"Scrap" your own Photo Calendar
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
- 12x12" scrapbook paper - a sheet for each month.
- Scrap paper and cardstock for matting photos and adding embellishments.
- Three to seven photos for each month. Photos that match the month, such as Christmas and Halloween photos, work best.
- Brads, buttons, twine and other relatively flat embellishments.
- A 12x12" photo frame for display. Try searching craft stores like Michaels for a record cover display.
- Scissors and your favorite adhesive.
- Pens for journaling.
- 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-oldClick thumbnail to view full-size
Need to be sneaky? I got Kate's calendar photos from her Facebook profile.
Grama and Grandpas' Calendars - Calendars I made with the grandkids!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.
- Calendar Mats
Includes twleve sheets of pre-graphed, matted calendar paper.
- Calendar Month Titles
These classy, black, jumbo stickers have a clear background, so there's no funky white line around your month titles. There are two sizes for each month, so you can get two great calendars from one set of stickers.
- Day of the Week Stickers
These stickers come in different fonts that match the corresponding month stickers, and include a bonus set of initial letters for a second calendar.
- Everyday Display
This wall hanging is a gift in itself. Features a chocolate brown 18"x18" frame with beveled edges, which opens to reveal a 13"x13" fabric covered magnet board. Use it to display 12"x12" calendar pages, and keep mail and important notes organized a
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
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.