Altered Rolodex Birthday Reminder


Sorry, no tutorial today.  But I do have a project to share.

Well yesterday I took a look at my “to do” list and seen this project that has been on the list for, oh, about 6 months, lol.    So instead of carrying it forward once again to my new  to do list I actually sat down and went to work.    I purchased this rolodex at an office supply store, on sale, of course and decided to turn it into a birthday reminder.    I created a scene for each month, starting out by cutting 12 (one for each month) index card die cuts out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot machine.

This project took me about 4 hours to complete.  I tried to create each card in 15-20 minutes.  Most came together in under 1o.   If I didn’t time myself this project could have taken me forever to make, lol.

All Stamps, ink and accessories (other than Rolodex) by Stampin’ Up.


Since I don’t own stamps that have the names of the months on them, I computer generated them for use on my tabs.


When I completed a month I would stamp the totally tabs stamp over the month name using a coordinating color and then punch it out using my Tab punch.


Below are the scenes I created for each month.  🙂













There are index cards behind each month card with the birthdays for that month on them.  Let’s hope this will help me get cards out on time.  🙂   I think I will pick another Rolodex and alter it too, only next time use it as an address Rolodex, novel idea, huh, lol.


May your day be filled with nothing but happiness.

Huge Hugs and Happy Holidays,



Get ready for Brayer Workshops!  I am coming to:


Dayton, Ohio at Marco Paper

Phoenix, Arizona

Monroe, Louisiana

Jacksonville, Florida

 St. Louis, Missouri

Mechanicsville, Virginia

Raleigh, North Carolina 

Colleyville, Texas

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 Boise area of Meridian, Idaho

Riverside, California (Southern California)

Salem, Oregon

Wheaton, Illinois

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Rockville, Maryland

North Chili, New York (near Rochester)

New Johnsonville, Tennessee

Kenova (Huntington), West Virginia

Helena, Montana

Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Venice, Florida

Grinnell, Iowa

Piedmont, Alabama (Near GA border close to Cedartown)

Auburn, Washington (near Seattle)

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Savannah, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

North Liberty, Indiana

Saledad, California

Here is a link to my workshop calendar where you can see all of my travel schedule and to get info on beginner and advanced Brayer workshops: 

Link to my Stampin’ Up website where you can order all of your must have Stampin’ Up products from me 24-7:

Frequently asked questions answers: 

52 responses to “Altered Rolodex Birthday Reminder

  1. WOW- this is gorgeous! Thanks for the terrific idea!

  2. What a fantastic idea…might have to make a few and give them to friends/family for birthday presents!

    Kristy, Perth, Australia 🙂

  3. How stinkin’ cute is this. You are a genius!

  4. WOW!!! I really, really, really love this! Maybe after taking your class I will feel confident enough to make my own 🙂

  5. This is just the best rolodex ever! If I start now, I may get some of these made for next year’s Christmas gifts (no I’m not kidding). Thanks again for another ingenious idea.

  6. You are amazing – I may get brave and bayer one day soon….in the new year maybe – I’ll turn over a whole new tree instead of just a leaf! These are gorgeous and I can’t believe that you could do it in only 4 hours – you’re my hero.

  7. Hi Michelle

    This is a very clever and inspiring project. Fantastic work as usual!

  8. Michelle,
    This is a fabulous gift idea! I’m impressed, as always. It’s fun to see how you can “shrink” your techniques into the small size Rolodex cards.

    Have a wonderful Christmas,


  9. This project rocks!- I only wish I could be this organized and with beauty too! Your designs are great…. I thank you for sharing with us. I always love what you post on your blog. Please keep the projects coming. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  10. LOL, what a great little gift idea. Especially for someone that is forgetful.

  11. i love this.

  12. Wow what a fabulous project !
    thanks for sharing.

  13. Great project. And nice done.

  14. Wow! I am always in awe of what you create. This is magnificent and a fabulous idea.

  15. Great idea and so beautiful too. I would like to have something like this to store my already made cards in too as well as the address and names in.

