We have beautiful holiday ideas filling this special Saturday blog! We are so excited for this coming Christmas week, and wanted to share some beautiful projects from our Design Team. Katie Zoey Ho shares a great last-minute gift tag idea with a tutorial! Then, Donna Espiritu wows with a stunning 'Twas the Night Before Christmas card. To close this festive blog post, Keri Sallee shares a homey ornament perfect to don your tree! Enjoy these great ideas in honor of the season.
First, we have these gorgeous gift tags from Katie. What a clever idea - and perfect to add to those last-minute gifts!
"I’ve these 6 pieces of photo mats from the 5” x 5” mixed media box that are left unused. Instead of trashing them away, I decided to do them up as gift tags for this Christmas. Wanted to deviate away from conventional tags, I’m using mixed media here. Hope this will give you some ideas." ~Katie
What a great week we've had! These handmade calendars are truly amazing. We cannot wait to try each and every one. Is there someone on your gift list receiving one of these? Today, we have an amazing desktop calendar by our amazing G45 ambassador Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! Then, we have a beautiful card by Romy Veul using Time to Flourish. What a grand finale to a truly excellent week!
Who won our giveaway this week? Let's find out! Our randomly chosen winner is....
- Bethany Stockman
Congratulations, Bethany! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. Join us next week for more giveaways and we will have a week long of tag ideas for our G45 Handmade Gift Tutorials! How fun!
Now, enjoy this wonderful step-by-step tutorial to create this desktop calendar by the amazing Jim, The Gentleman Crafter! In true Jim fashion, it's a wonder! Note at the end, there's a printable PDF version of the tutorial so you can print it out and try it yourself!
"This desktop calendar is a great way to display the date and month with a “flourish.” Pull the knob up on the box to reveal the date and calendar storage. Easily place the month calendar in the frame and clip on the date..."~Jim
Cut Chipboard to 8-1/2 x 8-1/2-inches and punch corners with a decorative punch. I used We R Memory Keepers Scallop Corner Punch. Cover the front with an 8-3/8 x 8-3/8 -inch piece of patterned paper (Typography-Journey) that has been corner punched to match.
The Calendar Frame:
From chipboard cut the following:
(2) ¼ x 6-1/4-inch piece
(1) ¼ x 4-1/8-inch piece
(1) 4-5/8 x 6-1/4-inch piece.
Apply the ¼-inch pieces flush with the edges of the 4-5/8 x 6-1/4-inch piece with glue or Scor-Tape.
Cut a piece of Acrylic or acetate to 4-5/8 x 6-1/4. Apply Scor-Tape to the top edges of the ¼-inch chipboard pieces and adhere acrylic sheet to top. Last, cut (2) ¼ x 6-1/4-inch piece and (1) ¼ x 4-1/8-inch piece. Cover with patterned paper and apply Scor-Tape to back and adhere to acrylic flush with the edges. Turn the frame piece over and apply glue or Scor-tape to the back.
On the Front Calendar piece, measure over from the left edge ½-inch and down from the top 1-1/2-inches and adhere the frame to front.
Making the Calendar Tags:
Cut out the (12) vertical calendars from the Graphic 45 collection. Adhere a Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tag to the center and leave 1-1/4-inch of the tag exposed at the top. From the collection cut out various graphics for each month. Apply a dimensional foam piece to the top of the tag and use one of the larger cutouts and adhere to tag. Now, apply the remaining cutouts to the top of this piece. When the calendar tag is placed into the frame, the dimensional piece allows the cutouts to cover the top exterior frame.
Date Tag Clips:
Adhere an Idea-ology Hinge Clips to the front by measuring down from the top ¼-inch and over from the right edge 1-1/2-inches. Glue into place. Next, adhere the second clip 4-inches from the top and 1-1/2-inches from the right edge.
Cover (13) Graphic 45 Artist Trading Tags with 2-1/4 x 2-5/8 pieces from the patterned side of the Time to Flourish Collection. Round off edges with a ¼-inch corner rounder. Adhere to front sides of tags. Cut out, stamp or use stickers for numbers and adhere to front of tags. You will need numbers 0-9 and another set of numbers 1-3.
