Hi! poki here with my hybrid project for August! I have been building calendars as gifts for family and friends since 2003. I’ve made lots of calendars over the years, in lots of different styles and shapes and have learned a few tricks along the way . The most recent “trick” I learned was to build PERPETUAL CALENDAR number arrangements. There are only 7 possible starting dates for the months of the year (start on Sunday, or Monday, or Tuesday, etc) so you really only need to make those 7 date patterns with 31 days in each , and then creatively erase the numbers you don’t need!
BUILDING THE CALENDAR:
When I build my perpetual calendar, I start by “building big!” I build my seven calendar date patterns to fit the largest size calendar I might possibly make, probably an 8 x 10. I build my calendars so that I can reduce them in size, but never have to increase the size (which would probably lose resolution) In order to make sure rows are centered, I build each day of the week vertically, starting with Wednesday, and then going out in either direction until the month is complete! Since I learned how to use the align tool in PSE 10, this process has become so much easier. If you don’t know how to use this tool, you should check it out before heading into a calendar project. Here is image of the tool bar where this tool is located in PSE10 … it can do fabulous things for you! Better go check it out (I use it everyday!)
I have some calendar printing software (unfortunately the file types are not compatible with Photo Shop) but it gives me a working calendar. For 2014 this is what I discovered about the months.
Starts on Sunday – June 30 days (use 31 day pattern, and erase last number)
Starts on Monday – 30, Dec 31 (so I made the December one first, then duplicate and erase 31 for Sept) Starts on Tuesday – April 30, July 31 (make July, duplicate and erase 31 for April) Starts on Wednesday – Jan 31, Oct 31 (make Jan, duplicate and change month to October)
Starts on Thursday – May 31 days Starts on Friday – August 31 days Starts on Saturday – Feb 28, March 31, Nov 30 (start with March, then duplicate and fix for Nov, then for Feb)
If you don’t feel up to tackling the creation of the calendar, you can probably purchase a calendar kit.
MAKING THE ART WORK:
I took my inspiration for the art toppers from a template from Southern Serenity Designs by Amber Morrison SIMPLICITY
and I used The Digi Chick collab SLAINTE for elements and paper
Here is the background paper stack I created for my calendar topper:
After I had completed my background, I then built a flower cluster and added it to the background paper stack. I then duplicated the layered file, and flipped it to create 4 different templates to use in my calendar.
1. ORIGINAL. 2. duplicate of original flip vertical, 3. duplicate of original flip horizontal, and 4. duplicate of original flip vertical then horizontal.
This puts the flower cluster into each of the corners. Then I added my butterfly photos (I love to photograph butterflies so I had lots to choose from in my 13 year digital photo archive) When the artwork was done, I combined my background, clusters, photos and calendar on a 4″ x 6″ canvas and saved as *.jpg. Here is what my finished calendar pages look like:
I then uploaded these to my favorite photo printer and got them printed (watch your edges – I had to rearrange my canvases a little and print a second time, but originals will get used for another project and will not be wasted!)
PUTTING THE CALENDAR TOGETHER:
1. Adhere photos back to back in this order: January/December; February/November; March/October, April/September; May/August; and June/July. (If you follow this pattern, and flip through to June, turn the stand around, and July to December will be in order on the stand!)
2. Print patterned paper 6″ x 9″ to cover 4″ x 7″ chipboard. You will need two papers, and two chipboards to make the stand.
3. Trim patterned paper and wrap and adhere to chipboard. If you’ve been following my hybrid posts, you know that I do this often in projects …adhere chipboard in center of paper, trim corners diagonally leaving a small amount of paper to cover the corner but taking out the bulk. Then fold in and adhere to other side of chipboard.
4. Cut cardstock pieces 3 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ (you need 2) and 4″ x 6″. Score and fold the 4″ x 6″ piece at 1″, 3″ and 5″ (this creates the stand)
5. Adhere the 1″ tabs to the unfinished side of chipboard (it’s not completely covered by paper) so that the 3 pieces are connected. The middle score line folds up into the finished calendar to allow it to lay flat, but will also keep it standing up. Adhere the 3 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ cardstock to cover up the edges folded around the chipboard.
6. Use your binding machine to complete the stand-up calendar (I have a well used Zutter Binder that has been making books with it since 2009) Cut holes in both sides of the chipboard and the six double-sided calendar pages, then bind it together with the binding wire! Project complete!
My friends and family usually start reminding me about September that the new year is on its way and they NEED their new calendar from poki! Last year I made 38 of these calendars as gifts and sale items for a craft show I did in the Fall! Once the art work is done (and it’s reuseable!) making the calendars is pretty quick and easy! I’ve done all shapes and sizes of calendars – wildflower calendars, lighthouse calendars, and last year I even reduced the size some of my layouts of the children in my family and made calendar presents for Great Grandma, Grandma (my sister), and the parents of the children. Hand made calendars are such a special, personalized gift to give! Hope you are inspired to make your own!
Other Articles by poki04:
- "Family and Friends" mini pocket book - September 29th, 2014
- It's SPRING and almost Easter! - April 18th, 2014
- It's almost BIRTHDAY TIME in my family! - February 21st, 2014
- Fussy cutting project ... long time coming! - January 31st, 2014
- Christmas Card keeper - December 2013 - December 20th, 2013