  16. Love this! It’s been on my to-do list for a long time also! Each month is beautiful!

  17. Pauline Campbell

    What a talented lady you are!!!! I love, love , love this!

  18. Love it, LOVE it, LOVE IT !!!
    What a cool idea. This is something that will be very useful and give me many ways to incorporate my “Michelle Class”. I can also see a matching small calendar in the works. I don’t have the die but can easily find the materials needed at the local office supply store. A great WINTER project!!!
    Thanks bunches,

  19. OH wow this is fabulous! I’ve made rolodex before and love them. I have that die too. I have got to sit down and actually try and make some cards from what I learned in your class last month. This will probably carry over into my “to do” list for next year.

  20. Michelle, what a great idea and what a great demo you are! Even though I’m a CTMH consultant I keep finding S-U items I simply must have. I just added the label punch & stamp to my list of “gotta haves”
    Have a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best for the new year

  21. truly beautiful! love each and every month! 🙂

  22. Wow!!!

    What a brilliant idea and so beautifully executed. Maybe my next year’s Christmas list will contain a few of these!!!

  23. This idea is brilliant!!!! Love how you put it together. Goes on my to do list for next Christmas. I am all done with this year’s projects.

  24. Lynnor aka icensheba on SCS

    One would want to check up on birthdays that are in each month just as an excuse to look at all the beautiful scenes you have created in this project!!! Every one is a gorgeous work of art!!

  25. BRILLIANT!! Really cool idea, really creative & very inspirational!! Hey Michelle, thanks for the Christmas card! That was very thoughtful & a special surprise! Merry Christmas to you, Russ, sons & granddaughter!!

  26. Love it! I need a birthday reminder too, and this idea is perfect. I knew I was keeping that old rolodex for a reason!

    I’ve been using the skills I learned in your classes to make some brayered Christmas cards. Thanks for sharing your creativity – you’re a real inspiration.

  27. What joy you must feel to have accomplished this beautiful way of keeping track of important dates. Hope it compares to the joy you give all of us who are fortunate enough to share in your talents. Merry Christmas!

  28. This is amazing…
    You are amazing…

  29. very nice Michelle!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  30. Such a cute idea!

  31. Shelly Schmidt

    Great project- I love it! And, you make it look easy and so beautiful!!!

  32. Michelle,
    I SO enjoy reading your blog and seeing your wonderful creations! This one is gorgeous – and practical too! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  33. This is a great project. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  34. Most came together in under 10 minutes?! ahhh to have all of that creativity bursting at the seems 🙂 wow.

    Have a great Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate!

  35. oh my goodness… love it.

  36. What a great idea … and of course, your work is spectacular! Love this idea!!!!

  37. I love it! What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  38. Great idea Michelle!!!


  39. Had to rush out and buy a Rolodex to make one of these. What a great gift idea and love all the 12 month pictures. Will share when I finish mine! Thanks again for such great inspiration. PS would be a great ANYTIME gift! Nancy

  40. I love this idea! I really need to get that rolodex die. It has endless possibilities!

  41. Every month is a mini-masterpiece! TFS!!

  42. Twelve designs instead of one card, no wonder you procrastinated. The birthday reminder turned out great.

  43. How fun is that!?!? I am going to have to re-look at this post a few times to make sure I didn’t miss anything. It’s like 12 inspirations pieces in only one post! Whoo hoo! Now I’m thinking of how I can jazz up some organizational piece of mine for the new year…..

  44. Nice project! I love how you decorated each of the dividers!

  45. Pingback: My Blog Picks and Posts from Here and There Around the Web #21 « Rogue Thoughts…Jean's Stamping Studio in the Rogue Valley

  46. WOW!! Absolutely gorgeous! All of your work is always so breath-taking!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  47. You never cease to amaze me!!!

  48. This is incredible!!!!!! Your artwork is fabulous! Thanks sooooooooo much for sharing. This is quite an inspiration.

  49. Nancy J. Baker

    Just ONE more project I’ll need to start. Thanks Mickey!! LOL. Just kidding. It’s perfect. I’ll be creating one of these very soon.