A new machine has been added to my office, and I’m kind of thrilled about it. Okay, very thrilled…
The Silhouette Cameo. If you have one, or have a friend that has one, you already know the awesomeness of this machine. The day it came in the mail, I unboxed it (while still standing by the front door!) and sat it on the dining table and just stared at it. Really, I did. Greg, who at the time didn’t get the gist of what a Silhouette actually did, was passing through the dining area on his way to the kitchen and asked what I was doing. I tried to explain it to him, but it was hard to filter through my excitement to explain what it can do. I just ended up saying something along the lines of, “It does everything…?” I then spent the rest of the night watching Silhouette tutorials on YouTube.
Here’s the thing… I’m not a crafty person. I don’t own 50 kinds of card stock, I don’t scrapbook, and I don’t have baskets full of glitter and embellishments. A few tubes of craft paint and maybe a glue gun is about as crafty as I get, but I love this machine. What I am is a homeowner who loves organizing – which makes this machine enormously exciting for me. The thing I’m most excited about: labels. Tons and tons of different types of labels. Above pictured projects from here, here, here and here.
To break in my new machine, I got to work on this wipe-off calendar in my office. I bought it from Pottery Barn a few years ago, making plans to “use it aaaaall the time”. Well, it has been hanging on the wall in my office for almost 2 years, and I think I’ve used it four times out of those 24 months.
My new goal was to turn it into an “at-a-glance” wall calendar that I could use in my day to day “office stuff” (blog, graphic design clients and writing gigs). Blog posts, giveaways, appointment details, birthdays, events are all in what I call my “Make It Happen Binder”, but I wanted this calendar to be something I could glance at and get a simplified idea of my week.
To spruce up the calendar (and make it functional), I used Printable Magnetic Paper. There are many, many really good, detailed tutorials on how to use this product (and the machine) on YouTube, so I won’t rehash the nitty-gritty “How To”. But basically, you start off by printing out your design (using your home printer) on the printable side of the magnetic paper. Then, you put it through the Silhouette machine to cut the design out. Pretty nifty, right? For me, since I design primarily using Adobe Illustrator, the Silhouette software was a bit of a learning curve. However, after playing with it for a while, I’m starting to get the hang of it.
After putting a lot of thought into what I wanted the calendar to do for me, I decided to make 6 different types of magnets: numbers for the dates (I hate writing on a day only to smudge the date next to it with my hand), day-blockers (for “out of the office” days like vacations and “staycations”) and four markers for day-changers (things on the schedule that change up the day and are good to know when coming up).
DAY BLOCKERS // I made these blocks a tad smaller than the width of the calendar blocks. These will come in handy when we have a vacation or a “staycation” so I can remember to put up an “out of the office” memo on email and Brown & Barkley.
D’s // The D’s are for deadlines. I have all of the other information stashed away in my “Make it Happen Binder” and/or computer but the simple “D” magnet let me know a deadline is coming up. Normally, on deadline days, I set aside time for finishing up last minute touches, tweaks and edits. This simple reminder helps me remember that part of that day is dedicated to a deadline.
STARS // The stars are for days I have an appointment to work around (doctor, vet, hair, lunch date, etc) or Greg and I have plans with friends/family and I need to make sure to wrap it up in my office a little early so that I’m ready by the time Greg gets home from work. I’ve only been using this system for a few days, but this one in particular has already proven to be super helpful.
POWER PLUGS // The plugs are for “Official Unplug Days”. Being a blogger and freelance graphic designer, I’m on the computer/iPhone a lot. In order keep the creative juices flowing and give my brain a rest (and for it not to turn to mush by the time I’m 50), I’ve recently instituted “Official Unplug Days”, where I keep the computers and cell phone off. It’s good to put them on the calendar because I like to be sure to catch up on all important emails and projects the day before.
HEARTS // Hearts stand for date nights. I love these. Even though Greg and I don’t have kids, our jobs are like our kids because they take so much time from each of our schedules. Date nights are a real treat around here, and we try to schedule them as often as possible. Technically, I could use the star magnets for this, but I like using the hearts specifically for date nights because it gives me something to look forward to in the days leading up to it.
In addition to the magnets, I still write in reminders for things like phone meetings and important emails. I decided not to include things like posts, giveaways, projects, etc mainly due to the fact that I want this to be a simplified, at-a-glance version of the calendar in my “Make It Happen Binder” – which is a lot more filled, scribbled on and hectic-looking than this one.
Oh, and I keep the extra magnets nearby in a dish on my desk for my ever-changing schedule.
My new calendar system has only been in play for a few days, but I can already tell this system is a keeper. One more thing to cross off my list for this year, woo hoo!
Our new friends at Silhouette are partnering with us to offer 7th House readers a special discount on machines (both the Cameo and the Portrait) plus a free Speciality Media Bundle…
The Specialty Media Bundle includes magnet paper (like I used in today’s project), a cardstock essentials pack, printable adhesive kraft paper, printable clear sticker paper, temporary tattoo paper, printable cotton canvas chipboard, silver foil and double-sided adhesive. If you already have a Silhouette machine, they’re offering 30% off all specialty media. To take advantage of this deal, click here and enter LEFT at checkout.
We weren’t paid to share the Silhouette promotion nor do we get commission off of sales when using the 7th House promo code. We were given the Silhouette Cameo and Media Bundle to develop our own project for our home.