For Christmas this year I did something I haven’t done since probably elementary school. I gave several family members homemade gifts. Thankfully, instead of badly painted ceramic ornaments covered in glitter (shout-out to 3rd grade Erin) I think I actually managed to give them something that they might actually use. You probably remember these notecard journals from a very clever DIY post on Design Sponge last year. I fell head over heels when I read that tutorial and have wanted to make one for myself ever since. Unfortunately, I never really seemed to find the ambition to do so and the project eventually slipped my mind.
Then I stumbled upon some very pretty ceramic Farmer’s Market Baskets at Anthropologie and I remembered that calendar and operation Christmas craft was born. Of course, instead of making one berry box journal I decided that I would make five. Go big or go home! However, while those pastel boxes were very pretty, in the end I found a larger version in a clean, white finish at Create&Barrel.
Initially I looked into finding vintage postcards to act as the month dividers but some extremely cute cards from Chronicle Books soon changed my mind. I used images of San Francisco for my mom and grandmother’s calendars, Nancy Drew for my little sister, and sassy Anne Taintor for me. Oh, and for you too! Did I forget to mention that I’m giving away the berry box journal in these images to one of you?
I hope you’re excited! I literally sat on the living room floor using a library stamp to add the date to hundreds of index cards (5 x 365) to make the journal portion of the project. This was honestly a multiple movie task folks. One that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But it’s a new year and you deserve a brand new calendar! I’m sure it will look smashing on your desk. Plus, I saved all of the cooking and kitchen related snarky cards for your berry box. So, are you feeling lucky?
In addition, If you share the link to this contest on your own blog, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ account you may have one additional entry for a total of two possible chances to win. If you choose this option please leave a link to your shout out as your second comment. A winner will be selected via the nifty random number generator on Wednesday, January 11th at 5:00 PM PST and then I’ll promptly arrange to have the berry box journal shipped to your home. Please note that this item can only be shipped to U.S. residents. Best of luck and happy holidays!