Cricut: Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore

November 19, 2014

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask LoveDIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

It’s no secret that I love calendars. Strike that. I love making calendars. I’ve been doing it for years on the blog and there is no reason to stop the tradition now! Take a look HERE to see all the pretty calendars from the Damask Love archives.

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

During one of my late night Pinterest sessions, I came across this pretty calendar by Rifle Paper Co. I knew I could create something similar and that’s when I hopped to it. Sometimes, I create crafts like I’m a superhero being summoned to the job. Like some sort of siren just went off and there’s a craft emergency to be solved. I drop everything I’m doing and start with the making.

This time around, I called on my beloved Cricut Explore. Y’all know I love that thing with a passion. If this house goes up in flames, I’m grabbing the baby…and the Explore. The folks at Cricut advertise the Explore as a machine that allows you to “Go from Inspiration to Creation in just a few clicks.” Well, truth be told – when I first heard this tagline, I was feeling pretty cynical about the whole thing…but dammit…it turns out those people were right. From the time I saw the inspiration calendar, it took me all of fifteen minutes to come up with something similar in Cricut Design Space. It’s incredibly satisfying to make something in such short order…without having to order special dies or stamps for the project. So, let me take you on a little tour of how this pretty calendar came together:

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask LoveHere’s a rundown of details on supplies. You’ll wanna read this to make sure you understand how all the elements were created:

{1} Twelve 4 x 4.5″ scalloped rectangles cut from white cardstock. These were cut using a design I created and imported into Design Space. You certainly don’t have to use a scalloped-edged rectangle. You could whatever shape you want, but I have a little love affair with scalloped edges. We’ve been serious for quite some time.

{2} Month words cut from gold vinyl.  This is the most labor intensive part of the project. Cricut Design Space allows you to use whatever fonts you already own on your computer, so I used one of my favorite script fonts to spell out the months of the year. I cut them from gold vinyl, which is a great medium for cutouts that are delicate and might otherwise rip or tear if cut from paper.

{3} The vintage floral images are also available through Cricut Design Space. Stationery designer, Anna Griffin has several Print Then Cut designs available through Design Space and these florals are part of her Vintage Florals image set. Just select the ones you want, resize them, and you’re ready to print them out and cut them. I printed twelve floral images onto the Cricut Printable Sticker Paper so that they’d be super easy to adhere to my calendar design.

{4} To add the months of the year to each calendar page, I used the Damask Love Let’s Make a Date stamp set that was released last year! If you’re chomping at the bit to have this stamp set, it’s back and available for purchase in very limited quantity. Visit the SHOP to grab yours.  For more deets on this awesome stamp set, visit THIS post and if you’d like to order be sure you do it now!

{5} Select your favorite ink for stamping the months of the year. I went for Memento Luxe because it’s my current fave.

{6} NOT PICTURED: Since you’re working with vinyl, you’ll also need some vinyl transfer tape.

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

{1} Stamp each calendar page using “Let’s Make a Date” – if you don’t have this stamp set  yet, keep scrolling! It’s back in stock and ready to come live with you.

{2} Peel away one of the vintage floral stickers…

{3} Adhere the sticker to the calendar page. I stuck mine slightly off the edge of the calendar page.

{4} Use scissors to trim off any of the sticker that extends beyond the edge of the calendar page.

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love{5} Place the transfer tape over the word cutout

{6} Peel the word off of it’s original backing and then place directly onto the calendar page. Rub it well to make sure it adheres.

{7} Peel away the transfer tape and you’re done…and yes…vinyl works beautifully on paper. It adheres just like a sticker would…so go ahead and add it to your arsenal of paper crafting supplies!

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask LoveDIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

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20 thoughts on “Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore”

  1. Wow! Beautiful! You are incredibly talented. I love your calendar so much more than the inspiration. I’m learning so much from you and I’m now totally obsessed with getting the Cricut Explore. Thanks 🙂

  2. Amber, these are stunning! I am LOVING the new blog direction you are taking here, and I hope this new venture is wildly successful for you.I pinned this project to share it with the world!

    1. What font for the months did you end up using. I don’t recognize it.
      Also, you say in the post that you used gold vinyl but it shows on white and using a gold pen and then cut so what happened in the picture to show it on white background? I want to do the project and can’t follow the details. Help please. Thank you,
      Beverly
      jordanbev5 at yahoo dot com

      1. Hi Beverly, The font is called Poem Script and is available via myfonts.com – It is not a free font so you may want to consider using a similar font that is available at no cost. Regarding the gold vinyl, I’m not entirely sure I understand the question. The months were cut from gold cricut vinyl and then I weeded out all of the extra excess pieces to reveal the final word. I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    1. Hi Helen! The font is called Poem Script. It’s available from myfonts.com – it’s not a free font so you may want to find something similar that is available at no cost.

  3. This is so beautiful, and I had no idea that the vinyl would just stick to the paper like that with no other adhesive. Amazing! Must try that!

  4. GIRL ~ this post is the bomb!! You know what I am thinking right now but I am trying to keep it G rated ……… Hope you are feeling well, Princess!!!

  5. I love the use of the vinyl. Ever since you profiled the Explore I’ve been trying to get it. Ordered one on Amazon and was sent the Expression 2 by mistake. But soon I’ll have the right machine and will be able to try these beautiful projects. Thanks!

  6. Hi,
    I love this project. Do you know of a video that explains how to install and use this font with the Cricut Explore.
    I want to purchase this fonts for writing with the V5 Pilot Pens in the Cricut. Do you have any picture using this fonts for writing with any specific pen.

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