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Baby's First Year Calendar

Record important milestones during Baby's first year for this one-of-a-kind calendar that becomes a treasured keepsake.

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    • Create a Collage

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Decorate your calendar cover with a collage of baby photos. Save this for last and feature one photo from each month. Stitch around the photos for a homespun look, or print the photos as a collage to save time.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar: SRM Press. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (purple), Core'dinations (pink, green), Stampin' Up! (aqua). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (yellow dot), Little Yellow Bicycle (floral, pink, green). Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Little Yellow Bicycle. Buttons: Rusty Pickle. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (flower), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterflies), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge). Embossing folder, tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

    • Record Baby's Milestones

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      As the first month progresses, write milestones on the calendar. At the end of the month, create a layout featuring some of your favorite photos. Create the layout separately, then use heavy-duty adhesive to attach it to the calendar.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (light pink), Prism Papers (pink), Stampin' Up! (white). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (dark pink dot), Little Yellow Bicycle (pink stripe, pink square, white circle), Melissa Frances (light pink dot, pink floral). Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Chipboard accent: Making Memories. Brads: Queen & Co. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Pens: American Crafts (black), Uni-Ball Signo (white). Thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp. Punches: EK Success (circle, scalloped circle), Fiskars (corner), Stampin' Up! (photo corner, scalloped edge). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Add Stickers

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Use baby-theme stickers to denote important occasions, such as Baby's first smile, first bath, or when the grandparents visit.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (lilac), Core'dinations (pink), Stampin' Up! (white). Patterned paper, ribbon, button: Fancy Pants Designs. Font: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Gems: Queen & Co. Pen: American Crafts. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge). Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Punch Patterned-Paper Strips

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Punch a decorative edge on strips of patterned paper and layer them across the bottom of your layout to balance a large photo.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (aqua), Stampin' Up! (white). Patterned paper: Fancy Pants Designs (purple), Little Yellow Bicycle (circle, orange check, orange texture, pink text), Melissa Frances (blue). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Marvy Uchida (tab), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge). Paper crimper: FIskars. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Find Accent Inspiration in Photos

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Look for elements of your photos that can inspire embellishments, such as the birds on the booties on this layout. Jennifer paper-pieced a bird to mimic the design.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (aqua, orange, yellow), Stampin' Up! (kraft, black, white). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (red), Fancy Pants Designs (green), Little Yellow Bicycle (blue). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Floss: DMC Corp. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Marvy Uchida (label). Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Create a Custom Accent

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Carry an element through each calendar page by creating a simple month accent. Type the word "months" in a circle using word-processing or image-editing software and print it on white cardstock. Add a scalloped border with a punch, and place a die-cut number in the center for an easy embellishment.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Stampin' Up!. Patterned paper, chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Button: Fancy Pants Designs. Gems: Queen & Co. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterflies), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge). Decorative-edge cutter: Purple Cows. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Frame with Patterned-Paper Strips

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Give each layout a colorful border by trimming strips of patterned paper and adhering them around the edge before attaching your layout. The best part about this method? It allows you to get more from one sheet of paper!

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Core'dinations (green), Prism Papers (golden yellow), Stampin' Up! (white). Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves (green), Little Yellow Bicyle (all other). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Buttons: Fancy Pants Designs. Gems: Queen & Co. Paper flowers: Martha Stewart Crafts. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge, photo corner). Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Create Laser-Cut Paper

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Punch butterflies from a piece of patterned paper and cut the negative space into a strip for a do-it-yourself take on laser-cut paper.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Prism Papers (light aqua), Stampin' Up! (white, dark aqua). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (blue dot), BasicGrey (cream floral, light brown), Collage Press (purple, aqua), Little Yellow Bicycle (blue check, purple print), Melissa Frances (green floral). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Chipboard accents: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Fancy Pants Designs. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly), Stampin' Up! (photo corner). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.0.

    • Make Journaling Easy

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Keep the calendar handy so you can jot down milestones or daily musings in the moment. Temporarily tie a journaling pen to the binding so the ink stays consistent on all the calendar pages.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Core'dinations (green), Prism Papers (aqua), Stampin' Up! (white). Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle (circle, pink), Melissa Frances (light blue). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Stickers, ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Buttons: Autumn Leaves. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (butterfly), Stampin' Up! (scalloped edge). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.

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      Document First Holidays

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      For months featuring holidays, use the layout to share favorite holiday outfits and stories about Baby's experiences. Add splashes of seasonal color, such as the orange on this page, to emphasize the celebration.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Core'dinations (purple), Bazzill Basics Paper (gray), Stampin' Up! (white). Patterned paper, ribbon, button: Fancy Pants Designs. Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Chipboard accents: Making Memories. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Martha Stewart Crafts (pumpkin edge), Stampin' Up! (photo corner, scalloped edge). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Staples: Office Depot. Die: Spellbinders. Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.

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      Include Baby's Handprint

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      You can easily turn Baby's handprint into a turkey accent. Scan the print, then use image-editing software to recolor it to resemble a turkey. Add a brad and two cardstock pieces to complete the turkey's face.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (orange), Prism Papers (red), Stampin' Up! (white, kraft, black, olive). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (cream), Fancy Pants Designs (olive), SEI (all other). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Stickers: SRM Press (baby theme), SEI ("gobble"). Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (heart border, scalloped circle), Stampin' Up! (photo corner). Software: Adobe Illustrator 10, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.

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      Create Seasonal Accents

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Add a handmade tree to a page about Baby's first Christmas. To create the accent, punch a decorative edge on pieces of cardstock, and trim them into triangles, then layer and embellish with gems.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Core'dinations (green, pink), Prism Papers (metallic silver), Stampin' Up! (white, red). Patterned paper, stickers: BasicGrey. Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle), Stampin' Up! (photo corner). Spray ink: Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.

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      Photograph Baby on the Move

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      As Baby starts to be more mobile, snap photos of her on the go, then use them to create a colorful layout to complement the calendar page.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar, stickers: SRM Press. Cardstock: Core'dinations (green), Stampin' Up! (white), Wild Asparagus (lilac). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (red), Collage Press (purple, aqua), KaiserCraft (pink, stripe, blue), Little Yellow Bicycle (yellow, orange, plaid, multicolor dot), Scenic Route Paper Co. (blue dot). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Chipboard accents, buttons: Rusty Pickle. Brads, gems: Queen & Co. Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts. Paint: Plaid. Pens: American Crafts. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle, heart border, circles), Stampin' Up! (photo corner, scalloped edge). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Wavy trimmer: Purple Cows. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.

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      Celebrate Baby's First Birthday

      Design by Jennifer Perks

      Round out the calendar with one final month. Include details about birthday celebrations and photos of Baby on the big day.

       

      SOURCES: Calendar: SRM Press. Cardstock: Core'dinations (green, lilac, pink), Prism Papers (aqua), Stampin Up! (white, purple, yellow). Patterned paper: BoBunny Press (light pink dot), Chatterbox (purple), KaiserCraft (blue, dark pink dot), K&Company (green dot), Little Yellow Bicycle (yellow, plaid), Melissa Frances (aqua). Fonts: Uncle Charles by Autumn Leaves (journaling), Century Schoolbook ("months"). Stickers: Melissa Frances ("celebrate"), Queen & Co. ("wish"), SRM Press (baby, calendar). Chipboard accents: Little Yellow Bicycle. Gems: Queen & Co. Thread: Coats & Clark. Punches: EK Success (scalloped circle, circles), Stampin' Up! (photo corner, scalloped edge). Decorative-edge scissors: Fiskars. Embossing template, tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Software: Adobe Illustrator 10.

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