Huge Calendar for those of us who keep missing appointments {surprise giveaway from my Sis}

Jul 30th, 2012

Do you forget your appointments? I do. It is pretty embarrassing. To make it worse, I have an ugly calendar. I made it about three years ago to try and keep our lives in order. Since I’m a visual person, I need visual reminders about events. I need to SEE what is happening each week. So, as long as I write stuff on my calendar, I do pretty well. So, my calendar was doing its job just fine.
Well my sister Adrian has a CUTE calendar, and I got to visit her a week or so ago, and I got to see this cute calendar in person. It made my ugly calendar look even uglier. So, she decided to give me one of her calendars. She rocks like that.

projects 1 049 Lorraine Full Calendar Sample Photo
After I saw Ad’s calendar I knew it was time to retire mine. I bought an old frame at the local consignment store to fit one of her big calendar designs.
painting furnitureThen we bought a piece of plexi-glass from Lowes {a big enough piece was about $15} and scored it with a plastic cutter to make the plexi the exact right size to fit the frame. projects 1 029After we cut the plexi glass, we removed the protective cover. projects 1 032 I painted the frame with Krylon Dual {Satin sheen} and in literally 30 seconds, the frame was transformed.  painting frames painting picture framesold picture frame krylon dualpainted frame   
I chose the Allyssa Calendar from her Etsy shop {ADbugDesign}. Alyssa Calendar {ADbugDesign}We stuck it in our newly repainted frame. It looks sooo much better than the ugly Ulrich Family calendar that has adorned my walls for three years. cute calendar design She gave me a tip that is sooo smart. She said to use the “wet” erase markers instead of the “dry” ones. It totally makes sense because Creedy is obsessed with wiping off my events. So, this way he can’t wipe them off. :) Simple yet BRILLIANT!wet erase 001 You have to admit it is much better than the old, ugly one. Calendar  I love the spots for the menu, the to do list, and the to buy list. allyssa calendar adbug design
After I put mine in it’s frame I convinced my sister that she needed to give some of these bad boys away. She has some amazing designs and in order to win one of these amazing digital calendars all you need to do it check out her amazing etsy shop and come back and comment on which one is your favorite.
She has agreed to give away 5 designs! She also decided to give 20% off to all of my readers with the code “thrifty” too.
She did all of this because she loves me rocks.
Go visit her shop and see her cute stuff!


  1. That is such a cool idea to include the menu and to-do list. I like the big Polly Calendar best.

  2. WOW I NEED THIS!! I can't decide if I like the color scheme of the June 20×30 or the Alyssa 20×30. They are both great!

  3. What a fabulous idea! Have everything organized and cute..I think the Alyssa 20×30 is my for everything! :)

  4. What a great idea – this means I won't have to hide my calendar in the closet anymore!!!

    I'm in love with the Alyssa full calendar – would go great in our kitchen!

    Thanks for the great tips!
    *fingers crossed for the win!!*

  5. my favorite is the faye! it's so colorful!

  6. I love this~ My favorite is the Allyssa 20 by 30. I have never won anything before so here is to crossing my fingers for the win!! P.S. Love your projects!

  7. These are awesome! I'd pick the Polly 20×30. It would look perfect in my kitchen and I, too, love the spots for menu & to do lists. Thanks!

  8. I love the What's for Dinner menu in the blue. That would totally help me out! She has some really amazing designs. What a talented family you have!:)

  9. Alyssa Calendar 20×30 – I love this one perfect colors for my kitchen. Like the way

    you framed it. thinking might make for cool Christmas gifts. ummmm.

  10. You are so right. WOW. What a difference! I really like the Alaina design.

  11. I love the one you picked, it has everything all in one place. That would be soooo nice to have.

  12. Can't decide which I like best – the Alyssa or the Lorraine Command Center. Best of luck to Adrian with her new(ish) Etsy shop. Her designs are adorbs!

  13. Love the Alyssa design. Adorable!

  14. What a great calendar

  15. Love the big Polly calender. So cute!

  16. I seriously NEED one of these! I have the worst organization skills known to human kind, no joke. My fav is the Lorraine Calendar 20×30. Its so colorful, my 5 yr old would love it.

  17. Love the Lorraine and the Polly. NEED one of these on my fridge.

  18. Love the Diana calendar–wish that design was available with the menu!

  19. I love the Lorraine! The bold colors are awesome and it covers everything that I need to stay organized.

  20. Ooooh, I love the Polly 16×20. I've been talking about getting a dry-erase calendar for months, but all the ones I see in stores are either ugly or overpriced- these are beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. I really like the one that you ended up using with the menu, to do, to buy! so sart and cute colors!

