Well, hello there!
I have been pinning "command center" ideas for quite some time and planned to work on mine this summer. Now summer is getting away from me, so I decided to get busy.
Well, really I found out our school is not printing a paper calendar this year, so I knew I needed something to keep us organized. Nothing like a little motivation!
Here's a few of my favorites so you get an idea of where I am headed. Click the picture to visit the website.
|I couldn't get to source on this one, so it links to where I found it.|
|Love, love this type of menu planner!|
Okay, on to my DIY chalkboard calendar (mess-ups and all)!
Here's what you need:
|Chalkboard - size of your choice. Mine is 18 x 22 inches.|
|Metallic or white? permanent marker and magnetic dots and/or roll. The magnets are probably not necessary if you like your own handwriting! Ha! I'll explain later.|
First, you'll want to draw out your grid.
I drew mine with chalk first until I found the perfect size.
My Sunday/Saturday boxes are 3.25 x 2 inches. The rest are 2.75 x 2 inches. Then erase your chalk lines and use the permanent marker to draw the lines. Mine worked pretty well in that I could still kind of "see" where my lines had been.
Allow time to dry!
Don't panic like I did and think it isn't going to work.
The marker looked funny at first, kind of bubbly. I thought it wasn't going to work so I tried Plan B - paint. Here is my result:
So back to Plan A.
This time I allowed time to dry.
The "bubbling" was okay because it turned out looking like chalk.
Now I realize I could rewrite the numbers each month with chalk.
I could also write the months and days of the week with chalk; however, I don't really like my handwriting. Plus I wanted the ease of just moving the calendar numbers. So I took to the printer to create my numbers, days of the week, and months.
|My months are color-coded by season, as any good teacher would do. LOL!|
Fonts used: KG Broken Vessels Sketch and KG Makes You Stronger.
Here's my calendar after I added the "finishing touches."
A couple of close-ups for you!
|First day of school - August 20th!!|
My family picks words and/or phrases to focus on throughout the year. I used each of ours for this year to decorate the bottom of our calendar.
And finally, here is my lonely calendar on what will become my command center wall. I hope to add more pieces soon!
My must haves: a menu board similar to above, key rack, drawers or something for chargers, phones, etc., and maybe a place for my home management binder. If I can work that in, I will get rid of my old "command center" in the kitchen.
I'm linking up with Tara for Monday Made-It -- even though it isn't Monday! My first time linking up this summer, which must mean I have a lot more projects to get to.... Yikes!
Thanks for stopping by!