This project is something I’ve been wanting to make for a while, and I couldn’t find any good tutorials or how-to’s for tear-off calendars online! I really didn’t want to make a calendar for the entire year (because that’s a lot of work..), so I made a countdown to my birthday, which is only a few months away.
You guys, I love birthdays! I think it’s so much fun to celebrate one person (or two, for twins and the occasional “OMG, your birthday is today too!?”) for a whole day and it’s a great time to let that person know how much you love and appreciate them just for who they are. Sometimes, loved ones’ birthdays creep up on me and I totally forget until the day before. In those cases, I make a quick card and maybe buy a couple of their favorite food items. But when I do remember, which is more common, it’s so much fun to plan out an awesome gift that shows how well you know that person. And it’s even more fun when it’s your own birthday!
In spirit of the fun that comes with birthdays, I made the cover of this tear-off rainbow colors and doodled some confetti all around! But, this project can be made for anything where you want to stick a bunch of pages together. Notebooks, stationary, journals, notepads, calendars, quote books, and pretty much anything else you can think of! Here’s how to do it:
– 20 sheets of 4×6 white cardstock
– colored markers or pens
– PVA glue or other flexible, acid-free book binding glue
– binder clips (I used 4)
1. Choose your format/project. This will decide which materials you need. Calendars will require more paper and bigger binder clips, while a small countdown like mine will need less paper and smaller binder clips. Once you know what your project is, determine how much paper you will use. I used 20 sheets of white 4×6 cardstock.
2. Draw or write your designs on each sheet as you plan it out. I had 1 cover page, one final page, and 18 additional sheets. It’s 12 weeks until my birthday which I’m counting down to, so I have 10 sheets which say “twelve/eleven/ten/etc. weeks”, then I switched to a one-day countdown for the last week.
3. Once all of your sheets are designed and drawn on, arrange them in the proper order. Stack the sheets up, then tap each side on a hard flat surface, like a table, until they are well lined-up. Then, place your binder clips around the bottom and sides of the stack to hold them in place while you glue. Refer to the photos to see how I placed mine to hold the stack correctly.
4. Then, hang the stack over the edge of the table. This is so you don’t get glue on your table 🙂 Using your paintbrush, brush the glue onto the top edge of the stack. Allow it to dry, which only took 10 minutes for me. I used Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue, which I bought from Hobby Lobby for a pretty reasonable price. Once the first layer of glue is dry, repeat this 3 times for a total of 4 coats.
5. Let the glue dry overnight, and you’re done! The spine of this project is really flexible because of the glue we used, so you can bend it, tear pages off, or tear out a middle page and it won’t break! Awesome 🙂
Enjoy your countdown! With each passing week, I get to tear off a page and get that much closer to my birthday! 🙂