My “calendar” box (part 1)…

This project took me a super long time to complete… (and it is still not done, but by complete in this case I mean… get to where I can start using it) Not that it will take YOU forever if you decide to do something similar… But I’ve had a lot going on mixed with going through periods of forgetfulness that I even had started this project, but anyways – whatever, right? Emabassingly, I started this in March (2012).

I am the type of person that likes to keep a planner or some kind of calendar… somewhere to write birthdays, events, lists etc, but since I finished my schooling I never end up carrying it! I have a hard enough time remembering to bring along a diaper bag since I am not a purse person. I grab my keys, phone, little guy and go!

For me, the problem with a planner or calendar is that every year it becomes obsolete and you have to transfer everything over to a brand new one… and they seem to get more and more expensive. What happened for 2012 was: I bought a planner, took the time to transfer everything over in my neatest of writing then NEVER used it!

Meet my calendar box (in progress)! Which will do, at least for now!  I have seen some neat books before that utilize this idea – but I have not seen one that I like and most seem to go along more of the “diary” themes which I also don’t want…

This is the “so-far” of my calendar box!


•index cards (4×6) (at least 360 of them but over time you will need more)
•a picture box or similar
•neat paper/cardstock (I used some mat stacks I already had for card-making/scrapbooking)

The idea was to look almost like an old-fashioned recipe box with each  month being a tab and behind it being cards labeled for each day of the month! This way once I write someones birthday or anniversary, it is always there!


I decided to print my month labels off on the computer… I was just ready to get this thing to a useable state!


I gave each of the month “tabs” fun  paper and glued it onto a piece of cardstock to give it some substance! The design paper you see was actually from a huge box of cards I had (blank inside with just neat designs on the front) acquired from a huge party store in Portland… I just sandwiched each over a plain color of cardstock to give each  month different flair!

I used good ol’ notecards to file behind numbered according to how many days in each month…

January – 31 Days
February – 28 Days ( I gave it 29 days to allow for leap years)
March – 31 Days
April – 30 Days
May – 31 Days
June – 30 Days
July – 31 Days
August – 31 Days
September – 30 Days
October – 31 Days
November – 30 Days
December – 31 Days


In addition, events and things that I want to remember I can write with the corresponding year! For example, April 17th…


My husband and I had been wanting a way to keep track of events, special occasions and more in one place! So I really hope this will help… we like to reflect back and keep track of all the blessings and things we have enjoyed… what we have been given… having them jotted down to reflect back on helps us stay thankful and positive when things may seem to be less than ideal.  This should really be fun a few years down the road when we can be writing something on a specific day and be able to look back at others things that happened in prior years!

and he of course wanted to be in on all the action!


I still would like to make it a little better…

I have some neat paper that I will wrap my box with to give it some personality (as if boxes have personality, but you get it… right?) I just need to choose which of my fun papers to use… and do it when my little one is pre-occupied or napping because as you can see he will want to help! 🙂 Bless his sweet bones! I’m not sure what else I will do to my box, but for now – I have a calendar box to start using and I love the fact that all the events I transfer over will still be there for years to come!

Happy Crafting! And, again… Happy New Year!

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