Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cheap, Easy, Fast, and Fabulous

If you have young kids, then you have stacks of artwork laying around your house that you don't know what to do with. I mean, the refrigerator/message board only holds so much artwork, and geez, they come home with more everyday!

I'm constantly gathering up little piles of it, hiding it between stacks of newspaper, and sticking it in the recycling bin. And heaven forbid if Ellie happens to see something poking out...."Hey, who put this in here?!!!!"....ahhhh the righteous indignation of a four year old.....

Sound familiar? Well then have I got the perfect idea for you!

CTMH sells a Monthly Calendar ($7.95). It's generally meant to be decorated with photos/layouts which you can display during the appropriate month and transfer directly into your scrapbook (it's acid free/lignin free/buffered), and that is a great use for the calendar.

BUT, if you have the artwork issues that I have described above, you can easily turn this into a personalized art portfolio calendar for gift giving purposes. The instructions are very simple.

1) Pick out 12 pieces of artwork.
2) Adhere them to the calendar.
3) Label the months/dates.

That's it.

Oh, did I mention that this is the perfect gift for your kids to make? It's true. Let them pick out the pictures to include. Have them write or color in the letters for the months (the Posterboard Alpha is PERFECT for this), and they can write the numbers too. Seriously, get rid of artwork, let your kids craft with you, and end up with a great, personalized, holiday gift for only $8. Doesn't get much better.

Of course, you can also decorate the calendar the traditional way, and below are a couple examples of how you could use the calendar: do the whole shebang, pictures and all, or just create the layout for a crafty/scrappy friend to add photos to, but I have a feeling I'm more likely to go with Option 1 this year....

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