Need a new calendar for 2012? Don’t buy anything *. Make one yourself instead. Like how?
Here’s an idea: perpetual postcard calendar / Asley from ‘Under the Sycamore’ showed this really sweet perpetual calendar / journal idea last week at designsponge.com, and I want to share it with you today, as it’s easily transferrable into a 2012 day timer for your desk.
What did Asley do?
Journaling Made Easy
“Growing up, I kept a daily journal. I always enjoyed looking back at previous entries to see what had changed over the course of a year.
These days, I can’t seem to find the time to journal, but I do try to jot down a little note from each day on my perpetual calendar/journal.
The idea is very simple — flip to the current date and at the end of the day, write down something that happened. Some days it is big things like “Annie took her first steps.” explained Asley about her calendar / journal idea.
I instantly loved this journal box, as it underpins a core philosophy of how we live our lives. What we do instead is this: every evening before sleeping we reflect and state our ‘best part of the day’. It’s a great way of falling asleep full of gratitude and happiness for life itself.
However, with some exceptions, we don’t write these ‘best parts of life’ down. For this reason, I personally like the idea of making this not-t00-involved calendar journal to keep a record of our lives.
The Calendar Journal Tutorial
Asley used the below to make her calendar:
- stack of vintage postcards;
- date stamp,
- simple index cards,
- a raspberry fruit box, and
- a paper guillotine to cut the index cards to size.
That’s it, plus
- a pen for writing.
I might turn this perpetual calendar/journal into a soulful XMAS gift for my hubby, using 100% recycled images & stuff, in a theme that will inspire him. We have so much art, graphic material and recyclable paper goods laying around, I’m sure it will be easy.
Journal versus Calendar
OK. So much for the journal idea. With January around the corner, I know that YOU may be in need of a calendar. A proper one. Well, to make this into a ‘normal’ day calendar is easy. Just add exact dates like January 4, 2012. Simple. It must definitely be a desk calendar as it’s too complicated and the fruit box too fragile to lug around.
That brings me to the next point …
PAPER OR DIGITAL ?
For a handi-dandy calendar to carry around at all times, I am so in love with & highly recommend my new iPod Touch(= iPhone without the cell phone), which comes with a calendar and loads of (free) applications to make your life very organized. And if you want more applications, just go to any wifi spot, or connect it to your computer and load your gadget with as many as you wish.
Every day I am using it, I am realizing that the $299 I paid for this was a bargain ( … ok. yes, click above link and see that Amazon sells it for $50 less than I paid in the Apple store..)
Anyhow, I already have downloaded tons of free (and legal!) eBooks, audio books, music, howto-reference material (like eBooks on advanced knitting stitches) and other practical tools ~ it’s incredible the value of it all, and I got all of it free!
If you don’t have one already, DO look into getting one, particularly if you live in the US. An iPod Touch or iPhone is the best deal for a frugal-minded-gal.
Quite a confession for someone who dislikes gadgets in general, and who prefers original and individual things. That’s why I can still relate if someone like you is …
* ….. still in love with paper calendars ? IF you are going to buy some sort of a paper solution, I’ve already recommended these calendars for 2012 as they are most suitable & fun for creative crafty types like us plus they teach us a thing or two of knitting, crochet, or other creative pursuits in life. For portability, choose a compact one that has all the pages glued together.