I love the feeling of a fresh start that a new year brings. And another thing I love about a new year is that it means new calendars. I love calendars, always have. I like writing down birthdays and events and the feeling of anticipation and planning ahead that I get when I start a new calendar. And of course, when it comes to calendars, I'm totally old school: no electronic calendars for me. It's all about the paper.
2012 will be the fourth year that I will be making a calendar, which becomes a scrapbook of our year. Essentially it's just creating a scrapbook layout as the art for each month. Here's a quick look at a few of my favorites from last year's calendar:
Here's the page I made this morning for January:
My tip for making your own calendars is to go through and put the dates on for each month in advance. I didn't do this the first couple years and then it became more of a hassle when I wanted to jot something on the calendar ahead of time. There are month stickers available, like the clear ones I used this year. Last year I used my favorite typewriter font stamps to stamp each month, and I've also just used my own handwriting. I also double check my dates with another calendar to make sure I keep all my days straight.
I love how these calendars show the day-to-dayness of our life. I try to jot down as much info as I can, like funny things Jacob says, in addition to events (birthday parties, concerts, craft shows) and routine stuff like doctor appointments, etc. It's a great record of our life. These calendars also help me remember stuff when I want to create a page for our scrapbooks; since I'm woefully behind on those, I need something to help me remember.
But of course, one of my New Year's resolutions is to get caught up on my scrapbooking.