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Michaels Recollection Calendar: The Perfect Gift for Christmas

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Michaels Recollections Calendar Kit

I have been a scrapbooker and family memory keeper for many years. My blog started out as a way to journal many of our family struggles and triumphs as we walked the path through adoption. Even though I share mostly DIY and craft projects now, along with favorite recipes, I am still a story teller at heart.

Included are the tools to put together a calendar either for yourself or for a loved one such as mom and grandma. (You know, those hard to buy folks on your list!)

Since you know I love a bargain, save those 40% or 50% coupons to use and you have a steal of a deal!

You don’t need any scrapbooking knowledge or supplies to put together this kit. Everything is included!

Here’s a picture of the kit as it’s packaged inside the box (keep the box because it’s beautiful and can be used to store the calendar after the year is completed if preferred.)

A close up of a box

Below are all the kit components you will need (including a journaling pen, not shown).

A book on a table

These include 1 chipboard album, 12 monthly dividers, 2 sticker sheets,


13 4×6″ double-sided month cards,

26 double-sided 3×4″ designer insert cards,


and 12 plastic photo pocket pages and 12 month calendar pages.

Graphical user interface, application

This first layout uses the back of the cardstock calendar page for February. Since Valentine’s Day is my hubby’s and my anniversary, I showcased photos around the theme of love.

I added the 4×6 photo of our hands and a quote from my sticker stash.

A book on a table

The “Bliss” card did not come with this specific kit but from another product available at Michaels with 3×4 cards. I just rounded the corners, inserted and it matched perfectly with the rest of the month. ย I also added a cropped picture of the two of us that I love.

For the back side of the page protector I used a 4xx6 picture and a 3×4 journaling card. I also went into my sticker stash for the “My heart is yours” phrase.

I used my well loved label maker for the Anniversary #27 title. I typed up a personal sentiment in Picmonkey, added it to a blank WordPress document and printed it out on a sheet of cardstock and cut to 3×4 to match the pocket size.

You can either use the kit exactly as is and be done in a flash, or add your own flair and embellishments to fancy up those pages!


Another idea for the calendar is to add little bits of encouragement to a few of the dates each month when you give this present. I know everyone loves a personal “attagirl” every now and then!


Since I am a Project Liferย (a system of memory keeping that uses pocket pages, 4×6 photos and 3×4 journaling cards as the basic component), this calendar kit was a breeze for me to personalize. But the thing I love the most is all you need to provide is photos and a few minutes of your time to have a perfect gift for that special someone on your Christmas list.

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  1. I love how you said you are the family memory keeper, such a great way to look at it! The simplicity of this album/calendar is it lets you preserve those special memories without too much energy or effort, which is just my style!

  2. I related so much to your post. I too started blogging to combine my love of scrapbooking, journaling and photography. I have missed the “physical” aspect of scrapbooking that blogging doesn’t provide – like holding the finished layouts and albums to flip back through. This album is SO simple – I love it.

    1. Hi, Jessica. We are so in tune as far as scrapbooking and blogging. There is nothing like the feel of a scrapbook page and the pride that comes from recording a slice of your family that way. I am mostly doing Project Life now because blogging has consumed my life, but I did life this monthly kit and intend on finishing it. Right after Christmas…… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi Marty,
    I bought a similar kit on sale last year, and I need to use it. I’m motivated after seeing how great some of your pages look. How special to have a Valentine’s anniversary.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Hi, Gail. I hope you will use your kit! It really is so easy to do and creates a momento that you will cherish. I have albums upon albums of scrapbooks, and my kids can tell you their favorite ones. Blessings!