July Calendar Page

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Jul 182019
 

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July Calendar Page

I know! I am seriously late posting photos and info about what’s on my mother’s calendar page for July.  With the cateract operation and the minor complication, as well as being all behind with other things around the house and garden as a result of that and the previous jaw infection and tooth extraction, I haven’t blogged for a while.  Saving my energy for what must be done.  And the weather being so hot hasn’t helped my energy levels either.  But I did get a page done for Mam’s calendar by the start of the second week in July, it’s just taken me longer than usual to get it blogged.

If you are a new visitor to my blog you can catch up with the months so far this year : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! May page – here! and June page – here!

What I Did

Mam loves watching wildlife programs on the TV, especially meerkats, so this month I decided to raid my stash of Pollyanna Pickering images and create a calendar page with those.

Nothing too complicated or taxing this time – I simply used a sheet of Adorable Scorable as the main background, matted and layered two of the backgrounds from the same Pollyanna Pickering collection kit as the toppers.  Then I added a small assortment of wildlife toppers of various shapes and sizes in a bit of a random manor.

I finished off by preparing the title “Gorffennaf” (Welsh for July) in Publisher and printing onto paper, before using the same Fingerlift Tape I’d used for the rest of the page to put the title on the page.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct blank calendar (you can already order for 2020 – here!)
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • Backgrounds and toppers from Pollyanna Pickering collections
  • A4 sheet of Adorable Scorable
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • A4 sheet of Super Smooth paper
Photos Of The July Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar page hanging up in Mam’s room.

A closer look.

Pollyanna Pickering certainly was a very tallented artist and a great loss to the world.

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June Calendar Page

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Jun 062019
 

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My regular visitors will know that I buy a blank calendar from Papermill Direct every year and give it to my mother. Each month I do some sort of papercrafting to decorate the page, sometimes something my mother askes for and sometimes something different I’m working on.

If you are a new visitor to my blog you can catch up with the months so far this year : the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! April page – here! and May page – here!

What I Did

I stamped the image out and then coloured it before trimming to the finished size.

I chose a background that I think worked with it as well as a couple of shades of blue cardstock.

These were all cut to size as mats and layers as well as a few decorative element strips to break up the background.

The largest, dark blue, sheet was A4 in size and then everything else trimmed to fit as needed.

I made the Welsh “Mis Mehefin” title in two tones of blue as well.

Everything was stuck flat for this page, using fingrlift tape.

I finished off by wiping the gold inkpad around the outside of the panel and also sticking on some sticky back faux gems.

What I Used
Photos Of The June Calendar Page

This is the whole calendar hanging up in Mam’s room.  I attached a plastic wallet at the begining of the year so that things like hospital appointment letters, etc., can be dropped in and we know exactly where they are when needed.

A closer look at the page for Mis Mehefin – June.

This was the panel I created – photo taken after I’d inked the edges, but before I stuck it to the calendar.

A closeup of the stamped image I coloured in.  The colours don’t look quite right on my screen when compared to the real thing, but everybody’s screens look slightly different, so I have it doesn’t look to bad to you.

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I will have a 65th wedding aniversary card card to show you in a couple of days time, so please do pop back to have a look at that.

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April Calendar Page

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Apr 022019
 

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April Calendar Page

Any regular viewers know that I buy a blank calendar for my mother each year and decorate the page for each month as it comes near.  Sometimes my mother has a request for what she wants on the page and sometimes I surprize her with what I put up.

You can see the January page – here! February page – here! and March page – here!

I try and use different techniques and have a different look to each month.

This time my mother told me to choose, so I chose a collection, tripped it out in front of her, and told her to choose an image from the collection for me to work with.  She chose a little yellow duck.  I then waved a few different cardstocks at her and between us we decided on what to use with the duck image.

So, after a bit of cutting, matting and layering, and sticking, a quick, cheerful, layout was made.  Nothing elaborate this month.  I think she likes it.

What I Used
Photos Of The April Calendar Page

This is what I put together, before sticking it on the calendar.

And this is it from an angle so that you can see that some of the items are dimensional, not flat on the page.

I picked yellow and green as the colours to put the month title in Welsh on top as well.

And how it looks on the calendar when it is hung up.

Not the best photo as I couldn’t get any direction to photograph from without haing a lot of glare because of the shiny surfaces and foiled patterns.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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February Calendar Page

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Feb 032019
 

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February Calendar Page and January Giveaway Winner

Hi and welcome to my blog (or welcome back if you’ve visited before).

Today I am announcing the winner of the Giveaway where anybody could enter by commenting on the January calendar post on this blog.  I’ve also got the page I’ve decorated for February in my Mother’s calendar to show you.

