25 DOC - Day 18 - A New Year [freebie]

Many of the projects I've shared with you so far can be given as gifts to Anyone, but today's share is my favorite so far.  I originally saw these desktop calendars being made on youtube with many versions of it... some had an ongoing floral theme to them, while others incorporated spaces to add a photo within each month.

When I thought to make this, I knew exactly what die (Stampin' Up Top Note), what collection (Simple Stories "SNAP") and what stickers, dies & punches I'd be using from my stash.  It was a two day project that felt like it only took 2 hours to do.  

The only problem I had was trying to get the right size calendar to fit the kraft cardstock that I originally diecut from the "SNAP" 6x6 paper pad I wanted to use.  

After I cut them out I realized that the days of the week were not listed and that they all started in the same place.  NO BUENO if you want to actually USE this desktop calendar.  I had such a stressful time with it, that I decided I would make my own calendar from scratch and print it out myself.  It was easier than I thought (I'm no tech wiz like hubby), and I was super proud of myself...

Not only was my calendar (right) a better fit for the diecut, but it made more sense as an ACTUAL calendar.
Sorry Simple Stories, I love this collection, but I'll have to use your calendars in my Smashbooks instead.

Enough small talk.
Let's SEE what I created!!  


I colored the SOG image below with Tim Holtz Distress Markers - not too bad, eh?  lol

Here's how I made the cute SUN on July's page.

The binder clip actually holds the mini file folder closed.  Inside is space for you to quickly jot down what school supplies will be needed or any pre-school appointments you might need to remember.

The pumpkin is a Bugaboo Stamps digital stamp that I colored with copic markers.

Here is how I made the cute little clipboard on the last page above,
using a Dear Lizzy stamp set.
I posted this on Instagram a few weeks ago and was happy
to see Dear Lizzy leaving a comment.  =)

I want you to be able to create a handmade calendar for 2013 also, so I have added  THIS FREE DOWNLOAD FILE for you.  I hope you use it and enjoy making one of these as much as I did.

I had in mind to give this as a gift, but I REALLY LOVE it so much, that I don't know if I will be able to part with it... let's see how the holiday spirit makes me feel in a few days... lol

For a second comment, tell me the top 3 things on your New Year's Resolution list.. I need ideas.  LOL

P.S.  If you do make a calendar using this file, please leave me a third comment showing me what you did.  I'd love to see how you all got creative with it.  Thanks!!


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