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Project Life® Meets Stampin' Up!® in My December Planner!

By Midwesterngirl @MidwesternGirl5
Hey everyone!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We were all sick here, but that's a story for a different day...or never.
Anyway - I'm so excited to switch gears and start planning for Christmas! I love all of the decorating, baking, wrapping, pre-Christmas stuff that needs to be done...but I'll be the first to admit that I am not the most organized person. I know, I know...after all my messy house/work-space posts you'd never have guessed it, right?
Again...anyway...
I've decided to change my tune. This year I'm all about the planning. I've become a total planamaniac (you read that here first my friends...plan-a-maniac).
And when I was given the opportunity to play with the brand new Stampin' Up!® Project Life® Hello December kit, I did a little jig because it was the perfect way for me to get my organize on...
First let me show what all is part of this darling collection...

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So great, right?
And check out these fantastic digital files, too! Stampin' Up!® was gracious enough to let me use these for my project...and I'm pretty sure they were exactly what I needed...

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OK...so now are you ready to see my planner?! Eeeeek!
Here it is!
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
I am over the moon about this planner!
Now, I really did like the way this album arrived (dark red binding on a kraft album)...but it didn't really fit with my color scheme. So I set to work re-creating it to make it unique. I used a few layers of gesso and white acrylic paint over the red parts...and then blocked off sections of the kraft with washi tape and added some black, silver, blue & green. AAAACK. I die. I just love the way this turned out.
And a simple piece of wood veneer turned this non-traditionally holiday-ish album cover into the perfect holiday album.
OK...now for the inside...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
Here's what I was talking about with the digital files...
I resized and added type to one of the digital cards, printed it out and slid it into a page protector. The perfect coordinating title page - quickly & easily!
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
My next page is where I will record the Christmas cards I mail...and receive. I think I will probably add holes to my favorite cards and insert them directly into my book at the end of the season. I can't wait! Oh my gosh...I'm getting so excited...
Moving on...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
For these cards, I opened the digital "MAKING A LIST" files and added my kids' names. Then I simply printed them out, asked the kids to write down their wish lists, and slipped them into their pockets. Extra pockets will hold coupons and gift ideas...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
Like I mentioned - I love all the decorating...but sometimes I'm a little lost at how to change things up from year to year. So these next pages will be where I add magazine inspiration, Pin-spiration, and any ideas that may come to me. I will also add photos of this years' decorations so that in future years I can see what I've done.
Next are more pages for decorating and gift ideas...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
(I had the best time cutting up the little 3x4 cards to use as note cards throughout my album...)
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
...and a section for projects I want to complete...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
...I've also included a few inspiration photos directly into the album...just so that I don't forget them. (and yes...that arrow is an upside-down tree sticker).
No Christmas planner would be complete without a list of holiday to-do's, right?
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
I used the little wonky-star stamp from the Hello December Stamp Set to create little places to "check off" each of our activities as we complete them. 
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
Some of the pockets are just filled with stuff I love...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
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And finally...at the back of my planner album I've added some of the Stampin Up!® Project Life® Envelope Pages...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
The envelope pages are wonderfully sturdy plastic...and they close at the top so nothing will fall out. I'm using one envelope to hold my shopping receipts...
Project Life® meets Stampin' Up!® in my December planner!
...and the other to hold miscellaneous items...thank you cards, random tags, stickers, etc.
So there you have it!
What do you think? Man...I love it. I love that the Hello December collection was so easy to use...and that it contained so many beautiful coordinating pieces. I love that each little piece seemed like it was designed especially for my project...and I love that the addition of the digital items made my project even that much more "me."
I'm pretty much head over heels.
Thank you so so much, Stampin' Up!®

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