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Planner calendars

I have been playing again, awaiting a few deliveries. I actually have a long list of things that need doing outside of the house but I can’t set off to do them till things ordered arrive.

I do pay attention to requests if I can, especially if I think they will be useful to many people (although I am not opposed to doing something custom, depending on how much work it is LOL!) and so I’ve done two planner style calendars.

First, a full sheet size.  I am testing out a theory.  I’ve saved these cropped to the actual edge of the design.  What it should mean is that your printer should print the pages to fit whatever paper size you have selected.  That could be A4 or US letter, or even A5! It will automatically centre on the paper too.

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You can download that here – the first six months have the doilies as you see them here, the last six months have them flipped, just for a bit of variety.

The other one I was playing with is a totally new design.  It looks like this:

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That one is designed for a Filofax style planner. It fits an A4/US letter size sheet, so I suppose if you don’t mind the break in the middle where the holes go for the smaller size planners you COULD print it and use it in notebook sized planner instead.

You can download that one here.  The lacy design and month word is a different colour for each month.

Forgot to mention, these are in the Monday to Sunday format.  Although I always use a Sunday to Monday CALENDAR, for some reason a Monday to Sunday PLANNER makes more sense to me so I tend to do them that way.

 


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Planner Calendars?

I had an email request for one of my calendars, one month across two pages, for a planner.  I didn’t have all the info I needed, so I made an assumption that it was for a 6×8 inch planner, for the purposes of testing out an immediate idea.  I was looking for a quick way to do it, and the iPhoto calendar method (where I “print” the blank calendar but save it as a PDF then edit it) seemed like a great idea.

There is a bit of work involved to set up a sort of template, so the page prints with a split in the middle, and with whatever decorative elements I want at the top, so it takes time, but it isn’t difficult.  I like the fact there is the little previous and next month blocks, and the Modern Lines calendar has space to write appointments (well, a few of them per day but not a lot!) and I was able to add a NOTES section to the side.

Here are two samples I am playing with:

 

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The holes would get punched in the middle, so the two pages lay side-by-side.  To create a single page month would be MUCH faster.

There would be no way to easily change the font, although it would certainly be quite easy to hide the original one for the month and year and overlay a nicer one, like so:

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I wouldn’t go to all the effort of changing al the text, because I think the readability of a calendar is important, but the extra pop of a pretty font for the month word lifts it a bit.

So I’m curious – is this appealing at all?  Drop me a comment and LMK.

 


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More Freebie Book Folding!

I had a request for some READ templates, which is pretty popular – it’s a nice simple word to fold, and makes a great gift or decoration. Lots of the request mention they are from Librarians or for Libraries.  I thought I would start of with this on, as I update some of the original book folding templates.

Let me explain.  When I started, I would sometimes suggest to people that they might fold both the BLACK LINES and the WHITE SPACE between, in order to get a nice fat full looking word.  But having done it, I know that is hard on the eyes.  I also know it is possible to fold just the black lines and still get a credible design.  But fatter is better in this case, so instead I started s t r e t c h ing the word to create more lines,  When folded the design looks in proportion.

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This PDF has all 8 versions.  Just print the page you want.  There is a mix – some scripty, some blocky and a couple that are rather childlike.

You might be able to see some areas where the lines look darker, overlapped or outlined.  This may depend on the quality of your monitor.  If you see it on the screen, don’t worry.  It doesn’t appear when you print.

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What you MIGHT see on some words is an area where the lines don’t print fully.  That seems to happen most with text on a slant.  It is easy enough to fix – find the area (see it there between the a and the d in Habano ST font? Very slanted!)

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and connect the line with a pen. Low tech solution for sure.

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Remember the lines DO NOT tell you how many pages you need for your template, they are to help with the counting. Be sure to go back to my blog post for info on how to calculate the page count.  https://scrappystickyinkymess.wordpress.com/folded-book-templates/ has links to two different posts for how to do this. Be careful to count the alternating folds correctly!

