Last Minute Gift! Scrapbook Calendar!

Hello again friends! I am safe to post this project because neither my mom or my mother in law uses a computer LOL! Then again it is not much of a surprise because I make them one every year and it is my mother’s favorite gift (which she hints at every year starting in October!) The one year I didn’t make her one for Christmas (BTW it was the year my twins were born, they were only 3 months old by Christmas) she made feel so guilty that I made her one for her birthday in February, better late than never eh? I’ve simplified the process of these calendars a lot since I made my first one 11 years ago. I’ll share my tips and process with you so you can knock one or two of these out in an evening! You’ve got nothing better to do tonight right?

Recap!

  1. Print your calendar pages (for free!!!) here on white or light-colored cardstock.
  2. Print photos! I used 1/2 a sheet of 8.5″x11″ photo paper (Cannon Pixma glossy) per page.
  3. Choose a stack of paper so you won’t dig through your entire stash to match stuff up and trim paper to 6″x11″ (you get 2 pages from each 12″x12″ sheet!
  4. collect the cardstock calendar pages plus 1 for a cover and make sure they are in order (no, really, check) and bind them with a binding machine or see my tutorial here for binding with a Crop-a-dile hole punch)
  5. Glue on paper.
  6. Glue on photos.
  7. Write the “who, what, where” on the pages.
  8. Decorate the cover!
  9. Have a glass of wine and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

I raise my own glass to you my friend as you just nailed Christmas gift giving! I have to mention that the steal of a deal binding machine I bought for $20 2 years ago is now $75 but a YouTube viewer was able to snag another binding machine on clearance for $20 so keep an eye out if you want to buy one. Alternatively you can have them bound at any copy shop, like Staples, for a couple bucks.

I still have a couple more Christmas tutorials to share but if you are anxious to see them you can on my YouTube channel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Choose {and use} a Binding Machine!

Howdy folks! I have been on the lookout for a binding machine for quite some time now. Every year when I make my scrapbook calendar gifts for my parents & in-laws I wish I had a proper matching bu the problem was I couldn’t decide on what machine to get as they can be quite an investment. Also I wanted to make sure the consumables (binding wires/combs) were going to inexpensive and readily available forever. I did not want to buy a cute machine to find out it was discontinued and you couldn’t find wires for it. So I pretty much decided that whatever I bought would have to take standard binding combs. My Friend Tracey let me borrow her Bind it All (Zutter) and It was cute, small and punched well but the holes were too small to fit the standard office supply combs and you have to keep moving your paper and punching multiple times if your book was wider than 3″. That’s too time consuming and for a $75 investment I want to do it all in one shot. I looked at the Cinch by We-R-Memory Keepers too but it was pricey (as were the wires for it) and it was still to small to punch the length I wanted. Note: you can disengage any of the pins in the Cinch to make shorter books, a unique feature. What I ended up buying was this office style binding machine for $19.95 from MyBinding.com and I couldn’t be happier! Here is my first project:

 

I am not affiliated with mybinding.com, I just wanted you to know what I bought and where I got it incase you wanted one. The regular retail price said $109 (weird) but it was on sale for $19.95 + $15 S&H so I paid $34.95 and it arrived in a week. This machine worked with the standard binding combs I picked up at Staples and other discount stores. My combs cost between .02 and .18 each, not bad. I wanted to shoot a video to show you some different ways to bind your projects (with or without a machine) and also share with you one of my favorite Christmas gifts to make (A DIY scrapbook calendar) so if you have 13 minutes to kill why not have a look-see:

Here is a link to the FREE website where I print my calendar grids.

Also, I want to share the Chic Scrapbook Calender kit I created to make a scrapbook photo calendar, all you do is add your photos and print! You can use it year after year because there are no dates on the pages, you simply print out your calendar pages from a website such as the one mentioned above.

Chic Calendar Scrapbook kit

 I hope I gave you a few ideas and information on book binding and choosing (or not) a machine to do it with. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will answer you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Free Printable Calendar & Instructions!

OK, OK I promised a calendar tutorial today…well mine aren’t finished yet but the nitty gritty stuff is so here is what I have done so far:

Calendars by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Calendars by Lindsay Weirich 2008

I made my calender with a cool pdf program called PDF Calendar, you can download mine (an American/English version with the weeks starting on Sunday) here, or go make your own with other languages, fonts and setup here.

Here is what you need for this project: 13 Sheets of neutral colored cardstock to print your calendar on and an extra sheet for the cover (I used neutral tan by The Paper Co.), Binder clips (From an office supply store or any small clamp should do), Crop-a-dial or heavy duty hole punch, Comb binding (also from the office supply store, I got a pack of 25 at Staples for $5), Pattern paper (My Minds Eye: Wild Asparagus stack), photos, stamps, ink (I am using Stampin Up Old Olive and Creamy Caramel) and lightweight embellishments such as stickers and die cuts.

Step 1. Print your calendar pages and place a plain sheet of cardstock on top. Make sure they are in the correct order. Clamp the sheets together.

Clamp and mark.

Clamp and mark.

Step 2. Hold you binding comb against the top edge of your calendar and mark where the “legs” touch the paper.

Punch on marked lines.

Punch on marked lines.

Step 3. Punch two holes over the mark overlapping each other so there is room for the comb to slide through. Use the depth gauge on the Crop a dial to keep the holes in a row. Keep an eye ion the gauge though since it has a tendency to slip when punching through really thick material!

Insert the binding.

Insert the binding.

Step 4. Insert the binding.

The inside view of the bound calendar ready for scrapping (that's the fun part!)

The inside view of the bound calendar ready for scrapping (that's the fun part!)

Step 5. Trim paper to fit the pages. I trimmed mine 8 1/4″x10 1/2″ and rounded the bottom corners then inked with creamy caramel to give a “shabby chic” look. By using one line of paper it is quick and easy to coordinate and keep a continuous feel though the calendar.

Step 6. Print your photos. To make this a quick project consider putting only one 4″x6″ or 5″x7″ picture per page.

Step 7. Put it all together and wait for the praise! Seriously expect requests for another one next year!

I make calendar for my parents and Mother in Law each year and they love them, The year my twins were born I didn’t get one done and boy oh boy was that a mistake, my mom laid such a guilt trip on me that she got one for her birthday in February! Beware, once you start making these prepare to keep making them!

Enjoy your night, I’m have some girlfriends over to craft tonight (an hopefully I’ll finish my calendar!) Until next time happy crafting!

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