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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…



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.


Not another advent calendar!

I have just been dithering about making yet another advent calendar – the thing is, I LIKE making them, even if the kids are really well past the point of actually being excited to open them.  But although I have made the chocolate-holder style and the just flip or add style, one that I have seen but not made is an event sort of one.  The 12 Snorfs of Christmas was a bit like that, with little events or tasks added, but that was AFTER Christmas … you see, I am really working hard to justify this LOL!



So I have been working on a modern colour design, lime and turquoise, and based on little coin envelope style holders to contain fun holiday events.  My “desktop” – computer and actual, is littered with my play



and I am considering a slight redesign as well as considering black or white for the envelope options


We’ll see if it comes to anything or not…


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A funky 2015 calendar printable

In looking back over my printables for 2015 calendars, I realized I didn’t make a funky one for me.  I did the pretty circles, the pretty quote circles, the simple tear-offs, the odd dots, the pixel one, and the doilies (and those were in Spanish, French and German too!) but I usually do one that is more to my taste.  This is that one. And it looks like this:


The whole bunch follows pretty much my usual colourway groupings, Sunday to Saturday arrangement:


That was a bit too small to show you the fonts.  Anyway you can grab it here – three sheets, four months to a page.

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finally – 2016 Doily variation

I found that making the 2016 version of my doily calendar wasn’t all that bad – it turns out there are a number of months where one month from 2015 fits a 2016 month perfectly, without needing a single day added or deleted.  But I just can’t make myself just copy the exact format.  So the 2016 version shares some elements with the current one but the doily is WHITE on a coloured background and the font for the month name and date is different.  You can download it HERE.  (the two or three of you who are looking this far ahead – I’m betting there won’t be more than that, including the commenter who asked for it!)

I now must return to my decluttering – I am determined to finish!  Once I have I feel like I can scrap, as I now can actually find stuff that I know I have without wading thru stuff that should have been tossed in the bin years ago.  I have a bag full of UFO scrappy projects and I have a quilt that just needs the border sewn down, two crochet blankets that needs sorting before winter, and another quilt that I am holding off on till my MIL arrives because I need some advice on a particularly thorny issue.  Really, I feel like I need to just attack the UFOs like I have the house – start and just work my way around, one thing at a time till it’s done!

SO boring, but SO necessary…



2015 Doily Calendar – German

I had suggested  a German version of this a while back on a site that linked the English version but only saw that it was requested the other day.  I also have received a request for a 2016 version.  As  the biggest part of the work is in making the day blocks for the new year, the 2016 version will take a little longer, but simply changing the Month and Day words is quick, I have one request satisfied but not the other.  I’ll try to get to the 2016 version, and look at it that once I do have the day blocks sorted it’ll be that much easier NEXT year. But until I finish my massive de-cluttering and do my WOYWW visits from yesterday (now my floor is clear I can get to my desk and my keyboard and not have my office  needing a health and safety warning – as it is the pass-thru from the downstairs to the upstairs, getting it clear yesterday was pretty much a priority!) I can’t squeeze it in. Bear with me – I WILL get to it.  I don’t normally do calendars of the same design (except the circular CS ones) from year to year, but I suppose I can make an exception to help out a follower.

Anyway, here is the German version:


Download the PDF here – please, any German speakers, confirm that I have the day and month text correct and let me know if you like the font choice – always tricky.  Optima for the days and a “modern” Blackletter font for the words.


Pixel calendar

This is something I have been working on for a while – honestly? Creating those little pixel colour blocks was the most massive pain in the butt. All those tiny squares, aligning them, selecting the “pattern” and the colours… And changing the fonts is never as straightforward as it should be.  If it isn’t a monospaced font, or if each character isn’t perfectly aligned centre by the creator of the font (and often, with free fonts, they aren’t) then changing the font throws the alignment off.  Unless it is obvious, many people won’t notice. But I do.  And it bugs me.  sometimes, it just isn’t possible to align the columns perfectly – or even if they ARE, they LOOK wonky.  Doh! I just do my best and stop when they look OK to my eye.

They look like this – might be nice for a desk calendar for an IT person, don’tcha think? Easy enough to print and stick them to plain (maybe black?) pieces of card to fit a CD calendar.


I only did the Sunday to Saturday version.  I might take the time to do the Monday to Sunday one at some point, but not till I have the time and the patience.

I would have taken more/better photos but I fear my camera’s rechargeable batteries need replacing – they seem to have come to the end of their life.  A full day’s charge only lasts a day.  I have no AAs kicking around so best sort that sharpish! I also meant to print just the one page of the PDF on white card so I slipped a single page into the printer – it was loaded with cream card for DDs youth leader’s memory book.  Stupid me, I neglected to tell it to print THIS PAGE not the whole PDF.  DOH! again.  But I am liking it printed on cream too, so I figured I’d show that – lucky I got a single photo before my camera gave up the ghost.


I did round all four corners of OCTOBER, but I personally like just the top corners rounded, like November. I guess it depends on whether you have all rounded or a mix of rounded and square in your book.

It’s a three page PDF, 4 months per page.  All rainbow, except December, which is red, green and gold/yellow, mostly. The font for the months is Checkbook and the day strip is OCR A Std.  The numbers are Helvetica Neue Light

No I just have a few WOYWW visits to return, then it’s all about the book…


English speakers look away! French and Spanish 2015 Project Life calendar cards

This started as a bit of an experiment.  In the past I have done Spanish calendars and they were popular.  As I had a flurry of visits from France, I though I might as well go ahead and do a French one too.  The major thing is that if what I see online is to be believed both commonly  use the Monday to Sunday format.  As I had taken the time to do both this year, it seemed an easy thing.  The real issue turned out to be the DAY abbreviations!  I found a LOT of variation.  For the formatting, it is far easier to standardize the day abbreviations and that SEEMS to be acceptable but it is hard to know.

I used slightly different fonts.  The French one is Fontleroy Brown and the Spanish one is Sevillana – why?  they FEEL right, but then what do I know?  At the end of the day, they look good to me so there you go.

I will be very interested in any feedback from native French or Spanish speakers – how wrong did I get it?  It’ll all feed into my future calendars so if you like them and use them, take a moment to let me know.  If I got it horribly wrong tell me that too!


The FRENCH version is here.

The SPANISH version is here.

Now, that really MUST be the end of calendars for a bit.  Much as I love the process and designing them, it’s just time to get obsessed with something new, for a while….. {wink}


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