Birthday Date Keeper

Project Making Ideas by Becca Feeken - Birthday Date Keeper - using Spellbinders Typewriter
Good morning sweet friends, hide your eyes and look away if you don’t want to be enabled today, ha-ha!!  You know I’m totally in love with the whole typewriter concept and I’ve done a couple of cards and such that were simply a joy to kick about on my craft table.  Today is another one of those projects:  What I have today is a Birthday Date Keeper.  You might ask why?  Well in the grand scheme of iphones, computers and clouds, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my birthday calendar :-(  I’ve decided that cloud or no, I can’t afford to lose the list again so I’m going to do it the old fashioned way of keeping it manually.  (Written word :-))
Project:  Birthday Date Keeper

I started out with two pieces of matboard for a cover.  I have to admit, I went through my paper stash twice looking for paper; I knew exactly what I wanted.  Since I didn’t find it, I made it myself by using a typewriter font and printing it out with my printer.  Yes, what I dreamed about exists somewhere, I just couldn’t find it :-)  My printed typewriter print is matted with red to make it pop. The focal element is Spellbinders Typewriter.  I wanted a long curving piece of paper to look like it was coming out of the typewriter so I cut it with Spellbinders A2 Curved Borders One – cut one side then measure and cut second side.  I used the JustRite Typewriter Sentiments set (you can see all the releases for this month HERE) and stamped multiple times with Happy Birthday for my Birthday Date Keeper.  Really the front is quite simple…I added pearls and a tassel.
Project: Birthday Date Keeper using We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board
I used matboard so that the notebook would stand up on my desk and I can flip a month back and work on birthday card.  The tabs are made using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board.  There are 12 tabs and they were easily labeled by just typing out the names of the months in the same font and guing them in place.  I also glued some of the print paper on each divider for decoration.
I also made my own line paper but a couple of pieces of notebook paper work marvelously for the inside.  For the binding I used a small machine called Plastikoil PBS 11 punch.  I’ve had it forever and picked it up at an expo – it’s just as easy to use a Cinch or any binding system you already have.  I used it to punch each of the matboard pieces, each divider and the lined paper.
Project:  Birthday Date Keeper by Becca Feeken
 That’s it, I’m all set – my birthdays are finally going to be organized!!

Rubber Stamps: JustRite PapercraftJustRite Typewriter Sentiments
Craft Paper: Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White – 80 lb, Georgia Pacific, PTI Red, Matboard – Black, 
Ink: Memento – Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Spellbinders TypewriterSpellbinders A2 Curved Borders One Grand Calibur Die Cut Machine

Now for the enabling part!  Please be sure to stop by the designers below and see what “type” of stuff they cooked up!!  Oh and also, JustRite is have a huge die sale.


JustRite Inspiration • Becca Feeken • Debbie Olson • Eva Dobilas • Kristi Schurr • Heidi Blankenship • Darsie Bruno • Angela Barkhouse • Sheri Holt • Michele Kovack • Kathy Jones • Margie Higuchi

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  You all are fabulous!  See you soon!

Question Parking Lot:

Becky Green, in comment #33 asked what I used to cut my matboard.  I used my Cutterpillar Pro cutter.  I also have a heavy duty Carl Cutter (DC-250) that will cut matboard.  Without either of these, I would simply use a metal ruler and exacto knife :-)

  • ConniecrafterJuly 9, 2014 - 9:08 am

    Absolutely fantastic, love the design, great embellishing, such a neat idea to add the paper in a wavy shape :) I too have a book I keep all my birthday dates in :)ReplyCancel

  • MaryannJuly 9, 2014 - 9:20 am

    Such an awesome birthdaycalendar, and small enough to go in your handbag, so you always have it close to your fingertips, and it´s soo beautiful too. Amazing work on this one, that´s for sure. And it´ll be a perfect little gift for a friend too. I love it.ReplyCancel

  • RaquelJuly 9, 2014 - 9:23 am

    This is so awesome–I LOVE IT. I am going to have to try this wonderful creation. This will make a nice gift. Thank you Becca. Have a great day.ReplyCancel

  • Joanna DicksonJuly 9, 2014 - 9:25 am

    What a brilliant idea. I love it xxReplyCancel

  • Judy I, St. Louis MOJuly 9, 2014 - 9:26 am

    What a super project. Thanks for the inspiration and the detailed instructions.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineJuly 9, 2014 - 9:30 am

    WOW ! i am totally loving this idea Becca , just superb.
    God Bless
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Gail D.July 9, 2014 - 9:30 am

    LOVE that idea! My birthday book is being held together with prayers. Maybe it is time to make a new one since I saw this great idea. Thank you for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Regina M. HamiltonJuly 9, 2014 - 9:31 am

