This year, I decided to make a homemade Christmas gift for my mom and sisters. I stumbled across this fun idea for a DIY calendar journal and adapted the project, simply using items around the house. (Total cost was $0, since we already had the paper/wood.)
I started by designing my print template in Photoshop, figuring out the dimensions to make the best use of my cardstock. Next, I printed all 365 days of the year, with the month/date at the top, and the next five years (2012-16) listed underneath.
This is more a journal than a calendar. Rather than a planning tool, it’s a reflective way to capture the best/funniest/happiest/most memorable part of your days.
Simply pick one thing at the end of each day. It could be as small as “enjoyed a cup of coffee with ____” or as big as “got engaged!!!” The first year won’t be all that exciting, but the next four years will be, as you’re reminded of the good, little things that’ve happened throughout the years.
Next, I needed a way to corral the cards. I tried using a mesh CD holder, but it was too long. Instead, my creative hubby offered to build some wooden boxes. I love how they turned out – rustic, perfectly sized and reusable (would make a great recipe box/mail holder/pencil cup for later).
I’m happy with the result, and tempted to make another for myself! This would be a fun gift for newlyweds, writing down something about married life every day. Or for new parents, recording their child’s first five years. Or even recent retirees, keeping track of their new adventures.
I love that Kelby gets into these DIY projects with me. I’d say we make a pretty good team!