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Create Your Own: Washi Tape + Whiteboard Calendar

Create Your Own: Washi Tape + Whiteboard Calendar

I don't usually post a lot of DIY projects or tutorials in this space, but I've been spending a lot of time trying to get my world a bit more organized as of late. So, I thought I'd share!

This whiteboard calendar is super simple to create and—I'm telling you—it has made juggling multiple freelance projects and editorial calendars much more manageable! 

Create Your Own: Washi Tape + Whiteboard Calendar

Materials:

  • Whiteboard (I bought a board similar to this one)
  • Washi tape (I used 5/8" tape like this)
  • Ruler (to measure out your columns and rows)
  • White board pen (it comes with the whiteboard)
  • Post-it notes (I use three different colors) to manage your different deadlines and events
Create Your Own: Washi Tape + Whiteboard Calendar
Create Your Own: Washi Tape + Whiteboard Calendar

The first step is deciding how many weeks you want to display and whether or not you want to display the month. If you plan to have more than one whiteboard, you may want to build in a small area to note the month as it will help you see everything with a quick glance.

Since I knew I'd only have room for one large whiteboard calendar, I decided to leave out the month and add in extra spaces so I could show the first week or so of the following month. So, I broke the board into seven rows—one tiny row to display the days of the week at the top and six larger rows to account for each week I wanted to display—and seven equally-sized columns for each day of the week.

Once you've decided, just get to measuring and taping! Many whiteboards come with a warning against using adhesives (like tape and post-its) on the surface, but I knew I'd be using the whiteboard specifically for this purpose and didn't see an issue with it.

You will want to follow the hanging instructions that come with the whiteboard, however. You don't want all of your hard work to come tumbling down!

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And there you have it!

I've been using this system in conjunction with my google calendar (I've decided that I'm no good at using paper monthly planners) to manage my crazy list of deadlines, meetings, appointments, travel schedules and editorial calendars for the last several months and it's been great. I will say it can be overwhelming to have this bird's-eye view of 30-40 days worth of stuff, but overall it's been working for me.

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So, what type of organization system do you use to stay on task and on schedule? 


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Let There Be Light!

To be fair, we were never really without light. We just had incredibly ugly light fixtures. See? {Cute, handy husband...not so cute light fixture.}

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As you may remember from my posts here and here, we've been working on some fixes to bring our kitchen into the year 2012. We DIYed painting our cabinets, which was a ton of work. When it came to electrical work, we decided to go with the pros. After asking for recommendations from Facebook friends and Twitter followers, we ended up going with Shields Electric.

They were amazing. I met briefly with owner Jeff Shields and he worked up a really fair quote. He also offered lighting design advice. We got four quotes and none of the other guys really did that. They asked me what I wanted and didn't go much further to offer suggestions.

I'm not a lighting designer, so I really appreciated when Jeff offered up a solution based on the size of our kitchen, the natural light we have streaming into the space and the fact that under-counter task lighting just isn't in the cards right now. He also went over product options. He recommended recessed LED can lights, which will save energy, money and waste in the long run. Can't beat that.

So, the morning of the lighting installation, Jeff and his crew came out and got to work. They removed the outdated box light (yippee!) and loaded it in the truck to be donated.

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Then they measured twice, cut once and installed the can lights. I'm not kidding you, it took a few hours and they were done.

Once the lights were installed, Steve from Steve's Drywall Service came in and filled the holes in the ceiling. He matched the texture really well too. We could have probably patched it ourselves, but I've actually tried to match texture before. Let's just say it didn't quite turn out.

Thanks to Steve, you can barely tell we had patch work done!

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We had to wait for about 24 hours before we painted the ceiling, but that was okay. We had paint in the garage left by the previous owners, so that part wouldn't take any time at all. Easy peasy.

Or so I thought.

Turns out we didn't have left over ceiling paint. And I didn't think to ask Jeff and crew to save us a bit of ceiling they had cut out for the recessed can lights. Ugh.

Have you ever tried to match paint? What about white paint? Yeah. There are about a million different shades of white paint available at the hardware store.

