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Family Calendar


Every Year I make everyone in the family calendars.  Some years when I have a lot of time they are pretty complex.  Well this year I ran out of time and didn’t start my 6 calendars till the weekend before Christmas (Bad me).  So my solution was to make my pages simple but yet beautiful.



This is the front cover using XL16 and RG10.  I used some sheet music for the patterned paper and scraps of paper for extra zip for the ribbon border, some old patterns for the flower and number stickers for the year.



January (first picture on the top) I used PV35 and some DCWV patterned paper and some Bazzil cardstock.

February (second picture on the top) I used DH22 and another DCWV patterned paper.  I also stamped and embossed some butterflies.

March (first picture on the bottom) I used PV34 and some DCWV and scraps of patterned paper

April (second Picture on the bottom) I used PV47 & XL16 and a piece of Scrap and some paper flowers.



May (first picture on the top) I used 365-2-46 and a piece of scrap and a couple buttons to tie it all together.

June (second picture on the top) I used 338-27 and some DCWV and a large flower.

July (first picture on the bottom) I used BD44 I gathered a piece of crape paper over some scrap patterned paper.

August (second picture on the bottom) I used 389-18-46 DCWV patterned paper and some flowers.



September (first picture on the top) I layered 389-18-33 and QN09 with some pattered paper that I folded to look like leaves.

October (second Picture on the top) I used DD10 and some DCWV paper and a foam bat that I had laying around from Halloween.

November (first Picture on the bottom) I layered DD10 and 351-94 with some DCWV paper and I made a large ribbon flower from my Love wreath tutorial.

December (second picture on the bottom) I layered 361-58-10 with 379-15-36 with some scraps of patterned paper and some embossing and some leftovers from Graphics 45.

I used a lot of the Helmar adhesives to hold everything down and in place.  Then I bound them all together with my bind it all and shipped them off, just in the nick of time.  Thanks Helmar, May Arts, DCWV, Graphic 45 for making my holidays just a little bit easier.


Blog post by: Jenifer Cowles

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  1. Melinda Wilson

    I love this awesome calendar!

  2. Jennifer H.

    I would love a calendar like this! Great job Jenifer! 🙂

  3. Tammy V

    What a wonderful calendar! It’s like scrapbooking you display

  4. Sue D

    Lovely calendar–love the music cover.

  5. debb

    Great calendar- sometimes being forced to do quick and fast is a good thing!

  6. Marie

    I love the DIY calendar! This is my gift idea for next Christmas! Thanks for the tips and I love how you used scraps!

  7. Lucy

    This calendar does not look like you had to rush through it. Great job!

  8. Emily

    Adorable project. I’m thinking I might do calendars for next year’s christmas gifts.

  9. {vicki}

    love the music paper

  10. Stacy Caddy

    Wonderful gift… Great job….

  11. Christine Dring

    What an amazing calendar! Love it!

  12. Carol Douglass

    Great idea, and those kids sure know the drill when it comes to having their pics taken. Can you tell there is a scrapper in the family?! LOL

  13. Natasha G.P.

    Very cute idea. I’ve seen the machines that make the holes.

  14. Micah Gullikson-Poteraj

    I love this. The music paper is perfect for the front.

  15. Amanda Coleman

    I love the cover design, but the cute kiddos inside really make the calendar shine!

  16. Kristie Maynard

    Fun! I love a personalized calendar like this. Very nice!

  17. Me-Ma Kim

    What a wonderful gift idea! thanks for sharing and the chance at some Helmar glue. Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim
    kimnsammy at gmail dot com

  18. Miriam Prantner

    Great calendar! I really like how you used sheet music for the cover. Thanks!

  19. Holly Tolman

    Wow-this calender looks amazing!

  20. Bhavana Patel

    Great Calendar….. I might have to scrap lift it and make one myself if you dont mind!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  21. Ange

    Very fun calendar! Love that idea.

  22. Jingle

    This is a beautiful calendar!

  23. Donna O'Neil

    What a great calendar!

  24. Colleen O'Lear

    Very nice work. Love the layering of ribbon on various months.

  25. Jeyatha

    It would make a beautiful gift. beautiful..

  26. Mary-Anne V.

    Love the calendar… so nice of you to do that… I am sure they are much appreciated. Love the adhesive giveaway…Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. Christina

    Adorable calendar! This is a great gift idea. I especially love the sheet music cover. I’m a sucker for sheet music.


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