Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Year, New Calendar (IHP January Challenge)

Our i {heart} papers Challenge Coordinator, Deb, gave us the challenge this month to use these great 4x6 photo cases that Kate has in the store. Well, a new years calls for a new desk calendar, so that suited me just fine!

I did mine in seasons (quarters) instead of month by month. Kinda lazy, huh? But useful for me, actually. I like being able to see a few months at a time. Here’s the current one:calendar-winter10
I apologize for the terrible pictures. I’ve been having computer problems and couldn’t edit my photos the usual way.

I made all the seasons the same way, using different 6x6 pads of Basic Grey paper for each one. I selected 5 or 6 different papers from each pad, punched 3/4” squares out of them, and arranged them on a piece of cheap white cardstock in a “random” quilt-like pattern, gluing them down with a glue stick. Then I ran the whole piece through my Big Shot with the Labels Eight Nestabilities die. Using coordinating cardstock or in some cases, solid papers from the pads, I backed the calendar piece and punched ovals. The seasons were stamped with my Just Rite stamps and punched with a smaller oval.

For Winter, I used Eskimo Kisses papers; for Spring, Wisteria; for Summer, Lemonade; and for Fall, Indian Summer. I figured they needed very little embellishment with all these patterns on there, so just a few pieces of bling did the trick. Here are the rest of the seasons:
calendar-spring10
calendar-summer10
calendar-fall10

Go check out the rest of the IHP Design Team’s blogs and see what they came up with:

Amber
Cathleen
Deb
Gretchen
Kate
Kendra
Lori
Lynn
Megan
Merry
Tracy

And why don’t you try making one of your own? They’re fun and easy – and so pretty that you’ll be happy to have one on your desk all year!
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10 comments:

Deb said...

Absolutely fabulous, Carolyn! I love the *quilting* cut out with the labels die. Each season is gorgeous in its own right! Love it!

Loretta said...

Carolyn, I'm a quilter, and your calendar really struck a chord with me! Love it!!

Kendra said...

Totally cool! I love the idea of doing each quarter on the same page. Nice job!

i {heart} papers said...

Wow! Look at those quilts! Gorgeous!

Megan said...

So cute!! I love how you changed up the paper to coordinate with the season!

Cathleen said...

These are fabulous Carolyn, love each one of the seasons, and all the pretty paper!

Meredith said...

very pretty!!!! love that you get little bits off all those pretty papers

Laural-Lee said...

Fantastic! Love the BG paper!

whoistracy said...

Not lazy at all! I made mine like this last year and LOVED it. Very pretty Carolyn.

Lydia said...

such a pretty calender love how you broke it up into seasons great idea