'Cause you will love what you are gonna see!
I've been working like a house elf here trying to get this done! First, I have to say I can't take credit for the basic idea, apparently this project was done on the Cruise this year. I got my first look at a similar one here on Blue Moon Stamping which is Deb's (lastname?) blog.
Naturally, I was intrigued by this project and thought it would be a perfect class! Especially if it was made to be a Christmas organizer and I used the Winter Bright Simply Scrappin' Kit. So I've been taking a bash at it and finally came up with this:
Ingredients: Stamps - Rough Edges Alphabet, Typeset Lower Alphabet; Paper - Winter Brights Simply Scrappin'; Ink - Basic Grey, So Saffron; Other - Large Open-Ended Envelopes, Silver brads, Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched grosgrain, red & light blue gingham, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Apricot Appeal & Real Red Grosgrain, Bind-It-All machine, 1/4" coil, 3/16" corner rounder punch, 1/2 junior legal pad, bond paper, Avery white unlaminated 2 pocket folder
You make this by taking a plain school folder, folding the covers back on themselves, then folding the edge of the covers back to the middle, making a "W" shape. I used my Fiskars to score the centers of the covers so I got a nice crisp fold. You can find the white folders in packs of 10 at OfficeMax. This project uses up about 1/2 a scrappin' kit with lots of leftovers to make cards or scrapbook pages with. I'll be scheduling this for early October, if you live in the area and are interested in attending.
Here it is open:
I gave some thought to what should go in the pockets. I figured a shopping list was a natural, a receipt envelope, a planner/calendar and a guide to the sizes and personal preferences of those we were giving gifts to would also be nice. So I came up with the following:
Here's the gift guide and here it is open:
I have 40 pages (20 printed on both sides), which ought to be plenty for anyone shopping, but you can always add more. Because I'm SO NICE (YILM!) and because you all love me SO MUCH, I've made the file into a PDF which you can download here:
The pages print four up on a sheet and you need to print the front and back so as to save paper and make a slimmer booklet. I used the 1/4" wires from Zutter in my Bind It All. I've always wanted a little book like this to keep track of sizes, favorite colors, brands, etc.
Then I moved on to the shopping list. I found that I could actually cut a junior legal pad in half...mostly. I could get through everything but the chipboard on the back, but that was easy to finish with a craft knife. Previously, I could as Dan to do it, as he had a full print shop at school at his disposal, but since he doesn't teach at the high school anymore, I can't. So I figured I'd try my Carl DC220 and it worked! So I put a cover on half a pad:
And then I did the envelope for receipts:
And finally, the calendar/planner:
Here it is open:
I found these calendar printable pages at Organized Christmas, which is a very cool website with the goal of having all your Christmas shopping/baking/decorating done by the first week of December. They have lots and lots of pages to put in your planner that I didn't include, but you can if you wish. You can get two of them on a sheet of paper if you print front and back. I am not entirely pleased with how the binding punched into the top of the calendars, so I may redo this just 'cause why? Because I'm A-N-A-L, that's why!
Now...don't you think my interpretation of this project is STINKIN' CUTE, not to mention GOJUS!?!?! I hope so! After all, you came here to be inspired and I came through! Do you love me now?
Before I sign off I have to show the Blogger Rak I got yesterday:
This is from Jana Weaver, whose blog is Stamp with Jana. Thank you, Jana, for the beautiful RAK!