Small Perpetual Calendar

I love celebrating my friends on their special day, but sometimes I forget when that special day occurs. The solution, a small perpetual calendar that stands neatly on my desk. I simply write the occasion on the correct date in my calendar and every year when I flip to that month, I can see all the people I want to celebrate.

This is an easy project to make for yourself or to give as a gift. You could even personalize it. For example, if you make one for grandma, you could write in the birthdays of all of her fabulous grandchildren before you give it to her.

Materials

  • 7 pieces of white 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock
  • 1 piece of colored 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock
  • 1 scrap of a contrasting color cardstock
  • paper cutter/scorer
  • adhesive
  • binding machine
  • 1/4 inch binding comb
  • scissors

Directions


Begin by printing the handy Small Perpetual Calendar template on your white cardstock.


Let's cut the calendar pages. Each finished page will be 4 3/16 inches wide x 4 inches high.

Cut the sides of each page even with the ends of the colored month title.


Cut along the top of the colored month title.


Cut 4 inches down from the top of the colored month title.


Now cut the four season graphics so they are each one inch square.


Next, we'll punch the holes on each page with the binding machine. It's not a bad idea to try this on a scrap piece of paper that is the same width as one of your calendar pages (4 3/16 inch) to make sure the holes are positioned correctly.

Now that your pages are ready, let's move on to the front and back covers.


Cut the colored cardstock into two pieces. The front cover will be 4 3/16 inches wide x 4 inches high. The back cover is 4 3/16 inches wide x 10 inches high.


Use the binding machine to punch holes along the top edge of the front cover and both of the short edges of the back cover.



Score the back cover in the middle, parallel to the short side. Score one inch on either side of the central score.


Fold the back cover along the score lines as shown.

It's time to decorate the front cover.


Cut a 2 1/2 inch square from your scrap of contrasting cardstock.


Adhere your season graphics to the contrasting square and the square to the front cover. If you are a stamper, be creative and decorate the cover any way you like. You could use someones initials or whatever pretty stamps and paper you have available.

Finally, we'll bind the pages together.


Cut your binding comb to the appropriate length, place it in the machine and open up the comb.

Place the front cover, face down, onto the comb.


Make sure your month pages are in the correct order. Place the month pages face down onto the comb.


Place one edge of the back cover onto the comb.


Fold the back cover and place the second edge onto the comb.


Close the comb and remove your calendar.

Just write in the dates of special events and you are destined never to forget another birthday or anniversary. That is definitely a reason to celebrate!

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