Planning for Christmas

We all know that Christmas doesn’t have to be complicated . . . but too often it is, so let’s simplify it with a little planning!!

If you followed ‘Simply Christmas’ in previous years then you know I always start with a Christmas Planner. . . . and this year is no exception.

In 2011 we scaled it down to an A5 size which was small enough to fit in your shopping bag, but still big enough to hold all your lists, calendars, recipes etc. After such positive feedback I decided to go with that size again this year.

I’ve designed the free downloadable 2012 Christmas Planner with a gorgeous Victorian theme this year. . . which should really evoke that old fashioned Christmas we are looking for.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 2012

There are 17 pages in all for you to download as a simple PDF file. Save to your computer and print on normal printer settings.

For my own planner I used a spiral bound A5 visual art diary (available at newsagents, discount stores and stationary suppliers), but any A5 sized book will be fine.

I went with a shabby vintage look, incorporating some pretty scrapbooking papers and vintage embellishments, as well as my planner pages.


Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 1

There are two planner pages per A4 sheet, so trim you pages to size and adhere to your diary with double sided tape.

Some of the pages you will need to print several times eg. the weekly diary page, menu plans, shopping lists, wish list etc.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 2

Other pages need to be more portable. . . like the menu plans and grocery list shown below. I kept them in place using a paper clip, so I could remove them when needed.

I also added various sized pockets, paper bag pages for slipping in receipts etc . . . and pretty tabs to make flipping through the planner quick and easy.

To keep it all secure I also attached a ribbon to the front and back cover so I could tie it closed when not in use.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 3

My planner is just one example of what you can do with your free downloadable Christmas Planner pages.

Please have fun with your planner and make it your own.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Planner 4

Download your 2012 Christmas Planner here.

I hope you will consider sharing your version of the Christmas planner on our weekly link party . . . we’d love to see it!

I’m sharing this post with my friends at the following link parties this week: French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Clean and Scentsible, Live Laugh Rowe, The Common Ground, The DIY Dreamer, Transformation Thursday, At The Picket Fence, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Power of Pinterest with Fox Hollow and DebbieDoo’s and some of these link parties too.


  1. This looks fantastic!! How creative you are.

  2. This is beautiful Kerryanne! Hopefully I will get a chance to get mine done this weekend. Thank-you so much for the gorgeous designs!! Love it!
    Jenn xo

  3. It’s gorgeous again this year Kerryanne. I’m off now to print mine out. Hopefully I will get a chance to put it together over the weekend. Congratulations on another successful launch of “Simply Christmas” Hugs – Fee xx

  4. It is a so lovely, joining up again enjoyed so much last year. Going to start mine asp.

  5. Just love it!!Thanks Kerryanne xx

  6. Gorgeous, thank you!

  7. Thank you, it’s gorgeous!!

  8. Stunning!!!

    Already printed off – just got to decide how I’m going to put it all together.

    Thank you Kerryanne for yet another fabulous planner.

    Toni xx

  9. Soy seguidora fiel de tu blog. Siempre disfruto viendolo. Muchas gracias por este imprimible … es DELICIOSO !!! Mariajo

  10. This is so great, thank you so much. Im going to go make one as a gift for my hairdresser today. And one for me too lol

  11. I love this, Kerryanne! Functional and pretty! Such a great idea and I love the size to keep in the car or handbag.

  12. Kerryanne, this is delightful! Thank you so much.

  13. Thank you! Your planner is just gorgeous! Your generosity in sharing this with us is fabulous and I appreciate it very much and will definitely make use of this! I’m so looking forward to your Simply Christmas series!

    Cathy ♥

  14. this is really nice, love it, talk about being organized for the Holiday, great!!!!

  15. Adore, muy buena idea, te seguiré.

  16. This is so pretty and functional, and it’s so sweet of you to share it with us!

  17. I’m so ready to make this. I pulled out a simple journal from Michaels and will start ASAP! Today is November 1st – perfect!! Thank you for this lovely gift. Now to find some nice holiday scrap paper to embellish!

  18. Thanks so much for offering this absolutely wonderful tool for Christmas planning. You are so great to share this with us all. Please know you generosity is very much appreciated. I’m going to make one for my daughter. She works full time and is a wonderful Mother and wife. I think this will be so helpful to her.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  19. What a creative holiday planner. I love the vintage pages and detail to it. Thanks for sharing!


  20. This looks wonderful….thank you.

  21. Awesome…thanks! I used your planner last year and really loved it! 🙂

  22. This is so cute!!!!!!

  23. Thank you so much, your planner is beautiful!!

  24. I shared your link with my ladies at the crop and they are going to download your pages. Hopefully I will be able to persuade them to email you there finished projects. thanks again, jenx

  25. An amazing planner. Thank you so very much for sharing!!! I just need to figure out what A5 and A4 mean….lol

  26. Very well done. I do a Christmas planner every year but this is quite special and plan on printing out your pages to add to my note book.

    thank you, Lynnie

  27. Lovely! Thank you!

  28. Thank you so much for sharing this. What beautiful pictures.

  29. Oh my goodness. I just found your blog and how wonderful this looks! Thank you so much for sharing this. Of course, we all need a little extra organization around Christmas when things are so busy, but I wonder if you use something like this all year round? Wouldn’t something like this make a wonderful journal/appointment book to use for all of 2013? It’s so beautiful and just begs to be used! I have to confess my boring one is usually not used like it should be. You have my mind spinning! I really would love to know if you make something like this for all year a combination calender/journal? This is so awesome!!!!

  30. Michele H says:

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to download and use this wonderful planner. I absolutely love your creativity!

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