How to Repurpose Old Calendars into Bookmarks

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Don’t toss out last year’s calendars. Repurpose those dated calendars into bookmarks.

Book lovers know you can never have too many bookmarks. (I lose them all the time!) So why not easily create your own bookmarks from that calendar you were going to throw in the trash?

Besides keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill, you may also be helping yourself keep that New Year’s resolution of reading more this year. A pretty bookmark may be all the incentive you need to crack open a few more books.

Get ready to turn those pages (and not lose your spot) by making your own bookmarks from old calendars.

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Every year, my mom buys me a couple of wall calendars for Christmas. And every year in January, my eco-conscious heart hates to toss out the old ones, even if I am putting them in the recycle bin.

This isn’t my first old calendar redo. In the past I’ve made envelopes from old calendars (and wrote about it for Organic Authority.) I’ve also framed the images from old calendars for easy wall art. But this year I wanted to come up with a new way to repurpose old calendars.

When researching ideas to repurpose old calendars, I found these gift tags from Real Simple. They looked like bookmarks to me at first and they inspired me to try to create bookmarks from my old calendars.

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Want to make your own bookmarks from old calendars? Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies you’ll need:
– Old calendar
– Poster board or thick paper
– Bookmark (to trace)
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Single-hole puncher
– Twine or ribbon
– Pen
– Scissors

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This is a great project for a chilly afternoon. Grab a mug of coffee and get to crafting.

Step 1: Trace the outline of the bookmark
With a pen, trace the outline of the bookmark you’re using as a stencil on the calendar image of your choice. Here I’m tracing the outline of a coffee cup from a coffee-themed calendar.

Step 2: Cut out the bookmark
Next, cut out the bookmark. Then, grab poster board or a thick paper. Here I have a small piece of white poster board.

(Tip: The calendar image itself is too flimsy to simply use as your bookmark. That’s why you’ll also need poster board or a thick paper. You’ll be adhering the calendar paper to the poster board, so it’s more firm. I also used the front and back covers of the calendar for this because they’re made of thicker stock.)

Step 3: Paint on the Mod Podge
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of your bookmark cutout. Working quickly, paste the bookmark cutout onto the piece of poster board (or thick paper.) Smooth it from the inside out to get rid of air bubbles.

Step 4: Add another layer of Mod Podge
Paint on another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of your bookmark. This will seal it all together.

Step 5: Let it dry
Now, let the bookmark dry completely. It will probably take about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Cut out the bookmark
Cut out the bookmark. Now it will feel like a real bookmark. It’s much sturdier than the first time you cut it out from the calendar.

Step 7: Punch a hole
Using a single-hole puncher, punch out a hole at the top center of your bookmark.

Step 8: Thread ribbon through
Finally, thread a small piece of ribbon or twine through the hole. I like to loop the twine in half, stick the folded end through the hole, thread the folded end through the newly-made loop and pull to secure it. You can then knot the bottom two ends.

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I’m still in awe of how well these bookmarks turned out. During a few days off work after the holidays, I went on a bookmark-making binge and made almost 60 of them. You can get a lot of bookmarks out of one calendar. I’ve given away a few to friends and now I’m thinking about selling them in my family’s antique booth.

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These bookmarks make great gifts for the bookworms in your life. Even better, if you’re buying books for friends and family, stick these handmade bookmarks into the pages for a special addition to the gift.

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

New Year's Resolutions for 2017 |

Like many of us, a lot of my New Year’s resolutions tend to carry over year to year.

The ones that never seem to leave my list are: Write more. Read more. Enjoy more. Slow down.

While all of these goals still hold true this year, I have just one resolution for 2017. One oh-so-simple resolution that will hopefully reduce my stress, help me get organized and keep me sane.

Before I tell you what my resolution is for the coming year, I want to reflect on all of the happy things 2016 brought. Because despite everything, it was a good year!

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This year I traveled to Iceland. Iceland! Slept on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, soaked in the ice blue sulfur waters of the Blue Lagoon, ate the best fish soup of my life.

And that wasn’t my only adventure. I kayaked; hiked; camped. Trout fished at a spot I hadn’t been to since I was a kid.

I may not have purchased my own house like I wanted this year, but I helped my sister transform her home. Painted two bathrooms. Completely remodeled the laundry room. And finished countless other little projects.

In 2016, I stepped out more. Went to the Kansas City Symphony. Headed out to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Third Thursdays. Checked out books from the library.

I may not have hit every goal I had, but I made it one good year. Here’s to 2016!

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When we don’t meet our New Year’s resolutions, those niggling feelings of inadequacy and frustration creep in. But don’t let them. Maybe you didn’t meet last year’s resolutions. Don’t beat yourself up. The whole idea of making resolutions is that you’re trying to better yourself as a person. And that starts with caring enough to make resolutions. Go you!

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So to stay on that path of bettering myself, my New Year’s resolution for this year is to finally organize all of my papers. I’m a paper hoarder. I have stacks of airline tickets from travels, stickers, postcards and so much more. This year I’m finally going to get all of those paper memories sorted, organized and put into scrapbooks or notebooks.

Cheers to 2017!

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(Here are my past New Year’s resolutions: 2015, 2014 and 2013. Apparently, I wasn’t feeling up to resolutions in 2016.)

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Try This: Old Toolbox to Craft Caddy

Try This: Old Toolbox to Craft Caddy |

When you’re crafting, do your supplies explode all over your work surface? One minute you’re crafting up a storm and the next you can’t even clear an area to work because you’re drowning under a pile of stickers, glue and paper.

At least that’s my typical experience.

Organizing craft supplies isn’t easy. From ribbon to pens to tape, craft supplies tend to be small, awkwardly shaped and plentiful.

See how I used an old toolbox to corral my craft supplies into a convenient craft caddy.

Corral your craft supplies
An old metal toolbox is the perfect size for a craft caddy. It’s easy to move from room to room, which I tend to do when crafting. And this way I can keep all of the supplies for the project I’m currently working in one spot.

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Choose a toolbox with patina
Sure, you could buy a plastic caddy from a dollar store, but where’s the fun in that? When it comes to the items in your home, it’s not always about simply being useful; It’s about being enjoyable, too.

And, if I’m going to have my craft caddy sitting around the house, then I want it to blend in with my décor—and not be an eyesore. This old rickety toolbox is just the look I like. Some people might only see the rust, but I like the worn patina. It has character.

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Use mini buckets to hold pens
Even your organizer needs organizers. Instead of tossing your pens, highlighters and markers straight into the caddy, keep them separate with a small mini bucket. (This one’s from IKEA.) You could also use a mug, cup or tin.

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Keep small supplies in one spot
Spend more time actually completing your craft projects and less time searching for that missing pair of scissors for the fifth time. This toolbox turned craft caddy works perfectly to assemble all your small supplies in one location. You know, all those little items that get lost easily, like pens, tape, scissors and glue. Stick them in your caddy and you’re good to go. (The hard part is remembering to put them back after each use.)

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Get organized and put your craft supplies right at your fingertips with your own craft caddy. If you don’t have an old metal toolbox, use a vintage tin, wood box or small crate.

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