blogged about this site! Can't delay for the next aspect of the Obstacle. I will publish my folder images to sparkle next
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