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A quick recap – all 2015 calendar printables and projects

I was working on my menu item of 2015 calendars but thought it might be better? more useful? to do a compact post with a round-up of all my calendar printables and links to some of the projects using them (and others printables) for quick reference and no clutter.  Hope it is helpful!

Circular CD calendar printables:

Circular quotes – Link to post



Pretty circles - link to post

Pretty circles – link to post

Other CD calendars:


CD Calendar projects:

The Crochet edge frame is here and the basics of making a frame for a CD calendar is here. And there is a post here for turning and Project life 3 x 4 sized calendar printable into a CD calendar. The origami cube links are below. Alternative cutting of the CD calendar printables is here.  A BEAUTIFUL one by one of my followers is here.


Project Life 3 x 4 Calendar cards:

2015 – Sun to Sat or Mon to Sun
Chevron Spots
French or Spanish Or German

Look and the Make Any 3 x 4 PL calendar card into a CD calendar post above as well as the Origami Photo Cube posts. This post shows making the cube (using Gelli prints) but these show the calendar inserts being used: adapting for calendars, improvements, grid paper version.



Finally, the grid paper photo cube post includes tear-off calendar printables, seen above, and there is a post here that tells you how to set up your printing to make smaller tear-offs from 3×4 printables


There is a 2016 Doily version already up, as a commenter said she always makes 2 year versions as gifts and asked me if I would make one, so I did.

2016 version

2016 version

Hopefully that is helpful, having them all in one place.


One of the first CD calendars, updated

I had a couple of comments on an old CD calendar post, first asking for help to download it, then asking for it to be updated. Obviously the OLD calendar wasn’t going to be very useful LOL! But the point is looking back at my stats, this one was one of the most popular.  I’ve not figured out why, but I have to say it is one of MY fave font combos.   I have learned so many tricks over the years to allow me to convert to the current year with not a ton of effort, so I went ahead and took an hour and did it.  Just the same as the original one, just 2015 version.


I have to say this one, of ALL the ones I ever made, makes me the craziest.  The font creator didn’t space the numbers right, or perhaps was going for a bouncy, funky look (the thing I love about the font, actually) but it defies perfect (or even CLOSE) horizontal alignment.  I just picked one of the longest lines in the middle, and lined everything up based on that, adjusting if something looked badly off to MY eye.

The 6-page PDF (two months per page) can be grabbed here - I’ll keep asking, although not many people do it, please share a link if you use the calendar.  YOUR project might inspire someone else, and I only need so many calendars so I don’t make samples using every one of them! I do know I need to copy over the samples and links for all the 2015 ones I’ve made , and might also delete the old, useless ones from the top menu, and focus more on the calendar projects rather than the printables.  It’s all about the time… I’ve always fancied making one of these by cutting out the CD sized bit, making it a tear-off calendar and adding photos all around the edge.  I might actually do it this year…



Scandi-style PL filler and journaling cards

I just popped off and the number verification has returned for Blogger so I am going to add these, cause I did promise to do so, then carry on with my WOYWW comments.  With luck I can get thru most of my unvisited blogs today, if I am careful and Blogger play fair.

When I started uploading I thought THIS is what I would be sharing.


But a funny thing happened.  I was looking at it and thought how time consuming it would be to change the colours for the red ones so they were shades of blue, and change that lonely blue one to match the red and do two sets.  So I had a play with the HUE adjust – the problem with that is it is really hard to get JUST the right colour.  It’s a trade-off – do all the colours at once with a slider, or group and colour change each cross-hatch?  Easy answer, don’tcha think?


The blue is not so icy but nice, I think. Get the RED version here and the BLUE version here. Interestingly, the HUE adjust really bumped up the file size.  The red one, no adjustment, is only 545 kb and the blue one, with the adjustment is 1.1 mb.  I find that interesting. Also not the RED one has the simple snowflakes changed to red – they were not as complex so I did them x by x.

I think really only the top right one is a filler card only – the rest have a bit of space for journaling, some more than others.  Hopefully they will be useful.  and although these are sized for Project Life, can you visualize how easy it would be to turn them into gift tags or place cards? For place cards I’d use them as is, but for tags, I might cut them in half – the patterns are symmetrical so easy to do. what about card toppers?

Have fun!


WOYWW 285 – got it figured out, I think

Hello there WOYWWers! I managed to get the number right this week LOL!

I’m not showing my desk, but my desktop.  I shared a little Scandinavian style box the other day and made mention of the process.  A mate commented that she has no idea what I was talking about so I thought, as I was working on the Project Life printables I mentioned, I would capture the screen so I could explain.

