Calendar Keeping Can Help You Focus on the Details

Last week Hope showed us how to organise our scrapbooking events using Google Calendar.
This week Calli from Dots ‘n’ Details takes organisation a step further and talks about creating a scrapbooking memento from your calendar.
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Creating a calendar can help you focus on the “Details” of life. When you sit down to fill in your calendar, don’t just schedule haircuts and doctor’s appointments… take time to plan some happy memories.

As a way to stay organized, I started making a Calendar every Christmas season. I start with all the fun family activities we want to do for the Season like going to the Nutcracker, visiting Santa, going to the “Back in Time Nativity.” I also add fun at-home activities like making gingerbread houses, watching the Grinch, or making Christmas cards scheduled as well.

Before I added everything to our seasonal calendar, my husband and I would talk about things we wanted to do, but before you know the season gets crazy and we ran out of time. Now, the calendar gives everyone something to look forward to and we found that we are able to get a lot more done because everyone knows what to expect.

Another fun idea, is to take some time to embellish your calendar and put it up on the refrigerator, at the end of the season the calendar can go into your scrapbook. In years to come it will be fun to look back and remember all the fun you had together.

heidiswappcalendar.jpgWhy not create an event calendar for every month of the year? Make a list of fun family activities. Visit websites like or your local newspaper events calendar. Also think of activities such as going snowshoeing, making homemade Valentine’s gifts, or meeting grandma for lunch. Just don’t forget your camera.

I love Heidi Swapp’s calendar because it gives you a great template to start and the pages are 12″ x 12″. You can keep your calendar as a stand alone scrapbook or take out the pages and put them in a scrapbook that covers a full year. Make sure you are taking pictures at all the fun activities you have scheduled.

You can also keep your calendar like a journal. When my twin daughters were born 14 weeks early I didn’t have time or energy for much. But I kept a calendar and recorded their daily weights, surgeries, and milestones like “Lily is off the ventilator today.” I also kept track of wonderful moments like “Dad and Emma snuggled together for the first time. Heaven for both!” I am so glad that I wrote those things down. I have two beautiful 5 year olds now, and I love to look back on that calendar and see how far we’ve come… and how much we have to be grateful for.

Keeping a beautiful calendar for an engagement and wedding is not only useful but will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.

A calendar is also a great way to keep track of the milestones of your baby’s first year. Making Memories has darling calendar kits for a baby girl or a baby boy.

Next time a friend is getting married or having a baby, give the gift of a calendar and it will become a precious keepsake for them. And don’t forget to create your own calendar, because in the end, a happy life is all in the details.

Calli Taylor is the content manager for Dots ‘n Details. Dots ‘n Details is a scrapbooking club that offers special member pricing on all the latest scrapbooking products. DnD was designed to simplify your scrapbooking experience by making it easier, more enjoyable and best of all more affordable to do what you love.

Note: Calli no longer maintains the Dots & Details blog so all links there have been disabled.

2 Responses to Calendar Keeping Can Help You Focus on the Details

  1. Hope February 27, 2008 at 6:25 am #

    I love these ideas! I especially love the idea about a planning calendar for a holiday season. I have tried a bunch of ways to organize our holiday experience but so far none as worked well enough to use a second time. I am definitely going to try your calendar idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. karooch February 27, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    I thought it fitted in well with your article last week Hope.