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Pretty CD – old school, but blank

OK so someone commented they preferred the older version of the Pretty CD calendar, which is fair enough, everyone has their own sense of style.  But I was just tired of the same old thing after 4 or 5 years of working with it.  I suppose if I was charging people for the files I would have to listen to the market but I’m not, so I don’t.  {smile}

But I am always happy to compromise.  This is it:

Basically, it is just the hard part, the framing circle with the month name. How is THAT helpful?  Well, two ways. If you have any editing skills at all, you can grab a free calendar for whatever year you need from an online source and paste the months into the frames digitally.  But easier, and more likely to be something ANYONE can do, is you can buy one of the little calendars from a craft store and glue it into the center.

You could scan a calendar and resize it digitally then print it.  That also means you could use a Monday to Sunday arrangement if you prefer it.

For a more labour intensive version, what about printing 31 of the January page and adding the numbers 1 to 31 in the big empty centre?  Or masking and decorating in the middle then adding a number over that? Then do the same for each month….

You could crop the page digitally then print each of the two month blocks full-page size and do any of the above on a bigger scale.

Sure, none of that is as easy as just printing the sheets, but it does leave much more room for your OWN creativity to take over.

You can download the blank version here.

I hope if you DO do something super interesting with it you’ll share.



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International Women’s Day PL printables

Yes, yes, it has been a while since I have made printables.  But this year I really wanted to make a set for International Women’s Day.  2017 was a tough year, personally and for women in general.  CNN says 2018 will be the Year of Women – but then again it could just be “fake news” right? {imagine a snort of derision here}

I have been seeing a few graphics for Women’s Day and most of them are more like Mother’s Day in tone – very sweet and floral.  If 2018 is the Year of Women then I think the graphics should reflect something … stronger.

I’m still playing around with things but these two (very different) sets are heading in the right directions.  The first is a combination of the sweet and floral feel that I mentioned:

Download that one here.

The second one is a little more graphic, although it IS pink…but then, so are the pussy hats, so I think that is fine.

Download that here. There is also a trio of little circles that can be used as embellishments for anything really – might be nice as a full sheet of bits for a planner, for example.

Hope you find good use for them!



Updated for 2019 – Pretty circles CD calendar

Had a request from Sue to update the Pretty CD calendar for 2019.  I decided to shake it up a bit.  I have had the same design for this one for a few years and was getting a little tired of it.  The old 2018 version is here:

And this is the 2019 version:which you can download here.




For the VERY forward thinking folk… 2018 to 2022 calendars +

Well.  This is going to seem excessive, unless you are a long-term planner.

One of my commenters, Kellie, IS planning for a life changing event, far in the future.  She likes my Doily calendar one-sheets and likes the idea of using them to count down to this event.  She asked, and while I am not one to think THAT far ahead, we had a chat and I decided it would actually benefit me too.  Once I create the basic calendar month blocks for any year, tweaking the fonts and such is relatively easy (well, at least if I am using monospaced fonts, but then I never do seem to do that!) Having it all sorted so far into the future means I can make calendars and one-sheets and focus on the decorative elements. So here they are!

Notice the blank sheets.  Kellie sent me a photo of her planning board and from looking at that I though hat blank sheets could be very helpful.  So I made corresponding sheets with only the date on them.  By printing one and then setting the top margin on her printer (or, low tech version, loading the top of the file with however many line feeds/returns to make the printing start below the doily decor) she (YOU) can print all sorts of things – check lists, ToDo lists, major milestones achieved , etc.

There are slight variations in the layout of the doilies and the fonts for the months are mostly different.  I probably could have changed the year to match the month but I liked it better the same as the days font.

If you are a planner person, you can easily print these on smaller paper, your printer will just scale them down.  I think there should be enough on the side for hole punching.

Anyway, I hope they are useful.  You can download the whole set, 2018 thru 2022, calendar one-sheets and blank pages (about 6 mb) HERE!




A break from sending templates, printable Hipster card toppers, and the most bizarre tech tip

First, I am taking a break from sending out templates over Christmas.  I will sort out the few I have in my comments today and respond to any that come in until DECEMBER 19TH.  After that, you can click on the Book Folding categories or tags or menu item at the top and feel free to download any of the templates I have shared.  While you won’t find specific images or words or names, there is probably going to be SOMETHING you can use to make a last-minute gift!

Here are a couple of printables.  This PDF will print two images has six of the images which print at about 3.5 inches square

This PDF has 12 images at just shy of 2.5 inches square, perfect for tags.

