Designed and Photographed by Amy SolovayFront Cover of the 2009 Calendar: Inside Front Cover of the 2009 Calendar, Plus January 2009 Calendar Page: February-March 2009 Calendar Pages: April-May 2009 Calendar Pages: June-July 2009 Calendar Pages: August-September 2009 Calendar Pages: October-November 2009 Calendar Pages: December 2009 Calendar Page, Plus More Space For Journaling, Important Dates, Birthdays, Anniversaries, To Do Lists, Gift Lists, Phone Numbers, ETC: Back Cover of the 2009 Scalloped Calendar Album:
Supplies Used To Create This Calendar:Albums: This calendar was created using 2 different, but similar, mini albums by Clear Scraps: One of them is the scalloped acrylic clear album, and the other is the scalloped chipboard album. They are both the same exact size and shape, measuring approximately 7 inches. They work beautifully together! I highly recommend mixing and matching Clear Scraps albums and embellishments in this way. If you are at all intimidated by the idea of designing an album that is completely clear, this is the perfect solution; you get plenty of clear pages to play with, but you can alternate the chipboard so that you only see through a few pages at a time, rather than having a fully transparent album. Also, the chipboard is less expensive than the acrylic, so combining the 2 materials will allow you to get the best of both worlds: you get the sophisticated look of an acrylic album while spending less, because you pay less for the chipboard. Other Supplies: The photos below will give you a general idea of the supplies that I used to create this clear calendar album. Please see the actual supply list for specific details. Typically, when I have an idea in mind for designing a new project, one of the first things I do is look through all my scrapbooking, art, and craft supplies and gather together the supplies that I think would work well together in the project. Sometimes I find that I need to order supplies before I can get started. Sometimes I don't use all the supplies that I think I will use, for example, this photo shows some handmade journaling blocks that I thought for sure I would use in the project, however, as I was working I decided to use pages from the Jenni Bowlin chipboard mini book as journaling blocks instead. Adhesive: People always ask us which adhesive they should use to create their clear albums. There is no exact answer to this question; it really depends on your preference. For this particular clear album, I used 3 different types of adhesive: Zip Dry Paper Glue, plus Glue Dots, and Xyron adhesive from the sticker maker machine. Cardstock: I had to use several different types and brands of cardstock in order to get the variety of different effects needed to create this calendar album. The unique 2-tone sanded cardstock is by Core'dinations. I also used textured cardstock by American Crafts, which is BRAND NEW! And more textured cardstock by Bazzill, which of course is a tried and true favorite with scrapbookers and paper crafters. It was also necessary to use smooth, textureless cardstock in a variety of light neutral colors to create the walnut inked designs you see pictured. Tools and Supplies For Sanding, Inking and Distressing the Cardstock:
The Entire Supply List at a Glance:These are the supplies and embellishments used throughout the album.
- Scalloped Clear Acrylic Album by Clear Scraps
- Scalloped Chipboard Album by Clear Scraps
- Chipboard Mini Bracket Album by Jenni Bowlin
- Korker Ribbon
- Zip Dry Paper Glue (which is also available for sale here and here.
- Xyron Sticker Maker Machine With Adhesive Cartridge
- Glue Dots
- Making Memories Distressing Kit or Similar Sandpapers and Distressing Tools
- Prima Flowers
- Mini Brads by Accent Depot / Hot Off the Press
- Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers
- Tsukineko Walnut Inks in a Variety of Colors
- Fiberscraps E-Z Tintz Walnut Inks in a Variety of Colors
- A variety of Cardstock: textured cardstock by Core'dinations and Bazzill and American Crafts,
- Scenic Route Lined Patterned Paper
- Scissors that are capable of precise cuts in difficult-to-navigate areas (in this case, the curves around the scallops on the outer edges of the album). I use surgical scissors for this purpose. If you have a very sharp X-acto knife, that could also be used if you prefer.
- Paper Lace Borders (See separate supply list here.)
- Magic Mesh: Brown Fine Weave.
