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Book folding – single letters

I had a commenter ask for a Letterman-style single letter template.  I immediately thought, what a great idea! and the more I thought about it the better it became.

The basic Letterman style letter is a bold, angular letter, outlines in white, with a thin-ish border.

Like so:

 

a

You could opt to do the entire letter, with outline:

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or maybe just ignore the border folds and do just the inner bit

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I suppose you could do just the border part and omit the middle, although I am not sure how that would look.  I can’t quite envision it, but it could end up looking pretty cool.  OR you could ignore the middle bit and fold just the outer lines  – if you doubt your ability to focus on just the outermost lines you might need to connect the lines across the white space.

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The only issue with doing the full outlined letter is the size of the book needed!  The A, with border, after a quick and dirty (and probably not 100% accurate, but if anything fewer pages than actually needed) count, is 600 lines – so at least a 1200 page book! I’m thinking a big old school textbook or maybe a dictionary….

Anyway, if you are game, go ahead and download the 26 page set here. Just print the letters you need then settle in with a strong cup of coffee and start counting…..

Last chance to get any requests in – I wont be able to make templates after the 12th, due to some family commitments and the holidays.

 


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CD calendar resized for 2017 and a Christmas surprise!

I had a request for one of my oldest calendars to be updated.  The commenter particularly wanted the three sizes, as before. This was great, because I had been thinking that I had lost a function when I upgraded my Mac OS but it turns out they just moved it!  I hate that.  When we lived in the city, every freakin’ day M&S seemed to move stuff to a new place.  I’d dash in, with a kid or two in tow, rush right to where the milk was the day before and it would be…bacon, or cheese, or fruit.  You just never knew.

But I digress….turns out the ability to automatically resize things by “printing” then saving as a PDF is still there, just not where it used to be.

So full-size for a CD case 2017cdframe_fullsize

 

Smaller, 4 to a sheet

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Smaller still, 8 to a sheet2017cdframe_smallest

And now, I thought you might like to see what one commenter, Melanie, made!  So cute – this is the one I really wanted to do myself but haven’t had the time!

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I can see what I planned, putting a red pompom in the nose area, will work perfectly.  If I could figure out how to add a bulb, maybe a battery operated one, I would love that!

Here is the template again for anyone who wants to give it a go.  And this is what it looks like:

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Trees for 2016 – ornaments, tags, whatever.

As I mentioned, I usually do some sort of card that incorporates an ornament.  Most years I do some sort of tree.  The simple version is to print them and stick two back-to-back. The more fiddly, but 3D version is to stick three (or even four) in a ring. The flat one obviously works best if you want to mail it.

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Here are some new ones for 2016!

Colourful trees

Green Trees

Red Tress

These are 3d versions, and I’ve streamlined the process a bit.

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After you print and cut three of any set, just crease slightly at the bottom

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Just a bit of a pinch is all you need, rather than the full top to bottom centre score

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Add a strip of double-sided tape like so, with a fat strip in the middle of one tree

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Stick your hanger string/yarn/twine to the fat piece

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then stick the sides.  If there is a gap at the top, you can stick a button or a pom-pom or a punched star over it.

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Of course you can punch a hole at the top and use them for tags, writing the To: and From: on the back.

The back-to-back sticking is super easy, so very quick for kids!

Enjoy.

 


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I can’t avoid it any longer! The C-word….. (and a bit of a tag round-up)

Traditionally, Black Friday kicks off the Christmas season for many.  I made these little sets of tags for those who buy and wrap this weekend.  That isn’t me, to be honest, but I tip my hat to those of you who are that organized!

A set of roly poly Santa’s first. Grab them here:

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And a set of colourful trees next. Grab them HERE:

 

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I tried to minimize the cutting, but you can round the corners, or cut them to a more tag-like shape.

You can also go back and grab any of the previous tags.  I have been sorting out some little gifts myself and used these tags, which I still like a lot:

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And if punching is your thing, these circle ones are perfect! They work well as card toppers too.

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And these  are still a particular favourite:

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And for quick cards, these are still cute:

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I’m working on some 2016 3D-trees, like these I’ve done for past years.  I might have an easier method for assembly, I just need to play with them a bit more…

This post  has the Scandi-style ones and links to three different printable versions.

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The flat ones make up in minutes and give you a card and a small gift!

