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 my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

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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July’s Calendar Page

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Jul 302018
 

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July Calendar Page

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Today’s post is something I should have shown you a good deal earlier in the month. If you’ve visited my blog previously you may have seen the posts I’ve made showing how I’ve decorated the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, and for June  – here.

I’m trying to decorate the pages for each month using different types of papercraft, and for July I used a CD-ROM and some dies.

The dies I used were “Mel’s Signature Collection – Budding Camellia Die” and “Mel’s Signature Collection – Magnolia Memories Die” and the matching My Craft Studio CD-ROM.

I printed out the images that work with the dies onto 200gsm super smooth cardstovk and also printed out several backgrounds.

I used my Snap die cutting machine to cut out the images and then started placeing them out in different positions on ßwveral backgrounds untill I had a background and layout I was happy with.

I shaped the pieces a bit using my fingers before starting to stick everything in place using some small pieces of foam tape to give the image some dimention.

This is what I came up with.

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

And a closer look at some of the flowers.

This is what the whole page looks like.

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

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You can see my page on Facebook by clicking – here.

You can see the cards I’ve made using design sheets from CUP in my “Crafter Showcase Area” on Craftsuprint.com – here
(Just scroll down past the top boxes to see the cards.)

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