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Saturday, 7 January 2012

Yearly Planners

Afternoon all,
Feeling a bit smug with myself as I'm actually posting for the second time this week, as I promised myself I would at the beginning of the year. Long may it continue!!!
Today's post is actually craft related, rather than house related. Makes a refreshing change!!
Every year I make these planners, first seen in a very very old issue of one of the craft magazines. May hav been Simply Cards and Papercraft, but I really can't remember. It was about 3 years ago. They are made from 2 A4 brown envelopes, and whilst a bit time consuming, v pretty and v useful. I change them year by year as I get new stuff, but the follow the same basic layout. I give some away as presents and always keep one for myself. Never have I actually used it, but it hangs around in my bag for a month or so then gets stuck in a drawer somewhere. Maybe this is the year that will all change .......................


Apologies for the poor picture quality - I have finally found my camera charger after it being missing for 2 years, but the memory card seems to have been taken out of my camera so I still can't use it until I get  a new one!! Grr.....
Anyway, this is the front cover. The tabs at the side are for labelling the pockets made from the opening of the envelopes. Books rings down the side hold it together and give you space to jazz it up with ribbons.


This is a post it note set I got in Home Bargains for about 60p. Proper post it note quality so they don't fall out all over the place. I've seen the same ones for £2 in stationery shops!!


I stamped the months of the year onto notepaper bought in The Works using individual letter stamps from one of those little £1 sets, then found a set of months stamps 2 days after I finished. As I made 10 of these, you can imagine how long it took to stamp all of them!!! I did sell a few at a craft fair though, so no complaints.
The sign with the year on on the other page is from a Tim Holtz die.


This is another pad bought from Home Bargains, also post it note type sticky at the top, although I don;t think these ons were made by the post it note company.

That was a big post!! Well done if you're still awake!! Hope the year has started well for you, and that your crafting is going well xx

20 comments:

regency jean said...

lovely idea, nice to give to friends.

Alizabethy said...

what a great idea - looks fab!

claire1 said...

wow love this

rosie said...

love this!! fab idea. might try and do one for myself. is it complicated?

Flowergirl said...

This is beautiful, what a great idea x
Wendy x

Wendy L said...

This looks amazing, well done. xxx

Irene said...

great idea, and great gifts

MissyG said...

Love this idea - Linda

craftynanny said...

Fab planner - hope it gets used ;-) Lea xxx

alifrew said...

Thanks guys xx
Rosie, it's not complicated at all. Takes a bit of time, but it's really easy to do. I've not explained it too well on here but can send you slightly more comprehensive instructions if you want to give it a try xx

rosie said...

ooh yes please!! thanks for the comment on my blog too x

Gemma said...

Looks fantastic & a great gift idea too...

Just to let you know i've blog hopped from docrafts & now a follower!!
hugs and xxx
Gemma

alifrew said...

I'm following you too Gemma, love your blog. Thanks for following mine xx

Trace said...

What a lovely gift idea :D

sparklingblackrose said...

Gorgeous, you can see the love youve put into these :-) Elaine-xxx-

Carrie said...

Brilliant idea!! Love it! x

Katy_Szwarc said...

here from Docrafts, your blog is lovely and love this planner! x

Lorna's crafty creations said...

Gorgeous ,brilliant idea
Lorna xx

alifrew said...

Hubby has persuaded me to make an instructional video on how to put them together - think he fancies himself as a cameraman!! In the unlikely event of this happening, I'll post a link!! xx

Elaine said...

I know you havn't posted for a while but when I read you lived just outside Blackpool I became a follower as I do too. Love you diary, nice style Ali.
Hugs Elaine