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Guest Designer: Rebecca Grinder

I have asked Rebecca Grinder back this week to share her calendar project with us...

                                                  

I love to give calendars as gifts. Especially, to those who don’t papercraft. A mini book or album may be pulled off the book shelf and looked at now and again, but a calendar is a gift the receiver will look at every day. I created this kit for others to purchase at my etsy shop at One Bright Spot.



The Me and My Big Ideas 6x6 Mini Album kits are perfect for this type of project. I cut the patterned paper and chipboard in half, creating 2 mini books for the price of one. These kits also come with matching embellishments. I did have to pull out an additional peice of patterned paper to have enough pages for the covers. I print wallet size pictures (4 per sheet for 39 cents) at Costco for this 3x6 size calendar. It works well if I am making duplicate gifts. I printed the actual 2010 calendar months off onto cardstock from a free Microsoft Office Online template download.



Variation - Instead of only 12 pages, create 31 pages. Each page numbered for the day of the month. Although this calendar is much more teatious of a project, the calendar is reusable year after year. Use photo corners for the pictures so when they become outdated, they can be easily replaced.







In order to hold the silk flower:


1. I punched a hole in the front cover chipboard.


2. Then, I trimmed the silk flower stem, keeping between 1/2-3/4 inch of stem to feed into the front cover.


3. Next, I took the layers of the flower apart, using half or more for the outside front cover. After feeding the stem through the hole, I placed the remaining petals on the stem inside the front cover.


4. Then, using a long tailed brad, I stuck the brad into the stem to hold the flower in place (along with some adhesive on the petals should do the trick!).




To check out more of Rebecca's holiday gifts and designs, go to her blog, Outside the Box.

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