First, this is a file of red and white cross-stitch design from a free to use vector site. Doesn’t look like that, does it?


The program I use delineates a selected object with blue squares surrounding it – 4 or 6 depending on the size. That should give you some idea of how many “objects” make up this vector graphic! Each “stitch” is made up of two objects, grouped to create a stitch.  See what it looks like with all the objects grouped into a single image?


In order to use it in any meaningful way, I edit and group the individual tiny objects into motifs, then resize them. Like so:


It’s a little time-consuming and repetitive but if you pop back tomorrow I should have a sheet of 5 Project Life journaling and/or filler cards ready for download.  They might work for a card topper too, but you’ll have see what you think.


One last bit on the word verification issue:

Right, so yesterday I finished up my return visits and a few new visits, and I didn’t have word verification pop up even once.  So one of two things happened –  EITHER Blogger backed off the aggressive word verification trigger of just a few comments OR it was maybe me typing a wrong number (no matter how careful I was trying to be, it could have happened) that triggered it and this time (10 blogs) I made no mistakes.  I may never know..

ARRGGHH! First blog after Julia’s and it kicked me to Word Verification. I kid you not, 10 tries and it finally posted so now I have to wait 24 hours to comment again with number verification only.  

HA HA! Going back to an old, unsupported browser brought back number verification!  YAY!

And kicked back after a handful of blogs but check this out – on the blog that thwarted me?  Check out the proof!  As you can see it ISN’T ME – I typed in the right numbers and yet….


Clear as a bell, that s 672, no question.  I typed in 672, as you can see.  I didn’t trust myself, it kept kicking me to Word Verification when I was SURE I was typing it right.  So I just did screen grabs of every verification I did… see what I got when I clicked PUBLISH?


I call that UNFAIR.

Once more, have a great WOYWW day!

I have to giggle cause it wasn’t till I was scheduling the post I realized today is MY BIRTHDAY.  DOH!


Just a bit of fun – a Christmas place card?

I was playing around with something I got that I thought might be useful for a printable, a Scandinavian-style needlepoint-esque  design.  OMG! each tiny stitch is made up of two crossed lines and each like is an “object” so editing, grouping and resizing the original to get something useful was CRAZY.  I thought I would experiment with another thing I have been considering, a foldable box. This is the result!



That is not to print, it’s just the image so you can see what this PDF contains.  Initially I thought another Advent calendar, using the box with a number on to hold little treats, but I am not sure I would print, cut, and fold 25 of these so I wonder how many of you would either! But After I did make one I thought it could be quite cute as a table place-card.  I added the little rectangles so you can do what I did and label them with stickers or die cut letters or stamps OR you can stick them over printed names and run a sheet of them thru your printer for a quicker way to add a name.

Just cut the template out, noting the score lines you can’t see cause of the pattern


Score and fold and cut the slit for the flap


Then assemble.  Line up the longer inner flap with the opposite edge (it’ll make sense when you do it.  One had to be shorter to fit an A4 sheet) and stick together


If you print it on US letter paper you may miss out one of the end-lines but I don’t have US letter paper to test – if you do, comment and tell me what happens!

It is more stable if you stick the overlapped flaps seen above to the inside of the wrap-around piece



for a final box that will stand up. The place card part can get stuck to the blank area like so:


I thought it made a cute decoration and you can tuck a little treat inside. That blank area on the flap?



If you DID want to make a bunch of them and adapt then into some sort of advent calendar you could add a number there and maybe just pile them all up, higgelty piggelty and make the kids really HUNT for the right number LOL!

I’ll possible eventually get around to a PL style printable using these patterns but I need to decide on the text for them or if they should be just journaling cards, or a mixture of both.

Watch this space.


I can see number verification has returned so it seems it is 24 hours between the shift to Word Verification and a return to number.  I can work with that.  Still one more thing to test …

Oh and another proud Mom moment – DS once again did a live cast of a few NUEL games with a different co-caster.  No ties this time, smart casual, and he did more analysis/colour commentary than play-by-play.




They were both quite good and it was fun to see him doing what he loves.


More Advent stuff – printables and an idea!

Still dithering about the Advent calendar.  One thing that kept me very busy yesterday was designing my own cones, to supplement the ones I linked to originally.  I wanted them to be a little bigger around the base than the elves and a bit taller and slimmer (who doesn’t wish for that? LOL!) for a reason.  My first ones were too squat and stumpy


but I finally got what I wanted


I also wanted the cutting and sticking to be kid-friendly, which I think it is.  Once cut you need only add a bit of double-sided tape to the flap and score and crease it


For folding, I find it is easiest to almost fold the cone, without actually creasing it, matching up the edges and sticking


You can then gently roll it into shape.  I added a little star just to make the gripping of the top easier


Now for the tip.  I was making a cuppa and what drew my eye was the milk bottle top.  I don’t know about where you live but where *I* live the bottles are recyclable but not the lids.  They are the PERFECT size and make a nice little cup (and far easier than the paper one from the other day – really, making 4 or 5 of them, sure, fine, but 24?? No.


