We’ve been getting crazy creative this week and I was feeling *so* crazy that I went hybrid on you today. Hold on to your scissors folks, because we’re going to venture just a bit into the digital world to create this standing desk calendar using the calendar cards from Pink Paislee’s digital shop. And YOU can download your very own set of these awesome Circa 2013 Calendar Cards for free until 5/4/13 at midnight CST so that you can make your own! Don’t wait to download these.
A hybrid project is simply one that marries traditional supplies with something digital. It can be as little as using the font tool in your editing program to add text to a photo or as complicated as manipulating digital brushes, printing them and fussy cutting them for your pages. But a great way to get your hybrid feet wet is to download something straightforward, like these calendar cards, that doesn’t require a lot of adjustment to add to your project.
– Unzip & Download the file to your computer.
– Locate the file called “tangerine” and open it. (we will only be using this color today)
– Open each month in your photo editing software.
– Print each calender at a width of 3.75″ and let the height adjust proportionally.
You can choose to print each month individually or if you prefer you can resize the months first and group them for printing on a larger piece of paper.
– Then you’ll need to trim all the month cards down and round the corners.
– Cut twelve 4″ x 6″ cards from white cardstock and round the corners.
– Cut twelve 3.75″ x 5.75″ cards from coordinating Cottage Farms paper and round the corners.
I assembled my months assembly line style by adhering all the patterned paper to the cardstock first and then adding embellishments and the month cards. I used bits of copper Luxe, Cottage Farms ephemera, and Artisan Elements throughout to keep the look cohesive. Remember to avoid bulky embellishments so the calendar pages lay mostly flat when stacked and bound.
Here’s a look at my pages (ignore the missing January, which had an unfortunate accident but has already passed anyway!):
After you have completed your pages you’ll need to bind them. I used a Bind it All with standard O rings but you can also use book rings and punch the holes with a regular round hole punch.
– Cut two pieces of 4″ x 6″ chipboard and one 3″ x 6″ piece of chipboard.
– Cut two pieces of 5″ x 7″ Cottage Farms paper and one 4″ x 7″ piece of the same paper.
– Adhere the chipboard to the wrong side of the paper, trim the corners, and wrap the edges around the chipboard.
– Cut rectangles of copper Luxe paper that are just smaller than your covered chipboard and adhere them to cover the rest of the raw chipboard that is showing.
– Punch the two larger stand pieces the same way you punched your pages.
– Use washi or bookbinders tape to adhere the three stand pieces, smallest in the middle, together.
– Finish binding the pages to the stand so the pages can flip to the back when you need to change months.
And there you have it! See how easy it is to incorporate a little digi into traditional paper products? You can do this with journaling cards and lots of other easy to cut out elements as well. And you can change their size. Think of the possibilities!
Thanks for playing along today!