Planning for Christmas

We all know that Christmas doesn’t have to be complicated . . . but too often it is, so let’s simplify it with a little planning!!

If you followed ‘Simply Christmas’ in previous years then you know I always start with a Christmas Planner. . . . and this year is no exception.

In 2011 we scaled it down to an A5 size which was small enough to fit in your shopping bag, but still big enough to hold all your lists, calendars, recipes etc. After such positive feedback I decided to go with that size again this year.

I’ve designed the free downloadable 2012 Christmas Planner with a gorgeous Victorian theme this year. . . which should really evoke that old fashioned Christmas we are looking for.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 2012

There are 17 pages in all for you to download as a simple PDF file. Save to your computer and print on normal printer settings.

For my own planner I used a spiral bound A5 visual art diary (available at newsagents, discount stores and stationary suppliers), but any A5 sized book will be fine.

I went with a shabby vintage look, incorporating some pretty scrapbooking papers and vintage embellishments, as well as my planner pages.


Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 1

There are two planner pages per A4 sheet, so trim you pages to size and adhere to your diary with double sided tape.

Some of the pages you will need to print several times eg. the weekly diary page, menu plans, shopping lists, wish list etc.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 2

Other pages need to be more portable. . . like the menu plans and grocery list shown below. I kept them in place using a paper clip, so I could remove them when needed.

I also added various sized pockets, paper bag pages for slipping in receipts etc . . . and pretty tabs to make flipping through the planner quick and easy.

To keep it all secure I also attached a ribbon to the front and back cover so I could tie it closed when not in use.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 3

My planner is just one example of what you can do with your free downloadable Christmas Planner pages.

Please have fun with your planner and make it your own.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 4

Download your 2012 Christmas Planner here.

I hope you will consider sharing your version of the Christmas planner on our weekly link party . . . we’d love to see it!

I’m sharing this post with my friends at the following link parties this week: French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Clean and Scentsible, Live Laugh Rowe, The Common Ground, The DIY Dreamer, Transformation Thursday, At The Picket Fence, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Power of Pinterest with Fox Hollow and DebbieDoo’s and some of these link parties too.