It's been a while since I posted a tutorial, and I just completed a project that I thought might be a fun one for you to try, so I'll give it a shot. First, the background on this whole deal, though...
I was going to make an address book and an event calendar as part of my whole getting organized and remembering the people I love resolutions for the new year, and I found this cool little trifold planner at WalMart that made me re-think my plan:
I bought it with the thought that I would just alter it with paper to match the notebook and gratitude journal, but I liked it too much to cover it up, plus I wanted to do the inside a little differently. I wanted an "event calendar", as opposed to a regular one (you know - it has birthdays and anniversaries and such in it so you can remember), and a pocket to put stamps in so they'd be handy. So, like I have a tendency to do, I started to examine how it was made to see if I could just duplicate it. This is what I came up with:
- Chipboard: 6 1/4" long by the following widths: 3 1/8", 3 1/2", 3 5/8", 5/8"
- Patterned Paper for Outside Cover: 7 1/2" long by following widths: 5 1/2", 7", 3 1/2"
- Patterned Paper for Inside Cover: 2 pieces 6" long by 7" wide
- Patterned Paper for Inside Pocket: 3 3/4" long by 4" wide
- Cardstock: 2 pieces for cover of Calendar, 6 pieces for pages of calendar, each 3 3/8" wide by 6 1/8"long
- Blank address book with cover removed, and patterned paper cut to fit for new cover (approx. 3 3/8" wide by 6 1/8" long)
- 2 magnet strips 6 1/4" long - one 5/8" wide, and one 3/8" wide
Using the old cover from the address book as a guide, punch holes in the patterned paper for the new cover. Assemble and set aside. Also assemble the pages and covers for the calendar (any way you choose to - I robbed an old notebook of it's o-wire and used one of the covers as a guide to punch holes) and set it aside.
On backside of 5 1/2" wide patterned paper (outside cover), glue the 3 1/8" chipboard and the 3/8" magnet strip, spacing them 1/8" apart. Repeat with the 5/8" chipboard, 3 5/8" chipboard and 5/8" magnet strip on the back of the 7" wide patterned paper, again spacing them 1/8" apart. Fold and adhere excess on outer edges to inside, mitering corners, leaving the top and bottom edges free.
Spread the two pieces you've finished to this point apart far enough to allow placement of the 3 1/2" chipboard between the 3/8" magnet strip and the 5/8" chipboard strip, allowing 1/8" between, as shown in photo. Carefully remove 3 1/2" chipboard, apply adhesive to patterned paper, and replace chipboard on top of adhesive to make entire unit. Carefully flip unit over and center remaining piece of patterned paper over chipboard to cover.
Flip unit back to front side again, and apply adhesive to top and bottom edges of excess patterned paper. Fold them to the inside, pushing paper down into cracks between chipboard pieces with a bone folder. Starting from left side, apply one piece of patterned paper for inside cover over raw edges of outside cover to finish. Work your way across the piece, again working paper into cracks with a bone folder. Repeat with remaining piece and beginning from right side.
This is pretty much what it should look like at this point. Make a pocket for the left panel by scoring the 3 3/4" x 4" piece of patterned paper: 3/4" across bottom, 1/2" from each side. Trim excess paper out of corner, fold along score lines to form pocket, and adhere to lower edge of left panel. Adhere calendar to center panel, and address book to right panel.
Embellish everything - inside and out - as desired, and you're done!
Now that I've finished this little item, I have a complete set to keep me organized and functional:
I'm STOKED!!! The first full week of the New Year, and I'm doing great so far! Woo-hoo!
Something to Ponder
A fellow blogger, Erin, has a feature she calls "Thought for Thursday", where she relates a quote or thought or whatever, and expounds on it a bit. I like this notion, but I can't think that I will want to/be able to do it with regularity, and certainly not on a particular day. I guess I'll just throw something out there for you to mull over whenever the thought strikes. Today is such a time, and this is the thought:
This morning I was thinking that I needed to look up a couple of things in my Dreamer's Dictionary. I don't consider the information I get from it to be definitive, by any means, but it's always interesting to see if there's anything that seems relevant. I guess I approach dream analysis the way I approach most things - with an open mind and a bit of skepticism. I'm willing to entertain a notion and mull it over to see what I think of it, but it doesn't get included in my belief system unless it rings true.
Part of what I believe right now is the thought that we already know everything, we've just forgotten, and so when we identify a "new" idea as true, it's really more of a remembering... It makes sense to me on several levels: if it's true that time is relative, and there's truly no beginning and no ending - only the NOW - then why wouldn't we know it all already? The limitations and "laws" of mortality are where we get hung up. If we learn how to transcend those limitations (rephrase - when we remember how to transcend those limitations), maybe that's how/when we move into godhood or whatever's next in the eternal scheme of things.
It's an interesting notion and, as I said, one that makes sense to me, but I'm willing to go with the thought that I could be missing the mark. All "religious" thought and belief is fluid with me, anyway. I think that we can believe and hope and have faith and all of that, but truly knowing isn't really possible, so why spend time worrying about it? Do what works for you and brings you comfort without infringing on/annoying/violating those around you, and it's all good...
I think one of the most valuable things I've learned is this: Ask yourself, "What would be for the greatest and highest good of all involved?" Go with that, and it would be difficult to go too far wrong!
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