Giveaway Winner

All those who commented on the relevant post on my blog during January had their names put into a box and a random one was drawn out to get the unopened CD-ROM that I’d got two of.

The winner is Karin van Eijk (Karin, like me, is a crafting blogger.  You can see her blog here – https://karinsartscrap.blogspot.com/).

February Calendar Page

If you are not already aware – for a few years now I have been buying my mother a blank Papermill Direct calendar every year, and as the year progresses I’ve been decorating the pages in a variety of different ways.  (You can see the January one – Here!)  Sometimes she askes for something specific and sometimes she tells me to surprise her.

This month I’ve gone for a cascade of paper flowers.

Both backgrounds are from the Fancy Fretwork USB that has lots of SVG cutting files and  .jpg background designs. They were printed onto good quality, 120gsm paper.

The purple cardstock that’s framing behind the background, as well as the purple flowers and pearls used to decorate, are from the Hobby House Colour Collection – Periwinkle. The rest of the flowers and leaves are from my stash – Every now and then, when I have odd bits of cardstock, I either lay them on the cutting mat of my ScanNCut and set it to cut lots of different flowers or leaves depending on the colour, or I put them through a die-cutting machine with various sized floral dies.  I keep all the flowers and leaves produced in a box to pull out when I need a quick flower on something.

Fingerlift Tape was used to stick the cardstock to the calendar, and the main backing to the cardstock.  2mm deep, double sided, foam tape was used to stick the “wall” background in place.  I then used Pinflair Glue Gel to stick the cascade of flowers and leaves down either side.

I finished off with some “birds” in the sky – drawn with a black Nuvo alcohol marker.

Here’s the work before it was stuck on the calendar.

 

I also printed out the month title, Chwefror, (Welsh for February,) to cover the title already there.

This is what the calendar page looks like when finished.

Video and New Giveaway

I’ve nearly finished my next YouTube video, so keep an eye out for my next blog post in a few days time, as in addition to showing you how I make something – I will also be giving that something away for those who comment in the relevant places between then and the end of February.

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Jan 012019
 

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Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 2019 Happy New Year
And A Giveaway

Hi to you, whoever you are, who is reading this.  A new year has started. Time to reflect on what has past and to plan for the future.

Do you make New Year resolutions?  I rarely do.

I just want to do whatever I can do, to the best of my abilities, bareing in mind that my health/disabilities, and their changeable nature, dictates what I can do from hour to hour and day to day.

I just want to do a variety of crafting, depending on how I am on any particular day, do some puttering in the garden come the summer, and perhaps do some re-organising of another room in the house (if you have visited before you may have seen that for 2018 my major project was re-decorating the spare room and make my own blankets, quilts, etc., for it.)  I don’t think it will be a room that requires a lot of crafted items though.

Today I’ve got what I put on the first, January, page of the Papermill Direct callendar I’ve given my mother to show you.

I’ve gone back to foiling using my ScanNCut for this page.

The background had a pattern from within Canvas put on the page 3 times side by side before drawing in glue and foiling with verigated green foiling.  I then coloured it in roughly using a green spectrum sparkle brush nib pen.

The topper panel was made using the ssme method – a frameing element from within the software as well as writing using in-built text. Gold foil this time, and again a sparkly pen was used to colour.

As the page headings are in English I decided to cover the month with a panel giving the Welsh month name (Last year I just wrote the Welsh names above the English word).  This time I stuck with gold foil and coloured using an alcohol marker.

Then it was simply a case of sticking everything together using fingerlift tape. I’ve left quite a bit of background showing as I’ve told Mam that it leaves room to add any photo she wants during the month.

Getting photo to show any spatkly or colour of foiling is difficult, do I’ve taken two photos in different lighting at a different angle.

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Any of you ever found that you have bought two of something you are never going to need two of?  I’m not talking about something like a batch of glue and then find you’ve got most of the last batch put away somewhere safe, I’m talking about something that will last a lifetime and you only need one.

Well, while I was doing a bit of clearing up prior to Christmas I found out that I had bought two of the same CD-ROMs.  The Pollyanna Pickering Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII ” Journey To The Southern Hemisphere”.

I think it happened because I didn’t have enough money for the whole of one collection when they came out, so only went for the CD-ROM.  But later on the price for the collection, that included toppers, backing papers, etc., was on offer, so I went for the lot and got the CD-ROM again.

So now I have two of the same CD-ROMs (one still in its cellophane wrap), and I want to give one away.  So what better than to do a giveaway on my blog at the start of the new year.