    I could really use one of those. I keep loosing my birthday info too.ReplyCancel

  • RebekkaJuly 9, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Love this Becca! Love the black with the red. Just down right fabulous.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieGJuly 9, 2014 - 9:38 am

    How clever you are! This is so pretty AND useful. I love the colors too, favorite combination of mine.
    Bonnie GReplyCancel

  • ChrisdJuly 9, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Thanks for the birthday book idea. All of your directions were Just Rite too!ReplyCancel

  • Judy BJuly 9, 2014 - 9:48 am

    Awesome notebook to remind you of birthdays Becca. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • DebraJuly 9, 2014 - 9:54 am

    I keep something like this – on paper and keep it on my desk so I know what is coming up that I have to make cards for. This seems like a much better option. No telling how many times that list has been lost and redone! Anyway, just a suggestion – and not that you don ‘t have anything else to do – but I’d be interested in purchasing these.ReplyCancel

  • LageneJuly 9, 2014 - 10:01 am

    What a marvelous memo reminder book!ReplyCancel

  • ChelseaJuly 9, 2014 - 10:07 am

    That is adorable!! What a cute idea, Becca. Thanks for sharing it with us!!ReplyCancel

  • Eva HibbingJuly 9, 2014 - 10:08 am

    I made something similar a couple years ago for family gifts. I called it a perpetual birthday calendar. I started out making one for myself and decided it would be a good thing for my mom and my father-in-law. Then I added my 3 sons, and my sisters and brothers and then my in-laws, etc. (You get the idea). Each side of the family had their own lists! When I was finished I had made about 25 of them.ReplyCancel

  • JoniJuly 9, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Ooh, I want one!!! Off to the mom cave to see if I can figure out the file folder bit with the envelope board….thanks, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn WallaceJuly 9, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Great idea–best I have seen in ages. Going to make for all my friends. Thank you ever so much for sharing your creativity.ReplyCancel

  • vicki dutcherJuly 9, 2014 - 10:25 am

    LOVE your realistic looking typewriter! Did you use a metal sheet and sand it? Been a long time since I have seen an ABC project from you — You do amazing things with your supplies. Always fun to pop over and check it out!ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)July 9, 2014 - 10:53 am

    Oh wow! What great projects you dream up! Love this!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • GraciellieJuly 9, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Very nice! The memo book you used was a great base!ReplyCancel

  • Dorina DJuly 9, 2014 - 11:39 am

    Oooooo! What a clever idea and what a great gift for an older relative who doesn’t have a computer, or iphone. Love it. Beautiful work as alwaysReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 9, 2014 - 11:54 am

    I have one of these I purchased awhile back & it IS a saver!!! I too put things on my computer calendar & they disappear! Sometimes I want to smash this thing! LOL But, no worries about loosing “important” things…not even tutorials! If I find something I like, I copy it, even if it’s by hand to a small 3 x 5 card, & then I file it away! :D

    Your little Calendar is BEAUTIFUL BECCA!!!! :D NICELY DONE!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth JonesJuly 9, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Becca, this is so charming and so useful! I love all your combinations of color
    and dies and trims, and I plan to make one right away! Ypu are a blessing in
    my crafting life!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkJuly 9, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    You are so organized. Birthday Date Keeper is so like you.

    My birthday and other important anniversaries are on an old 2008 calendar that I think is too pretty to throw away.
    I wish I could be more like you. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Blue RoseJuly 9, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    What a great idea…love it, and so beautiful. I too love the old typewrtier…so nostolgic, so cute. You’ve done a great job…as usual.ReplyCancel

  • Carol bJuly 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    After seeing the box you made with this typewriter on top, I had to have that die. I was thrilled to find it at Hobby Lobby. I made a few cards and now I will have to make this book. Red, black and white are a favorite color combination of mine.
    Carol bReplyCancel

  • LoraJuly 9, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    love this idea! I think I’ll do the same. Thanks for the great ideas.ReplyCancel

  • Hettie HoganJuly 9, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    This is a great idea! You made it look so nice and sound so easy. This would also make a great gift for some of my mature friends. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • MarilynYJuly 9, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Woman! You never fail to surprise me with a fabulous project when I open your post to welcome you into my home. Your creative imagination surpasses many and you are certainly a valuable asset to the companies you represent. I suggest you produce a book with all the projects you have presented since 2008. I have several 3″ binders with most of your projects so I can readily refer to the them for ideas and inspiration. I also share them with the stamping groups I meet with so everyone can ooooo and ahhhh over them. Thank you Lord for giving us this gifted woman.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KillenJuly 9, 2014 - 2:06 pm

