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"Scrap" your own Photo Calendar

Updated on June 15, 2013

A gift for the friends and family who have everything!

When I joined a local monthly scrapbooking group, a few ladies turned me on to the idea of making a yearly calendar for friends and family. These simple but very useful gifts can be personalized using photos, favorite colors and embellishments, and by pre-adding birthdays and special events.

For Christmas 2009, I made one for each of my step-kids grandparents and one for my friend Kate. They can get a little time consuming if you try to design them all at once, but if you build them throughout the year and do a page a month, you can easily craft custom gifts for all the relatives. You know this won't get regifted!

Gather your supplies

  1. 12x12" scrapbook paper - a sheet for each month.
  2. Scrap paper and cardstock for matting photos and adding embellishments.
  3. Three to seven photos for each month. Photos that match the month, such as Christmas and Halloween photos, work best.
  4. Brads, buttons, twine and other relatively flat embellishments.
  5. A 12x12" photo frame for display. Try searching craft stores like Michaels for a record cover display.
  6. Scissors and your favorite adhesive.
  7. Pens for journaling.
  8. Calendar grids and month titles. These are available from Creative Memories (see below) or you can make your own.

Kate's Calendar - Includes photos of her 2-year-old

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I used photos that spanned nearly three years, and matched up similar photos over time, such as these sleepy car seat photos in JANUARY.These embellishments and photos with pink clothes worked perfectly for FEBRUARY.MARCH had such a great background that I used a single Halloween costume photo and let the paper shine.APRIL was the perfect month to show off some bath time photos.To celebrate Mother's Day I used paper, a pen, and a brad to make a "framed" photo on the MAY page.For JUNE I showcased lots of photos with daddy.
I used photos that spanned nearly three years, and matched up similar photos over time, such as these sleepy car seat photos in JANUARY.
I used photos that spanned nearly three years, and matched up similar photos over time, such as these sleepy car seat photos in JANUARY.
These embellishments and photos with pink clothes worked perfectly for FEBRUARY.
These embellishments and photos with pink clothes worked perfectly for FEBRUARY.
MARCH had such a great background that I used a single Halloween costume photo and let the paper shine.
MARCH had such a great background that I used a single Halloween costume photo and let the paper shine.
APRIL was the perfect month to show off some bath time photos.
APRIL was the perfect month to show off some bath time photos.
To celebrate Mother's Day I used paper, a pen, and a brad to make a "framed" photo on the MAY page.
To celebrate Mother's Day I used paper, a pen, and a brad to make a "framed" photo on the MAY page.
For JUNE I showcased lots of photos with daddy.
For JUNE I showcased lots of photos with daddy.
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For JULY I used a set of action photos in one focal point, and a star spangled outfit for another.I carefully cut out these sock monkeys for AUGUST and ran them through a Xyron sticker maker.I used a Creative Memories puzzle piece punch for a fun back-to-preschool theme in SEPTEMBER.I used a Creative Memories hexagon punch to make pumpkin embellishments for OCTOBER.NOVEMBER was a great time to show off the kiddo in some of her more formal wear.There were lots of fun Christmas and wintery photos to use for DECEMBER.
For JULY I used a set of action photos in one focal point, and a star spangled outfit for another.
For JULY I used a set of action photos in one focal point, and a star spangled outfit for another.
I carefully cut out these sock monkeys for AUGUST and ran them through a Xyron sticker maker.
I carefully cut out these sock monkeys for AUGUST and ran them through a Xyron sticker maker.
I used a Creative Memories puzzle piece punch for a fun back-to-preschool theme in SEPTEMBER.
I used a Creative Memories puzzle piece punch for a fun back-to-preschool theme in SEPTEMBER.
I used a Creative Memories hexagon punch to make pumpkin embellishments for OCTOBER.
I used a Creative Memories hexagon punch to make pumpkin embellishments for OCTOBER.
NOVEMBER was a great time to show off the kiddo in some of her more formal wear.
NOVEMBER was a great time to show off the kiddo in some of her more formal wear.
There were lots of fun Christmas and wintery photos to use for DECEMBER.
There were lots of fun Christmas and wintery photos to use for DECEMBER.

