Christmas, planners, printables

Christmas Planner Printables

Ok, it’s November, we can officially talk about Christmas now.

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Whether you’re excited for Christmas or not, you have to admit, there is a lot of stuff to get done for the season. Gifts, cards, food, decoration, events, etc.,

So a Christmas planner is a fairly important tool, and after designing all my inserts and setting it up, I decided I would share the inserts in case they would be useful for anyone else.

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If you haven’t seen it and you are interested, you can watch my Christmas planner set up video here. You can see the Christmas inserts in more depth and I explain why I made them that way.

So, onto the printables! They are all PDF files, if you have any trouble with that, pop me an email and I might be able to send you another format.

As I said in the video, they are all made for a personal size planner, but if you have the technical know-how, I’m quite happy for you to resize them if you use a different planner. Just please don’t ask me to do this for you!

They’re made to print onto A4 paper, so once printed you need to do a little bit of cutting/trimming. There are very faint grey lines around the inserts themselves so you know where to cut. To print them double sided, you need to choose the ‘flip on the short edge’ setting. It should be pretty obvious which edge of each insert is the one to punch holes into, but if in doubt, refer to the pictures I’ve provided.

If you have any problems with printing, feel free to email me, but I am by no means an technical expert, so I may not be able to help!

Right, let’s get to it!

November and December Calendar Pages:

DATED MONTH ON TWO PAGES

This is a three page document, the first two pages should be the ones printed double sided. The first page of November and last of December will be single sided.

2017 CALENDAR PAGES NOV DEC

‘Busy Days’ Pages:

RENAME

For the days in December when you just have a LOT to do! There are two files for this one, one is for double sided, and one is a single page for the ‘end’ inserts, so that they don’t start and end on the wrong sides!

2017 CHRISTMAS BUSY DAY

2017 BUSY DAY END PAGES

Busy Day Pages with named days:

BUSY DAY NAMED

Not a necessity, but within my ‘busy days’ section I wanted specific inserts that said Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day.

2017 CHRISTMAS BUSY DAY – XMAS DAY+eVE

2017 CHRISTMAS BUSY DAY – BOXING + NEW YEAR’S

Notes and To Do:

TO DO & NOTES

The ‘To Do’ insert may well be my favourite; it’s the Christmas Pudding checklist, I just love it!

2017 NOTE AND TO DO

Christmas Card Tracker:

CARDS

There’s two options here, one (pictured) is for those who make their own cards, the other is for those who prefer to buy their own (it says ‘written’ in place of ‘made’). The first PDF is the ‘made’ inserts, the second is the ‘written’ ones.

2017 CARDS

2017 CARDS2

Gift Tracker:

GIFT TRACKER

Possibly the most important insert! Especially when it comes to wrapping time and you’ve got a huge pile of gifts and are thinking to yourself ‘which of these is for which person?!’ And to keep an eye on how much you’re spending!

Also, in case it’s not clear, the person’s name goes on the red line!

2017 GIFT TRACKER

Food/Shopping Inserts:

FOOD & SHOPPING

I’ve designed these so you can write a recipe or menu on one side, and a shopping list on the other. Very simple but that’s how I like it!

2017 FOOD

For those that haven’t watched the video, all my other Christmas planning related things this year, budgeting, shopping, that kind of thing, are all being done on notepaper. My set up last year had all that kind of thing but I found it a little rigid and didn’t end up using it properly. I’m the type of person that just likes to spill ink all over a blank page.

Just a couple of boring things to finish (a.k.a..=, covering my backside)…

  • These free printable downloads are solely intended for personal use, and are not to be copied, redistributed, or sold in any way.
  • The images in the inserts are all my own artwork, so please do not copy, or distribute them. Additionally do not remove them from the original files. Changing the inserts to suit your size planner is fine but using the images for any other purpose is not.
  • I take no responsibility for anything that may happen to your computer, tablet, printer, printer paper, scissors, paper trimmer, any other object, item, or living creature, or life in general, after downloading and printing these inserts.
  • If you do use the inserts and share them on any form of social media, please either tag me or link back to this blog. Even if you resize them, they are still my original work. Plus I’d love to see what you do with them!

Ok that’s enough serious stuff. Sorry about that, you know how it is these days!

Thanks so much for reading. Again, any issues you have with downloading or printing please feel free to email me, and I’ll do my best to help.

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Grace ❤

@ms.paperlover

Brimbles, brimbles sticker club, planners, sticker kit

Brimbles Sticker Club Projects – September

It’s September! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

I love autumn so so much. And the colours and florals of this month’s sticker club are the perfect transition from summer to autumn. Like last month, I decided to do a variety of projects with my stickers, instead of one ‘big’ one.

 

First was a planner spread. So far I’ve used my sticker club stickers to decorate my personal size, but I decided it was time to change things up a bit and so decorated my A5. I don’t use any particular inserts in my A5 – just dot grid paper, meaning I can change the layout every single week – and this is how it looked with the September Garden stickers:

 

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Now usually I would show you how it looked at the end of the week too – but due to the timing of this post it’s not all filled in yet! But if you’re interested there’ll be pictures of my spread on my instagram (which is linked at the top of this page under my logo). There is also a Plan With me video which you can watch here if you’d like.

 

My next project is also planner related. I used another of my dot grid pages to create a bullet journal-esque month at a glance.

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My favourite part of this page is the page flags in the top right corner which I doodled on to make them into a banner.