Lastly, I just have to share this bizarre tip I found.  I had a moment of absolute panic when my trusty Canon Pixma stopped working, throwing out a B200 error and telling me I needed to take it in for a service.  Cue copious cursing and a pretty weak tantrum, but only because of my myositis LOL!  Trust me, inside, I was RAGING.  I dropped a Slack to dear hubby, who is my tech hero, as well as having a very calm head in the face of things I totally lose my sh*t over, who suggested checking online for an error reset hack.  I found a few that involved things that did NOT work (like pushing a series of buttons, holding them down on a coordinated and times fashion, or uninstalling the print head, which didn’t work for MY Pixma model and turned out to create another problem) then I stumbled on the genius, simple, but frankly totally BIZARRE solution that worked first time!! The steps are simple:

1. Turn OFF the printer
2. Open the flap as if to change inks cartridges
3. Turn the power back ON
4. Wait for print carriage to start moving to the left and let it go past half way

This was where I was thinking in my head There is NO WAY this is going to work! HA!

5. Before print carriage reaches left hand side (but after going halfway across) shut the cover.

Again, I am thinking I will miss the exact point I need to close the cover and should be spending my time figuring out how to convince DH to stop and buy me any printer he can, then bring it home and install it this afternoon. But the closing of the lid at the right moment was either luck or the window of opportunity it quite a wide one or it doesn’t matter at what point you close it

6. Leave the Printer on
7. Good to go.

I printed a test sheet, did all the cleaning functions offered in the print utility and printed a perfect sheet.  My green ON light is steady and as the instructions said, GOOD TO GO!

So it PRINTS, and the B200 error has been cleared, except now, the previous attempt and removing the cartridges and removing the print head must have misaligned it somehow, so in the end I am not good to go.  I am back to raging.  Oh well….




2018 One Sheet Calendars

I have been trying to reorganize my files, a bit, and as I have collected them in one place, I thought I would add all the one sheets as one download.


You can grab them all here.

Now, these are a bit of a mix of sizes and styles.  But if you select the size you want to print, and Scale to Fit you should be able to print them in any size you need.  And if you can find the options to print multiple images on a page then you can play with that too.

Hopefully there are enough style and colour choices that you can find one you like.



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Pixel Calendar for 2018 and Sisters book folds

We had some mail issues in November, I won’t bore you with the technicalities, but it meant that I got mail sometimes, on some devices, but not on others.  So when it got fixed I got a lot of mail in a flood.  I seem to have missed a couple of template requests, so if you asked for one and have NOT gotten it, and you have already checked to make sure it didn’t get put in your SPAM folder, then come back to me.

I had a request for a favourite calendar, for 2018.  Download that here

And also a request for a book folding template that is probably useful for many, SISTERS. Here it is for download, a few options:



A few Christmas folds

Here are a few Christmas book folding templates I have been playing around with.  The trees are simple, and could be tarted up with decorations – oooh, I wonder if you could add those tiny battery-operated LED lights to the fold somehow?  Hummmm…

The reindeer are maybe a little more tricky, maybe better for cut&folds.  But either way, if you do make one, send along a photo so I can see and if the photo is clear and in focus I might share it here. I never have time to fold all the designs so it is nice for people to see they work and what the end result looks like!

Grab that PDF here.

And just a reminder of a more challenging one:

and the design folded by Melanie.

You can find some other Christmas folds, including Rudolph, here.



Book folding templates for a Friend

I have had many requests over the years for book folding templates that say Friend.  I thought as I was making one anyway, I would pick three nice fonts and make it available to all. So here you go!


Here is the PDF to download

A word about the last one in particular.    I tried to fatten up the thinish font a bit by adding an outline. I have created and printed many templates this way and they always look weird on the screen, but trust me.  Overlapping areas of the letters show quite clearly on screen but, at least on MY printer, they do NOT show when printed.  If they do on yours, try draft mode or a lower quality print.

Have fun!



One more blank 2018 Calendar, 3 sizes

Another request, from Margaret who quite likes Kravitz Extra Thermal as a font choice.

Here is the CD sized, 2 a page version:

Here is the smaller sized, 4 a page version (about 3 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches tall:

Here is the very small, 8 a page version – although there IS a box around each month, when I print them on my printer, the box doesn’t show up.  That could be a good thing, if you want some flexibility in what size you cut them. You can cut them with quite a long top area for decorating, up to 3 1/2 inches for the whole block.  Unless your printer prints the lines….:

Have fun – hopefully in time for creating gifts! And if you do, I’d sure love to see a photo! My email is in the About Me tab at the top!