Why I won’t tell you how many pages you need can be found here https://scrappystickyinkymess.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/book-folding-why-i-wont-count-them-out/


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Another 2017 CD calendar – very colourful! And with a one-sheet too.

I thought I would do a different version of the CD circle calendar.  Just playing around with inky circles.  I wanted to see how easy it would be to create a one-sheet version at the same time.  Turns out it was pretty easy.

The CD version looks like this:

 

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I’ve done both the one sheet…onesheetcircles

as well as a version that is gridded so it can be cut to create either small loose squares or assembled into a tear-off.

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Download the CD version

Download the One-Sheet

Download the tear-offs

Hope these prove useful for your calendar crafts!


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One Sheet calendars for 2017

One thing I made that seemed to be much downloaded was the One-Sheet doily calendar. You can download that here.  I do try to pay attention to the things people find useful, so I have been playing around with a few other One-Sheet versions.  Those in the UK will be forgiven for reading that Juan Sheet LOL!

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There is the Lace circles version, the Pixels version and a new one, in the middle. In addition I made the Lace and Pixels versions blank at the top and bottom (so no lace and no pixels,  one with a very plain font and one slightly fancy font) that you can decorate yourself with stamping or art journal techniques, or add patterned paper or photos.  Print on heavy cardstock in high or photo quality, for the best base to decorate onto.

Download the Lace version here, and the fancy font, decorate it yourself version here.

Download the Pixel version here, and the plain font, decorate it yourself version here.

Download the new one (the one in the middle) here.

Hopefully that is enough of a range of styles to suit all!


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Keyring Calendars – updated for 2017

I had a request to update my Keyring Calendars – I had to go back and read the post, then look at my “working files” to see how I made them originally.  Not at all how I thought LOL! Took a bit of doing but I hate to disappoint….

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It always freaks me out when I look at the PDF on the screen, sometimes I see weird artifacts.  This one, the lines under the days of the week are either nearly invisible or super thick and dark.  And yet, when you see them as a .jpg rather than displaying as a .pdf they look fine (see above.)  Probably why I tend to print the file to make sure what people get is what I expect.

Anyway, I went ahead and did the work to bring them up to date for 2017.  The sheet lets you print two full sets.  You can download the PDF here.

I wouldn’t say these where one of my greatest hits, IYKWIM, so I’ll only make other versions if I get requests for them.  But at least one of my followers will be happy…..


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For the Monday to Sunday folk – 2017 lace calendar (and Spanish version too!)

This ended up being easier than I thought it would.  Every year as I make these calendars I find new little tricks to help me create them faster.  What takes the longest is obsessively checking to make sure I get the dates right.  These have been checked and re-checked and I used what I hope is a reputable site to get the Spanish right!

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This is the English, Monday to Sunday version

 

and

 

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This is the SPANISH Monday to Sunday version

Enjoy.

Oh, and note that there are a few blank cards at the end.  Hope they are useful!

 


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Another try – book folding DIY

OK, I am still trying to work out a good way to share book folding alphabets that are easy for people to use.  While it us certainly easy enough, with the right tools and knowledge, for you to copy>paste individual letters and build a word you then can print out, past experience has told me that most people don’t have either the tools or the knowledge.  Most people have a printer.  so, sure, it’s a pain if you have to print 5 copies of the vowel sheets (and in future I might opt to put the vowels across two sheets, cause then at least if you have to print multiple copies, the extras will be useful!  Now I think of it, it might be useful to group the consonants according the those you use most often as well. But I digress…

So this is a pretty plain, blocky, no serif font, easy to fold for a beginner and chunky enough to really show up when folded.

Print the count page (page one) and all the pages with the letters you need.
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Keep the page count sheet with your extra letters.  As you count the lines, fill in the sheet so you never have to count that letter again!

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Cut out the letters you need

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Note the * – those letters are ones that are not aligned to the bottom edge. You will have to adjust the placement of them as you will see later.

