Desktop Calendar Gift

Here’s what I’ve been working on. I started a few Christmas gifts, especially for Brad’s parents who have really helped us out since moving closer to them. I decided to make them a two sided desktop calendar where they can display some pictures of grandchildren & keep track of their days. I found these great 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ spiral bound, which are now available in my Etsy Shop.   They are 15 page, blank desktop beauties and thought they’d be perfect for calendars & many other projects.

I’m using the new My Minds Eye All Is Bright 6×6″ pad and the 4×6 Elements Pad as well. I also did some embossing and inked the edges with my Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Walnut Stain. The scalloped banners were created using my Fiskars scalloped circle punch and folding them in half.

Here’s a good view of the texture and the dimension on the page.

Then, I began looking for small printable calendars online. I found exactly what I needed at Calendar Labs. I printed the set I wanted on a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Kraft cardstock and trimmed them down. These small calendars end up being 2″ by 2 9/16″. There are several different varieties to choose from and are free to download and print. They also open as a Word Document.

I also wanted to share a quick tip for adhering die cuts and other embellishments over ribbon, especially when it’s tied in a bow. First I tie my bow and position it where I want it on my project. Then I place pop dots around where the ribbon is laying and adhere them directly to the base of the project as shown below.

This makes is easy to adhere your element on top of the bow without bending it or squishing your bow. Try it out! I actually stacked two pop dots on top of each other for even more lift off the front page.
Those NEW 4″  French Lace Doilies are making their way into my Etsy Shop this week!  I have an early bird deal for YOU.  Instead of 20 doilies for $2.50, you’ll get 40 doilies for the same price!!  Make sure you convo me on Etsy prior to check out so I create your discount!

*** Just 2 weeks til the big UpCycle It crop!!  Do you have your registration in??  I hope so!  If you’re still thinking about coming, I just posted a special deal for Friday only ~ $15!!  Crop from 3pm til you drop and includes your welcome gift, snacks, make & take & door prizes!

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