Saturday, January 10, 2009

Desk Calendar

I love these papers! New Close to My Heart "Daydream" level 2 set.
It has swirls, flourishes, frog's with crowns, other crowns, hearts -- soft and bold colors!

Many times we over think a calendar we really only use for quick reference.
This is just a small desk calendar to check the dates. I have another one I use to write memos and events on.
I used Close to My heart Jan. stamp of the month "Moments in Time" and post-it notes!
Super simple idea as they are not thick and simply peel off when the next month arrives.
The base is a heavier cardstock to maintain shape and support. You could trim your calendar pages down and even add a photo mat beside it! You could also add more color to your calendar pages if you like. I added a little ric- rac and a button. You could add anything you like.
Very simple project and fun to make!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Fun Calendar

It's that time of year~ 2009 calendars.
We have many options for homemade and personal calendars. Many printshops offer a variety of photo designs and sizes. I enjoy making them and doing specific colors, themes or using different techniques.
You could random stamp on your background, cut photo mats in different colors to pop the pictures, add stickers & embelishments, weave or tie hemp or ribbons in the corners, or distress and use some techniques. You could also add chipboard initials or names.
During the holidays we always get photos of our own family, and from friends.
These georgeous boys belong to an extra special friend I met in Gulf Shores, Ala.
You can use a wooden block if you aren't into cardstock. I love the cardstock because it's collapsable if you want to store it after. You can also use removable tape to change photos by months.
Each side has a photo area in a rotating spot, obviously there are 4 sides to this calendar.
The wallet size photos work super on this size but you could enlarge your base if you like.
I will be posting 4 other totally different calendar bases in the next 3 days so be sure to come back and check them out! You can also use the Close to My Heart "Moments in Time" January Stamp of the month if you are making different colored months .

Monday, January 5, 2009

Female Empowerment Wallet

In a new year it seems many of us choose resolutions. I generally don't, I am not fond of seeing how people feel if they fail on a diet or other.
I do try to be personally better than the year before. I love reading uplifting, motivational, or empowering messages for us women! It's nice to read one that gives us new energy.
I decided to make a wallet filled with empowering cards for several during the holidays. They were a big hit! The photo colors may be a little off but I believe you will get the idea.

The wallet opens up to hold 2 cards you can see each day.
One reads "May what I receive today mirror what I have given out."
Another reads "Today may test my strength, I will still be the best woman I can be".
There is no lack for wonderful sayings or quotes!
Then the back opens to hold other cards for more days. I made 31 sayings for each wallet, so they can be alternated to empower us each day.

Due to the amount of cards I did not embellish a lot because I wanted them to lay flat to fit in a purse if wanted.

I used Close to My Heart Perfect Day papers, Connections and Spot On Background stamps, and inks. I stippled a little. You could certainly embellish, distress or paper more or less. These would also make super lunch box notes.