DIY Scrapbook Calendars & Christmas Design Bundle Giveaway!

Winner Update! Congrats to Linda who won the Christmas Bundle from DesignBundles.net & FontBundles.net! You can still grab the Christmas bundle on sale for $34 and still have time to make something awesome with it!

If you are my mother do not read any further OR watch today’s video:)

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Hi friends! Today I am going to share my most requested gift, a DIY Scrapbook calendar! I started making these 15 years ago when my son was born. I saw a “scrapbook calendar” for sale when I went to pick up my photos at Wal-Mart one day and decided to make one for my mom, it was a simple project, you basically just glued your photos in the rectangles on the calendar pages. My mom LOVED it and requested another one. The next year the blank calendars were nowhere to be found! I had to come up with one from scratch or ruin Christmas! OK, Maybe I am being a bit dramatic, anyway, over the past 14 years I have got this process down to a science.

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Break the project into manageable chunks starting with printing the calendar, photos and any other digital supplies I want to use. I usually make a couple of digital scrapbook pages too (at one time I was making 4 calendars at Christmas and for those years I made 12 digital layout and printed 4 copies, easy peasy!) Then I bind the book and adhere the photos and finally I embellish the pages. You can work a page at a time if you prefer but if you are one of those 4-hour-page people you might want to relax your standards a bit. When it’s done you will feel so proud!

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Not sure what is going on in this photo, I thought hot rollers were a good idea today. You may question my hairstyle choices but I assure you my taste in gift giving is “on fleek” today! Watch the video to see exactly how to make this!

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The Digital supplies I used came from the Christmas Design Bundle from DesignBundles.net and Fontbundles.net You can get this package of over 900 design elements (individually priced at $557) for $34 ! I am also giving away one bundle to a lucky reader! This contest is open worldwide, leave a comment for a chance to win!

Here are the techniques you will learn today!

*How to format and print a calendar for free
*How to print digital scrapbook paper to use in craft projects
*How to create a digital scrapbook page you can print
*Ways yo use digital products in traditional scrapbooks
*How to bind the calendar
* How I create quick traditional pages (using up old stash)
*Tips for mass production scrapbooking
*Tips for using lots of photos

Feel free to pop ahead, pause or re-watch different parts of the video until you understand a technique. Have fun and enjoy the look on your recipients face when they open up their custom photo calendar. Also make sure you allow plenty of time to complete this project (ie don’t start this on Christmas eve after a couple of egg-nogs.)

Supplies:

  • Cardstock
  • Photo paper (for printing photos and digital scrapbook pages)
  • Printer
  • Image editing software (I use Paint Shop Pro but Photoshop or GIMP will work the same)
  • If you want a free easy online software to print and collage your photos try ipiccy, image editing software and be tricky if you are not used to it. You can also use any scrapbooking software you may have.
  • Calendar to print, I use the free calendar generator PDF Calendar.
  • Digital papers & artwork, I used the Christmas Design Bundle.
  • Paper trimmer
  • Tan inkpad (optional)
  • Stickers and other light weight embellishments
  • Adhesive (wet and dry)
  • Binder clip & ribbon scraps
  • Binding machine and comb *if you do not have a binding machine I have a tutorial here for doing this with a crop-a-dial or a copy center will bind it for you inexpensively.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments! I would also love to know if you have ever made a scrapbook gift for anyone. I think the thing I love most about this is that it is a gift for someone who has everything and it will be used everyday and not clutter up a house or collect dust. It is the perfect gift I think, and my mom agrees and she is the smartest woman I know so there you go:) Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win The Christmas Design Bundle, I will pick a winner on Friday December 16th 2016. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

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86 Responses

  1. I must say, all moms are the greatest 🙂 Love your idea of a scrapbook calendar, I have given a scrapbook album before but not a calendar.

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  2. Another great idea from the frugal crafter. Looks fun.

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  3. So cool. I’ve never used digital elements except to print out papers before. Merry Christmas and thanks for all the info you have shared.

