scrappystickyinkymess

This is bat country


1 Comment

Yesterday corrected and the Monday to Sunday version

My worst nightmare.  Making a mistake on the calendars. As I updated on my post from yesterday I had somehow swapped March and April.  I’ve sorted it and checked and double-checked both again just to be sure, and added the corrected versions.  Apologies if you got the one with the error.  So far I don’t see it pinned so let’s hope it was just followers who saw it while it was wrong and they will see this too.

2015M2SNEWcdframeSMALL

 

And here are (checked and double checked) the MONDAY to SUNDAY versions.

Full size two per page

Smaller size four per page

 


2 Comments

One more calendar for 2015

 Sorted now.  The two PDFs are correct and available to download.

Note:  Monday to Sunday version is available here.

We are busy putting up the tree today – amazed I was able to get DD to wait till this week, she’d have had it up in November if we had a clear day to do it. But I did want to add this printable.  I am aware that I have tended to do more Project Life sized calendars than others.  I wanted to add something a little more vintage than my usual more funky or grungy style.  I hope these fit the bill.  I intend, when time allows, to add a Mon to Sun version but as that isn’t the one *I* use, it’s always farther down on my list.

Because it takes seconds, I’ve done the original size and the reduction:

2015circlecalendars

One is two to a page, can be cut to fit a CD case

2015NEWCircleframeframe

With a circle cutter – and actually a little closer to the black frame would fit better but I only have the old CM circles and this is the size you get

2015circlecalendars4

2015circlecalendars3

If your circle cutter can get that little bit closer you can cut them out then mount them on cardstock or patterned paper, then slip the months into the frame. Likewise, you can cut them and mount them on bigger sheets, if you want to do a more stamped or art journaled background.  You can cut between them and trim the sides to make a rectangle with room to decorate around the edges.  The point is these are just the circles with no cutting lines at all.  That gives you the most flexibility, I think.  If I get time I’ll do some samples but if you do one, please share!

You can also scale the size when printing if you want them just a little smaller or even a little bigger.  Play around with them and tell me what you did.  Someone else might like your idea better.

Rather than just telling you how you can do it, I also did the reduction and saved it as a PDF!

The smaller size might also be useful for a CD calendar,

2015circlecalendars2

and you can get a slightly closer trim depending if you use the Nesties Standard Circles Small (largest ring) or Large (second to largest ring – the largest is too large)

Once I get time to do the Mon to Sun version I’ll cross-link so if you stumble on this one you’ll see the link to the other and vice versa.

Off to fight with the strands of lights….


4 Comments

A commenter asks, I answer!

One of my frequent commenters, Paula, asked about the card with Post It note and tear-off calendar, commenting that she had just planned on making one of my CD calendars but was torn because she loved the Post it note idea.  As I was replying, the germ of an idea floated to the top of my brain.  I spent more time hunting around trying to find a clean, empty CD cover than I did making the project!

There are many ways to go with the idea and I’ll outline a few of them.  Basically, the key is a small extra piece of thick cardstock or thin chipboard scored to create a kink.

2CDwithpostit

This is assuming your CD holder has edges all around both pieces.  I think some of the newer ones may have less to get in the way.

3CDwithpostit

Mine is 5 1/4 x 3 1/2.  This is so it fits inside the CD case.  In order to add the pen holder, I poked a hole in the middle, just above the 3 x 3 Post it note square.  Using a crochet hook, I pulled the loom band thru to the back

5CDwithpostit

and threaded a bit of chipboard the at the back, sticking it down.

6CDwithpostit

7CDwithpostit

I added a strip of double-sided tape to the top edge, but did NOT peel off the backing.  This way all the bits for the Calendar fit inside the CD cover.

8CDwithpostit

And in fact, with a small pen or pencil, that will fit in as well.  You can see I show this without the cover decorated, because if it was, you couldn’t see how nicely it fits inside! Once your recipient takes it out, they can assemble it

11CDwithpostit

For this, I made a decorated block that fits behind the cover, then stuck the tear-off block to the front.  That way you can change the background as often as you like and so long as the placement is the same, you can just stick a new year’s one on in 2016!

12CDwithpostit

Two additional points: first, there is no reason you can’t use any standard CD calendar blocks rather than a tear-off one.

9CDwithpostit

As long as they aren’t on super thick paper they should still fit in the CD along with the Post-it note block, especially if you divide a block in 1/2 as I did.   Second, if they feel the footprint of the calendar is too big, your recipient can always stick it to the back leg of the stand.  Technically they wouldn’t really NEED the added piece, but it’s nice to offer the option

10CDwithpostit

And finally, I’ve had the odd comment or two about my Doily calendar printables.  Some folk aren’t crazy about the grungy scratch marks thru the Month names.  I liked that, which is why I picked that font, but as it only took me like 15 minutes, I went ahead and did a font swap for the same one I used for the 2016 Calendar.