Giveaway

To be entered into the draw for the giveaway, all you need to do is comment on this blog post.  Just something along the lines of “I would like receive the CD-ROM” will do.  Also, make sure that you enter your correct name and E-mail address above the comment box so that I have a means of contacting you for your address if you are the lucky name that will be randomly drawn.  I will close the draw on 31 January, 2019, so plenty of time for you to put your name down – although I always find that doing it immediately, while in the front of the mind, is best, or I tend to forget to go back and do something.

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If you want the CD-ROM, but are not lucky enough to be randomly drawn to get this copy, then, as I’m writing this the CD-ROM “Pollyanna Pickering’s Sketch Book Collection Chapter VIII Journey To The Southern Hemisphere” is available – Here!

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December’s Calendar Page

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Dec 082018
 

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December Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

Over the year I’ve tried to use a variety of papercrafting styles, with a little but not a lot of dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). Some pages have been decorated with something requested by Mam, some I’ve given her some images to choose from, and some she’s just told me to surprise her with anything.

You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, for September – here, for October – here, and for November – here.

I decided to turn to a Hunkeydory collection for this month’s image.  It is a collection of animals, and I chose an image of a stag which had decolarge layers and matching background.

This time I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick every thing in place – from sticking background to calendar to adding the decupage layers.

Here are a few photos of the page. (Sorry the photos are not the best I’ve taken.)

I’ve not photographed the whole calendar page this time, or the file attached to the bottom to hold appointment letters, etc. But this the whole page decoration I added.

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So, that’s the last page for this year done.  I’ve already bought a blank calendar ready to give her for next year, so you can expect to see more posts about that as the year progresses.

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November’s Calendar Page

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Nov 082018
 

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November Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting styles, with a little but not a lot of dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, for September – here, and for October – here.

Some months I ask my mother what she would like on her calendar for that month and she tells me ehat she wants – like last month she wanted my nephews in their school uniform.  This month, however, she told me to surprise her with whatever I wanted.

I’d just received the Pollyanna Pickering “Best of Breeds” volume 2 CD-ROM and immediatelly thought the Border Collie would suit.  I printed out a whole page of the “sketchbook” type image.

This is a large proportion of the image I chose.

I decided I wanted to frame the image in some way, but decided against using further items from the CD-ROM. Instead I reached for my Tattered Lace Brambles die and matching digital artwork (From the Bohemian Garden collection – though I only bought the bramble flowers and fruit dies)

I printed out a background onto good quality paper and the image for the die onto 250gsm cardstock.

I then cut out two of the images.

I used lots of fingerlift tape to attach the image to the background and Pinflair Glue Gel to attach the bramble layers in two opposite corners.

I put lots of fingerlift tape onto the back and attached it to the calendar.

This is what the blackberries look like when layered up a bit – I didn’t use all the little bits.

The image when it was all stuck together looks like this.

And this is the whole calender, as displayed with a file for appointment, prescription, etc., paperwork beneath.

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So, that’s the November page done.  I’ll be back early next month with the December page so time to get my thinking cap on.

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October’s Calendar Page

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Oct 112018
 

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October Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, and for September – here.

As soon as the school restarted last month Mam said that she wanted pictures of her two youngest grandsons in their school uniformnand sports uniform for the October page of her Calendar.  Easy you would think, after all they come here after school most days.  But they are already throwing off their uniform as they are coming through the door, and getting them to stand still, with a tidy look on their faces is not an easy task.

I did manage to get reasonable photos of them both in the end – although their shoes and school jumpers had gone flying before I managed to get them to stand for me, and the only way I could gat a reasonable look on their faces was promise them that I would take a second photo with them pulling the silliest faces they wanted.  I never did get ones of them in their sports kit uniform therefore had to crop out a photo of that uniform, together with the school badge, from the school prospectus.

After deciding on which photos I wanted to use I resized and cropped them, and then printed onto glossy photo paper.

I chose a metalic embossed, cream background, flourish patterened, cardstock from Kanban as my main background.  I trimmed a bit off the sheet and matted it onto a dark blue A4 sheet of Adoreable Scoreable cardstock so it was framed.

I took further sheets of the Adoreable Scorable of the same colour, and aftervcutting out the photos, I matted them as well, again trimming to give a small frameing border around each photo.

I then played around with the layout until I wss happy with it before sticking everything down, going for a bit of a jaunty layout for some elements.

The final job was to put a lot of double sided tape onto the back of my layout and attach it onto the calendar.

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So, that’s the October page done.  Hopefully I’ll be back next month with the November page.  What will I decorate that with.  A few weeks to get my thinking cap on I think.

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September’s Calendar Page

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Sep 032018
 

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September Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift, which I’m decorating for her month by month. I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension – because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month. You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my previous posts about it if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, and for August – here.

