I don't often make new resolutions...or maybe I should rephrase that. I don't usually stick to my New Year's Resolutions but nearly every year I resolve to keep a journal. I never make it past the first week. I admire those people who keep those wonderful artsy journals but I just can't seem to make myself want to sit down and write on a daily basis. I've even tried online daily journals...I thought typing it in would help. Nope...gave up on that after about 2 weeks. The only time I do adequate journaling is when I travel and it's mainly so I can remember what all I've seen and visited.
So what was my New Year's Resolution for 2012....why, "Keep a Journal", of course. But this year I decided to do something differently. I decided to make a little journal/calendar book. It's not quite completed but I want to share with you how it's coming along.
The first thing I did was get 2 sheets of medium weight chipboard and cut them both at 9 3/4 inches by 7 1/2 inches:
Next I created a calendar page in Photoshop Elements. My friend, Paula, helped me do this...I tweaked it a little and was happy with the result. The large rectangle on the left is 4 inches wide by 6 inches long so will be the perfect size for a photo.
I printed them out on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets...this is how they looked trimmed down. I wanted the left margin to be a bit wider than the right for the binding. Some were printed out front and back and some were just printed out on one side only. I planned how my months would be laid out.
Here they are as I was trimming them:
I used DCWV papers to cover the chipboard covers:
I bound the book using my Cinch...you can see the binding here, too and I also put a little pocket page on the inside cover in case there is something I want to stash in there (!):
That will have to wait...today was the big ol" TAKE DOWN THE DECORATIONS DAY so have spent a good part of my day putting things away. And that part is almost done!