After a lot of trial and error, (and some serious help from the color specialist at Lowe's) I finally found a match. Whew!

When it came time to choose and install our pendant light over the sink, we went with this option from Lofings Lighting here in Sacramento. When we got it home and opened the box, we noticed that the wires were silver (not black, white and ground like the wiring Jeff and crew had installed):

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Sadly, the directions were not in the box as the sticker promised. So, after a few google searches and a quick email to Jeff, we were ready to go.

And go, we did. Just look at this hot piece of glass:

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The best part? It's centered over the sink. We still need curtains and that wreath may be moved, but hey...I've achieved symmetry in my kitchen, so I'm all smiles.

Can we do a little before and after action? Let's take it way back to October of last year:

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And now:

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Needless to say we are thrilled with how it all turned out. We got in some solid DIY action, but happily called in the professionals when we didn't feel 100% comfortable doing certain things on our own.

For my Sacramento friends: 

If you're looking for a quote on electrical work, reach out to Shields Electric here, here or here. You'll be glad you did.

If you're looking for someone to do drywall or patch work, I'd recommend Steve Harris from Steve's Drywall service to anyone. You can call him at (916) 369-7168.

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Anyone else working on home projects this summer? Be sure to share! Just link up in the comment section.

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Real Life Goodness

It's been nearly two and a half weeks since my last blog post and I couldn't be happier about that. Why? Well, I happen to love when real life goodness gets in the way of online time. I've been completely preoccupied with having a blast and this blog just had to take a back seat.

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Pinterest: What? I've Made Stuff.

I'm just going to say it: there is a TON of Pinterest activity taking place these days. Anyone else notice that they've opened the flood gates and all of a sudden everyone is pinning their little hearts out? Not to mention you can just check a box and connect with Facebook now, so every. single. pin. is out there on your timeline. Yikes.I'm not big on sharing every single pin on Facebook...because...well... I know people who've never pinned a day in their lives (though that list is shrinking...hi, mom!) and they don't care if I'm cutting the sleeves off thrifted sweaters to make leg warmers this weekend. Nope. They don't care at all. And good on them for standing their ground. Someone has to put an end to all this craftiness, right?

I'm kidding, obviously.

I love Pinterest (minus the over-share option). See:

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It's a great place to create wish lists, save recipes, make travel bucket lists and, yes, even find crafty DIY projects to tackle in my spare time. I decided the other day to take inventory and see what pins I've actually executed/made. Because what's the point if you're not going to make, buy, see and/or do any of your pins, right?

Well...turns out I've almost exclusively made food. Double yikes. I did pin Boston and Yosemite ideas on my Travel board, but that was more for planning purposes. I've also put together some fun outfits thanks to my handy Wearables board, but I'm not sure that counts. I did make this photo booth background from my Event Inspiration board for my dear friend April's bridal shower....

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...which was really fun.

ps. You can follow April on Pinterest riiiight here.

pps. You can find this backdrop post over on Eden's Sugar and Charm blog. I went to school with Eden's sister and YES, although I haven't seen her in quite some time, she is really that sweet and charming in real life.

Now, back to the food. Here are the recipes I've made and loved so far:

Summer Vegetable Casserole - From Food and Wine

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls - From The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Comeback Sauce - From Syrup & Biscuits

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake - From Elizabeth's Edible Experience

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Crockpot Leg of Lamb - From Crockpot 365

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Classic Baked Chicken - From Simply Recipes

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Roasted Cabbage Wedges - From Martha Stewart

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Nutella Sugar Cookies - From Kirbie's Cravings

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Yes, my friends...I said Nutella Sugar Cookies. I've made these twice so far and if you take note, I only pinned this bad boy two weeks ago. So...yeah.

Luckily, I was able to unload a dozen or so on my friends over at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership today. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies (the recipe says 3 dozen, but I counted...and it's wrong), so I do recommend having a plan in place to give some away.

Because, let's face it, no one really minds that kind of over-sharing.

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