December 29th means you're either getting ready for a New Year's Eve shindig, or you've already moved on to figuring out how 2018 is going to be better than 2017. If you've got some ideas for that second one I'd love to hear them, because whew, right? That party is sounding pretty good right about now...Read More
There is a common group of things that many people start thinking about when the new year hits. Call them resolutions if you want, but that word just sets me up for failure. I like to think of it as a renewed focus. For you, maybe it's all about working out and getting healthy, or coaxing your finances back in shape after the holidays. My very favorite is getting organized. Those plastic container sales in January have me rubbing my hands together like a b-movie villain.
In order to get my ducks in a row I have to plan ahead, and there's no better way to do that than with a planner. Since I couldn't find a full-sized (as in 8 1/2 by 11") version that I liked last year I made my own, and I'm back with an updated model for 2018...Read More
This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I receive compensation if you make a purchase using the links. I feel like I embrace modern technology whenever I can. I couldn't wait to get a smart phone back when they were called PDAs and didn't have access to the internet. Between my husband and I we have a desktop computer, two laptops, two tablets and two smart phones, which doesn't even include his work phone and computer. With all those electronics, I have access to my digital calendar everywhere I turn. Still, I keep coming back to paper and pen. I have one paper calendar and one Lego calendar on my desk and a paper calendar hanging in my sewing room. If I had to give one up, it probably would be the one that needs electricity.
It might go without saying, but I also have a planner. I did give it up for a few years, but there's something so satisfying when you can write down a task and cross it off in INK. Marking an electronic box doesn't provide me with the same rush. This year, I decided I wanted one where each week was a full 8 1/2 by 11" page. After some searching, I decided to make my own. I know I'm a few days late for the start of the year, but I forgot to write "Share printable planner on the blog" in my new planner. Irony at its finest.
As I said, each page is 8 1/2 by 11". I sprung for some heavier 32 lb. paper so it wouldn't bleed through when I printed them or when I write in it. I also hunted down some colorful month dividers. I contained the whole thing in a 1" black view binder. I bought all three on Amazon, and the links will take you to each.
I printed these two sided, which I'd recommend unless you want a blank sheet on the back of each. I followed the way my planner was laid out last year and completed each week, regardless if a new month fell into it. That will make sense after you look at the pages.
At the front, I have yearly calendar pages for 2016 through 2019. I like to be able to look at the years easily. You know, just in case.
At the beginning of each month is a monthly calendar. It might seem like overkill, but being able to see the entire month at a glance, separate from the rest of the year, can be handy.
I also added a page for menu planning and a shopping list.
There are two pages, so if you print it two-sided you can remove the shopping lists and keep the menu in your planner.
If you happen to have one of the tools shown in the photo below, originally for transferring marking to fabric, it works great to roll in down the middle of the two sides to perforate the paper.
Now for the downloads! I kept each month separate to make it a little easier and not such a huge file. The month pages are all together, as are the years. The yearly file also includes the 2017 I used for the front. Good luck and here's to a year of organization and marked checkboxes!
Here we are, at the end of another year, and I feel like we just turned the calendar over to the new century. Time has flown, and yet when I look at those years in between so much has happened. I'll be celebrating the 7th anniversary of Crafty Staci next month (!), which means I've also been writing this weekly feature for nearly that long. Are you ready for something a little different? I know I am! Next week look for a round-up of the top 10 Friday Favorites, along with a sneak peek at what I have in mind for future Fridays. In the meantime, have a happy New Year!
This Winter Cheese Board from Gringalicious is gorgeous. I wouldn't be able to let anyone eat it.
This Year in Review Printable from Skip to my Lou is available for 2016. I love that you and the kiddos can fill in the spaces AND spend some time coloring it.
This Disneyland Mint Julep from Six Sisters' Stuff probably caught my eye because I just had one when we were in Disneyland earlier this month, but this seems like a perfect non-alcoholic drink to have on the party menu.
I think I like this New Year's Eve Party Popper from Everyday Dishes because of the shiny silver paper. It looks like you can download a 2016 version, so I guess its usability depends on whether you're celebrating the year we're leaving or the one we're heading into. Who doesn't want to wish 2016 a fond, let's-burn-it-down, farewell? 😨
These Caprese Phyllo Cups from Gimme Some Oven are a unique take on one of my favorite appetizers.
