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Photo Calendar Kit {A Great Gift Idea!}

This post is brought to you by Michaels and Recollections.  I received product and compensation, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Gift Calendar | Crafting in the Rain

Calendars make me happy.  People I love make me happy. Put the two together and it’s a winning combination!  I got to try out this 2014 Michaels Recollections Calendar Kit (available for $39.99 exclusively at Michaels stores) and it’s a fun and easy way to build a personalized calendar.

Scrapbook Calendar | Crafting in the Rain

Here’s what comes in the kit:

  • Binder book
  • 12 tabbed month dividers
  • 12 month pages
  • 12 clear, pocketed photo pages
  • Beautifully colored, double sided cards.
    • 14-4×6 and 28 3×4 Including Christmas, Hanukkah, Canada Day, Valentine’s, Thanksgiving….
  • Holiday and event stickers
  • Black pen (and a place to store it!)

What I liked about it:

  • The binder style lets you easily organize each month
  • It hangs on the wall, but then you can close it all up, put it in the original box for easy storage at the end of the year
  • The pen stays right there!
  • It’s so easy to put one page together–pick 3 cards, a couple of pictures and you’re good to go.  Add in journaling, washi tape or other embellishments if you want, but they look great without those things too 🙂
Photo Calendar at Michaels | Crafting in the Rain

What else is great about this calendar kit is you can use it a couple of different ways.  Obviously, you could use it as a scheduling calendar.  But it would also make an awesome birthday calendar.  Fill the page with pictures of people with a birthday that month, write theirs names on the dates, and you’ll never forget another birthday again. Either way, it makes a creative and thoughtful gift for Mom or Grandma for Christmas!

Here’s one of the months I put together while I was playing with it.  I took pictures from the month in 2013 and used them to build the layout for the same month in 2014.  May was filled up with pictures from our trip to Portugal.   I even put pictures on both sides of the clear sheet, even though only one side will be seen when the calendar is hanging. When we look through it later, we’ll get to see both sides.

Photo Calendar Great Gift | Crafting in the Rain

Here’s my little hint for getting small pictures printed: Using GIMP or another editing software, crop desired pictures to 2×3 inches, then place 3 of them on a new 4×6. When you get it printed, cut the 3 pictures out and you have 3 small pictures perfect for using in your calendar.

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