Holiday Planners (Holiday Prep 2013)

I am so excited to be launching my Holiday Prep 2013 series on OLJ (and here!) today with a look at a couple of print-at-home Holiday Planners.  I had intended to make my own holiday planner this year similar to the target=”_blank”>Thanksgiving Binder I set up last year that I am using again, but time got away from me, as it tends to do, so I turned to the internet for already made versions.  I was delighted to discover a couple of awesome print-at-home options and thought I would share these finds with you! OJ_OLJ_11-23-2013_2

The Holiday Planner & Workbook shown above is designed and sold by Lezette of Simple Art OC on her Etsy shop.  For $5, you receive an instant download with the PDF file for you to print at home.  There are 15 pages total, including 10 planning pages, 1 stress free plan, 1 cover page, and 3 duplicate pages for extra planning sized at a standard 8.5 x 11″.  You can opt to print as many copies of any particular page as you might like using your PDF reader of choice such as Adobe Reader or Preview.  I printed mine out on 32 lb 98 bright matte presentation paper using my Canon MX870 inkjet printer with vibrant results.  I punched the planner and placed it in a M by Staples™ Arc Customizable Leather Notebook (Red, $22.99).

OJ_OLJ_11-23-2013_1The Holiday Planner designed by Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons shown above is another wonderful print-at-home option available right now.  The color scheme is made to fit in with Toni’s popular Rainbow Planner, which I will be reviewing soon as well.  The ABFOL Holiday Planner PDF file is delivered to your email address upon purchasing.  It comes in a standard 8.5 x 11″ size.  Just as with the other holiday planner, you can print out as many copies of any particular page as you’d like using your PDF reader program of choice.  Again, I printed this planner on 32 lb 98 bright matte presentation paper using my Canon MX870 inkjet printer.  I punched the planner and inserted into a Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Discbound Notebook (Blue Wave, $12.99).

OJ_OLJ_11-23-2013_3I am using disc style customizable notebooks for the first time with these Holiday Planners and am really enjoying them so far.  I like both the M by Staples™ Arc and Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Discbound versions shown in this post and coordinating video.  I also picked up some of the coordinating accessories from both lines (available at Staples), including the M by Staples™ Arc System Desktop PunchPocket Dividers, Poly Zip Pocket, Durable Poly Ruler, 1.5″ Notebook Rings, and 1.25″ Martha Stewart Home Office™ with Avery™ Discbound Expansion Discs.  I think both versions of the notebooks as well as the planners themslves offer great customizable options you can assemble at home.


Both lovely ladies are offering 25% discounts for use on their Holiday Planners. Use code CHEERSJENSTYLE to save 25% on all items in Lezette’s Etsy shop, including the Simply Art OC Holiday Planner & Workbook, expiring on December 1, 2013. Use code ABFOLHOLIDAY to save 25% on Toni’s ABFOL Holiday Planner, valid through December 24, 2013. Even if you’re not in the market to purchase a holiday planner, I encourage you to check out these beautiful websites to see colorful creativity at its best!

If you’d like a closer look at these holiday planners, including the customizable notebooks and accessories I picked up for them, I recommend checking out the video below:

Stay tuned for a look at my Thanksgiving Prep this year, coming up next in the Holiday Prep 2013 Series!


* I am not affiliated with any of the brands, websites, or stores mentioned in this blog post or video.  All opinions are my own. *


14 thoughts on “Holiday Planners (Holiday Prep 2013)”

  1. I really love to get organised for Christmas as well and I am in the process of updating my holiday planner binder. I seem to remember that you had a planner for last year’s holiday season and I wondered if you do a new one each year?

