It’s almost the new year… just a few more hours to go. To help celebrate the new year, my December classes usually feature a calendar project. I create different designs each year and keep them simple enough that if customers wanted to make several, for gifts say, they are easy enough to create.
This year, we made this one…
I took inspiration from an image I saw that featured a wall hanging. I thought we could hang the calendar in this same way. I like how it turned out and so did my class attendees.
So we created the base by trimming down some Whisper White thick cardstock down to 210mm x 120mm. Then measured and marked 50mm down each side of the long edges. I marked another spot in the middle of the short edge at 60mm. I lined up the marks on my Stampin’ Trimmer and sliced off the corners to leave the triangle shaped top. It kind of looks like a house, doesn’t it?
Using the smallest of the circle punches, I punched a hole in the tip and threaded some of the Braided Linen trim through into a loop. I adhere this in place and used some scrap coordinating Designer Paper to cover the back of the triangle top where the trim poked through and was fixed.
On the front, I used some of the Wood Textures Designer Paper Stack as a backing for my calendar, adding a contemporary feel to the look. I trimmed this to 100mm x 140mm and adhered it straight on to the base.
I created the Calendar layout myself on the computer, so that it was the size I wanted and had the look I wanted too. I trimmed these down to 85mm x 120mm and set about decorating each month in what ever colours and stamps I liked basically. Now I did theme it a little, using the seasons of the year to guide my stamp and colour choices. It’s all flat stamping, I didn’t want any bulk at all, so no punch or die cut elements at all.
Here is how they turned out. I’ve noted the Stamp sets and colours used:
January – STAMPS: Colourful Seasons, Labels to Love. COLOURS: Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron
February – STAMPS: Tropical Chic. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Calypso Coral
March – STAMPS: Serene Garden. COLOURS: Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove
April – STAMPS: Colourful Seasons, Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie
May – STAMPS: Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green
June – STAMPS: Colourful Seasons. COLOURS: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel
July – STAMPS: Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce
August – STAMPS: Rooted in Nature. COLOURS: Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede
September – STAMPS: Varied Vases. COLOURS: Gorgeous Grape, Sahara Sand, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody
October – STAMPS: Floral Phrases. COLOURS: Grapefruit Grove
November – STAMPS: Serene Garden. COLOURS: Grapefruit Grove, Mint Macaron
December – STAMPS: Making Christmas Bright. COLOURS: Old Olive, Real Red, Crushed Curry
Once the stamping was done, I gathered them up in the correct order and clipped them together with a Gold Library Clip and adhered December onto the base to finish off.
I ummed and aahhed about adding a title or larger numbers for the year, but couldn’t decide so left it blank. Less is more as they say and I think this works great as is.
I did make a few and give them away as Christmas gifts. I’ll be handing one for us in the kitchen under the clock and each month I will remove the past one, to reveal the next. A little something to dress up a blank space.
Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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