How To’sday | Perpetual Calendar

Nancy Roth has done it again! Today’s How To’sday is another amazing tutorial from her, this time on how to make a perpetual calendar. Not only is this a fabulous idea to keep your life organized, it’s a great holiday gift idea for a teacher or anyone else in your life that loves keeping track of things.

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Spread Joy. That is Kristy’s #1 commandment in card-making. Sending and receiving cards blesses not only the one who receives it, but the one who sends it as well.

I don’t know about you, but there are so many card-worthy events to keep track of. I dread getting out the next year’s calendar at New Year’s to write all the birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions on it. I often forget to send cards because I don’t have a visual reminder at my scrapbook table. So I created a perpetual to solve these problems.

Here’s how to make your own.

1. Make 12 text boxes in your computer’s word processor that are 7.25” x 3.25”. Add the numbers for each month.
Months with 29 days – February
Months with 30 days – April, June, September, November
Months with 31 days – January, March, May, July, August, October, December

2. Print on white cardstock, and cut.

For each month, follow these steps:

3. Cut a 4”x10” rectangle of printed paper, and 4”x10” rectangle of cardstock. Adhere together.

4. Cut a 7.5”x3.5” rectangle of solid cardstock, and mount the white calendar onto it.

5. Adhere the calendar onto the printed paper.

6. Put the month title on using anything you desire (Thickers, stickers, stamps, etc). I used the Designer’s Calendar Cricut Cartridge.

7. Embellish as desired. I inked all the edges, put ribbons on the sides and used glitter glue for accents.

8. For months where there are special occasions that are not always on the same day every year (eg, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, teacher’s cards for the last day of school), I added an extra box, and adhered it with a brad. That way, you can rotate it back in when the month is over (see below).

9. Punch a hole in the top of all the pages and put together in a ring.

There — you will never forget to send a card again!

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Nancy, this is such a great idea. I also love that you fully understand the first commandment of card-making. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us.

If you have an idea you would like to see showcased on a How To’sday, please don’t be shy! Send your photos and instructions to kristy@stealnetwork.com and I will add you to the lineup.

Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow for a little Mid Week Mojo.

My Mind’s Eye, 12 Days of Christmas | Monday Card Madness #60

Pretty much any of you that follow the blog know that My Mind’s Eye holds the key to my heart, and the final 9PM steal, The 12 Days of Christmas is of no exception. In fact, this may have to be one of my all time favorite Christmas paper collections, which makes me think that maybe…just maybe I will take photos on Christmas this year and actually scrap them!

Until the much anticipated day of December 25th arrives, I’m happy to settle with making these three holiday cards.

The 12 Days of Christmas collection makes me even that much more excited for the countdown to begin! However, I wont lie. I’m happy I still have time to do my shopping.

Pebbles, Inc. Fresh Goods | Monday Card Madness #60

Are you having so much fun today? I know I am! I’m super excited to introduce our next guest card maker, Julie Cordero who couldn’t have done a better job showing us what can be done with the 5PM steal, Fresh Goods by Pebbles, Inc.

Julie Ann, take it away!

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My favorite part of this collection is the butterflies. I love the dimension to them and I was sad when the package was all used up!  I also adored the texture of the paper. It’s probably hard to tell in the photos, but some of the papers have an awesome dimension to them that really spice up the cards.

The colors and designs on the papers and embellishments are so fun. I can definitely see using them on cards and layouts in the future.

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Thanks so much Julie Ann for sharing your cards with us! They are fresh and they are good. :) Actually, they’re great!

American Crafts Daydreams | Monday Card Madness #60

Ever since I saw the 11AM steal, American Crafts, Daydreams, I’ve been dreaming about what I would get to make with it.

I was pretty pleased when I realized that I could use these papers to make a birthday card for my oldest daughter that is celebrating her 17th birthday today.

American Crafts always delivers in prints, colors and embellishments. I hope my Maddi-o likes her birthday card, even though I’m shaking my head that I now have a 17 year old! How did this happen?

I also had to use one of the owl embellishments to make this card. Isn’t he cute?

Now sit back and relax. It’s time to have fun daydreaming about what might be coming up next!

Sew Easy | Monday Card Madness #60

What’s not to love about the 11am steal, the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers? If you haven’t yet used a Sew Easy, it’s really just that — so easy! There are so many choices to start or expand your collection.

I love the ease of adding some stitching to a project with the Sew Easy. Beautiful designs. Perfect spacing. Fun floss too! Although I desperately wanted to show examples with each of the interchangeable stitch heads, I made two.

On the first card I made, I used the loopy head to create a flutter path for my butterfly.

Next I used the heart head to create a border on this “love” card. Oh, and I even added a little Shimmerz to the centers of the hearts. Gotta love mixing it up!

If you’re on the fence about the Sew Easy, jump on over. Perfect touches with perfect stitching.

Now take a breath and start thinking of what you will create with your Sew Easy.

See you back here at 1 PM MST!