Sunday, September 12, 2010

Calendar Basics

Hiya! Welcome back to my blog for Papertrey Ink's September Group Project featuring "Calendar Basics". I've got a fun project to share with you. One I think I might be replicating for holiday gifts. So fun and easy.

I started out with the small calendar and the calendar die. Added a little of this...tacked on a little of that...decided to package up some matching die cut felt magnets along with everything. Ended up with a super cute mini-organizational calendar that can be placed on the fridge. Not sure about you, but my fridge seems to be the command center. That silly little thing about keeping food cool is just the secondary function.

Here's a shot of the basic calendar with the slots from the calendar die holding it place. Everything else is just creative icing. 


I cut, stamped, and stacked month "notes" on the top of the calendar die (cut from patterned paper covered chipboard). One could jot down upcoming events and holidays if they wanted. Just tear off the month sheets as time passes so the current month is always on top. Bound them with my of my must have tools. 

There's a pencil caddy on the right. A full sized pencil is too big for this project, so break a new one down to the appropriate size and sharpen it up before you gift it out. Nobody will know the difference.

A cute little binder clip in a matching color was pulled out of my stash for the left side of the project. Imagine attaching smaller sized receipts, coupons, and notes here.


The extra months are stored in a library pocket on the back. I will not lie, having 11 months in the pocket maxes it out. But only temporarily. By March, you'll hardly notice. 


Here's a photo to show you how I arranged the magnets. The vertical strip to the left was necessary to hold/balance the weight of the calendar pocket. Otherwise, it would fall to the side when on the fridge or bulletin board. 


Since things were working so well and I was on a roll, why not add to the gift with some felt flower magnets? Beautiful Bloom and Leaf Print dies made these super easy. Packaged them up in a clear envelope. I love it when things look so professional. 

You could take it one step further and create a magnetized note pad with "Take Note" in matching colors.  I don't have that set yet, but if I had, you'd better believe I'd have added it on. 

Be sure to check out the other fun calendar projects from the team tonight. So much versatility in the product that I know without even looking that no two will be alike!

Betsy Veldman
Dawn McVey
Debbie Olson
Heather Nichols
Lisa Johnson
Melissa Phillips
Michelle Wooderson
Niki Estes
Kim Hughes
Maile Belles


Stamps: Calendar Basics, Outlines Alphabet, It's Official, and Turning a New Leaf
Patterned paper: Dotti Biscotti
Dies: Beautiful Blooms and Leaf Prints, Calendar Basics die, library pocket
Perfect Match Cardstock: Harvest Gold, Kraft, Simply Chartreuse
Perfect Match Ink: Dark Chocolate and Fresh Snow
Felt: Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate, Simply Chartreuse



  1. such a creative project, Erin! who wouldn't love receiving this?

  2. Wow!!! Great job, Erin! This makes a great holidaygift! Thanks for sharing!
    Sandra ;-)

  3. Somebody get this girl Take Note stat, heeee! I love this Erin, and of course your funny commentary to go along with the steps. The magnets are an awesome addition! Love this whole fridge concept...not the cooling part like you said, the CALENDAR one :)

  4. Terrific gift set, Erin! Can't wait to make my own.

  5. Great gift set! Gonna try something like this!

  6. Wonderful project Erin, love the color combo and overall design!

  7. Not only are your projects pleasing to the eye, they are also practical. I love this idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. Love this! If possible, could you post the dimensions or a tutorial. This is truly a fantastic gift. These babies are going out this Christmas.