And the 2″ circle punch fits inside with a bit of a push to get past the ridges (which is good, they won’t fall out that way)



Just stick them to your base and place the cones over them.


The printable PDF has a total of 12 different patterns.  If you really want to make a full-month calendar, print it more than one, print it once then mix in the three major characters from the original and as many elves as you need to fill in.

The bottle lids are a bit too wide for the elves, but you could  stick them inside the elves, or just stick the circles to the base, for a little more variation.  I haven’t provided the circles for “treats” cause you will have your own ideas of hat your kids will like, and I’ve not added numbers, so you can mix and match as you like.  A number sticker, a stamp, a die cut  or punched circle will all work.



Now, if you aren’t keen on printing them print one page and use it as a template to cut the cones from cardstock and let the kids decorate them instead! I rather fancied making a Vintage one, all lace and gold and pearls and pretty bits, and may still do. Could be pretty but a big task – I’ll speak to that another day…


More on the ongoing Google word verification issue.  I was testing a theory and I think I have more info, almost enough to tailor my WOYWW commenting so I can carry on without having to log in to Google to do it. I checked today to find that number verification was back, but I wasn’t fooled.  What I thought last time was that after commenting on a number of blogs, the word verification popped up. I thought I had typed the number in right, but word verification came with a message saying I had typed it WRONG. So today I was very very careful to check that I was typing the right thing.  All went well for about the first 5 blog comments.  On comment 6 I noticed that the number was cut off.  I typed what I saw and SURPRISE! Word verification, cause I “typed it wrong.” Now every blog is WV again.

So what I have gleaned is that I can comment on up to 5 blogs. If I see the number cut off in any way, I should step away from the keyboard.  I’d like one more test to see if indeed the number being cut off is the key – if I refresh the choice, will it stay cut off or give me a new one?  And I don’t know if giving it an hour or two will keep number verification or if I have to wait a day (-ish – might be 24 hours from my last comment not 00:00:01.)  I think it  means I can comment on a few Blogger blogs each day till I get thru all my visits.  Not giving up, I’ll work it out. And yes, I know I am being pedantic.  Sorry.  Feel free to skip these bits….


Those Advent elves – options

I have been trying to get back to this but got sidetracked by a variety of things which I’ll get to at the end. But I wanted to add a bit more, some options, and a link to a tutorial that I adapted for my own use.

First, you remember the cone-head ornaments from the other day. I had originally thought that I would construct the countdown a bit like the Snorfs, with this sort of bottom added to stick them to a base:


The problem with that, and indeed the problem with the Snorfs 12 days countdown, is that it is tricky to store.  The cone-heads, when loose, stack and would store easily in a small box


Leaving them loose I had two ideas for adding the countdown aspect – beginning with the easiest one, stick the text strip inside the cone like so:


I liked that as you could then hang them on the tree with nothing to get lost or come loose.  They would always be the same, which may not be an issue, but if you wanted to vary them each year, sticking them in won’t do.  Another option is again like the Snorfs, a little strip with a number on the side that tucks into the tab slit like so:


To access it you just pull it out.  Again, no base required and so long as you do the thing then store the tab, you can use them every year, shift the order around, easily make lots of ones to pick from in future years. I think the cones could be hung on a painted branch, or just set out on a table or the mantle.

But the one thing I know MY kids loved about advent calendars is missing – the chocolate!  So I wanted a way to add that and still have most of the rest of the advantages of each option still there.  I think I cracked it.

First, I have to go back to something I bookmarked in a previous browser that I didn’t transfer over.  It was actually two browsers ago so it took some hunting to find it again but I did.  I remembered the basics, but I really wanted to add the link so I had to hunt it down.  What I wanted to do was sort of invert the process, and use the punched strip to make a holder.  This is how I did it.

You will need:

cardstock enough for

  • six 2 inch circles
  • eight 1 inch circles
  • seven 1 x 8 inch strips


  • ribbon slot punch – mine is Fiskars but I think there are others that will do the same thing
  • adhesive

1. Either add adhesive (like Stick It!, which you can punch or die cut even after the adhesive is in place) or punch then add adhesive to the circles.


