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Perpetual Calendar & Cards

When we prepare to flip the calendar to 2018, we often start a new planner or calendar to help track our daily lives and events. As a card maker, you may find yourself rewriting everyone's birthdays, anniversaries and special events. Have you ever accidently missed one because it didn't get copied over to the right day or month? A perpetual calendar is a perfect tool to use to keep track of these occasions. There's no year on the calendar, just months and dates. You fill in the names on the proper dates, and you can reuse the calendar from year to year. This has been one of my favorite tools that I have used for years.

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As planners become an increasingly popular category in the paper-craft market, there are even more supplies at our fingertips and many ways to be creative on a daily basis. CardMaker is offering two different perpetual calendars for you to download for FREE. One design has preprinted, hand-drawn flowers that you can color and coordinate with your personal planner. The other set has just the month and dates on it. This set can be stamped on, or you can use leftover stickers to decorate it to make it your own. Each design is available to be printed to fit most planner sizes perfectly. You can also print the calendar and bind it yourself to use in your craft room or keep with your finished cards so you know who needs to receive a note from you each month.

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If you wish to add the calendar to your planner, We R Memory Keepers has developed a new and handy punch system—the Planner Punch Board. This tool has different pieces that can be adjusted to punch different-size holes in multiple configurations to fit most planners. We tested it on Jillibean Soup's Day2Day planner binder, and on me & my BIG ideas Create 365 Planner. Both have different types of binding systems: Jillibean Soup's binder is has six rings , and me & my BIG ideas' binder is a disk type. By following the instructions that came with the punch board, it was easy to pick the right punches and spacing slots for holes to make my CardMaker perpetual calendar pages work for both of these planners.

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Now that you have your calendar ready for the new year, it's time to fill it with a few cards. While I was in the craft store, I purchased stickers and clips from the planner section and found that many of these work just as well for cards as they do in my planner. Don't be afraid to venture into different areas of your favorite shop or craft store. Think outside the planner for card-making supplies!

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Click the links below to download your own perpetual calendars!

January - June (Plain)
January - June (Flowered)
July - December (Plain)
July - December (Flowered)

Finish off 2017 by planning for 2018. The time you spend today will save you time and effort in many years to come by using a perpetual calendar!