Where has the time gone? It was early summer that I promised to catch up on my monthly desktop calendar project, when all of a sudden I realized it’s mid-August and I never designed the May 2017 calendar, let alone June, July, and August!!!!
Well, better late than never I say. Last weekend, I had a Saturday free and I spent the WHOLE day designing and creating three months of calendars.
If you’re wondering what this project is all about, each year I work on creating 4″ x 6″ desktop calendars for the next year. I TRY to design and make one calendar a month, so by the end of the year, I have a whole set to give away as Christmas presents. My friends and family absolutely love them.
So, here is my May 2017 desktop calendar. I had a lot of fun using one of my favorite stamp set bundles – Jar of Love, for this calendar page. I stamped the smallest jar with Archival Black ink so I could watercolor the background. I have to admit that I cheated a little here. I used some old retired Naturals White cardsotck, because I happened to have a lot in stock. However, you could substitute Shimmery White paper to achieve the same effect. Both tolerate watercoloring very well.
The Jar of Love bundle is great because it includes the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies. I particularly love the fact that I can stamp and cut out two of the flowers with one stamp and die. It makes it super easy to create lots of flowers!
I stamped the water in the jar with Smoky Slate ink and the stems with both Smoky Slate and Sahara Sand ink. Tip: When I stamped the leaves and stems, the stamps were too long for my page, so I used a Post-It note to mask the bottom part of the stamps and “shorten” the stems so they would fit inside my jar.
For the month of May, I used a Paper Pumpkin stamp set from December 2015. If you were not a Paper Pumpkin member at the time, you could substitute the Project Life Date It stamp set, which has lots of options for calendar months. I stamped the month on a banner created with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and punched out with the Duet Banner Punch.
To download the 8-1/2″ x 11″ May calendar printable, click HERE. Set your printer to the smallest margins possible, print on cardstock (Shimmery White for May), and follow the cutting instructions below.
Supplies used on my calendar page: