September Calendar Page & Life
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I have no idea how September came around so quickly. I would sware that it was only a couple of weeks ago I got my nephew to stick my August creation up on my mother’s calendar because I wasn’t going into her room as I was isolating as much as possible following my hospital stay and embergency hernia operation. But – every device I look at says it is now September. Therefore …
Jump to the “Crafting” section of this blog post to see that if you don’t want to read the next bit through. The photos of the calendar are near the end.
Recovery from my operation hasn’t been straightforward. When is anything with me?! I got an infection in the operation wound and have had to take antibiotics. And I’m sure you all know that antibiotics on top of recovering from surgery is very draining. Not lifting and straining meant I couldn’t do some of the exercises using bands that I’ve been doing to help my shoulder that the physio recomended, and a few weeks of not doing that meant that when I did do a small job in the house it exaserbated the shoulder problem and left me in a lot of pain. It is easing now thankfully.
Thankfully my nephew stayed the whole of the summer to be on hand when help was needed as I wasn’t alowed to do any lifting, etc. Though he did admit that he didn’t want to go home as he liked the “perks” of staying here – nobody to argue over as far as the TV and computer was concerned, a chance to get on with some of his own 3D printing whenever he wanted, doing a few paying jobs to get a little money for me to order some things he wanted, ice cream and other snacks always available, etc. As carers come in for personal things he didn’t have a huge amount to do, though he does enjoy the ocasional bit of cooking and gardening.
We did manage to do a bit of tidying up of the study to get a clear path through the middle to the window, even if I haven’t sorted the desks completely yet, and I’ve got 3 plastic crates full of papers and newspapers I need to go through and scan those that should go into the family history. Me directing from the doorway and him doing the lifiting. But then my nephew promptly took over the area of the desk that was clear to do some painting of one of the items he’d designed and 3D printed before the lockdown. So it was only when he went home last weekend that I got near to my glass mat area to make something to put on Mam’s calendar for this month.
So that brings me to …
Other than makeing a few flowers with Forever Flowerz items, and a bit of flat Kumihimo braiding, I haven’t done a lot of crafting this month. I need to get photos of the few items I’ve made and upload them to this blog at some point.
The first thing I did do once I got my hands back on my glass mat was to do a little inking and stamping for the September page of Mam’s calendar.
If you haven’t seen the previous month’s pages you can see what I put on the January page – here. February page – Here! March page – Here! April page – Here! May page – Here! June page – Here! July – Here! and August – Here!
What I Did
I sprayed the back of a stencil with Template Spray and after cutting out some stamps I did the same on the back of those. All stencils and stamps used for this project were Artisan Designs ones.
I stanciled leaves onto one sheet of cardstock in 4 shads of autumnal tones of ink using a makeup brush, moving the stencil around to get full coverage. I then trimmed the sheet a bit and put to one side to dry.
I then took the other sheet of cardstock and stamped on an assortment of stamps onto it using Midas inks. I used the plate from my stamping press for this but not the base platform, so that I could move the stamps around quickly and get a lot of the same ones onto the sheet. I then coloured in the images before cutting them out. Not my best bit of colouring ever, but good enough.
I stuck the stenciled sheet onto a wood background sheet and then used glue gel to give a bit of dimension to stick on the stamped and coloured images.
The finished panel was then stuck up on the calendar with fingerlift tape.
What I Used
- Papermill Direct – 2020 Create-a-Calendar (You can get the 2021 Create-a-Calendar now – I have ordered a couple already.)
- 2 sheets 240gsm white cardstock
- Template Spray
- We “R” Memory Keepers Stamping Press.#
- Midas in from Crafters Companion in Gold and Bronze
- Sheets 120gsm good quality paper – for printing out month title, photos, etc
- Fingerlift Tape
- Pinflair Glue Gel
- Makeup Brushes
- Dinky Inkie Re-inkers – 2 green shades in Sparkle, and 4 autumnal shades in Chalky
- Stencils and Stamps from Artisan Design UK
- Chameleon Colouring Pencils
- 1 Sheet of Wood Patterned background paper
The Finished Page
This is the month title strip.
This is the panel ready to stick on the calendar.
This is both stuck on the calendar.
And a larger view of this month’s calendar page.
And to finish off – I have one little fig on my little fig tree in the garden. Hopefully it will continue to grow and not get blown or knocked off. Had one before that was knocked off.
The most I’ve been able to do in the garden this summer is sit and feed the fish in my “pond”.
You can see a video of my fish – Here!
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