Day 19: Use The Calendar As Your Inspiration

Today’s prompt courtesy of our own LisaInRe, to be featured this weekend as our next guest star!

The calendar can be a great source of inspiration on those days when your fingers want to scrap but you’re lacking ideas.

I first found this idea through Elizabeth Dillow’s book “The Scrapbooker’s Almanac”, and her subsequent BPC class, Red Letter Days, and I haven’t stopped checking the diary since. But you don’t need the book or the class to find fantastic starting points for your pages.

For example, did you know that today, 19th October, is “Evaluate Your Life Day”. Well, this got me thinking that would be the great starting point for a meaningful page and the result is a page that I love and that gives me a snapshot of what I was thinking at this time.

Or what about the fact that it’s John Le Carre’s birthday today? I was thinking that I’ve never read any of his books and that got me thinking about a page to do with my taste in reading – likes, dislikes, styles etc.

See where the inspiration can lead you?

Or did you know that October is “German American Heritage Month”? As a Brit living in Germany, this got my mind going in all sorts of directions – cultural differences, ancestors, history and so much more.

Or October is also “Bat Appreciation Month” which reminded me of a story when I was living in the Philippines and my mum and I were visiting one of the beautiful islands when we saw what we thought was a dark cloud at sunset. But no, it was a huge swarm of bats leaving their bat cave!! Funny story that might easily be forgotten but which adds detail to my time living there.

So I hope you can see that there is so much inspiration out there just by checking out the date.

Some useful links are:

Holidays: http://www.giftypedia.com/Fun_and_Unique_Holidays

Celebrity birthdays: http://www.giftypedia.com/Celebrity_Birthdays

International holidays: http://www.giftypedia.com/International_Holidays

Chase’s Calendar of Events: http://www.mhprofessional.com/templates/chases

BBC On This Day: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/default.stm

This Day In History: http://www.infoplease.com/dayinhistory

Use your calendar today as a starting point to your page and be amazed at the direction the prompt takes you!

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And just in case you are still sceptical, here are some pages I have made in the past in this way:

Look Up At The Sky Day

International Moment of Laughter Day

Smile Power Day

National Lobster Day

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(7) comments

Heidi (aka move4life)

Lisa, love the layouts! Great idea…Heidi

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Cathy (luckysmom)

Great prompt . All your pages are georgous. Thanks for sharing Lisa.

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Rhonda H

I kept a “baby’s First Year” calendar for my son. I wrote down milestones, like rolling over, crawling, teething, first haircut, etc….but I also wrote down Dr appointments, his weight and height, favorite toys, cute babbles, books he loved. It is a fantastic record. But WHY DID I QUIT? I am inspired to start up again! He will be 10 next spring. Great prompt.

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Rita

fun prompt … last Sunday (Oct 16) was Boss’s Day (according to my calendar) which also happened to be our anniversary. I was trying to think of a clever way to link them together. (I almost gave DH a Happy Boss’s Day card in lieu of an anniversary card :) … still thinking.

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SusanB

What a great idea for inspiration ~ definitely going to try this!

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Lisa H

Hey! It’s lovely to see my prompt here! Thanks for the positive response! Looking forward to seeing what you create…

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Emilie

so cute – wish I’d seen the prompt before I did my page – will try it soon!

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