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DIY Planning isn’t just for notebooks!

Free People used yarn, cut-out letters, old wallpaper, blank sheet music, and other found papers and stapled it to the wall to create this monster wall calendar!

Chalkboards calendars are so wonderful to look at AND functional. Check out the tutorials linked below and this video tutorial by Martha Stewart on making your own wall calendar. With the right undercoats you can put chalkboard paint on just about anything! (Chalkboard Refrigerator!)


(*** 1. Erinowe’s Chalkboard Window + Tutorial *** 2. Geninne’s Studio Update *** 3. Jen Thompson’s Screen Door + Tutorial ***)

When we own a house I’m going to paint my studio just like Roland Emmerich’s Chalkboard Office. On the walls & ceiling, brilliant! Pair that with my dream floors (white-washed oak) & I’d never leave.

In an attempt to lure myself into using my 3-ring planner this year I made a cover for it out of my favorite leftover gray linen. Unfortunately, the linen is a little too stretchy — It turned out okay but the inside seam curves around in a circular shape where I pulled the fabric too tight. Bah! (Photos on flickr.)

I’ll still use it but I’m definitely consulting tutorials and finding cute solid cotton before I try again.

Anyways, for about a year I’ve been trying to decide what to do with a box of binders my husband saved from the dumpster at work. They’re all different sizes with ugly covers with company logos on them. I took the plastic cover off of one, and was thinking of collaging on the bookboard and mod podge-ing over it. That turned into an ordeal though because the plastic cover holds on the front bookboard!

I think I might buy some bookbinding supplies and try to attach the cover that way, who knows! I’ve read tons of blogs/tutorials on bookbinding but it’s so intimidating!

P.S.
—-You could make this awesome Planner made of trash and print my templates on your scraps! Wonderful!