Saturday, June 16, 2007
My Christmas Notebook, Part 4
The next part of my Christmas notebook is an idea I got from someone on the craft forum at Organized Christmas last year. I tweaked it a bit, I think, to make it work better for me; I'm not sure I completely understood what they were saying. But the way I've done this works well for me.
Basically, I took a look at the different things I wanted to craft for Christmas gifts and decorations. I then divided these up into categories based on what type of craft technique they involved. Of course these categories will vary depending on what sort of crafts you like to do.
The categories I came up with were : Sewing; Crochet; Embroidery/Cross-Stitch; Paper/Printables; and Miscellaneous.
For each category, I used one of those manila divider pages that has a pocket in it. I placed an index tab on each one with the name of the craft technique in it. Then, in the pocket of each divider, I placed the printed instructions for each craft item in that category. For example, I want to make my husband a new checkbook cover for a stocking stuffer (don't worry; he never reads my blogs), so I have the instructions for this project safely stowed in the divider for the Sewing category. (Obviously, this won't work if your instructions are part of a book or magazine, but read on.)
Also in each category, in addition to the divider, I have a number of sheets of lined paper where I've outlined just what projects I want to do in that category; how many of each; materials required, and what date I'd like to be finished by. On this lined paper I would also add the information as to where to find the instructions if they are part of a book or magazine and not conducive to placing in the divider page.
For example, in the sewing category (I'll use last year's list as an example), I have:
10 -12 foldable fabric baskets
Materials - Christmas fabric, plastic canvas, thread, ribbon
Finish by: June 25
5 fleece pillow quilts
Materials needed for each - 2 1/2 yds. fleece, pearl cotton to match
Finish by: October 25
In both cases the instructions were such that they'd fit into the divider pocket. But if they weren't, I'd add a line that says something like this:
Gooseberry Patch Christmas Book 1, page 25
Crafting Traditions magazine, Dec. 1995, page 20
or whatever your book or magazine is.
For me, this has been a great way to organize my Christmas crafting. Hope it's helpful to someone else!