This post contains gifted items from Busy B which have been marked in line with my disclaimer.
With Christmas approaching, it is never too early to start preparing and making plans. At such a busy time of the year, it can become stressful with selecting the perfect gifts, writing out cards and baking festive treats however, the key to a smooth and stress-free Christmas is to plan and prepare early which in turn saves time which can be used for relaxing and enjoying the festivities. When it comes to planning for Christmas, I can make lots of lists from food and gifts to Christmas cards and general things to do such as preparing the rooms for our guests and so on but with lots of fiddly bits of paper, they can become muddled or worse: lost.
Busy B is a brand I first discovered while out shopping and was instantly drawn to their fresh colour schemes, pretty notebooks and cute stationery accessories. Their beautiful Christmas range echoes their wonderful designs with a festive twist. The collection comprises of planners for the festive season, stickers and twine sets and Christmas labels (view the full collection here). With a variety to choose from; it’s hard to pick a favourite. I was kindly sent the planner from their Christmas collection and was so excited to start using it. As a lover of stationery and dare I say, making lists; this planner has everything and more.
The hardback Christmas planner features a dove grey cover with hints of cherry red, forest green and glittering gold illustrations of holly, mistletoe, acorns and the traditional poinsettia flower heads. Held together with an elastic strip, the planner comes with a pen holder and a small notepad for list making. Here is a quick at-a-glance summary of the planner:
- Hardback ring bound planner.
- Designed for 5 years.
- Sections of planner: cards, gift ideas, food & recipes and planning.
- 4 storage pockets (2 paper & 2 plastic).
- Handy notepad included.
- Ribbon bookmark.
- Pen holder.
Upon opening the planner, a small notepad and cover page is presented which is handy for making lists. Designed for five year use, the planner is divided into four sections: cards, gift ideas, food and recipes and lastly planning separated by file dividers which include a storage pocket (there are two plastic storage pockets too). The festive red and green shades run throughout the planner punctuated with star and bauble illustrations adding to the festive theme.
The first section within the planner is for cards with space for writing names and addresses, marking sent and received and as the planner is designed for a five-year use, additional columns for the coming years. Note pages are included within each section providing additional space for planning or jotting down inspirational ideas. The next section is dedicated to gift ideas including inserting the name, ideas, a budget and actual expenditure which is handy for keeping track of the pennies. Consumed within the gift ideas section is a gift received chart allowing for recording what gifts you received, from whom and if they have been thanked. Food and recipes section allows for menu planning, jotting down ideas for succulent starters, mouth-watering mains and decadent desserts. A recipe section provides space for writing your traditional favourites including ingredients and method. Recipe cards can be stored in the plastic wallets provided at the end of this section. Lastly is the section labelled ‘planning’ which includes a generous space for jotting down ideas and inspirations with tick boxes along the side of the page for marking off tasks.
This is a wonderful planner and makes jotting down ideas, making lists or general planning a breeze. Organised into manageable sections, plenty of space and handy pockets makes this planner a must-have for the festive season. I have been reaching for this so much and now keep on my coffee table, so I can easily check or jot down ideas.
Would this be a product you would use? Let me know in the comments section below.