A DIY picture calendar – it’s my go-to gift!

It use to be that my mom was the hardest person to buy a Christmas gift for. She’s a very practical lady, which makes a frivolous anthropology purchase just not on the list. It was something I struggled with for years. I always try very hard to make my gifts meaningful in the least. I don’t like to just give a gift because that’s what you do, I like to give it because the recipient means something to me. I am a gift giver and receiver at heart. I love everything there is to do with gifts.
So, imagine my delight when, one year, unbeknownst to me at the time, I stumbled upon the perfect gift to give my dear mother – a picture calendar. I finally caught on to just how brilliant my gift was when it was brought up in just about every phone conversation I had with my mother that year. I figured I had struck gold and wouldn’t stop there. Since then (about 6 years ago) I have been making some sort of picture calendar every year.

So, imagine my delight when I was sent a Michaels Recollection Calendar kit to test drive this year! (I am sure you can all imagine who’s Christmas tree this will be placed under.) The calendar retails exclusively at Michaels stores for $39.99 (which, is a great price for a picture calendar.. I would know!)
I am such a sucker for colorful prints and journaling cards – well, this calendar has got it all. The calendar is conveniently held together with a hang-able binder, that closes up just like an album, which makes for great storage after the year in done.

It also contains blank calendar pages, important date stickers, and both 3×4 and 4×6 designer journaling cards. It makes for such a fun way to save the memories made from the year past.
I loved putting together each special month. Each highlighting a different theme, such as a page just for cousins, one for just the girls, one for my family, one for my sister’s family, etc.

So, after so many years of trying different types of DIY picture calendars, I think this one is my favorite. It has just enough freedom to make it personal and unique, but also easy and convenient to put together.

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