We hope that 2014 is off to a great start for you, but if you are feeling like the majority of the population, right now you’re vowing to get organized, be healthier and make this year a great one! Part of making it great is staying organized and prepared for everything coming up this year. Calendars prove to be one of the greatest forms for getting our lives organized and helping us keep our resolutions. To help, we have created our very own calendar and are providing you with the step by step instructions to make it with us!
1. Image Selection: Start by selecting your calendar images. We found ours off of shutterstock and decided to go with the ‘world traveler’ theme. If you have personal images of friends, family, or anything else you love, your local Walmart, Walgreens, or Kinkos will be able to enlarge the photos and print them for you.
2. Trim images: Once our images were printed, we used our Classic Cut Guillotine paper trimmer to clean up the edges and remove any white border left on them.
3. Date Template: We then used the square ‘date’ template that we created and printed off a copy for every month.
4. Date Additions: To add to the personalized DIY look we are going for, we decided to write our dates in by hand. We think it adds some fun to the calendar with the silver numbers and splash of color.
5. Attach with Border: We opted to add a border, trimming the edges on our ‘date’ template and attaching it to a sheet of craft paper. We attached it lower on the page to leave room to write the month across the top. You’ll also notice that we used both sides of our craft paper, attaching our location image on one side and the date template on the other. Prior to attachment, flip the page as if it is your completed calendar to assure that when it’s all put together everything faces the appropriate direction.
6. Get Laminating: To protect our pages from any wear and tear the year tries to throw at us, we’ve decided to laminate each double sided page with our Swingline GBC, Fusion 3000L Laminator using our GBC EZUse Thermal Laminating Pouches.
7. Put it All Together: It is now time to attach all of our pages. For a secure and clean appearance, you can always bind the calendar together. We decided to hole punch the top of our pages, weave some string through and tie it off. We kept our cover simple by cutting a piece of posterboard into the appropriate size and writing 2014 across it. Feel free to do as much or as little as you like for yours.
8. Display your Creation: With your calendar complete, determine how you want to display it. We’ve included two ideas below: either let it lay flat or prop it up to sit open while taking little space!
With your fun and customized calendar, organization should be easy! Mark it up with some dry erase markers or for a more permanent message use a sharpie like we chose. Leaving it out to see is an easy way to be reminded of what you have planned. Have you made any resolutions this year? We can’t wait to hear about your 2014 goals.
Happy New Year and Happy Organizing!
By: Emily K, Swingline Intern