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  4. I would love to be able to make calendars like this! What a great gift for the person who has everything or are snow birds who don;t have a real permanent home but instead stay one place in the summer and one during the winter months! Thanks for the chance to finally do something I have wanted to for a few years now!

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    • I have spent hours looking over the Christmas Bundle and I have to say that I am about to burst! Just the thought of winning this amazing prize package that will not only allow me to make my own calendars but will also allow me to realize another dream…. being able to FINALLY get my own business started with the access to making my own business cards, the business plan template, logo designs, banner templates for my blog and website to name a few.
      I hope that whoever wins this utilizes ALL the different designs and templates that are included in it! I know that it is on sale for only $34.95 right now but that might as well be $3495.00 as far as my budget is concerned. I am keeping my fingers tightly crossed and will be praying that I see my name as the winner for this prize, (I think it should be called a Christmas Miracle instead of a Christmas bundle)
      No matter what, thank you for the chance to win such amazing prizes!

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  5. I’ve done a calendar before, with just pictures, through Walgreens.

    I really like this idea of using digital papers AND traditional scrapbooking items! Thanks for showing us how!

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  6. Great project. I may make one for myself! My daughter had one made for me when my granddaughter was little and I loved it but she never got another one done.

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  7. I’ve been making these scrap calendars for my daughter for years. The first one was for a Christmas we had decided to make our gifts, and this was such a hit with her, I’ve done one every year since. I print out family pictures accumulated over the years, and collage them on the various pages. It’s a walk down memory lane for me when assembling it, and often she actually cries when thumbing through it Christmas morning. It’s my favorite gift to give, and she loves each and every one of them!

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  8. Very cool Lindsay. I would love this for my mom! Btw your hair looks nice!

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  9. Great idea as always. I would like to try digital scrapbooking. I have the equipment but haven’t tried it yet. Thanks to Lindsay!

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  10. I did this a few years ago. It’s a big favorite with Grandmas!

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  11. Love this type of project! As you say – perfect for everyone!

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  12. I love it it is super useful too. Great idea!!!!

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  13. Great job! I made photo calendars of my kids for my Mom,too. I think I would like to try it again, with pictures of my grandchildren.

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  14. This bundle sounds great. I really love how you keep us all busy with ideas even during a busy month like December.

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  15. Great idea, I would love to give this a try. There’s nothing quit like hand made gifts.

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  16. What a sweet gift idea! You are so talented, Lindsay. Thanks for the video & chance to win! Btw, your hair looks so pretty!

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  17. Great idea for a gift for anyone. Thanks for all the tips.

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  18. Hmmm. Thought I posted my reply. I’ll try again – this is a sweet gift. Thank you for sharing it with us, Lindsay. By the way, I like your hair.

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  19. That is so cool. Makes them think of you all year through!

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  20. I watched the video on Facebook. Excellent project. I would love to win that digital package. I am a hybrid scrapbooker. I use Photoshop elements.

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  21. I would like to be able to make a calendar of my paintings. I am painting, to help an animal sanctuary who needs funds desperately, all proceeds going to the animal sanctuary.

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  22. Every year my mom requests 3 calendars in various sizes. The design bundle would offer so many options for all year round!

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  23. A wonderful project! Every member of my family would love this !

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  24. I have made several scrapbooks as gifts: 1 to my god-daughter on her graduation from high school. 1 to my same god-daughter for a wedding gift. Another one to her sister for her wedding. I have made a calendar for my dad. I am currently working on 2 scrapbooks: 1 to my god-daughter again and the other for my dad!

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  25. Loved this idea!! Would love to win! I’ve given a scrapbook with pre-made scrapbook pages for a baby shower. It had pages for all the big milestones plus a few extra pages. Thanks for sharing, Ms. Lindsay!

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  26. What a fantastic idea! The recipients are very lucky. The instructions, as usual, are very helpful. Thank you, Lindsay.

