Saturday, December 5, 2009

My Manila Folder Planner & A Great Gift Idea

I saw this great project over at Pixie Dust and Heather did a great tutorial on how to make this planner. From her blog, I was brought to They Call Me Jammi's blog, who also made a great planner and provided a tutorial. I have not provided a tutorial, because I don't think you need to know how to get Mod Podge in your hair.

Here is my first go at this planner. I decided to do a Christmas one for myself and knew it would come in handy for all the bits and pieces of paper I write things on, stuff in my pocketbook and then find months later.

I used 4 Christmas scrapbook papers and alternated them throughout the project. This is not done yet, but is 75% completed. Here is the front.



I used a lot of these little holiday chipboard pieces that I picked up in a box from Michaels {37 pieces for $5.99 and I had a coupon}.




Here is the inside {or what it looks like opened} with the pockets.





This Christmas one was practice for this one below.



Same concept, but with baby themed scrapbook paper and stickers/embellishments. The scrapbook paper is Mod Podged on to the manila folder and once dried I added the stickers and embellishments. I also took some colored card stock and added titles to each folder section.



Here it is opened but you are looking at what is the back side. The one section with the "Precious" and "Cute as a button" embellishments is what becomes the cover.



This is the other end of that same back side.




Here is more of a close-up of the inside. This paper has so much going on, I probably didn't even need the added embellishments!





I just thought this was so cute!


And here it is closed, with a yellow ribbon added to tie it shut. I glued my two far ends down with a few dots of hot glue {so nothing would slip out the sides}. I loosely tied the ribbon on before deciding on where to add a dab of glue to the back to hold that in place.



And . . . I gave it to my daughter. Yes, I am, apparently, old enough to be a Grandma for the first time!

Joining in on Saturday Night Special over at Funky Junk Interiors.
To be edited for linky parties.

26 comments:

Heather@PixieDust said...

those are awesome!! I love how you alternated the papers, great idea! and the quote on the front of the christmas planner is perfect!

Stephanie @ A Fine House said...

Cute idea! And congrats on your first grandbaby! How exciting. Mmmmm....babies are such a gift. Enjoy!

Jane said...

This is a great project. Yours turned out great. Thanks for the links to the tutorials.
And am I to gather that you are going to be a Grandma!!! Congrats!!! That is very exciting news!
Jane

StylishHeather said...

Cool idea - gives me something to do with the piles of scrapbook paper wasting away upstairs....

And congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Adorable...but why are you posting at 5 a.m.? HA! I've been thinking of some baby things to make too although I already said I'm going to be the practical aunt and get her all of the stuff she's going to need for those late nights i.e. diapers, formula, diapers, mattress pads, diapers - you see where I'm going with this...

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is completely adorable!

Guess who won my giveaway? Email me your mailing information and I will get your package in the mail on Monday. Congratulations!

Content in a Cottage said...

Kathy,

You are so creative. Now I see why you named your blog Creative Home Expressions! I love the folder with the Thomas Nast image on the cover (2nd photo). Great quote too. Have fun finishing your outside decorating today.

Rosemary

michèle said...

I love your cards - they are so beautiful, they look more like precious paper objects! very
inspirering!

Misty said...

What a fab idea!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Sweet project! I don't dare tap into the wonderful world of scrapbooking stuff. I'd have to quit work! :)

Thanks for linking up!

FJ Donna

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Those turned out cute! Congratulations on your upcoming grandbaby! So exciting!

Kim said...

I was with you and with you (looking at the folders)... then you surprised me with the grandma news! Congratulations! @cheapchichome.blogspot.com

Tammy@InStitches said...

Awwwwe, so cute. Congrats on your new grandbaby !

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

These are so cute! Congrats on your future title of grandmother!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Oh Congratulations!!! How exciting for you all! I'm seeing these cute things popping up all over the blogosphere and it's on my to do list. Yours turned out great :). And I think a tutorial that includes mod-podge in the hair would be perfect for someone like me :).

Angie said...

These are so so cute! I love those Christmas chipboard pieces. May have to get me some too!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Yay! Those look great - very cute.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! What an exciting time for your family! I am sure you are so excited!!!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Congratulations on being a Grandma! How exciting!

Those chipboard pieces from Michael's are really my favorite! Very cute projects!

Manuela

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The planners turned out so cute and they are great gift ideas. Congratulations on the new grandbaby!!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I laughed when I read your omment....I just do it and some days better than others...and with a lot of HELP.

pk said...

They both turned out great, but that baby one is absolutely ADORABLE! LOVE it! I'm sure your daughter loves it too. Congratulations - you must be so excited!

Natasha said...

I wish I crafty like you as that is such a great idea!

Congratulations from me also. This really is a magical time of year!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Robin said...

That's about the cutest thing ever! I so love Mod Podge and thought I'd tried about everything, but I've never done this! A Christmas one would be perfect right about now as the projects and parties are piling up!
Thank you so much for linking to All Things Merry & Brite~ You're so sweet!
xo
Robin

Diann @ TTG said...

What a cute idea! thanks for the links to the tutorials. And congrats on becoming a grandma!

Rebecca said...

That sure is cute-love all the graphics!

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