I started off with a free downloadable beautiful calendar provided by the generous Blog Guidebook with  beautiful components from the Graphics Fairy.
It started off looking like this…
GORGEOUS, right?
I like to have a calendar with pockets to store invites, papers relating to upcoming events, etc.
So I deconstructed  the calendar above and made it functional for our family.
Here is what I came up with:
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I took 12 x12 scrapbook paper that coordinated with each month (one piece for the picture/POCKET side and one piece for the monthly calendar date side)
{Tip – try to use double-sided scrapbook paper or lighter weight to reduce the heft of the overall calendar for easy hanging}
  • Cut each piece of paper into a 7 x 12 and a 5 x 12 piece.
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  • Trim the date side of the calendar to fit on one of the
    7 x12 pieces. 
  • Take the remaining coordinating 5 x 12 piece and staple it to the other 7 x12 piece to form a pocket
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  • Punch the top of the date side and the bottom of the pocket side
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  • String a round clasp through the punches
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  • I decorated clip binders by gluing scraps of coordinating paper over the top

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  • String a ribbon through the binders for hanging
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Here’s a sampling of some of the months:
Now EACH of the top pages with the graphics have a POCKET to hold the miscellaneous things that go with our family calendar (invites, coupons, etc.)
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  1. I love the way you put it together. I like pockets too. I always look for a calendar that has pockets is that you can multi-task with. Two years ago it was a file folder calendar, last year it was slotted on the bottom. This year I purchased a magnetic calendar from Barnes n Noble.

    But you can always use more than one calendar and I am going to use your idea to make my own. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I saved that too! This is a great idea to have pockets! I haven't done anything with mine yet, but, of course, I am technilogically challenged and have to figure out the actual calendar portion! : )

  3. Fantastic project, it looks amazing and is so useful with the pockets.

  4. This is just TOO cute!! I have to share on my FB page! Love it!!!

  5. Just gorgeous. You are very clever. Got here, by way of Jess' FB page :)

  6. Awesome idea to add the pockets, and it turned out great!

  7. Doh! I forgot about the top Follow button! I was looking for the one in your sidebar!

    So, here I am, your new follower!!


  8. What a beautiful calendar! I love the idea of adding the pockets! And your tutorial is great:) Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Me again!! I just wanted to let you know I featured this project in my latest post on great ideas on how to use vintage prints!!! :)


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