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It’s such a simple but effective little technique (for which I can claim no originality whatsoever, I’ve seen it many times on instagram!).

 

My last project was this bookmark:

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It was really simple to make, I just took some white card and cut it to size. I found a quote about reading online and wrote it on the card in pencil. Then I put the stickers down, and then went over the pencil with a .38 black gel pen. For the top I simply used a hole punch for the hole and threaded some ribbon through it. I actually wanted to use black ribbon but turns out that I don’t have any! So I went with pink organza instead.

And yeah, ok, I admit it, I am not currently reading Jane Austen’s Emma (although I have many times!). But my current book is too big and boofy and wouldn’t lay flat for a picture! (Just in case you were wondering, it’s CS Lewis’ Cosmic Trilogy in one volume that wouldn’t behave for a photo).

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Bookmark update: do not leave where your cat (or other curious creature) can find it, for the cat will find the ribbon tassel irresistible to chew on, pulling the bookmark out of your book and you will lose your place!

And there we go! I still have a few stickers left, some may end up on my planner pages towards the end of the week to fill in any gaps, and the rest will probably end up in my journal for light decoration. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you have a great September!

Grace ❤

@ms.paperlover

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hauls, planners, reviews, unboxings

The Busy Days Planner from Boxclever Press

The lovely people over at Boxclever Press got in contact with me recently, asking if I’d like to trial some of their stationery items, as they thought their stuff would be my kind of thing (spoiler alert, they were right!).

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A large and very heavy box arrived at my door a few days later, and oh my goodness! They sent me the incredible Platinum set, which includes sticker books, washi, spare inserts, spare rings, a hole punch, and of course, the planner! To see everything they sent check out my unboxing and review video, because in this blog post I’ll be focusing on the main item, the Busy Days Planner.

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Let’s start with the specifics – including the discs and plastic cover, the planner measures 9 x 9 3/4″ (roughly 23 x 25 cm). The pages inside measure 7 1/2 x 9 1/4″ (roughly 19 x 23.5 cm). This is an 18-month planner, so it’s fairly bulky and heavy. For me it would definitely be a desk planner rather than one to carry around. Admittedly it doesn’t weigh as much as my one of my filled kikki.K large planners, but I don’t carry those around either!

If you were used to carrying around a similar disc planner (you know the one I mean 😉 ) or an A5 ringbound this would be no different. And of course, thanks to the disc system, you can add or remove pages as you want to, so if you wanted you could make it as light or as heavy as you wanted!

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Let’s talk about what is inside. The first few pages have some normal stuff such as personal information, year at a glance, etc., But there’s also some really nice additions to that such as in the picture above, where you can set out your plans and goals for the year.

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Each month is tabbed with a different colour, and at the beginning of the month are the above pages for filling out both practical and ‘normal’ planner things such as birthdays and other events for the month, but also some fun pages for filling out dreams and hopes for the month. In the first photo you can also see the last page of each month, where you have space to write down what happened or what you achieved.

One of my favourite parts of these pages is the little addition between the ‘special days’ and ‘birthdays’ boxes, where something to do with the month has been highlighted for you:

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After that we have the month on two pages:

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And the week on two pages:

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Because Boxclever press is a British company they feature UK dates and holidays on the monthly pages. They have other dates and holidays in there as well, but it’s particularly nice to see UK dates in a planner!

I’m a big fan of the horizontal week on two pages layout too. It’s not too different to be complicated when transitioning from another planner, but it’s still a bit different from the norm!

As you may have noticed by this point, the pages are all printed with colours and graphics. Each month has it’s own theme, and these do not repeat in the next year; so September 2017 is different to September 2018. I love these themes. They’re not too much to be overwhelming, but they’re very pretty. If you like decorating it would be easy to follow the theme and do your own thing, or cover up the graphics if you wanted to.

There are various other inserts at the beginning and end of the year:

 

Plus a folder in which you could add stickers or documents, and they’ve provided a couple of sheets of stickers to get you started!

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The last thing I want to talk about is the quality of the paper, which is just amazing. It’s thick without being too heavy and feels lovely to the touch. I tried out various pens so see if any bled through or showed through on the other side of the page…

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And none of them did! (You may be able to see a slight smudge on the LAMY pen test, but that was done by my hand!).

The punch that comes in the Platinum set I tried out on both multiple papers and something that was laminated – and it had zero problems with those and the holes are clean. The punch is also not as heavy as it looks!

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Final thoughts? I think this is a great desk or home planner. Personally I wouldn’t carry it around but I suppose if I were used to carrying around an A5 it wouldn’t be a problem. The paper quality is brilliant, and I love the style of all the inserts – particularly all those pretty graphics. My main criticism is that I’m not over keen on the thick plastic cover. Though I appreciate it protects the pages I think it should have the name of the planner written smaller, perhaps just in one corner so that it wasn’t so bold and obvious. If I were using this planner I’d replace the plastic front cover with something pretty that I’d laminated – though I’d still keep the back page; as I said, I do appreciate how much it protects the pages!

So there we go! If you’re interested in the Busy Days Planner then take a look over at their website. There are various options on starter sets from just the Busy Days Planner on its own or all the way up to the Platinum Set. And postage is free over £7, woo!

Thanks for reading, and remember to check out my video unboxing and review of the Busy Days Platinum set to see the washi and sticker books 🙂

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Grace ❤

@ms.paperlover