Friday, November 28, 2008

holiday planner, part 2

Did you have a great Thanksgiving? I'm still full from our feast. It was a terrific day for the whole family. Chris and Marshall did the "Turkey Bowl" football game early Thursday morning. The girls and I watched the parade and worked on the food. After the boys returned, Chris and the children went for a boat ride, leaving me alone in the kitchen. I cooked and baked the rest of the day while watching "Little Women". That afternoon, we went to Beth's house and had a nice time with family.
So, you DO realize it is officially the Christmas season...right? My Holiday Planner has been dusted off and I've started putting it to good use. Year after year I have come to rely on it to get me through these fun but hectic weeks. I love that it is, essentially, an organizer and a scrapbook all in one binder. There is one problem with the design. I do not like to carry it to stores. I have done it in the past, but it usually gets left at home. Just too big.
So...while perusing the 'net, I discovered some portable organizers that would go well with my holiday planner. I came up with these designs, following patterns I found on other sites.

The first is an altered notepad. The cover is made from cardstock and forms a pocket when it's opened. This holds personalized gift lists, and can be used for receipts, coupons, etc... The notepad has endless uses for holiday organizing.
here's the link: http://michellewooderson.blogspot.com/2008/09/holiday-gift-ensemble.html


The second design is an altered file folder. The folder is scored and folded to create pockets and a booklet. The pockets hold lists for gifts, stocking stuffers, shopping and menus. It is a durable design and will hold you receipts and coupons, much like the notepad organizer.
here's the link: http://hulachickabella.blogspot.com/2008/10/check-this-out.html

I like them both for different reasons, so I think I'll give them both a shot and see which I prefer to stick with for next year. The question is...which do YOU prefer? That's right, I'm asking YOU. It's a giveaway and you could get one of these organizers for yourself:) Just leave a comment to let me know which one you like. I'll be giving away two of them. The one you get will be made especially for you. I made these with my scraps, but yours will be with brand new paper (OoooAhhh)!! If you prefer the notepad design, I will personalize the cards. The giveaway will close Wednesday 12:00 pm. (east coast...my time:) Be sure to leave me your name. I will get your email address if you win.
Good Luck!


***hey, check out Harley's blog...she's got a giveway, too

19 comments:

Liza Fly said...

What a great idea! I would love the notepad organizer- it's the perfect size.

Little Hensley Fam said...

I like the one that says Merry Christmas, it's cute and functional! =)

morganne blair witchfield said...

i ruled with an iron fist in a lovely oven mitt. those weaklings learned to love it. and yes, if i recall correctly you did! that was a wise decision my friend.

Marie said...

I think I would go with the file folder one. I am a "stasher" and usually stick things in my wallet or later try to organize with a ziploc or something. Great system I know! :) But then I inevitabley throw a reciept away that I needed.

I actually got a binder today so I could start my planner!

Red said...

You are too cute. I definitely think the first one is the best. I am a notepad junkie, but always need a place to stuff the fly away papers and coupons I have, so the pocket is an added bonus. The planner is a great idea.

The Barton Family said...

Ohh, so cute!! You made those!?!? I am very impressed. I like the file folder one. I like your idea for the Christmas planner. My friend gave me a similar one for a gift a few years ago, it has 5 years in one book. This is our last year to use it and I was wondering what I was going to do next year, and now I will make one! Plus yours is better in a lot of ways, I like the way you organize and plan in it, mine you just put memories after it is all over. Good to talk to you the other day. LEt's not wait so long next time to catch up...

LeAnn said...

Heidi, they're both so cute. I'm torn on which I like the best though because I love notepads and I love lots of pockets. I think I'll have to go with the the second one--yay pockets!.

Brooke said...

I vote for the file folder. If I were very rich (I know I'd have to be quite wealthy to afford you), I would hire you as my personal organizer, my birthday party planner, my personal shopper, and, oh yes, let's not forget the most important one, my personal chef!

morganne blair witchfield said...

now that is a movie that i do like. yeah. i'm sure i'm being read as a bit of a downer. but i'm freezing in utah, so i have rights to be grinchy. :)

Janice said...

Great ideas!! I think that I like the 1st one better. I always have little "ideas" on the brain and need to write them down. Super cute though Heidi. I so wish I could just sit down and do some fun stuff like that.

Butler Family said...

I LOVE the Christmas one. I think you are so talented and so creative!! That is one of the best ideas I have heard in awhile!! I know I must not get out right!! lol But I like the 2nd one the best!!

Anna said...

I like the file folder one! I'm a sucker for anything with tabs though! They're both really cute Heidi :)

allyn said...

umm...not only are you ocdorganized, but you are cutsy scrapbook organized! those are so ideal. i really do like both of them. i think i would put the file folder one to better use, though. put my name in the drawing for the file folder.

hdayton said...

oooh, count me in! I would love to win one of these. Great job, again!!
Maybe I could be a guest blogger and write about being your older sister and still trying to keep up.

Can you all imagine what its like to be HER sister???

heidigoseek said...

hil-
whatever...this coming from the sis who made my wedding dress:)

Heather said...

I like the first notepad one. You are so crafty. . .can you help me??

The Winns said...

The amazing Heidi strikes again...way to go! They both look fabulous, I think I especially like the file folder one. Be sure to tell me at the end of the season which worked better...hard to know. Anyway, thanks for sharing your talents! Love you!

heidigoseek said...

thanks guys...contest closed
good luck:)

Anna said...

HELLO - it's after noon - who won? It was nice seeing you at lunch today! :)