The challenge at Paper Cubed this month is to make something to help us say organized this holiday season, some kind of to do list or organizer. What perfect timing! I made this Holiday Planner for the challenge, and it took all my will power NOT to start writing in it before I got photos to share. Trust me, it's covered in my scribbles now, and how handy to have all my lists in one place!
Here is my pretty Holiday Planner before I started filling it with my notes and lists:
Closed it is the size of a wallet to easily fit in my ginormous purse.
When I open the flap, I find my handy calendar and a pen.
And inside are all my lists, with handy pockets for stamps and receipts.
You can click the pic for a closer look...
How's that for organized? Pop over to the Paper Cubed Challenge Blog to see what the fabulously organized DT has come up with to inspire you. You have the entire month to create a planner, list, calendar or something else that will help to keep you organized (I suggest you start now, only 24 more days until Christmas!), play along with us and link it up to the December challenge. You could win a prize!
I have seen these file folder organizers before, but I didn't have a file folder so I made one with what I had in my stash. Because it's almost Christmas, and because I love my followers, I made up a tutorial for you! Actually there are 3 tutorials included, instructions to make the planner folder, a link to a cricut tutorial, and a faux leather tutorial. This is going to be the longest post in history, so if you don't want to view the tutorials you can just scroll to the bottom to leave a comment :)
For those who want to see how this was made, read on...
HOLIDAY PLANNER TUTORIAL
Take 1st piece of cardstock base, trim off 1.5" from one side.
OK, I am Canadian and do know the metric system,
but for this tutorial I am going to use inches because it's just easier.
Now score along the shorter side at 3.5" and 7"
Rotate the page and score at 8.5"
Fold bottom flap up and press well along score line.
Then fold along vertical score lines as shown.
Now take 2nd piece of cardstock and score it at 3.5" and 8"
Now rotate it at score at 8.5" too.
Now you need to trim out the bottom pieces as shown, the bottom flap is trimmed below the 8.5" score line at 3.5 inches and 7" (that is 1" in from the vertical 8" score line) Hope I didn't lose you there.
Now fold along the score lines as shown.
Measure in 2" from the right flap, make a pencil mark,
do this along the bottom edge too.
Use a round object, line up those marks and trace the curved outline.
Cut out along curved edge to make the wallet flap.
I used 2 brads on the back for my closure, but since I have completed this project I have thought of several other ways I could have done it. Isn't that always how it happens? Well, they are in my pics so I thought I should explain why. I put the brads in at this point so I can hide the prongs on the other side as I am decorating it. You could make a belly band or a strap/buckle type thing to hold this wallet closed as well, if you prefer that, then skip the brads.
Time to adhere the 2 pieces of cardstock to create the folder. Use a strong adhesive so it doesn't fall apart. I like Scor-tape, but the red line tape would work well too. Apply the tape to the left flap as shown.
Place the 1st piece over top of the taped flap, make sure the edges are straight.
Press it down good and tight.
My favorite part is embellishing with the pattern papers. Here, I used 4 pieces cut at 3.25" x 6", don't worry about them being short, the bottom flap/pockets will cover it.
You need a fine strip of glue for the flap/pockets.
I used 1/8" scor-tape, but a fine bead of strong glue would work too.
Fold the flaps over and press down. Embellish as desired. I used 3.25" square pieces of coordinating paper, the middle 2 are actually little envelopes to hold small things like stamps and gift cards or receipts.
For the labels, I printed them with my computer, spaced out on the cardstock. I then used the center point function on my cricut to cut them out. If you've never used this function on your cricut, I highly recommend you check out THIS VIDEO on YouTube and learn how to do it. It's fast and way easier than storing a bunch of punches or die cuts. You could use a punch or die cut system, but I spent alot of $ on my cricut and it does all these things for me, once I figured out how to use it.
I matted the labels on a contrasting color of cardstock, also cut (a bit bigger) with my cricut.
I used foam dots to mount them so the paper/list inserts would easily slip under them.
The page inserts are free printables I found at http://www.organizedchristmas.com/
FAUX LEATHER FINISH
If using this finish on your Holiday Planner, it may be easier to do before you embellish the inside.
For the faux leather finish on the flap of my wallet, I first masked off the part I wanted to do.
Apply versamark clear ink generously over entire surface.
Cover well with clear embossing powder.
Use a ball stylus or other dull small edge (a dried up ball point pen would work) to drag fine lines through the embossing powder. No need to be straight, irregular lines look better anyway when done.
Gently tap off the big crumbs of embossing powder left over from the dragging. (Don't put these stray bits back into your embossing powder jar unless you want lumpy hard chunks in it)
Now melt it with your heat gun!
I just love heat embossing, the image appears right before your eyes like magic.
I then popped a pretty brad on the flap, and for the closure...I wrapped a piece of stretchy silver cord around the brads on the back so I can do this:
...and wrap it around the front like this:
As I said before, I now have thought of a better way to do this. I don't like belly bands because I always wreck them, but I think a strip of faux leather embossed cardstock to fold over from back to front, with a velcro tab to hold it under the fancy button would work great. I'll try that next time. Maybe you can think of a better way to hold this closed. This stretchy cord works great though, and expands if the contents get bulky (and they will).
Try one for yourself, or make something totally unique to get yourself organized,
and link it up to the Paper Cubed Challenge Blog for our December challenge.
I wish you all an organized and stress free Christmas!
CTMH Products available on my website:
#G1014 Mistletoe Worksop on the Go Kit , contains the cardstock, pattern papers, stamp set and beautiful brad embellishments.
CTMH inks in #Z2114 Cocoa and #Z2120 Garden Green for distressing edges and #Z2116 Cranberry for the ornaments.
#Z1088 Chocolate Waxy Flax on ornaments
Other products used:
Martha Stewart Scoring Board
Scor-Tape in 1/8" and 1/4"
Stretchy silver cord from SU
Cricut Expression and Storybook Cartridge
Printables from www.OrganizedChristmas.com
Red Stickles on the labels
Post it notes
Faux leather heat embossing