Every year, I end up with a scrap or two of paper with crazy little notes written all over them. What kind of notes? Ideas for gifts, things that need to be done, gifts we've already gotten, how many gifts each girl has (have to keep it pretty even now that they can all count! LOL!), etc., etc., etc.
This year I decided to stay on top of it better and started my lists back in August. I created a page in my planner especially for this purpose and have been making notes constantly since. If an idea hits me, I have a place to write it down right away and if i buy something and tuck it away in places I can't even remember, I check it off and write it down. Yes, this has been so much better than my usual crowding of notes and my panic on Christmas Eve as I realize I forgot something or that, heaven forbid, one child has one more gift than the others do. (Creative packaging always helps here...some gifts end up with 2 things in them, etc.). So I like it and I intend to keep that page in my planner from now on.
However, since Christmas is looming down on me, I felt the need to get a little more organized so I made up a purse size mini book that will be helping me keep track of my ideas as well as what I've already purchased for each person on my list.
I created the pages to be 4.25 x 5.5 so that it was small and I could get 2 sets of pages on a sheet of paper. My thought was that I would print them out, fold them in half and glue them together back to back to create a little book and then wrap the cover page around them to make it pretty. Well, I ended up cutting the cover piece in half and gluing it to a folded piece of cardstock to give it a little more uumph. I also glued a piece of ribbon between the cover image and the cardstock so I could tie it shut if I wanted to.
This is what the cover looks like:
Then I created some gift lists for the inside pages:
And finally...the To Do list and the Santa list...because Santa needs a little reminding sometimes!
When it was all said and done, this is how mine turned out:
Of course, once I had printed it and adhered it all together, I have decided that in the future, I'd definitely print it on cardstock for better color and sturdiness. But alas, it only has to last me a little over a month so it's good for this year. Next year, I'll do it differently.
I also thought maybe someone else might like a copy so you can download yours here. Please remember this is for personal use only. Thanks!