Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TE Holiday Hoopla


Taylored Expressions is hosting a Holiday Hoopla today and I'm excited to be a part of it. You should have arrived here from Beate John's blog. If you didn't (or if you get lost along the way) you can head back to the beginning at Taylor's blog for the full list of participants. There are 22 designers showcasing Christmas/Winter/Holiday stamps sets from TE with samples that include all sorts of projects from cards to gifts and beyond! We want to inspire you to get your holiday crafting and card making into high gear! Be sure to stick with me all the way to the end of the post to get a coupon code for 25% off holiday stamp sets at Taylored Expressions!

The set I'm showcasing is Take Note - Holidays and I just love making cute little planners using this stamp set!  It also includes adorable images, frames, and sentiments that are perfect for making cards and tags too!


I used the stamp set and the coordinating Take Note 3 die to make a 5” x 7” planner to keep me organized this Holiday season.  The book consists of front and back covers with six pocket pages.  I used my Bind-It-All to assemble the book and then finished embellishing the cover and pages (that is important… if you add a bunch of stuff to your cover before assembling it might be too thick to fit in the punching part of the machine).

Bear with me here, I took a ton of pictures of this project.  If you are in a hurry scroll down to the bottom where you can find a link to the next blog hop participant.  ;)


For the front and back covers I used 5” x 7” double thick mat boards and covered with Holly Jolly Echo Park designer paper and a bit of Early Espresso card stock.  For the binding I used a 1” brown O-wire.

To decorate the front of the book I used a couple of Tag Treat die cuts that I picked up from the TE store (I usually add a couple packages of these tags every time I order).  I stitched a bit of designer paper to each of them and then added jumbo eyelets, ribbon and Doodlebug Christmas twine.  Next I stamped one of the frame images from Take Note – Holidays set on white cardstock and die cut with the matching die.  I added Platinum Liquid Pearls along the edges and then added a sentiment (stamped on a separate piece of white card stock).


For each of the pages I created a pocked from Kraft cardstock.  I cut a 6 3/4” tall by 9 1/2” wide piece of Kraft card stock and folded in half.  I then cut a triangle from the top to create a slanted pocket opening.  I added some designer paper to the back of the pocket so that it would peek through for a neat look.  To assemble the pocket (and for extra sturdiness) I stitched along the outside edges.  

To finish I stamped another frame on white cardstock and embellished it with Liquid Pearls, chocolate stitched ribbon and a label.  For the first pocket I create a label using the You’re My Type – Lower stamp set.  For the rest of the pockets I used the Keeping Tabs stamp set.

So Pocket 1 is for Tags: Hmm… I plan to put some simple gift labels in here.  I have some sticky backed paper that will be perfect for making those.  My normal tags are a built to bulky to fit in this pocket. Yeah, I tried.  :D


Pockets 2 and 3 for Receipts and Gift Cards.


Pockets 4 and 5 for Coupons and Gifts (as I come up with gift ideas I’ll add the lists to this pocket).


Pocket 6 is for Recipes: I love baking Christmas cookies and plan on using this to hold any new recipes that I find!  Nom nom nom… ;)


So you can see the pockets  in action here is a picture of one of the pockets with a tag peeking out of it.  Hee… and that tag is a sneaky peek of the project I will be sharing tomorrow – a set of tags that match the planner.


I thought I would share a picture of another planner that I made last year with this set (and the coordinating Keeping Tabs stamp set).  You can find all the details on this project HERE.


Are you getting in the mood to stamp? Be sure to check out Taylor's 12 Days of A Handmade Christmas Video Series for lots of easy gift ideas. I especially love this favor box video… I had an ah-ha moment after watching this video last year and had to add Tiny Twinkles and Embellie Gellie to my next order.

Now, who loves a SALE ? Use Coupon Code HOOPLA2011 to get 25% off the following holiday stamp sets (released in 2009 and 2010) at Taylored Expressions now through November 2:

Christmas Blessings, Enjoy!, From the Heart, Hangin' Out - At the North Pole, Holiday Wonder, Home Sweet Home, Keeping Tabs, Merry Little Cocktail, Penguin Pals, Season's Sweetings, Sparkle & Cheer, Tag Treats , Tag You're It, Take Note - Holidays , Wings of Joy, Winter Wonderland.

The coupon code is case sensitive. Follow these instructions to apply the discount to your order:

  1. Add the desired stamp sets from the above list to your shopping cart.
  2. Insert the coupon code into the Promotional Code box.
  3. Click the Update Cart button. Your discount should now be applied.
  4. Proceed to checkout to finalize and submit your order.

I hope you have enjoyed my planner!  For another fabulous Holiday project visit the talented Nancy McKinney

Stamps: Take Note – Holidays, Keeping Tabs, You’re My Type – Lower (TE).
Paper: Kraft, Early Espresso (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Holly Jolly Christmas designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Deep Lagoon, Warm Red, Berrylicious and Warm Green Fluid Chalk Ink (ColorBox).
Accessories: Tag Treat die cuts (TE), ribbon, jumbo eyelets, foam dimensional tape, Platinum Liquid Pearls (Ranger), Christmas Doodle Twine (Doodlebug), edger punch (EK Success), Take Note Die 3 (TE),


  1. GASP! Danielle, this is amazing! I LOVE this idea :D

  2. super cute ...well put together LOVE it

  3. Danielle! THis is AMAZING! What an essential book for the Christmas season, and SO perfectly done!

  4. Wow! That is fabulous! I love making planners too and I'm totally going to CASE those clever pocket pages!!!

  5. OH MY!!! My jaw is on the floor! What a fabulous organizer to have for the holidays! Awesome!!

  6. I have to agree with everyone else... This is AMAZING! Wow, Danielle, what a fantastic project. I'm so glad you took all those photos too! LOVE this. :-)

  7. Fabulous Christmas organizer, Danielle! I love all the details.. Thanks for sharing all of the pages!

  8. What a cool organizer! Love all the pockets on the inside!

  9. Okay, this is absolutely brilliant. you are officially the Tag QUEEN! I love this!! Just WOW!

  10. OMG Danielle this is amazing!!!!!! Everything you do is done with such precision and perfection. Love this girl!

  11. That is the cutest planner!! The pockets are such a great idea.

  12. Yikes, Danielle, this is beyond FABULOUS!!! I need a book like this!

  13. Danielle, this is such an Awesome book!! A great idea and so beautifully put together. Love it!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love your creativity... I am in aww right now.. Love it all..thanks for sharing..

  15. Danielle, I absolutely love the book! It's awesome. I do have a question, where did you get the front and back covers? Thanks, Carol

  16. I loved your planner last year but I love this one even more...you are so creative Danielle and I personally love ALL the pic's so thanks for sharing. BTW, the two tags on front-heaven.

  17. Danielle, I love your blog- it's wonderful inspiration. I'm casing your Christmas planner & was wondering if you sewed the pages together for back to back pages. I'm stuck on how you handled the back to back pages once you folded the 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 card stock and attached the DP. Sorry if that is confusing.


Thanks for your sweet comments! I love hearing from you. :)