  22. Fingers crossed! I love them all, but I especially love the Diana Full Calendar!

  23. The Alyssa is perfect w/ To Do and To Buy. Love the colors! Great giveaway!

  24. So cute! I think I love the Polly the best. Thanks for the chance!

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  25. I love the Girl's This Week Calendar and I love the one you picked, too! So cute!!

  26. I LOVE the Lorraine print, the green "notes" section is my favorite!

  27. My family needs the "This Week" – Family Organization! This would be a great way to keep track of my three girls' activities! Love it!

  28. My computer died and I lost my precious calendar. I've been carrying around a monthly planner, but it's not in plain view. I love the idea of being able to give the calendar a quick glance to see what's coming up without having to dig out the planner.

    I really need to see a month's worth of information, so I love the Polly Calendar (I can't decide on the 16 X 20 or the 20 X 30)! My kitchen is an ugly peachy-orange and green right now (total 70's colors), so it doesn't match, but if it helps me to stay organized, I don't care!

  29. I love how the Allyssa has room for so many things besides the calendar. I also love the colors.

  30. I love the Rory! I hope I win, I need some organization in my life!

  31. Ohhhh…I love the Alyssa or Polly (20×30). BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    Will your sister hold the discount for those of us who dont win, if we want to wait until after the giveaway?

  32. I love the Alyssa calendar! I would love to have my calendar and menu all in one.

  33. oooo they are all so pretty! I really love the Lorraine Calendar 20×30 with the to-do and to-buy spaces, what a great idea!

  34. We need the menu feature so desperately. I love the Caroline one, orange is my favorite… not that I can convince my DH…

  35. Soo cute! My fav is polly 20 x 30!!

  36. I love the Polly Calendar 20 x 30! How nice it would be to have everything together in one spot, and have it look super cute, too, instead of all jumbly messy. This would make life that much sweeter. =)

  37. Oh Yeah! I love the Lorraine calendar!! That's the one for me!!! I need the to do list!! Hope I win it!!

  38. I love Adrian. I already have one of her calendars but it doesn't have the menu option. So I'd probably have to get June or maybe Laina. I use permanent sharpies and they come off the glass just fine. They probably wouldn't come off the plexi glass though

  39. I love the Alyssa 20×30!

  40. I would LOVE the June Calendar in 20×30!

  41. Alyssa 20X30 is my favorite! Such a great idea! I've been using just plain ol' paper calenders & meal planners that I print off my computer. This is a much cuter idea :)

  42. how fun is this?! I just "favorited" her on Etsy! My fave item from her shop is the "Paige"!! :)

  43. I love the Polly 16X20. What a great idea! And it's so nice that is looks good! And wet erase markers? Genius!

  44. Love the laina and that it has a menu plan too!

  45. I love this one, such a neat idea and cute too! thanks for the contest, so excited!

    Alyssa Calendar 20×30 – Printable Dry Erase Calendar – High Resolution JPG – Command Center

  46. I was just thinking that I need to get a calendar! Love them all, but alyssa is my fav :)

  47. the Alyssa would be perfect for me!! thanks!

  48. The Alyssa and the Diana are so cute….was thinking of doing a chalkboard paint on the wall framed thing in my kitchen, but dry erase would probably be much cleaner!

  49. Definitely super cute. I'm torn between Laina and Alyssa!

  50. Jennifer says:

    These are so cute! I like the alyssa the best!

  51. I like

  52. Love love love this! So hard to pick just one I like, but I think I would go with the Alyssa Calender. It has breat colors and I love the menu idea! Thanks so much for sharing:)

  53. I love the Alyssa Calendar with the To Do and To Buy. I'm a very visual person too and constantly forget things because they aren't in a good place for me to look at.

  54. I like the diana!

    I will link to your giveaway on my Facebook page.

  55. I like the Alyssa calendar

  56. Those are so awesome… I've been holding on to a big ugly frame waiting for some spray paint in the hopes of finding a project just like this. Love that Allyssa design – coral and turquoise together rock. Your site rocks!!

  57. Love the Laina!

  58. I love the June Calendar!!

  59. Steele, Amy, Abi says:

    I can't decide between the Alyssa 20×30 or the Lorraine 20×30. I definitely need one of these calendars to keep me organized. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Love the Rory – simple and elegant – love the geometric/floral designs. I need to make a chore calendar and this would be perfect!

  61. The Darlene fits my kitchen color scheme! Love it and NEED IT!

  62. My favorite is the Alyssa Calendar. How FUN!!!

  63. Adorable and a fantastic idea!!! I love the Jane Full Calendar. I'm watching you on Craft Wars now and had to look up your blog ASAP – subscribing immediately since I'm always on the hunt for design blogs.

  64. Ty and Whitty says:

    My fav is the Laina but of course they are all gorgeous :)

  65. Lorraine caught my eye right off and stayed my favorite even after looking through all the others choices. I think 16 x 20 will work for me but I need to measure the space.

