I made a couple of calendars! Early last Spring, I went to a craft show, and hit the Stamps of Life booth, where I picked up a couple of stamp sets, including Calendar to Build. I thought this was a cute font, and I liked all the little things you could play with to really liven up a calendar.
Well, as much as I like this stamp, the calendar was TOUGH to work with. You're supposed to be able to shift the days back and forth to make the month start when it should. That DOES work, but only in months with 31 days. 30 day months (or 28/29 day February) really fouls you up. I worked like a fool trying to line stuff up for hours until I finally decided to just cut the stamp up. Muuuuuch easier!
I then went back and added the days header over the numbers, and the month headers above that. It took me a while to decide to do the year and the flourish and little architectural stamping, but it all looked kind of naked. The flourish is from PTI Menorah Medley and the architectural stamp is from Stampendous' Tiled Quad Cube.
After getting all of that done (WHEW!), I gathered them together, and held them tightly at the top. I laid down a big fat bead of hot-melt glue, and then dipped the tops into it, making sure I hit all the surface of the edges with glue. I then let that cool, and trimmed off any extra with my snips. It looked kind of messy still, so I added a strip of my patterned paper to the top to make it look nicer.
Here's a more face-on view--
ALSO-- I am worried about what will happen in February when it's time to rip off that first sheet. Will the hot-melt glue be too strong to tear, and mess up the whole thing?? Maybe some of you know a better glue to use, or can tell me everything's gonna be okay? I will tell Charlie to use scissors, just to be sure, I guess.
Oh, the brads are from Michael's, and the twine is from We R Memory Keepers. The ink is Iced Spruce Distress Ink. I also used Ranger Archival black ink, and Memento London Fog ink on the leaves.
The background is a 4"x 4" piece of Pink Paisley DP, with a stamped die cut from PTI, the Harvest Berries set. It's mounted on TWO pieces of GinaK Designs 120# white card stock. I placed one of the pieces in my Scor-pal, and scored about halfway up the center. I then cut from about an inch to one side of the score line to the top of the score line to create a stand for the calendar. It stood a bit too ramrod straight up and down for my taste, so I snipped just a teeny tiny sliver off of the bottom of the "foot" so it would lean back a bit.
That looks like this--
I also made another one. This is the first one, actually. It looks like this--
My Mind's Eye paper, and I hand inked the purple. The numbers dies are from PTI.
So, I am glad I worked out
I found a free print out of a 2014 calendar online, so I can try more, and save them for next year. If I do one or two a month, I'll have gifts or something to sell somewhere. These are pretty time consuming, even with all the adjustments I made. We'll see how it goes.
PS--I just read on a blog somewhere that not having a good supplies list was a real bummer for readers. You'll notice I linked to most everything I used on these projects. There has to be a better way to do this, as well, I think. Today, I went and looked up each and every one of these items and made a link to them. (Ouch!)
Who has a better idea about this? Is a supplies list even important to you?? Let me know your thoughts, please.
Thanks for stopping by today!