Get a plain piece of paper and fold over the edge.  This is what hooks over the pages of the book to keep your folds aligned.

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Draw a couple of lines, three inches apart.  Bear in mind the height of your book.  you can place the folded edge over the top of your book and mark where you want the top of the word to fall, then mark that on the paper and draw the bottom line three inches from that. The blocks that hold the letters are three inches tall so they will line up within that area.

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Now simply use the lines of the letter blocks to stick the letters to the plain paper.

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If you like to fold back pages between the letters to create the look of a space, leave a gap then assign that however many pages you like, and five is usually good for me. For most letters, ones that are NOT two uprights next to each other (like “like” for example – the l and the i and the k need space between them) can do without a space, but feel free to practice in a cheap paperback and see what you think. Or cut the letters right to the edge and butt them up to each other.

The *ed letters need to be placed more carefully.

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You can hold them up to the light and line up the bottom edge of the body of the letter (i.e. not the tail) with the line you drew, like so:

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This will also help you make longer words – provided you can find a book that is big enough!

The letters are pre-stretched by about 50%, all the same amount except the W which was just SO wide it is more like 25% more.  It should be one of the easiest alphabets to try as a beginner and should give you a good result.

Here is the alphabet, upper and lower case, 1-0 numbers, a heart and an &.  That lets you do a couple’s initials, like A {heart} B or Mr & Mrs or 01 {heart} 05{heart} 2015 (like an anniversary or birthday) with ease

Gabo Drive font for book folding (and the fold count sheet)

Calendar folk, come back maybe tomorrow and I should have the Lace design done for Monday to Sunday calendars! The Sunday to Saturday version is here (including a French version)

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A pretty lace calendar for 2017 – English and French!

You may recall that I often make foreign language calendars.  It can be a struggle – especially when an internet source has a mis-spelled word or a wrong translation, which has happened more than once to me – but I try to do at least a couple of them, usually French and Spanish.  The biggest pain is that the foreign language versions more often than not use the Monday to Sunday set up.  I have always used the Sunday to Monday version.  Having said that, when I was working, I tended to use my desk calendar from a Monday as the beginning of the WORK week.  More on that later…

So here is the English version, Sunday to Monday.

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And here is the French version, Monday to Saturday

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It’s likely I will make a Spanish and English Monday to Sunday version at some point.  Is a Spanish Sunday to Monday version a thing?  if so, better comment or I probably won’t bother to make one🙂

 

As I have mentioned, and the reason for my absence here, I have moved house.  I have unearthed some odd artifacts from my working life.  I found a couple of cartoons that a friend in the mailroom (me and the boys had a regular lunchtime date to play Hearts whenever there were enough of us around.  I got used to the 11:50 phone call to let me know if we were on or not) drew for me.  This one was after he spied me reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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and this one I forget what prompted it – probably just the name similarity, despite the mis-spelling:

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The other thing was a certificate for my membership in the Visual Lunacy Society (stamp company) from an engineer I used to do research for.

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Note the date:

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Funny what you find and keep re-finding but don’t pitch in the bin!  I think I’ll hold on to them for a little longer…


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2017 Decorate Yourself PL style calendar cards

Hello all.  These were a request and I worked on them over the last week – in between getting the kitchen sorted out and dealing with the leaking dishwasher, and trying to arrange my scraproom.  That one is scary.  I have no idea how I will wedge all my stuff (DH uses a different S-word LOL!) into the room.  The only way I could get enough wall space was to block the fireplace! I’ll never have a fire in there (can you imagine? All that paper, and smoke from an open flame?  Eek!) so it’s probably OK.

The layout and the font are the same, but they are for 2017 – I’ll make a companion 2018 at some point for the 2-year at a time fans.

Download 2017 version here.

I have no time to try to decorate a set myself, but I will feature a couple from last year:

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And if you want to go back and read the original post with a couple more samples, that is here and this post has a couple of super cute versions made by one of my followers, for a bit more inspiration! Here’s one of them

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