Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holiday Planner Tutorial

If you are on the TJ e-group, you know that I saw a video for a holiday planner from the blog of Technique Junkie Susan Moore HERE. Once I made one, I asked the group whether they wanted a step-by-step tutorial so that they could look at the pictures and get the dimensions directly; their answer was a resounding "YES!!"

This tutorial is very long, so bear with me! I actually cut it down a bit, for the sake of brevity. you can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.

- Trimmer
- Letter-Sized Manila File Folder
- 2 or 3 Sheets of 12x12 Double-sided Designer Paper
- Labels for Pockets, printed on Copy Paper (Template is HERE)
- Red-line Tape or STRONG Double-sided Tape
- Stamps and Ink to Decorate Planner
- Bone Folder
Optional: Oval Punch and Matching Cardstock

Step One:
With the folder closed, trim the Folder to 8". This will cut off the tabs and allow for even measurements.

Step Two:
Open the Folder. With the centerfold vertical, bring the bottom of the file up 3" and crease to fold.

Step Three:
With the bottom flap folded up, have each end of the file folder meet in the centerfold, and fold both ends with the bone folder. Fold the piece so that there is a Valley Fold, Mountain Fold and Valley Fold.

Step Four:
Cut 8 pieces of the Designer double-sided paper to 7-1/2" x 3-3/4". Note: you may have to cut these down a bit for your folder if the measurements are slightly larger or smaller than the brand I used.

Step Five:
Adhere one piece to each of the 8 panels (four in front, and four on the back). I mixed and matched my designs.

Step Six:
Cut 4 panels to 3-3/4" x 3". Close the fold and attach the 4 pieces to the 4 front panels .

Step Seven:
Open the bottom fold. Add double-sided tape to the creased lines, and the two outer edges of the fold. Do NOT apply tape to the bottom edge.

Step Eight:
Remove the backing from the tape and fold up; press firmly to adhere.

Step Nine:
Create labels for the pockets (mine can be found HERE). Decorate as desired and uses punches and cardstock to decorate them, if desired.

Step Ten:
Attach labels to the bottom flaps of the pockets.

Step Eleven:
To make a receipt holder, glue the flap on a regular-sized envelope. Cut the top off, then use 1/2 of a circle or oval punch to create an opening. Decorate as desired, then slip into the receipt pocket.

Step Twelve:
Create a belly band to close the Planner by cutting a 1-1/2" x 12" strip of Designer Paper.

Step Thirteen:
Fold the band around the outside of the planner, overlap the folds by 2-1/2" and use adhere the ends. Cut off any excess paper. NOTE: I made my bands loose so that when I have paper filled in my planner, it has room to expand.

Decorate the front of the planner, add paper to the inside (I created my own, using THIS line template), and you are done!

I loved this so much, I made THREE! One for me, one for my sister in Virginia (I am visiting there this weekend!) and one for one of my SIL's... I love making these!


Jingle said...

This is great! Thanks for the instructions!

Cheryl said...

Hi Pat, This is a wonderful tutorial and you have it written so clearly. Thank you. I wonder if you could post the link to the labels again as I can't seem to click on them? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial. Great job! However I am unable to upload the labels. Any chance you could forward them on?
Thank you,

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, both to you Pat and Susan. The combination of the video and the specific instructions is great!


annesatx said...

This is so neat, but none of the links seem to work. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

Elaine said...

Oh, that is soooo clever and handy! I want to make it tomorrow! :)

Sharon said...

Love your tutorial but I am unable to open your templates. Can you send them again?

scrappingbee said...

I absolutely love this and want to make these for my bible study ladies. i cannot open the links for the templates can you please email them to me scrappingbee@gmail.com
Thank you Susan