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How to… make your own Scrapbook/ Artwork Calendar

| December 31, 2010 | 30 Comments

This isn’t a proper tutorial as such, but more a little idea to get your crafty with your children and throughout the year: start the year with making a personalised Scrapbook with your children AND start collecting art for a Calendar to give to Granny and Grandpa in Dec 2011!!

Firstly the calendar:

The idea is simple: each month, make sure you set aside one of your children’s pieces of art. If it is 3 dimensional, take a photo of it. Make sure you note what month you made it in. I particularly like it if you make it seasonal – e.g. a flower in spring or a strawberry in summer. In Dec, then either print out a calendar for 2012 and add your artwork or buy ready made blank one from the shops. (of course, if you are quick, you can still make one for 2011). Just remember that you may need “smaller” pieces of art  – depending on the size of your final calendar…

The calendar becomes

a) A nice focus to help you craft once a month

b) A great way to “save” and cherish that art

c) A great gift

The Scrapbook

Simple scrapbooks are usually unattractive. Attractive ones are usually expensive. So buy a simple one and “tart it up”:

Materials: a scrapbook, ribbon, brown paper, paints (but you can decorate it with stickers, draw in it, add photos..)

1) I found it easier to stick the paper and ribbon on first and then to cut it down to size.

2) Paint – we used the “cotton bud and clothes peg” technique – just remember a young child will start off fabulously and then descend into “brown mush chaos” – so give them 2 colours + white and when they start “mashing it all up” – finish painting and give them extra paper to let out their energies on.

3) Done. Start collecting those lovely crafts!

Enjoy and cherish.

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  1. Kerry says:

    These look fantastic will be doing this next year xxx

  2. fabmums says:

    Thank you for the lovely idea, we have not done much in the way of scrapbooks yet but I am planning lots for next year and the thought of a calendar one is very appealing. Red Ted’s calendar scrapbook looks great!

    Have a great end to 2010 and a fabulous start to 2011:)


  3. What a fabulous idea, clever lady! x

  4. Jude says:

    Love this idea – if it’s OK with you I’d like to feature it sometime!

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    Jude – I would love you to feature this – many thanks!!


  6. What a great project for kids! I should really try this with my kids! thanks for linking up at Crafty Saturday at TSWL! happy new year!

  7. Mary says:

    Hi, I found your blog at My Romatic Home. I love your scrapbook idea, too cute! I would like to invite you to post this over at my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up. I hope you can join the party!

    Happy New Year,

  8. Carrie says:

    I love kids crafts! What a great idea to creat a kids scrapebook.

    I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

  9. Aly says:

    Will be doing this for sure.Thanks Maggy

  10. What a really sweet idea.

  11. I love to scrapbook and this would really give my girls something to do! Thanks for sharing & linking up to craftify it thursday!

  12. Carrie says:

    You “AMAZE ME”! Thank you for linking up to the “Amaze Me Monday” blog party!!

  13. Definitely bookmarking this one! Thanks!

  14. Feturing this post on this week’s High paw linky! Stop by and add your new posts:

  15. Great ideas for calendar gifts and personalized scrapbooks! I love the idea of saving an art project each month for a very special calendar for the next year. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  16. This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing! This is a great way to see the progression of your child’s artwork throughout the year. Visiting from The CSI Project.

  17. Chris says:

    Thanks for linking this one Maggy, it is such a good idea! x

  18. Fab idea, particularly to be using artwork as gifts. (Anything that gets it out of my house but still cherished gets my vote!)

  19. Angela says:

    What a lovely idea for a calendar

  20. ella says:

    I love this idea Maggy, so clever and it looks so beautiful when it’s finished.

    Thanks for joining in the carnival x

  21. Jules says:

    I love this idea and will be definitely making one for my LO’s artwork :) Thanks for being an inspiration!

  22. Great ideas (as usual)


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