Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Monthly Calendar

It occurred to me that I hadn't updated my calendar making at all this year.  In January I talked about the calendar I had decided to make this year - here.  After looking at that page, I realize that I've gotten a bit better at doing these.  I didn't want to make the entire year right away, so I make the next month usually around the 15th of the current month.


Yesterday, I started October's calendar.  The sketch pad I use is quite large -- 14 X 11.  Opened up it's 14 x 22 of usable space.  I finally bought some 2" square post-its, which fit perfectly on the pages.  Each month has a different layout, so where there is extra room I add in diamonds, rectangles or triangles to use as note taking areas.

I've laid out the calendar grid for October and have used my stamp pads and stamped over the top of the post-its.  I used some autumny colors.  I know I should have said a fall pallette, but I like autumny :)

When everything is covered sufficiently...

Peel off the post-its to reveal the squares.  (I save the post-its to use again - I've been able to use them for about three months worth of calendars)  Doesn't that look cool?  It takes very little creativity to make these calendar pages, but of course, you can get as creative as possible.  I choose to doodle and add stickers and what not as the month progresses.

I don't number the squares in order, because I learned years and years ago, that I always miss a number.  So I go down the page, looking at another calendar for reference and write in the number, checking to make sure I've got it correct for each number.  This way I don't have to use a lot of white out :)

I do add in the month, the days of the week and the dates in each square.  I add in the activities that I know are going to happen and that's it!

I've really enjoyed making this calendar.  It's been a nice creative outlet (it takes about 15 minutes) and I'm able to get ink on all of my fingers, usually a forearm or two and if I didn't drop one of the stamp pads on the floor (ink side down) then it wouldn't be a craft project!  I do keep a wet papertowel next to my work surface and I have tile floors, so the ink comes right up.

I'm leaving in a two hours to go gather my husband from the airport.  He's in Atlanta right now waiting for his flight to Jacksonville.  He hasn't had much time to talk to me since he's been gone, so I'm looking forward to find out how it all went and how his family is doing.  I think we may even go out to dinner :)  hmmmm, what to eat?

I hope you have a great day!


Just Breathe said...

I love that calendar. You are so talented/creative.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Holy Crap Batman!! How freakin creative are you???

Hallie :)

jb said...

I am soooooooo jealous of you and and your artness.....What a great great great idea!

sarah @ life {sweet} life said...

That is such a cool calendar...I LOVE it!! What a fun are super creative.

Kirby3131 said...

You all are so kind -- It's really easy to be creative with a stamp pad and post-its!! Thank you!

Genny said...

How creative! What a beautiful way to keep track of the days!

Ann in the UP said...

Do you keep all the months together in a sketchbook?

That's a really fine idea and nicely executed. It must give you a grin every time you add info to the days.

Sharinskishe said...

This is really a great calender.

How is your brother-in-law and the rest of the family? Hope all is well.

Have a wonderful day!

Kirby3131 said...

Ann in the UP - Yes, all the months are together in the sketchbook. The sketchbook only houses the calendar, so it stays in one spot on the counter and I can look back if I need to check something.

Shari - Thanks so much for asking about Tom's family. The brother is still recovering slowly. He had many more complications than Tom had, so his recovery is just creeping along.

Ruth Ann said...

Very cool! You are sooo creative! Did you ever post a tutorial yet on the little pebble magnets? I really love the ones you sent me in February! Hope you are having a great week!

denise said...

ok this is such perfect timing! i'm part of a co-op preschool and have been trying to figure out how to incorporate a make-your-own calendar with a recorded journal of what we do in preschool and now i've found a way to do both! i love it! if my blog hadn't more or less become my journal now-a-days i would totally do a journal calendar like the one you posted...maybe once the wee ones are older and more self-sufficient...thanks for the motivation/ideas/creativity! love it!