by Finders Keepers
We have been throwing holiday parties for many, many years. And, although our recipes, our time constraints and our budgets have all changed quite a bit over the years, our basic organization method has not.
We have learned that organizing a gathering breaks down into four basic areas:
- The Menu
- The Timing of the Food
- The Guest List
- The To Dos
And so, given that Sarah is a list maker, in the weeks leading up to the party, she will have a spread in her notebook that looks like this:
And then, in the final week or so, she will create an 11×17 planner sheet that is kept on the refrigerator door. It never ceases to bring curious comments from the guests (because, as you know, everyone always ends up in the kitchen). And it brings her peace of mind to know that she doesn’t have to keep it all in her head.
Here’s Sarah’s, all filled out:
Added bonus: It’s a terrific excuse to break out the seasonal washi and/or stamps, if you are so inclined.
So, we’d like to offer you this free printable, so you can give this method a try!
Before we were Finders Keepers, each of us walked a lonely, solitary crafting life. We each got pleasure from crafting in all kinds of mediums, but we worked alone, behind closed doors, neither of us knowing the other existed. When we met, it was at a school function. Rachel was a parent of a 2nd grader and Sarah was her child’s teacher. And–get this–the school had no art program. When Sarah decided to start one, she looked around for parents who might help (or “suckers,” as they’re called in the ed. biz….) and hit upon Rachel and we’ve been peas and carrots ever since.
Together we have over 50 years of crafting experience and expertise. In addition to the art program we started together, we have worked at craft fairs, been co-dependent, independent, Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, and launched Finders Keepers, an online papercrafting and memory keeping source for inspiration and our handmade, custom designed memory keeping kits.
Over the years we have heard from so many people who would like to become crafty sorts, but feel they can’t for whatever reason.
“I don’t have time.”
“I don’t have a craft room”
“I’m not creative”
“It’s too expensive.”
We started Finders Keepers to help these people. We believe everyone has creativity inside of them (although it may have been squished or lying dormant for some time). We believe that getting pictures off of our phones and into albums is an act of love. We believe that individuality and self expression are important–even vital–aspects of day to day living.
We want to help you find the time and make space in your world to celebrate your creative self (all in a very affordable way).