DIY: Landscape Inspirational Desk Calendar

January 6, 2012

I hope you’re not totally over my whole “calendar” thing…because I certainly am not!

I’ve been having a blast creating all sorts of custom stamped calendars and each time I give one away, it puts big smile on the recipient’s face! It’s such a great feeling to give away something handmade!

Today’s calendar is one that I created after finding a wonderful website that sells clear cases for holding handmade calendars.

We’ve all seen the calendars that fit inside a standard size CD case. I thought it might be cool to create a similar calendar, but with different dimensions. This began my search for clear calendar cases in different sizes…I figured they had to exist somewhere!!

Well – turns out they do exist in different sizes! TONS of different sizes. Take a trip over to Calendar-Case.com. If you haven’t already heard of this site – prepare to fall in love. Or maybe it’s just me…I’m a sucker for packaging!

I ordered their smallest Sampler Pack, which gave me one of each size for only 8 bucks – shipped!

For today’s calendar, I used the Landscape Calendar Case which measures approximately 4×7″.

Now – for the design of this calendar, I came up with a really simple and fun idea….

See – my crafting style is typically clean, simple & graphic. I usually choose sentiments that are similarly clean, simple & graphic. I prefer short, sweet sentiments like “Thanks,” “Hello,” “Thinking of You.” This means that many of my “wordy” sentiments don’t get much use. Most of them were completely uninked ….until today’s project!

I searched my Papertrey Ink stamps for the “wordy” sentiments and quotes that are often included in their sets.  Then, I stamped one of these on each page of my calendar and stamped images around the sentiment.

I love to stamp, so this project was tons of fun! Each page features a simple stamped design along with the sentiment.

Ok- now I’m done rambling…here’s the finished product…

I’ll start out with the packaging for this calendar. On the flat side of the case , I stamped simple floral images from Papertrey Ink’s Daydreamer set. Then I used Fresh Alphabet and Simple Alphabet for the Calendar title. I thought that “inspirational” really did sum up the theme of this calendar since the sentiments on each page are so uplifting.

Peace Be Still with sentiment from Boards and Beams
Impress Fresh Ink in Navy, Gypsy Blue, and Sicilian Blue 

Rosie Posie with sentiment from Happy Trails
Impress Fresh Ink in Mojito, Strawberry, Fuchsia, and  Pink Lemonade

 Butterfly Dreams with sentiment from Daydreamer
Impress Fresh Ink in Chamomile, Peach, Basil, and Mango

 Up, Up & Away with sentiment from Life
Impress Fresh Ink in Sicilian Blue and Gypsy Blue

Impress Fresh Ink in Mango and Basil

Up, Up & Away with sentiment from Butterfly Dreams
Impress Fresh Ink in Steel Blue, Gypsy Blue, Pool and Island

Impress Fresh Ink in Honey and Chamomile

Impress Fresh Ink in Mojito, Chocolate and Mango

Delightful Doilies with sentiment from Daydreamer
Impress Fresh Ink in Ginger; Papertrey Ink Dye Ink in Autumn Rose; Versafine Ink in Habanero

Harvest Berries with sentiment from Half and Half
Versafine Ink in Hababero; Impress Fresh Ink in Chocolate

Impress Fresh Ink in Chamomile, Fig, Ginger and Honey; Versafine Ink in Habanero

Impress Fresh Ink in Mojito and Red Currant
With all the stamping done, I added some twine and a tag to finish it off!
All in all, the project took me about 45 minutes to complete. The stamping wasn’t too fussy and I really enjoyed playing with all my stamp sets to create the pages.
I’ll be sharing the template for this calendar for those who are interested…I just need some time to merge the PDF’s into one document.  I’m hoping to have that all done in a couple of days! In the meantime, you should go ahead and order some calendar cases (and in case you’re wondering, I’m totally not in cahoots with Calendar Case.com to advertise their product. I just get really excited when I find a product that I love…and I really do love these cases!)
 

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow for the Clear and Simple Stamps Style Watch project!

29 thoughts on “Landscape Inspirational Desk Calendar”

  1. This calendar is GORGEOUS, Amber. Thanks for sharing all of the these with us, the templates and where you found this cool calendar holders. I had to order some 🙂 Thanks a bunch, Amber.

  2. You have done it again (like I’m surprised – lol)! 🙂 An amazing calendar done with CAS style – I L-O-V-E it! I can see pumping these yummies out assembly-line style.

    AND… just so you know, you aren’t the ONLY one that is a sucker for packaging! 😉 Thanks for the tip on the Calendar Packing site!

  3. All your calendars have been so inspiring, a definite treat for any recipient.

    I’m so glad you shared your calendar case website, love all the wonderful goodies they carry!

  4. Amber – just found you tonight – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this calendar idea. Please let us know when you get the PDF file done… I can’t wait to purchase my case and make one for my desk.

    Am now following you – will be watching more of your videos now.

    Mary Farrington [email protected]

  5. Amber, thank you so much for sharing your project and the downloads. I ordered the cases and just printed the calendars on PTI cardstock and they do not all fit in the case. I was wondering what cardstock you used or recommend.

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