These Mini Christmas Planner Clips Are The Perfect DIY Gift

Christmas Light Paper Clips

Hey, y'all!  Bethany here today from Pitter & Glink to share a festive Sizzix project with you using some of the new dies from Stephanie Barnard's August Collection.  Now I know that this project says "Merry Christmas," and I know that some of you may be hanging on to the last bit of summer with every bit of your strength, but keep in mind that once the holiday season hits, all those holiday crafts you plan to do don't always happen because you run out of time.  This year, get a head start on your holiday crafting by making these fun Christmas Mini Light Planner Clips that are perfect for a small gift or for yourself to get a head start planning your Christmas crafts.

Christmas Light Planner Clips Supplies

To make your own Christmas Mini Light Planner Clips with Card, you'll need your Sizzix Big Shot Plus and three new dies from Stephanie Barnard: Framelits Die Set - Circles, Dotted, Framelits Die Set- Card Front w/Script Words Drop-ins, and Framelits Die Set w/Stamps - Mini Lights.  These new dies are super versatile and can be used to make any number of cards, so they're great to have on hand to make more than just Christmas Mini Light Planner Clips.  Here is my full supply list for this project:sizzix_blog_frame_supplies1


Other Materials Used:

  • Glue Stick
  • Black Ink
  • Clear Acrylic Block
  • No Bleed Pen
  • Distress Ink
  • Blending Tool
  • Paper Clips
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Christmas Light Planner Clips Cutting

The first step to creating the Christmas Light Planner Clips with Card is to cut all the paper pieces for the card.  Select some pretty patterned paper to use.  I chose to use different shades of pink and green from the Sizzix Basics Paper Pad.  (You could use traditional holiday colors for your card and clips, but I don't even decorate my house with red and green during the holidays, so I decided to go with a non-traditional color combo.)  Once you've selected the paper you want to use, it's time to create your Sizzix sandwich.  Place the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Standard Platform along with Adapter A and a Standard Size Cutting Pad on your machine.  Place your paper on top of that.  Arrange the rectangular dies from the Card Front Framelits Die Set and the Merry Christmas sentiment dies from the Mini Lights Framelits Die Set on top of the paper.  Cover with another Standard Size Cutting Pad and roll through your Big Shot Plus.  Repeat the process using coordinating paper to create a cohesive design.

Christmas Light Planner Clips Cutting 2

Next, it's time to cut the paper for the clips.  The Mini Lights Framelits Die Set is so fun because there are several different mini light dies in the set, along with small dies that fit inside the larger dies to create many mini light variations.  To cut the paper for the clips, create a Sizzix sandwich exactly like the ones you created in the previous step.  Cut circles for the background of your Christmas Light Clips using the Circles, Dotted Framelits Die set.  Keep in mind that you'll need two circles per clip: one for the front and one for the back.

Christmas Light Planner Clips Inking

Once all your paper pieces are cut, it's time to add dimension to your pieces using ink.  Use a blending tool to rub Distress Ink along the edges of all your paper pieces, and for added dimension, add black ink around the edges as well.  Yes, you could skip this step and go straight to assembling your card and clips, but taking a minute or two to add ink to the edges of your project pieces take the final piece from "oh, that's cute" to "WOW."

Christmas Light Planner Clips Glueing

Next, assemble your card and mini lights using glue.  It's fun to mix and match all the mini light paper components and all the different paper colors and patterns you cut them from.

Christmas Lights Planner Clips Cutting Slits

After your card is assembled, take a ruler and a craft knife and cut slits in the card so that the paper clips will slide in easily.

Christmas Light Planner Clips Stamping

And because we can't let those fun stamps from the Mini Light Die Set feel neglected, use them, a clear acrylic block, and an ink pad to add a little something to the front of the card.  You can also use a pen or marker the same color as your ink to outline the card pieces so that they coordinate well with the stamped images.

Christmas Light Planner Clips Glueing Clips

The very last step is to assemble the mini light clips.  Put a bit of hot glue on the back of one of the mini light circles and add a paper clip to it.  (Make sure to glue the correct end of the paper clip.)  Then cover the back of the mini light circle with a small amount of hot glue and cover with a plain dotted circle.  Now that you see how easy it is to make a planner clip, think of all the Sizzix dies you have that you could use to make fun planner clips!

Christmas Light Planner Clips Final White

Once you've finished making all the clips and the card, simply slide the clips into the slits you made in the card and you have a very fun gift to give.

Christmas Light Planner Paper Clips

This would be perfect to mail someone for a happy mail exchange!

Christmas Light Planner Clips Paper

Or you could always keep the clips for yourself!  They'd be perfect in your holiday planner layout.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today for this festive Sizzix tutorial!  Happy crafting!


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