Thursday, October 9, 2008

wall calendar


I love calendars, and I love to make them. I could spend hours just drawing out days and months and years and planning to my heart's content. A few months ago, I made a "reusable" wall calendar to capture our family's day-to-day schedule. I used a glass whiteboard from Ikea and made a calendar template with white vinyl. At the beginning of each month, I just erase the contents and rewrite the next month with a dry-erase marker. I placed another glass whiteboard below which I use for To Do lists. There are several clips down the side which I can use to clip upcoming wedding/party invitations, coupons, etc. I also try and take a picture of the calendar at the end of the month before I erase it so I can use it to help document or record what was going on in our lives during that month.

Supplies:
Glass Whiteboard
White Vinyl - I used my Silhouette to create the white vinyl strips.
Dry Erase Marker

9 comments:

Eden said...

Love this idea. Very smart. I love planning as well and a great calendar is essential to a good plan.

Betina said...

Great idea! I may do someting similar when my coat room is finished (after the basement). I want to have a family message center there.

Since you said you love calendars I have to ask, do you have any ideas about a calendar where you could list all the birthdays of an extended family in one place by month?

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Heather said...

I have thought (many times) that your calendar is so cute...always assuming you bought it at Pottery Barn, or some spendy place like that. I should have known you made it.
Speaking of your planning and calendar skills...I can't wait to see what creative thing you come up with using spreadsheets...watch out world!

Betina said...

Michele -
Can you email me sometime at betina.slp@gmail.com?

I have some questions about breastfeeding and bottle feeding at the same time. Isn't this how you did it with Elle? Anyway, this is not very common in these parts so I was trying to think of a Mom who did it.

Thanks.
:)B.

de la Hoz Family said...

Hello, I am a friend of Eden's and I have enjoyed reading your site.

I have noticed that you often use vinyl for your lettering. Can you expand on what this is. I think I am picturing the wrong product.

Michelle said...

Hi de la hoz family...

The vinyl I use is removable vinyl designed originally for the sign industry. I use the vinyl sold by the company I work for (www.quickutz.com). It comes in rolls of 10 feet x 8.5 inches so it's designed to fit into the Silhouette (our electric cutting machine) which I use to cut the vinyl. The great thing about the vinyl is that it is removable so you can put it on any surface (like a wall in your house) and remove it without damaging paint etc. Let me know if you have any other questions - Michelle.

The flying monkey clan said...

thanks, I'll check it out.

Dani Donner said...

Hi, Michelle.

I have a question, I also have a Silouette and I have a couple of questions for you (because I'm SO lifting this project!!!):

1 - How do you do with the name of the months? Do you remove them and put in some kind of storage? I have no idea how you do it?

2 - Do you sell a template like yours on the Silhouette online store? (please, say yes...)

Thanks!!!