I didn’t want to post this …

… before Christmas, because it was one of the gifts I gave to my mom. In fact, I’ve created one of these for her almost every year since I discovered them.

It was quite easy to assemble and will be well-used. Criteria that for me, make a personalized gift worth the investment of time. I used the MyBook Adaptable Planner, a blank 2011 calendar book with lots of room for pretty papers and photos. I also used the December kit from Scarlet Lime, which took all guess work out of the design.

All I had to do was cut papers and slip them into the cover and monthly divider pages. My mom can add photos of grandchildren throughout the year and has a wonderful blank slate where she can record events and appointments. I used this punch to create the tabs.

Other than the super-cute factor, the best part of this planner is that it is really a traveling journal and results in a wonderful reference of the year. And, right now, you can save 50% if you buy a pack of five. It’s important to note that when I blog about something in a promotional manner these days, there is no advertising involved. In other words, I only promote something when I really like it or use it myself.

Here’s another FUN calendar idea from Celeste over at Write. Click. Scrapbook.

Enjoy this holiday week.
I am.


  1. OOH! Ooh! OOh! What about using this as a Gratitude Journal? Wheels are spinning. I planned to make my own little book … but this … so neat & tidy. I know my Archivers had them – just hoping they still do!

  2. Can’t get your 50% off link to work….please help. Thank you.

    • C,
      I just updated the link. Both links to the planner in my post are the same. Either one will take you to the same place.

  3. What a great gift. I might just have to think about making something like this for myself. I think after all the cards and gifts I have done for Christmas, I can spend a little time making something for me. LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I’ve been using these for years; I think 2011 is my fifth one. I LOVE them!!! And when the year is over I have a little scrapbook of my year with all the important info, kids’ milestones and so cute pics to boot. Fun to make, fun to use all year and fun to look back on. A definite two thumbs up from me! Happy New Year!

  5. love this idea!! What size did you use, it looks like the smaller album.

  6. Stacy, this is such a beautiful and loving idea! I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. what a fabulous idea, thank you for sharing it!

  8. It’s a great idea Stacey! I’ll bet your Mom loved it, as she’s loved and used all the others you’ve made her. ALso love the link and that is what I’m planning to do this coming year.

  9. What a great gift—would have loved to receive one myself!

  10. Thanks for sharing the info! I had used these several years ago but lost the contact info. Just placed an order! Thanks again!

  11. Dee Wethered says:

    Ohhhhhhhh Stacy, Thanks for jumpstarting my Christmas presents for 2011. What an awesome idea, I love it and i also like it for a gratitude journal too. Love your blog, dee

  12. I would love to know what size you used. (It’s looks like the small?)

  13. Nice project, I need to make one like this for my mom next year as she refuses to go digital

  14. Just placed an order! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful idea!! Quick, easy, personal and just plain fabulous. THANK YOU…for all you do!!

  15. Karen Schmidt says:

    How funny is this. I just bought two of ths planners for my sister and I. We bother need lots of room to write and this planner gives it to us.

  16. I’ve been using this planner for a few years now and just love it. I do like the idea of making tabs for it. A long ribbon tied to the spiral is how I’ve been “marking my spot”, kind of like what Bibles have in them.

  17. Stacy – I was visiting my Mom when you posted this. I love that you give one to your mom each year. It makes my heart happy. A very healthy and prosperous new year to you and your family!

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