Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 Planner Tutorial

I wanted to design a planner for 2009
with a portfolio for each month for cards,
pictures, etc. I also wanted to leave
lots of *white* space for notes and doodles!


12 sheets of copy paper
2 sheet 8 ½ X 11 white cardstock
12 sheets of 12 X 12 cardstock
Chipboard (I used a cereal box)
2 pieces of 12 X 12 pattern paper
12 different ribbons (24 inches each)
Gaffer or Hockey Tape


Hole Punch
3 inch scallop punch (optional)


I would recommend printing out the Important Numbers and Days PDF on white cardstock. For the calendar pages regular copy paper works great!

• Print out your 12 month calendar, Important Numbers, and Special Days (which also includes “2009” and “you are here”).
- Fold each month sheet in half.
- Cut “Important Numbers” and Days sheet in half (at 5 ½ inches).
- Cut out “2009”; for “you are here” cut out leaving a 1 1/2 inch border below the word "here".
- For “Important Numbers” trim 1/8 of an inch off of top, left side, and bottom.
- For “Important Days” trim 1/8 of an inch off of top, right side, and bottom.
- Set aside.

• Pick out and trim each cardstock sheet to 12 X 11.

• Score each cardstock piece at 8 ½ inches horizontally or the side that measures 12 inches. Then turn your cardstock and score at 5 ½ inches vertically or the side that measures 11 inches. Fold on score lines.

• With your cardstock folded into the portfolio measure and mark ½ of an inch on both sides of pocket top, using your score lines as a guide. Draw a line from your ½ inch mark to the centre bottom of your pocket to form an isosceles triangle. Cut out triangle. Apply a thin bead of glue on the left and right edges, fold portfolio bottoms up to form portfolio. Repeat on all twelve portfolios and set aside.

• Trim three chipboard pieces to measure…

(2) – 5½ X 8½
(1) – 2 X 8½

• Now we’ll need to alter 2 pieces of pattern paper to create one large piece. Trim pattern paper to measure 8 X 9½. Lay your pattern paper pieces right side down, overlapping 1 inch; using adhesive attach these together.

• Using double sided tape attach you chipboard pieces as shown (leaving ¼ of an inch between front/back covers and spine).

• Fold each corner down and attach with wet adhesive.

• Pre-fold each side down and then attach using double sided tape.

• Ink edges of “Important Days and Important Numbers” sheets, if desired. For the “Important Numbers” make a pencil mark 1¼ inches down and 2½ inches across. Punch hole and insert a paper clip.

• Attach your “Important Days and Important Numbers” to inside covers.

• Wrap gaffer, book binding tape, or cloth hockey tape around the spine. I used five – 19 inch strips of gaffer tape.

• Draw a ½ inch line on the top and bottom of binding area. Punch a continuous line of holes just above your line. This will not be visible once the ribbon is all tied on.

• Cut 24 inches of 12 different ribbons.

• Insert your monthly pages in their folders. Punch a hole ½ of an inch from the top and ½ of an inch from the bottom. You can use your continuous binding holes as a guide.

• Thread ribbon through top of binding holes and then through the top of your January portfolio and calendar page. Leave about 4 inches of ribbon at top. Pull down and thread through binding, portfolio, and calendar page. Go around the bottom and pull up to the top and finally tie a knot. Continue until all pages are in the planner.

• If desired punch a 3 inch scalloped circle, ink edges, and attach to the front of your planner. If desired ink edges of “2009” and attach in the centre of you circle.

• Ink edges of the “you are here” tab and attach with a paper clip onto the January portfolio. I attached a paper clip to all my portfolios just for fun and you’re done!

Here is a link to a PDF of the entire lesson for you to print!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to

It has been deeply placed on my heart to start another
blog for 2009...I will still be updating A Journey
regularly with my projects and tutorials
which I totally love making and sharing.

The name of the other blog is 52 Pick Me Up.

You can see it here :)

It will be a place for inspiration and love.

Inspiration that will *pick you up*.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Favorite Notebook

I made these notebooks at the beginning of
December and they have become my favorite!!!!

I start with a really sturdy chipboard on the back....

Then I add a little handful of lined index cards...

Next a little piece of pattern paper; then a piece of thick acrylic for protection and then I bind it all together...

Seriously, several of these have taken me and my sister through Decemeber :) She lost hers in a pile of presents
she was wrapping and then kissed it when she found it :D

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Fun Pet Gifts!

Pet Place Mat

Small Glass Cutting Board
(I purchased mine at our local dollar store)
Paw Print Pattern PDF
White and Black Cardstock
Letter Stickers
Double Sided Tape
Paper Trimmer

• Trim your white cardstock to desired size. Embellish with your pet’s name as well as a paw print or two.

• Apply double sided tape around your embellished name plate and attach to the back side of your glass cutting board.

Re-Furbished Pet Pillow

Pillow from your Pet Bed
Polar Fleece (black plus another colour of your choice)
Fabric Glue
Paw Print Pattern PDF
Sewing Machine

• Place your pillow on a piece of polar fleece and cut around leaving about a 1½ inch border.

• Cut one of the sides in half.
• Machine sew around edge with right sides together.

• Turn pillow case so the right sides are exposed.

• If desired cut two paw prints out of black polar fleece and glue on with fabric glue.

Happy Holidays from Sheriff :D

If you'd like to have a printable of this lesson just click here :)

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Joyous Printable!

I'm so excited to share a printable with you!
Happy Holidays!

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest:
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to
prepare his ways; To give knowledge of
salvation unto his people
by the remission of their sins,
Through the tender mercy of our God;
whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us.
Luke 1:76-78

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Mini Book with Favorite 2008 Layouts!

Pattern Paper
Name Badge Holders
(I purchased mine at Wal-mart
in the stationery department)
Glue Stick
Wet Adhesive


• Measure your name badge holder and cut 2 pieces of chipboard the same size. Using your name badge holder measurements add ½ of an inch to all four sides and trim two pieces of pattern paper to this measurement.

• Apply glue stick to one side of both your chipboard pieces and attach to the backsides of your pattern papers.

• Apply a dab of wet adhesive to the four corners of each piece; fold down corners.

• "Pre-fold" each side....

• glue down sides with wet adhesive...

• Trim two pieces of cardstock to fit over the inside covers and attach.

• Use your name badge holders as a guide and punch holes at the top of your front and your back covers.

• Thread ribbon pieces through your punched holes and name badge holders.

• Tip…when you tie your ribbon open the book up to the centre so you’ll be able to open your book once you’ve tied it ;)

I resized and printed these favorite layouts from 2008 to add to my mini book.

Here is a PDF link if you'd like to print out the tutorial...

The book was made using the January kit from Scrapbookers Clubhouse!

Before I go I'd love to share some scripture that I've been enjoying so much.....

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. Luke 1:46, 47, and 49.