Thursday, November 11, 2010

The First Handmade Calendar of the Season

Today's post features the calendars I'll be making for Christmas this year. Papertrey Ink released a great Calendar die and stamp set which makes assembling these a snap. I knew I wasn't going to be able to hand stamp dozens and dozens of calendar pages, so I opted to diecut patterned paper. If you find some cool patterns this works really well!


Here's a calendar I made for my Aunt. Her birthday is in late November, so I'm giving her this calendar a little earlier for her birthday. I used my favorite Papertrey Ink Patterned Paper: Black and White Basics. Interesting because I've never been a big fan of black, but in crafting I think it's one of my most favorite colors. It also happens to be my Aunt's favorite color so I thought this would be perfect for her. I'm making more of these for Christmas gifts in different PTI PP designs too.

I didn't make a cover because the spine already has the 2011 calendar label and I think that works and you get the idea. Besides I didn't want to hide that pretty paper! The spine was stamped on adhesive paper trimmed to fit (1/4" x 4-3/4").


I stamped the months in red and the holiday circle images in a pale light blue. Here's a closeup.


And here are a few of the other months just to give you an idea. You can click on them to see them bigger if you would like. So here you go. :)

February...


June...


September...


November...


December...


I think the idea is to find some nice coordinating PP, vary the background slightly each month to keep it interesting, stamp the months in a contrasting bold color and the holidays in a lighter color.

Thanks for taking a look. Hope those with snow keep warm, and that you all have a wonderful, sunny day today!

ETA: You can see the entire gift set I made for my Aunt HERE.

13 comments:

Keva said...

This is cute. I love the idea of using the patterned papers instead of handstamping.

Gayatri said...

Lovely, Monica! Beautiful patternpapers! Great idea! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Danielle said...

Love the patterned paper! Great idea thanks for sharing :o)

Jen Carter said...

Looks great with that paper!! Job well done!

Eva said...

The black and white is a great idea for this project. Clean and simple!

Kim O'Connell said...

Ugh! Wish I had seen this sooner! I would have cranked out a few for my craft fair tomorrow. Hand stamping all the pages would be so time consuming for craft fair item, but using PP is brilliant! Nicely done!

Cathy Weber said...

I love this Monica! I love how you made a beautiful, yet fairly simple to produce gift for your Aunt. You made great use of the new calendar set.

Aimes said...

Fab job, Monica! I adore your use of those gorgeous DPs and how sweet a gift this is!
Hugs,
Aimes
x

Joan B said...

what a great idea to use patterned paper. Calendars overwhelm me but this is a great idea. Yours came out beautiful.

Mandy said...

Hi Monica, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog.

Your calendar is absolutely stunning, what a fabulous gift!

Mandy

Kelly said...

I wish that I had thought of using patterned papers!

Denise said...

I love the simplicity of this - but the papers give it such a 'wow'. People will LOVE getting these as gifts... good job, crafty Santa! ;)

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