Monday, July 27, 2015

Moments Inked: Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello friends, today's post is for my fellow planner lovers. Typically, thoughout the year, I'll think of a great gift idea for a certain someone, maybe I'll jot it down, maybe not, then in November/December, I'm at a loss what to get that person because I can't remember that great idea or I've misplaced my note. So this year, I thought I'd create a holiday section in my Moments Inked Memory Planner specifically for recording those ideas. Of course, it has to be functional, but pretty too! Today's post is all about what I've come up with.

I started by designing a two-column full page. Each page (die-cut using the full page die found in the  Divided die set) has two pictures and some list lines in the space below. 

I decorated the pages with some stamping, each slightly different:

 ~ the dotted divider line is from Plaid Builder ~
~ the list lines are from Listed ~
~ the black photo frame circles are from Borders & Corners {Circles} ~
~ holiday images are either Mistletoe & Holly or Tinsel & Tags Sprigs

On the left side of the spread is a pocket that I adhered to the back of the previous page. Originally I had thought to use this for receipts once I start making purchases, but a crafty friend gave me the great idea to use it for catalog clippings in the meantime. Loved that idea!

The pocket layer is die-cut using the Moments Inked: Pocket Page Die. (Remember to die-cut from the back side if you plan to adhere your pocket to the back, otherwise, your spiral edge will be on the wrong side.)

I'm sure these little munchkins will have their own wish lists, too. I'll just slip those into the corresponding pockets, or die-cut their lists with one the Basic Pages dies and tuck it right in.

This page makes me giggle -- that big ol' bow on my dad's head is too funny! (I stamped all of these before I figured out who was going where!)

The larger stamped images are so visually appealing, and I think as long as I write in black, I'll have no trouble reading the lists.

I added a page without photos at the end where I could jot down gift ideas for additional recipients. I also included space where I could write down my own wish list, so that when my family asks, I'll have some ideas ready.

I made a full-size divider page and "holiday" tab using dies from the Divided die set and an image from the Divided stamp set. As the holidays get closer, I can expand this section to meet other holiday planning needs (decorating, holiday meals, party planning, Christmas cards, etc.).

I moved the various sections I've added to my planner up to the front (they were in the back) to help balance out the planner when I have it open to the weekly spread and daily notes. Because these pages and dividers and pockets were all made with Moments Inked dies, I can easily pull them out and reposition, even with the spiral binding. I love that!

I have also moved the daily pages for January through June to a storage binder in order to make room for some of the add-ons I've created. This involved uncoiling and re-coiling, which takes a little more time. It's worth it, though, for the extra space, and since I only remove the daily pages a few times a year, it's not a problem at all.

Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope I've given you some ideas for ways to make your Moments Inked Memory Planner work for you!

Have a great week!


Tracy said...

came out great! Its pretty (so important :-)) yet so functional - you are gonna be miss organization this year!

Gina said...

Love the idea of a pocket page and using it for catalog clippings until you start buying stuff!! And that you're keeping a wish list for yourself, too, is a great one. I need to add that to my holiday section. Great tips, Amy!! p.s. - love that divider page!! So pretty!!!

Nora Noll said...

This is so clever!! I love how you did this!!

Diane Jaquay said...

This is a great idea, Amy, such a fun and personal way to make your holiday gift list!

jan metcalf said...

Such a great idea! Delightful!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Love this idea too... Just this part of your book would make a great gift idea.

Laurie said...

Amy this is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!

Lani said...

So lovely! I'm hoping PTI will sell the 2016 planners soon so they can be given as gifts.

Kari D said...

Seriously, Amy, I LOVE this idea. THANK YOU so much for sharing.

Barbara said...

Love this idea! I would make this! Only I would just leave for year round gift giving including birthdays, etc . Could add the sizes on the front with dates so you do not get dated. My ideas are spinning :) thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Wow! Your organization is invaluable information, so many ideas I wouldn't have thought of ahead of time. Thank you so, so much for sharing all this, Amy. You are so organized which will help you get so much more accomplished this year. You're the best! I have many new ideas!