2.Punch the slits all along the strips of cardstock


3. Score just past the slits


and cut along the edge to turn the slits into tabs


4. Curl the strip around the circles, sticking the tabs to the adhesive


When you get to the last couple of tabs you will want to add adhesive to both the tabs and up to the edge to close the cup


and give you this:


I’m not QUITE done yet, but this will give you an idea of how it will come together:


So, the bottom of the cup gets stuck to the base, and either the circles can be stuck in or you can have a little bag of them and simply place them in, and add a chocolate on top (a wrapped one, obviously!) then place the cones over them. Taking each cone off in turn, the kids can then add them to the tree.  Since the cones are all loose, they can stack for storage, and the base is an A4/US letter size so would slip into, say, a cereal box for storage.

As you can see there is still plenty of room if you wanted a longer countdown – I don’t think it would quite make a full month-long one on an A4 sheet but you could get 10 days or a fortnight, I think, with ease.  Mine isn’t done cause I am just not sure what I want to do – make 18 more elves or leave it as a final-week one.  We don;t have room on our tree for 22 elves, I know THAT. Anyway, there are a few ideas – if you make one, do share it with me.


Why I am so frustrated.  Warning: it’s long and most people won’t “get” it.  Really.  Skip it – and if you don’t, remember, I did warn you. But I just felt the need to vent.

I am STILL struggling with the word verification on Blogger.  I was fine for the first 5 or so blogs yesterday, still trying to get to my WOYWW visits, when all of a sudden, either because I had done too many in one go so they assumed I was a spammer, OR because maybe I typed the numbers in wrong, it switched to word verification on all of them.  My eyes are just incapable of seeing the garbled word.  If it takes me 10 minutes to cycle thru a few options then two or three attempts to get one right, it takes me an hour to do a few blogs.  And I am not a brief commenter, usually. I had hoped that with a new day the number verification would come back.  It didn’t.  I am guessing there is some cookie or another Google has put on my machine that tells it to show me word verification instead of the easier number one. And after spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to figure out exactly what to type in to block that, and reading a tone of post complaining about it on Blogger forums, I know two things – first, it is not the fault of the blogger.  This is Blogger’s way to stop spam. The Blogger bloggers can’t stop it even if they want to.   Secondly, a side benefit to Google is you can avoid the word verification (but still have to do the number one) so long as you are logged in to Google.  I tried it. It works.  The advice they give on the forum is to get a Google account and log in to it to comment.  This is not something I choose to do.  If I had an option that worked I would not be using Chrome.  I don’t like things being displayed or worse, things being blocked or NOT displayed, based on my tracked “habits” so I try never to stay logged in to anything (Facebook or Goggle or Pinterest or Amazon) that tracks my browsing.  I did try to log in, make a comment, then log out and see but as soon as I logged out, the word verification replaced the number on before my very eyes. So I am left with the decision to either bail on WOYWW (a great joy every week) cause I can’t comment, do something that goes against every fibre of my being and log in to Google to comment (perhaps do only that in a session then log out and carry on) or carry on posting my link and never commenting on any Blogger/Blogspot blog.  None of the options make me at all happy, hence the annoyance.  Having used WordPress for my blogging and seen how elegant and reliable the Askimet spam filter is (over 60k of spam comments blocked, and in all the years I have been blogging I would say no more than 10 not-spam comments ever got blocked) I just can’t believe that Blogger can’t put something as good in place.  Instead it’s been weeks of frustration just finding out the specifics of what needed to be done thru trial and error.  Was there a memo that every single Blogger blogger I read missed, one that said you can only easily get comments now from Google-logged in people?  I have open ID and anonymous commenting on my blog.  I moderate if WordPress asks for that, but only some comments require it and I’ve not figured out what triggers it. So I am just going to have to decide before next week what I am going to do.  And see if things change again and the number verification returns for me – I will HAPPILY take the extra time to work thru that, cause I can read it. But not word verification. Never.

So sorry for the rant.  Believe me, I know I am peculiar in this.  And 99% of readers won’t care or will find another blog to read.  But when technology thwarts me I just have to vent.


WOYWW 283 – annoyed

Hello WOYWWers! Noticed the wrong number for WOYWW?  It’s really 284!  Aren’t we all so polite and kind to each other, no one mentioned it :)  Silly me….

