recycle project no. 10 - 2008 calendar



There are so very many tempting calendar options out there but over the weekend I decided that I wanted to make my own (even though I still have a doll house in the wings and another gift tag idea coming). I also decided that I want to continue my effort to use what I have here at home. So here is my 2008 calendar using eco-friendly paper (the same that I use for my cards) and tidbits of fabric and colored/textured paper.

Yes, this project would be easier if I just printed out the letters of the months using some fancy patterns and/or colors. But cutting them out and showing fabric or colored paper through the negative space is sooo much more interesting. The letters are easy to cut out because I picked a "chunky" font with very little detail and mostly straight lines. If I had enough wall space (no such luck though) it would be nice to hang these all up without anything behind them and just count on the shadows for a nice effect.

As an example I used only fabric here - upholstery, linen and felt.



I thought this would be a great idea for my recycle series and a way to start offering my new templates. So, if you are inspired enough to try this out I'm offering a downloadable PDF with all the templates and how-to information on my site. Many of the scraps of colored paper, newsprint, magazines and fabric that you probably already have will work well for this project. All instructions are in English but the templates are available for English, Spanish and French calendars. If you'd like a different language just let me know.

This is the first PDF that I will be selling so if you purchase it and anything is unclear please let me know. I'm still figuring out the whole automatic download thing so for now I will email you the PDF directly once it is purchased.

I'm happy to start taking my first step into selling templates (I mentioned thinking about it a few posts back) because the creative part involved in this is something I truly enjoy. I hope you find them fun to follow as well.

Remember that the goal of my projects is for you to use what you have. Enjoy!

21 comments:

  1. oh i love this -
    a beautiful idea and design!

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  2. Patricia: Love this! I would love a PDF template to download. No hurry, of course, whenever you are ready on that. Happy Thanksgiving - Molly

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  3. as always...such fun and innovative ideas.

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  4. This is gorgeous. I love how spare the design is and how much the fabrics stand out.

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  5. So beautiful, visually simple and a great use of materials. so nice! I really like the large letters of the months and the small lower case letters for the days.

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  6. This is a beautiful and fantastic idea!

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  7. wow! this is fabulous!!! I love it.

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  8. What a great idea and design! I too am inspired to use materials around me, so I started making my product tags out of brown paper bags that I had around (pics on my blog).

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  9. SO BEAUTIFUL, very clean, elegant and practical design. Very well mixed the materials! A really good work!

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  10. thank you for all your kind words! :)

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  11. From one designer to another... its beautiful!

    I've been meaning to make a calendar for years, but I don't think it could compare with yours.

    Never the less, you've inspired me to make one!

    Thanks!

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  12. What is it that you used for the hanger? This is a beautiful design!
    Thank you for inspiring me.

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  13. Thank you so much for your kind words Laurel!

    Gardengnome - I used wire for the hanger.

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  14. That's really beautiful, I love the simplicity. I've been trying for weeks now to come up with a way to do something similar, for birthdays, with hand written dates but by stitching the fabric onto the paper. My problem is what to do with the letters like O & D that have a centre piece in them, can I ask how you got around that??

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  15. Thanks Katie. I solved the problem by using something similar to what is found in a stencil font. You can find stencil fonts online and see what I'm talking about.

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  16. Thanks for letting me know, I'll look for some stencil fonts and see what I can come up with. I appreciate the answer. Your stuff really is beautiful, I just stumbled upon it while looking for a solution to my calendar problem, but I'm really glad I did! Its always great to find a fellow crafter!!

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  17. Oh I love this, bookmarking it.

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  18. Very nice! As I was reading, I was thinking, hum, it would be great to use my own scraps of material for this! Love the clean look of it!

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  19. This is fantastic! I loved it so much I blogged about it!

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