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The WOYWW crop is tomorrow – and although  have not really been able to take part recently, I am still planning on going!  Maybe I’ll see some of you there? I should see if I can comment on blogger/blogspot blogs again, maybe it was just glitch that’s been fixed?

 


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Planner side-by-side

I am experimenting with a Year-at-a-glance planner sheet.  It is a tricky one to get right for both US letter and A4 paper.  Give it a go and see what you think – I haven’t done specific topper pages, but you can always just add a strip of patterned paper, or stamp onto the blank bit at the top.  Just fold in half with the print edges lined up then slice up the middle. Depending on the paper you use the sheets will be slightly different sizes – A4 makes two at about 5.75 inches, and US letter is about 5.5 inches.

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Grab it here!

And you can also print it and punch holes along the top edge, to add to a 4-ring, 3-ring  or 2-ring binder.  Haven’t tested them all so not sure about the 2017 placement, but again, you can always stick paper over it and add the year with number stickers or stamps.

 

Enjoy.


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Year at a Glance for planners and 2018 DIY

One of my followers, Moz, made one of my all-time favourite calendar projects.  I’ve shown it many times but if you missed it you can see it here.  She always does 18 month calendars so often asks for at least a part of the next year much sooner than I expect – you’d think I’d expect it by now LOL!

I’ve done the DIY (Decorate it yourself) calendar for 2018.  diy2018s2s

Grab it here.

Another follower always needs her calendars resized, which is more work than it once was, due to some changes in the OS I use.  BUT I know the size she needs.  To accommodate people who need different sizes, I will now plan on spacing things out as above.    You can cut outside the lines and get a bigger calendar block, up to about 4 x 5 1/2 inches, if you need it.

So that is two special requests down!

Lastly, I had a request for a planner Year at a Glance sheet.  You may recall I made a series of planner pages that included a variety of toppers that you can print month at a glance sheets on.  I’ve done two YAAG for 2017 that fit.  I know for sure they work perfectly on A4 paper and I believe they will work reasonably well for US letter paper.

There is a plain version and a fancy font version, as well as the watercolour planner surround –

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Grab that here.

and the calendar sheets look like this:

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Grab the PLAIN FONT version here and the FANCY FONT version here

You can easily print them and decorate the top as you like, even just sticking a strip of scrapbook paper over it and adding the year back with stickers!

So I think that takes care of any special request type things.  Phew.


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Requested, but I might as well share

I have been hiding away, recovering from the devastating news from the USA and from a tooth extraction.  I’ll say no more on either topic.  But I had gotten a request for calendars with a triangular theme.  I made one, then another.  Here they are:

Shades of blue triangles:

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Bright and colourful triangles:2017bright_triangles


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So called Last calendar for 2017

Silly name, but last year I called this one Last2016 so I guess I have to stick with it. This one was a request from a commenter.  Here it is, updated for 2017!

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Also, I have a number of projects that are useful for gift-giving.  If you want to take these calendar blocks and create a stand for them, or otherwise display them, you can check out the new page up top. I include a few links to past calendar related projects that might inspire you.  There is still time to whip up a few for gifts!

 

 


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A round up of all my 2017 (and a few 2018) calendars so far!

Finally, a round-up of the 2017 calendars so far! This is also now posted as a page under the Calendar Making Menu up top.  I THINK I have captured all of them. I will be updating a few other old ones as requested via comments, so watch this space!

CD calendars

2017 AND 2018

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Colourful CD

2017cdinkycircles

Small circles – 2017 AND 2018, B&W or colour

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3×4 Project Life style cards

2017 AND 2018 3×4 cards

2018tornDecorate Yourself  – sample from 2016, but the link is to 2017 version to download

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Doily

2017Doily_rotated

Sideways doily

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Fun and Funky

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Banners

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Lace – Sunday to Saturday

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Monday to Sunday

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Pretty gradient

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One Sheet calendars

Three One-sheets

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Colourful circles

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Doily One-sheet

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Tear-offs and Keyring

Pixel

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Keyring, but works as tear-off too!

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Plain tear-offs, two fonts – click the link to see the options

Planner Calendars

One sheet for planners

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Mix and Match Planner sheets, too many to show but here are a couple that aren’t shown elsewhere!

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Doily and Lace versions

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Another lace one

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Boho Style and Watercolour floral

mandala

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Foreign Language calendars

Spanish, Sunday to Saturday

2017_3spanishLace, French, Monday to Sunday

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Lace, Spanish, Monday to Sunday

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