I love calendars—almost every year I get one (or maybe more than one) to admire or to use (or both). In the last few years I've decided that Etsy is the place to find some of the coolest calendars ever; this year I've decided to base an entire mini-album around one I bought! Disclaimer: I am sharing this project before I've actually done much of anything with it because I want you to go find your own coolest calendar ever and make this album in 2011, too!
I was engaging in one of my favorite hobbies (aimlessly browsing on Etsy) for owl-related items in preparation for my Gracie's 6th birthday recently when I came across Gingiber's Etsy shop and the perfect owl calendar. I immediately knew that this calendar had to be mine Gracie's (er, someday). Here is the image that stopped me in my tracks:
So anyway, as soon as I got it I decided that I would make a 12 page mini-album where each page includes the 4 x 6 owl-of-the-month, a 4 x 6 picture of Gracie, and a 4 x 6 area to include a little note to her or highlights about her month. If you do math quickly in your head, you will quickly realize that I am going to have to make my own album to hold this because there are no such things as 12 x 6 landscape albums on the market these days (sigh). I may decide to include more and make it a 24 x 6 spread; since I'll be making my own album, I guess I can make it however I'd like : )
So far the only thing I've done is collect my cardstock and match it up to each month. And print cute little "photo here" and "highlights here" placeholders for your benefit:
I reserve the right to change how I plunk everything down in this mini-album, but I'll be sure to share the results at the end of 2011. I love how simple a project it will be to maintain, how I can keep everything in one place and add embellishments if I feel like it, and how it will document an entire year of my daughter's life—not a complete snapshot by any stretch, but certainly more than nothing at all. Wouldn't it be fun to know what you were like each month of the year you were six?