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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New Year resolutions and easy DIY vision board

Yeah I know, 2 weeks of 2019 have already passed but better late than never!! I decided that instead of telling you all the stuff I want to do this year (from which half I wont finish or even remember), I shall show my Vision Board and how to do an erasable calendar/ organizer.

First of all, I wanted to show you this, yes! I made it! barely…

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November’s arts & crafts

As promised, I will show you what I did during November. At this point, it has become a habit to do something creative every day and, as weird as it might sound, I feel like something is missing if I am not holding a brush or pencil.

Everything here is watercolors except for a polymer clay figurine, my first 1/8 sized figurine!!! I was so nervous because I have avoided drawing/painting/sculpting humans all my life. But hey, only way to get better is by doing! So, if there is something you are afraid to try because “I’m not good at it”, all the more reason to try harder! not once but many times, until you improve.

So here they are!! and something special for Robbie Yates at the end of the post πŸ˜€

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Had to squeeze them all together or else this I would have ended as a super long post. If you want to check bigger versions, these are all available on Instagram.

There’s one image based on a famous painting. The prompt was “Favorite Artwork/ Artist” So I painted my favorite artwork. Can you guess which one it is?. If you can guess the artist and the name of the painting correctly, I will send you a surprise πŸ˜‰

Even in my art endeavors, books are involved. Yup, I used Andrew Loomis’ “Figure drawing for all it’s worth” as reference for my 1/8 scale figurine:

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It all starts with wire and aluminum foil.

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I model my figurine in several steps, baking in between steps.

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Once complete, I used a primer and then had fun painting!!.

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This is a “behind the scenes” picture, because everything on the Internet looks too glamorous. But you know what?, behind every awesome picture… is a pile of dirty dishes!! (totally worth it, I finished this piece in less than 2 weeks).

 

And finally! *drumroll* I’ve been learning on Skillshare how to animate and create gifs… and because I was so inspired by The Kooky Kid’s Club I made this!

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Yay! That’s all for now! see you tomorrow! β™₯

 

I review art and craft books but… am I arting and crafting?

The answer is simple, YES!! that is why I don’t post that often! Well, I could post more if you are interested about my creative journey, but are you?. I have started to add moodboards, fanart (my previous post included my first ever gif! wohoo! not that anyone noticed, not even the author, but I’m quite pleased with it, my little baby). This is a project I made on Skillshare, where I have learned about watercolors, design, illustration, fine arts and so on…Right now they have a lot of classes for drawing and painting with Procreate and it almost makes me want to buy an Ipad Pro >-< (btw if you want 2 free months you can get them through my referral link).

If you read to the end of this post, you’ll get free food πŸ˜‰

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and as promised, here it is, painted baked with love by yours truly:

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See you tomorrow!