- Thickers Letter Stickers by American Crafts: Darling Chipboard Alphabet in the Mulberry Color
- Patterned Papers in Kraft, neutral, beiges and browns
- Ink pads including Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger and Versacraft Chocolate ink
How To Create the Calendar:The 2009 calendar was created using the iCal application that came with my Imac computer. Even if you don't have this application, your computer probably has a similar application that you could use. If you have Entourage, I think you could probably use Entourage's calendar application to do this. (I haven't used it myself so I am not entirely sure how it would work, but hopefully you can consult the owner's manual to figure that part out.) You can also take a look at this page for lots of other ideas for creating calendars. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see suggestions for other software and digital scrapbooking kits you can use to create your calendar digitally. I printed each month of the calendar out at 4" x 6" onto smooth 8.5" x 11" cardstock that had been previously been decorated using washes of walnut inks (see supply list and instructions for more details about this process.)
How To Create and Decorate the Patterned Paper:Cover your work space with a drop cloth or other protective covering. Wear gloves and old clothes, and tie your hair back if you have long hair, because this part gets messy! Next, use your assortment of walnut inks to spray, paint, daub, and decorate your cardstock assortment. If you want a color scheme similar to the one shown in the photos here, you should use light, neutral colors of cardstock, and you should stick to very light applications. You are going to print out your calendar pages on top of this paper, so keep in mind that the designs need to be light enough so that the calendar will still be visible and not compete too much with the pattern on the paper. You can have a lot of fun with this process; it is very creative. Please keep in mind that you are not limited to the color palette shown here; if you'd rather have a calendar in all the colors of the rainbow, you could skip the walnut inks and use washes of watercolor paint instead. The papers will be damp or possibly even wet when you are finished inking and painting them. You are going to have to let these papers dry before you can do anything else with them. As they dry, they will have a tendency to curl up. I usually let them dry long enough that they feel dry to the touch, and then sandwich them between large books, so that they stay nice and flat, and then let them dry overnight, or longer. If you live in a very humid area, it might be necessary to let them dry for a few days. Do not attempt to print on them when they are wet. Make 13 of these papers at the very least. As long as you are going to the trouble of making the papers, it would be helpful for you to make even more than that. In the event that you make an error in printing or cutting, it will slow you down to have to go back and make more papers and wait for them to dry, and having extras will really come in handy. After the papers are dry, print the calendar months on them. Affix graph paper to the back of the pages using repositionable adhesive. The graph paper is to help you cut straight when you cut out the calendar. Using Fiskars Mini Scallop Paper Edgers, cut a square around the calendar. Depending on how big your calendar actually printed, the cut out square will be somewhere between 5 1/2" - 6". Aim for consistency, although it's not a major disaster if some of them end up being a bit off. The next thing you are going to do is make paper lace bands out of your leftover scraps of walnut-inked cardstock. It would take too much space here to write out all the instructions for each paper lace, so instead I will refer you to paperlaces.com. I have been posting free instructions for How To Make Paper Lace. So take a look at those, and make a bunch of paper lace or decorative borders- whichever ones spark your imagination.
Step by Step Instructions For Each Calendar Album Page:Front Cover / Page 1: Supplies:
- Brown Fine Weave Magic Mesh~ this is self-adhesive and is available in a variety of designs and colors.
- The label-shaped die cut chipboard piece is the back cover of the Jenni Bowlin Chipboard book.
- The bracket ledger paper is one of the pages from the Jenni Bowlin Chipboard book, affixed to the chipboard piece.
- Thickers Darling Chipboard Alphabet Letter Stickers in the Mulberry Color, by American Crafts
- The brown damask kraft paper is by Making Memories. This particular patterned paper has been in my stash for awhile, and if you don't already own some, it is an item you might have a hard time finding. I did locate a couple pieces of this for sale here. You can also take a look here and see if there are any currently available. If not, you can just substitute one of your decorated papers, or plain kraft cardstock, or any other similar subtly patterned paper you might happen to have in your scrapbooking stash. If I had to redo this project again and I couldn't find the exact paper I'd originally used, I would probably substitute one of the papers in this K & Co mat pad.
- It was cut into a circle shape using the Fiskars Shape Xpress cutting tool and circle template.
- Delight Clay Modeling Medium
- Bella Flora Stamp Set by Inque Boutique
- Lumiere Metallic Paint by Jacquard Products
- Rubber Stampede Dye Inks
- Prima Flowers
- Mini Brads by Accent Depot / Hot Off the Press / HOTP