  2. These planners look lovely but I created my own planner to fit in my A5 Filofax. It’s super simple, no pretty graphics but it keeps all of the information I need at hand throughout the year. At the front of my planner is a Charles D. quote, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” 🙂

  3. Your timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I was just looking at the Rainbow Planner and Holiday Planner last night and decided to sleep on whether I needed the latter for our holiday organization this year; I caught your blog post this morning and snapped one up using the discount code. Thank you so much for posting this! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the Rainbow Planner as well. 🙂

  4. I love that you are featuring these beautiful planners for the holidays! Hard to choose! The Arc system is based off of the Levenger Circa system as you stated in the video. Circa is more expensive,but has more cover and fancy disc options. I believe that most of the accessories and covers are interchangeable with Arc. I am so excited to see Vlogidays is here!

  5. I love this. Thank you for sharing. Actually, previously I was trying to get a (daily) planner set up through the Martha Stewart line. I got that idea through Jen Jones at iHeart Organizing. I’m still working on it and, to be frank, although I love her, I love your idea better. I’m not sure the product differences from what the website shows, but your is about $13, where as hers is about $24? I do want to share though, on her blog post on the planner topic, someone had shared that if money’s tight, there is a less expensive hole punch version out there, instead of the Staples line? I believe there’s one from called the “Circa 1-2-3 Portable Punch”, which is about $19. (( )) <–copy into another window, or just google. =) I haven't tried this myself yet, but plan to. Thanks again for sharing Jen!! We love you! =) ((And sorry, I do tend to ramble! =) ))

  6. Also, I’m currently in the process of ordering things. I was wondering if, between the Arc and MS systems, are they by any chance, interchangeable, in your opinion? I’m mainly looking at the expansion discs, I think. They look identical, so I’m assuming so, it’s only measurement-wise that’s different. one being $4.99 at 1 1/4″ & the other being $2.99 at 1 1/2″ (without tax). Just wondering if you had any thoughts! Thank you!

    1. It seems to me like the products are interchangeable, but I honestly haven’t tried swapping out the discs yet. The punches do line up, tho!

  7. Hi Jen!! I’ve started watching your Vlogtober videos from this year and you mentioned in one of the videos that your MIL & Grandma both had some ailments going on! I’m so sorry to hear about that 🙁 ((HUGS)) I hope that everyone is on the mend & doing better! 😉 Congrats on your Wine & Dine Half-Marathon in WDW earlier this month!! 😀 ((HUGS)) I just wanted to say thanks for being such an inspiration for me this past year. I have really enjoyed getting to know you from watching your videos and reading your blog posts. You’re such a sweet, gentle, loving, kindest “celebrity” that I’ve ever seen!! You actually remind me of myself but in a slightly older way. I, like you, enjoy reading books, all things Disney, dogs, music, languages, sweets, purple, owls, running, yoga, organization, etc… I, too suffer from social anxiety, have an extremely difficult time making friends, got teased and bullied a lot and believe it or not, have moved around A LOT!!! I have a question for you: You seem so natural at talking in front of the camera, is it something really daunting to do or does it come naturally after a while? Also: I love how you accessorize and put together your OOTDs, what what would be some of your best tips? I can never seem to pull together an outfit and I constantly have to ask my 15 year-old sister or my mom to pull my outfits together my outfits. I feel so embarrassed and ashamed that I can’t do it myself. You would make my Christmas very sweet if you could help. Thanks again Jen!! Have a splendid and blessed Thanksgiving holiday

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment! To answer your questions: 1) Filming has always come naturally to me. I think it’s because I talk to myself a lot. I know that sounds strange but it translates to being comfortable on camera! 2) I don’t consider myself to be very fashion forward. When putting together outfits I really like to go for comfort over everything else. If I’m trying to take it up a notch, I just try to stay true to what I truly like! Don’t be afraid to be you, even in what you wear. Hope this helps 🙂

  8. I just bought one of these, too! I wanted to share with my readers how amazing it was and fell in love with your image. I hope it’s OK that I insert your image into my post (I will be sure to backlink your site so folks know who the credit goes to!). Let me know if this is a problem and I’ll be sure to take photo down.

    Thanks for sharing!

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