2017 Desktop Calendars

By | December 11, 2016

It’s time to wrap up my 2017 desktop calendars, literally!!!  This weekend, my goal was to design the December page and wrap all 12 months so they’re ready to hand out as gifts.

First, I created my December page using the Christmas Pines Bundle including the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies.  I think this bundle is my favorite holiday set.  It’s hard to choose, but I sure have used it a lot, so it must be my favorite!!!  It’s so festive and pretty that I thought it would make a great calendar page.

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My calendar pages measure 4″ x 6″, so they fit in a standard picture frame.

I layered lots of pine needles and holly berries cut from Emerald Envy, Mint Macaroon, and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Then, I used gold embossing for my pinecones and month.  The gold embossing and gold foil bow add just a touch of shine for a more festive feel.

I used the December 2015 Paper Pumpkin stamp set to stamp the month.  If you don’t have that set, you could substitute the Project Life Date It (#141563) stamp set.

Because my pine bough was so colorful, I decided to tone down the rest of the page.  So, I used a subtle texturing in the background and a white punch for the month.

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To create the calendar layer, I used My Memories Suite software.  To download the December 2017 printable, click HERE.  Print the sheet on 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White cardstock with the smallest margins possible and black ink.  Each sheet will make four calendar sheets measuring 3″ x 5″  Cutting instructions are below.

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Supplies used to create my December 2017 calendars:

Next, I went through all the calendar pages I created this year and sorted them into piles.  Here’s a recap of all the pages I’ve made:

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Because I handmade all my pages this year (versus creating them digitally as in recent years), my pages were fairly bulky.  Therefore, I decided to place them in a 6″ x 8″ cello bag.  Then, I created a cover sheet to slip into the bag over the January page, so the pages would be a surprise.  (Unless of course my friends and family read my blog!)

My top sheet measures 5-1/2″ wide and 6″ tall, and it’s cut from Moroccan Designer Series Paper.  I used that same paper to cut the Emerald Envy 1″ strip that I notched with the Banner Triple Punch.

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I stamped the 2017 with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and then cut it out with the Tags and Labels Framelits Dies.  I was able to place all four numbers on one acrylic block to stamp the whole year in one shot.  I tried to make the cover sheet fairly generic, since recipients will be looking at it all year long.

However, I realized to my delight that the calendars still have a Christmas flair, because when you turn them over, the back of the December page is covered in Christmas bells!!!  I folded my cello bag over and closed it with some washi tape.  This will make it easy to open and close the cello bag as the individual pages are used.

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Here’s all of my finished calendars!!!  Whew, it feels like quite an accomplishment to finish them.  I think my friends and family will love them.

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Supplies used to wrap my calendars:

Hope you’ve enjoyed creating these calendar pages with me this year!

Tami Hewlett

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