Friday, October 7, 2011

Weekly Planner Dry Erase Board - Tutorial

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Just looking at my own blog during this first week of the 31 for 21 challenge, 
I realized something was sort of funny:

If you look at my blog and all these posts about Down syndrome,
it seems that it is the only thing I can think and talk about.

The reality?
It's not!

Mostly, we're just enjoying our little girl.
There are moments when we get reminded again that she has 
Down syndrome, but mostly, our life is just 'normal', 
whatever that is...

So to 'prove' that, here is another craft ;)

I needed something besides an ordinary calendar to keep track of my daughter's schedule. 
Since it would be hanging in our kitchen, I wanted it to be pretty, besides functional.

So I came up with this:

It's a dry erase board, that has her weekly schedule already printed on it, 
with things she needs to bring to school, and other things that happen every week.

I made sure I have plenty of room to fill out appointments, etc.

Now, every week, I can just add things that we need to remember that particular week.

Simple, but it works great.

Wanna make your own?

This is what you need:

* Picture frame
* Fabric, slightly larger than the glass in the frame
* Masking tape
* Cardstock (mine was just a standard 8.5x11), smaller than the glass in the frame
*Double sided tape
* A marker to write the schedule, or a computer and printer

1. Create the weekly schedule, by printing it or write it by hand.
Make sure you have enough room to write in extra things.
If you have more kids in school, you could make separate columns for each child, 
or even make a separate one for each child.

2. Take out the backing of the frame. 

3. Put the fabric on top of it, as if you were to frame it. 

4. Put some adhesive or double sided tape on the back of the schedule, and attach it to the center of the fabric.

5. Put the schedule and fabric, together with the backing of the frame, back in the frame.
(So it will be underneath the glass, that way you can write on the glass later.)

6. Fold over the extra fabric and stick it with masking tape to the back.
Not pretty, but who will see the back anyway?!

7. Grab a dry erase marker, and start using your new board!

And since this organizer thing (what do you call these?) is also hanging out in our kitchen, 
I might as well share it in this post, too...

I've had it for quite a while, but recently updated its look.

I gave it a fresh layer of spray paint and used some stencils to create this:

Since the cork board looked so plain, I stenciled part of that, too.

A fun, quick project, hardest thing for me was to wait till the spray paint was dry...

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Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [07 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Sara said...

So cute! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!