This one is sized for Project Life but I used it in the sample to make the tear off.  The little ones were too small to look right on the front of the CD

4CDwithpostit

 

THIS one is the smaller card topper size tear-off. You can see the three methods I use for making a stack a tear-off: glue, brads, staple.

{sigh} now I have to go back and add the link to all the places where I have the OTHER doily version …


4 Comments

Tear off calendars to print

I did make some tear offs this year, but they were pretty standard, boring ones.  I also mentioned how you can change print settings on your printer and convert PL 3×4 calendar cards into sheets you can cut and turn into tear offs.  As I was locating all my calendar stuff while creating the post from yesterday, I thought I might as well just convert the ones I had made, make the PDFs and add them here. This is a little misleading.  The Doily calendars, the Sunday to Saturday and Monday to Sunday versions, are HUGE (nearly 12 MB) if I do more than one complete calendar in the PDF.  So those two are ONE FULL CALENDAR  in each file.  They weigh in at almost 3 MB even so.

2015 Doily Calendar Tear Off – Sunday to Saturday

2015 Doily Calendar Tear Off – Monday to Sunday

tearoffs

These have a double set of lines around them.  You can make them bigger by cutting along the outer frame if you prefer.

2tearoffs

Cut to the inner, pale grey line they are about 2 1/4 by just under 3 inches. All the others are this size as well. Cut to the OUTER black line they are just over 2 1/2 x 3 1/4.

For the other two you can change the settings to print just one year by printing just page 1 and page 2.  Printing all six pages will let you create FOUR full calendars.

print

 

Once you print and cut you can use any method to make them a tear off that you like.

 

2015 Funky Frame tear off

2015 Pixel Calendar tear off
3tearoffs

I usually either add the glue along the top edge (PVA glue)

4tearoffs

or staple them.  I would actually use two staples to keep them from shifting around, especially after a few months have been torn off.

5tearoffs

 

I am making little cards that turn into calendar stands with Post-it notes. Annoyed because I know I have a box FULL of coasters and could I find them? Nope. It’s a basic easel card, mine is 4 x 12 to begin with, which fits my “coaster” (actually a mini book page)

6tearoffs

The fact that I couldn’t find my damn coasters actually allowed a little innovation. Hands up if you DON’T have a bajillion loom bands under foot, all day, every day… well, I used one I spied laying on the floor to make a pen holder ring.  I just threaded the loom band on to the twine I was tying thru the holes

6atearoffs

Threaded the twine thru and pulled so the loom band  was partway thru the hole before tying it off.

8tearoffs

I suspect that the mini-book page (thicker than a coaster) and the pen addition make it a bit too thick to fit comfortably in an envelope, certainly not for mailing

7tearoffs

But if you make a …what are they called? box-alope?  or put it in a larger envelope to hand deliver it, you will probably be OK.

If you look back to this post you can see the process so you can make ANY 3×4 calendar card printable (PDF) into a tear off-sized version.

You may not think they are worth the effort, but I think they look SO much nicer than the standard bag o’ tear-offs you can buy… up to you….

{wink}


4 Comments

A quick recap – all 2015 calendar printables and projects

NEW doily added at the bottom!

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:

Funky
2015 – Sun to Sat or Mon to Sun
Pixel
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.

10gridcube

 

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

3woyww267

And an easel card that includes a tear-off and Post-it notes and in that post a number of my 2015 PL cards resized and offered to download and make your own tear-offs without all the technical hassles

8tearoffs

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

Some people weren’t so keen on the scratchy font for he 2015 Doily, so I went ahead and made a version that uses the same font a the 2016 version here.  I also made a little CD calendar in the post here.

11CDwithpostit

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


5 Comments

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.

2015cdframeUpdated

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…

 


5 Comments

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

stillmoreadvent

but I finally got what I wanted

5stillmoreadvent

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

2stillmoreadvent

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

4stillmoreadvent

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

6stillmoreadvent

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.

7stillmoreadvent

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)

8stillmoreadvent

 

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

9stillmoreadvent

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.

10stillmoreadvent

 

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….


3 Comments

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:

snorfcircle2

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

3option1

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:

2option1

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:

option1

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

and

  • 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.

2option2

2.Punch the slits all along the strips of cardstock

3option2

3. Score just past the slits

4option2

and cut along the edge to turn the slits into tabs

5option2

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

6option2

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

7option2

and give you this:

8option2

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

option2nearlydone

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.


3 Comments

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!

snorfcircle6

snorfcircle5

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

adventagain

2adventagain

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

4adventagain

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

 


1 Comment

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:

2015funky_j2A

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

funkycal

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

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,085 other followers