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3 Creative Things to Do with Last Year's Calendar - Sweet bunny

It is the time of year again when Chinese New Year is approaching and we begin to spring clean our home in preparation for the visitation of our relatives and friends. Sorting out your stuff and purging outdated and unwanted items. Instead of trashing everything out do consider donating items that are in good condition such as clothes. Recycle small electronics and laptops in e-waste bins and my favourite word starts with the letter R, Reusing/ upcycling.

I have gathered calendars that I had lying around at home and those that I collected from friends and family. I decided to unleash the creative side of me and search for ways to upcycle last year’s calendars. Most of the calendars I received are made of quality prints on cardstock and other good quality paper with a classic paper tabletop stand, which is ridge and stable.


                                



Old Calendars pictures for handmade greeting cards and crafts - The images from calendars are mostly of very good quality be they glossy or matt. Some come with beautiful quotes, others with the seasons of the year there are a huge variety of topics to choose from which make excellent artwork for greeting cards, crafts such as notebooks, and coasters the possibilities are endless. I snipped out all the images I liked and kept them in my tin box for future use. I don't have the dexterity of handling the scissors well so I use my trusty paper trimmer to cut out the pictures I wanted in squares or rectangles.


                                             




Old Calendar as a tabletop photo stand- I love keeping Polaroid, Instax and HP Sprockets photo print out that I have taken of my friends and family. A way I display them is using the cardboard stand from the calendars, right after I gently rip out the pages careful as you do so as the metal binder can go out of shape if excessive force is used, with a little blu-tack. I can interchange the photos I want to display without spending a dime on a stand or photo frame and if the stand gets old, you can always recycle it.


                                               


Turning an old calendar into a scrapbook- A video by Momz recipe & more on YouTube inspired me to create my very own scrapbook using an old calendar. The materials you require are drawing block papers, glue, scissors. It is so simple to do that it is ingenious of her to come up with such a fantastic idea just by cutting away the base of the calendar off and wrapping up the calendar pages with paper. I really like my upcycle scrapbook the rigid pages make it perfect for storing my paintings, I started to learn how to paint in November and didn’t have a proper place to keep my mini paintings, I didn’t want to display them either but kept them to see my progress in the craft, I didn’t want to spend too much on the hobby so the upcycled scrapbook is the perfect keepsake.





                                           


                                          


                                         




An extra treat for some calendars is the sticker page, which you could use to mark days you are on leave or for appointment reminders. Most of the time they are unused by their previous owners so it feels awesome getting hold of them to use on my planners.





                                         





All the scarps and unwanted pages and metal binder that I have leftover from my craft are sent for recycling. I usually keep these for a trusted recycling company and ensure everything is in pristine condition without any glue or adhesive which may hinder the recycling process.





                                           


I really enjoyed writing this piece on upcycling the experience of turning something old into something new is refreshing and looking at my end products just brings me so much joy.

Starting 2022 with a Monthly Planner from Thelazeco- Sweet bunny

As the New Year approaches, it was time to prepare for the New Year by getting calendars and planners, I always look forward to getting a new planner because the fresh clean new pages make me feel like I have a clean slate, a fresh start full of hope for a meaningful year.

                                     

There are many assortments of Planners available these days, sometimes one may question which one is really the best? It is not a matter of the best but rather which one would be most suitable for you personally. I have gone through many planners over the years and had always stopped using them halfway leaving many wasted pages.

How to pick the perfect planner that is best for you- You have to experiment and have the discipline to actually use one, there is no point in writing everything down and not referring to it. After using a planner a couple of times you would find out what your style is. In my case, I prefer a monthly page. I prefer writing the main event of the day and listing down tasks that need to be done in a to-do list, quick and snappy.

Questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a planner –
  • Do you need a space to keep track of events and appointments?
  • Would you prefer to plan in a weekly or monthly format?
  • Do you need something portable to bring around with you or just one you like to keep at home?
  • Would you like a colourful planner with stickers or a minimalist planner.

After watching the Motel Makeover on Netflix, I caught the craze for terrazzo patterns so I went in search on Shoppe for one, I was glad I did so because my search lead me to find Thelazeco customised planners.


The A5 planner created by Thelazeco is exactly what I needed, I opted to only have the monthly pages for a monthly overview of the year. I plan to bring along this compact planner with me as it is compact and light. Choosing a layout that matches your style is important as you would be more comfortable using your planner and more likely to continue to use it for the whole year.

I really like how well thought and put together this hand-stitched booklet styled planner is.
It has a Soft Cover which is made with 250gsm Gloss Cardstock and the inner pages are text paper with 100gsm Off-White Paper which is clearly printed and neatly designed.

What is truly amazing about it is it is customisable. You are able to build your very own planner, the options are to have monthly and weekly pages, Monthly planner 2022 with Singapore Holidays indicated, notebook grid, notebook lined.

lazeco planner page

lazeco planner page




Another cool customisation the store offers is the printing of your name on the cover which is a very nice touch if you plan to give the planner as a gift. a plastic cover can also be purchased to protect your planner from bending or from getting dirty.

thelazeco on shopee Pink Terrazzo planner



Thelazeco is a local artist in Singapore who has an adorable range of Custom Planner, Notebook, Stickers and Cards. I really like her adorable illustrations of animals and food items, they are well-drawn and amusing. Please lend your support to this home-based art business.






JL Heart Jade Earrings a symbol of a niece's love - Sweet bunny



Family is the one constant element in life- my dearest aunt has always been there for my family and me. She always brought so much love and laughter to our lives with her generous and loving ways. My late father had always spoken about his elder sister with so much admiration and respect. Ever since we were kids, my aunt often took the time to take my sister and me for an outing at a shopping mall to spend an afternoon with her. She would treat us to lunch and shower us with gifts. Never has she turned a listening ear or us away when we needed motherly advice. The greatest treat was listening to her stories about her work life and career. My aunt has truly inspired me to always better myself and to be strong in times of difficulty
 

How to show your appreciation to your Aunts- the most valuable thing you could give your relatives is your time and attention. Speaking of attention, try to remember what they said that they likes for my case it was my aunt mentioning that she loved jade. My sister and I decided to get a pair of Jade earrings for my aunt’s birthday.

 



Hubby and I purchased a pair of earrings for my sister for her birthday earlier this year and it so happens that my aunt and my birthdays both fall in the same month. I was having trouble selecting the perfect pair of earrings for my aunt until Hubby suggested I get the same design he chose for my sister making it a set of three pairs of matching earrings just in different colours. That was indeed a brilliant idea, a pair of jade earrings for the women in my family that I treasure.

I invited the owner of JL Heart, Juat Li to share about her store and what inspires her to create these lovely pieces of jewellery.

It’s not just jewellery, it’s life.

To me, jewellery is not just for making you look lovely. It’s a way for you to express yourself.

Many of us get jewellery to commemorate special moments in life. I’ve made jewellery for weddings, births, graduations, birthdays and so much more.

Every time we put on that particular piece of jewellery, it brings back the happy moments. And that is exactly why I’m hooked on JL Heart.


Whenever I make jewellery for you and hear about your life stories or see your lovely photos, it adds meaning to my work and fuels me much more than my corporate career.


Thank you, Eveclair, for giving me the chance to make these Swirling Leaves Jade Earrings for you, and I hope they get to go through life’s precious moments with you.

Swirling Leaves Jade Earrings
Swirling Leaves Jade Earrings
  



Thank you Juat Li for sharing, thank you for creating such lovely works of art that my family will always treasure.