Preparing the Graphic 45- 8 x 8 Matchbook Box:
I love black as a base color on projects. Paint the edges and the entire interior box with craft paint and allow time for drying.
Putting it Together:
Apply Scor-Tape to the front of the Matchbook Box (With the opening facing you.) and adhere the Calendar Front Piece to the Box.
Matting the Box:
From the collection (I used Typography-Inscribed), cut the following and adhere to respective areas:
Left/Right Sides- 1-3/4 x 8-1/4
Back- 8-1/4 x 8-1/4
Top/Bottom- 1-5/8 x 8
Adding the Knob:
Find the center top of the interior box at 7/8 x 4-inches and mark. Pierce or punch a hole for the knob on this mark. Insert screw head into the interior top of the interior Matchbook Box and place the knob onto the top of the box.
Matting the Interior:
From the Time to Flourish collection, cut the following and adhere to respective areas:
Interior Box Back- 8 x 8
Interior Box Sides-1-5/8 x 8
Interior Pocket Storage:
Add two pockets to the interior of the Matchbook Box and adhere into place. Place the extra date tags in these for storage.
Welcome to Day 4 of the Handmade Calendars! We cannot believe there's even MORE beautiful calendars to share this week, but there are amazing ones yet to be seen! Today, we have a stunningTime to Flourish calendar by the amazing Miranda Edney. Then, Anne Elisabeth Rostad, G45 DT alumni, has been blowing us away with her creations, so we had to share some today in the spirit of the season. Then, to end the day, Solange Marques shares the most gorgeous altered 'Twas the Night Before Christmas matchbook box - you will adore it! It's going to be a brilliant day!
Also, this is our last day to take part in our $60 Time to Flourish giveaway, so make sure to enter now before time runs out!
This calendar has so many great hiding places for special moments in the New Year. We love it! Take it away, Miranda:
"I loved making this calendar. It was so fun. Each month has a tag. The front shows the calendar portion the back has a pocket for tucking tags with dates, birthdays, memories, etc . I also used the coordinating cards for each month. They rest behind each month. For added writing. I used an entire8 x 8 pad. The first sheet used for fussy cutting. The second page of the month used for covering my tag. I used tons of Staples. And coordinating embellishments from the paper line. I can't wait to give this gift at Christmas time :) "~Miranda
Anne has been amazing us with her holiday creations using 'Twas the Night Before Christmas! We asked her if we could share some of her stunning work today, and she even provided us with a video. How amazing is she? Prepare to get inspired by her mini album and handmade ornaments!
This fantastic week of handmade calendars continues. Have you been inspired to try a calendar this week? You will fall in love with Tati Scrap's calendar that she will fill with important events! Then, Donna Espiritu shares the most festive mini album for this holiday season. The fun continues!
Don't forget our great Time to Flourish giveaway where you can try these calendar tutorials yourself. How fun! Just enter below:
It's Day Two of the Handmade Calendars here on the Graphic 45 blog! You may have seen the beautiful calendar being shared on various newsletters this month. Well, enjoy, because today we have the tutorial from Nichola Battilana! It is a gorgeous calendar that fits perfectly in our new Mixed Media Box Staples. Then, we have a gorgeous altered mailbox using Time to Flourish from Ginny Nemchak. It's a blog to remember (and definitely pin for later!).
Don't forget to take part in our awesome contest this week! You could try out the calendar from today with these goodies - how fun! Enter below:
Now, enjoy this amazing tutorial from Nichola! We know we'll want to try out this calendar:
"This calendar box is deceptively easy to create. I simply combined matching monthly elements from the Time to Floruish 8” pad and embellished with tags, stickers and chipboard. Best of all, you can be as elaborate or simple as you please with your embellishments. The mixed media box is decorated with papers from Raining Cats and Dogs but any neutral papers from Graphic 45 could be used in their place. Tip: Avoid covering the inside of the closure flap on the mixed media boxes to ensure the magnet maintains strength to close the box."~Nichola