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Updated on January 6, 2012


Have you ever gone to your card drawer to send out a thank you card and discovered you were completely out of them? How about realized that you forgot a friend’s birthday and your birthday card stash has been depleted of just the right one and you do not have the time to run to the card store? Unfortunately, this has happened to me more times than I would like to admit! But, fortunately, I came up with this easy solution.

1. Save your calendars from year to year.

2. Purchase from your local hobby or craft store a package of plain note cards and matching envelopes - (packages can be found in different colors and amounts – some have as much as 50 cards and envelopes)

3. Get out your scissors (craft scissors with different decorative scissor cuts work well) and some glue

4. Gather up various colors of card stock

5. If you are a rubber stamper or scrapbooker, even better – use your rubber stamping supplies to supplement your calendar photos and pictures

6. Unleash your imagination to create an easy, personal and special card – in very little time!


There is no limit to the creations you can come up with. If a relative or friend enjoys travelling, find a calendar with photos of vacation sites. If someone enjoys history, there are calendars with historical buildings and sites. Have a farmer in your family who loves tractors and equipment or a relative who enjoys classic cars…there are calendars for them as well. Animal lovers? No problem! Dogs, cats, wild animals, domestic animals, you can find calendars with any animal. The possibilities are endless and with a little bit of imagination and creativity you can design your own personalized cards. If you only have one or two calendars that you use each year, ask family and friends for their old calendars if they are going to throw them away. I’m sure they would be glad to share them with you and that will supply you with many different resources for ideas and pictures.

Don't forget your envelopes!! Often, you can find a smaller picture on the calendar page that coincides with the larger picture you used for your card that you can put on the outside of your envelope to match your card with your envelope. This little addition will make your creation even more unique and special.

Loved ones that receive one of your personally made creations will appreciate your cards for the personal touch, ingenuity and creativity, not to mention the time, which it took to make something especially for them.

Card made from a "country-type" calendar
Card made from a "country-type" calendar
Card made from a vacation site calendar and nature calendar
Card made from a vacation site calendar and nature calendar


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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      -Aunt Mollie, I did not get a chance to make cards for Valentine's Day, but maybe I will next year! Thanks for your vote :)

      -Pamela - thanks for your nice comments. What a special idea your Dad came up with! What a nice treat that would be to receive such a beautiful, unique envelope hand made by your Dad.

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks Stephanie! You could make beautiful cards just out of some of the pictures you have taken for your hubs!!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This is very nice. My dad's been doing something sort of similar -- well, maybe not, but he uses beautiful calendar pages to wrap letters in. He uses the calendar page as an envelope and then puts white stickers where he will write the address. Gorgeous-flowered envelopes come my way.

      Very creative hub. Voting up and across.

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      Aunt Mollie 6 years ago

      Wonderful ideas, especially with Valentine's Day approaching. Perhaps you will write a Hub for making Valentines from calendars! Voted up!

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I always hate to throw out my pretty calendars, and your idea of making cards from them sounds like a great way to recycle them to extend the life of pictures we've enjoyed. Voted up and useful!

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      sallieannluvslife 6 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks Nancy! It is really fun coming up with different cards. My husband walked in and saw one of the cards I made sitting on the table and he wanted to know how I made it. I told him he had to read my hub to find out!! :) Have fun!

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      Nancy Owens 6 years ago from USA

      What a fun idea! I'm going to give it a try. Voted up and useful.