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  27. Wow, that is some gift Miss Lindsay. I checked out the website, but to tell the truth I am so computer challenged at my age, I think some wonderful creative person should be the lucky winner. I downloaded the freebies on the Bundle site and will try to figure out what this is all about. One thing is certain WE all love your tutorials. Your voice and a good cup of coffee and I am ready to rip into the morning. Being retired I can craft all day totally uninterrupted if I choose. I may have to purchase (update Adobe) software on my computer to tackle this fun project. Be well and happy you are so adored by many grateful people, keep bringing your joy and humor to the crafting community!

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  28. Your comment made me laugh. My Mom takes the calendar off the wall to write on it and sets it on the couch and covers it with papers. Then it becomes clutter and she can’t find it or use it!

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  29. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas and best ways to do things on a budget. I am trying to watch all of your videos, haven’t found one yet that I didn’t like. Keep doing what you do so well!

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  30. Scrapbook calendar, hmmm great idea!!

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  31. I used to make calendars with photos to but nothing like these. These are great.

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  32. I always make my own calendars especially the last 3 years so this win would be awesome.

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  33. I always make my own calendars especially the last 3 years and this win would be awesome to add something new to my basic ones.

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  34. this is a great idea! I was stuck on what to give my mom this year – not anymore!! Thanks Lindsay

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  35. What a wonderful gift idea for the boomer generation! I would LOVE to get this as a gift from my adult grandchildren. That way I can see a year in review of their faraway lives. Maybe I can save FB photos and make one for them……

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  36. I make a calendar every year but so far I have bought the (one page) calendars and added photos from my past year of shooting. Last year I used my own drawings for the first time, this year my subject is roses. The Christmas bundle is really nice and your calendar is wonderful! I love the way you are talking to your mother! Does she really not look or watch? lol Either way, she will be over the moon to receive it, I’m sure. 🙂

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  37. Thanks for sharing how you make your calendars. I’ve never made one because it seems too difficult.

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  38. I really need to try making a photo calendar. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  39. The perfect gift for thoses with everything!

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  40. I have done these types before for Birthdays for my daughters. I included pictures of our annual summer picnic and added specials dates with reminders. It was a fun project and also a keepsakes for them.

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  41. Talk about FANTASTIC! Thanks so much.

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  42. Love this calender! I’m going to make some for my Mom and a few others. I also plan on making one for myself. Thank you for sharing! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

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  43. Love it Love it Love it. My your children are really growing up. Very nice calendar. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  44. Awesome tutorial. I’d love to win the bundle. Thanks for the videos.

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  45. Great, great tutorial. I have lots at home to use for the calendar. I guess all I have to do now is make one! By the way, your children are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win! I hold off purchasing in hopes of winning! 🙂 Barb

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  46. What an exciting bundle! I’d love to win it!

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  47. I really love that idea. Especially the link to free printable calendar, since that’ll be very useful for my 2017 bullet journal (binding it myself). I’d love to win the bundle since it’d add some really nice embellishments to my limited stash (fairly new to scrapbooking)

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  48. Wonderful!

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  49. Great gift idea. I have given digital calendars, great for family in the uk, however between printing and shipping it’s expensive now and not cost effective.

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  50. This is so cool! I love the idea! Hoping to win, but either way – so glad you shared! 🙂

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  51. Awesome gift idea but I’m not sure if I’m technologically advanced enough to grasp all this info. I’m sure going to try though!! Hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season! (Others may choose to say holiday season…I’m still old school and prefer Merry Christmas!!!! Either way, I pray it is wonderful and blessed!!)

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  52. Great idea. Your Mom is very lucky I’m sure she loves the updated pictures of your family every year.

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  53. I love all your designs and would love to win the bundle for my daughter in law. She loves scrapbooking and is hard to buy for.

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  54. Awesome! I love everything you do 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win!

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  55. Busch a great idea. I never thought about a scrap calendar!

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  56. Great ideas! Love your channel!

