I saw this note card calendar journal on design sponge a while ago and had it in my mind that I would try to make it one day. I am not a daily journal type of person although I wish I am. I have tried to start a daily journal, a gratitude journal, a one-sentence journal and none stick. And for those mommies out there who feels guilty for not writing down your little one’s first’s in your baby book (join the club!), I think this will help.
This project is fairly simple with very few supplies. I used a paper cutter, origami paper I already own (you can use any scrapbooking paper or even fabric), index cards (enough for 365 days), a Starbucks Tazo Tea metal container and 11 black and white photos.
Trim the index cards to size. My dimension happens to be 7.4 cm wide by 12.7 cm long (2.9″ x 5″). I trim the photos the same width, but kept the length at almost 5.5 inches.
Then I write down the month and day, omitting the year.
Organize them by month and insert each photo after every month. To beautify the container, I cut the paper to size and use a 3M 77 spray adhesive on the back of the paper and place it on the container. I love the 3M spray adhesive, it’s easy and the paper goes on smooth. Just make sure to spray in a well-ventilated room. I’ve thought of other ways we can decorate the container, like stenciling on burlap and add a lace ribbon? The possibilities are endless.
I keep this in the kitchen with a pen handy, so I can write down the wonderful stuff that will be happening this year. I wish I had this when I was a newly wed or when I was just pregnant with my first child. This will make such a wonderful gift. Imagine reading your entries many years from now.