In the hope of avoiding the shopping centre crush at Christmas time, I have well and truly begun my Christmas shopping.
In years past, my present buying had been a bit haphazard. This year I was determined to be organised by writing a list of gift ideas and items purchased, as well as keeping my receipts in one place.
I decided I needed a pocket book in which to keep this information. Instead of going out to buy one, I made one using left over craft paper from last Christmas.
The whole thing was really simple and quick to make.
I didn’t have any double-sided paper left, so I stuck some coordinated prints together to make three, 30 x 30 cm double-sided pieces of paper. If you wanted to do this, you could use paper or light card and alter the size and number of sheets to suit the size pocket book you need.
I folded the base of each sheet to make a little pocket.
I held down and secured the sides of the pockets with a glue tape.
I folded each sheet of paper in half, using a ruler to get the folds crisp.
I stacked the pockets on top of each other and used the sewing machine to bind them together along the fold line.
This configuration of folded sheets gave me a good number of pockets to place receipts or vouchers and some blank pages on which to write my Christmas present ideas.
I have divided each spread up for the different individuals or groups/families I buy gifts for.
The front cover was screaming out for a little prettiness so my youngest helped me glue some buttons in a wreath shape on the front.
This little book now lives in my handbag. I am never without my ideas list at the shops and my receipts can be stowed safely inside straight away.
How do you keep your Christmas buying organised?