Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2012 Calendar Tutorial

Hi all,  Madge here with a Christmas Project Tutorial to get you started on gifts for special people.  A homemade gift is straight from the heart and shows that you have taken the time to make something special.  I have been making these calendars for about 3 years. Last year I made 30 to give as a “Christmas Card” to my stamping buddies.P1120157

You can adapt this to any size you would like, but for this sample / calendar, I have made it A4 size  4 1/4” x 5 1/2”.

Materials:   Sturdy cardstock:  5 1/2” x 8 1/2” (or 6” x 12” or 5” x 10”).  Length is double desired height.                 

         2012 file  (Print onto white cardstock, and cut apart).

          Unfortunately, my calendar pdf could not be uploaded - if you print the above at 6 columns and “gray font”. You will get a good replica.

         4 designer papers:  4” x 5 1/4”   (Good way to use up those Designer Paper pieces & scraps).

P1120152I used 4 wonderful 6” x 6” pages from Webster’s Pages. purchased at OCS  Lora has a wonderful selection of 6” x 6” pads.

 4 Mats:  To coordinate with papers chosen. (scraps! scraps! scraps!)

Assorted embellishments:  stamps, inks, punchies, Designer Papers.  Scraps! Scraps! Scraps! 

14“ Soft ribbon  (ie: satin, organza)P1120150

1/4” hole punch or anywhere punch

Strong adhesive to guarantee your calendar can                  withstand a year of being displayed.

Lets get started:

 Step One:   Score cardstock in half along longest edge  (8 1/2”)  This will give you 4 “pages”.

Step Two:  Cut out each month, and mat in groups of 3.

Jan. Feb. March  / April May June / July Aug. Sept. / Oct. Nov. Dec.

 Step Three:   (Tip) I make a 1/4” frame to visualize the placement I want for my “page” layout.P1120151










Step Three:   Cut Designer paper 1/4” smaller than your “page”   ie:  4” x 5 1/4”.  Adhere to “page”.


 Step Four:   Add matted months and any embellishments.P1120145

(Let your creativity run wild).  P1120159


 Step Five:  Punch 2 holes about 1/2” apart on the centre bottom of your pages.P1120160


 Step Six:  With Jan. Feb. Mar. facing you - thread your ribbon into the two holes, leave 1 1/4” on the pieces in the middle, and tie a bow.

P1120158Your calendar will be freestanding and ready to give to that special friend on your list.

P.S.  Don’t forget to sign or initial each page.   Enjoy!

If you have any questions, email me at, I’d be happy to help you.

Be sure to check in at the  OCS challenge for April  and a chance to win $$$.  See you there!



Linda Palmer said...

Pretty calendars. I've printed my copies and going to give it a try later on this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

Brook said...

What a wonderful gift idea. Thanks for the tutorial! I would like to give you the Stylish Blogger Award. If you would like to accept this award please visit my blog.

Eulanda said...

Ooooh Madge this is gorgeous!! Those papers are unreal yummy!! I might make a trip to Kelowna at the end of April and now these are on my list. Love this calendar. Great gift idea!