WOW!! Another year gone, where did it go?
This year I’m determined to master this ‘organization’ thing. With a home based business, four kids and numerous pets, I definitely need to be on top of my game, but my life usually melts into one busy chaotic mess! No more excuses for missed appointments, no more mornings chasing my tail looking for supplies for a forgotten school project, just a calm & relaxed life. Well a girl can dream!
I spent many hours on Pinterest, so what’ new you say, but it was necessary research, Okay. I know there are lots of tech savvy apps out there to help but I’m a visual person. I need to write things down, make lists and display them somewhere I can’t avoid them. I decided a magnetic calendar would work best for me, as I have a ton of magnets available, but I wanted to be able to write on it too. I looked around for a chalkboard or white board that was also magnetic but the only ones available were quite expensive. So I made my own, using an old frame I had and wrapping paper left over from Christmas. Its an easy project and looks great in your kitchen, office or school room.
Picture Frame with a plastic not glass insert. I used a 16 x 20 inch poster frame I purchased a few months ago from Walmart. It was a simple frame with a thin black plastic edge, but I added an old ornate white wood frame over the top to make a statement. Choose a frame that fits in with your decor. Galvanized Sheet Metal, which you can find at Home Depot or Lowes – Wrapping Paper – Double Sided Tape – Permanent Marker – Ruler – metal cutters.
The first thing to do is take the frame apart. Cut the metal sheeting to size with a pair of metal cutters, using the cardboard backing of the frame as a template. Next cover one side of the metal with a piece of wrapping paper and stick down the edges with double sided tape or glue. A light coloured simple pattern works best, so that any notes you write on the board will show up.
Then you need to measure out the grid for the calendar and draw the lines on the back of the plastic insert of the frame with a permanent marker. I drew boxes that were 2.5 inches wide by 2 inches deep, leaving a little space below the grid to add a To Do/Shopping List. You also need to add the days of the week above the grid making sure that you write them in reverse so that when the plastic film is flipped over the words will be the right way round. I actually cut the days from a sheet of adhesive vinyl using my Cricut as I didn’t trust my handwriting to be that clear.
Now all you need to do is reassemble the frame, add the magnetic numbers and month or simply write them on with a dry erase pen, and start organizing your life!
I love the splash of colour the magnets add, plus its quicker to change the days up from one month to the next, and you can also use them to hold appointment cards or notes. If you would like to purchase a set of number magnets or month magnets they are available in my Etsy store, just click on the links.
Happy New Year to you all, 2016 is going to be a good one. I can feel it!