Friday, November 21, 2008

So, I've been busy...

I have been working my little fingers to the bone..getting ready for an upcoming "Christmas Market" at the International School next Saturday!! I've got a lot of things that I'll get to sharing...all sorts of fun things:). I love calendars. I've been making calendars that fit inside a 3.5x5 acrylic frame for several friends for several years...and yes, I'll still get them their refill for the 2009 year, but I wanted to try these too! My wonderful friend Jeanelle totally hooked me up with the calendar template of the 3.5x5 calendars. I printed several of them, but then used it to create another template for these coaster calendars. The calendars are 3.5x3.5". The font is called CK Becky and it can be downloaded FREE from her blog here.
So, for some detail. I printed them on papertrey white cardstock. You all know my love affair with whisper white cardstock, but for this project, I wanted the paper a bit thicker...so I chose to go with the papertrey cardstock. After printing (I only needed 2 sheets of paper per calendar...yea for that!) and cutting, I added strips of designer paper. I used Urban Garden on the first calendar and then Sweet Always on the next two photos. The strips of paper are 3/8" wide. I attached the designer paper to each of the months, then pulled out my new bind-it-all!:) It is a super fun machine! I can't wait to get more time to play with it!
The BIA(from now on let's just call it that!) is super. It's easy to use, I just slipped about 6 sheets of the calendar in the machine, pulled the handle and beautiful holes! I slipped the other 6 sheets in and got perfectly lined up holes punched...yea! I took my 4x4 coasters and covered them with a piece of designer paper on one side and coordinating cardstock on the other side. I used my ATG gun to attach the paper to the coasters. I trimed the corners of the paper, and then sanded each side of the coaser with a sanding block, to round the edges perfectly and make the paper look lovely! Then came the BIA again, punching perfect holes again. I took my little "o-ring" as they are know in the binding world, put it in the awaiting slots, and then used my BIA to close the rings...SO easy!
I've got a few of these done...they go really quick, only took about 10 minutes from start to finish for each calendar. Fun gift for a teacher huh?! Or anyone that likes to have a calendar by their computer...so many options!

Thanks for hanging in to the end of this post! I know it was a little bit longer than usual!:) If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me an email!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great one!

11 comments:

Mary Fish said...

Absolutely charming. I wonder if I could do something similar with my SU chipboard journal (the small one). I don't have the nifty binding machine. Hugs, Mary

jules p said...

I gasped when I saw this. I love this little calendar. It is so cute and compact. And only 2 sheets of paper...cool!

bbchfred said...

Jeni, you are a genius! These are so stinkin' cute!! LOVE THEM! Boni

Lisa Brown said...

How cute! great idea!

Anonymous said...

Can you let us know where to get the calendar template? Or even email it to me?
I'd LOVE it--this looks like a great teacher gift for my son's teachers this year and would be quick to put several together at once:)
Thanks!
Melisa ;)
mwthornton@yahoo.com

Mama said...

LOVE IT! Can I order some to come with Tyler? Wala! Someone mentioned a cute gift for a child's teacher! I second that motion. . .YFF/Mom

wendyp said...

These are adorable! What a cute gift idea!!!

Deelite1 said...

Well I am sure going to try to case your design. Love it!
Deelite (SCS)

Diane said...

Oh cute calendar. Love the font also. Where did you find the template? I would love to make this for my daughters teacher.

Anonymous said...

I too love your idea and the template, is it possible for you too send?? I would be happy to pay for it, just let me know! Thanks! Erin email:stampingwitherin@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

I love this - would you mind sharing where you found the calendar template? These would make perfect gifts. Thanks so much, Tracy
email: tlytton@verizon.net