Holiday Creative Friday: DIY Calendar

Happy Early Merry Christmas!

I’m keeping it light today since the holidays festivities are in full swing with a short post on my latest holiday project.

Every year, I order mini calendars from Snow & Graham. And over the years, I’ve hung them in my home office:

And when the year passed, I used them to re-cover my mini wooden clothespins:

But for 2012, I decided to do something different.

I was super excited then when I found blank calendars at Paper-Source for just $8.95 (compared to those mini calendars from Snow & Graham at $14.95). Like a blank slate, it was mine to  paint. I’m not finished yet, but thought I’d let January make its debut a bit early:

This simple birdie drawing was inspired by a CB2 catalog. Love getting inspiration from catalogs!

What about you? 

Are you still in the creative mode? Or are you in need of putting your creative muse to rest?

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Holiday Creative Friday: 3 Ways to Reuse Your Wedding Invites

It’s been 3 years since my wedding and I still have a plastic bin stuffed with hundreds of wedding invitations. Scratch that. I got rid of all my wedding invites. In fact, I didn’t even have one left to save for myself.

What I got a ton of is save the dates. Hundreds of Tiny Prints photo cards that I’ll never use again.

But they were too pretty to toss. And too sad to recycle. So I decided that today would be the day that I finally did something with them. With Christmas coming up, it was the perfect time to upcycle them.

Here’s what I started out with:

After a few minutes of mulling it over, I realized that all I really wanted to keep was our photo. So a haphazard cut and a little help from this guy later…

Go bunny! Go bunny!!

And this is what was left: I thought it looked pretty cute with the mini clothespin I recovered here. In fact, I sort of wish we did this at our wedding too with our guests names or interesting couple fact on the back.

Then, I thought Christmas ornament!

But my favorite DIY ideas for our save the dates was to reuse them as Christmas gift tags. Not everyone may like having their photos on a gift. Feels a little narcissistic does it? But I think it’s a great way to help the little ones who can’t read yet, remember who gave them their gift.

Plus, it’s a great DIY homemade gift tag with a space to write your holiday message on the back.

It’s almost enough of a reason to order personalized cards just for that reason. Almost…

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