DIY erasable calendar/ tracker

Hello! How is January treating you? still sticking to your New Year’s resolutions?. Last time I mentioned I would show you how to make an erasable calendar. What I didn’t mention is that you probably have at home all the materials we will need for this project. I made my erasable calendar about 2 years ago and I still use it! So I thought about sharing it with others.

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Materials:

  • Paper
  • Contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Choose your favs: markers, gel pens, colored pencils, watercolors, etc.
  • Choose one: tacky dots, tape, magnetic tape, magnetic frame, etc.

Instructions:

1Paper size A3 or A4 works best but you have the freedom to choose any dimensions! (or shapes). Start by sketching your design with pencil, you can check lots of bujo (bullet journal) calendar and tracker ideas from Pinterest.

2 Remember to leave enough space for writing. Don’t add too much stuff or it might look overcrowded once you start writing on it. When you are ready, trace over your pencil sketch with a micron pen or tool of your preference. Erase all pencil marks from your paper.

3 Add color, glitter, stickers or anything you like! Make it something that makes you happy to look at. It is better to leave white or use very pale colors for areas where you are planning to write on top. A dark color can make it hard to read what you write on top of it.

4 Measure and cut two equal pieces of contact paper, Making sure to leave extra space on each side (1 -2 inches). You can leave less extra space, but if you struggle aligning the contact paper to your calendar, that extra space can save the day.

5 Yay!! you made it! If it is not perfect, don’t panic. Some contact papers allow you to unstick them without damaging your calendar. If this is not the case, try smoothing any bubbles or wrinkles from the center outwards. Now trim the borders and it’s done!.

Alternative way to handle contact paper:

You can remove all the white paper and leave the contact paper sticky side up, or you can peel only half of it, then place your calendar on top, aligning it to the grid and making sure it is more or less centered. It doesn’t need to be perfect, that is why we added extra space, and we can trim the excess later.

I needed to hold the camera with my right hand, but in theory it should be pressing the right side of the calendar and moving along as the other hand peels away the protective paper. Take your time. This side is not so important because it will be the back of your calendar. Use it as practice because our front side should be smooth and pretty.

How to stick it to the wall:

There are many ways to display your new creation. I like to take advantage of its light weight to make it easy to remove instead of permanently fixed to the wall. Why?, because I like to be able to put it on my desk and write on it instead of vertically as it is usual with whiteboards. For that purpose you can use sticky dots, magnetic frames or (my favorite) magnetic tape!! My old calendar was made using that tape, let me show you:


That’s all! these are my calendars and trackers with some stuff on:

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I didn’t have time to review Daphne’s Diary Planner, so I’ll leave it for next Sunday!

Take care my friend~

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