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Sometimes visualization is the only way to reach your goals! Especially when it comes to weight loss. I made a resolution collage calendar in 2006 and am working on a new one! Above is a video I found on YouTube that is super helpful to getting creative with a calendar collage!

Like everyone else and their grandma, I’m set on shedding some extra poundage. I’m breaking a sweat to lose weight in time for the huge Craft and Hobby trade show next month when my product line debuts to the industry.

However, I need to prepare for the oncoming plateau. Maybe if I could see what I’d look like thinner, I wouldn’t be as tempted to suck down that triple venti mocha. So it has come to this. Pasting my head on someone else’s body for motivation. And what better place to keep it on display than on a wall calendar? Especially now when you can find them at the dollar stores, or discounted at bookshops. I call it my resolution collage calendar. I’ve decorated each month with an inspirational altered art assemblage themed to my New Year’s resolution. You can do the same. If you want to write a book this year, make a collage of yourself sitting at a typewriter, or a cut out a picture of a book and put your name on the cover. It can also work for redoing a house, traveling, romance and more. Not to sound like Tyra Banks, but if you can see it, you can do it!

UPDATE, 2014: Ugh! I don’t like the idea of pasting my head on someone else’s body. I’m learning to love my body and am making a new calendar that is all themed around being healthy, not being skinny! You can use this idea to post all your goals and dreams, like a functional vision board!

Supplies
A new calendar from the discount bin or dollar store
12 pieces of scrapbook paper cut to fit the size of the calendar page
Assorted pictures, or scrapbook embellishments
A headline you want printed out from your computer, or handwritten
Aleene’s Tacky Glue stick
Scissors

Directions: Remove the centerpiece of cardboard that comes with the new calendar and cut 12 pieces of scrapbook paper to fit it. Use a glue stick to attach one to the top of each month’s spread on the calendar. If you want to get fancy, you can cut the edges of the scrapbook paper with decorative edged scissors or just rip it with your hands. Starting with the first month, assemble your collage on the blank space of the scrapbook paper. You can use ink, dimensional embellishments, anything you’d like. Give your page a headline by printing out your resolution for that month. Hang your calendar up in a place where you’ll see it all the time.

Variations: There are so many ways to alter a calendar. You can take pictures from an old calendar you love and use them as the centerpiece for your collages on the new calendar. Make little windows and flaps that have secret messages.

Love & light,