Do you still use paper calendars or do you use electronic ones? Sometimes I use the calendar on my phone, but I mostly still use paper ones. I have a calendar in the kitchen for family activities and appointments and a desktop one in my office that is mostly decorative.
For the past few years I have been ordering desktop calendars from a friend and adding my own patterned paper, photos, and embellishments to them. When I saw the Days To Remember stamp set in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catatlogue, I knew that I wanted to try to make my own calendar… from scratch!
The stamp set was designed to make any kind of calendar and came with month stamps, initials for the days, and a very cool stamp for doing the dates:
I love to garden and I loved the Bloom Where You Are Planted Designer Series Paper (DSP), so an idea was born to make a plant calendar!
I also wanted to add fun and inspirational plant phrases but those did not come in a stamp so I ended up making my own in Photoshop and printing them out on sheets of cardstock. I did a set of phrases on coloured cardstock that coordinated with the DSP (Just Jade, Smoky Slate, and Cinnamon Cider) and another set printed on Basic White.
Once all the elements were decided, I stamped the calendar pages and laid them out for design ideas. As you may have noticed, I didn’t make just one calendar… I made 6!!
Because I was making my own calendars from scratch, I had to figure out how to bind the pages together. I finally decided to try The Happy Planner disc system that had a special punch for doing the notches (as seen in photo above) and discs for holding the paper together. The black discs are a bold statement and I really liked the look of them on the calendar. As a bonus, they have cute little hearts in the middle!
I love how this calendar turned out and I can’t wait for 2022 so I can put it out on my desk!
I do have a few of these left if you are looking for a gift for a teacher or a plant lover in your family. They are $20 each and available for pick in west Edmonton. Just send me a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like one!