    Good evening Becca,
    It’s 7.56 p.m. in the UK.
    This is absolutely fabulous (or Ab Fab). I have got to make one for me and my daughter who is absolutely hopeless about birthdays and anniversaries. I have to remind her all the time about family ones – and she uses a fancy phone a tablet, a kindle, a laptop and a desk computer. So it is not only older folk who need something like this – as suggested by Dorina D. (ha ha)
    I learnt to type on an identical typewriter in 1957 but all the keys were blacked out and we learnt by looking at a chart on the desk, slightly to the left of the keyboard, and placed our fingers on the keys to work out where the correct keys were. We placed our fingers on the asdfg etc line. I still can’t type if I’m looking at the keyboard because it puts me off.
    Thank you, take care, and God Bless and keep you. xxReplyCancel

  • Sonia StephensonJuly 9, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    Hi Becca. So love this – a great keepsake! Love the colour combination and the typewriter die is fab :-) xxReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenJuly 9, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Becca! I’ve already left you a comment earlier, but the thought just occurred to me…what did you use to cut your mat board with? That stuff is pretty thick! Thanks! (Oh, HOPE I can remember to check back here for the answer! LOL) :DReplyCancel

  • ColleenB. ` TexasJuly 9, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    What a clever idea and what a wonderful gift this would make for someone.
    Very pretty and love the colors as wellReplyCancel

  • Trish AveryJuly 9, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Becca I just love this card and idea, amazing what you come up with, thank you so much.
    Hugs Trish.ReplyCancel

  • KiwialiJuly 9, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    What a wonderful idea I just love what you have achieved with your birthday planner! It would a great gift for someone.ReplyCancel

  • Terri WJuly 9, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    I love it Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Mary H.July 9, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    This is just about the cutest & cleverest little book I’ve seen in a long time. Love the way you’ve made the typewriter paper with that curved border. I think that this year’s S/B dies are the best they have done in a long time. Still trying to collect all those lovely Card Creator ones that make me drool! TFS & HugsReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in E-TownJuly 9, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Oh my gosh so cute, love the running paper!!!ReplyCancel

  • SethJuly 9, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    I love everything about this Becca…from the idea to the execution to all the amazing details!ReplyCancel

  • Debra MillerJuly 9, 2014 - 11:45 pm

    Love, Love, Love it and Love you too Becca! Thank you for sharing with us. Father God please continue to bless Becca, thank you for her gift of creativity! Amen!ReplyCancel

  • Debra MillerJuly 9, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Oh AND PS……… my Birthday is Feburary 26!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Clare WJuly 10, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Great idea – I keep my card list on an MS Excel spreedsheet in month order – I update it annually and then print it out each year – works for me – but yours looks nicer!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs BJuly 10, 2014 - 2:51 am

    Hi Becca. I love this birthday book, and thank you for the tutorial, I will be having ago at at this one : ) Take care.ReplyCancel

  • LaceladyJuly 10, 2014 - 3:22 am

    Great idea, and a very pretty one at that!ReplyCancel

  • Katy LeslieJuly 10, 2014 - 4:07 am

    What a brilliant idea. It would also work as an address book with a house on the front. You may use that idea everyone. XReplyCancel

  • phil droneyJuly 10, 2014 - 4:16 am

    Fantastic . you are a genius. Love this project.

  • FMJuly 10, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    This is certainly a project that I could use! Time to get started on one! Love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel MacleodJuly 10, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    This is just awesome! The way you’ve created the paper coming from the typewriter is genius! I love the colours and professional finish too.

    Rachel xReplyCancel

  • Gail L.July 10, 2014 - 8:55 pm

    A great idea, and I love the typewriter!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia HowarthJuly 11, 2014 - 4:06 am

    Hi Becca, I’m loving your Birthday Book, I use a calendar for mine, and every January 1st I spend ages transferring from one calendar to another, this idea would help me immensely, I love it !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xxReplyCancel

  • Ann wJuly 12, 2014 - 10:08 am

    Love the birthday book. I always look forward to your designs and ideas. Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth UKJuly 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

    This is so clever Becca and I love the whole look of it- not usually a red and black girl but this just works!
    Great inspiration -thank you!

  • Sharon Goins-EberhardtJuly 13, 2014 - 3:37 am

    This is such a fabulous idea…especially if you are in love with typewriters like I am!! I will definitely make this project and make a few as gifts as well.
    Thanks for the idea Becca…pure genius :-)ReplyCancel

  • bibiana Martinez-zieglerAugust 4, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    great idea, love the front and the utility of this agenda TFS