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It's nice to know what happened to people during the year and to have a summary of the events that are most salient to people at the end of the year, but wouldn't it be fun to know what people actually did?

This Instructable shows how to make an alternative end-of-the-year newsletter of things that you did using a recipe card format.
 
 
 
 

Step 1: Materials

You'll need:
-Computer with Word Processing Program (I'm using Word)
-Printer
-Printer Paper
-Card Stock
-Contact Paper
-Sharpie
-Scissors
-Paper Cutter (optional)
 

Step 2: Planning

First you'll need a list of things that you did, and then you'll need to edit those things down to roughly 6 activities.

Note:  I'll be using my truncata project to demonstrate how to do this.
 
 

Step 3: Formatting the Card in Word

I'm using Word as a demonstration, but it should not be hard to format in other programs.

Go to File->Page Setup.

Change all margins to 0.5".

Go to Insert->Text Box.

Draw Box on Document.

Right Click on the Outline of the Text Box.

Select Format Text Box.

Change Line Dashed and Weight to 0.25pt in the Colors and Lines Tab.

Change Height to 5" and Width to 7" on the Size Tab.

Note:  Depending the size of the card you want, you will have to change the height and width appropriately.

Write and format the card to fit within the Text Box.

Click on the Outline of the Text Box.

Hit CTRL+C and then CTRL+V.

Move Both Text Boxes to fit on the page.

Print a test sheet on printer paper to ensure the text boxes fit and you can just barely see the outline of the boxes.

Make adjustments if necessary.

Print the page on Card Stock once you are satisfied.
 

Step 4: Apply Contact Paper

Trace the outline of the page onto the back of a sheet of Contact Paper using a Sharpie/Permanent Marker.

Cut out the traced Contact Paper.

Peel back a small width of the Contact Paper and apply to one end of the page.

Slowly remove the Contact Paper smoothing it with your hands.
 

Step 5: Cut Out Cards

Cut out the cards following the thin guide.

Note:  A paper cutter may not be adequate, and you may have to use scissors.
 

Step 6: Alternatives to the Alternative

You can also spray glue pictures onto the back of the cards that appropriately show you doing the project or the finished result.

Add a general "Hey, Folks!" card as the greeting.
 
 
Did you send one project to each person or six cards per envelope?<br /> <br />
Shhh!&nbsp; I'm actually still working on it, but it's going to be 6 &quot;projects&quot; per person.&nbsp; In reality, it's going to be 6 things that we did put into how-to format.&nbsp; For instance, gardening has been a big thing for me this year, and this was the first time I've entered into a plant show.&nbsp; The rest of the how-to's will probably be a little more humorous such as &quot;How to Write Wedding Vows in 48 Hours&quot; and stuff that generally hits a memorable moment/theme in our lives. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Nice! You've had the seasonal correspondence telling you how super someone's kids have been doing, what a top-holiday they had and how sad they were when the pet got put-down I guess?<br /> <br /> L<br />
Ha!&nbsp; Not yet, so this is a preemptive strike in the hopes that people will return the favor next year, if not this. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
I have had them, you hear nothing for 12 months less 1 day, then a whole year of &quot;we-are-super&quot; on one page....<br /> <br /> L<br />
Hmmm, that's not my bag.&nbsp; The people I&nbsp;know who send out newsletters are my sister.&nbsp; Yep.&nbsp; And then there's me and my SO.&nbsp; A snippet from last year's newletter from which you can imagine the rest:<br /> <br /> <style type="text/css"><![CDATA[p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0.0in; font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: Times New Roman; } div.Section1 { page: Section1; } ]]></style><b style=""><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;font-family: Harrington;">The household population is holding steady at one human, two dogs, three cats, and one Adam.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This discounts the feral cat population that lords around outside.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We started a vegetable garden, and then a vegetable garden to replace it.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>So we have a compost pile now too which is doing very, very well and is doing Adam and Hanna proud. </span></b><br /> <br /> I actually went through and toned down the sarcasm A&nbsp;LOT between draft 1 and draft 2.&nbsp; It was originally sarcastic to the point of being bitter - we were drunk during the first draft which I&nbsp;wouldn't recommend. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
It sounds good. I might be spared this year...<br /> <br /> L<br />

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