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Friday, 8 January 2016

From the Stampin' Up! Blog: PERPETUAL CALENDAR 2016

From the stampin' up! blog: PERPETUAL CALENDAR 2016

The things I like most about starting a new year are organizing and setting new goals! You put away the Christmas decorations and your home feels fresh and clean all over again; you mark your new 2016 calendar with annual events, activities, and special days; and you look forward to the start of a NEW Stampin’ Up! occasions catalog!

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In looking through the new occasions catalog, one cute bundle caught my eye in my quest to get ready for the New Year! It was the Number of Years Stamp Set and the Large Numbers Framelits Dies bundle (item 140811). Instantly, in my mind I saw a perpetual calendar! I cut the Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Thick Cardstock (item 140272) into 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" pieces, trimmed the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch (item 135346), and made the centered top holes with the 1/8" Circle Punch (item 134365). You’ll want 13 tags in all.

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Then I stamped the Number of Years Stamp Set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708) and cut them out using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies and myBig Shot (item 113439). I adhered them to the tags using SNAIL Adhesive (item 104332). To optimize space on the hooks, I used both sides of the tags: even numbers and the first six months are on one side, odd numbers and the other six months are on other side (as shown in the photos).
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I grabbed the Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set (item 135785) that has each month’s image, about EVERY color of Stampin’ Up ink, then stamped directly onto the Whisper White Thick Cardstock tags. I wanted them to have a tone-on-tone or ombre look. Some are stamped off for a lighter version of that color. You can see how the colors selected for each month match the season.

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Then I needed to figure out how to display my calendar, and after finding a long, oblong wood slice at a local store, I knew I had it! I also bought a package of gold metal c-hooks that you just screw evenly placed into the wood. It still seemed to be missing something to finish it off, so I added a piece of my favorite Natural 5/8" Chevron Ribbon (item 132982).

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You could always put the calendar on a wire frame holder and place at your desk—or hang it, like I did. I even cleaned and organized our messy command center in the kitchen after I put my finished perpetual calendar up on the wall! One of my new goals is to change the date each day as I pick up mail to send, make a grocery list, or grab my keys. If I miss a day, I’m sure my family will always catch it for me!
Cindy Schuster
2015–2016 Artisan Design Team