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  57. Lindsay, I love all your awesome ideas, and your positivity!! 🙂

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  58. What a great idea! Love your projects. ThIs makes me want to get back in Photoshop and try to use the software again.

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  59. I love doing digital scrapbooking! It’s almost as fun as regular scrapbooking.

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  60. Love the Christmas bundle you used … so much of the set doubles as great for hybrid scrapping and card making. I like to print the digital elements on cardstock and adhere to thin chipboard… think cereal box… and cut out for tags and cards. Cuts down on bulky stash.

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    • Hi Linda! You will the Christmas Bundle! You will receive the coupon link to download the kids shortly from DesignBundles.net. Congrats!

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      • Thank you!! It is a great bundle. The hardest part was figuring out what to use first! There are so many beautiful fonts and graphics

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  61. How cool is that…i knew you could order a picture calendar, but not diy…very clever and cool…tfs

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  62. This is a great idea for me since my daughter just got married and we have lots of pics to share with family.

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  63. awesome scrapbook calendar! what a great idea!

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  64. This is so interesting! I would love to give it a try. Thanks for introducing us to all the new techniques and systems available to us.

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  65. This is a fantastic gift idea but I’d love it for myself too.
    P/s your hair looks great, curls suit you! Lol

    If the give away is available to the uk I’d love to enter.

    Suzanne x

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  66. I used to make these as gifts for the grams when my kids were small. My oldest is 33 now so we didn’t have all the stuffs we have today! Had to do it the hard way. Barely could find construction paper, never card stock!

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  67. I would love to win the Christmas bundle!

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  68. This is amazing. I used to make some digital scrapbook pages but never tried making a calendar. Thank you for the idea!

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  69. Great gift idea for my hard-to-buy-for Mother-In-Law. She’s got great grands that she’s hasn’t met yet. I’d love to try the Christmas Design Bundle.

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  70. LOve it!

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  71. Very nice. Please enter my name in your contest. Hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

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  72. Hi Lindsay…
    Merry Christmas to you and yours🎄
    I love your show and watch it every chance i get. I do a little alcohol ink painting on tiles but find your watercolor tutorials absolutely ingaging .. also love the mixed media pieces.. OH and the stamping was fantastic.. always so many great tips…. now your scrapbook calendar’s out and so full of fonts and graphics I can hardly wait to get into that! Thanks for doing what you do.. encouraging also to learn that you are self taught !

    Peace and love for the coming year⛤
    Jacquelline S
    Your frozen North neighbor — Canada

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  73. What a great idea for a scrapbook calendar! I would love to win the Christmas bundle!

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  74. Would make a great gift….never thought of a scrapbook calendar!

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  75. Great Crimble idea . Love it and will give it a try. This will be my first scrap booking project ever. PS thought my computer was acting up but then realized it is snowing on your webpage 🙂

    Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2017 from Poole, Dorset, UK

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  76. Thanks for sharing your great projects. I love watching your videos! Happy holidays to you and your family.

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  77. Love it. Wish I had time to several for gifts!

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  78. Love the scrapbook calendar! I have made scrapbooks in the past for my parents and in-laws of my son when he was an infant up to and including his middle school years. I included a page for each holiday with pictures of my son every year. My son was also involved in baseball for many years so I did a scrapbook from when he started playing Little League up to and including him playing baseball in college! My family members love the scrapbooks and I find myself leafing through them often to reminisce. Just want to say I have recently started painting in watercolors and I think I have watched every one of your videos on YouTube and your blog. I am learning so much from you and love your Friday watercolor tutorials. Thank you.

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  79. Your videos and teaching is outstanding. I have made simple photo calendars before but yours take it to a whole new amazing level! Thank you for sharing your talents and ideas!

    P.S. I love the ceramic Christmas tree!

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  80. This is a great Idea, and after the year is over you can incorporate the photos and some scrapbooking details from the calendar into a scrapbook page.

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  81. really like this, going to try to make it

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  82. Love the idea. I know your mom is gonna love it.

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