New Year’s Resolution DIY: How to Make a Calendar Tracker and Stamps

It’s the time of of the New Year’s resolution. Losing weight and being more organized are all well and good, but here at Creativebug, we’re a little more motivated to focus our energies on sewing, knitting, cutting, quilting, and drawing-type activities. Are you like us? Have you got a million couple of New Year’s resolutions planned for 2014? Maybe a promise to learn a new skill? Maybe a resolution to make a dress, from start to finish, with your own two hands. Or how about making something, anything, weekly for the rest of the year?

Unfortunately, as all of you know, sometimes motivation wanes. One of the best ways to track your progress is to make a visual reminder of your plans. That’s why we have this super-handy (and super elegant) craft tracker for you to use as you go above and beyond with handmade crafts in 2014. Here’s how you can make your own custom resolution tracker and custom stamps:

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

  • 1-3 pencils (1 per resolution. Have more than 3? You crazy overachiever.)
  • X-Acto knife
  • 11 x 17 sheet of paper
  • Stamp pad

Step 2: Carve Stamps

Using an X-Acto knife, cut away sections of your pencil erasers to make simple geometric shapes, one per crafty resolution. Always carve away from yourself (we can’t have you injuring your crafting hand) and make sure you have a sharp blade to make cutting as smooth as possible. Feel free to get creative with your shapes – leave us a comment or a picture below if you branch out from triangles and squares.

Test your stamps on a piece of scrap paper with your stamp pad before adding them to your tracker.


Step 3: Print Your New Year’s Resolution Craft Tracker

You can print a blank copy of your own 2014 craft tracker using the PDF below. Simply right click to save the file to your desktop. We suggest using a piece of 11 x 17 paper so you can fit multiple stamps in a single square.CraftTracker

Step 4: Make a Key

In the small rectangle on the tracker, make a key. The idea is for each stamp should correspond with a resolution.


 Step 4: Get Crafting

2014 is going to be awesome, you guys. We can’t wait to see what you make. What are you crafting this year?