Today, I have the latest installment of my 2017 desktop calendars to share with you. I’m getting so close to finishing that it’s super exciting. I’ve been working on these all year, and I only have one more month to go!
In case you’ve missed earlier posts, these calendars measure 4″ x 6″ and fit in a standard frame. I’ve been making eight sets so I can give them away as gifts for Christmas. Each one is totally unique.
For the November calendar page, I was in a little bit of a dilemma. I don’t have a lot of “Fall” themed stamp sets. I tend to spend all my time in the Fall making Christmas cards! So, I remembered a recently retired bundle, the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, and thought they would work perfectly. I love the leaves in this bundle, as well as the little apple die cuts. Additionally, I used the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies to create my wreath.
For the background, I used some Moroccan Designer Series Paper. Cut the paper to measure 4″ x 6″ and you can get six calendar pages from each sheet. I sponged the edges with Early Espresso ink.
Next, I created the calendar layer with My Memories Suite software. To download the November 2017 printable, click HERE. Print the sheet on 8-1/2″ x 11″ Very Vanilla cardstock with the smallest margins possible and colored ink. (It should print dark brown.) Each sheet will make four calendar sheets measuring 3″ x 5″ Cutting instructions are below. After cutting, sponge the edges with Emerald Envy ink.
Cut the wreath from Early Espresso cardstock, and then cut the Beautiful Banners laser leaves from Emerald Envy (2 leaves) and Bermuda Bay (1 leaf) cardstock. You will need to trim the leaves off of the larger die cut that’s meant to be the stem of a flower.
For the stamped leaf, first I inked up my Thoughtful Branches leaf with Emerald Envy ink, then I sponged Bermuda Bay ink around the tip before stamping. Don’t forget to give your stamp a little huff before stamping to moisten the ink.
Finally, cut three apple dies from Delightful Dijon cardstock, and sponge the edges with the same color ink. I used glue dots to adhere the apples to make sure they really stuck.
To create my banners, I used the Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, which are now also retired. I stamped with Early Espresso ink on Delightful Dijon cardstock. If you don’t have those die cuts, substitute another similar shaped die cut or punch. The “November” stamp is from the December 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit. If you did not purchase that kit, you can substitute the Project Life Date It stamp set.
Here’s a list of the current supplies I used on my calendar page: