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Calendar DIY: Here's to a beautiful new year 0

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver

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In third grade, I moved to a new school. At this particular place of learning, all our class work was to be placed in paper Duo-tangs, colour-coded to each specific subject. Every student was given his or her own set.

On the first day alone with my plain blue English Duo-tang, I took out a ballpoint pen and drew what looked like a three-dimensional piece of paper nailed to the front cover — you know, like the old western ‘Wanted’ poster with the paper’s edges curling up around the nails. In the centre I finished it off with a proud, block letter ‘ABC’ — on theme for English, I thought.

Teachers at my past school had always been impressed with my work, but instead I was called into the office for a very serious discussion about my “vandalism.” Vandalism?!

Instead of a tearful apology, I should have told the horrified school staff what I believe to this day: everything is better when decorated.

So here’s to another year of DIY projects, being creative, and ‘vandalizing’ with art and ideas whenever the opportunity presents!

DIY calendar printables

Start the year off right with this timely creation.There are copious amounts of free printable 2014 calendars available on the Interwebs, but this one from Clemence Herbillon at ohthelovelythings.com is truly special!

  • Print each month on cardstock from your home printer and hang up with clothespins and string.

*Find these free printables online here in Herbillon's post.

Calendars from scratch

Inspired by Clemence Herbillon’s beautiful calendar printables, I took to the craft store and came up with a few of my own.

  • Find any online calendar templates (or make your own template) and print onto cardstock (I used my home printer). You can also draw dates by hand onto cardstock. Then use scrapbook paper, stamps, stencils, clip art, leftover Christmas debris (or whatever you can get your hands on) to craft the calendar of your dreams. Speaking of dreamy, cutting out magazine images of a hunky star and DIYing your own hottie calendar makes a great gift!

Tip: Invest in a small X-acto blade and use a ruler. I cut and measured all of my calendars by hand and the fine X-acto blade was essential.

 Julia Dilworth is a national DIY columnist and travel, beauty and home decor journalist. You can find her on Twitter @JuliaDilworth, email her at julia.dilworth[at]sunmedia.ca or visit her website juliadilworth.com.

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