When my kids were young we welcomed the new year with something similar to this idea from I Heart Naptime. A bunch of littles ringing bells is much more adorable than some of the other noise-making options out there.
This New Year's Eve Resolutions Game from The Idea Room is based on Mad Libs, so how could it not be fun?
These Crepe Paper Party Hats from Jennuine are unlike any I've seen before, which is never a bad thing.
When you're planning a party, a few things that start with a ready-made ingredient can make the time spent a lot more reasonable. These Glitter Dipped Fortune Cookies from Happiness is Homemade would be the bell of the ball.
I'm going to admit, I don't really get Jello, but I know a lot of people do. These Champagne Jello Cups from The First Year contain both champagne and sweetened condensed milk, which might be enough to change my mind.
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!
I look forward to picking out new calendars every year. I usually have 4 – 5 in my house. I know that seems excessive, but they each serve a different purpose. I have a calendar in my studio for keeping track of outgoing orders and shipping dates, one in my office I use for blogging, one in the dining room for family stuff and my Lego version because it’s cute and I get to rebuild it every month. Last year we had another calendar in the office for wedding events and deadlines. However, the only one I have in my possession right now is the Lego. Ack! I have no idea how I arrived at January 2nd without a single new calendar in the house, but I’ll be remedying that soon.
This Motivational Desk Calendar from Elegance and Enchantment would be fun to turn the page on at the beginning of each new month.
Sometimes I need lots of space to write on each day. This roomy calendar from Landeelu would be great for that.
I love the adorable scrapbook design of this calendar from iMom.
This calendar from Skip to my Lou fits two months to a page.
Sometimes it’s handy to be able to stand your calendar up, which is where this printable from Little Stuff comes in.
I like the clean lines and colorful months on this calendar from Tomkat Studio.
The colorful headers on this calendar from Lia Griffith are fun.
The watercolor design of this calendar from Today’s Creative Blog would be pretty hanging on a wall.
The pictures on this calendar from Design is Yay are so cheerful.
Going Home to Roost shares a calendar you can customize with your own Instagram pics.
This 3D calendar from A Piece of Rainbow would be as fun to make and it would be to use.
This calendar from Botanical Paperworks comes with a matching set of printable weekly planner pages.
Twelve calendars – one for each month!
Happy New Year! After I’ve hung the new calendars, I always spend New Year’s Day taking down the tree and putting away the Christmas ornaments. Yes, I intentionally leave them up that long. I mentioned putting them away early this year a few days ago and my husband looked at me like he didn’t know who I was. I guess that’s a tradition that’s pretty deeply rooted around here.
So, what can you expect here at Crafty Staci in the coming year? For one, I’ll be continuing my Friday Favorites series, which has featured over 1500 projects already. The round-ups are becoming popular on Pinterest, with my Gifts for Guys post being my most-repinned item in 2013. If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, just let me know!
February will mark the fourth (!!!) anniversary of my blog. I haven’t decided what it will be yet, but as always, there’s going to be a giveaway. I’m torn between an item handmade by me or supplies so the winner can make something herself. Any opinions on that one?
This is going to be a big year for my family as well. My son will be graduating from high school in June. My baby. Just…stunned.
And my daughter will be tying the knot with her fearless firefighter in late July. The wedding is going to be at our home but even though we’re going to be up to our eyeballs in DIY, you probably won’t see many wedding-related crafts until after July. I don’t want to give everything away before it happens!
I’ll probably be taking a month or so off from this blog and my shops when we get close to the event. Don’t worry, I’ll come back after I rest a little. Then I’ll leave again for a week in September for a family trip to Disneyland. After that, I’m all yours.
I’m looking forward to this year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the time I get to spend here with you. Thank you for coming on this crazy trip with me!
Another year has come and gone. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the year behind and look forward to the one ahead. What’s been going on here at Crafty Staci?
Here are the most popular projects featured on my blog in 2013:
While a few of those were also popular on Pinterest, I was a little surprised to find some differences:
Asking the Bridesmaids:
Duct Tape Sunglass Holder:
The Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired T-Shirts:
Money Gift Tea Bag:
Ruffled Tote Bag:
Choosing favorites among my projects is a little like picking a favorite child. I love them all for different reasons, whether they’re hits or misses. These are a few I particularly loved that didn’t make the blog or Pinterest cool kids lists:
Visit me again on Wednesday and I’ll fill you in on what you can expect in the coming year. Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!