Need to be sneaky? I got Kate's calendar photos from her Facebook profile.

Grama and Grandpas' Calendars - Calendars I made with the grandkids!

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I had quite the collection of hat themed photos for JANUARY.I didn't have a lot of photos for FEBRUARY so I used a few extra embellishments.It just so happened that one of the kids was a leprechaun for Halloween, but the photo worked great for MARCH.Instead of people photos, this month I showed off the stepping stones the kids and dad made.The kindergarten graduation and school awards photos were perfect for MAY.JUNE is a birthday month and Father's Day.
I had quite the collection of hat themed photos for JANUARY.
I had quite the collection of hat themed photos for JANUARY.
I didn't have a lot of photos for FEBRUARY so I used a few extra embellishments.
I didn't have a lot of photos for FEBRUARY so I used a few extra embellishments.
It just so happened that one of the kids was a leprechaun for Halloween, but the photo worked great for MARCH.
It just so happened that one of the kids was a leprechaun for Halloween, but the photo worked great for MARCH.
Instead of people photos, this month I showed off the stepping stones the kids and dad made.
Instead of people photos, this month I showed off the stepping stones the kids and dad made.
The kindergarten graduation and school awards photos were perfect for MAY.
The kindergarten graduation and school awards photos were perfect for MAY.
JUNE is a birthday month and Father's Day.
JUNE is a birthday month and Father's Day.
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I didn't have a lot of photos for JULY so I used larger images with wider mats.I found four fishing photos for AUGUST, with one especially great one of dad holding a minnow, so I incorporated them into this fish collage.The theme for SEPTEMBER was a back-to-school arts project.There's nothing better than showing off Halloween costumes in OCTOBER.NOVEMBER is a birthday month so I gave the birthday girl some front and center time.We had some great Christmas photos from last DECEMBER to use.
I didn't have a lot of photos for JULY so I used larger images with wider mats.
I didn't have a lot of photos for JULY so I used larger images with wider mats.
I found four fishing photos for AUGUST, with one especially great one of dad holding a minnow, so I incorporated them into this fish collage.
I found four fishing photos for AUGUST, with one especially great one of dad holding a minnow, so I incorporated them into this fish collage.
The theme for SEPTEMBER was a back-to-school arts project.
The theme for SEPTEMBER was a back-to-school arts project.
There's nothing better than showing off Halloween costumes in OCTOBER.
There's nothing better than showing off Halloween costumes in OCTOBER.
NOVEMBER is a birthday month so I gave the birthday girl some front and center time.
NOVEMBER is a birthday month so I gave the birthday girl some front and center time.
We had some great Christmas photos from last DECEMBER to use.
We had some great Christmas photos from last DECEMBER to use.

A smaller version of this is a great crafty gift for kids!

Supplies from Creative Memories

If you have a local Creative Memories rep, half your work is done! CM sells calendar blanks, frames, and month and day stickers. Just add the numbered dates and personalize your events.

Make several calendar pages each month and you'll be ready to give this gift by Christmas.

Learn how to matte a photo

While this tutorial explains how to matte a regular size photo, it works the same for any shape or size paper/cardstock item in scrapbooking. I've used various colors and styles of paper to matte nearly every object in my calendars. It makes each item pop off the page, adds more color, and separates photos from busy backgrounds.

Matting is a process you can use in all paper crafts to add dimension and style.

Need a project for Scrap Club? You can also create 12x12 or 8.5x11 pages using a mini yearly calendar.

A Calendar Display with Style

MCS 12x12 Inch Format Frame, Black (12550)
MCS 12x12 Inch Format Frame, Black (12550)

This simple and elegant 12x12" frame is what I've used for framing and gifting homemade calendars. It's lightweight but thick enough to store 12 months of pages.

 

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