  66. I love the Paige design! Go figure- it's a great name! :)

  67. Wow! I love them all but the colors and catagories of the 20 x 30 Alyssa are my favorite!

  68. I love the Paige design!

  69. I LOVE the Lena calendar! Very cute! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  70. Brooke, it was SO AWESOME to meet you and Dan at the party last night…and Kathleen was OVER THE MOON, to have met you. Thanks for the invite :). I love the Alyssa calendar! Thanks for all your inspiration and the giveaway!

  71. Steph :) says:

    This is great, just what I need. Brilliant to combine all the ideas in one frame! I love the Laina Calendar or the Allyssa Calendar! :)

  72. My favorite is the Alyssa- so cute!!

  73. I love love love the Bridgette printable Calendar on Etsys site. The colors ate summery, and there's a place for everything I need to capture at a glance. I would love to be chosen for a printable!

  74. I LOVE the Bridgette Calendar 20×25

    It would be perfect for letting everyone know what is going on!!

  75. I like the Bridgette command center – super cute!

  76. I like the vertical alyssa. Great tutorial too, thanks for the giveaway! Your sister does rock :)

  77. This is great for back to school!! I love the Alyssa 20×30!

  78. Fantastic idea, and so easy to do (though i might need handwriting lessons!).
    I think my favourite is the Diana design, b&w; so I can use different coloured markers for each family member.
    Thanks for the chance to win one!

  79. Great tutorial! You're very talented! I actually googled you after seeing you on craft wars tonite! I was rooting for you and could imagine your vision. I love that you posted that lamp project on here. It turned out great! I do have to go with your calendar choice, Allyssa is my favorite! So glad I found your blog!

  80. I LOVE the Lorraine 20×30 :) so totally cute and far more encouraging than my UGLY calendar <3 it!

  81. I love love love the Alyssa!!

  82. what an awesome sister! Love the laina! Thanks!

  83. I love the Bridgette calendar!

  84. This is fabulous! I'm lovin the Alyssa Calendar 20×30, personally. What a great idea… and so cute, too!

  85. I love the alyssa calendar the best! i love the colors!

  86. I would love the Bridgette


  87. the lorraine 20 x 30 rocks!

  88. Wow they are all amazing! I would have to say Caroline is my absolute favorite though. Do you think the fam would go into shock if I were to hang 4 of em considering we dont even have one now? ;0)

  89. I like Paige but Adrian only had it in 16 x 20 so I msg'd her and within an hour or so she designed Paige in 20 x 30 for me so I purchased it for $6! I can't wait to get it printed and framed.

  90. I love the Caroline calendar 20×30! They are all so cute, good job Adrian!

  91. All the calendars are nice, but my personal favorites are the 8×10 weekly menu planner and the Jane Full Calendar, because they are simple and easy to read.

    Her designs are inspiring me t learn graphic design- really nice.

  92. I love the Paige calendar! Super cute and would look awesome in my not so easy to decorate kitchen.

  93. I like the June and Diana designs… These are great!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  94. So cute! I like the Faye Full calendar. Thanks!!

  95. You and I have the same taste! I LOVE the Allysa too!

  96. I love the Alyssa! Your sis definitely ROCKS!!!

  97. I'm torn between the Alyssa and the Diana.

  98. Fun! I love the Alyssa vertical calendar. I also like the Polly one. I can't decide!!

  99. I like the Alyssa and the Bridgette.

  100. I love the Polly Calendar – green is my MOST favorite color and I, too, love the options for menu, to do and to buy! You have inspired me to get organized! Thank you!

  101. I need this!

  102. They're all gorgeous! I think I'd pick Bridgette.

  103. Brooke, how much did it cost you to have it printed and where? I had mine printed to 23.5 x 26.5" and it cost me $17 at Office Depot!! I thought that was steep but don't have time to run around town comparing prices.

  104. mama bear says:

    I am so in love with all of them! I think the Diana is my fave because that's my Mom's name! Oh, I need this to keep me organized.

  105. Shelly Traveller says:

    When I saw this. I knew I needed it! It would save me from my post it note nightmare. I love the Diana to keep it all organized in one spot and for my black and white kitchen. Crossing my fingers!!!

  106. Totally buying one!!!! I need to find a place for it!!!

  107. These are all too cool. I use an even more boring one than your original one. I think I would have to go with you and say the Alyssa is my favourite, although it's a hard choice.

  108. great idea! i love the big bridgette one- i love yellow!

  109. So many cute designs! I like the Paige calendar.

  110. Great idea! I like the Alyssa 20×30.

  111. I LOVE yours, but I really like the Bridgette one…so many choices!! I need to figure out where it can go in my kitchen or entry way!!

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