December 20, 2012

A NEW YEAR

When I discovered the Desktop Display Calendar Case on page 22 of the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog, I immediately decided to create calendars for the members of Linda's Stamp-In Club
for Christmas. Each year, I make something a little more special for my members to show them how much I appreciate them.

The Calendar Cases are meant to be used in conjunction with the Designer Calendar shown on
the same page. I decided to make my calendars a bit more personal and hands-on. In other words, I wanted to make them, not just slide the darling calendar pages inside the Calendar
Case and call it done.

I printed small monthly calendars off the Internet, and proceeded to enhance each of the Naturals White pages with appropriate stamping. Unfortunately, after I glued the monthly calendar onto the page and stacked 12 of them together, they could not be inserted into the slit to contain them in the case. The pile was just a tad too thick. Gulp. I had already spent a few hours on them. Now what? I wanted them to all be contained within the case, and this was not going to work. Put on thinking cap.

Being a fairly new lover of My Digital Studio, I set out to give that a try. Within the program
are calendars that can be used in MDS projects. You are able to choose the type you want,
change the year, the font, the size, etc., until you have what you need.

I used the digital brush stamps to "stamp" appropriate monthly images on each page of my calendar. I am so pleased with how they turned out. And they fit perfectly within the Desktop Display Calendar Case. (The cool thing is that the cases will be available beyond the end of
the Holiday Catalog, which is January 2.)


This is how the completed calendar looks when it's closed, just lying flat.


Here it is with January inside the open case and all the other months arrayed around it. 
Of course, all the months, when stacked together, fit just right inside the case.

It was really a lot of fun to create this unique calendar in MDS. The stamps could be resized, tilted and recolored. I even used more than one color on five of the months: July, September, October, November and December. And, I now have it saved on my computer, so if I need an extra calendar, I can just print it out without hauling out all my traditional stamping supplies. 
Ah, the modern age.

Smiles.







18 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thank you, Christ, for the wonderful words! :>)

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  2. That is so neat and what a great gift for your friends.

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    1. Aw Thanks, Christina. I think they liked it. :>)

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    1. Thanks, Diana! I appreciate your support as always! :>)

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  4. Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create & Inspire linky party last weekend , your awesome project is featured this weekend!!

    Hope you will join us again, the party is now live

    Happy new year

    Claire x

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    1. Claire, thanks so much for featuring my 2013 calendar! I appreciate it! :>)

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  5. Cute printables! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! We can't wait to see what you've been up to with your family over Christmas! :)
    Mackenzie :)

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    1. Hey Mackenzie! Thanks so much for making my post a featured favorite this week -- and for letting me link up! :>)

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  6. those look so great! i'm sure your members were so happy to get those!

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  7. Beautiful!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you are having a fabulous festive week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  8. love it. Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again soon. I posted the new giveaway! xo

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    1. Oh Katherine. Thank you! And thanks for letting me link up! :>)

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  9. This is such a neat idea! So pretty. Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again today. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn, for your nice comments and for letting me hang out at The Dedicated House! :>)

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