2018 Desktop Calendars

By | June 29, 2017

Today, I have three more installments of my 2018 Desktop Calendars to share with you, including April, May and June.  I create these calendars over the course of a year so I can hand them out as Christmas gifts.  The calendars measure 4″ x 6″ and fit in a standard frame.  My friends and family love them!!!

When designing each month, I use a combination of current and retired products.  I apologize that some of these items are no longer available.  If you want to re-create them and don’t have the specific products, you can always substitute.

My April 2018 calendar features the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set!  I just adore this stamp set.  I printed the calendar page (see link to JPEG below)  on Shimmery White Paper.  Then I stamped the background flowers with Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, and Lemon Lime Twist ink.  Next, I used a Stampin’ Spritzer and clear water to give my paper a little spritz and let the ink bleed.  After the paper dried, I stamped the detailed flowers in the same colors and sponged the edges with Sweet Sugarplum.

My background is from the retired Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  I stamped the month using the retired Project Life Date It stamp set.  To create the extended banner underneath the month, I punched out two banners, trimmed one down, and hid the seam underneath the top banner.

Current supplies used on my calendar:

For the May 2018 calendar, I used the darling new Daisy Delight suite of products.  I printed the calendar page on Whisper White cardstock using a color printer.  (See link to JPEG below.)  For the daisy, I stamped and embossed it in white on Shimmery White Paper and watercolored it with Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, and Night of Navy ink.  I mixed a lot of water with the Night of Navy so it wasn’t very dark and matched the background designer series paper.  Then, I stamped the center of the daisy with Daffodil Delight ink.

Afterwards, it’s easy to punch out the daisies with the Daisy Punch.  (You can purchase the punch and coordinating stamp set in a bundle for 10% off.)

I stamped the label using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set with Pool Party ink.  It’s a perfect size for these calendars and there’s a coordinating Classic Label punch.  Then, I used the retired Project Life Date It stamp set to stamp “May” in Old Olive ink.

Supplies used on my calendar:

For the June 2018 calendar page, I used the Colorful Seasons bundle!  This is another one of my new favorites … I just adore the Adirondack chair.  I printed the calendar (see link to JPEG below) on Crumb Cake cardstock.
To create the watercolor, I cut a Stitched Shape Framelits Die out of watercolor paper (the largest square.)  Then, I used the brush side of the following Stampin’ Write Markers to color the paper:  Pacific Point, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  Afterwards, I used an Aqua Painter filled with clear water to go over each color.  I cleaned my brush in-between each color so the colors barely blended together.  After drying the paper, I held an Aqua Painter over the watercolor paper and tapped it with a Bone Folder to add splatters.  Then, I counted 30 seconds and mopped up the water for a great effect.
For the drink, I inked up my stamp with Daffodil Delight ink and then used a Sponge Dauber to add a little Melon Mambo ink directly onto the stamp before stamping on watercolor paper.  Then, it’s super easy to cut out with the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.
I used the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies to cut out the label and stamped June with Basic Black Archival ink using the retired Project Life Date It stamp set.  Finally, I used the retired Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack as my background.  Since I’ve been creating 8 sets of calendars, I used different sheets with similar colors on some of my other pages.
Supplies used on my calendar:
I created the calendars on My Memories Suite.  To download a JPEG of each month, click on April, May, and June.  Print the JPEG on 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock with the smallest margins possible for your printer.  Each sheet will make 4 calendar layers.  Trim each one down to 3″ x 5″ as follows”
I’ll be back in September with three more calendars!



2 thoughts on “2018 Desktop Calendars

  1. Bev Mamayek

    Beautiful, beautiful calendars! Thanks for sharing your talent!


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