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A few more 2019 Calendar bits

It has been quite the madhouse around here, on all fronts.  But I do have a few follow-up calendar things for you.

First I have a set of the circle calendars with journaling space beside them – nice for PL style spreads or even to add to a layout.  You can download them here.

And as another variation of that, a smaller set that I think would work well for a birthday calendar.  Print on cardstock and punch a hole for a book ring and there you go. And you can download that one here.

 

And lastly, another couple of bold calendar squares for making tear-offs.  Note the darker dividing lines.  I’ve had some feedback that the very pale lines are harder for older eyes to follow.  If having the lines show is annoying, simply cut just INSIDE the lines and they should still stack fine for a tear off. Download the 2 page set, black and brown, here.

Hopefully that will keep you happy as I am off doing touristy things with visitors, till November!

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2019 CD Circle quotes calendar

Another request. Luckily, I have always saved old calendars so generally making a new one based on an old one is actually pretty simple, if a bit boring.  But I know that people like what they like and if a particular style has worked for years it is nice to keep using the same one.  One of my favourite stories was a commenter who was using my calendars as a tracking device for the two years she and her hubby were working towards selling their ranch.  She had a whole display and timeline set up in their kitchen.  So she had a specific reason to want the same style over multiple years.

Anyway, here is the circle calendar with quotes, as requested.  I’ve stuck with the same font and same quotes although I may try to update that to a more modern style.

And I also did the 4-a-page version.  These print at just about 3×3 square.  They might fit the mini-CD boxes but I don’t have on to test out! Make what use of them you will and if you do, please share!

 

I am also working on creating the variation I have done before, which is the calendar on the left with lines for writing on the right.  They are Project Life sized (are people still in to that?  I am very out of touch!)  but would also work on a book ring, for example as a Birthday Calendar.   watch for that soon.


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2019 DIY Calendar with BOLD TEXT PL-style cards

There is one of those awkward titles again.

Still working thru some requests.  This time it is for one of the DIY calendars with bold text, easy to read for those of us with older eyes. This is based on the original one from a few years back:

And as a result is the 5-a page for 2 pages then a trio of blank cars with Daily Celebrations, Trending and Currently headings.

You can download that here.

Still working on the circle CD calendar with quotes but it should appear very soon.


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2019 Sunday start and Monday start 3×4 PL style calendars

Jeeze.  The post titles are getting too long as I try to cram all the descriptive info into them!

I don’t always do a Monday to Sunday in English-language calendars because they don’t get downloaded very often.  I like a Monday start in a planner but not so much my calendars.  But since I did them for French and Spanish, I figured I  might as well.

Click here to download the Monday to Sunday version.

 

And here is the one I prefer.  Click here to download the Sunday to Saturday version.


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3×4 Project Life style Spanish calendars for 2019

I must be getting old.  Or maybe it was trying to do 5 different calendars in three different  languages that did it!

I usually try to get to Spanish and French calendars at some point and since I had requests I figured it should be sooner rather than later.  Let’s start with the Spanish ones today.  I know from past years that while SPANISH calendars usually have a Monday start, other Spanish-speaking countries have a Sunday start so I do both.

For the Monday to Sunday Spanish calendar click HERE.

If you want the Sunday to Saturday version, click HERE.

As usual I tried to check the month dates about 5 times, and I did find occasional errors (which I corrected, of course) but I do remember a few years back when I used some internet site for the month names and got many comments saying it was wrong – mine was only wrong cause the internet site I used was wrong.  The design is in B&W but you could colour in the flowers with coloured pencils or Copics.

I will be adding English versions for Sunday to Saturday and Monday to Sunday (which I don’t always do) and a French Monday to Sunday version.  Then I have to do a LARGE PRINT version to fulfill another request.  Then I might be done for the year.  I’ll have to see if I get inspired…


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2019 WIDEtop and NO BOX Project Life sized calendar cards

People always seem to want some little tweak to the calendars!

A big thing is the DIY (Decorate it Yourself) versions.  People love adding washi tape or strips of cardstock or a border stamp, or about 100 other things.  Obviously the more room there is to do that, the better.  So, as requested in a comment, I’ve shifted the plain 2019 text blocks down, so it leaves a larger space at the top for decorating.  The WIDETOP version can be found here.

I have also done a version with no boxes.  You can cut them close for tear-offs,  cut them to decorate at the bottom. You might even be able to cut landscape with space at one side for decoration. But without the lines you’ll have to figure out that cutting on your own!

The NO-BOX version can be found here.

I have not had time to redo months from a current calendar as samples, but this old post has lots to use as inspiration!

And one of my followers sent me these adorable versions:

for cat people – or stampers:

Have fun!


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Mandalas for yarn bombing – free hoops!

I never really know how best to title a post.  Hopefully this one got your attention.

