Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Attempted Organization

This is my attempt at making a family calendar to organize our SUPER busy lives. I figured with Henry starting school and Grant starting preschool plus soccer season starting back up, I definitely needed a place to keep track of when and where we needed to be. I picked up a SUPER organized Dry Erase/Magnetic calendar from Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago. I decided to organize it even more by making color coded magnets for each day of the month. I printed out the numbers 1-31 on blue, green, and orange paper and used my circle cutter to cut out all the numbers into nice perfect circles. This way they would fit just right on the back of the glass beads without having to cut eat number out by hand.
I did every third number in blue {1,4, 7 ect} and did the same with the green and orange. I did that so each of my three boys would have certain days that would be theirs. If a chore needs to be done or if something special is going on, if it is their color day {Henry is blue, Grant is green, and Eli is orange} on the calendar then they are the one responsible for it. This probably won't be used for a while...at least not until the boys get a little older....but I figured I might as well go ahead and make it as organized as possible while I was doing it!
These glass beads from the floral section were just the right size to make date markers for the calendar.
This was my first time to use Modge Podge and I will definitely be using it again!
Here are the beads and the paper after I coated them with the Modge Podge. And these are the magnets that I put on the back of the beads once they were all dry.
The {almost} finished calendar...all nice and organized {for now}! I am thinking about attaching some clothes pins to the bottom of the calendar so I can clip appointment reminders and small notes to it. But until then, our family calendar is up and running and hopefully it will keep us SUPER organized!

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13 comments:

Emily said...

Cute calendar and I like the color system you're using! I hope it helps with the organization. Right now I have a school calendar for J and M and then a main one on my outlook/phone and it seems like a lot to keep up with! I need a central organized calendar as well!

Carrie said...

Love that! I really want to try that! I feel like I've been busier than ever even though both kids are in school! Great idea! You really need to live closer to me and help me out...you and the other Kelli {outside my kitchen window}!

Kelly said...

Love it! I have a dry erase calendar, but definitely not as cute or colorful. I might attempt this. Thanks for sharing!

Kelli said...

Kelli that looks great. Weren't those magnets easy?!? I love the color coordination idea.

{Kimber} said...

that is so cute!
crafty little self!

Foursons said...

I love it! I bought a huge desk calendar and hung it on my kitchen wall. Same concept, but it's not reusable.

Tracy said...

I saw that calendar the other day at Eli's party but I didn't realize that you made it. I thought you bought it that way. You are so creative and crafty!!!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Isn't the Podge fun? It really is one of my favorite things in the world. You did an awesome job!

Alicia said...

Kelli!!!!!!!!! You rock!!!!!!!!!!

He & Me + 3 said...

That looks AWESOME. Wow. You are the bomb! Great job!

Kelly said...

I just went out and got all the stuff for this, I can't wait to finish it, I will post about it when I am done and link back to your post too! :) Thanks for the idea!

christy rose said...

What a great idea! You go girl! It does not get any easier as they get older. :)

MommaD said...

LOVE the calendar! Saw something very similar that Martha did a couple of years back, but have never gotten around to it. We are color coded here...Seth is red, Gabriel is blue, Nate is green, and Eli's is orange (or brown if no orange is available) and I use it for everything from cups at the table to the towels to their scrapbooks. but that way you can tell at a glance who's is what!

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