I asked Mam what she wanted for September and she said that, as I’d got lots of pictures of the garden, she’d like another photo.  So, I needed to think of something a bit different to the series of photos of our strawberries growing I’d used for the August page.  A quick scan through my photos on my laptop and I decided to go for a photo of the nasturtiums I’ve got growing in a raised trough.

I didn’t just want to put up a photo so I printed the photo out at 5″ x 3″ onto glossy photo paper.

I’d had my ScanNCut out during August doing a bit of foiling for greetings on some of my Christmas cards, so I decided that I’d go for a bit of foiling for this month’s calendar page.  I used various designs available within the online Canvas software – a foliage background, a feather, and some flowers (also I put on the word MAM as I want it for my mother’s birthday card later).

I sent my required design wirelessly from Canvas to my ScanNCut and got it drawn out using the glue pen from the ScanNCut foiling kit.  I put a strip of white lightweight cardstock on the upper half of the mat and a strip of parchment on the lower half.

I think the price of the ScanNCut foil sheets is far to expensive for the small number of little pieces you get, so I use other foils.

For the background I used a verigated green foil,

(It’s rather difficult getting a good photo of the shine of the foil so I’ve tried a few times at different angles.)

for the feather I used gold on one end and silver the rest of the way down and for the flowers I used a variety of gold, silver and rose gold – using parts that are left on previously used foil sheets.

(Again it was difgicult getting a good photo to show the various different foils)

I have to admit that I didn’t put the sheet from the foiling kit over the foil sheet and get the ScanNCut to rub over – I just rubbed over the back of the foil sheets using the spatula that came with the machine – and I’m perfectly happy with the result.

Using Chameleon pencils I then decided to do a bit of colouring, both on the back of the images on the parchment,

 

and on the front of the background on the light cardstock.

I kept the colouring light so that it wouldn’t pop too much and grab attention off the photo.

I cut out the images on the parchment as close as possible to the outside foil line (I know I could have used my ScanNCut to do the cutting for me, but I’d put the machine away to create some space while colouring in and didn’t feel like getting it out again for so few elements.)

i cut a large sheet of green cardstock to just under A4 size with a pattern edge cutter to use as the main panel for sticking onto the calendar, putting some fingerlift tape onto the back prior to building up the design.

I also cut a mat to stick behind the photograph from the same cardstock.

I decided to go random when cutting out the foiled foliage background.  I decided to make it a bit smaller than the original size so cut up a leaf and berry branch to use as individual embelishments.

I then set about sticking the layers together using fingerlift tape before shapeing the embelishments with my fingers and sticking them in place using glue dots.

Two glue dots under end and centre of feather to keep shape.

The flowers were stuck in clusters around the page.

And this is what the page looks like ready to stick up on the calendar.

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So, that’s the September page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the October page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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August’s Calendar Page

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Aug 102018
 

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August Calendar Page

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Would you believe it, but I had what I wanted to put up on my mother’s calendar for the month of August ready made, with fingerlift tape on the back, ready to stick up on the 1st. (It’s just taken me a few days to get it photographed once it was stuck up, and to get photos intp my post ready to schedule it.)

If you’ve not visited my blog previously you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother, which I’m decorating for her month by month. You can catch up by visiting my previous pists about it if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, and fot July – here.

I’m trying to decorate the pages for each month using different types of papercraft. Had a discussion with my mother who reconed that it was time for something from the garden.  And I had an idea! – why not turn some digital scrapbooking (that I’ve shown you previously) into a bit of hybrid crafting.

I’ve shown you two digital scrapbook layouts showing the development of sreawberries in my garden previously.

Strawberries Digital Scrapbook Page

And

A Bit Of A Catchup And A Layout

I took both layouts into my software and placed them side by side and shrunk them to the size I wanted for this project.  I also clopped out a single strawberry and put several copies at fifferent sizes on a blank area of the page.  This was then printed off onto A4 glossy photo paper.  A whole sheet of the same green background was also printed off onto A4 Super Smooth cardstock.

All the frames and backgrounds come from the Dragons Lair Designs Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit.

After trimming the green background to a size suitable gor the calendar, I cut out the double layout spread as well as each of the individual strawberries.  I stuck the layout onto the background at a jaunty angle using fingerlift tape.  I shaped the strawberries a bit and then stuck them in place using Pinflair Glue Gel.

This is what I came up with.

Here’s a look at it from an angle, showing some dimension.

It’s difficult to get the dimension to show without glare off the glossy photo psper.

 

This is what the whole page looks like.

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So, that’s the August page.  I now need to think of what to prepare for the September page. I’m sure I’ll be blogging what I make at some point during next month.

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You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
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