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Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Christmas Book // DIY

CHRISTMAS IS COMING! I'm getting really excited as it is my favourite time of the year. 

One thing that is really important at this time of year is to keep organised. Not only does Christmas bring an increase in working hours or studying time but it's just going to be completely hectic. A few years ago I started to write everything down in a notepad and I call it The Christmas Book. Read on if this is something you'd be interested in.


What You'll Need

  • A Notepad
  • Sticker Paper
  • Dividers (or a notebook that comes with them)
  • An Envelope
  • A Printable Calendar
I took a trip to staples to get some bits & pieces and ended up with this notepad. The reason I chose this one was because it came with four dividers that have pockets on the front. Great for storing receipts. If you have picked a notebook that doesn't have this then the alternative is to stick an envelope to the back page to keep them all together.
I use the four dividers as categories, I a card list, gift list, activity list and misc section.





How I Use It

Starting with the Misc section, I print calendars onto sticker paper to put on the last pages to keep track of working hours and any plans. I found these ones online, if you're using an A5 notepad then remember to resize them.



The other sections are pretty much self explanatory.

  • The Card List section I write two columns of names, ones for mailing and ones that don't need to be. Then in those lists what type of card that person needs so a relation or for children in the family I buy character cards. When giving cards I like to put candy canes in them, so this helps me know how many I need.
  • The Gift List section is pretty much the same but I cut and stick in gifts from catalogs with all the information and it helps me keep track. 
  • The Christmas Activity section I split into public and home. So activities where its open to the public or have to travel to and things to do at home. Each activity I remember to write down prices, times and dates. 
Lastly I like to decorate it so it looks all nice and Christmas-y I printed a design onto sticker paper as some notebook covers don't respond well to glue. Below is a picture of the one I used this year.


And that's everything! I hope this helps you.

As always, thanks for reading...

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