Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Calendar Block

Hi everyone, I would like to share with you a Calendar Block I made using the new "Lullaby" DSP available in the 2014-15 Catalogue from 1 July 2014 and the Project Life Day to Day stamp set and Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies which are available to order now.  The colour scheme is Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White.  I have also used the 2013-14 In-colour Paper Stack and inked all the edges of every piece with Baked Brown Sugar.

I saw a similar project recently (not using the Project Life stamp sets and die) however I have adapted it to make the numbers magnetic and positioned on the outside of the box and changed the shape of the box.  I used Coaster Board as I thought that it would be more sturdy and durable, as there is no year on the calendar hopefully it will last for a few years.  Another idea I had after I made it, was to create a list of the days of the month to be put on the back of the Month pages to create a Birthday Book on the calendar as well.  I did not get around to do this, but I thought it would add to the project and make a lovely gift for someone special.

I started with a piece of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock 6" x 8 3/4", scored 2 1/4" on all sides.  On the long edge cut on the 2 1/4" score line to the other 2 1/4" score line running the length of the cardstock.  Cut away small wedges as this makes creating the box easier.  Fold all the score lines.  Your cardstock piece should look like the picture below.

Put glue on the outside of the tabs and fold up to create the box.  This is just a basic box creation.  Cut a piece of DSP and adhered this to the outside of the box, easing around the edges of the side of the box.  Cut another strip of co-ordinating DSP and punch a scalloped edge using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.  Adhere this to the top of the DSP on the outside of the box to decorate.

I put two 12mm x 1mm disc magnets on the inside of the box and covered these with self adhesive spot plasters and then put a piece of DSP 2" x 4" over the top to keep them in place.  The magnets and self adhesive spot plasters are available from Aussie Magnets.

For the month pages cut Coaster Board 4" x 5", you will need 12 of these.  I did try double siding these, but the box base was too narrow for the height of the calendar block and kept tipping over, so 12 pieces it is.  The DPS is 3 3/4" x 4 3/4", I have used 2 sheets of Baked Brown Sugar from the 2013-14 In-colour Paper Stack.  I made all the month pages the same design but you can mix it up, it is your choice.

I stamped the months from the Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set in Baked Brown Sugar ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies and adhered to the top of the page, make sure that you do not put them too low as you will not be able to read them over the day of the week piece.  The small flower was punched out using the Petite Petals Punch and Coastal Cabana DSP from the 2013-14 In-colour Paper Stack.  A rhinestone was added to the middle.

For the day of the week pages cut 7 pieces of Coaster Board 4" x 3 3/4".  The DSP is from the new "Lullaby" DSP pack, I selected three of the sheets that matched my colour scheme, bringing into the project a hint of Hello Honey and Pistachio Pudding.  You will need 7 pieces 3 3/4" x 3 1/2".

The days of the week are from the Project Life Day to Day Stamp Set and are stamped with Baked Brown Sugar ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut out using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies.  These are adhered to the top of the page, just make sure that you can read the days over the edge of the box.

The number pieces are made using Coaster Board 2" x 2", you will need 12 pieces.  These can be made from the off cuts of Coaster Board.

Cut the numbers out using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die and Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.  You will need numbers 0-9 and an extra number 1 and 2.  Adhere the numbers to the middle of the Coaster Board 2" pieces.  Centre a small 6mm x 2mm disc magnet, also available from Aussie Magnets, on the back of the Coaster Board with a Self Adhesive Spot Plaster and cover with a piece of DPS 1 3/4" x 1 3/4".

The extra numbers are stored in the box, changing the date daily.


  1. Beautiful Carolyn. Thank you for sharing.

  2. That is inspired! I absolutely love it, beautiful work :-)



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