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Yeah!! I love how this pocket calendar gift project is coming along. If you are on my Christmas list or my daughter's list, look away now 'cause you won't be surprised later on!
I got some 2008-2009 two-year pocket/purse calendars at the dollar spot. They came with plastic covers, so instantly I thought of a project! I remembered a fantastic class I taught a year or so ago at a local store on making altered and personalized checkbook covers. I knew I had to make these calendars into a similar altered project. It was a natural! These would be so cute as gifts done with a Basic Grey "Blush" pack of paper I had at home. Everyone I know seems to love Basic Grey--even if they are not scrapbookers! Teens especially like that paper line too.
So I bought a BUNCH of calendars and spent most of yesterday altering and adding accents to these little gems. I used all one paper line from Basic Grey with just a few scraps from my Provo slab. Choosing the color scheme is the most important step when making multiple projects all at once assembly line style. Using the colors teal, brown, orange, pink and red inspired from theBG Blush line of papers, I then found lots of other accents and tags and silk flowers in my stash that went with it. Pulling all the items into a project box took me less than 20 minutes. I tried to incorporate my scraps as well as any oddball accent leftovers whenever possible. No two calendars will be exactly the same--and that is a good thing for any personalized gift as well as a good thing for using up stash! This is the perfect project for using up lots of little trinkets and doodads left over from other paper art projects.
The plastic covers measured 6.5 inches by 7.75 inches so I cut all my base papers at the same time using an assortment of Basic Grey Papers. I then used the remnants of paper to cut my strips, cubes, and small rectangle pieces and just mixed and matched them throughout the process in a abstract art kind of way. Because the color scheme is meant to work together, it always looked great!
The 6.5x7.75 BG cover sheets I decorated for these pocket calendars are just inserts that go between the 'book' of the calendar and its platsic cover. I wanted the cases to be re-usable since they are personalized so I did NOT glue my Basic Grey cover sheet onto the paper cover of the actual calendar 'book' This way, the recipient can re-use this pretty little cover for another calendar in 2010 --or for another purpose like a checkbook.
I added some matching tags from K and Co. and other embellishment words from a few sticker sheets about friendship. Lastly I inked and added chipboard initials to personalise the calendars. Some of these got fibers and some got acrylic bubble decorations also from the dollar spot. I love how these ten turned out so I am making a couple dozen more next time I go out to crop.
I am going to make one for Santa to tuck in MY stocking too! Shhhhh! :) :)