DIY: Personalized Calendar

Living life day by day.

To start off the new year, what better mini DIY project is there other than making your very own personalized calendar?

Instead of uploading photos and getting the calendar done at London Drugs, I decided to make one myself. Keep reading if you want to learn how to make your own!

Materials:

  • 4 sheets of white card stock (8.5 x 11 inches each)
  • 2 black permanent markers (one thick, one thin)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Ruler
  • Reinforcers
  • Coloured pens
  • 1 envelope (approx. 10 cm x 13 cm)
  • 2 binder rings (approx 1-2cm in diameter)
  • photo corners
  • 12 photos (3.5 X 5 inches each)

Steps:

  1. Fold each piece of card stock both horizontally and vertically and cut out 4 even 4.25 in X in sheets (approx. 10.8 cm x 14 cm). You should have a total of 16 pieces cut out, but we will only be using 14 sheets: 12 months, 1 front cover, and 1 back cover.

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2. Hole punch two holes along one of the longer edges on all the sheets. The center of the hole should measure 1.5 cm from the side and 1 cm from the top. Place reinforcers on the front and back of each hole

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3. Place a ruler on the outside of each edge and use the thicker marker to outline a border all along the front and back of each sheet.

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I stuck 4 photo corners on the cover for an instant photo that will be inserted later

4.  Using your pencil to draw a line 2 cm from the top of the page and write down the name of the month above this line. Mark spaces of 2 cm along the top and bottom edge and use a ruler to draw 6 lines across the page length wise. Do the same width wise, but mark the spaces approx 1.5-1.6 cm apart starting 2 cm from the top of the page. Pencil in the date at the top left hand corner of each box and write an abbreviated day of the week along the bottom edge of the page as shown in the picture below (right). Trace over with a thin marker and erase any pencil markings. Repeat this step for all 12 months. If there is not enough space for all the dates, draw a line diagonally through the necessary weekdays on the last row to split it in two.

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Here are the complete cover pages and months.

5. Fully close the envelope and make a cut along either the top or bottom of the letter with the blade of your scissor. Turn the envelope onto its right side and glue it on the back of the cover page (the holes should be at the bottom of the page). Punch holes through the envelope according where they were originally. Of course you can choose to insert a picture here instead, but I thought that a letter would be nice to start off the new year.

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6. Place photo corners along each corner of the picture and stick it onto the the back of a month. The holes from step 2 should appear below the photo. Repeat this for all 12 months. On the front cover and the inside of the back cover you can choose to place additional pictures, but I only place instant photos  to leave space to write.

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The two white pages on the bottom row are the covers pages. Row 1 column 1 is the inside of the front cover, and row 2 column 2 is the back cover.

Notice that there is enough space to write captions under each picture if the picture is 3.5 in x 5 in. For photos that are 4 in x 4 in,  you will need to write the captions along the side.

7. Put the pages through the two binder rings and your calendar is complete!

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You can choose to write down important dates, holidays, appointments etc on the calendar with coloured pens.

Finished Product:

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Front Cover Page.

 

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Until next time~

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