Friday, December 17, 2010

Inkspirations Christmas Gift Blog Tour!


Welcome crafters!! Wowee, it is so much fun to be part of the first Inkspirations Blog Tour. Thanks so much to the Inkspirations team for letting me join in!! I have never been part of a blog tour before and I hope my creations can stand up to the other amazing talent out there.
Now, you should have arrived here from Belinda. If not and you want to start at the beginning then go to the Inkspirations challenge web site.
If you have time you may like to look at some of my earlier blog posts where I showcase christmas cards I've made - from the special coloured images, gorgeous papers and other embelishments, to the simpler yet still stylish bulk make cards.
Today I'd like to show you a Christmas organiser booklet that I made. I made one for myself and also a few more to give as Christmas presents (I have given them out already so they can be useful immediately!). I made my first one last year and find them great for both organising myself and as a keepsake.
Stamps :  Contempo Christmas (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock & Papers : Cherry Cobbler, very vanilla, old olive, Jolly Holiday DSP (Stampin' Up!)

Inks:   Cherry Cobbler, chocolate chip, old olive (Stampin' Up!)
Other : old olive grosgrain ribbon, scallop trim border punch, Antique brads (Stampin' Up!), alpha-num rub-ons (stash). 
I made this organiser by simply sticking a heap of cards together, reinforcing the spine with a band of cardstock, then decorating the front. I made up the page inserts using word (email me or leave me a comment if you would like me to email you a copy) then I decorated each page using patterned papers. You can have as many or as few pages as you like. The gift organisers I made had 4 page openings. The first opening is a Christmas card list. The next opening is a Christmas gift list. Then there is calendars for November and December. Lastly a Christmas day plan and Other notes. The organiser I made for myself had more openings. There was another opening for gifts bought and received for my family (always nice to remember this). I also had an opening/pocket for the Christmas letter I write each year. I like to keep page decorations minimal so it doesnt get too bulky.
I have also thought of putting photos on each page instead of the organiser and giving as a mini photo album.
I hope you are enjoying the blog tour, your next stop is Rebekah.
Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting my blog!

 

19 comments:

Jess said...

these are so awesome! and handy!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

What a fab idea, Karyn! Definitely bookmarking this for future reference! Must pop back to check out some other projects, too! Hugs xxaxx

stampingdownunder said...

Great project idea!

Cards by Karen said...

What a lovely booklet and a fantastic idea. I'm very much a list person and I will definitely file your idea away for safe keeping.

Karen G.

alittlelessuseless said...

I definetly could have done with a Christmas organiser this year. LOVE IT
Gardenia

janine said...

What a great idea! I would love a copy of the pages for this organiser please - jsj_13@yahoo.com Thank you very much and I hope I can have some made for myself, and for gifts next year! Thank you for sharing, Janine

Dorene said...

How beautiful, and so kind of you to share your file. I found you on the blog hop today, and will be back. Your work is awesome. May I have
the pleasure of your file. jayco@pacbell.net
May you have a wonderful Christmas and New year.

Marisa said...

What a great gift! Love how you have decorated the pages but kept things simple so it's not too bulky (us practical types think of those things LOL!) Wonderful project! Have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate with family and friends!

onlypurple4me said...

What a great idea! I would love a copy of your lists: onlypurple4me@yahoo.com
Thanks so much. You have a wonderful blog.

Kristen Conant said...

Karyn this is FABULOUS! I would love a copy of your lists! klconant@yahoo.com

Sally W said...

I love this and would love a copy please.
sallywilliams02@gmail.com

Beedubya said...

Love that planner!! You did a wonderful job on your first hop!! Thanks for joining!

Hugs,
Brandi

Brenda said...

Wow, what a fabulous project!

Crafty Spark said...

wow i will definetly make this!!!

Lee-Anne said...

I love the idea of a Christmas organiser. Yours is just lovely, the front is decorated so nicely and you've put so much thought into the inside. This is a wonderful idea Karyn. Have a lovely Christmas.

Makeesha Byl said...

Now that album will certainly keep you organised for Christmas!! Fabulous project! Thanks for playing in the Blog Tour! Love Keesh x

H2 :) said...

Fantastic idea Karyn! Your planner is very cute & clever. :)

elizajagoda said...

Wyróżniam Twoje prace ponieważ są wyjątkowe, sympatyczne, ciekawe, niepowtażalne, atrakcyjne, subtelne, kobiece i doskonale pomyślane.

elizajagoda said...

Wyróżniam Twoje prace ponieważ sa wyjątkowe, sympatyczne, ciekawe, niepowtażalne, atrakcyjne, subtelne, kobiece i doskonale pomyślane.