2014. I feel like we just went through the whole Y2K thing. Yeah…14 years ago. Let’s clink our glasses together and welcome another year of inspiration, creation and doing it ourselves. And not blinking and finding out it’s 2020.
If ever there was a night when kids should be allowed, even encouraged, to make lots of noise, it’s New Year’s Eve. Help them along with these Paper Plate Shakers from The Centsible Life.
To make a New Year’s decoration that can be reused last year at Christmastime, try this banner from 504 Main.
I love these fun, happy cookies from The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle.
This Exploding Year Box from Glitter Adventure is amazing. What a fantastic way to relive the year’s great memories!
There are several fun New Year’s ideas here from Fiskars, but I especially like the clock cupcake toppers.
Even if you indulge in a little nip or two for New Year’s, you’re bound to have some pint-sized guests, people who choose to abstain or designated drivers who all deserve something special too. Keep them included in the festivities with these Perfect Pina Coladas from Over the Big Moon.
Everyone is always making resolutions for the new year, but I love this DIY twist. UCreate shares a Creative Bucket List printable.
Creative food is a must to ring in the new year. Check out this Cupcake Fondue from Pint Size Social. Imagine the possibilities.
If cupcakes aren’t your thing, here’s some Chocolate Pop Rocks Rice Krispy Treats from Cupcake Project.
New Year’s Eve is the perfect time for some photos to remember the old year and ring in the new. Add a little something special with these New Year Photo Props from I Heart Naptime.
A new year is upon us, and for some that means a valiant attempt at bettering ourselves. Personally, it usually means I commit to healthier eating, which probably shouldn’t even count since we’re just pulling out of the sugary, snack-fueled holidays. I’d have to be trying pretty hard to eat worse than I do in December. Still, there’s a little sense of accomplishment there, earned or not.
If you’re among the brave who’ve decided it’s time to (fill in your own resolution here), here’s a few helpful projects.
Get more exercise.
There are so many forms this could take, but one thing I’d like to better organize is my gift wrap supplies. I Heart Organizing shares a door-mounted wrapping paper station. You might guess from the blog name that if you’re looking to get your stuff in order you might want to spend a little extra time at this site.
Read more books.
If the thing that holds you back on this one is a lack of new material, this Book Swap Party from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line is for you. This party is geared toward kids, but it would be easy to adult it up.
Volunteer in your community.
You have the time and skills but don’t know where to share them? VolunteerMatch is a website we recommend to the students at the high school that matches the applicant with available volunteer opportunities based on his or her zip code and area of interest. It found 629 hits within 20 miles of where I live, and I’m at least 5 miles from the nearest medium-sized city.
With the uncertainty of our economy, we’re probably all interested in this one. There are so many things you can make for yourself using recycled materials to save some cash. I’ve had my eye on these Padded Envelopes Using Reclaimed Materials from SwirlyThoughts for a while now.
Spend more time with family.
In our busy world, sometimes this requires some effort. What better way to hang with the kids for an afternoon than to create something fun together? The Journals of Giddy Giddy shows us how to make DIY Homemade Kites.
Do more traveling.
This is always on my list, resolution or not. I just got to visit the east coast for the first time ever last month and left the continental United States, also a first. Since my goal is to eventually visit all 50 states, I’d love to make a pin-filled map like this one from Sadie Priss.
Maybe it’s time for some new to look at in your home. This Test Pattern TV Cover from Apartment Therapy counts as a little redecoration and would probably help with the “watch less television” resolution as well.
Learn something new.
I love websites like How Stuff Works, Mental Floss or even Cool Facts, Bro. You can learn a little something you didn’t know before without a big time commitment. That’s only if you don’t get caught up in searching the site and realize you’ve lost a couple of hours of your life. You’ve been warned.
Eat healthier food.
There it is. I always come into January feeling vegetable-deficient. Turns out, neighbors don’t give you boxes of fresh-baked cauliflower and asparagus doesn’t hang on the tree very well. I’m ready to try these Roasted Cabbage Wedges from Martha Stewart.
What are your resolutions for the new year?