* journal/calendar/card catalog

Posted on January 1st, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Paper Crafts.

Saw the vintage postcard calendar journal at Design Sponge and knew I had to make one for my sister.  Added inspiration from Emily Schwarting’s version.  Didn’t hurt that it gave me an excuse to buy a date stamp.

There’s no way was I cutting 183 index cards in half, so I went into the office store planning on getting just normal cards.  I found these cool upright orientation ones, though, so that solved that.

The economy date stamp at Officemax has 6 years on it (including 2010).  The original design doesn’t list the year and instead you write it in each day, but I wanted to include it as kind of a daily prompt, or at least a clue as to what you’re supposed to do with the stack of cards.


The last thing to find was the case to hold them.  The container store had some acrylic boxes that were just the right size.  Or rather, the right size for the packs of cards.  I didn’t leave enough allowance for expansion of the loose cards, and they are a tight fit.  The last month was a nailbiter.


The original design uses postcards for the month dividers, but I wanted something with the actual months printed.  These neat little clip flags fit the bill and come in index-card-ink colors.  I also made a placeholder one (peeking out the back).

I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I’m considering making myself one.  It took a loooong time, though.  If I’d done the math in planning this project, I would have realized that the total comes to 2210 stamps.  That’s if I never messed up, which of course I did several times.  I ended up with only 5 cards to spare out of 400, and I finished it literally 10 minutes before we left for the airport.  If I make another one, I’ll just do the date at the top.

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