First things first: If you downloaded a calendar from my post yesterday, DELETE IT FROM EXISTENCE!!! I tweaked the templates to fix a typo (January 2010 was misspelled "Janauary"), and now they're formatted so you can stack and cut all four pages at once (see instructions in yesterday's edited post). This will make your projects MUCH faster and easier to execute!
Why did I need a calendar, you might ask? Well, Sherry's having a birthday tomorrow (Happy B-day again, GF!), and we got together yesterday to celebrate in true papercrafting-geek style! She has developed some food allergy complication-type issues, so going out for lunch was not in the cards, and we've been trying to get together for-freakin'-ever to play with some of our stamping/crafting stuff, so she said for me just to come over and do that. I asked if she wanted me to come up with the "project du jour" and she was stoked to not have to think of something, so we made these:
It's a coaster box/desk organizer thingy, made with coasters and Basic Grey Urban Prairie papers... This side has the calendar (no duh, right?). The other three sides are:
A dry-erase side (transparency cut same size as coaster and attached over the top of the paper - I tried it and it really works!)
A cork board side... I have some thumbtacks around here somewhere that I'm going to add bling to to use here, but I haven't located them yet - may have to buy more...
A Post-It and flag side... Where are the flags, you're most likely wondering? Yeah, still at the office supply store - I'll buy them when I get my new thumbtacks, I guess. They'll go next to the little bee...
Want to make one of your own? Splitcoast Stampers has complete instructions here. I made a couple of changes. The first one is that I followed Sherry's thought of punching holes in the bottom coaster and looping the ribbon through them, instead of gluing the bottom on:
and I made a divider for the inside. To make the divider, cut 1/4" off the top of two coasters (cover both sides with dp first), then slit one halfway up from the bottom, and the other halfway down from the top, then slide them together and slide the whole unit inside the coaster box. I don't have anything holding them in place, they sort of just stay there on their own. And that's the whole story!
Sherry says I should post the card I gave her here, even though I posted it already looooong, long ago! She mentioned when I first made it that she wanted it, but I never got around to giving it to her until yesterday (great friend, huh?!) Anyway - here it is (again):
Okay - I'm out, kiddos! Have a great weekend, and see you next week!
Schweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! I am SO going to have to CASE this one.
Posted by: leslie | April 24, 2009 at 12:20 PM
OMGosh, lovin' the seperater inside! NICE!! I'll have to do that later on today!! This project was sooo much fun to make and you're right I WAS stoked not to have to think of it!! heehee! ... but you know me so well don't you! I lovelovelove stuff like this! Thanks for spending the day with me (means so much - I know your busy schedule) and for sharing this project with me... and for making me feel so special on my BDay, you ROCK! *sigh* good times! Ü
Posted by: Sherry D | April 25, 2009 at 07:17 AM
You, my dear, are one of those true-blue, diamond-in-the-rough type of friends, I can tell! I don't know about others, but if *I* had been your friend, Sherry, I would have been absolutely overjoyed receiving your TIME *and* your TALENT as a Birthday gift! Wow! I'm really, really impressed with this post, and so amazed at all that you did here!
I am D.E.F.I.N.I.T.E.L.Y going to download the new template and make one of these myself... and hopefully in the near future. I'm EXCITED to try it, too! This looks like a fun project. Thank you for posting the readjusted templates for us to download! I love how yours turned out, especially with the inner divider, the no-glue bottom, and the handy appliques on the outside. SO versatile! Ok, I'm gushing, but rightfully so (imho). This is just up my alley, I want one! *lol* When I get around to making one I'll be sure to share the results. :")
Thanks, AGAIN, for sharing this post, the pictures, and the downloadable template! You're awesome. ;") TTFN
(And sending Sherry some Happy Belated Birthday wishes, too...)
Posted by: Tina H. | April 26, 2009 at 12:59 AM
Well dur... I'm feeling a bit sheepish. I hadn't bothered to read the other comments before I posted my own and now I see that your friend Sherry left you one already. :"} I'm sure she knows how lucky she is, but I'm betting that you feel pretty lucky having her as a friend, too. So sweet to see friendships like the two of yours'!
Posted by: Tina H. | April 26, 2009 at 01:02 AM
I have been looking back thru your tutorials and found so many great, great ideas for gifting! Thank you so much for sharing the ideas and how-to's.
Posted by: Swedie | April 26, 2009 at 05:06 PM
What a fabulous project. The card is amazing. Not sure what it is, but it just grabs my attention. I love, love, love it.
Posted by: Jenn Embry | April 27, 2009 at 04:31 PM
Where did you get the template for the calendar....thanks !!!!
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