Two Christmas’s ago, my sister made me a “Calendar a Day”. She knows that I have tried to journal, (unsuccessfully) and thought it would be a good way for me to remember fun activities that I participate in. We were supposed to start on January 1st 2012, but I still haven’t started yet … Whoops! My plan is to start today, as another July goal.
The idea is, each day you write down the most enjoyable thing that you did. The following year, you get to look back and reflect on how similar or different your memorable moment was to the year (or years) before.
You might have seen something similar in the form of a book or memory jar. I know Chapters sells journals that are 365 pages long, with a “Question a Day”. It gives you the space to write in the last two digits of 20__, so that you can see how your answer differs from year to year. I believe it works for 5 years. It’s a great way to track how your outlook and opinion on life matters is changing.
Our homemade daily calendar is pretty fun to make, and doesn’t take too much time. It’s also an extremely affordable craft. As I said, my sister Emma made me mine about a year and a half ago, but we made one together (Slightly modified) a few weeks back as a housewarming gift for a family friend. Here is a step by step, photo by photo, tutorial. All you need to gather is:
- 183 Large Cue cards (Each is cut into two, you will have one half extra)
- Alphabet Stamps and Stamp Pad
- 1 pen (We used a Steadtler Fine tip Pen)
- Scissors (We used a Paper Cutter)
- 4 sheets, regular size paper, Cardstock
Note: If you don’t have alphabet stamps, you can write the letters instead. If you have number stamps, you can use number stamps instead of writing the days of the month. You may also choose to print off the title of each month (Emma did that on mine) and or print off a picture for each month. To save some time, you could also buy smaller cue cards instead of cutting large ones in half. Just make sure the lines will be going the right way!
- Slice large cue cards in half, widthwise.
- Divide cue-card halves into monthly piles (29, 30 or 31 days).
- Stamp (or write) the initial of the month, on each pile of cue cards. The first time we made these, we did the first three initials of each month, but that takes longer!
- Number each pile, from 1-29, 1-30 or 1-31 using a stamp or pen.
- Cut 12, slightly larger rectangles, out of cardstock. (About 1/3 cardstock paper each, trimmed)
- Decorate each cardstock to your personal liking, but be sure to include the title of the month.
- Buy a container to store the cue cards in. We used a fruit basket that we picked up at Anthropologie.
- Use it! Write a daily accomplishment each day!
So there you have it. A personalized journal, that takes all of a minute to write in, each day. It’s not your typical “planning calendar”, nor is it a journal that you devote emotions in. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it’s definitely a great memory keepsake. Emma is always saying “On this day last year…” (The example above is actually hers) which helps us to remember small details about our past. Ceasare Pavese once said, “We do not remember days; we remember moments”. This journal calendar allows us to do both! ♥ Molly
“I’ve never managed to keep a journal longer than two weeks.” – J. K. Rowling
“Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.” – The Wonder Years