Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Little Red Wagon Challenge #270 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Hello there and welcome to my last post for the year and our last challenge of 2014 at Little Red Wagon.  First, I want to say a big THANK YOU to the girlfriends for allowing me to become part of their team this year and second, a big THANK YOU to those of you who have joined our challenges and made them a success.  So, as we welcome in 2015, our hostess is Tracy and her challenge is "HAPPY NEW YEAR!" ~ create a project with a New Year's theme.

In my mind I had the perfect project to share for New Year's ~ the reality is not exactly what I expected but it is a work in progress.  Many of my friends were getting these incredible planner/organizers for the new year.  I, unfortunately, was unable to afford a snazzy new one and decided to try my hand at taking a plain, ordinary composition book and altering it into a planner. I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos on the subject (this was not an original idea by any means), and making it my own ~ deciding on the categories I wanted and what would work for me.  I have completed the cover, a couple of pockets and the monthly planning section.  I still need to decide what I am using for divider tabs.  I am thinking I will just go to the dollar store and get a set of tabs to add to the pages I have covered with card stock.  Like I mentioned, a work in progress!  All of the supplies were from my endless stash as there was a freeze on my crafting budget these last few months.

 This is the cover,  I covered  it with paper and inked heavily around the edges to hide all the little cutting marks.  I punched a hole through the back cover and added a hair tie.  I put the buttons on loosely and viola, a closure. The initials are stickers.  Ribbon and a bow finish it off,  I may add a coloured image sometime if I find the right one.

Here is the inside cover.  I added a square pocket to the front and also the back cover to put any little notes in.  

This is the next page.  It is card stock on one side and a pocket on the other.  I am thinking I may add some quotes or favourite pictures to it.  I am putting one of these between each section of the planner. I am still deciding on the sections I need that I will use the most.  I thought I had it and then looked up planner dividers and there are so many sections you can make.  I want ones that I will actually use.  

Here are the monthly pages.  I did not bore you with all twelve but they all look exactly the same except for the backing card stock.  Each month is on a different colour and they make up a rainbow.  The actual calendar pages were about 60 cents and I just cut them off the spiral they were on and trimmed the edges.  

So far this planner has cost me about $5.00 total with the cost of the book, calendar and card stock.  I will show you this work in progress as I continue to add to it.  If you have any suggestions for "must have" sections in your planner, let me know.  All are welcome.

Thanks for coming by today.  I want to wish each and every one of my readers a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Thank you for all the support this year and I hope you will continue to visit my little crafting corner in 2015.  And don't forget to join us at Little Red Wagon up until Tuesday, January 6, 2015, with your project for the new year.  

{{{{{HUGS}}}}}, Heather


  1. I love this! What a great idea! The perfect way to start off the new year and I love what you have done with it so far! Happy New Year to you, Heather :)
    Joanne xo

  2. I love this planner...more so than a traditional commercial one. This one is inspirational! You are so creative! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Heather your New Year's organization project is so inspiring and makes me want to toss my $ store white boring binder out the window and create something fun like this. Happy New Year.

  4. What a wonderful project! I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we're very happy you chose to join us! :-) Happy New Year!

  5. What an awesome project!! So happy you are party of our team.


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