Lots of stuff all over my desk, no surprises there:


I dragged out my old knitting stitch dictionary to flick thru while awaiting an online “webinar” on the Slow Stitching Movement. THAT was a complete fiasco.  Every single bit of info told me the version of Mac OS I was running was fine and yet when I tried to join the told me my version was too old – AND it downloaded a bit of software to my computer that made it do funny things as well.  I won’t be doing that again. Now we’ll see if my refund comes thru. I also have a pattern for socks I want to try – both the book and the pattern are moving on from plain stockinette stitch but I’ll probably dither a bit more (and finish up the 2nd sock and the pair I am halfway thru first) before casting on


What else?  Ah.  long-time readers may recall I buy a heart-shaped ornament every year for Christmas, in memory of our first son.  This is the one for this year:


And a bit of progress on the little countdown figures from yesterday, but not much:


and finally something that may come to nothing in the end – some chipboard covers and a spine, and dividers, for a mini-book.  I was planning on making one as a Christmas gift then found a published version of what I wanted that was so cool I felt the handmade version wasn’t needed.

So anyway, have a great WOYWW day – I’ve been suffering with a bit of a bad back this week, and my poor car is in the shop and likely to be there for a couple of weeks (loooonnng story) so desk hopping is def. going to be the bright spot in my week!


Just a bit of fun – Christmas countdown

If you read here with any regularity, you know I am a big fan of printable and foldable paper toys.  I like to make them but have no ability when it comes to designing them.  So when I find one, I HAVE to print and fold it – it’s like a compulsion.  On some level I am pretty sure I think if I do enough of them eventually the knack to designing them will seep into my bones.  It hasn’t happened yet, so it probably never will.  Oh well…

I stumbled across this little set of printables – the shape certainly reminds me of the Snorfs, although they are far easier to cut and fold.  Up it the top right there is a click that says Nedelands or English.  I clicked for English but I’m not sure if the link will display that for you or not.  It’s teeny tiny, so knowing where to look may help. I printed and folded them, of course


and added the little hangers.  I also added a gem to Rudolph’s nose. They work perfectly fine as ornaments, I think, but I also think they could easily be turned into an advent calendar of sorts.  The problem is, you really don’t want to have to print a huge number of the same sheet to get what you would need.  My thought was to make a 7-day (or possibly 10-day) countdown.  A short one has a few advantages, the biggest being if you aren’t organized enough to make a 25 day countdown or advent calendar before 1st December, you can still make one of these! But another is these are easy enough you could print them, let the kids get involved with the cut and fold part (if you make the slit for the tab) and keep them busy for a bit.

So back to the printing – even doing a short 7 or 10-day countdown, you really only need ONE Mrs Claus, ONE Rudolph and ONE Santa, but you could use more of the smaller elves for all the other days.  This is what you can do:

1. Download the PDF

2. Using the TOOL menu and the SELECT tool, draw a selection around JUST the elf – see on the left?



3. Click CROP and make sure if the option to automatically resize is there it is toggled OFF. Once you have something that looks like the smaller left image BE SURE TO SAVE AS a new filename. If you SAVE it will overwrite the original PDF and you’ll have to go back and download it again.

4. You can print this 4 times by using your printer dialog box.  I did try to see if 6 on a sheet would work and it’s just that little bit too big.  If you are happy to resize them ever so slightly smaller you can and get more on a page!


Also worth noting (again!) is the difference between the HIGH quality print (the 4X one) and the original that I printed in standard quality, plain paper. You know by now this obsesses me too….


But I hope you can see they are the same size.

I have an idea for the countdown/advent calendar aspect that I need to try but need to carve out some time to do it.  When I have I’ll share! In the meantime you might find other fun things at the link that will keep you busy….



As I expected, you want all three versions

Not at all surprised the voting ended up with ALL THREE being the top pick.  I know I’ve only give it a day, but since I suspected it, I’m prepared.  You saw the sampler yesterday, which show all the text except one – that looks like this:


I think it works both ways if you accept the damask sideways. For the leaves and the white doodles, I don’t think there is one clear direction.  You can download the 3 page PDF (one version per page) here.

I am aware that is id mostly just us Yanks who celebrate thanksgiving as that, but we all have reasons to be thankful so I hope I’ve made the text useful for more than just Thanksgiving, the holiday. The font I love, but if you grab it you will notice that the T is not the T from the character map but the I.  I  just wasn’t keen on the actual T (the word looks more like CHANKS to my eye) and the upper case I looks more like how *I* make my Ts so I swapped them out.


If you like the T better you can always download the font, create the word with the T instead, print it out and cut it to stick over the top.

I’ll be closing the poll – I thought I used to be able to set the poll to expire at a certain time, but I am not seeing that option so I’ll have to close it manually.  I might give it a day, just to see if anyone prints the sampler and shares the colour experience.  I was surprised to see comments in the poll on the results page, but people have told me commenting on a WordPress blog can be tricky, so… anyone?  print and share?  If you send me a photo I’ll share it here, which would be very interesting in I get a couple of them at least…


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