Sunday, December 19, 2010

My 2011 Calendar (tutorial) ...

Hi, today I want to share my gorgeous 2011 calendar that I made - with the help of Nitwit Collections!

I used the digital calendar kit that Mary Fran designed here and supplemented it with a few pieces of patterned paper and some white cardstock. I don't know about you but we tend to use our calendars as mini filing cabinets :lol: Tickets to concerts get clipped to the appropriate month page, hospital appointment letters get paper clipped to the back etc. So really we need more than just a calendar, we need somewhere to  keep all those important pieces of paper safe too. I have adapted Mary Fran's calendar slightly to incorporate some cardstock pockets on the reverse of each month to store the documents and tickets.

Download the calendar kit, unzip and print out each month - I printed at 90% so that they would fit on an A4 piece of paper - then I cut them all out

 I used a sheet of A4 cardstock for each page of the calendar and scored about 4 inches from the bottom

When I folded it over it created a pocket (well at least the beginnings of a pocket) and I made the fold nice and crisp by using a bone folder to smooth along the edge

I glued my pages to the cardstock and then trimmed down one edge leaving a narrow border all around

I glued down each side of the flap and then folded it back over to secure the pocket

This is where I added some extra pieces of patterned paper to make the pockets look a little prettier (even though they won't be seen as they are on the back of each page, but pretty is good!)

I repeated the process of gluing, trimming and sticking for each calendar month

the fronts:

the backs:

To join the calendar pages together I used my Bind-It-All (but you could use bookrings and punched holes or even tie pretty ribbons through the holes)

From start to finish the calendar took less than 2 hours and it is so pretty, the pockets on the back just make it even more useful - we won't lose those important pieces of paper now!


Brodders said...

I absolutely love it Andrea x

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [20 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Kamilicrafts said...

What a fabulous idea Andrea, love it!

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

what a cute card and idea!!
thanks for sharing Andrea

danibecki55 said...

Thanks Andrea for a brill idea. We are having a Xmas Fayre at my daughter's dance school & I know they will sell like 'hot cakes' !!! lol. Also thanks to Mary Fran & LG

Eileen xxx