31 August 2011

This week / next week

On Thursday evenings I host a craft evening at my home. Only a couple of friends come but it's nice and low-key and we chat as we get on with whatever projects we're busy with. Last Thursday I put together an idea that I've been mulling over for a while.

I took these two long frames (Ribba frames from Ikea):



And I put strips of scrapbooking paper in them with circle punches and letter stickers. Voila, a weekly planner showing this week and next week, that I can write on with dry-wipe marker:

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Underneath each week I stuck a little clean release hook so I can hang Daniel's weekly homework (Noah gets daily homework) or other papers that have to be dealt with that week so they don't get lost.

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(Yes it's Father's Day on Sunday in NZ.)

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I covered little clips with patterned paper:

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The frames hang (with clean release velcro strips) beside my desk where I can see and update them often. As this week finishes I will erase everything and write "Next week" at the top, then I'll change "Next week" on the second frame to "This week".

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The dry-wipe marker sits on top of the frame. I plan to stick a circle of felt onto the lid to act as an eraser.

P.S. Yes I realise I got this week's dates wrong!

P.P.S. Please ignore the as-yet-unhung picture propped up against the wall. Those clean release hooks are expensive!


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15 comments:

  1. Hi!! Does NZ have ebay? Maybe look for the command hooks there! My dollar store has "fake" command strips...that work just as well. Keep your eyes peeled. I also notice the hooks go on clearance after christmas w/ the christmas decor!!

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  2. Hi Jen! Do you know how often that picture of the boys and their artwork gets "pinned" on Pinterest? I see it ALL the time! I always love it. I just love this idea too- I see dry erase boards everywhere around my house in my future. :)

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  3. this is a super cool idea. thanks for sharing.

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  4. What a great idea! I've seen some dry erase calendars in frames, but none like this! The other ones aren't not even close to being able to keep our schedule on. This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I like this idea. How did you do your boys' portraits on longer frames so the background is white? Love it.

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    1. Thank you. I just photographed them against a stark white background so it was easier to add extra white in when cropping them.

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  6. How is there white between each patterned paper? How did you do the white circle for the number?

    Mae

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    1. I used a big sheet of white paper for each frame and stuck strips of coloured paper with a gap between each one (which is the white showing). The circles are made with a circle punch.

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  7. This is the best idea I've seen to keep track of the week's events. The bonus is that I can make it match my decor easily with scrapbook paper!! Adding this to my back to school list.

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  8. I love this idea. What are the dimensions of your frames and paper?

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    1. The frames are the Ribba frames from Ikea, they are roughly 50cm x 25cm and the strips of paper are each 6cm wide.

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  9. What a great idea! I absolutely love it. Thanks. :D

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  10. Where did you get the craft paper from? So pretty and useful, I'm making one for my uni room now- i just need some paper!

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    1. You can find patterned paper in any scrapbooking or craft store, or you can use gift wrap. Just be sure to choose a subtle pattern so that your writing on top is easy to read.

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