One thing I am easily able to do is sit and knit or crochet.  I can do it in the car on the way to appointments and while sitting in waiting rooms.  A couple of knitting groups locally do yarn bombing – google it, it is colourful and cool.  I’ve not made anything for past efforts but I thought I would have a go for the upcoming ones.  I liked the idea of a mandala but also liked the idea of recycling stuff and not buying anything new for the project.

I am not totally sure how the idea came to me, but in thinking of what might be used as the ring to attach and stretch the mandala I had an AHA! moment.

Aren’t these fun!?

Believe it or not, the rings are the rim cut from one of our endless supply of huge coffee cans from Costco.

And while the edge of the rim is the choice piece. you can get other rings from the lid too.

The inner rings are quite flat and less rigid, but they do more or less work.

I have also experimented with other plastic lids, like these from Pringles:

Quite small, those.  I have a tub of Fage 0% Yogurt in the fridge and that lid is just about CD size so looking forward to seeing how that works out.  I did crochet and add some mandalas to the shiny side of a CD, and covered the back with a plain white label, so I didn’t have to use two CDs back to back and crochet two mandalas and they turned out quite nice as well.

My sort of idea is to use a picture that I saw as inspiration – one that I struggle to find again.  So often the links on Pinterest that show this image don’t go anywhere or seem to go to some totally unrelated thing.  I just tried to search for the “beaded curtain” words that led me to it originally and it does not come up!  I did find a link in my search history and hopefully it will show up here:

If I wanted to make this to go over a shop door, for example, it’d be pretty expensive to buy the rings. But a lot of those rings could work as the lid-rims.  and what’s more, I might have a line on some big rims for massive pots.  Not only cheap but using recycled things too!  Win-Win.

Bearing in mind this is all for outside yarn-bomb installations and not meant to be work for sale, I am pretty happy with where I am heading!


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Been a while… Tear off calendars for 2019

I have been busy and also had a little relapse of my NAM so blogging has not been my top priority.  But I did manage to make a couple of sheets of tear-off blocks for 2019.  Those of you who like to make calendar related gifts might find them useful.  There are older posts, like this one,  that show how to make a tear-off calendar from cut month blocks.

I’ve tried to make these simple to cut this time, just cut along the lines.

Here is the flat-topped circle one:

And here is a version with a bit more space around it, in case you want to make your tear-offs a bit special, like these:

You can see how I do that here. There is also a cute, simple foldable calendar card project in that post, so worth having a look anyway.

And here are the plain block ones:

No idea why the line looks darker here.  I doesn’t look like that in the PDF preview!

I hesitate to say the dreaded C-word (not THAT one, the DECEMBER one!) but if you make gifts, that Calendar card project is one you can easily whip up and have a stash on hand in case you need an emergency gift!

Also bear in mind that many of the Project Life sized cards also make nice tear-off blocks:

and you can see other 2019 calendars here.

Have fun!

PS I am still more or less keeping up with the book folding templates, getting a few requests every day, just in case people think I am not doing them because I am not posting about them.  I am.


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P2P Art Journal

Well.  I have been doing Permission to Play for a couple of weeks and I am very happy with my junk cardboard art journal.  I was a bit torn – I waffled back and forth between just the pages with inspirational or thought-provoking quotes, mostly related to my diagnosis of statin-induced necrotizing Myosotis/NAM and a proper journal, which I could write in.  I never really bought in to the scribble journaling concept, as I like to be able to look back at my thought and see if I’ve progressed, or learnt anything – hard to do if the text is just scribbles.  And fitting in text on a page I had already decorated a bit as part of the P2P process didn’t work easily for me either.

Lo and behold, my morning email from Carolyn!

Use a supply you have lots of on hand.

HA!  As evidenced by my piece from the other day, made up of little arty samples, I went back to look at my stash of bigger sheets:

and looking at them I could see many were plain on the reverse.  I folded them all and punched holes to match the holes in my cardboard journal:

Then slotted these between the pages.

The idea is that I can write on the outside and/or the inside when I want to, and I can easily add more folded pages as or when I want! So if a quote prompts me to write, more than once, the journal will evolve with every new insertion.

Here are a few more of the quotes pages:

and

The quote on that orange page is a great one from Michael J. Fox, about his Parkinson’s:

I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.

I slightly altered it by substituting [what I have] for Parkinson’s.  It was too good, too inspirational, to pass up.

I should have taken photos of all the pages before adding the inserts.  Oh well.

And here is the cover:

The book rings, rather than the painted ribbon tied for the binding, works better for me.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the P2P class I’ve never made an art journal this way before, and I’ve loved using up stuff that I have been hoarding for years, like the cardboard box with the handle-ovals, and my box of random inked or painted sheets and old Gelli prints.  The arty samples box isn’t empty yet, but I’ve made two things I am totally thrilled with.  Definitely a win in my book.  If you fancy joining in with P2P, there is a link in the sidebar over there —>>